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

FEATURED
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)

 

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