December 4, 2015

MAPSS & CIR Hot Cider and Cookie Party | Join the MAPSS staff and faculty for a hot cider and cookie party to celebrate the end of your first quarter! | More Info
Wednesday, December 9th from 2-5pm | Pick 313 lounge

Career Services

  • Early GfK micro-grant applications are due December 12th.  See Shelly for more information.
  • Please take a few moments to fill out course evaluations.  Feedback helps the division to implement improvements.
  • Contact Nicole Anderson about the mini think-tank program in India, sponsored by the Harris School, the International Innovation Corps.
Career Mentor in Residence: Alum in Nonprofit Education | Join the Office of Career Services for our second Career Mentor in Residence event of the year! This event features an alum in the nonprofit sector, who works in education. Keith Mataya (M.A. 2001) will join us this week for a discussion over pizza about his time at UChicago studying political theory, the nonprofit world, and how MAPSS helped him get to where he is today. For those of you interested in nonprofit work, this event is not to be missed! | More Info + RSVP
TODAY! Friday, December 4th from 4-6pm (food provided)
Saieh 102

State Department and Peace Corps Information Session | UChicagoGRAD | Join UChicagoGRAD for a discussion with representatives from The State Department and from The Peace Corps about careers at these two institutions, and about careers in international service more broadly. We will be joined by Rok Teasley, Peace Corps Recruiter for Chicago, and Robert Neus, Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, representing the State Department. Q&A will follow a moderated conversation with A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations. | More Info + RSVP
       TODAY! Friday, December 4th from 2-3:30pm
Stuart 102

Tips and Techniques for the Job Search | If you haven’t attended a workshop this quarter, this is one not to miss! Join Shelly for an all-purpose talk about how to find the best job for you.
Monday, December 7th from 10-11 | Saieh 247
Friday, December 11th from 3-4pm | Saieh 146



East and West: Traditions of Representation | France Chicago Center | A transatlantic conference held jointly by the University of Chicago and the Collège de France. Themes of cross-cultural encounter have long been prominent in European intellectual history. The conference will bring together scholars who work focuses upon European histories and societies with experts on China, Japan, and near eastern societies to investigate how representations of others are linked to actual contact, how and why certain societies become figured as particular kinds of others, and how representations of others are deployed for purposes of social criticism. | More Info
Friday, December 4th-Saturday, December 5th
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S Woodlawn Ave

Comedy, an Issue | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | Comedy is no stranger to suffering; in addition to representing troubles, it seems to get in trouble with more frequency than other aesthetic modes, practices, and attitudes. Why are its pleasures so radically disturbing and its disturbances so full of acid and pleasure, and how do those generic tendencies affect its appearance as aesthetic form? This workshop conference takes up law, literature, cinema, TV, stand-up, opera, jokes, and performance media—including a laughing machine. Participants include Lauren Berlant, Glenda Carpio, Joshua Clover, Judith Farquhar, Peter Goodrich, Roger Grant, Sianne Ngai, Anca Parvulescu, and David Simon. | More Info
Thursday, December 10th-Friday, December 11th
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Thought Provoking


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
TONIGHT! Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm
The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St


Fracture: Book Discussion and Signing with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid | Seminary Co-op | Barack Obama’s speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided—as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore. The book traces the Democratic party’s makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election. | More Info + Register
Friday, December 4th from 1-3pm | Seminary Co-op

EPIC Seminar Series: George Crabtree | Energy Policy Institute | Join the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago for a seminar on the impact of next generation storage on the electricity grid. The speaker is George Crabtree, Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow, and Associate Division Director, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, December 9th from 3:30-5pm | Saieh 021

“Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life” by John Haldane | Livestreamed online | Please join us for a livestream of a public lecture at the University of South Carolina. John Haldane is professor of philosophy and director of the Center of Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews, and the J Newton Rayzor, Sr, Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at Baylor University. His research interests include issues in the history of philosophy; philosophy of mind; social and political philosophy; ethics; and aesthetics. | More Info
Monday, December 14th from 7-9pm (EST)
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Gender and Sexuality Studies
Workshop is seeking submissions for the Winter quarter on the theme of “Gender and Work.” Great progress has been made toward gender equality in the workplace over the last several decades. Yet significant gender-based disparities in pay and promotions remain. These differences are rooted in a variety of cultural, social, and economic structures, but the workplace environment clearly plays a critical and proximate role in shaping women’s career trajectories, thereby influencing the extent of economic equality overall. This quarter’s workshop will focus on issues of gender inequality in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on understanding key organizational factors (e.g., formal policies and practices as well as informal cultural aspects of workplaces) that either promote or reduce disparities between men and women on the job. Graduate students are encouraged to present working chapters of dissertations, master’s theses, and papers that are being prepared for publication. The abstract should be between 250 and 500 words. Please also note your departmental affiliation, program year, and any dates in which you will not be available to present.
Abstracts due Monday, December 7th to

