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<p>SAVE THE DATE: &nbsp;Prof. <a href="">Eliot Cohen</a> of Johns Hopkins will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Cline Symposium on November 9<sup>th</sup>, 2017. As Director of the Strategic Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (<a href="">SAIS</a>), Prof. Cohen is eminently qualified to address our theme: &ldquo;American Grand Strategy and the Changing Global Order.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;An award-winning SAIS professor since 1990, he is also US Army veteran, and has served in senior advisory roles at the State Department, the Department of Defense, as well as the National Security Advisory Panel of the National Intelligence Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;To get event details and updates as soon as possible, &lsquo;like&rsquo; the Cline Center on <a href="">Facebook</a>, or follow us on Twitter @CCD_Illinois</p> <p>&nbsp;Interested friends can find Prof. Cohen&rsquo;s regular column in the American Interest here: <a href=""></a> or follow him on Twitter <a href="">@EliotACohen</a>. You can read a review of his recent book, &ldquo;<a href="">The Big Stick</a>: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force,&rdquo; in the <a href="">Washington Post</a>. &nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black;">It&rsquo;s a good time to be working at the intersection of data science and social science at the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</a>: the university just announced the formation of the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">Illinois Data Science Initiative (iDSI)</a>. The Cline Center&rsquo;s Director,<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">Prof. Scott Althaus</a>, is a member of the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">Steering Committee</a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>supporting this effort to provide data science tools to solve intractable problems in every area of inquiry at the U of I.</span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black;">Stay tuned &mdash; iDSI is dedicating the rest of 2017 to a series of themed summits, where students, researchers on campus, industry and government partners, and the public at large can help identify challenges, opportunities, and potential collaborations.</span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black;">Interested? You can sign up for iDSI email updates at:<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href=""></a><br /> Our thanks go out to the organizations funding iDSI&rsquo;s first efforts: our friends at<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA</a>, the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of Illinois College of Business</a>&nbsp;and<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="">College of Engineering</a>.</span></p>
<p>The Cline Center is looking for a few good thinkers to join our civil unrest research team. Analysts will work at our office in Champaign 20-25 hours per week, and will begin as paid trainees.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re looking for folks with at least a bachelor&rsquo;s degree &mdash; all are welcome to apply, but we tend to prefer a background in a social science fields like Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Global Studies, etc. Pay will increase from $9.50 to $11/hour at the completion of training.</p> <p>For more details and to submit an application, go to: <a href=""></a></p>
<p>A panel including Cline Center Faculty Affiliates Professors <a href="">Lesley Wexler</a> and <a href="">Colleen Murphy</a>, as well as Prof. <a href="">Jason Mazzone </a>of the <a href="">University of Illinois College of Law</a> will provide scholarly analysis of President Trump's recent immigration-related executive order.</p> <p><br />The event is free and open to the public at noon on Friday, February 3rd in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium of the Law Building. Details are here: <a href=""></a></p>
<p>The Cline Center for Democracy is very pleased to announce that Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics (<a href=""></a>) will deliver the keynote address of the 21<sup>st</sup> annual <a href="">Cline Symposium</a>, entitled &ldquo;&ldquo;Money in American Politics: Open Secrets, Closed Doors and the Fight for Transparency.&rdquo; The event is open to the public and will take place on November 11, 2016 at 7:00PM in the Ballroom of the<a href=""> Alice Campbell Alumni Center</a>.</p> <p>The 2016 Symposium will focus on dilemmas raised by the role of money in American democracy. We will explore the tensions between the right to freely speak and participate in the &lsquo;free market&rsquo; of ideas and the need to ensure access to the public square is an equal right and not an elite prerogative. Regulating the business of politics means balancing the influence of powerful special interests that might thwart or manipulate the &lsquo;will of the people,&rsquo; with free speech and privacy considerations. The effects of &lsquo;dark money,&rsquo; the Beltway &lsquo;revolving door,&rsquo; transparency, and potential options for campaign finance reform will be central to the discussion.</p> <p>Members of the public are also welcome to participate in a roundtable session with our expert panel, including Ms. Krumholz and;s Research Director, <a href="">Dr. Sarah Bryner</a>, veteran campaign strategist <a href="">Anne Hathaway</a>, Prof. <a href="">Chris Mooney</a>, Director of the Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (<a href="">IGPA</a>) and Prof. <a href="">Vikram Amar</a>, an expert on constitutional issues in election law and Dean of @College of Law. Prof. <a href="">Scott Althaus</a>, Director of the Cline Center will moderate, and audience participation is welcome. Come join the dialogue in the Illini Union&nbsp;Ballroom at 3:30PM on the 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Additional information about the Symposium, lecture and panel can be found at: <a href=""></a> and you can RSVP or get maps to the event by visiting our<a href=""> Facebook page</a>.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;The Cline Center for Democracy is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 <a href="">David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows</a>: Prof. <a href="">Avital Livny</a> (Political Science) and Prof. <a href="">Dan Roth</a> (Computer Science and the Beckman Institute). These exceptional scholars work in areas of core interest to the Cline Center; the Linowes Fellowship recognizes and supports their efforts to utilize and add value to Cline Center data and technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prof. Livny works on identity politics and the comparative politics of the Middle East and Turkey. Her Linowes Fellowship project aims to enhance the <a href="">Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups</a> (CREG) demographic data by cross-validating it with archived national censuses and a variety of survey-based datasets. This project should facilitate the creation of new time-varying measures of ethnic and religious diversity, as well as sub-national ethnic geography and inequalities in health, wealth and education.