February 25, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Intensifying the Job Search | Prepare for upcoming graduate career fairs and learn how to ramp up your job search.
Monday, February 29th from 10-11am | Saieh 242
Friday, March 4th from 3-4pm | Saieh 242

Important Information for International Students | If you are an international student and have received word from the IRS that you owe significant additional taxes, this is an error. Contact Angie Gleghorn (gleghorn@uchiago.edu), UChicago Payroll Solutions Manager ASAP.

Career Services

Save the Date!: MAPSS/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. | Stay tuned for an RSVP form and more information
Saturday, April 16th, all day | Saieh Hall
_________________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.| More Info and Register
Friday, April 8th, all day | Multiple locations on 53rd St

Summer Coursework

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research in Political Science | Offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the ICPSR Summer Program is internationally recognized as a preeminent learning environment for basic and advanced training for researchers across the behavioral, social, and medical sciences. We stress the integration of methods of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive research. Our courses include hands-on analysis of research datasets, and our instructors are experts in their fields who are adept at making complex subject matter understandable. With 90 courses in 2015, we offer training in a range of topics of interest to researchers in political science, including game theory and rational choice theory, multidimensional scaling, factor analysis, principal components analysis, network analysis, regression and linear models, maximum likelihood estimation or categorical data analysis, time series and longitudinal data, and introductions to R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, and LaTeX. | More Info

Summer Intensive Language Program | Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco | The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco for the summer of 2016, is pleased to announce its Summer Language Program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco, taking part in intensive Arabic language instruction. Students will spend four hours each weekday in formal Modern Standard Arabic classes, as well as complete out-of-the-classroom assignments. The AALIM center is host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. | More Info + Apply

Thought Provoking

Studying the Score: Race, Class, and Privilege in Classical Music | Chamber Music Organization | This is an open panel and discussion event focused on issues of race, class, and privilege in classical music communities. Undergraduate and graduate students, professors, and musicians will come together to discuss and unpack concepts of achievement, elitism, inequality, and racialization in the seemingly ‘meritocratic’ system of classical music. We will examine these issues at various structural levels, including ideology, institutions, and the day-to-day lives of amateur and professional musicians.  | More Info + Register
Friday, February 26th from 3:30-5pm | Logan Center, 915 E 60th St

How Non-Profits Are Addressing Poverty in Chicago: Chicago Style with Sol Anderson | IOP | 1 in 5 Chicagoans live in poverty today, and a disproportionate number of them are African-Americans living on the city’s south and west sides. Such widespread poverty hampers the city’s economy, denies children full educations, and worst of all, contributes to cycles of crime and violence. Non-profit organizations play a critical, if often overlooked, role in combatting urban crises and empowering the socially and economically disenfranchised members of society. One such organization, LIFT-Chicago, develops sustainable programs for its members to overcome poverty in the long-term by building personal, social, and financial foundations in their lives. Sol Anderson is LIFT’s Vice President for Chicago Expansion and an expert not only on issues of poverty and social discord, but the work non-profits do to overcome them.  | More Info + Register
Monday, February 29th from 7-8pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn

The Idols of ISIS | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | On February 26, 2015, the Islamic State released a video onto the internet depicting destruction of ancient sculptures in the Mosul Museum, claiming that these sculptures were idols that needed to be destroyed. This talk will explore how religion, politics, and art intersect in this image of image destruction and raise questions about the aestheticization of politics in the age of the selfie.  | More Info
Monday, February 29th from 4:30-6pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Martha Nussbaum, Disgust or Equality? India’s Battle over Sexual Orientation Law | Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality | India decriminalized sodomy in 2009 in a resonant Delhi High Court case known as Naz Foundation, which held the laws to be similar to caste discrimination based on bodily disgust. In 2013, however, the Supreme Court reinstated the sodomy laws. Nussbaum sets out the underlying theory of disgust and stigma she has used previously to analyze US constitutional cases, and which is similar to the theory used in Naz Foundation. She then examines the social background for both the progressive Naz Foundation opinion and the resistance to it. Finally, she looks closely at the legal reasoning in the two cases.  | More Info + Register
Tuesday, March 1st from 4:30-6pm | SSR 122

Get Out for a Good Cause

MESSA Syrian Refugee Gala | MESSA Graduate Council of CMES | This Gala is a formal event that benefits Refugee One, an organization working to settle incoming Syrian refugees in the Chicago area. A charity raffle will be held during the gala, with prizes including gift certificates to local dining and entertainment establishments as well as signed copies of some of our esteemed professors’ latest books dealing with the Middle East. Food and drink will also be provided. | Formal attire suggested. | Tickets are free, suggested donation of $15 | More Info + RSVP
Saturday, March 5th @ 7pm | East Lounger, Ida Noyes Hall



Central Europe | “Trauma Market: Transmissions and Transactions of Trauma in Postwar Bosnian Commemorative Landscapes,” by Antje Postema
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25th @ 5pm | Cobb 205

18th and 19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Performance, Materiality, and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World: From Jonkonnu to Yankee Doodle Dandy,” by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 432

Interdisciplinary Archeology | “Dynamic Encounters: Personal Adornment, Semiotic Slippage, and the Cognition of Space in the Villa of the Mysteries,” by Neville McFerrin (University of Michigan)
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25th @ 4:30pm | Haskell 315

