October 22, 2015

Career Services

First of the Year Mentor in Residence Session: Alum in Academia | The Career Mentor in Residence program invites MAPSS and CIR alumni from different employment sectors back to campus. They come to talk about work in their industry, to introduce you to new career possibilities, and to provide inside advice on how to compete for jobs in their field. Each mentor will be available for small group and individual office hour consultations. This first Mentor in Residence event will spotlight Stanley Thangaraj (MAPSS 2000), Assistant Professor of Anthropology at City College of New York. He will speak about how MAPSS helped clarify his research interests and how his career trajectory began with his MA year. | Dinner will be provided | RSVP | More Info
Thursday, October 22nd from 4-6pm | Pick Hall 016

Building Your MAPSS Resume | Join Celina from UChicagoGRAD as she gives tips and advice on the construction of your resume as an MA student in the social sciences
TOMORROW: Friday, October 23rd from 3-4pm
         Saieh 103 (Note change in location)

Grow a Network for Life | Shelly will present about networking. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Graduate Career Fair, Alumni Mentor-in-Residence talks; and to engage with LinkedIn and other networking opportunities.
Monday, October 26th from 10-11am | Saieh 247
Friday, October 23rd from 3-4pm | Saieh 103

Boren Fellowship Information Session | UChicagoGRAD | This session will be led by Alison Mary Patz, a Program Analyst for the NSEP Boren Fellowship Program, and a former Boren Fellow. The Boren Fellowships award graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and independent research in countries and languages deemed critical to US national security interest. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope includes not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. | For more information, visit the Boren website or contact Jessica Smith (jessicasmith@uchicago.edu)
TODAY: Information Session: Thursday, October 22nd from 4-5pm
Harper 284
Internal application deadline: January 14th, 2016 @ 5pm

GRADFair | GRADFair is The University of Chicago’s first-ever Career Fair just for graduate students and postdocs. Featuring 40+ hiring organizations from diverse fields, GRADFair employers are interested specifically in the advanced training that graduate students and postdocs receive throughout the course of their academic careers. Whether you’re studying data analytics or analytic philosophy; anthropology or molecular engineering; affairs of the divinity or affairs of state — GRADFair will feature a diverse set of employers interested in your skills and experience. Confirmed employers include: Abbott, Allstate, Arabella Advisors, Art Institute of Chicago, Bain and Company, Capital One, CAN, Esri, India Innovation Corps, Institute for Defense Analyses, Jane Street Capital, Leo Burnett, Loren Academic, McKinsey and Company, McMaster Carr, Morningstar, Noble Network of Charter Schools, Protein Simple, RA Capital, The State Department, Stevens Capital, VSA Partners and MORE to come. |Learn more about the fair (who it’s for, why you should go); and register now to see our continually updated list of committed employers. After you register, you will be able to upload your resume to be included in the Fair Resume book. UChicagoGRAD is committed to helping you navigate your graduate and postdoctoral career. GRADFair is a fantastic opportunity to connect with employers who can help you take the next step after leaving UChicago. | FlyerHERE
Friday, November 6th from 1:30-4:30pm
Harper Court Tower, 53rd Street, 11th Floor


Xenophobia and Alterophobia in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands | Historians know well that post-nationalist societies are not unique in nurturing dislike, hostility, or hatred of foreigners and members of marginalized subcultures. Positioning certain groups against perceived outsiders or alternative groups within the same society is a salient feature of bygone societies as well. In fact, it is fair to say that the distrust of outsiders is an essential condition of society throughout history. Although many scholars have focused their attention on the socially and religiously stratified structure of Ottoman society, a systematic analysis of antipathy between communities has not yet been attempted. This symposium aims to reconstruct, to the extent possible, the mind-set of people living in 16th– and 17th century Ottoman lands. Presenters will explore patters in expressions of dislike in literature, historiography, and religious texts, but particularly in those texts that one would classify as “ego documents,” such as memoirs or otherwise personal accounts. | More Info
Thursday, October 22nd-Friday, October 23rd | Franke Institute, Regenstein Library

