May 12, 2016

Career Services

Cracking the Code of Job Descriptions
 | Join Shelly for a workshop on how to read job descriptions and utilize them in your job application materials. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to understand educational equivalencies, preferred and required qualifications, and identify keywords to tailor your resume and cover letter.
Friday, May 13th from 3-4pm | Saieh 247

Summer Symposium Grant | IPSI | One of the most valuable experiences that a student or young professional can have is the opportunity to learn from a mentor. The International Peace & Security Institute’s new IPSI Research Grants for our Summer 2016 Symposia will give the next generation of peace leaders the chance to work closely with the top experts in the field of peacebuilding and transitional justice in order to gain valuable research skills and expand their network. IPSI’s faculty consists of the world’s top experts and practitioners in the field; mentors to which you will have direct and sustained access during the Symposium and throughout your career. Join us at the Hague Symposium (July 9-July 30) or the Bologna Symposium (July 23-August 13) to talk about international conflicts and transitions. | More Info
*Application due Monday, May 16th | Grant Info

Computation Institute Research Software Showcase | Computation Institute | New computational resources and tools offer researchers from all fields innovative, faster, and more efficient paths to discovery. Visit the Computation Institute and see demos of software for data management and publication, urban science, climate research, parallel computing, genomics, and more, including a virtual reality tour of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. | Lunch will be served | More Info + Register
Monday, May 16th from 12-1:30pm
Searle Chemistry Lab Room 240, 5735 S Ellis Ave

Presidential Management Fellows Information Session | UChicagoGRAD | Though the application period for the PMF is months from now, Leslie Andersen will be conducting a session on the program and application process. Her goal is to assist students with early preparation so that they do not have to rush to complete applications in the short open application period.  The session will feature University of Chicago 2016 PMF finalists, who will provide valuable information about their experience. Leslie will offer tips on how to get the application process started now, before the announcement is live. They will also provide some strategies regarding the online assessment, which has presented quite a barrier to students in past years. | RSVP required, to Leslie Andersen @
Tuesday, May 17th @ 3pm | Harris 140B


Studying Race Relationally | CSRPC | Scholars for several decades now have conceptualized race as a social construction shaped in specific historical, social and cultural contexts, and accordingly have written works on specific racialized groups, illuminating their place within America’s racial hierarchy.  But an emerging body of work has also begun to consider the relational nature of racializations moving beyond the analysis of how individual groups are formed in relation to whiteness to consider how they are formed in relation to each other. Relational studies of race posit that racialization happens dynamically; group-based racial constructions are formed not only in relation to whiteness, but also in relation to other devalued and marginalized groups (e.g. African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders), whose own racialization is itself constantly in play. This conference on “Studying Race Relationally” seeks to explore these connections and dynamics. | More Info
Thursday, May 12th-Friday, May 13th | International House

Human Rights and Empire: Graduate Student Conference | Pozen Family Center for Human Rights | Imperial powers have often been among the most vocal advocates of human rights. Are human rights ideals in tension with imperialism, or might such ideals in fact be implicated in imperial projects? Especially if such ideals have been complicit in empire, can invocations of human rights still be useful in opposing imperial and racial domination? How does the history of human rights relate to the history of imperialism and decolonization? This conference will bring together graduate students working with a range of theoretical and historical approaches to address the politics of human rights in relation to race and empire. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the relationship between liberalism and empire; questions of intervention and sovereignty; narratives of nationhood in human rights discourse; the place of international law in past and contemporary forms of imperialism; international imaginaries and forms of solidarity beyond the nation-state; and connections between human rights, sovereignty, and self-determination. | More Info + Register
Thursday-Friday, May 19th-20th | Regenstein Library, Room 122

Dealing with Heritage: New Policy Approaches | Neubauer Collegium | The massive looting of archaeological sites in Syria has focused global attention on a problem that has been festering for decades everywhere from China to Peru. Better policies and strategies are desperately needed to preserve sites from looting. If more effective policies are to be designed, it is crucial to understand how the existing legal trade in antiquities works and how it might play a role in addressing the problem of archaeological site looting. At the same time, such policies need to be balanced with the public interest in access to and preservation of antiquities. Join us for a curated conversation about the legal trade in antiquities. The conference will bring together scholars and professionals from the museum world, antiquities dealers and auction houses, and collectors to address the question: What specific steps, if any, does the collecting community think could and should be taken to better prevent the looting of archaeological sites in the future? | More Info + Register
Thursday-Friday, May 19th-20th | Neubauer, 5701 S Woodlawn

