March 24, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Campus Days Discussion Sections | As part of the Campus Days schedule for prospective students, MAPSS will be hosting open discussion sections for various student populations to highlight their experiences in the program and at UChicago, plus share various on-campus resources. Conversations will be student-generated and led. If you identify with one of more of these populations and would like to be part of a discussion as a resource to prospective students sharing these identities, please email Stefani Metos ( with your name and the discussion title(s). Food will be provided at all discussions.
Wednesday, April 6th: Students of Color Discussion, from 4:30-5pm
Students with Disabilities Discussion, from 5-5:30pm
LGBTQ Students’ Discussion, from 5:30-6pm
Thursday, April 7th: International Students’ Discussion, from 11:30-12pm


Career Services

REMINDER: PhD Application Workshop | If you are interested in applying to doctoral programs next fall or in the future, please join Chad Cyrenne at this mandatory PhD workshop. We will cover the mechanics of getting in as well as the existential question of whether you should go. | Please read the Updated PhD Application Handout HERE
Tuesday, March 29th from 5-7pm | SSR 122

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. | RSVP Here for a limited number of tickets!
Saturday, April 16th, all day | Saieh Hall

IIC’s Brazil Summer Policy Lab Information Session | IIC/Harris School | Join us at this event to learn more about IIC’s summer program in Brazil. Scientists Paulo Moutinho of Amazon Environmental Research Institute and Chris Neill of Marine Biological Laboratories will give a broad overview of the deforestation issues in Brazilian Amazon and how it has been connected to economic policies, law enforcement, people’s rights, and climate change. | Lunch will be served | More Info on the Program
Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 31st @ 12pm
Harris School Room 289A


Scaling Forms: Dialogues Across Disciplines Conference | CIR | The past decade has seen exciting new formalist work in both the humanities and the social sciences that describes how forms cut across and model multiple phenomena: aesthetic, economic, political, and sociological. Implicitly, much of this work has assumed that forms scale up and down with little direction. A game of “chicken” played between two reckless drivers on an abandoned highway, for instance, is considered formally identical to a game of nuclear brinkmanship between two states. The emergence of a popular kid on the playground is said to follow the samenetwork rules of attraction that have led the US to occupy the center of the international financial order. This symposium explores and queries the opportunity and problem of scale in formalist work. Together we will explore questions such as the following: what are the ideational links that constitute the common knowledge necessary to think of global governance as a game? What network formation drives the inversion of the relationship between physical and social proximity, sometimes called “glocalization”? What are the aesthetic and cognitive processes through which individuals synchronize vastly different temporalities? | More Info + RSVP
Friday, April 1st, all day | Saieh 247

Heidegger in the 30s | The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion | Martin Heidegger’s thought in the 1930s is often associated with a significant “turn” in his philosophy. At the heart of such a turn stands what Heidegger himself has referred to as “the riddle” of the work of art, in reflecting upon which he engages perspectives as diverse as that of Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Schiller, and Nietzsche. It is the objective of this colloquium to examine Heidegger’s writings on these thinkers throughout this period as a cross-section of his thought on pertinent issues including being and being there, possibility and actuality, causality and freedom, universality and particularity, thinking and making. | More Info
Tuesday, April 5th from 9am-7pm
Swift Hall Lecture Room (3rd Floor)


English Language Courses (Spring Quarter offerings) | English Language Institute | The Spring Quarter offerings from the English Language Institute will begin the week of April 11th (3rd week). The ELI will also be providing freeproficiency interviews for interested students on Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th. They will provide test takers with detailed feedback about their spoken English. | Proficiency Test Information| Course Offerings

Summer Language Program in the Kingdom of Morocco | National Council on US-Arab Relation | The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco for the summer of 2016, is pleased to announce a Summer Language Program in Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco, taking part in intensive Arab language instruction. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply. The AALIM center is a host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing a fully immersive program. Participants will also gain direct personal expertise in Moroccan Culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops, and demonstrations. | More Information + Apply

Thought Provoking

Bill Brown, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Patrick Jagoda, and WJT Mitchell in Conversation | Critical Inquiry | Join us for a conversation between four editors of Critical Inquiry, focusing on their recent book releases from the University of Chicago Press. Alan Thomas, Editorial Director in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Chicago Press, will moderate. | More Info + RSVP
Monday, March 29th @ 6pm | Seminary Coop

Joseph Masco and Travor Paglen: Interrogating the Security State | CIS | The CIS 50th Anniversary speaker series continues with a conversation between Trevor Paglen, artist and geographer, and Joseph Masco, anthropologist at UChicago on global surveillance and the security state. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, March 30th @ 5:30pm | SSR 122