Thought Provoking

SSA Social Justice Address with K Sujata | International House | K Sujata is a strong advocate for women and girls, and has broad experience in Chicago’s philanthropic, business, and nonprofit communities. She serves as president of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grant-making organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. Sujata has worked at several notable nonprofit agencies in Chicago as director of programs for the Eleanor Foundation, executive director of Apna Ghar, director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness), and director of planning and development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Sujata trained as a scientist at Northwestern, received an MBA from IIT, and studied engineering in her native India. | More Info
Friday, October 23rd from 6:30-7:30pm | International House, Assembly Hall

Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain: Jonathan Fineburg in conversation with Theaster Gates | Seminary Co-op Bookstore | Based on Fineberg’s Presidential Lectures at the University of Nebraska, Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain examines the relationship between artistic production, neuroscience, and the way we make meaning in form. Drawing on the art of Robert Motherwell, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Christo, Jean Dubuffet, and others, Fineberg helps us understand the visual unconscious, the limits of language, and the political impact of art. Throughout, he works from the conviction that looking is a form of thinking that has a profound impact on the structure of the mind. | More Info
Monday, October 26th @ 6pm | Seminary Co-op, 5751 S Woodlawn

Sheriff of Wall Street Eliot Spitzer: Did America Learn its Lesson in the Great Recession? | IOP | When you graduate, do you expect to find a well-paying job with benefits; move into an apartment of your own; and begin saving for a house? Just a few graduating classes ago, all these expectations were shattered. Many of your predecessors moved from their dorms right back home to live with their parents: they couldn’t find jobs and their career track was delayed. Why? Wall Street had crumbled, wages dropped, markets tumbled, and savings were lost. In response, the US government developed new regulations to prevent another collapse like the one they’d just weathered. But are the new regulations working? Are they strong enough to protect all Americans? Join the IOP as it welcomes former Governor of New York and former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as he analyzes the state of regulation on Wall Street today and whether America has indeed learned its lesson. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, October 27th from 6-7:15pm
Quadrangle Club Dining Room, 1155 E 57th St

The US War with Mexico in History and Memory | CSRPC | Join the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture as we invite Ernesto Chavez, Associate Professor in History at the University of Texas at El Paso to campus. This lecture will explore the role of the US-Mexico war in history and memory, paying particular attention to its outcomes and the ways that writers, activists, artists, and politicians have depicted, deployed, and performed the conflict. Given the continued rise of the Latino/a population in the US and the reaction to this demographic, the history and memory of the war continues to be important in the life of this nation.| More Info + RSVP
Thursday, October 29th @ 4:30pm
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 5733 S University Ave

Sentimentality and the Capitalization of Humanity: On Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo with Professor Pheng Cheah | SAMSU Speaker Series | Professor Pheg Cheah, Chair of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, will lead a discussion on the topic of labor migration in Singapore. Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo, winner of the 2013 Camera d’Or award (and available for screening on Netflix), has received great acclaim for portraying the social suffering and alienation that accompanies the Singapore Story of economic success. Professor Phen Cheah will present on how the film sentimentalizes the vicissitudes of the game of cultivating human capital through labor migration and the limits of the film’s sentimental politics.| More Info + RSVP
Thursday, October 29th @ 6:15pm | Saieh 021


18th and 19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Annihilated Properties: Race and Reproduction in James Montgomery and Matthew Lewis,” by Cass Picken
Thursday, October 22nd from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Human Rights | “Is Justice an Option? Politics After Evil,” by Robert Meister
Monday, October 26th from 4:30-6:30pm | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood

Political Theory | “Domestic Colonialism in Western Political Theory: Tocqueville, Owen, Booth, and Kropotkin,” by David Owen (University of Southampton)
Monday, October 26th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Politics, History, Society | “A Family Matter: Mapping the Shift in Regional LGBT Discourse in Italy,” by Cate Fugazzola
Tuesday, October 27th from 5-6:30pm | SS401

PISP | “Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Economic Interdependence and War,” by Mariya Grinberg
Tuesday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

US Locations | TBD by Kaya Williams and Kristen Simmons
Tuesday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30pm | Haskell 101

Comparative Politics | “Resistance Networks, Social Overlap, and the Choice of Violent Versus Nonviolent Strategies in Conflict,” by Ches Thurber
Wednesday, October 28th @ 11:30am | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood

Global Christianities | “Pilgrimage in Ghana,” by Saeed Richardson
Wednesday, October 28th from 1:30-2:45pm | Swift 200

