October 8, 2015

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Be sure to check out the Career Services blog for resume templates, upcoming events, job boards, and other tips for finding the right job for you!

Library Reception for MAPSS and CIR | Mingle and meet the helpful subject librarians at the Regenstein Library! Wine and cheese will be served. | More Info
Tuesday, October 20th from 4-6pm | Regenstein Library, Room 122

Career Services

Cultural Vistas Bosch & Alfa Fellowships Information Session | Join Carolina Solms-Baruth, Program Officer at Cultural Vistas, for an information session on the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship in Germany and the Alfa Fellowship in Russia. For more information on both of these programs, which both include language training, the development of intercultural understanding, and work placements, please take a look at the event information. | More Info + Register
Thursday, October 8th from 12:30-1:30pm | Kent Hall, Room 120

Partnership for Public Service Information Session | PPS will present information on exploring, identifying, and applying for internships and full-time career opportunities in federal government agencies. Learn how to navigate USAJobs.gov; how to identify specific agencies that interest you, and get tips on the application/assessment process, including how to write a winning federal resume. | Note that US citizenship is required for most opportunities in the federal government | To register, email Leslie Andersen, Associate Director of Harris School Career Development, Public Sector Relations, at leslieandersen@uchicago.edu
Thursday, October 15th @ 12:15pm | Harris School, Room 289A

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session | The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The program offers programs in many languages. | The deadline for the program has not been announced but will likely be in mid-November.| More Info + Register
Thursday, October 15th from 12:30-1:30pm | Harper 284

Managing Up–Webinar | Training @ UChicago | Explore the benefits of creating stronger work relationships with those in positions of authority and practical strategies for doing so. Whether you call it ‘courageous followership’ or ‘influencing upwards’ , managing up can have a positive impact on goal achievement, career success and organizational excellence. In this interactive webinar we will: Define what managing up is, and is not; Examine the benefits it provides to you and those above; Learn 5 key elements of effectively “managing up” |  More Info + Register
Friday, October 9th from 11-12 noon | Your computer


The State and Its Past: Consolidating National Identities Through History, Archaeology, and Politics | Franke Institute | The idea of this one-day conference arises from the convergence of interests in the fields of history and anthropology with respect to national heritage. The conference hosts scholars and graduate students currently researching national heritage and archaeology, as a lens to understanding modern applications of the ancient past in Italy (Magna Graecia, Sicily, Rome, Pre-Roman) and Greece. This colloquium is open to the community, and we welcome our academic colleagues to join our round table discussion at the end of the conference. This daylong conference will consist of three separate sessions, organized according to region: (i) Rome; (ii) Greece; and (iii) Magna Graecia & Sicily. At the conclusion of the three sessions, a panel discussion will follow to highlight some of the issues that arise from the papers.| More Info
Saturday, October 10th from 9am-5pm
Franke Institute, Regenstein Library

Exploring Boundaries and Contexts in Contemporary American Indian Art and Law | Neubauer Collegium | Artists will give presentations on their work to ground the preliminary gathering of Open Fields; an ongoing Neubauer Collegium project organized by Justin Richland, Jessica Stockholder, and Alaka Wali. This first event of the project seeks to examine the relationship between formal artistic principles, symbolic meanings, social norms and the law as they relate to First Nations artwork in a contemporary context Participants include: Ben Davidson, Robert Davidson, Louise Mandell, Justin Richland, Stuart Rush, Jessica Stockholder, Anna Tsouhlarakis,Alaka Wali, and Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson.| More Info + Register
Tuesday, October 13th from 9am-5pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S Woodlawn

Thought Provoking

Gregory Sholette: Precarious Workers of the (Art) World Unite! | Neubauer Collegium | Artist, writer and activist Gregory Sholette discusses the varied tactics associated with Gulf Labor Coalition as they seek to call attention to the plight of precarious migrant workers in Abu Dhabi where a new Guggenheim Museum is in the works, followed by an examination of Marina Naprushkina’s sustainable art project in the Moabit section of Berlin where she is developing an “artificial institution” whose mission is to service the needs of her “new neighbors”: political refugees fleeing military and economic conflict in Syria, Iraq and Northern Africa. The broader issue that both of these politically engaged, artistic endeavors confronts is how we might redirect resources, as well as invent new models, for rethinking the notion of a shared commons operating in opposition to the predacious appetite of neoliberal enterprise culture. This larger agenda seems especially urgent today as we witness an ever-tightening intersection between contemporary art, global capital, and the growing multitude of migratory, precarious, and paperless laborers who are simultaneously tasked with building the fabulous architectural fantasies serving the world’s .01% ultra-rich, while also demonized as a dangerous social surplus dragging down limited economic resources. People at risk, including refugees, low-income workers, indebted students, marginalized people of color and women, as well as most artists, and even perhaps an entire nation in the case of Greece, increasingly wield a dark transformative agency with nothing to lose except their precariousness. | More Info
            Friday, October 9th from 4-6pm
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157
5540 South Greenwood Avenue