PIPES | “Democracies Under Fire: How Democratic Targets and Allies Respond to Coercive Threats,” by Matt Scroggs (University of Virginia)
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-6pm | Pick 319

Race | “What was Chicano Literature? And is Latino Literary History Possible?” by José Antonio Arellano
TONIGHT: Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University

Practical Philosophy | “Murkiness is the Rule: Nomy Arpaly’s Account of Salf-Opaque Agency,” by Francey Russell
Friday, February 26th from 10:30am-12:20pm | SSR302

American Politics | “…And Keep Your Enemies Closer: Building Reputations for Facing Electoral Challenges,” by Kristin Kanthak (University of Pittsburgh)
Monday, February 29th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 319

Political Theory | “Is it Better to be a Criminal Than a Stateless Person? Revisiting Arendt’s Famous Comparison,” by Kathleen Arnold (DePaul University)
Monday, February 29th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Politics, History, and Society | “Lineage as Structure,” by Andrew Abbott
Tuesday, March 1st from 5-6:30pm | SS401

Language, Variation, and Change | “How to Construct a Digital Museum with a Large-Scale Web-Archive,” by Yukinori Takubo (Kyoto University)
Tuesday, March 1st @ 3:30pm | Rosenwald 301

Medicine and Its Objects | “An End to Mental Health Research? Global Market View,” by Joseph Dumit (MIT)
Tuesday, March 1st from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 315

Urban | “Neighborhood Organizing Without an Organization: How Public Traumas Influence Community Cohesion and Support,” by David Shalliol (St Olaf College)
Tuesday, March 1st from 12-1:20pm | SSR105

Social History | “The Location of Charisma: The Chicago Freedom Movement and Black Religious Space,” by Kai Parker
Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Middle East History and Theory | “Early Development of Sunni Fiqh: A Study of Role Played by Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Shaybani (d.805),” by Aamir Bashir | Lunch is served
Thursday, March 3rd @ 12pm | Pick 218

African Studies | “The Atemporal Dimensions of History: In the Old Kongo Kingdom, for Example,” by Marshall Sahlins
Thursday, March 3rd @ 4:30pm | Pick 319

Mass Culture | “Violence and the Diagram (Or, The Human Centipede),” by Eugenie Brinkema (MIT)
Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-6:30pm | Cobb 104

Latin America and the Caribbean | “The Jarocho Archetype: Up-keeping and Keeping with ‘A Way of Being’,” by Karma Fierson
Thursday, March 3rd from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

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

On Campus Jobs

Archives and Manuscripts Processing Assistant | Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library | Under the direction of the Processing Archivist, arranges and describes manuscript and archival collections in accordance with established SCRC and archival guidelines and to support ongoing initiatives. As part of this position, this person: Conducts research into the individuals and academic disciplines represented by the collections; Composes historical and biographical narratives and collection scope descriptions and compiles systematic lists of box and folder headings; Identifies material to be restricted in accordance with University administrative restriction policy, Office of Legal Counsel, and federal laws, including FERPA and HIPAA, and donor gift agreements; Identifies damaged or physically vulnerable materials and refers for appropriate preservation treatment; Performs physical processing and arrangement of materials; Prepares draft finding aids for archival and manuscript collections; Identifies duplicate and extraneous material for disposition; and Ensures proper labeling and barcoding of all containers for both circulation and possible transfer to the Automated Storage and Retrieval facility. | More Info | Apply
*Once you have filled out the application form, email Ashley Gosselar (agosselar@uchicago.edu) and let her know that your application is in the system. Candidates will be contacted via email for an interview.


CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant Fellowship | The CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant supports master’s, doctoral, and professional school students conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere, excluding Puerto Rico, providing an opportunity to establish professional and institutional contacts, assess potential research sites, and refine the dissertation project proposal. | More Info + Apply
*Deadline: Monday, February 29th @ 12:00 noon


Summer Opportunity Americorps (multiple opportunities) | US Government | We are launching a new initiative, Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps, to build on existing national service programs that address this summer gap. This program will help young people, including high school students, who serve their communities earn money for college. Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps recognizes the potential of all youth to contribute in meaningful ways to communities across the country through volunteer service. Specifically, we are committing up to $15 million over the next three years in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards. The program will help youth learn critical skills, such as project management and teamwork. And, in return, they may earn money to help them advance their education. This project builds on the President’s initiative to enable strong transitions from school year to school year and from high school to college and careers by bringing together state and local leaders, community-based organizations, private sector and philanthropic leaders, schools, and other youth-serving agencies. | More Info

English Language Officer | US Department of State | The Department’s FS Regional English Language Officers serve as a catalyst for enduring, positive change via their active commitment to high-quality education, access to information, and effective global dialogue. RELOs work with US embassies and consulates to develop long-term English language programming strategic plans. RELOs develop sustained partnership with English language professionals, encourage their membership in a mutually supportive global network, support their professional growth, and enhance their ability to influence positively the lives of their students. Through the programs that RELOs initiate, manage, monitor, and evaluate, they enable teachers to teach more effectively through a variety of means such as social media, virtual learning, in-country professional development programs, teacher and learner exchanges, courses for youth, and support of local professional associations and their activities. Through these efforts, they offer a window on US society, history, and culture, and encourage analytical thinking, tolerance for difference, and increased understanding among themselves and their students. | More Info + Apply
*Application open until March 1st, 2016