January 7, 2016

A Note from the Director of Career Services: 
With the new year here, it is a great time to reflect on the past year and spruce up your resume.  It is not too late to make a resolution to have Career Services review your resume in the Winter Quarter. Schedule an appointment HERE

Career Services

FEATURED
Which Industry is Right for Me?
| Join Shelly for a workshop on how to weigh between Non-Profit, For-Profit, and Government sectors.
Monday, January 11th from 10-11am | Saieh 247
Friday, January 15th from 3:30-4:30pm | Saieh 242Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship Info Session | FLAS Fellowships applications are now available for funding in Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017. UChicago will be accepting applications for languages in five world areas: East Asia, East Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and South Asia. The FLAS program provides funding for study on campus during the academic year and on campus or elsewhere (domestically or abroad) during the summer. For more information about the program and to access the application, click HERE. | More Info + RSVP
Information session on Friday, January 8th @ 12:30pm | Cobb 107
Application due on Monday, February 8th @ 5pm CST

NSEP Boren Fellowship Writing Workshop | The Boren Fellowships award graduate students up to $30,000 for language study in countries and languages deemed critical to US national security interests. In addition to language study, applicants are encouraged to propose independent research, an academic internship, or academic coursework. The program draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope includes not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society such as sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, public health, gender equality, and economic competitiveness. | Must have US citizenship to apply | For more information and to apply, clickHERE | More Info + RSVP
Information session on Friday, January 15th @ 2pm | Cobb 107
Application due Monday, January 18th @ 5pm

Ideas42: Employer Info Session | MAPSS & CIR | Ideas42 is a nonprofit behavioral design lab and consulting firm that uses behavioral science to help solve difficult social problems and have impact at scale. Come join us to learn more about our work, our unique methodology, and our recruiting process. During the session, students will also receive an introduction to the behavioral science approach, and have the opportunity to practice applying behavioral insights and designing innovative solutions to problems that we’re currently working on in Chicago. | More Info + RSVP
Friday, January 29th from 12-2pm | Saieh 242

Conferences

The Fiscal and Monetary History of Latin America | Becker Friedman Institute | This program is part of a series of workshops which advance the work of a comprehensive comparative study of the fiscal histories of eleven Latin American countries. A team of economists from Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay will use country-specific as “case studies,” testing two central hypotheses: first, that bad fiscal and monetary policies led to macroeconomic instability, and second, that macroeconomic instability was responsible for low growth and poor economic performance in this region.| More Info
Friday, January 8th @ 9am | Becker Friedman Institute, Saieh Hall

Courses

Winter 2016 ESL Courses | For any MAPSS students looking to improve their English, there are the Winter 2016 ESL courses offered through our English Language Institute. Please note:  these would be in addition to your 3 courses and the M.A. Proposal Workshop in January/February. Contact Ashley Merriweather with any questions, at apmerri@uchicago.edu | More InfoTemple or Forum: Debating and Designing the Obama Presidential Center (Anth 31108/24520; Maps 31108) | Throughout this seminar participants will research and discuss key issues pertaining to the development and implications of Presidential Libraries and Museums. These insights will become the foundation for a final project in which they will work in small teams to design a potential exhibit for the Obama Presidential Center in Hyde Park. | Syllabus
Wednesdays, 5-6pm

Computation for Public Policy and the Social Sciences
(PPHA 30530) and social science (SOCI 40214) | We will cover the basic knowledge and skills required for computational data analysis in the realms of social science and public policy including: the principles of computing; an introduction to programming in Python; a variety of policy data sources including files, databases, and web APIs; and how to use all of these to perform data analysis tasks for public policy and social science inquiry. No prior programming experience is required. This is the first in a series of courses in computation with social science and public policy applications. Subsequent courses will focus on the use of data science and machine learning for public policy and social scientific analysis. | Note: This course is a soft prerequisite for anyone hoping to take Professor Evans’ Spring Quarter class on Content Analysis. | More Info

