November 19, 2015

Career Services

FEATURED
Prepare Your Case
| Calling all those who are interested in consulting! Shelly will present on how to master the case interview and get tips for a career in management consulting.
Friday, November 20th @ 3pm | Saieh 146

MAPSS Fund for Applied Research: GfK User Centric Grant Research Award Information Session  | GfK User Centric is a research consultancy that has hired many of our graduates over the past several years. In appreciation of the unique training that we provide, several years ago, they made a significant donation that established the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research. In addition to monetary support, their staff is committed to assisting students in understanding and utilizing their extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities. The MAPSS Fund will make grants that support student thesis research. The User Research Awards in particular are intended to provide mentoring support along with facilities services and/or additional funding (when needed) for MAPSS thesis projects involving user research on human interaction with or without technology. You will find that the range of research questions able to qualify by these criteria is far broader than it seems. Projects could include for instance, cross-cultural comparisons of subject responses to written content assessable on the web. We especially encourage you to attend if your thesis topic may utilize ethnography, survey methods, focus groups or lab-based evaluations.  Please remember all projects will be considered.
Applications are now open! You can find them HERE

Conferences

A Voice as Something More: An International Conference | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | This conference grows out of the Neubauer faculty research seminar “The Voice Project.”  The seminar was initiated in 2013 by an interdisciplinary group of faculty members who have trained their attention on the problem that different disciplines assemble radically different interests under the single rubric of voice, from Derridean deconstructionist philosophy to Lacanian psychoanalysis, from the techno-materialism of cinema and media studies to the physico-materialism of music studies and the cross-culturalism of anthropology and area studies.  Indeed across the humanities and social sciences, voice is understood in almost contradictory ways: as a semantic medium (e.g. word/music studies in musicology) or as a nonsignifying medium (French critical theory); as a material presence (Barthes) or a nonmaterial one (the Lacanian school); as involved in a dialectics of presence in the humanist mold (as in Walter Ong and Bakhtin) or a dialectics of absence in the poststructuralist one (Lacan and arguably Derrida).  This bewildering and often paradoxical set of approaches has demanded at the very least that we work toward developing a means of communicating across disciplines and discourses, with all the presumptions that they carry. Far from denying that voice is a carrier of diverse meanings, we aim to introduce new questions about voice that challenge metaphysical and often universalizing presumptions about it–in the case of East Asian studies and anthropology by provincializing the Euro-American discourse on the voice and in the case of Classics by tracing the linguistic and historical roots of this figurative understanding of voice. | More Info
Friday, November 20th-Sunday, November 22nd
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Living and Leaving the Japanese Empire | Center for East Asian Studies | The conference will explore how the Japanese empire affected the lives, thoughts, and imaginations of people in the metropole and in the colonies, as well as how the imperial and colonial experiences of East Asia continue to haunt its postcolonial subjects via lingering conflicts and the specter of the revival of imperialist thought long after the empire’s demise. The conference will examine, from a transnational perspective, three central issues of the Japanese empire across multiple humanities and social science disciplines: 1) law and society, 2) migration and mobility, and 3) memory and legacy. | More Info + Register
Friday, November 20th-Saturday, November 21st | SSR 224

Black Graduate Student Association: 19th Annual Graduate Research Conference | Northwestern University | This year’s conference theme is A Day in the Life of Us. We invite graduate students across the Midwest to submit abstracts and present their work. As with previous conferences, the goal of our conference is to highlight the work of scholars of color as well as scholars whose work touches communities of color. We strongly encourage students from all disciplines to present their research, including humanities, business, STEM, social sciences, law, and the arts. Students can present their work as a poster or oral presentation. Travel grants of up to $100 will be available for students traveling more than 180 miles. Awards will be given for best poster and oral presentation! | Abstracts due February 19th, 2016 | More Info
Sunday, April 23rd 2016
Loyola University Water Tower Campus (downtown Chicago)

Courses

Temple or Forum: Debating and Designing the Obama Presidential Center (Anth 31108/24520; Maps 31108) | Throughout this seminar participants will research and discuss key issues pertaining to the development and implications of Presidential Libraries and Museums. These insights will become the foundation for a final project in which they will work in small teams to design a potential exhibit for the Obama Presidential Center in Hyde Park. | More Info
Wednesdays, 5-6pm

Thought Provoking

Moral Progress, Social Change (And Historical Materialism) | Philosophy Dept | Professor Dr. Rahel Jaeggi, of Humboldt University Berlin and the Theodor-Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research, will present this lecture on the ontologies of social change. | More Info
Friday, November 20th from 4-6pm
Stevenson Hall (Basement), 701 S Morgan St

All Eyes and Ears film screening | IOP | Please join the IOP and the Center for East Asian Studies for a film screening followed by a Q&A with director Vanessa Hope and author Wen Huang. All Eyes and Ears interweaves the stories of US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie Mei, and blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng as they find purpose, identity, and resolve amid the two nations’ evolving relationship.|RSVP
Monday, November 23rd, from 6-8:30pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

