March 31, 2016

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

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
REMINDER: Women in Global Policy | PLEN: The Public Leadership Education Network | PLEN is a national organization that prepares women for leadership in the public policy arena through seminars in Washington, DC. We have an upcoming seminar in which you will have the opportunity to dive into international policy issues, expand you network, and develop your professional skills. Students will hear from leaders advocating for humanitarian issues, citizens’ rights, international security, and international development in an increasingly interconnected world. | Need-based scholarships are available for students. | More Info + Register
Seminar Dates: May 16-20
Application Due: April 22nd (Travel scholarship due April 4th)


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

Post-Anthropocentric Modulations in Brazilian Contemporary Thought| Center for Latin American Studies | This symposium proposes to bring to the University of Chicago a group of scholars that have been actively participating in the discussions about non-human agency, environmental rights, animism, and the interaction between humans and nonhumans in a Brazilian context. Our aim is to create a new space for intellectual exchange on these issues that brings together faculty, students, and other members of the academic community working on Luso-Brazilian and Latin American studies as well as on climate change, animal studies, new materialism, and Native American studies. | More Info + Register
Monday, April 4th from 9:45am-6pm | Franke Institute

Thought Provoking

LGBT Rights Around the World Today | IOP | Please join the IOP for a conversation with Todd Larson, the Senior Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Coordinator at USAID. Following a 2011 memo from President Obama, Larson has been tasked with coordinating USAID’s efforts to engage with foreign governments and societies to build a culture of respect for human rights as well as how American influence in aid can be effectively used to improve the lives of vulnerable populations around the globe, and what challenges can arise from America’s involvement in LGBT issues abroad. | More Info + Register
Monday, April 4th from 6-7:15pm | IOP, 5707 S University Ave

Geographies of Knowledge: Area Studies and Gloablization Studies Reconsidered—A Panel Discussion | CIS | Please join us for this exciting conversation and anniversary celebration that features Dain Borges (History), Julie Chu (Anthropology), Susan Gal (Anthropology), and Lisa Wedeen (Political Science), who will be joined by special guest Arjun Appadurai (Media, Culture & Communication – NYU).  Mark Lycett, Director of CIS, will moderate. Area studies emerged in the post-war US academy and reflected a national agenda that privileged strategic regional expertise within a bipolar world.  Globalization studies came of age in the 1990s. Responding to geopolitical shifts coinciding with the end of the Cold War, globalization studies forged a new approach to analyze and interpret social, political, and economic dynamics within and across world regions  In each case, both area studies and globalization studies articulated historically specific geographical imaginaries—of the globe, its constituent parts and their relations—that have indelibly shaped social scientific research and public understanding alike. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, April 5th from 5-7:30pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

The Fight to Vote: Voting Rights in America | IOP | The right to vote, and challenges to it, have always been at the heart of our national story. Join the IOP as it welcomes Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice and author of The Fight to Vote, which traces the history of this fight from the founders’ debates to today’s challenges. In this roller-coaster ride of an election season, Waldman will focus in on voting, money in politics, redistricting, electoral dysfunction—and how the very integrity of our democracy is on the ballot in 2016. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, April 5th from 6-7:15pm | Quadrangle Club

How a Chicago Grad Student Survived the Closet: 1962-1968 by Esther Newton | Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality | Esther Newton is Term Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is also Professor of Anthropology and Kempner Distinguished Professor Emerita at Purchase College, SUNY. She was a founder of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Program at Purchase College, the author of numerous articles and of Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America, Cherry Grove, Fire Island: 60 Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town, and Margaret Mead Made Me Gay: Personals Essays, Public Ideas. The last two won the Ruth Benedict Award of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. Her next project is a memoir, My Butch Career. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, April 6th @ 4:30pm
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality



US History | “Imagining Conquest, Engineering Empire: Gold Rush Transit and US Empire-Building on the Isthmus,” by Minyong Lee
TODAY!: Thursday, March 31st from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Animal Studies | “Animal Encounters in the Unwild or What Is It Like to Hold Down a Baby Monkey: On Metaphysical Excess, and ‘The Three Rs’ as Paradoxes of Authority,” by Sam Schulte
Friday, April 1st, from 12-1:30pm | SSR302