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Wide Show and Feedback Loop in Postwar Japanese Television,” by Seong Un Kim
Thursday, December 3rd from 4:15-6pm | SSR 224

Social History | “The Geopolitics of Mobility: Immigration Policy and American Global Power in the Long 20th Century,” by Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt)
Thursday, December 3rd from 4:30-6pm | SSR Tea Room

Literature & Philosophy | “Reading Gramsci in Turin: or, How Italian Intellectuals Learned to Look for ‘The People,’” by David Gutherz
Thursday, December 3rd @ 4:30pm | Foster 305

18th and 19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Experiments in Empire: The Global Civil Society of Old Regime France,” by Oliver Cussen
Thursday, December 3rd from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Latin American History | “Revolution Retail: US Arms Markets and the Independence of Haiti and Spanish America,” by Brian Delay
Thursday, December 3rd from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies | “Arendt’s Distinction Between the Social and Political Redeemed: Intervening on the Rule of Race as Essential to Political Resistance to Racism,” by Ainsley LeSure
Thursday, December 3rd from 4:30-6pm
1st Floor Seminar Room, 5733 S University Ave

PIPES | End of year holiday party! Bring your friends, family, and significant others! Enjoy free food, drinks, and non-academic conversation
Thursday, December 3rd @ 6pm
Charles Lipson’s House, 5809 S Blackstone Ave

Art & Politics of East Asia | “Suzuki Seijun and the Redemption of Cinephilia,” by William Carroll
Friday, December 4th from 3-5pm | CEAS 319

Mass Culture | “The Hitherto Unknown: Towards an Epistemology of Synthetic Sound,” by Hannah Frank
Friday, December 4th @ 10:30am | Cobb 311

Modern France | “La Folie du pouvoir,” by Lindsay Sainte-Claire
Friday, December 4th @ 4pm | SSR 224

Semiotics | “Platformations: Technologies and Ideologies of Minority Language Use in Buryat-Russian Media,” by Kathryn Graber (Indiana University)
Friday, December 4th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

20th and 21st Century | “Carnal Speculation and the Dispersal of Character in Virginia Woolf,” by Aleks Prigozhin
Monday, December 7th from 12-1:20pm | Foster 103

Western Mediterranean Culture | “‘El monstro con su figura’: la autofiguración transatlántica en el teatro de Ruiz de Alarcón,” by José Estrada
Monday, December 7th from 4:30-6:30pm | Kelly 114



Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialist – Unified Communications | US Department of State | The U.S. Department of State, our country’s lead foreign policy agency, provides a rich international experience whether at home or abroad, and opportunities to become responsible leaders. Each day, our employees make a difference as they contribute to our global society and defend and advance our country’s interests and values. They work on the business of diplomacy and high priority issues that impact the safety, security, and prosperity of our world – human rights, environment, energy, food security, public health, and technology – all while experiencing a unique career. Our talented workforce reflects and champions all of our strengths and diversity – personal, professional, and educational. We offer a workplace that values and rewards leadership, collaboration and innovation, and personal and professional development. Foreign Service (FS) Information Management Technical Specialists–Unified Communications (IMTS-UC) are responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of a wide range of digital and telephone equipment. | More Info + Apply
*Applications due Thursday, December 10th

Pathways Internship Program: Student Trainee (multiple opportunities) | US Department of State | The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or halftime basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Duties will vary depending on the occupational series and grade level applied for at time of application submission. Positions available as Foreign Affairs, Economist, HR Specialist, Program Analyst, Budget Analyst, Government Information Specialist, and more. | More Details + Apply
*In person applications accepted at State Department Hiring Fair
Tuesday, December 15th
Hyatt Arlington Hotel, 1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA