Sunday, March 29, 2015

Professor Anthony D'Costa speaking on Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30pm in Trimble Forum

ASUPS Lectures will be hosting Professor Anthony D'Costa from the University of Melbourne to speak on campus this Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30pm in Trimble Forum. Professor D'Costa's lecture is titled "Compressed Capitalism, Globalization, and the Fate of Indian Development."

Anthony P. D’Costa, Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies
Australia India Institute and SSPS (Development Studies), University of Melbourne

Prior to joining Melbourne University, he was Research Director and A.P. Moller-Maersk Professor of Indian Studies, Asia Research Centre at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2008-13). He was also with the University of Washington for 18 years. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, auto, and IT industries covering themes of capitalism and globalization, development, innovations, and industrial restructuring.

Compressed Capitalism, Globalization, and the Fate of Indian Development:
India’s economic turnaround since the 1980s and since 1991 has been widely credited as a result of economic reforms. Gradual and systematic deregulation at home and increased international integration promises even better economic performance. This is only partly true since a good part of India is untouched by economic reforms in any meaningful way. I will argue that the working of compressed capitalism, that is, primitive accumulation, is an ongoing feature in India and coexists with advanced sectors on a high road to accumulation. However, the dispossession and displacement of people and the persistence of petty commodity production in the context of technology-led, enclave-based economic production add to the development conundrum. The resulting inequality (and polarization) in India in an expanding economy is thus not an anomaly but a reflection of systemic dynamics of contemporary.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Food Justice Lecture (sponsored by the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement)

The Global Co-op Movement: Justice through Democratizing the Economy (Food Justice Lecture Series)

Wednesday, April 1st, Wyatt 109

What do coffee farmers in Ethiopia, Basques in authoritarian Spain, sex workers in Mumbai, India, and Sri Lankans devastated by the 2004 tsunami have in common? They all used co-ops - democratically owned businesses - to overcome social and economic challenges. Come take a look at the global co-op movement and some exciting examples of people using co-ops to solve problems in their home, their community, and their nation.

This talk and discussion will be led by Jeff Bessmer, the General Manager of the Tacoma Food Co-Op on 6th Avenue. Jeff has served as a manager at grocery and housing co-ops in Madison, WI and Santa Barbara, CA and holds a Masters of Management: Cooperatives and Credit Unions degree. He has both international and local experience that allows him to make this framework accessible from multiple vantage points. Hope to see you there!

***The discussion will be held in Wyatt Hall, room #109**.

Here's the link to the facebook event:

Brownbag photos

Here are a few photos from Professor Kontogeorgopoulos' brownbag presentation on "Rural Tourism and Community Empowerment in Northern Thailand."

Monday, March 02, 2015

IPE Brownbag with Professor Kontogeorgopoulos

Reminder: IPE Brownbag with Professor Kontogeorgopoulos on Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:30-1:30 in Trimble Forum. Hope to see you there.

In the past decade, community based tourism (CBT) has emerged as an important component of the domestic tourism market in Thailand, signifying trends that are more encouraging than those associated with more conventional forms of tourism in Thailand. Many rural communities in Thailand struggle to sustain CBT projects, but it is nevertheless possible, with the right combination of circumstances, to pursue successful CBT. The case study of Mae Kampong, a village in the Northern Thai province of Chiang Mai that is renowned nationally as a showcase CBT community, illustrates that fortunate geographical conditions, external support, and transformational leadership represent the most important determinants of success for CBT in Thailand.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nicholas Vasilius talk sponsored by Four Horsemen Investments

Nick Vasilius (IPE '07) will give a talk this Friday, February 27th, as part of the Four Horsemen Investments Speaker Series. It's at 4pm in McIntyre 103

Nick is Assistant Manager of Portfolio Risk & Analysis at PACCAR, and he's also a member of Puget Sound's Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Arizona State University's one-year Master of Science and Technology Policy degree program

Some IPE majors may be interested in Arizona State University's one-year Master of Science and Technology Policy degree program. Here's a letter from the Director:

I am particularly excited that we are able to offer this degree to a limited number of students in Western states at in-state tuition rates through the tuition reciprocity agreement of the WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program (

Some of what makes this degree particularly exciting and unique among Western universities include:
We have designed it especially for students who want to pursue the rapidly growing array of professional careers at the interface between science and technology and other important aspects of society, including public policy, industry and management, education, and the public.
Our students tackle today’s biggest challenges: technological innovation, climate change, inequality, energy transitions, social responsibility, health innovation, information and privacy, space exploration, and many more.
We encourage students from all disciplinary backgrounds, including the sciences and engineering, social sciences, and humanities.
Students are able to draw on courses across ASU to design a unique, personally-tailored curriculum to accelerate their own career goals.
Every year, our students win internships and land jobs in some of the country’s most important public and private sector institutions, including the White House, the Smithsonian, NASA, Solar City, Dell, CH2MHill, the US Army, Honeywell, and more.
Other highlights of the program include: a national caliber faculty; one of the world’s most innovative, interdisciplinary universities; unique internship opportunities; and a 2-week immersive capstone experience in Washington, DC.

Now in its sixth year, the Master of Science & Technology Policy degree is offered through the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ranked again in 2014 as the #1 university-based science and technology think tank in the United States and in the top 10 in the world. Students have the opportunity to work with 30 of the field’s top faculty in a program with a 1-to-1 student-faculty ratio.

Interested students may find out more at: They may also contact Andra Williams ( for further information about the degree or about the Western Regional Graduate Program tuition-reciprocity arrangements. For students who would like to take advantage of the Western Regional Graduate Program tuition-reciprocity arrangements for next Fall, applications for the program must be received by April 1, 2015."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Photos from the IPE field trip to Savers/Value Village Recycling Distribution Center in Fife

On February 19th we toured the distribution center, where Savers/Value Village processes unsold items from West Coast stores for sale by the pound to foreign buyers. Every day they receive 6 truck trailer loads of clothes, toys, shoes, kitchenware, books, backpacks, and other items that are sorted, bundled, and shipped to the port. They also recycle wire, metals, and plastic. It's a major operation: their output in 2013 was 80 million pounds!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Teach for America application deadline 3/6/15


Start your application:
Learn more:
·         Our mission in a nutshell (2min video)
·         See how our alumni are working for change after their two years in TFA (3 min video)

The Basics and Benefits of Teach For America:
·         Two-year commitment
·         All academic majors and backgrounds accepted
·         Teach in one of 50 high-need urban or rural communities
·         Salary ranging from $24k to $51k, plus benefits
·         Loan deferment/forbearance with possible Americorps Education Award of ~$11,100
·         Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching
·         DACA recipients are eligible to apply
·         Graduate school and employer partnerships for alumni to continue their leadership and impact

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

For additional information, explore our website and youtube channel or contact GU’s Recruitment Manager, Sean Rice (