TEDxUChicago Speaker Salon: A Great Leap Towards Astronomical Discovery | International House | TEDxUChicago is excited to launch its first-ever salon! With a smaller audience size, salons aim to stimulate lively discussions between audiences and speakers that will continue beyond the TEDx session. Professor Wendy Freedman, astronomer, former director of Carnegie Observatories, and TED speaker, will address her topic of expertise of the observational side of cosmology. She will focus on the expansion of the universe, dark energy, and dark matter, as well as talk about her current Giant Magellan Telescope Project in Chile. | RSVP
Monday, November 30th from 6-8pm | International House Assembly Hall

Why Banks Still “Own the Place” with Anat Admati | Stiegler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State | Despite an enormously harmful financial crisis and despite rhetoric from politicians and regulators about the need to control Wall Street, the banking industry is still dangerous and distorted. What is wrong with banking and why is the industry so successful in virtually maintaining a bad status quo? This talk will describe the forces that explain why and how the banking industry maintains its economic and political power in the US and elsewhere. Professor Admati will discuss the basic economics of banking, trends in recent decades, and the unique governance issues that pervade the institutions within and around banking. Among the reasons for the success of the industry is the pervasive myth that banks are “special,” and the spin and narratives that maintain this myth and which have been used to justify the excessive privilege banks enjoy. Professor Admati will assess the state of financial regulations, calls for “breaking up the banks,” risk tax, and other approaches. | More Info + RSVP
Wednesday, December 2nd from 5-7pm
Harper Center Room C25, 5807 S Woodlawn Ave

Integrating the Inner City | Urban Network | For many years Chicago’s looming large-scale housing projects defined the city, and their demolition and redevelopment—via the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation—has been perhaps the most startling change in the city’s urban landscape in the last twenty years. The Plan, which reflects a broader policy effort to remake public housing in cities across the country, seeks to deconcentrate poverty by transforming high-poverty public housing complexes into mixed-income developments and thereby integrating once-isolated public housing residents into the social and economic fabric of the city. But is the Plan an ambitious example of urban regeneration or a not-so-veiled effort at gentrification? Join the Urban Network for a book launch and conversation with Robert Chaskin, Mark Chaskin, and the National Public Housing Museum. |RSVP
Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm
The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St

Workshops

PIPES | “Just a War Theory? American Public Opinion on Ethics in Military Combat,” by Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth College)
TODAY: Thursday, November 19th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Linguistics and Philosophy | “Alternatives and Truth-Makers in Conditional Semantics,” by Paolo Santorio (University of Leeds)
Friday, November 20th from 10:30-12:20pm | Rosenwald 208

American Politics | “Citizen Investors: The Historical and Institutional Roots of Inequality in Financial Asset Ownership,” by Wendy Rahn (University of Minnesota)
Monday, November 23rd from 12-1:20pm | Pick Lounge

Political Theory | “Seizing a Seat at the Table: Jacques Ranciere, AIDS Treatment Activism, and Disputes over Popular Capacities,” by Daniel Nichanian
Monday, November 23rd from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Language, Cognition, Computation | “Clustering Properties and the Interface of Syntacticosemantic Content with Morphological Form,” Mike Pham
Monday, November 23rd @ 3pm | Rosenwald 208

Social Theory and Evidence | “Can You ‘Work your way up?’: Examining the Relationship Between Achievement Group Assignments and the Development of Student Learning Behaviors,” Marshall Jean
Monday, November 30th from 12-1:20pm | SSR401

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Outside In—A (Female) Perspective on Designing (Different) Games,” by Doris Rusch (DePaul)
Tuesday, December 1st from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Fields in Community Context: Opportunity Constraint and Religious Public Life,” by Christopher Graziul
Tuesday, December 1st @ 6pm | SSR 106

Global Christianities | “Public Undergrounds and Underground Publics,” by Xiao-bo Yuan
Tuesday, December 1st from 5-6:30pm | Swift 208

Late Antiquiy and Byzantium | “Reliquary Crosses in the Middle Byzantine Period,” by Tasha Vorderstrasse
Tuesday, December 1st @ 4:30pm | CWAC 156

Human Rights | “The Reeducation of Race: UNESCO’s 1950 Statement on Race and the Remaking of Humanity,” by Sonali Thakkar
Tuesday, December 1st from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

East Asia | “Wages, Human Capital, and Location of Secondary Sector Industry in China,” by Benton Fleisher (Ohio State University)
Tuesday, December 1st from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Education | “Tracking and the Development of Learning Behaviors in High School,” by Marshall Jean
Tuesday, December 1st from 12-1:20pm | Pick 016

Animal Studies | “Shelter Promises: Encounters in the Ruff,” by Harlan Weaver (Kansas State University)
Wednesday, December 2nd @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Social Theory | “Dreamworlds, Nightmares, and Redemption in West Germany, 1945-77,” by Jake Smith
Thursday, December 3rd @ 6pm | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood
  

Jobs

Student Trainee (multiple opportunities) | Department of Labor | This position is located in the Division of Federal Employees’ and Energy Workers Compensation (FEEWC), which is one of the national office divisions in the Office of the Solicitor. The Division is responsible for providing legal services to the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) in connection with workers’ compensation claims under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), and related statues. The division also provides legal services to all agencies of the Department in connection with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FCTA), Military Personnel and Civilian Employee Compensation Act (MPCECA), and related statues. | More Info + Apply
*Application due by December 2nd, 2015

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November 12, 2015

Career Services Office Notes:
Schedule an appointment with Shelly HERE

UChicagoGRAD Graduate Career Fair | Were you unable to make it to the Graduate Career Fair on Friday, November 6th? Check out this link for descriptions of the employers who attended, and their available jobs and careers.