Water in the Middle East: Past and Present (NEAA 30025) | Instructor: Emily Hammer | Course Description: This course examines the distribution of water throughout the Middle East and the archaeology, anthropology, and history of water exploitation and management over the last 9000 years. It considers water in the varied environments of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, and Arabia. The Middle East is an arid region, but dynamic human and natural systems have interacted to determine relative water scarcity and abundance at different times and places.  These interrelated systems have also influenced the historical relationship between water control and political power. In the final weeks, we will discuss archaeology and historical anthropology’s contribution to conceptions of water “sustainability” and landscape “resilience.” The course is open to undergraduates and graduate students who have at least one course in archaeology or anthropology. | More Info
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:50am | Oriental Institute 210

 

Have Fun on Campus

Social Sciences Division Grad Winter Reception | After resounding feedback from department social reps, the Dean of Students has moved the Fall Orientation Reception to Winter quarter to welcome everyone back to campus to start the New Year. Join us for a sampling of Chicago’s best casual restaurants outside of Hyde Park. We’ll feature Smoque BBQ, Berghoff’s German food, Devil Dawgs, and Jarito’s Tacos. Vegetarian options available throughout. Come hungry; everyone should be able to sample 203 restaurants! | More Info + RSVP (reserve your spot asap for a limited number of drink bracelets!)
Tuesday, January 12th from 5-7pm | Ida Noyes, Cloister Club

Thought Provoking

Chicago After Laquan McDonald: Rebuilding the Trust | IOP | Join the IOP for a panel discussion on the recent events in Chicago following the release of the Laquan McDonald video and subsequent videos, the opening of the Justice Department investigation into Chicago police practices, and where the city and the Chicago Police Department go from here to rebuild trust. What is the history behind the outrage and protests across the city? What practices much be changed to ensure Chicago’s black youth are not killed by those who have been charged with their protection. | More Info
         TONIGHT!: Thursday, January 7th from 6-7:15pm | 5707 S University Ave

History, Hope, and Responsibility: A Dialogue on the Civil Rights Movement | International House | Please join us for a resident dialogue on the current struggle for equality, specifically looking at mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. This program will engage the works of Dr. King and author/CNN contributor Van Jones, who will be one of the guest speakers for the University celebration on Monday, January 11th. | More Info
Saturday, January 9th from 6-7pm | Coulter Lounge, International House

Stumped on Trump? Media Coverage of the 2016 Elections and the Potent Power of Donald Trump | IOP | No, you are not mistaken, billionaire real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner. With the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries approaching, what was once thought of as just a Summer of Trump has extended to the Autumn and Winter of Trump. Is the media responsible for Trump’s continued status as the frontrunner? Can he be defeated? This seminar will discuss the political appeal of Donald Trump and discuss the media’s portrayal of the 2016 elections so far. | More Info + RSVP
Monday, January 11th from 12-1:15pm | 5707 S Woodlawn Ave

MLK Commemoration Celebration | Van Jones, CNN Contributor and Author, will offer the keynote address. The program also features a conversation with special guest Nikki Giovanni, Poet and Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech University, and Theaster Gates, Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the College and Director of Arts + Public Life. |More Info
Monday, January 11th @ 6pm | Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

  

Workshops

FEATURED
Latin America and the Caribbean | “Redefining Black Citizenship in Neoliberal Multicultural Democracies: Afro-Colombian Citizenship after the Constitution of 1991,” by Aleschia Hyde (MAPSS)
Thursday, January 7th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114
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Central Europe | “From Jánošík to Štefánik: The National Hero in Slovak Visual Culture,” by Nick Hudac, Charles University (Prague)
Thursday, January 7th @ 4:30pm | Harris School, 319

Interdisciplinary Approaches to France and the Modern Francophone World | “Songs of Social Unrest, Revolutionary Spirit, and Religious Dissidence, 1789-1799,” by Mari Jo Velasco (Music)
Thursday, January 7th @ 4pm | SSR224

Medicine and Its Objects | “Watchful Hands,” by Alec Chao Wang
Thursday, January 7th @ 4pm | Haskell 102