Modern France | “Settling Accounts: The Émigré Indemnity and Financializing Citizenship in Restoration France,” by Tyson Leuchter
Friday, April 1st, @ 4pm | SSR224

Early Modern | “Pocket Empire: Portable Maps and Public Poetry, 1590-1649,” by Kat Lecky (Bucknell University)
Monday, April 4th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 222

Political Theory | “A Taste for Virtue: Refined Epicureanism and Rousseau’s Political Thought,” by Jared Holley
Monday, April 4th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Urban Workshop | “TBD,” by Jeffrey Parker
Tuesday, April 5th from 12-1:20pm | SSR105

Religion and the Human Sciences | “Donating Devotion: Financial Discipline in Hindu Mass Media,” by Andrew Kunze
Tuesday, April 5th @ 5pm | Swift 208

East Asia: Politics, Economy & Society | “Public Undergrounds and Underground Publics: Formations of Christianity and Secularism in China,” by Xiao-bo Yuan
Tuesday, April 5th from 12-1:20pm | SSR105

African Studies | “TBD,” by Erin Moore
Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30-7pm | Wilder House

Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium | “A Madonna of the Future: Rethinking the Afterlife of Icons,” by Matthew Milliner
Tuesday, April 5th @ 4:30pm | CWAC 152

Ancient Societies | “From God to Genealogy: Achaemenid Royal Ideology in Xerxes’ Rhetoric (Hist. 7.8-11),” by Andreas Schwab (Heidelberg/Wisconsin-Madison)
Tuesday, April 5th @ 3:30pm | Classics 21

Comparative Behavioral Biology | “Gender, Science, and Myths of Merit,” by Marlene Zuk (University of Minnesota)
Wednesday, April 6th @ 12pm | BSLC 115

Human Rights Workshop | “Elie Halévy and the Intellectual History of the Great War,” by Duncan Kelly
Wednesday, April 6th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “For a More Perfect Communist Revolution,” by Kyuhyun Jo
Thursday, April 7th from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

Semiotics | “Semiotic Affordances and Constraints at a Yucatec Maya Radio Station,” by Chris Bloechl
Thursday, April 7th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506


Internship (paid) | Asian Health Coalition | For any student interested in public health, global health, resilience in immigrant communities, or communicable disease outbreaks, this is a great paid project. Duties include a lot of research—KI interviews, focus groups, community surveys, data collection, and report writing. The position starts at 10-12 hours a week, increase to as many as 30 over the summer, and then taper off in the fall. | $15/hour
*To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Angela Forfia (MAPSS alum), Program Director, Asian Health Coalition at

Research Analyst | Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council | The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council is a statutorily created sentencing commission mandated to produce system-wide fiscal impact analysis and use data and research to support implementation of evidence based practices. SPAC reports to the Governor, the General Assembly and the Judiciary. The research analyst will independently perform confidential, complex and sensitive special projects for the Executive Director; prepare memos, summaries and presentations to support the policy analysis mission of the Council; obtain, analyze and maintain cost data for public safety cost-benefit analysis; Participate in the development and implementation of research policies and procedures for SPAC and relative to individual projects, at the direction of the Executive Director;  and participate in the development of policies to improve outcomes of criminal justice sentencing. | More Info + Apply

Foreign Service Facility Manager | US Department of State | FMs oversee large holdings of United States government (USG)-owned and leased properties and ensure they are maintained within accepted U.S. standards in a safe and operable condition. The FM is a member of the government’s management team who provides a wide range of building-related services, managing physical resources and asset management in a specific country. FMs may be assigned as Regional Facility Managers with responsibilities for FM program activities in several countries. FMs are the facilities and operations experts at post. FMs normally supervise one of the largest and most diverse work forces domestically or at our posts overseas. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by April 12th