Career Tip: H-1B: Jobs for International Students  | For most H-1B-qualifying jobs, there is a numerical limit, or quota, of 85,000 total H-1B visas approved each federal fiscal year. The quota creates a challenging timing issue surrounding when the prospective employer can submit its H-1B visa petition and when – or whether — the H-1B worker can begin employment. But there’s a way to avoid this whole problem: Find a job of a type that would qualify you for an H-1B visa, but is not limited by the 85,000 “cap.” This article discusses finding a job at a “cap-exempt” employer to avoid the quota and corresponding timing issue. Four types of employers are not subject to the H-1B cap: institutions of higher education; nonprofit entities related to or affiliated with institutions of higher education; nonprofit or U.S. governmental research organizations, and organizations that require the H-1B employee to work at one of the first three categories of employers. Determining whether one of these exceptions applies to your prospective employer may require some investigation. It always involves looking into the nature of the employer and may require some checking into the job location, as well. It’s not likely that a job posting will contain any information about the employer’s cap-exempt status, because most employers are not thinking about H-1B visa sponsorship when seeking to fill an open position. It therefore will be helpful to seek the advice of an immigration attorney who can assist you in determining whether the job will be exempt from the H-1B cap.

Career Services

FEATURED
The DC Job Search | Shelly will give tips and tricks for applying and securing jobs in Washington, DC. Join her next week if you have ever considered working for the federal government!
TOMORROW: Friday, November 13th from 3-4pm | Saieh 146
InternGenerational Model UN | InterGenerational Model UN (InterGenMUN) is a chance for Chicagoans to understand and appreciate the challenges that UN delegates, committee members, and rapporteurs experience each day when they are in session at the United Nations. This unique experience will give you the opportunity to take on a role of your choice in a formal political simulation of an afternoon at the United Nations. You will have an opportunity to represent the nation of your choice in key issues for debate and discussion. | More Info | Register
Saturday, November 14th from 11:30am-5:30pm | International House

Conferences

Preparing Future Faculty: The Introductory Course: Gateway to the Discipline | Chicago Center for Teaching | Talk with experienced teacher-scholars from a variety of institutions in the Midwest to understand universities’ teaching goals and values, and how to meet them; learn new ways to teach a variety of audiences; learn how to develop a syllabus for an introductory course in your discipline; design a syllabus that showcases your ability to motivate beginning students; and translate your teaching experience into an effective course plan. This program is designed specifically for graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. | More Info + Register
Friday, December 4th from 9am-4pm

Courses

Research Practicum: Urban Development at Navy Pier (PPHA 50820) | The course is sponsored by Betty Farrell and the Cultural Policy Center, and while the content of the course changes yearly, it’s always structured to 1) engage students in fieldwork and 2) expose students to analytic tools to tackle pressing issues in the arts, culture, and policy sectors. | More Info

Thought Provoking

Jessica Yellin: Presidential Elections and Reporting from Inside the Bubble | IOP | The media is taking it on the chin from presidential candidates this election cycle. What’s it like to cover a presidential campaign in the age of Twitter and the instant news cycle? How are stories assigned, narratives solidified, and who decides the questions for those debates? | More Info
         TODAY: Thursday, November 12th from 12-1:15pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

125 Years of Big Ideas in the Social Sciences: Roots of Inquiry & Growth of Ideas | Social Sciences Division | For over a century, the University’s social scientists have made groundbreaking advancements in their fields and have, as a result, shaped their disciplines. Today, the scholarship of the Division’s faculty is deeply rooted in our rich intellectual history while being transformative in its own right. Hear from faculty renowned in their fields as they discuss their current, cutting-edge work, its connections to foundational themes in the work of the Division, and through a moderated discussion, how the past influences new directions in the social sciences.| More Info
          TODAY: Thursday, November 12th from 5-6:30pm | SSR122

Ariella Azoulay: Kill Me If You Wish To: Imperial Violence and the Common | Neubauer Collegium | Professor, curator, and documentary filmmaker Ariella Azoulay will present a paper that discusses three moments when someone steps forward and cries “kill me if you wish to” – Pende rebellion 1931, Stephane Charbonier (Charlie Hebdo) and Zakary Zubeide (in 2001).  From these three moments she reconstructs a struggle between the western modality of producing art (objects of critical inquiry) – and other modalities that Zubeide and the Pende people recur to in these volatile moments when their life is threatened. In continuation with her potential history argument, Azoulay argues that imperial violence is the common out of which action and interactions with each other should be conceived | More Info
Friday, November 13th from 4-6pm
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 157, 5540 S Greenwood Ave

