May 19, 2016

Career Services

Open Meeting: Q&A with Shelly Robinson
| Join Shelly for an open question and answer session about job search; preparing application documents; and anything else Career-related you may be wondering about as the Spring Quarter comes to an end.
Monday, May 23rd from 10-11am | Saieh 247

Design for Social Impact | UChicago SSD | Please join SSD to the “Design for Social Impact” pop-up event for CivX—a student-driven social impact program in the Division of Social Sciences that uses intense “research and design sprints” to address urgent challenges for communities. As part of the University’s Innovation Fest, the program will cover: past projects that SSD graduate students have conducted in Chicago and New Delhi, and our upcoming project in downstate Illinois; the research and design process we use, and; will give attendees a chance to run through some of the key solution generation exercises that we deploy. | More Info + RSVP
Friday, May 20th from 4-6pm | CIE, 1452 E 53rd St

Fulbright US Student Program Fellowship Info Session | UChicagoGRAD | The Fulbright Program for US Students is the most respected international study grant program in the world.  Last year, the Fulbright program funded approximately 1,700 U.S. citizens’ research, study, or teaching projects in over 155 countries. The fellowships provide support for 8-12 months abroad for those with a well-formed international research projects and/or study plans. Master’s students, PhD students, and recent Master’s graduates are eligible to apply through the University. This info session will take you through the application process and provide tips for preparing a competitive proposal. The writing component of the workshop will focus on statements of grant purpose. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, May 24th from 12-1:30pm | Cobb 103


Does Liberal Education Need Saving? | 2016 Society of Fellows Annual Weissbourd Conference | Does liberal education need saving? Some would consider an affirmative reply obvious. Under pressure from academic professionalization, corporatized universities, and a society obsessed with practical outcomes, liberal education must be championed anew or risk disappearing. Others argue that liberal education is at best a luxury that our society can no longer afford, at worst an elitist agent that reinforces social inequalities. To such minds, shifts away from liberal education are no reason to lament. And then there are those who dismiss the prophets of doom, arguing that liberal education remains alive and well on college campuses today. Articles debating these issues regularly appear in the popular press and the last years have seen numerous books published on the subject. And yet, for all the talk much confusion persists and certain fundamental questions remain ill-explored. This conference brings together historians, theorists, administrators, and educators to discuss the meaning of liberal education, the roles it has played through history, and its purposes and prospects for the future. | More Info
Thursday-Friday, May 19th-May 20th from 9:30-6:30pm
Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor Theater

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

MAPSS alum 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


Marching on the City of Big Shoulders: Stories from the Chicago Freedom Movement | IOP | To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement, the IOP, CSRPC, OMSA, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, are convening a panel of activists from the 60s, and mounting a photo exhibit of rare color photographs of Martin Luther King Jr’s time on the South and West Sides of Chicago. These historic photographs of the movement by Bernard Kleina will be exhibited at the Center for Identity and Inclusion. Please join us as we welcome Don Rose, Press Secretary for MLK in 1966, Mary Lou Finley, Secretary to James Bevel in 1966, Prexy Nesbitt, Civil Rights Activist and Brenetta Howell Barrett, West Side political activist and NAACP regional director at the time, will share stories of what the city was like when Martin Luther King, Jr. moved with his family into a tenement in North Lawndale to aid the civil rights movement in Chicago. Recognizing that Voting Rights was just a first step in achieving full civil rights, King and his Southern supporters worked with local activists and drew volunteers from around the country to launch a campaign to end the slums called the Chicago Freedom Movement. Facing fierce opposition from city leaders and many white residents, King led open housing marches that were met with violence and hostility he deemed worse than anything he’d seen in the South. Join us for this special event as we examine the movement and its legacy 50 years later. Moderated by Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. | More Info
         TONIGHT! Thursday, May 19th from 6-7pm
Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E 60th St

The 3 Ridges: Imagination, Critical Thinking, and Action | International House | Diego Suárez presents his educational project that strives to create dialogue not only among different disciplines, but also cultures and ways of living. The research he will present has been conducted comparatively in public, private, and rural schools in central Mexico, southern Mexico, and Chicago. Through concepts, numbers, pictures and musical notes, the aim is to strengthen awareness and respect to build caring communities. Diego Suárez Rojas, a current MA student at the Divinity School, was born in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas (southern Mexico). He has worked as a writer, editor, researcher and actor. His passions are music, literature and physics. Currently, he is developing further his educational research. | More Info
         TONIGHT! Thursday, May 19th from 6-8pm
International House Coulter Lounge