Thought Provoking

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on US Security | CPOST | Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will comment “On America’s Security Architecture.” Hagel will specifically address ISIS and the United States’ plan in Syria. Hagel served as the 24th defense secretary, from February 2013 to February 2015. During his tenure, Hagel directed significant steps to modernize U.S. partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in the Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan. A former senator representing Nebraska, Hagel is also a former member of the Georgetown University faculty and former co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Hagel’s current commitments include serving on the Board of Trustees of RAND; on the advisory boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital; as a senior adviser to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; as a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence at Georgetown University; as a Distinguished Statesman on the Atlantic Council; and on the Board of Directors of the American Security Project. Hagel is author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter (2008), and was the subject of a book by Charlyne Berens titled Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward (2006). | More Info
TODAY: Thursday, May 12th @ 3:30pm
Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St

The Impact of Expanding Medicaid: Evidence from the Oregan Health Insurance Experiment | Becker Friedman Institute | This talk will describe what we have learned to date about the impact of Medicaid from the Oregon Health Insurance Experience: a randomized evaluation of the impact of extending Medicaid coverage to low-income adults. It will discuss how covering uninsured low-income adults with Medicaid affects their healthcare use, health, and financial well-being. It will also discuss challenges and opportunities for launching additional randomized evaluations aimed at understanding how to improve the efficiency of US healthcare delivery. | More Info
Friday, May 13th from 12:15-1:15pm | Kent 107

You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition, by Chase Joynt | Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality | Chase Joynt launches his new book (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom), “You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death and Transition”. YOLT explores two artists’ lives before and after transitions: from female to male, and from near dead to alive. “The unspoken promise was that in our second life we would become the question to every answer, jumping across borders until they finally dissolved. Man and woman. Queer and straight.” What if it’s not true that you only live once? In this genre-transcending work of true fiction, trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom come together over the films of Chris Marker to exchange transition tales: confessional missives that map out the particularities of what they call ‘second lives’: Chase’s transition from female to male and Mike’s near-death from AIDS in the 1990s. Chronicling reactions from friends and families, medical mechanics and different versions of ‘coming out,’ YOLT explores art, love, sex, death and life in changed bodies. | More Info + Register
Monday, May 16th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

The Real Adam Smith | International House | What can a man with a plain name who lived over 200 years ago tell us about life today? Who was The Real Adam Smith? And why should we care? In this two-hour, two-part documentary, Swedish author, commentator and Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg explores Adam Smith’s life, his ideas about morality and economics, and how the concepts he discussed in his books and lectures are still relevant today. Filmed around the world, from Kirkaldy, Scotland, to Paris, France, and from the United States to the deck of the Maersk McKinney Moller, one of the largest cargo carriers on the oceans today, The Real Adam Smith answers questions like: How do we know right from wrong? Is the shopkeeper “evil” to be concerned with his own wellbeing? What do Uber and eBay illustrate from Smith’s teachings? Did Smith influence the writings of America’s founders and thus the documents on which the country is based? Though Smith was a huge advocate for free markets, he was also greatly concerned about the plight of the poor. Hour One, Morality & Markets, explores Smith’s life and role in the Scottish Enlightenment, his thoughts on empathy and how we distinguish right from wrong. French wine, Scottish whiskey, and freshly-baked scones all illustrate Smith’s economic principles. True wealth is defined. We discover Smith’s thoughts on the government’s role in markets, his distaste for monopolies/crony capitalism in the form of the East India Company, and his thoughts on the American colonies. Hour Two, Ideas That Changed the World, explores contemporary life and Smith’s influences on the very things we see going on today. Why is Smith widely studied now in China? Ethical businesses, like Whole Foods, showcase the morality Smith insisted was critical to thriving markets. Uber and eBay demonstrate that markets can thrive through the organization and “self-policing” of the participants themselves. | More Info + Register
Monday, May 16th @ 5:30pm (reception) and 6:30pm (screening)
Assembly Hall, International House

