March 3, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Social Sciences Division Town Hall for Graduate Students | Do you have questions or concerns you want to raise with the Social Science Division administration? Do you want to ear from our Divisional Deans about their perspective on graduate education here at UChicago? Are you curious about topics on the minds of other Social Science students? Come meet your Divisional Deans as they answer graduate student questions and promote greater communication across the Social Sciences Division. | Dinner will be served | More Info +RSVP
Monday, March 7th from 5-6pm | SSR 122

Career Services

Tax Workshop | UChicagoGRAD | Do you have questions about how to report your taxes? Jennifer Waters, Director of Financial Operations at Campus and Student Life, will provide a helpful presentation on taxes as they pertain to stipends and financial aid for graduate students. While individual tax advice is not available, this workshop will give you the basics of how taxes apply to graduate student funding. | More Info +RSVP
Friday, March 4th from 12-1pm | Harper 140CivX Applications Open | CivX is a student-driven social impact program. It combines social science research and design thinking to help organizations and communities develop new approaches to mission-critical problems. Started in 2013, SSD graduate student teams have worked with nonprofits and communities in Chicago and New Delhi, India. This year we’re working with a whole town in downstate Illinois. Projects are conducted as “research and design sprints” in which teams conduct research, prototype tangible solutions, and run a validation study in 5-10 days. CivX projects provide students with hands-on experience serving communities, translating research findings into solutions, collaborating across disciplines, and with project management. It’s an intense experience with a tangible outcome. And because projects are short-term, students don’t have to worry that participation will distract from their summer research obligations. CivX is meant to complement and enhance students’ research training and give them compelling stories to share in future interviews (both academic and non-academic) about what their training can do. | Application
*Application Due: March 9th at 12pm

Center for the Economics of Human Development Recruitment Fair | Advance your research career at the Center for the Economics of Human Development by learning who they are, what they do, and the various opportunities available for graduate students. | More Info +RSVP
Wednesday, March 9th @ 7pm | Saieh 203


Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right | SOYUZ Symposium | The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries. The SOYUZ theme this year gains immediacy and poignancy from the migration and refugee crisis in Europe in Autumn 2015.  While some leaders repudiate migrants from points east by calling for a “Christian” Europe, others welcome them as a Christian gesture.  Such differences are not new to postsocialism.  Religion, out-migration, borders, nationality have been flash points repeatedly. The conference will examine these and other forms of difference-making within and across contemporary postsocialist contexts. Economic globalization and the integration of eastern Europe into the European Union have provided the context for postsocialist transformation.  Yet, such projects of integration have encouraged new articulations of difference and reframed old ones: Minorities, diasporas, east-west relations, techno-environmental differences and border-disputes. Neo-nationalist groups rail against in-migrants and minorities at the same time as nation-branding projects posit national distinctiveness as a lure for foreign investment and tourism.  Narratives of “culture wars” vilifying differences of sexual orientation and life-style have erupted, opposing conservative religious and political groups to the purportedly cosmopolitan values of “the West.”  New xenophobias and homophobias compete with discourses of tolerance, each staking claims to what constitutes belonging and civilization.  Deep discontent over waves of neoliberalization, austerity, corruption and kleptocracies have reconfigured economic polarization as political difference, with Left and Right both taking on new valences within an increasingly agitated political spectrum. | More Info +RSVP
Friday-Saturday, March 10th-11th | Franke Institute for the Humanities

Spring Courses

Microsoft – Business & Society Shaped by the Cloud (BUS 37701-01) | Spring Quarter, Thursday and Friday, 8:30am-11:30am | The transition to the Cloud represents a massive technology shift. While its merits were heavily debated only a few years ago, today it is broadly accepted and both vendors and enterprise customers are rushing to adopt it. The nature of this transformation however is still poorly understood. Most new technologies are initially viewed as a replacement of the old, caused by a failure of imagination. The big question in front of us is how Cloud is going to change the way society works. How is the easy availability of massive amounts of compute and storage, of powerful predictive analytics and ease of mobility of data & insights going to change society? How will it change the way companies do business? Which human activities will benefit most from augmentation of artificial intelligence? What new industries will emerge? Which ones will be eliminated? What jobs will disappear and what new types of jobs will be created? While precise forecasts are almost always wrong, companies in the technology sector will need a point of view on which to base its strategy. Microsoft Corporate Strategy is asking a Spring Management Lab to consider these questions.  The selected team will report their findings to Kurt DelBene (MBA, 1990, Chicago Booth), Executive VP, Corporate Strategy & Planning and Rolf Harms, General Manager, Strategy & Acquisitions at Microsoft.  Ian Foster, Director, Computation Institute, Argonne National Laboratory & Professor, Computer Science, University of Chicago will support the project as a technical coach. | More Info
*To apply, send resume and cover letter addressed to Professor Jonathan Frenzen, Director of Labs, to | Applicants are encouraged to add their thoughts about how they would approach the problem in their cover letter
*Early deadline: Friday, March 4th @ noon
*Final deadline: Sunday, March 6th @ midnight