Toward a Framework for Critical Engagement with Crime Control Policy in Trafficking Cultural Objects | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | A Discussion featuring Professor Simon Mackenzie (Department of Criminology, University of Glasgow) and Dr. Neil Brodie and Dr. Donna Yates (Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow). The Trafficking Culture research group gathers, analyzes and publishes information on the global traffic in looted cultural objects. This talk will review some of the project’s work over the last four years and develop various components of a crime prevention framework to advance thinking about controlling the illicit market. Regional ethnographic case study evidence gathered by the project will be reviewed and used to explore some of the regulatory challenges.  Using contemporary examples of looting and conflict, the speakers will reflect on reasons why current crime prevention policy fails in this area, and propose improved approaches. | More Info
Monday, November 16th from 12-1:30pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Save Our Sisters | International House | As state violence rises among communities of color, issues of rape and domestic violence lay buried in the ground, leaving us to wonder: Do #BlackWomensLivesMatter?
Join panelists Zerlina Maxwell, Jamilah Lemeiux, and Dr. Dawne Dupart as we bring these issues to the forefront of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. | More Info
Tuesday, November 17th from 6-8pm
International House, Assembly Hall

Thinking Globally Distinguished Lecture: Lynn Hunt on Global History | CIS | Is globalization the new paradigm that will reinvigorate history? Or will it choke off all other possible contenders and renew a narrative on the inevitability of world modernization on the Western model? As the social and cultural theories that stimulated much history writing from the 1950s onward have lost vitality, new interest in thinking globally has prompted historically-minded scholars to devise alternatives to nation-state histories. In short, new ways of conceiving the world are being developed. In this CIS “Thinking Globally” Distinguished Lecture, Professor Lynn Hunt (History, UCLA) considers which ones are most promising and discusses ways to incorporate the insights of social and cultural history into new global perspectives.| More Info + Register
Wednesday, December 2nd @ 5:30pm | SSR122

Social

HotHouse Presents the Second Annual Old and New Dreams Festival | Logan Center | HotHouse’s Old and New Dreams Festival is a second annual two-day multi-arts event that celebrates the intersection of jazz and “world musics.” It is the organization’s premiere showcase for some of the key programming that identified HotHouse as one of the most consistent cultural leaders in the city over the past 30 years. | $15 for UChicago students | More Info + Register
Friday, November 13th @ 8pm-Saturday, November 14th @ 8pm
Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St

Workshops

FEATURED
American Politics | MAPSS Preceptor presenting | “Defining Problems and Solutions: How Do Knowledge and Beliefs About Climate Change Influence Support for Climate Policies?” by Alexandra Bass
Monday, November 16th from 12-1:20pm | Pick Lounge
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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World | Conference on “Fiction/Non-Fiction: The Uses and Truths of Literature” | More Info
Friday, November 13th-Saturday, November 14th

Islamic Studies | “Ethics and Censorship: Angare and the Politics of Indo-Muslim Respectability in Late Colonial India,” by Sarah Waheed (Davidson)
Friday, November 13th @ 3:30pm | Swift 106

Language, Variation, and Change | “Language Use in MOBA Gaming Communities,” by Ross Burkholder
Friday, November 13th @ 3pm | Rosenwald 301

Early Modern | “‘A Dangerous and Dishonorable Thing’: Overseas Mints and the Rise of the Technocratic Expertise in the British Empire, 1650-1700,” by Mara Caden (Yale)
Monday, November 16th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 319

Social Theory and Evidence | “Insurgent Dynamics: The Coming of the Chinese Revellions, 1850-1873,” by Yang Zhang
Monday, November 16th from 12-1:10pm | SSR401

Global Christianities | “Disciplinary Perspectives: What is Theology?” discussion led by Kevin Hector
Tuesday, November 17th from 12-1:15pm | Swift 208

Urban | “‘Our Great Hobby’: The Construction of Legal Consciousness in Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Illinois,” by Lara Janson
Tuesday, November 17th from 12-1:20pm | Cobb 102

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Play and the Foucauldian Subject,” by Dawn Herrera Helphand
Tuesday, November 17th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

Late Antiquity and Byzantium | “The Making of Turan: The Fall and Transformation of the Iranian East in Late Antiquity,” by Richard Payne
Tuesday, November 17th @ 4:30 | CWAC 156

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Ministers of the Mind: Ideational Theories and Governmental Practice,” by Pierre-Christian Fink
Tuesday, November 17th from 4:30-6pm | SSR 106

Comparative Behavioral Biology | “Happy Hour? Reproduction and Fertility in the Absence of a Functional Circadian Clock,” by Erin Cable (Psychology)
Wednesday, November 18th @ 12pm
Biopsychological Sciences Building 122

Animal Studies | “Uncertain Hog Futures (Or, Two Bacon Shortages and the Financial Life of the Capitalist Pig),” by Jan Dutkiewicz (New School for Social Research)
Wednesday, November 18th @ 4:30 | Rosenwald 405

Music History/Theory | “The Lyric Mode of Voice: Song and Subjectivity in Italy, 1769-1815,” by Jess Peritz
Wednesday, November 18th @ 4:30pm | Logan 801

Social History | “Selective Renewal: Education Markets and Urban Renaissance in Post-Civil Rights Chicago,” by Nicholas Kryczka
Wednesday, November 18th from 4:30-6pm | SSR 225

Central Europe | “Expressionist Impulses: German and Central European Art, 1890-1990.”
Thursday, November 19th from 4-5:30pm | Smart Museum of Art

