February 11, 2016

Career Services

Saha Ghana Information Session | Durable design. Community ownership. Sustainable impact. Over the past years, Saha has empowered hundreds of students to develop leadership skills and learn about international development, environmental sustainability, and public health, while building community access to clean water and electricity for rural villages in Ghana by training local entrepreneurs how to set up sustainable water and solar businesses. Join Saha’s Founder and Executive Director Kate Cincotta to hear about: working with a rural community to build a water treatment or solar electricity business; training local women entrepreneurs how to run it; and educating hundreds of families about the benefits of clean water and green energy.
Application due April 13thApply Here
Online Information session: Wednesday, February 17th @ 6pm |
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CivX Information Session | UChicago Dean of Students | Come learn about CivX–a student-driven social impact program started in MAPSS and now open to all SSD graduate students. CivX combines social science research and design thinking to help organizations and communities develop new approaches to mission-critical problems. Started in 2013, SSD graduate teams have worked with nonprofits in Chicago and New Delhi, India. 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 at Uchicago can do. This Info Session will: provide a detailed overview of the program’s approach; explain the social benefits of combining social science research and design thinking; provide case studies of past projects and a description of this summer’s project; present a partnership with the History Department to document the project. You’ll also hear from CivX alumni and the impact that this short, intense experience had on their academic research projects and future careers.| Lunch from Z&H will be served to those who RSVP. | RSVP 
Thursday, February 18th from 12-1:30pm | SSR 224

Certificate in Survey Research Lunch ‘n Learn | Please join us for lunch and the opportunity to learn about the Certificate in Survey Research. This is your chance to meet the certificate instructors, as well as Academic Director Colm O’Muircheartaigh, and ask questions about the program. Students earning the Certificate in Survey Research will be well positioned for careers in both the public and the private sectors. Understanding the provenance of survey data has become increasingly critical as data collected for research purposes through surveys is increasingly blended with transactional and administrative data. This program provides students with the capability to design and execute surveys as well as a framework within which to assess the strengths and weaknesses of data collected through surveys. | Lunch provided | RSVP 
Tuesday, February 23rd from 12-1pm | Harris School Room 224

Thought Provoking

FEATURED
Women’s Leadership and International Relations 
| CIS + CIR | It is often said that if more women were at the helm of foreign policy, there would be more peace in the world. While women’s leadership in international relations is increasing, women involved in foreign policy still face greater challenges to climbing the seniority ladder when compared to other areas of government. Tellingly, despite the high-profile success of figures such as Jeane Kirkpatrick, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power, only 29% of the chiefs of mission at the State Department and of senior foreign positions at USAID are held by women. This trend is matched in the European Union, where only 29% of the staff at the European External Action Service headquarters are women and only 19% of the heads of EU delegations are women. In this talk, Professor Federiga Bindi discusses the factors that have impeded women’s ascent to foreign policy leadership positions and suggests some possible solutions to gender-based inequality in this important sector. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, February 17th @ 3pm
International House, Coulter Lounge
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David Bromwich: Lincoln as Realist and Revolutionist  | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | Lincoln is often portrayed as a constitutional moderate and often as a radical. Both pictures are based on convincing evidence. In this Neubauer Collegium Director’s Lecture, David Bromwich considers the prudence of Lincoln’s rejection of abolitionism in the 1850s and his adherence to the Republican platform that disclaimed interference when slavery in the states where it already existed. By contrast, proof of his radicalism lies in the “House Divided” speech of June 16, 1858 and the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. The speech indicated Lincoln’s readiness to fight a civil war on the issue of slavery; and the legal measure pointed the way to an end of slavery as a probable consequence of the war. The speech and the measure were both qualified, in moderate and prudential-sounding ways; but they indicate choices within a larger emergency when a president ceased to follow and definitively led. | More Info + Register
TONIGHT!: Thursday, February 11th from 5:30-7pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn Ave

Tanisha C Ford on “Dressing for the Revolution: The Politics of Style from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter” | Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture | Professor Ford will deliver a lecture focused on her latest work, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul. From the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a powerful tool of resistance. Whether using stiletto heels as weapons to protect against police attacks or incorporating African-themed designs into everyday wear, these fashion-forward women celebrated their identities and pushed for equality. Professor Ford explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg incorporation style and beauty culture into their activism. | More Info
TONIGHT!: Thursday, February 11th @ 6pm
5733 S University Ave

US Senator Amy Klobucher (D-MN) | IOP | Join the IOP and the University of Chicago Law School for a lunch discussion with Senator Amy Klobucher and University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone. Senator Klobucher will discuss her work in the Senate, and her new book The Senator Next Door, which chronicles her life in public service, and her journey from high school prom fundraiser to the US Senate. Senator Klobucher is Minnesota’s senior US Senator. A Democrat, she was first elected to the Senate in 2006; she was later reelected in a landslide and named to Senate leadership. A national leader, she has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass legislation that supports families, workers, and businesses. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, February 16th from 12:15-1:30pm
University of Chicago Law School Room II

