April 7, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Graduate Writing Consultants | UChicagoGRAD | Graduate students from any department/division can make an appointment to meet with a writing consultant to discuss a piece of academic writing (dissertation chapter, article submission, coursework paper, dissertation proposal, MA thesis, etc.).  These appointments are 50 minutes long and can cover up to 10 pages of writing; all writing consultations are free.  | More Info and Register

Career Services

FEATURED
MAPSS/CIR Student-Alumni Career Conference | The annual MAPSS and CIR student-alumni career conference is not to be missed. 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
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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.| RSVP
Saturday, April 8th, all day | Multiple locations on 53rd St

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 (scholarship due Friday, April 18th)

Patricia Lynn Baker Prize | The Patricia Lynn Baker Prize is intended to encourage the use of social science knowledge in improving human welfare, in identifying and analyzing institutionalized forms of inequality, and in promoting social reform. Graduate students in the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, and in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences are eligible for this award. To apply for the Prize, each applicant must submit a written essay (not to exceed 50 pages). The essay may be a term paper, thesis, or a thesis chapter that embodies one or more of the above concerns. A selection committee of three faculty members, one each from Political Science, Sociology, and the Master of the Arts Program in the Social Sciences, shall determine the recipient. | Award will be $600
*Please submit an electronic copy that includes your name, address, email address, phone number, and department or program name on the title page to Kathy Anderson (kanders@uchicago.edu) no later than Monday, April 25th.

Fulbright Week | UChicagoGRAD | UChicagoGRAD and the Center for Scholarly Achievement are pairing up to offer a week of programing to draw awareness to the Fulbright US Student Program and help students get an early start on the 2017-2018 application cycle. The internal deadline for graduate students to apply through the University is September 19, 2016. The Fulbright program offers Research/Study Grants and English Teaching Assistantships. The grants are available for many countries and offer funding for 8-12 months of research, study, or teaching. The program aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership and academic development. Each year, between 12-20 graduate students from across the academic divisions win Fulbright awards. The Fulbright US Student Program Fellowships are open to all US citizens holding a bachelor’s degree by the start of the grant. | For information on all workshops, check HERE
Monday, April 11th-Friday, April 14th

Conferences

The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East | Center for Middle Eastern Studies | Lying at the crossroads of many cultures and civilizations, the Middle East has long been home to a wealth of religious traditions. In the violent wars and political turbulence now affecting the Middle East, religious minorities are threatened to the point that the future of religious pluralism in the region is in question. At this critical juncture, the conference will bring together a wide variety of scholars, many of Middle Eastern heritage themselves, to share their research on these neglected communities. Presentations will focus on three states where anti-minority violence has been particularly traumatic: Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. The religious groups to be examined are all numerical minorities in these states. Some identify as ethnic minorities, some do not. They experience varying degrees of political and economic marginalization in their home countries, but they are all threatened by the violence that has gripped the region over the last decade. This conference will be organized in three panels of experts examining three crucial conflicts and their repercussions for religious minorities. The first panel will provide historical perspective by tracing the overlooked progression of mass violence against Assyrian Christians, from the 1915-1918 Assyrian Genocide to the 1933 Simele massacre to the current campaign by IS. The second panel will be dedicated to the experience of religious minorities in the ongoing Syrian civil war, a conflict in one of the region’s most religiously-diverse countries that quickly took on sectarian tones. The third will consider the situation and role of religious minorities in post-revolutionary Egypt, particularly the Baha’i community and the Orthodox Copts, the largest religious minority community in the Middle East. This conference will be geared towards academics, University of Chicago students, and especially Middle Eastern communities in the Chicago area, including Assyrians, Copts, Baha’is and others. | More Info + Register
Saturday, April 9th @ 9am | Swift Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

Celebrating 75 Years of Research: A Joint Anniversary Symposium | NORC | NORC, in partnership with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Division of Social Sciences, is proud to present a joint demography symposium in celebration of NORC’s 75th anniversary and the University of Chicago’s 125th anniversary. The afternoon’s sessions will highlight the many ways NORC’s long tradition of rigorous, transparent, and objective research has been fostered and reinforced by our long-standing relationship with the University of Chicago. The symposium will bring together NORC and University of Chicago researchers who have undertaken some of the most important social science research studies over the past 75 years. Participants will also discuss how that tradition continues today, as NORC and the University of Chicago continue to innovate to meet the emerging research challenges of the 21st century. | More Info + Register
Thursday, April 14th from 12-5:30pm
Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E 60th St

Courses

Spring 2016 Course Offerings | English Language Institute | New Spring 2016 Course offerings in North American Pronunciation and Fluency Building; Spontaneous Speaking; North American Academic Writing; and Writing Fundamentals. Also including English Conversation Hour. | More Info + Register