Latin American History | “Global History of Modern Latin America from the Perspective of Musical Practices and Networks,” by Pablo Palomino
Thursday, November 19th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Placing the American State in the Interior of China: The Jinan Missionary Case, 1881-1891,” by Dan Knorr
Thursday, November 19th from 4:15-6pm | SSR 224

Race and Racial Ideologies | “Black/White Differences in Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the United States,” by Bhashkar Mazumder, Senior Economist and Research Advisor and Director of the Chicago Census Research Data Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Thursday, November 19th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave
  

Fellowships

University Community Service Center Summer Links Program | The University Community Service Center (UCSC) is one of 20 departments under the Campus and Student Life (CSL) unit that serves the University’s 5,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional school students. The mission of the University Community Service Center (UCSC) is to engage students with communities and partners to build a more just Chicago. UCSC provides students with service opportunities that complement a rigorous academic experience. UCSC encourages students to explore Chicago, make meaningful connections with diverse communities throughout the city, to develop friendships with other civic-minded students, and apply classroom learning to understand and address complex societal issues. | More Info + Apply
            *Application Due Monday, November 16th

Jobs

Internship | FBI | Want to protect and defend the United States’ national security? The FBI is interested in your skill sets. The FBI has opened the call for applications for the 2016 Honors and Cyber Internship programs and launched a new application process. All intern candidates must go to FBI Jobsto register and complete a profile, and then select their profile to be added to the Intern Talent Network by November 24, 2015. After selecting the Intern Talent Network, intern candidates must attach their résumés and answer suitability questions. Only those candidates in the network by November 24 will be considered for the 2016 program. All educational backgrounds will be considered for the internships. | More Info + Apply
*Application due by November 24th, 2015

Graduate Research Assistant | Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies | The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising MA-level and first-year PhD students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months. Assistants will work closely with assigned staff mentors who will assign tasks related to research and program goals. Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum and supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s publications. In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. | More Info + Apply

Graduate Research Associate (summer or academic year) | ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy | The American Council on Education’s Graduate Research Associate Program is housed in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy and is designed to provide graduate students with a ‘real-world’ policy research experience within a leading national higher education association. Representing the interests of campus executives and leaders of higher education associations and organizations, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives. | More Info + Apply
*Summer Program application due January 15, 2016
*Academic Year Program application due March 15, 2016

September 11, 2015

Career Tip of the Week: Language skills are important for both international and domestic employers. Even knowledge of or familiarity with common or obscure language skills indicate a propensity for language-learning in general. When communicating with employers, indicate the level of reading, writing, and speaking you have acquired. Always describe what you can do rather than what you can’t.

Career

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Info Session | UChicagoGRAD | The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. This session will be co-led by Jessica Smith, Assistant Director of Fellowships for UChicagoGRADm and Ramya Parameswaran, graduate student in the Biophysical Sciences and current Soros Fellow. Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of applying to the program, award terms and conditions, and anecdotal information about the program provided by Ramya.| Register
Wednesday, September 16th @ 12:30-1:30pm | Kersten Physics Teaching Center, Room 206 / 5720 S Ellis Ave

Conferences

The Global Midwest | The Committee on African Studies | In the early twenty-first century, it has become commonplace for institutions of higher learning to make claims about their global reach. But the global connections of Midwestern universities is neither new nor novel. Starting in the 1950s, universities from around the Midwest collaborated with institutions of higher learning in developing countries, often with the support of USAID. This workshop brings together scholars who have investigated the origins, ambitions, successes, and failures of partnerships between American and African universities. | Info
Saturday, September 12th @ 9am-5pm  | Franke Institute, 1st Floor of Regenstein Library

 

Thought Provoking

Disgraced: Culture and Heritage in the 21st Century | Chicago Council on Global Affairs | Can we ever truly escape the influence of our heritage? Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Disgraced, explores the difficulties of defining one’s identity while balancing the demands of cultural assimilation often placed upon immigrants. Although rooted in the American context of cultural mélange, the play reverberates far and wide in a globalized world. As unprecedented numbers of people migrate across borders, the fierce exchange of culture, beliefs, and ideas is testing dearly held notions of the roles race, religion, and class play in modern society. Join the Chicago Council and Goodman Theatre for a panel discussion and performance of Disgraced. | More Info
Wednesday, September 16th @ 5:30-9pm | Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St

Petra Andrejova-Molnar: Contribution and Collaboration | Neubauer Collegium | An exhibition of works attributed to the Czechoslovakian architect Petra Andrejova-Molnar, an overlooked figure active in the first half of the twentieth century, as realized by artist Katarina Burin in the form of architectural models, drawings, furniture and design objects, photographs, and texts. In presenting Andrejova-Molnar’s work, and the scholarly apparatus around it, Burin simultaneously inserts her into and subtly destabilizes the established canon of architectural history—lending voice to female designers while also questioning notions of authorship and authenticity, the relationship between gender and the archive, and the historical tension between national identity and internationalist aspiration. The project highlights the ways in which historical movements and utopian ideologies and contradictory formations in a constant state of flux, while also crating a space of play around the mythos of “the architect.” | More Info
Wednesday, September 16th (opening reception) @ 5-7pm | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S Woodlawn Ave

