January 21, 2016

Notes from MAPSS and the Career Services Office:
Job Talk: Hadi Hosseini, University of Waterloo | MAPSS is hosting the third job talk of the season in relation to the new MA in Computational Social Sciences program. This is a great opportunity to see how the academic hiring process works, and what the emergent field of computational social science can offer for mainstream research in Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Friday, January 22nd @ 2pm | Saieh 242

Meet and Greet with Stefani Metos | Meet the newest member of the MAPSS staff team, Stefani Metos the Alumni, Staff and Student Programming Administrator, at a casual welcome gathering. In this role, Stefani will undertake a variety of duties assisting program staff and instructors, with additional focus on ongoing student wellness programming, developing and maintaining social media platforms, and alumni outreach. Before joining the University of Chicago, Stefani worked in a variety of public and nonprofit organizations, including over four years with DePaul University’s Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change developing and executing student programming initiatives. Come by to meet Stefani and share your needs and ideas for MAPSS social media and wellness programming, plus anything else that would enhance your student experience. | Food provided
Monday, January 25th from 4-5pm | Saieh 247

Career Services

How to Work in the US | Office of International Affairs | International students planning on utilizing their OPT after graduation will not want to miss this session.  Procedures and deadlines will be covered.
Monday, January 25th from 10-11:00am | Saieh 247

REMINDER: MAPSS Fund for Applied Research: GfK User Centric Grant Research Award Information Session | GfK User Centric is a research consultancy that has hired many of our graduates over the past several years. In appreciation of the unique training that we provide, several years ago, they made a significant donation that established the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research. In addition to monetary support, their staff is committed to assisting students in understanding and utilizing their extensive, state-of-the-art research facilities. The MAPSS Fund will make grants that support student thesis research. The User Research Awards in particular are intended to provide mentoring support along with facilities services and/or additional funding (when needed) for MAPSS thesis projects involving user research on human interaction with or without technology. You will find that the range of research questions able to qualify by these criteria is far broader than it seems. Projects could include for instance, cross-cultural comparisons of subject responses to written content assessable on the web. We especially encourage you to attend if your thesis topic may utilize ethnography, survey methods, focus groups or lab-based evaluations. | RSVP
Information Session on Monday, January 25th @ 3:00pm | Saieh 247


Foreign Service Officer Test Information Session | Prepping for and taking the “FSOT” is one of the first steps toward a career in the United States Foreign Service. Learn about the Foreign Service Officer Test from Robert Neus, US State Department Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. | More Info
Monday, January 25th from 11-12:20pm | Classics 110

Graduate Global Impact Internship Program: Introduction, Logistics, Information | The Graduate Global Impact Internship Program is UChicagoGRAD’s set of paid summer internship opportunities. In partnership with multiple programs and departments across campus, UChicagoGRAD facilitated internship opportunities for 70 students last summer. There are several ways to be involved, and the information session is the best way to get your questions answered about potential opportunities. You have the opportunity to design your own internship; apply to internship positions at organizations vetted by UChicagoGRAD; or receive help in your application to an existing internship. | More Info
Information session: Monday, February 1st from 12:30-1:50pm
Harper Library 130


A Workshop on Economic Analysis of Ancient Trade: The Case of Old Assyrian Merchants of 19th C BCE | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | All are welcome to attend the second workshop of the Neubauer Collegium’s interdisciplinary Ancient Trade project, which involves both economists and specialists in ancient texts and archaeology. Using a 4,000-year-old archive of documents from present-day Turkey, we are investigating the applicability to ancient trade of mathematical and computational methods employed by economists to study modern trade. This project builds on the strengths of the University of Chicago in both economics and ancient studies, focusing on the relationship between social institutions and economic behavior, past and present.| More Info
Friday, January 22nd from 9am-4pm
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Perspectives from India and Chicago | ART WORKS Projects| Perspectives is a half-day symposium of multi-media arts, academic experts and community conversations around human rights in India and in Chicago. The event will engage and educate Chicagoans on issues faced by women, children, and other vulnerable populations in India and parallel challenges in the city of Chicago. Parallels between the regions will be highlighted with an emphasis on promoting cross-cultural learning and engagement. Themes will include community led solutions to challenges in access to justice, education, and environmental resources.| More Info + RSVP
Saturday, January 23rd all day
ART WORKS Projects, 625 N Kingsbury St