Central Europe | Roundtable Discussion on the 2015 Migration Crisis in Europe and the Middle East, with Roy Kimmey, History; Faith Hillis, History; Susan Gal, Anthropology; Chris Sheklian, Anthropology
Wednesday, October 28th from 5-6:30pm | SSR 224

Philosophy of Religions | “The Natural, the Normative, and the Study of Religion,” by Anil Mundra
Wednesday, October 28th @ 4:30pm | Swift 200

Social Theory and Evidence | “Opportunity Constraint and Religious Life: What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” by Chris Graziul
Wednesday, October 28th from 12-1:20pm | SSR401

Social History | “The Ideology of American Exceptionalism,” by Brendan O’Connor (University of Sydney)
Thursday, October 29th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

EthNoise! | “Gypsy Music as Labor in Twentieth-Century Hungary: Transforming an Industry, Transforming Lives,” by Lynn Hooker (Indiana University)
Thursday, October 29th @ 4:30pm | Goodspeed 205


Writing Workshop Series: Creating Value| Graduate student writers will learn and practice techniques for making their writing valuable to their readers. The first part of each workshop will be a plenary session presenting a concrete writing and revision technique; in the second part, participants will work in small groups on revision exercises. In this first workshop, we will work on “Creating Value.” Clear writing is good; organized is good; persuasive is good. But none of this matters if your writing is not seen by readers to be relevant, significant, having impact, or consequential—that is, valuable to them. This session begins a series on aspects of writing that can advance, or hinder, readers’ perception that your work is valuable. | More Info + Register
Monday, October 26th from 12-1:20pm | Regenstein Library Room A-11

Avoiding Plagiarism | Join UChicago faculty and administrative staff for a discussion and workshop on best practices for defining and avoiding plagiarism and for ways to discuss scholarly attribution questions with faculty. Learn these important skills in an informal and helpful environment—come with questions! Panelists include: Ellen Cohen, Executive Director at the Center for Health and the Social Sciences; Kevin Corlette, Professor, Math; Tamara Felden, Director, Office of International Affairs; and Borja Sotomayor, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, October 28th from 4:30-6pm | Classics 110

Jobs + Fellowships

Summer Student Internship (unpaid) | US Department of State | The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy. About half of U.S. Department of State Student Internship participants serve in Washington, D.C., with a limited number of opportunities available at Department field offices and facilities in other cities in the United States. Approximately half of these opportunities are offered in many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world. The U.S. Department of State Student Experience is also the only program within the agency that offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas. | More Info + Apply
         *Application Due Friday, October 23rd (Tomorrow!)

Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program | EPIC’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program serves as a bridge between college and graduate school to provide those with an interest in economics or another quantitative social science with work experience prior to continuing their education. Fellows serve as Research Assistants for EPIC for one or two year appointments, and work closely with EPIC faculty and staff to conduct data analysis, create presentations, edit research papers, and other tasks as assigned. Upon completing the program, fellows in this or similar positions have gone on to economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, the University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley and similar schools. EPIC invites applications for full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2016-17. Successful candidates will report to Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of EPIC. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. | Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree by June 2016 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, particularly those with experience in Stata, R, or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on June 1, 2016 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits. | To apply, please send your resume, transcript, and a writing sample to epic.predoctoralfellowship@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We intend to announce the 2016-17 EPIC fellows around February 1, 2016.

Editorial Research Assistant | Human Capital Media | Human Capital Media is the largest integrated media company serving the human capital, management, and workforce development industries. The company publishes multiple industry news magazines and conducts research through the Human Capital Media Advisory Group. The Editorial Research Assistant position provides an opportunity for social sciences graduates to apply their research skills to the private sector while working creatively to be on top of emerging career and hiring trends. | More Info + Apply

Language Training Specialist | Department of State | We are currently accepting applications for experienced Language Training Specialists to work at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the primary training provider for the U.S. Department of State and the foreign affairs community. The Language Training Specialists will work in the Division of European and African Languages (EUA) and the Division of Slavic, Pashto, and Persian Languages (SPP) in the School of Language Studies (SLS). They will assist Language Training Supervisors in a wide variety of functions directly involved in the development and administration of training programs and staff development. Language Training Specialists may be required to serve as classroom language and culture instructors and participate in oral proficiency testing as needed on a part-time basis. | More Info + Apply | Control Number 418411100


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