R for SPSS Users: A User-Friendly Introduction Using RComMander | Survey Lab | This webinar is intended to provide a bridge from SPSS into R and will focus on one specific package freely available in R called Rcommander. This package provides the R user with a graphical user interface similar to SPSS. While commands and analyses and graphs are generated using the point-and- click interface provided by the Rcommander package, an active syntax window allows users to “climb the steep syntax learning curve” and to easily replicate analyses and other data oriented tasks. We will cover three main aspects of Rcommander to provide the SPSS user new to R with a firm foundation upon which additional aspects of the R environment can be learned. Specifically, we focus on (1) working with data in R; (2) graphing data in R and (3) basic data analyses in R. The three main foci will be discussed and reinforced with very tangible and practical examples with a focus on step-by-step instructions and an overall aim at providing self-sufficiency in the R environment. | The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of R but attendees will be well served to have R installed on their computers with administrative rights to install the Rcommander package within the R environment. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, April 27th from 12-1pm
Survey Lab Room 142, 6030 S Ellis Ave

Introduction to the Field of Teaching English as an Additional Language/English Language Teaching | This course is a practical introduction to the dynamic field of Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL), also known as TEFL/TESOL. Students critically explore how additional (second) language acquisition works in different academic and non­academic contexts and create syllabi, prepare lessons and communicative activities, explore assessment tools, and review textbooks and online resources. Students gain experience teaching and learn to write a personal philosophy of English language teaching. | More Info + Register
Saturdays: April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th, May 14th from 10am-12:50pm

Thought Provoking

The Tampon Tax in Illinois | IOP | Last month, the Chicago City Council voted to eliminate the sales tax on tampons and pads, which had been the highest tax rate of any major US city at the combined state-local rate of 10.25%. Lawmakers in Wisconsin, Utah, Ohio, California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and now Illinois are pushing forward bills to eliminate the so-called ‘pink tax.’ While public opinion has supported this nationwide movement to remove taxes on tampons and pads that advocates feel penalize women for their biology, progress in state legislatures has been slow due to state budget considerations and complex tax code change processes. Join the IOP’s News and Views Committee for a discussion on current legislative efforts to outlaw the tampon tax, the greater budget implications in Illinois, and the nationwide conversation on gender bias in politics. | More Info + Register
Monday, April 11th from 12:15-1:15pm
IOP, 5707 S University Ave

The Future of Food: A Social Entrepreneur’s Vision | IOP | How can companies pursue profit with a purpose? Please join the IOP in welcoming Josh Tetrick, CEO of food technology company Hampton Creek, in a discussion on his work in social entrepreneurship. He has seized upon opportunity within the food industry to improve sustainability along supply chains. His ventures are guided by the idea of utilizing financial incentives for social good, and given his experience and current efforts, Tetrick will examine how these ideas can be a catalyst for change, and the future of socially minded capitalism. | More Info + Register
Monday, April 11th from 6-7:15pm | Quadrangle Club

Anselm Mueller: What Do We Live For? | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | Ethical conduct is not without its costs—delivering truthful testimony against well-connected murderers in a criminal trial can be dangerous; delivering bad news to good people is painful; facing down and working through a mountain of debt can require tightening your belt in unpleasant ways; and duly courageous action can get you killed. Unethical conduct, on the other hand, often promises ease, comfort, wealth, and some important forms of success. Points such as these have led many thinkers to notice that there seems to be a tension between acting well (the stuff of ethical conduct) and faring well (getting things that people generally want to get, and finding ways of holding onto those things). In this lecture, Anselm Müller will consider the traditional opposition between acting well and faring well, and the kinds of steps that thinkers in different cultural settings have taken to address it. Some urge that meaningful lives are primarily those centered on pursuit of ethical perfection. Others urge that the best lives are directed to faring well (sometimes in ways that have nothing to do with satisfying desires for wealth or ease or comfort). And a few urge that there is no such thing as really faring well unless one also is devoted to acting well. How are we to understand these responses to the traditional problem?  Which, if any, look like sound ways of addressing the tension? | More Info + Register
Monday, April 11th from 4-6:30pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War | International House | Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will discuss their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, which the journalist Hassan Hassan says is “poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole.” Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a political and humanitarian nightmare. It explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in Syria today with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, courageous human rights activists, and others. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, April 12th from 6-7:30pm
International House Assembly Hall

Take a Break

MAPSS Social | The Pub | Welcome back to Spring Quarter 2016! We are a third of the way through, so let’s celebrate and reconnect over beer and sandwiches at UChicago’s Pub. We have vegetarian sandwich options, vegan salads and beer…Just bring yourselves at 6:30pm Friday Night! | If you do not have a pub membership- you will be required to pay the $3 entrance fee to the pub.
TOMORROW: Friday, April 8th @ 6:30pm | The Pub

