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Scholarly Writing Accountability Group (SWAG)

The Scholarly Writing Accountability Group (SWAG) at the Institute of Governmental Studies meets remotely 1–4pm M, W, F via Zoom. SWAG provides a focused space for students to work on their dissertation chapters, master’s papers, or other writing materials. We set 50 minute timers and take 10 minute breaks throughout the period. The goal is to teach students how to become disciplined about their writing time and to create a community setting for students to talk about writing blocks and frustrations during our breaks. SWAG is directed by IGS Co-Director and Professor G. Cristina Mora (Sociology) and is open to all IGS residents and Sociology graduate students. Please contact igs [at] berkeley.edu for information on how to join.

American Politics Reading Group

The American Politics Reading Group meets weekly (Mondays, 11am-12pm) in the Harris Conference Room (119 Moses Hall) to discuss recently published journal articles on topics related to American politics. Graduate students from diverse disciplines are invited to join. Please contact igs [at] berkeley.edu for more information.