Carol J Adams: The Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow | International House | In honor of her landmark book’s 25th anniversary, Carol J. Adams will present her Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow, which provides an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture presents images of race, gender, and species to further oppressive attitudes. It also suggests forms of resistance against the construction of individuals, human or non-human, as “meat.” Drawing upon images from popular culture, it answers the question: how does someone become a piece of meat? The slide show demonstrates how a trinity of interrelated forces–objectification, fragmentation, and consumption–impact our cultural and personal consciousness about women and animals. It introduces the concept of the absent referent through autobiography and then systematically applies an analysis of how it functions to explain the animalizing of women in contemporary cultural images and the sexualizing of animals used for food. It draws upon images that have been sent from around the world, and is constantly being updated as it tracks changes in popular culture. |  More Info
Tuesday, October 13th from 6-9pm | Assembly Hall, International House

Systemic Injustice: The Crushing Impact of America’s Criminal Justice System | IOP | Our nation’s jails hold more than 730,000 people on any given day, with over 10,500 in custody here in Cook County. The majority are persons of color and are awaiting trial on crimes ranging from criminal trespass and retail theft, to murder and sexual assault. In the Cook County Jail and in jails across the country, the brutal injustice of America’s criminal justice system rages on—breaking lives, breaking communities, and consuming tax dollars at a shameless and reckless pace. This series explores the uncomfortable realities of our criminal justice system and will examine how and whether meaningful and sustainable reform is possible, and importantly, whether justice ever prevails. | More Info
Tuesday, October 13th @ 12pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave

A Democratic Theory of Judgment | Franke Institute | What would it meant to foreground the capacity to judge critically and reflectively as a central feature of modern democratic citizenship? In plural democracies, democratic citizens find themselves increasingly called upon to make judgments about practices not always their own, judgments that require what Hannah Arendt called the imaginative practice of “representative thinking, thinking from standpoints one does not necessarily share. To engage in such thinking is to resist the temptation, on the one hand, to employ one’s own concepts as rules with which to subsume the particulars calling for judgment, and on the other hand, to assume that in the absence of rules, one cannot judge at all. The idea that something must underwrite a democratic practice of judgment, something must ground mutual intelligibility in the political realm, risks entangling judging subjects in fantasies concerning that nature and power of rules that lead them to lose track of their own part of voice as democratic citizens in deciding what will or will not count as a matter of common concern. How might this demand for a rule-governed account of democratic normativity and judgment be challenged without falling back into the nonrationalist approaches that figure the other face of Neo-Kantianism’s tenacious hold on contemporary political thought?| More Info
Thursday, October 15th from 4:30-6:30pm
Franke Institute, Regenstein Library


Islamic Studies | “Thinking Toward PhD Applications in Islamic Studies,” with Professor Michael Sells | Geared towards MA students
Thursday, October 8th from 12-1:30pm (lunch provided) | Swift 201

Southern Asia | “It Entered My Body: Articulating a Folk Sensibility in Assam, India,” by Rehanna Kheshgi
Thursday, October 8th from 4:30-6:30pm | Foster 103

Mass Culture | “Immutable Microbes,” by Mikki Kressbach, Cinema + Media Studies
Friday, October 9th @ 10:30am | Cobb 311

Engaged and Public Social Science  | “Introduction: How social science can and does (or doesn’t) get mobilized in the non-academic world.” Find more information on this new reading group HERE
Monday, October  12th from 1:30-3pm | Rosenwald 329

Political Theory | “The Free Ascent of the Public Mind—Clergy, Legislators, Religion, and Political Opinion in Democracy in America,” by Alex Haskins
Monday, October 12th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Politics, History, and Society | “Central Park as a Work of Art,” by Jessica Feldman, Sociology
Tuesday, October 13th from 5-6:30pm | SS401

Animal Studies | “The Sexual Politics of Meat Slideshow,” by Carol Adams
Tuesday, October 13th @ 6pm | International House

Education | “Rescuing Low Income, High Ability Students,” by Sebastian Gallegos, Harris School
Tuesday, October 13th from 12-1:20pm | Pick Hall 016

US Locations | “TBD,” by Christien Tompkins, Anthropology
Tuesday, October 13th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

Comparative Politics | “Criminal Activities by Insurgent Groups: What Do They Gain?” by Susanne Wengle, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, October 14th @ 11:30am | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood

Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe | “Europe’s Russian Colonies and the Dream of Freedom,” by Faith Hillis
Wednesday, October 14th from 5-6:30pm | SS224

EthNoise! | “Making Use of Workshops, Developing Academic Projects, and Considering Issues within Ethnographic Music Research,” a conversation between Philip V Bohlman and Travis A Jackson
Thursday, October 15th @ 4:30pm | Goodspeed Hall, Room 205

