March 10, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Career Mentor in Residence: Alum in Consulting | Alexander Verschoor-Kirss (CIR 2014), Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, will speak about his experiences in policy research, consulting, and working in DC. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in consulting, government policy research, and finding success in Washington, DC.
Tomorrow!: Friday, March 11th from 4:30-6:30pm | Saieh 247

Career Services

FEATURED
PhD Application Workshop | If you are interested in applying to doctoral programs next fall or in the future, please join Chad Cyrenne at thismandatory PhD workshop. We will cover the mechanics of getting in as well as the existential question of whether you should go. | Please read the Updated PhD Application Handout HERE
Tuesday, March 29th from 5-7pm | SSR 122Save the Date!: MAPSS/CIR Student-Alumni Career Conference | Save the date for the annual MAPSS and CIR student-alumni career conference. This conference brings alumni from both MA programs who are eager to share their unique career paths and trajectories with current students. This is an excellent opportunity to network with alumni from both MAPSS and CIR. | Stay tuned for an RSVP form and more information
Saturday, April 16th, all day | Saieh Hall
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GRADUCon | Join UChicagoGRAD for the seventh annual career conference for graduate students and postdocs, covering trajectories in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. GRADUCon is a daylong program of panel discussions, workshops, and opportunities to interview and network with diverse alumni. Panel discussions include: Careers in Finance, Nonprofits, UX Research, Your First Year as a Faculty Member, Teaching in a Liberal Arts College, Careers in Communications, Library Careers, Tech Industry Forum, Consulting Introduction, Data Science Careers, LinkedIn for Graduate Students and Postdocs, The Healthcare Industry, Industry Research Careers for Scientists, and Smarter Cities: How Graduate-Level Training is valued. The event includes breakfast, lunch, and a reception.| More Info and Register
Saturday, April 8th, all day | Multiple locations on 53rd St

Conferences

Political Economy in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution: Interdisciplinary Approaches | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | The aim of this one-day conference is to take stock of recent developments in the study of Enlightenment social and political thought; of growth, reform, and crisis within European imperial states; and of the development of new publics and institutions that demanded political participation and reform in the final decades leading up to the French Revolution. With the growing important of political economy within received narratives about Enlightenment and Revolution among the major European states and their empires, the study of political economy itself has become more ambitious and interdisciplinary in its methods.
Friday, March 18th, from 9am-4:30pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Thought Provoking

FEATURED
Geographies of Knowledge: Area Studies and Globalization Studies Reconsidered, Panel Discussion | Center for International Studies | Please join us for an exciting conversation and anniversary celebration of CIS that features Dain Borges (History), Julie Chu (Anthropology), Susan Gal (Anthropology), and Lisa Wedeen (Political Science), who will be joined by special guest Arjun Appadurai (Media, Culture & Communication, NYU). Area studies emerged in the post-war US academy and reflected a national agenda that privileged strategic regional expertise within a bipolar world. Globalization studies came of age in the 1990s. Responding to geopolitical shifts coinciding with the end of the Cold War, globalization studies forged a new approach to analyze and interpret social, political, and economic dynamics within and across world regions. In each case, both area studies and globalization studies articulated historically-specific geographical imaginaries—of the globe, its constituent parts, and their relations—that have indelibly shaped social scientific research and public understanding alike. | More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, April 5th @ 5pm | Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club
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A Conversation with Iranian Human Rights Lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi | IOP | The first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi will visit the IOP to discuss her career and her new book, Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran. In the book, Ebadi writes of the years of intimidation she endured under the Islamic Republic—wiretapping her phones, bugging her law firm, sending spies to follow her, harassing her family and friends, and arresting her sister. The Iranian government would end up taking everything from Ebadi, but it could not take her spirit, and she continues her human rights activism in exile. | Book sales and signing to follow | More Info + Register
Monday, March 14th from 2:45-3:45pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

Climate Change: Why Journalism Failed with Alan Rusbridger | Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State | Climate change is perhaps the biggest story of our generation. If the planet warms up in line with the majority of informed predictions the likely consequences for the human race will be immense. Yet how often do you read a story about climate change on the front page of your regular newspaper? How often does the subject feature in television bulletins? Why is it that journalism has failed to rise to one of the most pressing issues of our time? Alan Rusbridger, after editing the Guardian for 20 years, decided to end his editorship by running a five month campaign to try and get the issue into greater public consciousness. In doing so, he broke all the conventional truth about journalism taught in J Schools. But arguably, he succeeded in bringing about change. | More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, March 15th from 5-7:30pm
Harper Center Room 104, 5807 S Woodlawn Ave