Argonne Outloud: The End of Water as We Know It | International House | We are witnessing the end of the golden age of water. Freshwater was once abundant, cheap and safe for humans, but that is changing rapidly. Couple that with the fact that over the next 35 years, the world’s demand for water will rise by 55 percent, and it’s no wonder that water technology and management figure to shape the 21st century much like oil conflicts influenced the 20th century. Access to clean water will affect everything from how our food is raised to how our economies function. So, how can we reshape a better future for water? Dr. Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory scientist and University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering Fellow will discuss how we got to this point, what lies ahead, and what can be done now to respond and adapt. He will also give an overview of the research Argonne is doing in this space, including innovative approaches to water treatment. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, May 18th from 6-7:30pm | Assembly Hall, International House

John N. Low: Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago | Seminary Coop | The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has been a part of Chicago since its founding. In very public expressions of Indigeneity, they have refused to hide in plain sight or assimilate. Instead, throughout the city’s history, the Pokagon Potawatomi Indians have openly and aggressively expressed their refusal to be marginalized or forgotten—and in doing so, they have contributed to the fabric and the history of the city. Join MAPSS alum John N Low as he talks about his book, Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago, which examines the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity, their rejection of assimilation into the mainstream, and their desire for inclusion in the larger contemporary society without forfeiting their “Indianness.” Mindful that contact is never a one-way street, Low also examines the ways in which experiences in Chicago have influenced the Pokagon Potawatomi. | More Info
Saturday, May 21st @ 3pm | Seminary Coop Bookstore




PIPES | “Collective Action and Emigration Policy,” by Emily Sellars
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 12th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Mass Culture | “Imaging and Imagining with fMRI: Neuroscientific Viewing, Diaphanous Screens, and the Promise of Representation,” by Shannon Foskett
Friday, May 13th @ 10:30am | Cobb 311

Practical Philosophy | “Aesthetic Responsibility,” by Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill)
Friday, May 13th @ 10:30-12:20pm | Wieboldt 408

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France | “Talking Property Before 1789,” by Rafe Blaufarb (Florida State University)
Friday, May 13th @ 4pm | SSR224

American Politics | “Partisanship Without Parties? Patterns and Puzzles in the Rise of Asian American Voting,” by Taeku Lee (UC Berkeley)
Monday, May 16th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 222

Political Theory | “Michael Manley’s Styles of Radical Will,” by David Scott (Columbia University)
Monday, May 16th time TBA | Pick 506

Early Modern | “Marvels and the Microcosm: Touring the Natural World in Fifteenth-Century Vernacular Turkish Writing,” by Carlos Grenier
Monday, May 16th from 5-6:30pm | Pick 222

Social Theory and Evidence | “Learning Charisma: Organization, Networks, and the Emergence of Charismatic Leadership,” by ChengPang Lee
Monday, May 16th from 12-1:20pm | SSR302

PISP | “Conflict, Cooperation, and Exit: A Unified Theory of the Origins of the State,” by Scott Abramson (University of Rochester)
Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Money, Markets, and Governance | “A New Method for Evaluating the Market Value of Cultural Artifacts from the Islamic State,” by Fiona Rose-Greenland (Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society) and James Marrone
Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30-6:30pm | SSR401

Ancient Societies | “Harmodius’ Sister, or Rethinking Women and Honor in Classical Athens,” by Benjamin Keim (Pomona College)
Tuesday, May 17th @ 3:30pm | Classics 21

Global Christianities | “De-Orientalizing the Vernacular Theo-poetics of Beguines,” by SoJung Kim
Tuesday, May 17th from 12-1:15pm | Swift 208

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Behave Yourself: The Cultural Politics of PDA in Bombay/Mumbai,” by Sneha Annavarapu
Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University

