The Wire
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June 2020

Hello STS Community - This issue of The Wire shares some events and meetings and job postings. Please feel free to send us any events or suggestions for activities to share with the STS community wherever you are. Email us!

Upcoming Events

Virtual Celebration of 2020 Graduates

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual Celebration of 2020 Graduates launching on Sunday, June 14 at 10 a.m. PDT! The Celebration on June 14 will be open to all to view and accessible on the Celebration 2020 website. The livestream will last about 30 minutes and will be publicly accessible. The celebration will reimagine traditions for a virtual setting, taking advantage of the opportunity to include multiple voices from the Stanford community. Featured will be reflections and recollections by 2020 graduates and inspirational messages from alumni – including some special guests – with words addressing students graduating in unusual times. Download fun social media frames and backgrounds.

             Sunday, June 14, 2020 | 10:00 - 10:30 am   |  Public Live Stream

Legitimizing True Safety

Sponsored by Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

Since COVID-19 hit the city, a program that is supposed to be used to “deter, identify, and solve crime,” has since been turned against Detroiters accused of violating social distancing orders. The city has increased police patrols in parks, regularly conducts flyovers and relies on the Project Green Light camera system to monitor compliance. Detroit police have already issued over 1,700 tickets at up to $1,000 per ticket to residents already struggling with poverty wages, and in a city that is 80% black or African American. What does real safety mean in a time of crisis? How do mass surveillance technologies impact black and brown communities? How can we build a vision of safety that ensures thriving neighborhoods instead of criminalizing poor communities? Join us in exploring these essential questions with Tawana Petty, in conversation with Eric Williams of the Detroit Justice Center, Clare Garvie of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, and Cierra Robson, a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 10:00-11:30PM | 
Zoom Webinar Register Here.  FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
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Fireside Chat with Tom Rath, Author of Life's Greatest Question

Tom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. He has been described by business leaders and the media as one of the greatest thinkers and nonfiction writers of his generation.
Tom has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, starting with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? We will discuss his most recent book, Life's Greatest Question: Discover How You Can Contribute to the World.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 12:30 pm  | Webinar RSVP
Jonathan Coslet

The Black Swan Economy: A Virtual Conversation with Jonathan Coslet and John Taylor

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research invites you to join us for a special virtual associates meeting with Jonathan Coslet and John Taylor as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and their predictions for the future. 

  Monday, June 8, 2020 | 5:00 pm  RSVP for this even
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Hoover Institution Virtual Policy Briefing Series - Kiron Skinner: Projecting the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy 

Kiron Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning. Her areas of expertise are international relations, international security, US foreign policy, and political strategy. Skinner is an award-winning and best-selling author. Her coauthored books Reagan, In His Own Hand (2001) and Reagan, A Life in Letters (2003) were New York Times best sellers. Earlier in her career, Skinner served on the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board, and was a foreign policy surrogate to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.
                   Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 11:00 am  |  RSVP

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The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race And Presidential Power From Truman To Trump

A book event with authors William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina

Throughout America’s atomic history, the president has solely held the power to end the world in minutes. This won’t stop . . . unless we do something. Now. America is one “push of a button” away from nuclear war—a decision that rests solely in the hands of the president. Without waiting for approval from Congress or even the secretary of defense, the president can unleash America’s nuclear arsenal, ending civilization as we know it. For decades, glitches and slipups have threat-ened to trigger nuclear winter: misinformation, false alarms, unstable presidents, and now cyber- attacks. And a new nuclear arms race has begun, threatening us all.

Read more                              Friday, June 12, 2020  |  RSVP required

STS Announcements

Kevin DiPirro, STS Writing Specialist

Kevin has reserved Monday - Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm for his Spring 2020 office hours. Please email him at to reserve a half-hour slot or if you have any questions/concerns.


Jelani Cobb at the Stanford Community Hour

Sponsored by African & African American Studies

As we continue to grapple with the tragedies of these times, we are happy to announce that Professor Jelani Cobb (Columbia Journalism School & contributing writer for The New Yorker) will be our special guest on the Stanford Community Hour on Sunday at 1pm PST.

Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice. He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

                                     Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 1:00 pm  |  
                  Please email Allyson Hobbs for the zoom information.

Virtual Well-Being

Well-Being at Stanford and Vaden Health Services are actively building additions to this set of virtual resources that are designed to support your well-being.
Check out Well-Being Resources for on campus and beyond for learning and academic resources, financial well-being, emotional support, general health, queer community and spiritual well-being. 

Well-Being Tips for Candid advice from the Well-Being at Stanford team. We will continue to prove ourselves capable of compassion, resilience, and flexibility. Please take whatever steps you need to stay healthy, safe, and connected to each other.
Well-Being Virtual Events check here for a virtual touchstone with the Office of Religious Life, Meditation Mondays, Yoga classes and more. 

Stanford Live 

The show must go on! Check out the concerts and performances online here. 

Enjoy a Night at the Museum(s)

Many museums around the world are offering virtual tours and our own Cantor Museum and the Anderson Collection have joined them. Here is your chance to finally visit!  Read More.

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Jobs and Internships

We will add new opportunities as we find them.
The BEAM Blast: A Humanities & Sciences Careers Newsletter 

Follow the BEAM blast to learn more about career coaching, internship opportunities, current events, and much more! 

BEAM Summer Boot Camp is a flexible and customizable 6-8 week program that will offer both live and recorded content to support students interested in:

- Designing a meaningful summer experience
- Opportunities to build professional skills through individual & group project work
- Connecting with employers & alums
- Creating a compelling story about your summer experience that can be shared with employers

Good Ideas for Taking Action

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Looking to make a difference?  Join the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 15,000 members whose mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. 

Paralegal/Legal Advocate
Jenesse Center, Inc.

Jenese has an immediate opening for a bi-lingual Paralegal in our Legal Services Department which provides free legal assistance to clients in Jenesse’s residential and drop-in programs. The Paralegal is responsible for interviewing and assessing new clients at intake to ascertain program eligibility. 
Deadline: June 5, 2020


 Global Programs Analyst
Ascendant Program Services
(Arlington, VA)

Ascendant is currently recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time analyst position linked to a five-year contract we hold with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA). USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

Deadline: June 10, 2020


Check out the Cardinal Careers Newsletter

It has many postings for Public Interest Tech careers. Subscribe for a list of the best opportunities. 

Program Coordinator
Tech Goes Home, Boston 

Should every Greater Boston resident have the ability to apply for jobs online, check in with their kids’ teachers by email, and video chat with relatives in other countries? If you say yes, join Tech Goes Home as our new Program Coordinator. 

Application deadline: June 19, 2020


Litigation Assistant

NRDC’s Litigation Team is seeking to hire Litigation Assistants to work in our offices located in San Francisco, Chicago and/or Washington, DC.
They'll join NRDC’s Litigation Team, which represents NRDC and coalition partners in complex civil litigation to protect public health and the environment. We pursue litigation across a broad range of public health and environmental  issues, often working in collaboration with and on behalf of communities most impacted by environmental injustices (including people of color, indigenous, low-income and rural communities).

Deadline June 12th, 2020 


 Public Policy Fellow - Gender Equality
Department on the Status of Women

We are a small department with many opportunities for an intern to get real, hands-on experience with our policy and programmatic work.
An internship with the Department will provide you with valuable government and policy experience, a chance to meet senior City officials, and the opportunity to network and make contacts for future jobs. We are happy to comply with any requirements that allow students to receive academic credit. The Department can also provide letters of recommendation.


Fellowship in Ethical AI for Public Interest 
Giving Tech Lab

Design best-practices suggest a large font size for easy readability both on desktop and mobile devices. At GIVING TECH LABS we're looking for passionate individuals who want to build technologies for impact and change in society through #Tech4PI. You will work with our Chief Scientist on research and development related to ethical applications of AI and Data Sciences to solving social challenges.
Our AI for Public Interest #AI4PI experimentation division offers a bridge between academia and sustainable public interest tech ventures


To Attend or to Not Attend? Grad School Edition

Weighing the decision of whether to attend grad school? This article from Peterson's details reasons to attend and reasons not to attend. And if you've already decided to attend and need a process for choosing between schools, this article by The Muse provides one such approach.
Still conflicted? Talk with a Cardinal Careers advisor by clicking
this link below and selecting the "Public Service and Social Impact" category

Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake and
Stanford BEAM

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