 

Social

ReelAbilities Film Festival | In celebration of ADA25, the Logan Center will be hosting the third and final day of the ReelAbilities Film Festival: the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the lives, stories, and art of people with disability. For more information on the films and surrounding programming, please visit HERE. | For more information on the two films showing at Logan Center, visit the Facebook page HERE | Free
Sunday, September 13th @ 2pm | Logan Center Screening Room / 915 E 60th St

UChicagoGRAD

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 

On-Campus Positions

Internship (multiple opportunities) | Oriental Institute | The Oriental Institute is a research center and museum at the University of Chicago focusing on the history, language, art, and archeology of the ancient Middle East. There are multiple internship opportunities available at the Museum, including as a Photographic Archive Assistant, Integrated Database Project Assistant, Archive Assistant, and in the Museum Gift Shop. | More Info + Apply

Jobs + Fellowships

Teacher | Urban Teachers (opportunities all over) | Every child deserves a great teacher. Yet students in urban districts often receive the least effective and least experienced teachers available. Urban Teachers is changing the equation in urban education, offering high-need schools a supply of effective teachers who are ready to make a difference in students’ lives and are committed to a career in teaching. Research shows that even the best teachers need time to solidify their practice: as a result, Urban Teachers developed a four-year training program. By holding teachers accountable, we ensure all children get the great teachers they deserve, every year. | More Info | Apply

Luce Scholarship | The University of Chicago is a nominating institution for applicants to the Henry Luce Foundation for the Luce Scholars Program. The Luce Scholars program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Past Scholars, including University of Chicago applicants, have worked with different Asian governmental and private entities such as Japanese architectural firms, Taiwanese family planning centers, the Cambodian health care system, English-language newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, and Indonesian forestry projects. | US citizenship required | Apply through Center for East Asian Studies: any questions can be directed to Walter Bourdaghs at walterb@uchicago.eduMore Info 

October 29, 2015

Notes from the Career Services Office

Career Mentor in Residence: Alum in Academia | Stanley Thangaraj (A.M. 1997), Associate Professor in Anthropology at CUNY, spoke about his experiences while a student at University of Chicago, and focused on the difficulties he faced, socially and with his faculty mentor. He offered advice about how to navigate working with world-class scholars and researchers who might have hard and fast ideas about how students should conduct their research, and talked about the importance of finding good mentors who can push students intellectually and who also have personalities that mesh well together. He talked about why he chose to return to academia five years after his MAPSS degree rather than continue in the nonprofit sector. He also talked about the importance of being able to speak about his research to a nonacademic audience.

Career

FEATURED

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.
Friday, October 30th from 3-4pm | Saieh 103

International Innovation Corps Information Session | India, the world’s largest democracy, has enormous potential and drive, but faces immense development hurdles. India’s public sector strives to overcome these hurdles, seeking ambitious, groundbreaking ideas that the government can implement at scale. An incredible opportunity exists to create social impact interventions that really make a difference, and graduates from top universities—in India and the US—are passionate about doing exactly this kind of work. That’s why the IIC sends top talent to work with government organizations in India on 13-month fellowships that implement innovative solutions to important development problems. | Info Session (hosted by MAPSS/CIR) | More Info | 2016 Fellow Application
Monday, November 2nd from 10-11:30am | Saieh 247

Career Mentor in Residence Session: Alum in Development/Higher Education | 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. The second Mentor in Residence event will spotlight David Cashman (MAPSS 2001), Senior Director of International Advancement at UChicago. He will speak about how his career decisions were a direct outgrowth of his time in MAPSS, and how a career in development has allowed him to continue applying his social scientific thinking skills to real-world problems. | Flyer HERE
Discussion and Q&A: Wednesday, November 4th from 10am-12noon | Saieh 247
Walk-in office hours: Wednesday, November 4th from 1:30-3:30pm | Harper Court #726

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: American Institutes for Research, Arabella Advisors, Argonne National Laboratory, Art Institute of Chicago, Bain and Company, Boomerang Commerce, C1 Consulting, Chicago Innovation Exchange, Capital One, CAN, India Innovation Corps, Institute for Defense Analyses, Leo Burnett, Loren Academic, McKinsey and Company, Noble Network of Charter Schools, Protein Simple, RA Capital, The State Department, Stevens Capital and MORE. | Informational interviews will be held by Abbott, the American Institutes for Research, Civis Analytics, Deloitte, Google, Mathematica Policy Research, MATTER, Metromile, Protein Simple, Sg2, and Tom, Dick, and Harry Creative. | 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. GRADFair is a fantastic opportunity to connect with employers who can help you take the next step after leaving UChicago. | More Info
Friday, November 6th from 1:30-4:30pm | Harper Court Tower, 53rd Street, 11th Floor