</p> <p>Prof. Roth works on machine learning and inference methods that enable natural language understanding. In his second year as a Linowes Fellow, he aims to expand the long-term partnership between the Cline Center and the <a href="">Cognitive Computation Group</a> by developing tools for transforming the raw, natural language of news text into structured data about events and the &ldquo;frames&rdquo; used to explain them.</p> <p>These projects reflect the values, goals and standards set by David F. Linowes during his long and distinguished service to the University of Illinois and the American people. A distinguished public servant appointed to a number of presidential commissions, he served as a US Army officer during WWII and as the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at Illinois. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Generous gifts from Professor Linowes and his family enable the Cline Center to support these Faculty Fellows as well as the annual <a href="">Linowes Lecture on Public Policy</a>. These programs demonstrate Professor Linowes&rsquo; and the Cline Center&rsquo;s shared commitment to applying cutting-edge academic knowledge to the most challenging policy issues and political problems facing democratic governance today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>This week the U of I's NPR-affiliated radio talk show <a class="profileLink" href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=1534634166834499">The 21st</a> interviewed young African leaders studying at the Civic Leadership Institute co-hosted by the Cline Center for Democracy and the <a href="">Department of African American Studies</a>. <br />The <a href="">Mandela Fellows</a> are an interesting and impressive bunch. Click this <a href="">link</a>&nbsp;to hear about some of their experiences.</p>
<p><a href="">Professor Scott Althaus</a>, Director of the Cline Center for Democracy, recently appeared on <a href="">The 21st</a>, a public radio talk show produced by <a href="">WILL</a>,&nbsp;the U of I's local <a href="">NPR</a> affiliate. He discussed public reaction to the state of Illinois' budget impasse with host Niala Boodhoo and <a href="">Kurt Gray</a>, Professor of Pyschology at the&nbsp;University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.</p> <p>They talked about&nbsp;the role of empathy and self-interest in driving public opinion about and engagement with state-level budgetary debates. They also addressed tools citizens can use to influence the process.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can listen to the episode via podcast <a href="">here</a>.</p>
<p>The Cline Center is pleased to announce that Political Science doctoral students Jason Renn and Julian Scheirer will be joining us as 2016 <a href="">Schroeder Fellows</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jason will be working on two projects. First, in collaboration with Prof. Xinyuan Dai &mdash; one of our 2015-2016 <a href="">Linowes Faculty Fellows</a> &mdash; he will use the Cline Center&rsquo;s <a href="">Legal Infrastructures</a> dataset and data from our partners at the <a href="">Comparative Constitutions Project</a> to examine how countries'&nbsp;legal institutions affect their willingness to ratify&nbsp;human rights treaties. A second line of research &mdash; part of his dissertation &mdash; will use the Cline Center&rsquo;s <a href="">Global News Archive</a> to track the activities of rebel organizations and their political affiliates during post-war elections.</p> <p>Julian will be working to differentiate occurrences of civil unrest that escalate to warfare from those that do not by utilizing the Cline Center&rsquo;s <a href="">Social, Political, and Economic Event Database</a> (SPEED) and <a href="">Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups</a> (CREG) data.&nbsp; Ultimately, his project aims to distinguish micro-level conflict processes that resolve themselves peacefully from those that risk large-scale organized violence.</p>
<p>The Cline Center for Democracy is very pleased to announce that <a href="">Prof. James A. Robinson</a> of the University of Chicago will deliver the <a href="">2016 Linowes Lecture on Public Policy</a> on April 18<sup>th</sup>. The event is open to the public &mdash; friends and colleagues are invited to attend. Logistical details are below.</p> <p>&nbsp;His talk, titled &ldquo;Living with Leviathan,&rdquo; will describe his work on socio-political institutions that enable nations to achieve peace and prosperity by balancing state strength with legal and political accountability. With the human costs of weak and failing governments and the brutality of autocratic &lsquo;strong-arm&rsquo; rule simultaneously making headlines every day, Prof. Robinson&rsquo;s decades of fieldwork and novel statistical analyses could not be more relevant.</p> <p>&nbsp;We hope that friends and colleagues will endeavor to attend as well as tell others about this wonderful opportunity to interact with one of the world&rsquo;s most prominent social scientists. Prof. Robinson is the author of the New York Times bestseller &ldquo;<a href="">Why Nations Fail</a>,&rdquo; as well as numerous award-winning academic publications. He previously held appointments at UC Berkeley and Harvard, and was named one of the world&rsquo;s &ldquo;Top Global Thinkers.&rdquo; Scholars have cited his work more than 25,000 times.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="">Living with Leviathan</a>&rdquo; will be presented at 3:30 PM on Monday April 18<sup>th</sup> at Lincoln Hall, Room 1000.</p> <p>Additional information can be found using this <a href="&nbsp;">link</a>. &nbsp;Questions can be relayed via comment on this page, or by email: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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Cline Center's Mission

Cline Center Mission

Transforming information into knowledge that

advances human flourishing

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The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy is dedicated to advancing human flourishing around the world by using extreme-scale analysis of global news coverage to extract structured insight out of unstructured information, equip researchers with new tools for transforming that insight into deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of social conflict, and empower decision makers to apply this understanding in ways that promote societal well-being around the world.


The Center’s mission encompasses several research activities, including monitoring civil unrest around the world; tracking the over-time development of economic, political, and social indicators for 165 countries; and developing new machine algorithms and analysis tools for studying the tens of millions of articles in the Cline Center’s global news archive. The Center’s mission also supports a wide range of teaching and public engagement activities, from fellowship programs for faculty and graduate students to undergraduate research opportunities and topical symposia for the University of Illinois campus.


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