Thought Provoking

Whither the Weather? Climate and History in Sino-Central Asian Relations | CEERES | Nicola di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will present on climatology and politics in Asia. His most recent work explores the use of proxy data from climatology and other palaeosciences in the study of the history of China and Central Asia, with special reference to Eurasian nomads, the Mongol empire, and the Qing dynasty. | More Info + Register
Friday, March 4th from 4:30-6:30pm | Saieh 146

The Pursuit of Happiness: Transgender Equality in 2016 | IOP | Please join the IOP for a conversation with transgender rights activist Mara Keisling. As Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, she is a strong voice on Capitol Hill and across the country for transgender equality. As an advocate, Keisling works to raise public awareness of transgender issues, and to establish legal and policy priorities within the transgender movement. Keisling will address challenges facing the transgender community ranging from misunderstanding and discrimination, to violence. In this event, we ask how political activism can affect social and legislative change, and what hurdles the transgender movement is facing. | More Info + Register
Monday, March 7th from 6-7:15pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies | International House | The Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture series was launched in 2007 by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies to honor the legacy of Tetsuo Najita, Robert S Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and his contribution to the university over his long career. This year’s lecture will be given by Yoko Tawada. A one-day symposium titled “Where Literature Begins: The Practice and Poetics of Multilingual Address” will accompany the lecture. The panelists for the symposium are J Keith Vincent (Boston University), Brett de Bary (Cornell), Bettina Brandt (Penn State), Yasemin Yildiz (UIC), and Andrew Long (Northwestern). | More Info + Register
Monday, March 7th @ 4:30pm (keynote) | International House, Coulter Lounge

The Battle Over Free Speech on College Campuses | International House + IOP | In 2015, The Atlantic, Salon, The New York Times, and The Washington Post all published pieces about the complex balance between free speech and political correctness on college campuses. This was a pivotal year for this discussion across the country and at the University of Chicago—leaving Americans wondering: how did we get here? Is the First Amendment under attack? Where do you draw the line, if any, between First Amendment rights and offensive speech? Are speech codes and safe spaces needed on campuses? And what responsibility do colleges have to create a climate that encourages an open and respectful exchange over ideas? | More Info + Register
Wednesday, March 9th from 6-7:15pm | International House, Assembly Hall




Gender and Sexuality Studies | The Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop is seeking submissions for the Spring quarter on the theme of “Gender, Sexuality, and the Transnational.” While seminal works of feminist and queer theory have elaborated the gendered and sexed production of the nation and its imagined communities, scholars have also long been preoccupied with the transnational dimensions of gender discourse—we might think, for instance, of the enduring importance of critical work on the relationship of first- and third-world feminisms. The breadth and diversity of such work has only grown in recent years, with the intensified interest in transnationalism and its associated concepts and figures (globality, planetary, etc.). We welcome papers on the transnational poetics and politics of gender and sexuality, whether historical or contemporary. Topics might include: social movements, global justice and global inequality, migration and diaspora, border violence, transnational cultural forms.
Submit abstracts (250-500) words by Tuesday, March 15th

US History | “The Location of Charisma: The Chicago Freedom Movement and Black Religious Space,” by Evelyn Atkinson
TODAY!: Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-5:45pm | SSR224

PIPES | “Rethinking Military Alliance Treaties,” by Paul Poast
TODAY!: Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Central Europe | “The Symbolic Image of Central Europe: Jewish Experiences in Postwar Czechoslovak and Polish Culture, 1945-1968,” by Ilana Miller
TODAY!: Thursday, March 3rd @ 6pm | SSR224

Latin American History | “Theaters and the Creation of an Urban Public in Sao Paulo, Brazil,” by Aiala Levy
TODAY!: Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Early Modern | “Monsters of Early Modern Colonialism: The East India Companies and Slave Plantations as Primitive Accumulation of Hyper-Capitalism,” by Ralph Austen
Monday, March 7th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 319

Political Theory | “Analogues of Revolution: Public Reason and Kant’s ‘As If’ Republicanism,” by Will Levine
Monday, March 7th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Global Christianities | “Authority, Action, Ethics: Ethiopia,” by Andrew DeCort
Monday, March 7th from 12-1:15pm | Swift 208