MAPSS Fund for Applied Research: GfK User Centric Grant Research Award Information Session | GfK User Centric is a research consultancy that has hired many of our graduates over the past several years. In appreciation of the unique training that we provide, several years ago, they made a significant donation that established the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research. In addition to monetary support, their staff is committed to assisting students in understanding and utilizing their extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities. The MAPSS Fund will make grants that support student thesis research. The User Research Awards in particular are intended to provide mentoring support along with facilities services and/or additional funding (when needed) for MAPSS thesis projects involving user research on human interaction with or without technology. You will find that the range of research questions able to qualify by these criteria is far broader than it seems. Projects could include for instance, cross-cultural comparisons of subject responses to written content assessable on the web. We especially encourage you to attend if your thesis topic may utilize ethnography, survey methods, focus groups or lab-based evaluations.  Please remember all projects will be considered. | RSVP | More Info
Tuesday, November 17th from 6:30-8:30pm | Location TBD; at their offices downtown
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Government Job Fair | Join the University of Illinois at Chicago for a Government career fair. Confirmed organizations attending include Alderman Reilly, 42nd Ward; City of Chicago Dept of Innovation and Technology; Dept of Homeland Security; DEA; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Glendale Heights Police Dept; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center; Lake County Health Dept; Marine Corps Officer Programs; NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance; Office of Naval Research; Social Security Administration; UIC Police; and US Securities and Exchange Commission. | More Info
Friday, November 13th from 1-4pm | UIC Student Center East Building, 750 S Halsted St (*professional attire required)

Conferences

City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange | The KNOW 40200 (winter) and 40300 (spring) core seminars are offered by the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. This two-quarter sequence provides a general introduction, followed by specific case studies, to the study of the formation of knowledge. Each course will explore 2-3 case study topics, and each case study will be team-taught by our faculty within a “module.” A short research paper is required at the end of each quarter. For more information, please send your questions to sifk@uchicago.edu

Courses

Case Studies on the Formation of Knowledge | Cultural Services of the French Embassy with UChicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago | A two-day exploration of inequality, race, and the state of urban democracy in the US, France, and beyond with leading scholars, poliycmakers, artists, community organizers, and activists from both sides of the Atlantic. | More Info

Thought Provoking

MAPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture: William Mazzarella on “The Mana of Mass Publicity” | MAPH | Professor of Anthropology William Mazzarella will be speaking on “The Mana of Mass Publicity,” with Professor Rochona Majumdar moderating the question and answer portion of the evening. | More Info
TONIGHT! Thursday, October 29 @ 5pm | Classics 110

The US War with Mexico in History and Memory | CRES | This lecture, conducted by Ernesto Chavez, Associate Professor in History at the University of Texas-El Paso, will explore the role of the US-Mexico war in history and memory, paying particular attention to its outcomes and the way 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 nation. | More Info
TONIGHT! Thursday, October 29 @ 4:30pm | Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 5733 S University Ave, first floor seminar room

Democratizing the University | As part of Campus Equity Week 2015, this panel will give voice to diverse movements on and around campus to democratize the university, showing how workers, students, and community residents can organize in solidarity to have a say in how the institution is run. Contingent faculty and grad employees teach many of the classes on campus and are building power to collectively negotiate their wages, benefits, and working conditions. Tenure-track faculty are also organizing to have a greater share in the governance of the institution. Unionized campus workers–groundskeepers, dining hall servers, clerical staff, nurses, and many others–provide essential infrastructural and service work, as do undergraduate students who often make less than a living wage. We all make the university work. The recent victory of the Trauma Care Coalition demonstrates that when we organize, we can win, even against the bosses who run the ostensibly non-profit University of Chicago very much like a business, and notwithstanding the racist harassment visited upon people of color by the UChicago Police. The assembled speakers will articulate how social movements are making the university a diverse space of democratic power and contestation.
TONIGHT! Thursday, October 29 from 4:30-6pm | Harper 130

Husain Haqqani “Pakistan & the United States: Managing a Difficult Relationship” | IOP | Pakistan, once described by President Eisenhower as ‘the most allied of US allies,’ is now viewed as one of America’s most difficult international partners. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright described Pakistan as ‘an international migraine’ on account of its nuclear arsenal and its support for Jihadi terrorism. Sitting at the crossroads of the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia, Pakistan’s strategic location and its complex role in the Muslim world make it critical. This week, Husain Haqqani discusses “Nukes, Drones, and Anti-Americanism” in Pakistan. | More Info
Tuesday, November 3rd from 3-4:15pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

Thomas Piketty: Reflections About Inequality and Capital in the Twenty-First Century | Harris School for Public Policy | Please join Chicago Harris for a lecture and conversation with Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty is a French economist and professor at the Paris School of Economics whose work focuses on wealth and income inequality. | More Info
Friday, November 6th from 6-7:30pm | Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St

Workshops 

EthNoise! | “Hungarian Gypsy Musicians as Laborers in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries,” by Lynn Hooker (Indiana University)
Thursday, October 29th @ 4:30pm | Goodspeed 405

PIPES | “Interstate Territorial Competition and the Strategic Social Construction of Indivisible National Homelands,” by Olivier Henripin (Loyola University of Chicago)
Thursday, October 29th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506
 
Latin America and the Caribbean | “TBD,” by Julio Ramos (UC Berkeley)
Thursday, October 29th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World | “The Case for a New Disciplinary Field in the Social Sciences: Architecture and the Thinking of Totality,” by Xavier Wrona (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne)
Friday, October 30th @ 4pm | SSR224