East Asia: Politics, Economy, and Society | “Economies of Exposure: The Ethics of Concealment and Revelation in Chinese Christianities,” by Xiao-bo Yuan
Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Animal Studies | “Science as Fantasy: Conflicted Appeals in Maya the Bee and Her Adventures (1925),” by Tyler Schroeder
Wednesday, May 18th @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Cultures | “Back to Africa: Humanitarian Nostalgia and Slave Self-Destruction in the Americas,” by Jonathan Schroeder
Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Interdisciplinary Archeology | “Water Management in South Iraq: The Case of Umma of the Ur III Period (2112-2004) BC,” by Stephanie Rost
Thursday, May 19th @ 4:30pm | Haskell 315


Franklin Fellows Program | US Dept of State | 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 U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In recent years, Fellows have worked on issues as diverse as trade, entrepreneurship, nonproliferation, human rights, Ebola, the environment, and regional affairs. This is an unpaid fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Successful applicants ideally are employed by a non-governmental/private entity that continues to provide their salary and benefits during the year at the Department of State or USAID. Fellows normally return to their employer at the end of the fellowship. This is a temporary Federal government appointment and does not lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID. Applicants are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting the application package. Please note that we only consider applications that are submitted according to the instructions. Franklin Fellows bring their substantive expertise to bear to help formulate policy or implement programs and projects. The Department is particularly interested in applicants with expertise in religion, regional issues, counterterrorism, economics, and Human Capital Management. We also are seeking Fellows with museum expertise to help launch the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) – the first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. Fellows engage in the policymaking process and interact with officials from other Executive Branch departments and agencies. They advance U.S. foreign, economic, and development goals, share their expertise, and enhance their knowledge of government, foreign and domestic policy, and global issues. Fellows gain valuable professional experience and enrich their businesses and organizations upon their return. Successful applicants will be placed in offices at the Department of State or USAID in Washington, DC, or at the United Nations in New York. | More Info + Apply
         *Apply by Monday, May 23rd

REMINDER: US Youth Observer | UN | The U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) are pleased to announce the start of the application phase for the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations General Assembly. Americans between the ages of 18-25 are invited to apply for this unique opportunity to attend events during UN General Assembly week in New York City (September), witness other UN events over the next year, and interact with UNA-USA chapters across the country. | More Info + Apply
* Apply by Thursday, May 30th


On-Campus Opportunities

REMINDER: Academic and Research Specialist | Booth School of Business | Academic and Research Specialist: Works closely with a diverse group of 5­7 faculty to further the faculty mission of teaching and research. Understand and anticipate faculty needs, understand faculty culture, and deliver effective solutions to individual faculty, research assistants, and other members of the community. Participate in professional meetings to discuss research and academic goals and implementation strategies. Strong analytical and administrative skills are used to maintain relations with faculty, and are a high priority in supporting and collaborating with faculty, faculty support staff, PhD students, and university visitors. High levels of initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm are keys to success. | More Info


Data Analyst | Field Museum | The Data Analyst position This position reports to the Manager of Audience Insights & Research and is part of a larger Marketing Research team led by the Director of Marketing & Advertising.  The goal of the Marketing Research team is to provide a more systematic and integrated approach to understanding our current audiences and our non-visitors across exhibits, programs and services.  The Data Analyst will be responsible for quantitative analysis and reporting including sales data and trends, and using data to define current and/or lapsed museum visitors to drive future growth. | MAPSS alumna currently working at the Field Museum available to speak to students who are interested | More Info + Apply

Adult Engagament Manager | Field Museum | The Adult Engagement Manager will be tasked with launching The Field Museum’s adult programming and transforming the Museum’s interactions with the Chicago community and beyond. The Manager will be responsible for engaging broad and diverse audiences through the development, implementation and promotion of public programming, including staffing programs, building relationships with partners, developing awareness efforts, and coordinating with many departments around the Museum. The ideal candidate is a creative risk-taker, constantly brainstorming and on the look out for inspiration and ways to introduce and improve programs. They are comfortable pushing boundaries and at the same time understand the importance of balancing varying stakeholder needs and Museum goals. The Manager is experienced, skilled and loves all aspects of event planning and execution – from creating an overall vision down to the smallest details. The Manager should be well connected in the community, with an impressive network of personal contacts and a natural at building new relationships. They must be a confident team player, able to work across a variety of groups and audiences in and outside the building, and be open to other’s ideas, feedback, and key learnings. This person is happy with a job that requires non-traditional hours and enjoys attending after-hour and weekend events and programs. An interest and passion for natural history and science is a must. | MAPSS alumna currently working at the Field Museum available to speak to students who are interested | More Info + Apply

