March 17, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Spring break is the perfect time to kick your job search into high gear!Schedule a meeting with Shelly to go over your job application materials in advance of one of the career conferences in the first weeks in April.
GradUCON (University-wide): Friday, April 8th
MAPSS/CIR Student-Alumni Career Conference: Saturday, April 16th
*See RSVP info below

Career Services

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 122MAPSS/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. | RSVP Here for a limited number of tickets!
Saturday, April 16th, all day | Saieh Hall

Master’s Program Write-In: March Term 2016 | UChicagoGRAD | Having trouble keeping up with regular writing? Worried about long papers? Regardless of whether you have a thesis, seminar paper, or other project to work on, Spring Break can be a good moment to catch up, even while you’re taking a deep breath. At the same time, it can feel difficult to get motivated and isolating to work—especially when it seems like no one is on campus, and there is no class to attend. Join MA students from across programs for three hours of intensive writing each day. UChicagoGRAD will provide coffee and breakfast on Day One, and lunch every day from 12-1. | Put down a deposit of $50: if you attend every day throughout the week, you get your money back, no questions asked. | More Info + Register
Monday, March 21st-Friday, March 25th | Classics 110

Women in Global Policy | PLEN: The Public Leadership Education Network | PLEN is a national organization that prepares women for leadership in the public policy arena through seminars in Washington, DC. We have an upcoming seminar in which you will have the opportunity to dive into international policy issues, expand you network, and develop your professional skills. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world. | Need-based scholarships are available for students. | More Info + Register
Seminar Dates: May 16-20
Application Due: April 22nd (Travel scholarship application due April 4th)


Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies | University of Vienna | Public spaces are places where the complexities of urban development manifest themselves. Public space is multi-use; from political representation and economic use, to activism and protest, with various actors claiming a stake in its development, including the authorities, private companies, civil society, and citizens. The new complexity in the network of actors with a claim on public space calls for an interdisciplinary approach as well as a diversity of methods to empirically study the city. With the Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies, we aim to address the challenge of analyzing the fragmented needs and practices of a heterogeneous urban society, including those groups affected by exclusion from city life and public space. | Featuring professors Suzanne Hall (LSE), Joseph Heathcott (The New School New York), and Elke Krasny (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)| More Info + Apply
*Dates: July 1st-July 8th in Vienna
*Application deadline: April 1st

Thought Provoking

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
TONIGHT!: Thursday, March 17th @ 4:30-6:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Joseph Masco and Travor Paglen: Interrogating the Security State | CIS | The CIS 50th Anniversary speaker series continues with a conversation between Trevor Paglen, artist and geographer, and Joseph Masco, anthropologist at UChicago on global surveillance and the security state. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, March 30th @ 5:30pm | SSR 122

Lobbying Against Cancer: Representative Marcus Evans on Cancer Advocacy | International House | South-side native State Representative Marcus Evans speaks on Cancer Advocacy and ways to be active on the political side of the cancer fight. Rep. Evans will be introduced by Dr Kathy Godd, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, who will open the event by talking about her experience lobbying in DC for research funding. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, March 30th from 6-7:30pm
International House, Assembly Hall

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein | Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture | While mayors Richard M Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted Chicago as a “world-class city,” it remains one of the most segregated cities in America. And while it would be easy to think of a city with a billion-dollar park, Michelin-rated restaurants, waterfront views, world-class shopping, and a thriving theater scene as a model for other metropolitan areas, underneath the shiny façade lurks the horrible reality of deeply-rooted and destructive racial segregation. Throughout The South Side, Moore shows that race—not class—determines the policies that perpetuate the city’s injustices. She takes readers inside a system that keeps a segment of the city’s population from having a chance at the American Dream. | More Info + Register
Thursday, March 31st from 6-7:30pm
International House, Assembly Hall



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

German Philosophy | “Consciousness of Life and Living Self-Consciousness: On Hegel’s Transformative Picture of the Human Mind,” by Thomas Khurana (Frankfurt)
Friday, March 18th from 1:30-4:20pm | Wieboldt 408

On Campus Jobs

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

Communications Assistant/Content Coordinator | Division of the Social Sciences Office of the Dean | The SSD Dean’s Office is seeking a Communications Assistant/Content Coordinator to help build and manage content for the divisional web site and social media. This position requires excellent professional communication skills and will involve working with administrators in the eight departments and many centers and institutes to collect information to be highlighted via the division’s various distribution channels. Other duties include: image research/formatting for web and social media, writing copy, assisting with the logistics of branding projects, event planning, and web project management. | Must be proficient in PhotoShop, MS Word/Pages, Powerpoint/Keynote, and social media platforms. | Opportunity to work through the Summer, Fall
Submit resume and cover letter to Renee Basick,


Summer Internship | The Foreign Policy Initiative | The Foreign Policy Initiative Summer Internship seeks graduate students with an interest in the fields of—but not limited to—political science, security studies, democracy and human rights, and public policy. FPI interns focus on policy-oriented research and have few administrative responsibilities. Many interns have the opportunity to author FPI publications. All interns attend policy discussions at leading think tanks in the DC area and interact closely with FPI’s in-house expert. Though the FPI internship program is unpaid, it seeks to impart practical skills and provide networking opportunities for students determined to pursue a career in public policy. | More Info and Apply
*Apply ASAP


Senior Strategy Associate (Chicago) | ORC International | At ORC International, we are leaders in the art of business intelligence. We help clients explore, navigate, and integrate insights to uncover what truly engages people around the world. With a focus on improving business performance and growth, we combine quality data, smart synthesis, and a best in class digital platform to deliver transformative business insights across our clients’ customers, employees, markets, and products. We’re seeking a professional who has proven skills to communicate the right message at the right time, in the right way. The Senior Strategy Associate will support the SVP of our Strategy practice to drive revenue and sales. He or she will partner with the SVP in business development efforts and marketing initiatives, as well as supporting the execution of internal training; process managements and improvement; and knowledge management efforts. | More Info + Apply
*MAPSS alum hiring, very interested in hiring a MAPSS or CIR student (ask Rachel or Shelly for her information if interested in learning more)


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