Matthew Desmond – “Evicted” | The Urban Network & Family Action Network | Matthew Desmond discusses Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond (Harvard University) takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Based on years of fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely America problem.  | More Info + Register
Tuesday, March 14th @ 6pm | Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Orit Halpern: The “Smart” Mandate: Infrastructure, Responsive Environments, and “Preemptive Hope” | UChicago English Dept | Today, growing concerns with climate change, energy scarcity, security, and economic collapse have turned the focus of urban planners, investors, and governments towards ‘infrastructure’ as a site of value production and potential salvation from a world consistently defined by catastrophes and ‘crisis.’ From discussions about ‘disaster capitalism’ to the embrace of a world after humans, the idea that some environmental, economic, or security catastrophe has arrived, or will arrive, is almost unquestioned. In response, there has emerged a new paradigm of high technology infrastructure development obsessed with ‘smart,’ ‘ubiquitous,’ ‘sustainable,’ or ‘resilient’ infrastructures. This talk will interrogate the different forms of futurity and life that are currently emerging from this complex contemporary relationship between technology and design and by engaging in a genealogy of ‘smartness.’ How do contemporary practices in computing, responsive environments, and ‘resilient’ planning shape the design of large-scale infrastructures and our imaginaries of the future of life?  | More Info + Register
Thursday, March 17th @ 4:30-6:30pm | Rosenwald 405

 

 

Workshops

FEATURED
Social Theory | “Police Failure and Global Racisms: A View from Jamaica,” by Eilat Maoz
TONIGHT: Thursday, March 10th @ 6pm | Wilder House

Global Christianities | “Iconic Economies of Sao Paulo: Space, Image, Circulation,” by Maria Jose de Abreu
Friday, March 11th from 12-1:30pm | Swift 106

Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia | “Water, Ice, Lapis Lazuli: The Making of a Buddhist Paradise through the Sixteen Meditations in Tang China,” by Anne Feng
Friday, March 11th from 4:30-6:30pm | CWAC 156

Wittgenstein | “Davidson and Wittgenstein on Meaning and Understanding,” by Barry Stroud (University of California-Berkeley)
Friday, March 11th from 1:30-4:20pm | Wieboldt 408

American Politics | “Bang for your Buck, Not a Free Lunch: Consumer Fairness and American Attitudes to Taxation,” by Ethan Porter
Monday, March 14th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 319

Political Theory | “Fragile Universals: The Making of Racial Hierarchy in the League of Nations,” by Adom Getachew
Monday, March 14th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Animal Studies | “Charles Darwin’s Post-Mortem Natural History: (De)Composing the Earth Through the Action of Worms,” by Sarah Bezan (University of Alberta)
Wednesday, March 16th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Latin America and the Caribbean | “‘There in the Sky is Santa Maria’: The Sound of Gender in Afro-Brazilian Sacred Rituals” by Genevieve Dempsey
Thursday, March 17th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Fellowships

Research Assistant – Survey Interviewer | Survey Lab | The University of Chicago Survey Lab seeks interviewers for work on a number of ongoing survey research projects. Ideal candidates are interested in the social sciences and able to manage positive, professional interactions with a wide cross-section of the general public. We offer 9 – 15 hours of work per week. Employment opportunities continue through June 2016, with potential transition to upcoming projects after that time. | More Info
*Apply HERE

Fellowships

FLIA Fellowship with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa | Future Leaders in Action is dedicated to cultivating leadership and supporting youth through our fellowship program. Fellows work on-site at a partner community organization to implement and evaluate a recurring program that supports children and youth in one of the following areas: advancing skills for success; promoting public health; promoting social welfare and serving the disadvantaged; or protecting the environment. | More Info + Apply
*Deadline: Friday, March 25th

Jobs

Veteran’s Program Specialist (Lansing, MI) | US Department of Labor | Based in the state office, this position executes the following duties: provides the development, organization, and promotional efforts and actions to improve and expand job training, search, placement, employment counseling opportunities, and reemployment benefits for veterans and other eligible persons; monitors, provides a wide measure of guidance, reviews and carries out administrative requirements for grants for Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER), the Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) with the DVET for the state; conducts a wide variety of reemployment rights investigations and reviews to determine whether complaint is covered; maintains liaison and promotes cooperative relationships with officials of Federal, State and local agencies to promote veterans’ programs; and prepares annual work plan for planning yearly travel expenditures and other activities to be performed throughout the year. | More Info + Apply
*Application open until Tuesday, March 22nd

Grassroots Organizer | Impact | Make your impact on our environment, our democracy, and our future. If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy, and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact. Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy, and our future. | Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2016. | Apply Now
*Priority application deadline is Sunday, March 13th

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