Assistant Curator of Native American Art | Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is currentlya ccepting resumes/applications for the position of Assistant Curator of Native American Art in our Curatorial department. This full-time, exempt position will work closely with the Curator of Contemporary Art and the Curator of Native American Art, History and Culture in the preparation and presentation of permanent and changing Native American exhibits, as well as the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship Celebration. Requirements and qualifications include an MA in art, anthropology, and public history, museum studies or an MFA. It is imperative that the ideal candidate has a knowledge and appreciation of Native North American art including contemporary, traditional and historic materials and a working knowledge of Native American history and culture, and art history. Other administrative duties will include research, exhibit scripting, contracting, accounting and record keeping which would require a meticulous attention to detail, excellent writing, verbal and editing skills. A sound knowledge of TMS (The Museum System) database would be a plus. | More Info + Apply

PEPFAR Country Coordinator: Democratic Republic of the Congo | State Dept | Foreign Service PEPFAR Country Coordinators serve as the Embassy-based expert on all matters concerning the Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC).  The PEPFAR Country Coordinator leads the U.S. PEPFAR interagency team in the designated country in the conception, formulation, and recommendation of initiatives in response to the epidemic profile in the designated country.  The Coordinator has responsibility for a PEPFAR program that is appropriate for the local context, and will contribute to epidemic control and to a sustainable national HIV/AIDS response.  The Coordinator ensures coordination and linkage of U.S. Government bilateral assistance with those of the host country, other bilateral donors, particularly the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, non-governmental organizations, and international multilateral organizations engaged in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Thursday, May 30th

REMINDER: Research Psychologist | Bureau of Labor Statistics | This position is located in the Behavioral Science Research Center (BSRC) within the Office of Survey Methods Research. The mission of the Office of Survey Methods Research is to plan and direct a continuing research and evaluation program for the Bureau that seeks to minimize major sources of survey error and to ensure the dissemination of high quality data. Duties include but are not limited to: Contributes to the design and conducts basic cognitive laboratory research to study important issues related to the survey response process – for example, factors that affect comprehension, recall, judgment, or response selection; Designs and develops research plans and protocols for investigating the cognitive processes employed by respondents to formulate answers to questionnaires administered using different survey modes: for example, interviewer-administered personal visit or telephone interview, self-administered questionnaires, or computer-assisted interviews; Contributes to survey design and identification of the procedural factors that affect respondent cooperation and quality of reporting. Participates in discussions concerning changing these procedures to improve reporting and data quality; Analyzes data obtained in laboratory studies and field tests designed to investigate survey quality and a respondent’s reporting ability. Uses qualitative and quantitative assessment methods to evaluate questions through cognitive interviews, laboratory experiments, and through the use of statistical techniques such as univariate analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, regression analysis, and factor analysis. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Wednesday, July 27th

REMINDER: Associate and Manager (Multiple opportunities in Chicago and New York) | Shapiro + Raj | Are you restless? Are you looking for an innovative, exciting place that can allow you to do great work, make a huge impact and surround yourself with accomplished, passionate colleagues? Are you looking for an environment where you can make a difference? If you answered yes, please email your resume to and become part of the team at Shapiro+Raj, the fastest growing, top-ten independent research, insights and inspiration company in North America. You’re the person David Ogilvy called Trumpeter Swan – to paraphrase, a person who combines passion, guts and integrity. We have seventeen open positions in our offices in New York, Chicago and Pune (India) for Management Directors, Directors, Managers, Client Executives and Associates. We are also looking for a presentation designer, an accounting associate and research coders/programmers. What will differentiate candidates is their ability to be client-centric, innovative and to help continue the growth momentum. Working as part of a team in a flat organizational model, you will have the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish in a collaborative environment. | More Info + Apply
*MAPSS alum hiring. Send resumes directly to Margaret Mueller, PhD