Health and Wellness | Be sure to check out the Spring Calendar of the Health and Wellness office, which includes the Refresh Sleep Program; The Body Project; Peer Health Advocates’ Study Break; Yoga; and Wellapalooza. |Event Calendar

 

 

Workshops

Computational Social Science | “How strategies affect outcomes in dating markets,” by Elizabeth Bruch (University of Michigan)
TODAY!: Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | Stuart 107

18th/19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Strange Diligence: Lovelace and the Rake Ethic,” by Same Rowe
TODAY!: Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

EthNoise! | “Awareness, Deep Engagement, and Sustainability: Presenting Endangered Musics to Audiences in Chicago,” by Mateo Mulcahy (Old Town School of Folk Music)
TODAY!: Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | Goodspeed 205

PIPES | “Pathologies of Decision: The Psychology of State Self-Deception,” by Chris Ray
TODAY!: Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | Pick 506

Medicine and Its Objects | “‘Earlier is Better’: Risk and the Medical Logic of Optimization,” by Fred Ketchum
TODAY!: Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 102

Jewish Studies | “Judaizing Machiavelli: Anti-Judaism in the Spanish anti-Machiavellian Tradition of the 16th and 17th Centuries,” with Benny Bar-Lavi
Monday, April 11th, from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Political Theory | “Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy,” with Melissa Schwartzberg (NYU)
Monday, April 11th, from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Politics, History, and Society | “The Polarization of Confidence in the Scientific Community: A Field-Theoretic Conception of Political Ideology,” by Austin Kozlowski
Tuesday, April 12th, from 5-6:30pm | SSR401

Human Rights | “The Pope vs. Wilson: The Great War and the Origins of Catholic Legal Internationalism, 1915-1918,” by Giuliana Chamedes (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Wednesday, April 13th, from 4:30-6pm | Pick 506

Islamic Studies | “Marriage in Jordan: The Middle Class, Islamic Law, and Traditional Marriage,” by Lindsey Conklin
Thursday, April 14th, from 12-1:30pm | Swift 106

Middle East History and Theory | “Political Satire, Cartoons, and the Limits of Press Freedom During the First Months of the Young Turk Revolution,” by Ekin Enacar
Thursday, April 14th, from 12-1:20pm | Pick 218

Global Christianities | “Syllabus Workshop,” with Garry Sparks
Thursday, April 14th, from 12-1:30pm | Marty Center Library

Modern France | “A Freedom in Chains: Protestant Negotiation and the Fight over Liberté de Conscience in Sixteenth-Century France,” by Elisa Jones
Friday, April 15th, @ 4pm | SSR224

Jobs

Policy and Government Affairs Intern (paid)| Illinois Partners for Human Service | Illinois Partners for Human Service is seeking a Policy and Government Affairs Intern for summer and fall of 2016. We are a statewide advocacy organization with over 850 human service coalition partners located in every legislative district in Illinois. The Policy Intern will assist with multiple projects including but not limited to: policy research and creation of educational tools to inform coalition partners and support building organizational capacity at Illinois Partners. | Resume, cover letter, one academic writing sample, one professional writing sample included as part of application | More Info + Apply
*Application due Saturday, April 16th to Kristen Hayashi (Kristen@illinoisepartners.org) with the subject line: “Illinois Partners Policy Intern 2016”

Take a Stand Center Internship | Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center | The Take A Stand Center Intern will provide research, writing, and administrative support for the development of a new multi-gallery permanent exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Working directly with the Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, the Intern will be exposed to all components of the design, development and implementation of a new exhibition. The new exhibition uses cutting edge technology to capture and share stories of Holocaust Survivors for generations to come, as well as helping guide visitors from knowledge to action, highlighting Upstanders who have taken action on issues important to them and then giving visitors the tools to make an impact themselves. | This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours, and some work may be completed off-site. The Museum can work with your university should your university grant credit towards internships. | More Info + Apply
*MAPSS alum hiring: contact Rachel or Shelly for more information

Foreign Service Financial Management Officer | US Department of State | Foreign Service Financial Management Officers (FMO) serve at any of approximately 130 Foreign Service posts throughout the world and the United States (U.S.), including the Regional Financial Service Centers in Bangkok, Thailand, and Charleston, South Carolina. Overseas, they are responsible for the management of the financial activities of diplomatic and consular posts, including services to other U.S. government (USG) agencies. Areas of responsibility include: Budgets and Financial Plans Services; Accounts and Records Services; Payrolling Services; Vouchering Services; Cashiering Service. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by April 20th

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