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Vol. 7, Issue 9 - March 19, 2012


CES Announcements

Campus Events

Academic Opportunities

CES Announcements

Talk: "Hitler's Secret Archive?
 Postwar Struggles for Control of the International Tracing Service"

March 20, 2012 at 4:00pm, 005 Keene-Flint Hall
Speaker: Jennifer L. Rodgers, University of Pennsylvania

"Hitler's Secret Archive" was the name of a June 2007 segment by the CBS news program 60 Minutes about a humanitarian agency in Bad Arolsen, Germany called the International Tracing Service (ITS). It detailed the longtime struggle to reopen the archive, the world's largest central repository of biographical information on victims of the Holocaust, for the general public. Referring to the agency as "Hitler's Secret Archive" alludes to the myths that developed about the tracing service during the post-war era. Moreover, extended inaccessibility to its documentation further exacerbated false information about its operations that circulated within the international community. In fact, the organization that houses the overwhelming evidence of Europe's "dreadful past" has a more lurid and compelling history than granted it by 60 Minutes, or any other recent media coverage.

Epistemic anxieties born during the early phase of the Cold War effectively recoded the original humanitarian mandate of the International Tracing Service. Control over the agency and its so-called "archive of horrors" had immense symbolic and practical significance for Western governments - Washington, Paris, Bonn, London, Jerusalem - as well as the Red Cross. Debates about the agency drew on emergent human rights discourse to promote and legitimize larger geopolitical motives and revealed deeper tensions among the international community that were intimately connected to World War II and Germany's Nazi past.

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CES Grant Deadlines

FLAC Course Development Grant and Grad Course Development Grant, both due March 20, 2012. [more]

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Viva Europe Alert!

Mark your calendars! Just three weeks away, Viva Europe will feature all day music and dance performance, educational displays, demos, contests, a marketplace, kid's fun, food, and more. All in downtown Gainesville with free admission.

If you are of European heritage, we welcome you to represent your country. We are also looking for a few good volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Call Gail Keeler for information at (352) 294-7144. [more | poster]

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Campus Events

Summer Job & Internship Fair

March 22, 2012 from 10:00am-2:00pm, Reitz Union Colonnade

Looking for the perfect summer job? The Career Resource Center (CRC) invites you to attend the Summer Job & Internship Fair. This is a great event to network with employers and learn about their summer opportunities. More than 30 employers representing industries from various parts of the country will attend this year's fair. Be prepared! Drop in at the CRC to have your résumé reviewed prior to the fair.

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Academic Opportunities

For previously announced External Funding Opportunities, please click here.

Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) for INR/EUR

Position: Foreign Affairs Research Analyst

Background: The Office of Analysis for Europe in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR/EUR) conducts research and analysis on Europe, and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, economic, diplomatic, and other issues.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and write analysis related to countries in Southern Europe, particularly Italy, Spain, the Western Balkans, or Turkey.
  • Participate in briefings of highly-classified intelligence to State Department policy makers.
  • Participate in analytical interaction with other elements of the Intelligence Community.
  • Attend seminars and conferences related to European issues at think tanks and non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C. region.


  • Candidates must be currently enrolled with a strong GPA in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, History, or a related field.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, writing, research and analytical skills, and oral/written communications skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of personnel, including policymakers and representatives of other intelligence agencies, other governments, and the nongovernmental community.
  • Work or academic experience in Europe is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of one or more European languages (especially Italian, Spanish, Turkish, or the languages of the Western Balkans) is highly desirable.

This position will be filled using the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) hiring authority. Applicants must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a degree, certificate or diploma (minimum half-time) program
  • In good academic standing at your school (minimum 2.0 GPA)
  • Able to meet security requirements
  • For a full list of required criteria, please click here.

Grade of the position will be determined by the incumbent's qualifications. Full performance level for the position is GS-13. Candidate for the position must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).

This is not a permanent position. This is a term appointment, not to exceed September 30, 2012.

To apply or for more information, please email your résumé and cover letter to Eric Johansen. [more]

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2012.

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