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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