China Speaker Series: Alastair Iain Jonstone | Paulson Institute | Iain Johnstone’s research and teaching interests focus on ideational sources of foreign policy behavior, socialization in international institutions, and the analysis of identity in the social sciences, mostly with reference to China and East Asia. He is the author of Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History (Princeton, 1995) and Social States: China in International Institutions 1980-2000 (Princeton 2008). Johnstone co-directs the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program. In his non-academic life, Johnstone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on International Security and Arms Control, and works on issues in US-China crisis management. | Lunch provided to registered students. | More Info + Register
Thursday, March 31st from 12-1:15pm
The Quadrangle Club, Library

The South Side with Natalie Moore and Rick Perlstein | Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture | While mayors Richard M Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted Chicago as a “world-class city,” it remains one of the most segregated cities in America. And while it would be easy to think of a city with a billion-dollar park, Michelin-rated restaurants, waterfront views, world-class shopping, and a thriving theater scene as a model for other metropolitan areas, underneath the shiny façade lurks the horrible reality of deeply-rooted and destructive racial segregation. Throughout The South Side, Moore shows that race—not class—determines the policies that perpetuate the city’s injustices. She takes readers inside a system that keeps a segment of the city’s population from having a chance at the American Dream. | More Info + Register
Thursday, March 31st from 6-7:30pm
International House, Assembly Hall



Medicine and Its Objects | “The Rebirth of Secrets and the New Care of the Self in Depressed Japan” by Junko Kitanaka
Tuesday, March 29th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 315

Politics, History, and Society | “Knowledge Work and Interpretive Dispute in the US Courts of Appeals” by B Robert Owens
Tuesday, March 29th from 5-6:30pm | SS404

Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe | “Kehile or Club? Being Jewish in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia,” by Katerina Capkova (Institute for Contemporary History, Prague)
Wednesday, March 30th from 5-6:30pm | SSR224

Middle East History and Theory | “Title TBD” by Timothy Gutmann
Thursday, March 31st from 12-1:20pm | Pick 218

On Campus Jobs

REMINDER: Communications Assistant/Content Coordinator | Division of the Social Sciences Office of the Dean | The SSD Dean’s Office is seeking a Communications Assistant/Content Coordinator to help build and manage content for the divisional web site and social media. This position requires excellent professional communication skills and will involve working with administrators in the eight departments and many centers and institutes to collect information to be highlighted via the division’s various distribution channels. Other duties include: image research/formatting for web and social media, writing copy, assisting with the logistics of branding projects, event planning, and web project management. | Must be proficient in PhotoShop, MS Word/Pages, Powerpoint/Keynote, and social media platforms. | Opportunity to work through the Summer, Fall
Submit resume and cover letter to Renee Basick,


General Scholarship + Becas Univision Scholarship | Hispanic Scholarship Fund | The HSF has upcoming deadlines for two programs in support of Hispanic Students: the General Scholarship (must be a US citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA, or Eligible Non-Citizen) and the Becas Univision Scholarship (open to non-US citizens). HSF scholarship award amounts range from $500-$5,000 based on the student’s total financial aid package. To be eligible, applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit graduate school during the Fall of the scholarship cycle year, and complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable). | More Info and Apply
*Application due Wednesday, March 30th


Research Analyst, Market Research | Edelman Intelligence | Edelman is a leading global Communications Marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote, and protect their brands and reputations. The Research Analyst is responsible for interpreting research data and insights to create a compelling story that meets project objectives and is near client-ready for project manager review and input; day-to-day interfacing with partners/teammates in the RITC, across geos, and with Edelman; writing and editing survey questionnaires, interview guides, and focus group guides for marketing and communications campaigns; and providing team support, among many other duties. | At least one year of relevant experience in PR and/or related fields, including research, advertising, management consulting, media and publishing required. | More Info
*Gargoyle ID #160686

Wage and Hour Assistant (San Francisco) | Department of Labor | The mission of the Wage and Hour Division is to protect the rights of the nation’s workers through enforcement of the Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; field sanitation and housing standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Additionally, the WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act and other statues applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Friday, March 25th

Foreign Service Office Management Specialist – Administrative Assistant | Department of State | Foreign Services OMS serve at US embassies, consulates, and other US missions abroad as well as at the Department of State in Washington, DC, the US Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the Florida Regional Center in Ft Lauderdale. Duties vary greatly depending on the size of the post and the particular position to which assigned. A strong command of the English language, superior office management skills, and in-depth knowledge of office computer software are essential for this position. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by April 5th