June 2, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Is Your Job Search Complete? | Let us know all about your employment news by filling out this 3-5 minute survey! | Survey Here

Email Forwarding Information | While your University email account is still active, you can forward (see Email – Setting Up Email Forwarding) your email from your University account to another address of your choosing. Your email forwarding will close, except for alumni as noted below, when your University email account closes. Please note that if you choose to forward your email to another address, you will not be able to set up an Automatic Reply.Note: Alumni will maintain their @uchicago.edu addresses; email accounts will be closed two quarters after graduation, but the @uchicago.edu email address will continue to work if it is forwarded to an off-campus email provider. To forward your @uchicago.edu email address, visit the CNet forwarding page.

Career Services

FEATURED
Office Hours with Shelly
| Sign up to go over your job application materials, conduct mock interviews, or even just share good news with Shelly Robinson, Director of Career Services. | Sign Up Here

Walk-In Event | Director of Career Services Shelly Robinson will be holding a walk-in event for you to come by and chat about any questions you may have about the job search; any job search documents you may be working on; or to happily hear about your job search successes!
Monday, June 6th from 8:30am-3:30pm | Saieh 243

Conferences

FEATURED
MAPSS Graduate Student Academic Conference
| The MAPSS
Academic Conference is a day of multidisciplinary presentations by and for MAPSS students. This is an intense one-year program, and your hard work is too good not to share! This is an excellent opportunity to learn about what your classmates have been up to before the year is officially over, and to learn about exciting new social science research from across the social science disciplines. Twenty-seven MAPSS projects will be highlighted at this event…Come support your peers as they present their original research! | More Info + RSVP
Thursday, June 9th from 9:30am-4:30pm | Saieh Hall 242, 247
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Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences | Neubauer Collegium | This symposium will convene humanists and social scientists from across the country to consider how climate change is transforming our understanding of history, politics, literature, and ethics, inspiring new approaches within the humanities. It is a culmination of the Neubauer Collegium project Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences. | More Info + RSVP
Friday, June 3rd from 9:30am-5pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Thought Provoking

FEATURED
Big Ideas, Big Power, Big Revolution: What Rousseau, Zuckerberg, and Google’s Artificial Intelligence Tell Us About Our Economic and Political Future | SSD: UnCommon Conversation | Please join us for a conversation with Joshua Cooper Ramo, AB’92, a New York Times bestselling author.  In his new book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks (Little, Brown and Company, 2016), Joshua tells the story of the instinct that explains everything from Donald Trump to ISIS to global economic fragility: the way in which linked systems in finance, information, trade, and other sources of power are cracking apart old institutions. | RSVP Here
Friday, June 3rd from 4:30-5:45pm | Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall
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Boy With A Knife: The Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice by Jean Troustine | Seminary Co-op | Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons. Putting a human face to these sobering statistics, Boy With A Knife tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom. The emotional and devastating narrative takes us step by step through Karter’s crime, trial, punishment, and survival in prison, as well as his readjustment into regular society. In addition to being a powerful portrayal of one boy trying to come to terms with the consequences of his tragic actions, Boy With A Knife is also a searing critique of the practice of sentencing youth to adult prisons, providing a wake-up call on how we must change the laws in this country that allow children to be sentenced as adults. | More Info + RSVP
         TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd @ 6pm | Seminary Co-op

Being Wise and Being Good: A Conversation with Howard Nusbaum and Candace Vogler | Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life Project | In this talk, psychologist Howard Nusbaum and philosopher Candace Vogler will look at various forms of self-transcendence that provide contexts in which the exercise of virtue in daily life can operate as a source of a sense of purpose or meaning and a source of happiness.  And they will examine the wisdom that belongs to ordinary human flourishing and requires a deep sense of both humility and social connection. After giving a brief update on the work of our network of scholars, Nusbaum and Vogler will have a conversation with each other, and lead a discussion of being wise and being good with the audience. Wisdom, and the cultivation and exercise of strengths of character like courage, temperance, justice, generosity, humility, gratitude, and compassion—virtues—have been taken to be crucial to human flourishing. But on many understandings of virtue, and in sayings like “Only the good die young,” it looks as though the cultivation and exercise of virtue may have very little to do with flourishing. And some understandings of wisdom think of wisdom as essentially isolating and isolated. One could say that people who give every indication of being good people and nevertheless fail to thrive are not really good people. One could think about the sage on the mountain top as truly flourishing by learning to want very little from life while getting as far away as possible from the rest of us. But we suspect that the good people who are suffering from the isolation that can come of self-immersed aspiration for self-actualization need a renewed sense of direction—a different way of understanding their lives in the context of participating in essentially social service of a good that goes beyond their own welfare and the welfare of their loved ones, and that wise choices belong in the midst of the whirl and rush of daily life (even if the hermit lives wisely as well). | More Info + Register
Monday, June 6th @ 7pm | Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Room