 

 

Workshops

Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies | “Acknowledgement as an Idiom for Theorizing Latino Politics,” by Anthony Badami
TODAY!: Thursday, February 11th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave, 1st Floor Seminar Room

Latin American History | “Territory, Indianidad, and the State in the Paploapan, Mexico,” by Diana Schwartz
TODAY!: Thursday, February 11th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Semiotics | “Recursive Republican Racialization: Economic Moralities and the Language of Exclusion in Senegalese Households in Paris,” by Chelsie Young (Northwestern)
TODAY!: Thursday, February 11th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

Disability Studies | Two chapters from Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, moderated by Tonie Sadler and Matt Borus
Friday, February 12th from 1:30-2:50pm | Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality Basement Seminar Room

Language, Variation, and Change | “Is ‘huh’ Really a Universal Word? Clicks, Kisses, & Whistles in Cameroon,” by Betsy Pillion, Sarah Kopper (MSU), and Lenore Grenoble
Friday, February 12th @ 3:30pm | Rosenwald 015

Early Modern | “Patriot Fever: Georgia and the Ideological Origins of the War of Jenkins Ear,” by Steve Pincus (Yale)
Monday, February 15th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 319

Political Theory | “Fictitious Freedom: A Polanyian Critique of the Republican Revival,” by Steven Klein
Monday, February 15th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

18th and 19th Centuries Atlantic Cultures | “Afterlives of the Senses: Physiological Death and Late-Victorian Poetry,” by David Womble
Tuesday, February 16th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 432

Global Christianities | “Teaching Global Theologies,” by Dwight Hopkins
Tuesday, February 16th from 12-1:15pm | Swift 208

East Asia: Politics, Economy, and Society | “Promises and Perils of Guan: Mental Health Care and the Rise of Biopolitical Paternalism in Post-Socialist China,” by Zhiying Ma
Tuesday, February 16th from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Human Rights | “The Transatlantic Trajectory of Sexual Privacy Rights,” by David Minto (Princeton)
Wednesday, February 17th from 4:30-6pm | TBD

Ancient Societies | “Information and Risk,” by Paul Vadan
Thursday, February 18th @ 3:30pm | Classics 21

Latin America and the Caribbean | “Social Violence Through the Eyes of a Child,” by Viviana Hong
Thursday, February 18th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Social Theory | “Speaking the Language of Rights: Immigration Law and the Adjudication of Personhood Among Chicago’s New Africans,” by Lisa M Simeone
Thursday, February 18th @ 6pm | Wilder House

Fellowships

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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 Gargoyle and 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 (alyssa2@uchicago.edu)
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Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (multiple grant opportunities) | ASMEA is an academic society dedicated to promoting the highest standards of research and teaching in Middle Eastern and African studies, and related fields. It is a response to the mounting interest in these increasingly inter-related fields, and the absence of any single group addressing them in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary fashion. Three grants are currently open for applications: the ASMEA Research Grant; the Moroccan Studies Research Grant; and the Travel Grant, which provides a stipend for travel to the Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference.
*All applications due by March 15th

Jobs

Summer Research Internship: President’s Office Research | Chicago Council on Global Affairs | The President of The Chicago Council’s research intern will provide project-based research support to the President. The intern will be responsible for any research-related tasks assigned by the President. To qualify, candidates must be able to demonstrate and have Master’s-level research experience with a focus on international relations, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and be diligent with strong organizational abilities. This intern is asked to commit to 10 hours per week and can work remotely. While internships are unpaid, the Council does offer limited local public travel reimbursement to and from the office and interns also receive a complimentary, one-year membership with The Council. | This position would begin between March and May of 2016 and last through the end of the calendar year. | More Info
*To apply, email a cover letter (specifying your dates and hours of availability), resume, and a two-page writing sample as Word documents tohr@thechicagocouncil.org

Investment Strategy Research Internship | Mesirow Impact Management | Mesirow Impact Management is a social impact investing strategy. The core of our strategy is that there is a correlation between companies with positive culture and above-market returns. To determine which companies had the most positive culture, all companies with publicly traded securities were screened for the following parameters: companies that treat their employees well; companies that treat their customers well; companies that give back to the community. Our program needs to provide a stronger basis behind our methodology to select companies that will be included in our portfolio. While we want to continue using the screens as outlined above, we require a more academic, rigorous research process to apply those screens. This is purposely left as a vague directive as we want to encourage brainstorming behind the best approach and repeatable practice to accomplish our objective. The Research Intern will collaborate with team members to brainstorm approaches and best practices; find research to substantiate investment strategy; implement strategy using market data to develop a theoretical portfolio; and formalize and institutionalize the research strategy in a final paper. | More Info can be found by searching 59438 on Grad Gargoyle.

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, February 14th

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