Seminar on Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: February 4

Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change: Addressing New Challenges in Agricultural Development

DATE:               Thursday, February 4

TIME:               11.30 am – 1.00 pm

LOCATION:      Weil Town Hall (Belfer L1) at the Harvard Kennedy School

As part of its NGO Leaders Seminar Series, the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations will host a senior leadership team from Heifer International on Thursday, February 4.  Led by Jo Luck, President of Heifer International, the team will conduct a seminar that explores new challenges in agricultural development, against the backdrop of poverty, hunger and climate change.

The seminar will discuss the context that Heifer International faces in developing countries – especially in rural communities that are dependent on agriculture and livestock – and how that context will increasingly be shaped by the threat of climate change and increasing food insecurity.  How does as an NGO like Heifer deal with these challenges?  How do programs respond to such challenges?  How are the policy and institutional dimensions of these challenges addressed by advocacy efforts?  How are Heifer’s education efforts trying to enhance awareness and mobilize action among the American public?

Jo Luck will frame and lead the seminar. Constance Neely, Vice President for Advocacy at Heifer International, will speak to the policy and advocacy dimensions of the issue.  Jim Rollings, Senior Director of Heifer Village, will speak to the public education aspect of the topic.

This seminar promises to bring together multiple angles of how a leading international NGO advances its own distinctive approach to poverty, hunger and climate change.  A substantial block of time will be devoted to Q&A and discussion.

More about Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  Its philosophy is that by giving families and communities a hand-up, rather than a hand-out, Heifer empowers its beneficiaries to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families and communities improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Heifer is also unique in its “Passing on the Gift” practice: the animals, referred to as “living loans,” are given to families on the condition that they in turn agree to give one of the animal’s offspring to another family in need.  This practice – the cornerstone of Heifer’s mission – creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

More about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice

The Hauser Center’s Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain seeks to connect scholars and NGO practitioners – and catalyze reflection and exchange among them – in ways that enhance the impact of NGOs in the humanitarian and development spheres.  The domain: helps to convene the NGO Leaders Forum, a semi-annual retreat for chief executives of the major U.S.-based international relief and development NGOs; sponsors an NGO Leaders Seminar Series that brings leading NGO practitioners to Harvard; advances processes of research and inquiry into pressing issues faced by NGOs; convenes an NGOs & Development study group at Harvard; helps connect Harvard students with NGO practitioners and careers; and hosts a Humanitarian & Development NGOs blog.  For more information about the Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain, please contact Sherine Jayawickrama, Domain Manager, at sherine_jayawickrama@harvard.edu.

Job: Teaching Fellow at Extension School

Harvard Extension School Prof. is looking for a teaching fellow to handle one or two weekly discussion sections, along with grading of exams, for a course on International Organization. This position, which is for the current semester, would provide an excellent opportunity for someone seeking experience teaching in the field of international organization.  I’m unable to specify the amount of remuneration: that is determined by the Extension School and depends on the number of sections and enrollment therein.

To apply, please contact Prof. Babai at  babai at fas.harvard.edu or call 617-620-8278.

Volunteers needed for Animal Law Competition

Interested in animal law or free meals this coming Saturday, Feb. 6?  SALDF is hosting the National Animal Law Competitions and we need volunteers to serve as timekeepers during Saturday, Feb. 6.

Vegan food will be available throughout the day and you’ll have the opportunity to meet key figures within the Animal Rights movement.  To sign up for a timekeeping slot, visit this link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?… . I will send you an email confirming the times with you.

You can visit the Competition’s website here: http://www.lclark.edu/law/centers/animal…

Thanks so much!

Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project Summer Internships

1Ls, 2Ls!

LOOKING FOR A GREAT PUBLIC INTEREST SUMMER JOB?

The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is offering 3 or more positions for summer 2010.  These are SPIF-eligible positions, and these jobs satisfy the pro bono requirement.

Summer student attorneys at PLAP represent inmates at disciplinary hearings and parole hearings, and assist inmates with other issues such as lost property, outstanding warrants, or medical problems via hotline.  This is a GREAT experience: you pick the cases on which you work, and you work on them from start to finish.  This is a great way to learn valuable skills, including interviewing clients, arguing cases, and writing appeals when necessary.

No prior experience or coursework is necessary.  We are looking for dedicated individuals who have a strong interest in working closely with clients, managing their own cases, and are not afraid to learn.  A DRIVER’S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

If you are interested, PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME TO SARAH MORTON AT  smorton at law.harvard.edu BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 .  We will then contact applicants for interviews.  Interviews will be fairly informal and will last for approximately 30 minutes.  Please email Stacey at  skennard at jd11.law.harvard.edu or Sarah at  smorton at law.harvard.edu or call 495-3969 if you have further questions regarding our program.

Current Outside Funding Resources

Student Financial Services maintains contact with organizations offering a wide variety of outside resources. We regularly post information about these on our website at http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/sfs/m…. Current outside resources with application deadlines in February and March include the:

Daniel H. Kossow Scholarship
Jewish Federation Scholarship
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Porzio Diversity Scholarship
Black Women Lawyers Assoc. Scholarship
Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship

TPS Clinics for HLS students to help Haitians

If you are interested in helping with direct immigration service work with Haitian clients, and are available for a mandatory training by Greater Boston Legal Services from 4-5pm February 4 at HLS, please RSVP to Bonnie Rubrecht, Program Administrator for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (brubrecht@law.harvard.edu) by this coming Friday, January 29.  You will work determining local Haitians’ eligibility for TPS (temporary protected status) immigration status and helping clients fill out the necessary forms, etc.  These services will be performed at public clinics held over the next few weeks by GBLS downtown and in the Greater Boston area in the evenings (dates to be determined).  Students with French or Creole speaking capability or immigration backgrounds especially encouraged.