September 26, 2013

Volunteer: Regional Director Borgen Project

Position: Regional Director

Location: Telecommute

Status: Volunteer

Duration: Minimum of 6 months.

Hours: 4-6 hours per week

Function: Advocate for the world’s poor.

The Borgen Project fights for the underdog. The innovative, national campaign is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Learn more at


Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day. Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders.
Assist with fundraising efforts.
Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
Develop and implement strategies for furthering the cause.

DETAILS: Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project's Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer based and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your resume to The Borgen Project seeks a diverse group of backgrounds for the Regional Directors Program, but all candidates selected must go through two rounds of interviews.

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September 05, 2013

Volunteer: Reading Habits of Samizdat Activists

Reading Habits and Dissent during the Period of Stagnation in the Soviet Union, 1960s-1980s, a joint research project of Oxford University and the “Memorial” Society in Moscow, is inviting volunteer contributors.

We are researching the impact of reading habits on late Soviet dissent. Apart from being prolific writers, dissenting intellectuals were experts in proliferating texts they considered important. The majority of samizdat (i.e. self-published) texts were reproductions, often translations, of texts that were unavailable to the general readership. We aim to establish which literary, philosophical and theological texts were popular among dissenters/samizdat authors.

While many of the samizdat authors’ own texts have been collated, republished, and researched, reconstructing what these people read is infinitely more difficult. There are no convenient catalogues telling us which texts they studied or where the texts came from. Instead, we have to piece together this information from multiple disparate sources: surviving samizdat journals, archives, memoirs and academic studies.

This is where you can help. We are looking for motivated individuals (good reading knowledge of Russian essential) who like to read memoirs or work with oral history sources, and/or are interested in bibliographical/archival research, and/or would like to develop their own approach for participating in what we hope to turn into a larger, multi-agency project.

For more information please visit


or contact one of the researchers:

Josie von Zitzewitz (Oxford):
Gennady Kuzovkin (Moscow):

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