Politics, History, and Society | “Armed Politics and the State in South Asia,” by Paul Staniland
Thursday, January 7th from 5-6:30pm | SSR 401

Practical Philosophy | “The Fair Value of Voting Rights,” by Derrick Darby (UMichigan)
Friday, January 8th from 10:30-12:20pm | SSR 302

Political Theory | “Fleeting Promises, Foundling Politics: Cruising Arendt’sAmor Mundi,” by Samuel Galloway
Monday, January 11th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Early Modern | “Local and Transregional: Arab Scholars in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Empire,” by Basil Salem, History
Monday, January 11th from 5-6:30pm | Location TBD

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Strategies and Relationality in Trading,” by Alex Preda, Associate Professor, London School of Economics
Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30-6pm | SSR 106 | Winter Quarter schedule

East Asia | “Report on the State of Children in China,” by Lijun Chen, Chapin Hall
Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities,” by Jaclyn Wong (Sociology)
Tuesday, January 12th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave, First Floor Seminar room

Urban | “African-American Suburbanization and the Residential Relocation Process,” by Nora Taplin-Kaguru (Sociology)
Tuesday, January 12th from 12-1:20pm | Lunch provided | Cobb 102

Animal Studies | “Sufficient Delineation; or, What Mickey Mouse Proves,” by Hannah Frank, Cinema and Media Studies
Wednesday, January 13th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Human Rights | “Equal Human Rights,” by Joe Lubenow (Philosophy)
Wednesday, January 13th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Comparative Behavioral Biology | “Human Beasts: Eavesdropping on Forest Elephants,” by Peter Wrege, Director of the Elephant Listening Project, Cornell
Wednesday, January 13th @ 12noon | Biological Sciences Building Room 122

Social Theory | “The Capitalization of Nature, or, the Limits of Historical Nature,” by Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University
Wednesday, January 13th @ 6pm | Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood Ave

18th/19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Jeremy Bentham’s Queer Theory: Space and Action,” by Michael Dango (English)
Thursday, January 14th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Semiotics | “Mane, Mothers, and Regulating Circulations,” by Bill Feeney
Thursday, January 14th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Money: Monetary Disputes in Early Eighteenth-Century Japan,” by Federico Marcon (Princeton)
Friday, January 15th from 4:30-6:30pm | Cochrane-Woods Art Center, 156

On Campus Jobs

Data Manager/Analyst | Professor Susan Lambert, SSA | Project: Precarious Scheduling Practices in the Labor Market. We are conducting a set of analyses to examine the prevalence of precarious scheduling practices among young adults in the labor market using new items included in the NLSY97. We will be using latent class approaches to identify different constellations of scheduling practices and their ramifications for workers and couples. We are looking for someone with experience analyzing national surveys like the GSS or the NLSY and who is comfortable using data that are structured in complicated ways. Experience using Stata and/or M-Plus is preferred but not required. Experience conducting latent class analysis is welcome but all that is required is that you have the skills needed to learn this data analytic technique. | More Info + Apply

Data Manager/Analyst | Professor Susan Lambert, SSA | The Stable Schedules Study is a workplace experiment designed to assess the effects of improved scheduling practices on hourly workers in a well-known national apparel retail firm.  The study design includes random assignment of stores to experimental and control conditions.  The store-level intervention includes multiple components: guaranteeing minimum hours for a core set of workers, establishing a stable shift structure, providing additional payroll hours during targeted times, and using an app that allows sales associates to swap and pick up shifts. As part of a team of other students, you will help manage and analyze data from the retail firm’s electronic systems and employee surveys.  Data include: payroll data showing when employees clock in an out of work each day, posted schedules, store traffic and sales, and employees’ responses to employee surveys. We seek to hire someone who has data management and analysis experience, though you need not have had experience with these specific kinds of data. Data analysis is primarily conducted in Stata, but you could use a different program (SAS, for example) as long as the data can be translated into Stata.  The person hired for this position will have the opportunity to be involved in the larger project | More Info + Apply