Latin America and the Caribbean | “Sao Paulo Has Never Been Pinker: Development, Gay Identity Politics, and the Left in Brazil,” by Jay Sosa, Anthropology
Thursday, October 15th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Middle East History and Theory | “Astrology and Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman Almanacs,” by Tunç Sen, NELC
Thursday, October 15th from 12-1:30pm | Pick 218

Social Theory | “Some Myths About Ethnocentrism,” by Adam Etinson, Philosophy
Thursday, October 15th @ 6pm | Wilder House, 5811 S Kimbark

Modern France | “Beyond the Counter-Enlightenment: Reinventing Church Landownership for a Regenerated France,” by Liam Mannix, History
Friday, October 16th @ 4pm | Wieboldt 207


All UChicagoGRAD programming for Fall Quarter can be found HERE. Still look out for announcements for individual events so you don’t miss out on all the great UChicagoGRAD career programming.

TODAY: GRAD Talk: Anxiety and Public Speaking Workshop | Anxious about public speaking? Join Bill Rando, Director of the Center for Teaching, for a discussion of how to beat anxiety when presenting and win over your audience. | Register
Thursday, October 8th from 4:30-6pm | Classics 110

Time Management in the Quarter System | A panel of experts, including students from a variety of fields who have taken and taught graduate classes at UChicago, will suggest useful strategies for managing your time and graduate workload and for adapting to the warp-speed timing of the quarter system. This informal “how to” discussion—come with questions!—is targeted specifically to master’s and PhD students doing graduate classwork. | More Info + Register
Friday, October 9th from 12:30-1:30pm | Classics 110

 One-on-One Appointments with Grad Career Advisors | Sign up to consult with a dedicated graduate student career advisor to discuss application materials, job prospects, and more. | Register 

Federal Work Study On-Campus Jobs

Document Conversion Specialist | Student Disability Services | Reporting directly to the Disability Services Associate Director, the Document Conversion Specialist will digitize print materials and make them available to eligible students. This position will also assist with locating other sources of OCR documents and contacting publishers and ADA resource organizations to obtain accessible texts. | $14/hour | More Info
*Send a cover letter and resume to disabilties@uchicago.edu

Humanities Day Student Workers | UChicago Humanities Day | Literature. Visual Arts. Linguistics. Music. Languages. Philosophy. Choose from over forty presentations by UChicago faculty members. This annual event brings hundreds of visitors, staff, students, and faculty members to campus for a day of humanities programming. Some students may work the full day and others only part of the day, and some will be required to arrive around 6:30am. All workers will need to attend a training session held about one week prior to the event; two training sessions will be scheduled to accommodate everyone’s availability. Jobs include working registration tables, greeting visitors, and serving as room coordinators for each of the sessions. | $12/hour | If interested, email Tom Popelka at tpopelka@uchicago.edu.
Saturday, October 17th from 9:30am-2pm

Jobs + Fellowships

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology | Smithsonian Institute | SIMA is a graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Students participate in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility, learning to navigate museum systems and select methods for examination and analysis of Museum specimens while collecting data for a project of their Choice. | Students studying anthropology or related interdisciplinary programs at the MA and doctoral levels are considered for acceptance. All US graduate students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered if they are enrolled in a university in the US. | SIMA will be hosted June 27th-July22nd | More Info + Apply
*Applications due March 1st, 2016

Senior User Experience Researcher | PROS Holdings (Houston, TX) | PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO) is a big data software company that helps customers outperform in their markets by using big data to sell more effectively. We apply 29 years of data science experience to unlock buying patterns and preferences within transaction data to reveal which opportunities are most likely to close, which offers are most likely to sell and which prices are most likely to win. PROS offers big data solutions to optimize sales, pricing, quoting, rebates and revenue management across more than 40 industries. We’re looking for a talented individual who can leverage their passion and usability knowledge to research the users of our mid-market, cloud-based software. In this role, you will directly report to the Director of User Experience and will collaborate closely with product managers, software developers, and other user experience professionals to research user workflows and goals, shape design decisions, and then test those designs. Your primary responsibilities will involve: contextual inquiry and other forms of interviewing, task analysis, user stories, formative and summative usability testing, A/B testing, personas, surveys, statistical analysis, educating the team on the latest usability research, and evangelizing user-centered design inside and outside the company.| Looking for an ASAP start and 5 years experience. | More Info + Apply

Research/Operations Assistants (multiple opportunities) | Survey Lab | The Survey Lab is a research center in the Division of the Social Sciences. We collect social scientific data and train students in data collection methods. We collaborate with academic researchers, nonprofit organizations, and university administrators in a variety of areas including childcare, health, hunger, sexuality, education and the arts. We specialize in studies that require special attention to individual cases, often involving a mix of qualitative and quantitative components. There are two open position: Research Assistant—Survey Interviewing, and Operations Assistant, which is a work-study position. | More Info


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