Thought Provoking

The Business of Politics: Consulting, Campaigns, and Candidates (2016 and Beyond)  | IOP | Join the IOP as it welcomes Republican political consultant and strategist, Joseph “Tex” Dozier (AB’11). He will share insights about the industry and discuss the business of politics; such as working for campaigns and consulting firms, professionally pioneering a career in politics, and understanding the mechanics of campaigns. 2016’s political environment will serve as a backdrop for the discussion. | More Info + Register
Monday, January 25th from 12-1pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave

“The US Has a Drug Problem” with Kyle Bass  | Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State | A small minority of drug companies are abusing the drug patent system in the US to sustain patents that contain no meaningful innovations, but serve to maintain their anti-competitive, high-price monopoly to the detriment of Americans suffering from illness. Kyle Bass, principal of Hayman Capital Management LP, will share his views on inefficient regulation and how eliminating improperly granted pharmaceutical patents promotes competition and innovation, which ultimately benefits consumers and taxpayers. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, January 26th from 5-7pm
Harper Center Room 104, 5807 S Woodlawn Ave

Discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate Donna More  | IOP | Join the IOP for a discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate Donna More. Ms. More will explore her plans to curb gun violence, what she will do to tackle public corruption, and what she hopes to do to strengthen community and police relations. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, January 27th from 12-1pm | IOP, 5707 S Woodlawn Ave


Study Break

The Jubilee Project Presents: The Road Less Traveled | International House | The Jubilee Project will be screening a few of their new projects, then opening the floor for a discussion led by Jason Lee. A smaller meet-and-greet will take place before the talk to allow a more personal space to get to know the Jubilee Project. Jubilee Project is a 501c3 organization that exists to tell stories that inspire change through filmmaking. They collaborate with non-profits, such as The Jeremy Lin Foundation, ACT V, and the Alzheimer’s Association, to increase awareness and inspire action. Their vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well.
Friday, January 22nd @ 5pm (Meet-and-Greet) and @ 6:30pm (Program)
International House Assembly Hall


Mass Culture | “Between Excess and Poverty: The Political Implications of Visual Gaze and Narrative Pleasure in Nollywood Cinema,” by Mary Adekoya
Friday, January 22nd @ 10:30am | Cobb 311

20th and 21st Century | “‘The Most Hated Man in Austria’: Gunter Brus, Kunst, and Revolution, and the Viennese Iteration of 1968,” by Lillian Schopp
Monday, January 25th from 12-1:20pm | Foster 103

Political Theory | “Rawls and Envy,” by Daniel Luban
Monday, January 25th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

American Politics | “The Policy Duet: Political Representation in Congress & the Bureaucracy,” by John Patty
Monday, January 25th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 319

Early Christian Studies | “On the Use and Abuse of the Present in History, or: When Keepin’ it Real (Simple) Goes Wrong: Rodney Stark and Douglas Boin on the ‘Triumph’ of Christianity,” by Nathan Hardy
Monday, January 25th from 4:30-6pm | S200

Central Europe | “Governing Without a King: The Efforts of the Bohemian Assembly in the Post-Luxembourg Interregnum,” by Lisa Scott
Monday, January 25th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 319

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Are Some Occupations More Family-Friendly than Others? The Effects of Occupational Contexts on Using Leave and Flexible Work Policies,” by Youngchee Cha
Tuesday, January 26th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

East Asia | “Do Colleges Breed Revolutionaries? Education and Political Engagement in China After Tiananmen,” by Yuhua Wang
Tuesday, January 26th from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Urban | “Theory and Research on how Natural Environments in Urban Areas Can Produce Psychological and Health Benefits,” by Marc Berman
Tuesday, January 26th from 12-1:20pm | SS105