Last Project Standing by Catherine Fennell | Seminary Co-op | In 1995 a half-vacant public housing project on Chicago’s Near West Side fell to the wrecking ball. The demolition and reconstruction of the Henry Horner housing complex ushered in the most ambitious urban housing experiment of its kind: smaller, mixed-income, and partially privatized developments that, the thinking went, would mitigate the insecurity, isolation, and underemployment that plagued Chicago’s infamously troubled public housing projects. Focusing on Horner’s redevelopment, Catherine Fennell asks how Chicago’s endeavor transformed everyday built environments into laboratories for teaching urbanites about the rights and obligations of belonging to a city and a nation that seemed incapable of taking care of its most destitute citizens. Drawing on more than three years of ethnographic and archival research, she shows how collisions with everything from haywire heating systems and decaying buildings to silent neighbors became an education in the possibilities, but also the limits, of collective care, concern, and protection in the aftermath of welfare failure. As she documents how the materiality of both the unsuccessful older projects and the recently emerging housing fosters feelings of belonging and loss, her work engages larger debates in critical anthropology and poverty studies—and opens a vital new perspective on the politics of space, race, and development in urban America. | More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, June 7th @ 6pm | Seminary Co-op

Workshops

PIPES | “Democracies Under Fire: How Democratic Targets and Allies Respond to Coercive Threats,” by Matt Scroggs (University of Virginia)
       TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Frontiers of Music History: The Trans-Eurasian Making of ‘China’ in 18th Century Qing Court Music,” by Lester Zhuqing Hu
       TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd from 4:15-6pm | SSR224

Interdisciplinary Archeology | “Late Prehispanic Andean Urbanism from a Hinterland Perspective,” by Dave Pacifico
       TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd @ 4:30pm | Haskell 315

Medicine and Its Objects | “Sociality of Living and Dying: The Logic and Ethics of Care in Post-2011 Tsunami Disaster Japan,” by Hiroko Kumaki
        TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 102

Semiotics | “‘I can’t even read one word’: The (un)Making of the Chinese Peasant Class,” by Britta Ingebretson
        TONIGHT!: Thursday, June 2nd from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

Practical Philosophy | “Constructivism in Ethics and the Problem of Attachment and Loss,” by Sharon Street (NYU)
Friday, June 3rd from 10:30am-12:20pm | Wieboldt 408

American Politics | “Executive Federalism: How Obama’s Race to the Top Initiative Refashioned State Policy Making,” by William Howell
Monday, June 6th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 222

Political Theory | “Declaration as Disavowal: The Politics of Race and Empire in the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” by Emma Stone Mackinnon
Monday, June 6th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Fellowships

REMINDER: Student Internship Program | US Dept of State | How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. Think of it as test-driving a career before you decide what you’re going to do with your life. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation. | More Info + Apply
         *Apply by July 1st 2016

 

Jobs

Research Associate | MacArthur Foundation | The Research Associate will work closely with the Fellows Staff to meet their research and information needs. The essential responsibilities and duties in this position include: looking for ways to predict, proactively address, and capture research needs; identifying and tracking websites and publications of key institutions, individuals, and programs and provide summaries and updates of issues relevant to the program strategy; assisting Program Officers in expanding the pool of experts the Program consults by identifying leaders across a broad range of both emerging and established fields; developing and maintaining literature reviews, including ongoing production of annotated bibliographies as needed; and attending webinars, meetings, and conferences as requested, and provide written notes and feedback. | More Info + Apply
*MAPSS alumna at MacArthur available to chat about this position. Ask Shelly or Rachel for her contact info.

Investigator | US Dept of Labor | This position is for a trainee Investigator, located in a field activity of the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. Provides support to higher-grade investigators by performing developmental assignments to facilitate the efforts of investigative/audit teams. Conduct extensive searches for information from labor organization financial reports, union constitutions and other documents. Organize information to assist in preparations for civil and criminal investigations. Participate in the planning portions of straight-forward civil and criminal investigations and compliance audits of local unions. Conduct assigned portions of compliance audits and criminal and civil investigations of union operations or financial practices. Provide basic compliance assistance to clientele to achieve and improve compliance with the regulatory and statutory requirements of the LMRDA and related statutes. Explains the provisions and requirements of specific statutory authorities and Office of Labor-Management standards (OLMS) and Department of Labor (DOL) policies, regulations and procedures. Drafts replies to inquiries concerning the requirements of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA) and related laws, regulations, policies, and precedents. Participates in compliance assistance activities provided for OLMS clientele. Prepares narrative and graphics information for distribution to participants. In the company of higher-grade Investigators, attends and participates in meetings, conferences with union officials and their attorneys and/or accountants and enforcement staff of various state and federal agencies, including the Regional Solicitor and United States Attorneys. Serves as team member on complex civil and criminal investigations. Under the direction of the team leader, conducts assigned segments of the investigation and prepares drafts of appropriate portions of the investigative report. | More Info
*Apply by Wednesday, June 15th

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