Linguistics and Philosophy | “Restrictive relatives, “Same,” and the Semantics of the German Definite Article,” by Emily Hanink and Julian Grove
Friday, October 30th from 10:30-12:20pm | Rosenwald 208

American Politics | “Constitutional Conflicts: The Dimensions of Constitutional Law, 1877-2014,” by Tom Clark (Emory)
Monday, November 2nd from 12-1:20pm | Pick 1st Floor Lounge

Renaissance | “Fabrizio Colonno, Machiavelli, and the Rise of Imperial Political Culture in the Renaissance Mediterranean,” by Thomas James Dandelet (UC Berkeley)
Monday, November 2nd @ 5pm | Rosenwald 405

Social Theory and Evidence | “Selecting by Origin and Class: Dual Nationality as a Strategy of Social Closure in South Korea,” by Naeyun Lee
Monday, November 2nd from 12-1pm | SSR 401

East Asia | “Socialist Feminisms Compared: The Flower Girl and The White-Haired Girl,” by Suzy Kim (Rutgers)
Tuesday, November 3rd from 4:30-6pm | Pick 1st Floor Lounge

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Inventing Criminal Justice: Beyond Labor Market Explanations for the Growth of New Academic Disciplines,” by Nidia Banuelos
Tuesday, November 3rd from 4:30-6pm | SSR 106

Education | “Leveraging Lotteries for School Value-Added: Testing and Estimation,” by Christopher Walters (UC Berkeley)
Tuesday, November 3rd from 12-1:20pm | Pick 016

PISP | “On Not Being Able to Sleep: Counterinsurgent Wars,” by Helen Kinsella (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Tuesday, November 3rd from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Animal Studies | “Determining What? Thoughts on Pastoralism as a Beastly Problem in Anthropology and Beyond,” by Hannah Chazin (Anthropology)
Wednesday, November 4th @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Comparative Politics | “The Time Inconsistency of Long Constitutions: Evidence from the World,” by George Tsebelis (University of Michigan)
Wednesday, November 4th from 11:30-1:15pm | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood

Political Theory | “Realism in Ethics and Politics: Bernard Williams, Political Theory, and the Critique of Morality,” by David Owen (University of Southampton)
Wednesday, November 4th @ 4:30pm | Pick 506

Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies | “Of Speculation and Expert Knowledge: Pauli Murray and the Racial Integration of the University of North Carolina,” by David Ferguson
Wednesday, November 4th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

African Studies + Interdisciplinary Archeology | TBD by Dr. Susan Kus (Rhodes College)
Thursday, November 5th @ 4:30pm | Haskell Hall 315

Central Europe | Discussion Session on Research and Archive Challenges
Thursday, November 5th from 4:30-6pm | Location TBD

Latin American History | “Journalism, Satire, and Censorship in Mexico, c. 1945-c.1965” by Paul Gillingham
Thursday, November 5th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Semiotics | “Made in Other Words: Translating the Anglochronotopia in the Sino-African Encounter” by Jay Schutte
Thursday, November 5th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

UChicagoGRAD

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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.

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

Writing Workshop Series: Creating Value II | This workshop builds on the first value session, but does not require it. Here, we’ll turn to more advanced techniques for enhancing the perceived value of your writing, and we will discuss how certain habits might be undermining your writing’s value. The first part of the 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. | Register
Monday, November 2nd from 12-1:20pm | Regenstein Library, Room A-11

Prepping for GRADFair | What should you do in the week leading up to GRADFair? How do you navigate this kind of event and what should you expect? UChicagoGRAD staff run through the basics of the career fair, provide guidelines for networking in this particular context, and give tips on how to make the most of the conversations that you’ll make at our inaugural graduate and postdoctoral career fair. Remember that some employers will have concrete positions to which you can apply; but others are there mostly to meet you and get to know your work. | More Info + Register
Monday, November 2nd from 4:30-6pm | Classics 110

On Campus Jobs

Archives and Manuscripts Processing Assistant (3 positions available) | Special Collections Center, Joseph Regenstein Library | Under the direction of the Processing Archivist, this position will arrange and describe manuscript and archival collections in accordance with established SCRC and archival guidelines and to support ongoing initiatives. This includes conducting research into the individuals and academic disciplines represented by the collections; composing historical and biographical narratives and collection scope descriptions and compiles systematic lists of box and folder headings; identifying restricted materials; identifying damaged or physically vulnerable materials for preservation treatment; performing processing and arrangement of material; and many other duties. | 19.5 hours/week maximum
*If interested, please apply HERE. After submitting the application, email Ashley Gosselar (agosselar@uchicago.edu) and Kathleen Feeney (kefeeney@uchicago.edu) to let them know your application is in the system.

Jobs + Fellowships

PEPFAR Country Coordinator (multiple positions available) | US Department of State | The PEPFAR Country Coordinator leads the U.S. government PEPFAR interagency team in the designated country in the conception, formulation, and recommendation of initiatives in response to the HIV/AIDs epidemic in designated country. A master’s degree or higher in a relevant professional discipline such as Public Policy, Public Health, Business Administration or other related subjects are required. | More Info + Apply (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia) | More Info + Apply (Barbados, Cameroon, Lesotho, Swaziland)