Education | “Spillovers in Educational Choice,” by Juanna Joensen
Tuesday, January 26th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 016

Animal Studies | “Mark Twain’s Human-Animal Studies: “Imperial” Morals, Biological Training, and the Politics of Nature,” by Agnes Malinowska
Wednesday, January 27th @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Human Rights | “Natural Law in American Legal Thought Before the Rights Revolution,” by Lael Weinberger
Wednesday, January 27th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Latin American History | “Illegal Enslavement and International Relations on the Southern Border of the Brazilian Empire,” by Keila Grinberg
Thursday, January 28th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114


On Campus Jobs

Military Video Analyst Intern (Arabic) | Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism | The Militant Video Analyst Intern, under direct supervision, will manage the collection, organization, and analysis of videos produced by militant organizations. The candidate must be able to understand written and spoken Arabic, work well in team settings, and have excellent organizational and analytical skills.  Ideal candidates will be able to set research goals, work independently on discrete projects, and assume a leadership role in a small team. The Video Analyst Intern is an unpaid position that requires an in-person commitment of ten hours a week. The candidate will fill a crucial role in systematizing the collection, analysis, organization, and translation of videos from ISIS and other groups. The everyday tasks of this position will necessitate viewing potentially disturbing images, graphic content, and scenes of violence. Candidates should only apply if they are willing to, and feel comfortable, performing these tasks. Candidates must agree to inform their supervisor if, at any point, they no longer feel comfortable performing these tasks. | More Info + Apply


Franklin Fellows Program | The Franklin Fellows Program provides middle and senior level professionals in academia, business, NGOs, foundations, and associations an opportunity to serve in government for one year. Fellows bring their expertise to bear to help formulate policy and implement programs and projects at the US Department of State or the US Agency for International Development. In recent years, Fellows have worked on issues as diverse as trade, entrepreneurship, nonproliferation, human rights, Ebola, the environment, and regional affairs. | Open to US citizens only | More Info + Apply
*Application due January 29th

Confucius China Studies Program | CCSP Fellowships offer general funding to doctoral students focusing on China. The PhD in China Fellowship ranges from three to four years, and provides funding to students holding master’s degrees who wish to pursue their PhD degree in China. Recipients of the fellowships will receive generous financial support throughout the duration of their grant in China. The award amount covers a living stipend, a research stipend, a travel allowance, and a pre-departure orientation. | More Info + Apply
*Application due February 15th

US Department of State Student Internship Program | At the US Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. The US Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in US embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, DC and at the Department offices around the US. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs enviornment. | More Info + Apply
*Application due March 1st

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology | SIMA is a research training program offered by the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. The program seeks to promote broader and more effective use of museum collections in anthropological research by providing a supplement to university training. Working intensively each summer with 12-14 students interested in museum research, the institute: introduces students to the scope of collections and their potential as data; provides training in appropriate methods to collect and analyze museum data; makes participants aware of a range of theoretical issues relating to collections; and position students to apply their knowledge within their home university. The curriculum, including both seminars and hands-on workshops, teaches students how to navigate museum systems, select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and recognize the wealth of theoretical issues that museum data can address. | More Info + Apply
*Application due March 1st
*Program length: June 27th-July 22nd

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research | The Summer Program provides a comprehensive program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology. The instructional environment stresses the integration of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive social research. Additionally, instruction is grounded in the hands-on analysis of research datasets. Instructors are experts in their fields who are adept at making complex subject matter understandable. Because of the range of methodological instruction, the opportunity for intensive study, and the quality of instruction and supporting facilities, the Summer Program has become recognized as a preeminent learning environment for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research. | There are a variety of opportunities to be awarded scholarships to attend this prestigious program. | More Info + Apply | More Info on Scholarships


Supervisory Trial Attorney | Department of Labor | This position is responsible for supervising litigation under the laws administered by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division and in other program areas as necessary, and also for assisting with the administrative management of the Arlington Solicitor’s Office. The primary duties will be to coordinate, manage, and oversee the litigation of matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the prevailing wage statutes, and other statutes enforced by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Monday, February 1st