Middle East History and Theory | “Can the Provinces Speak? A Roundtable Discussion on Writing Ottoman Provincial History,” by Tolga Cora, Annie Greene, Varak Ketsmaniam, and Basil Salem
Tuesday, March 8th @ 5pm | Pick 222

Urban | “The New Rehabilitationism? Examining Mental Health Courts in an Age of Neoliberal Penal Governance,” by Julian Thompson
Tuesday, March 8th from 12-1:20pm | SS105

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Governing Sustainable Transactions: Empowered Participatory Governance in a Large Agro-Food Value Chain,” by Tal Yifat
Tuesday, March 8th from 4:30-6pm | SSR 401

East Asia Studies | “Chinese Online Nationalism Revisited: Toward a Multi-Faceted Understanding of Nationalism,” by Yinxiam Zhang
Tuesday, March 8th from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

African Studies | “Face-to-Face Marketing and the Two-Faced Brand: Localization and the Instabilities of Mediation in South African Advertising,” by Mary Robertson
Tuesday, March 8th @ 5:30pm | Wilder House

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “The Impact of Working Alone: The Experiences of Women in the Trucking Industry,” by Jessica Zulema Borja
Tuesday, March 8th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

Late Antiquity and Byzantium | “Material Culture: Late Antique or Early Medieval?” by Deborah Deliyannis (Indiana University)
Wednesday, March 9th @ 4:30pm | CWAC 152

Human Rights | “Rebooting the Cold War: The New Cold War with Russia and the Foreign Policy of Popular Culture,” by Penny von Eschen (Cornell)
Wednesday, March 9th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Animal Studies | “Charles Darwin’s Post-Modern Natural History: (De)Composing the Earth Through the Action of Worms,” by Sarah Bezan (University of Alberta)
Wednesday, March 9th @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Comparative Behavioral Biology | “Integrating Cognitive and Behavioral Research to Evaluate the Welfare of Primates in Sanctuaries and Zoos,” by Katherine A Cronin (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Wednesday, March 9th @ 12pm | BPSB 122

18th/19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Print, and Narrative,” by Cynthia Wall
Thursday, March 10th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Semiotics | “TBA,” Miyako Inoue (Stanford)
Thursday, March 10th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101


REMINDER: IOP Internships (funded) | Multiple opportunities | More than forty exciting internships have been opened to MAPSS and CIR students. These internships are exciting opportunities to work in government, policy, politics, advocacy, and related fields. Stipends are provided to offset living expenses. Currently posted opportunities include at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of the Interior, Vera Institute of Justice, Illinois Republican Party, and Reboot Illinois, with many more being added over the next few weeks. To apply, log into GRAD Gargoyleand click on Jobs. Search for Institute of Politics to see the current listings, and check back regularly for updates. | Any questions can be directed to Alyssa Weel (

Democracy Studies Fellowship Program | The Charles and Kathleen Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems brings outstanding graduate students to the Washington, DC area each year to conduct research in democracy development, election administration, and civic participation in the political process. Previous fellows have found the Manatt Fellowship to be an excellent boost to their careers in international development or research. Manatt Fellows have direct access to IFES experts in democracy-building and research and benefit from Washington DC’s wide network of democracy professionals, institutions, and resources. |More Info and Apply
*Application due Tuesday, March 15th

Global Internship Competition | City Internships | City Internships gives students the opportunity to amplify the value of their time at university. Internships have become increasingly important in bridging the gap between college and professional life. Our programs offer meaningful work experience and career-focused seminars and social events that spark ambition and flair in participants that will stay with them throughout their working lives. Student ambassadors help raise City Internships brand awareness and serve as the brand voice at their university. The Global Internship is designed to expand participants’ horizons and get them job ready in the following areas: banking and financial services; marketing, advertising, and PR;entrepreneurship; and design. | More Info + Apply
*Application due March 14th


Program Analyst (San Francisco, CA) | Department of Labor | This position will assist in monitoring the Regional Federal safety compliance program by providing advice to the supervisor concerning Regional and National Office policies, the Field Operations Manual, and new directives and instructions dealing with enforcement of OSHA safety programs; conducts a variety of studies pertaining to the implementation, performance, and impact of Regional programs using technical, evaluative, and analytical techniques; receives safety, health, and whistleblower complaints; interviews complainant to establish jurisdiction and appropriate statuses involved; assists in investigations on complaints received from employees of business enterprises who report safety and health hazards, or allege job discrimination under one of the whistleblower statues; among many other responsibilities, assists in the review and preparation of comments on National Office compliance activities. |More Info + Apply
*Application due Tuesday, March 8th


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