Fellowships

National Council on US-Arab Relations Washington, DC Summer Internship Program | This internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. As part of the program, interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab-world related organizations in Washington, DC, where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week; interns will take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-US relations; lastly, interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business. | More Info + Apply
*Application due Friday, February 26th, 2016

Google News Lab Fellowship | This ten-week long fellowship is aimed at undergraduate, graduate, and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations. There will be a focus on data-driven journalism, online free expression, and rethinking the business of journalism. After an orientation at Google’s headquarters, Fellows will spend 9 weeks embedded at one of 8 media organizations nationwide. Fellows will receive a stipend of $8500 for 10 weeks and $1000 for travel. | More Info + Apply
*Application due Friday, January 15th

Global Health Corps Fellowship | Global Health Corps is mobilizing a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. They place talented individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds in paid, high impact roles in NGOs and government agencies in sub-Saharan Africa and the US for one year. During the fellowship year, Fellows collaborate, innovate, and create sustainable and impactful change. More than 150 fellowship positions for the 2016-2017 class are now open, including a diverse range of high-impact roles with organizations on the frontlines of health equity in Malawai, Rwanda, and US, Uganda, and Zambia. | More Info + Apply
*Application due Tuesday, February 2nd

Third Way Fellowship Program | Third Way is a DC think tank that has been described as “incorrigible pragmatists,” “radical centrists,” and “the best source for new ideas in public policy.” The Third Way Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month program that offers the chance to be in the room when we meet with top Washington policy players; to co-author papers and work with our policy teams to produce new ideas, research, and insights; to learn a methodology that is intellectually rigorous; and to leverage our wide-ranging DC network into future career opportunities. The Fellowship is seeking applicants in the following policy divisions: Economics, National Security, Clean Energy, and Social Policy & Politics. | US citizenship required | More Info + Apply
*Application due Tuesday, March 1st

Jobs

Legal Assistant | Department of Labor | This position is responsible for: drafting legal documents, researching and reviewing legal and investigative files; researching regulations and case law; assisting attorneys in preparation of court appearances and litigation proceedings; initiates action and generates document and memoranda to close out less complex cases; provides legal support tasks; advising attorneys on proper format of legal documents and local rules and procedures of US District Court and administrative tribunals; and finalizes briefs and other documents, among many other duties. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Monday, January 11th

General Attorney | Department of Labor | This senior trial attorney position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Mine Safety and Health Division. The Mine Safety and Health Division is one of the National Office Divisions reporting to the Solicitor of Labor. The Division is responsible for providing all legal services to officials of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), other Department of Labor (DOL) and government officials, and the general public in matters relating to enforcement, interpretation, and application of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), as amended. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Wednesday, January 27th

Foreign Services General Services Officer | Department of State | Foreign Service General Services Officers’ (GSO) primary responsibilities include the management of physical resources and logistical functions at United States embassies and consulates, where they serve not only the Department of State but also other USG agencies. GSOs are responsible for the overall management of acquisition and supply chain operations (or some portion of these operations), the supervision of subordinate staff, and the actual performance of some or all of administrative, coordination, and management functions. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Wednesday, January 20th

Research Specialist | Survey Lab | The Research Specialist: oversees data collection and case management for surveys in the Survey Lab call center; manages data entry of survey data, oversees staff and data for projects run from the central office, including programming of questionnaires, sample and data quality management, and on-going project progress reports; manages all aspects of survey operations including receipt control, respondent recruitment, and locator file management. Produces final data files and codebooks for clients; learns and enforces best practice rules and protocols for each study; brings any Institutional Review Board (IRB) issues to the immediate attention of the Director; answers computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) system shop phone and monitors voicemail; serves as back-up caller/interviewer to cover scheduled interviews or call-ins when other staff is not available; handles incoming requests or complaints from survey participants; handles difficult respondents; models good phone call technique for other phone shop callers; closes the evening shop on weekdays; opens and closes weekend shops; insures that callers get into the building on schedule for their shifts; insures that offices are locked and alarms set at close of shop; and may train and manage the interviewing staff.| More Info + Apply

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