Former US Attorney Eric Holder | IOP | Less than a year after leaving his post as US Attorney General, Eric Holder joins the IOP for a discussion of his experience at the Justice Department, politics, civil rights, and more. A veteran of the Obama administration, Holder served as the nation’s top attorney from 2008-2015, during which time he took on issues like criminal justice, terrorism, immigration, and same-sex marriage. Given his incredible breadth of experience in politics and law, Holder will provide his insights on current issues and the direction of the country. | More Info + Register
Monday, May 23rd from 6-7:15pm
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall, 1362 E 59th St

Identities are Changeable: A Conversation with Miguel Zenón | Center for Latin American Studies | Saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón has masterfully integrated the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zenón has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, perfecting a fine blending of Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Identities are Changeable (Miel Music, 2014) explores national identity as experienced by Nuyoricans, the nearly two million US citizens of Puerto Rican descent who make their home in New York City. The album was inspired by a series of interviews with Nuyoricans from various walks of life; audio excerpts from the interviews weave in and out of each piece. Join us for a conversation with Miguel Zenón about Nuyorican art, community, migration, and the Puerto Rican Diaspora. | Lunch will be served | More Info
Wednesday, May 25th from 12-1:30pm | Foster 103

In the Crosshairs: How Campaigns Use Data to Target Voters | IOP | Join the IOP for a panel discussion on the growing field of data targeting and voter profiling. There are some categories of information that American voters probably assume campaigns have—like voter registration and home address. But did you know that campaigns also have access to your magazine subscriptions, loyalty card usage, licenses, permits, Internet searches, warranties, and even sweepstakes entries? There are no real restrictions on what information can be collected on you and sold. So how do data companies collect this information? And how do campaigns use it to create targeted messages? Two of America’s top political data strategists will provide their expertise on the subject: co-founder of Deep Root Analytics and former Chief Data Scientist for the Romney Campaign, Alex Lundry; and CEO of TargetSmart and veteran Democratic strategist Tom Bonier. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, May 25th from 6-7:15pm | IOP

2016 Presidential Election: The Effects of Political Rhetoric on Minority Campaigns | International House | As reported in a Washington Post article, a group of Trump supporters surrounded, knocked down and almost choked a black man who was supporting the Black Lives Matter cause in Birmingham, Alabama. At an Indiana high school, students sought to intimidate their opponents by chanting “Build a wall; build a wall” during a basketball game against a school with a heavy Latino student population. At another instant, an armed group gathered outside a Dallas mosque where they menaced and threatened worshippers. The next day, another politically intoxicated man threatened to blow up a mosque in VA and then threw smoke bombs and a Molotov cocktail at the facility. American political rhetoric has grown so toxic that these kinds of politically motivated violence occurrences have almost become natural. As the United States gears up for another presidential election, it can credibly be said that the American public has never encountered such political polarization. Minorities have become the scapegoat of candidates on their way to further contextualize political agendas and motivations. What will be the outcome of such agendas, and how are they risking a clearer future ahead for the fostering of dialogue? How can we address them? At this year’s Chicago Interfaith Gathering, the Niagara Foundation explores lessons in dialogue among minorities and promoting peace after or during such political polarization. The Niagara Foundation is proud to present its annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering (CIG). The CIG is a three-day event, whose purpose is to bring together people of various religious and social backgrounds to discuss pertinent issues. At this three-day-long program, Niagara Foundation assembles some of the country’s top intellectuals, peace building professionals, and interfaith leaders at a panel and college students at a workshop to address current trends and challenges in the project of healing individuals and communities during and after conflicts. The program adjourns with a dinner of friendship, called the Abrahamic Traditions Dinner.| More Info + Register
Thursday, May 26th from 6-8:30pm
International House, Assembly Hall

Take a Break

Graduate Student Parent Spring Social | Come mix and mingle with fellow graduate student parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. Children are welcome! | Registration required | More Info + Register
Saturday, May 21st from 4-6pm | FRC, 950 E 61st St



PIPES | “Ideology, Economic Interdependence, and the Origins of US Entry into WWI,” by Dale Copeland (University of Virginia)
        Tonight!: Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Budding Fortunes: Ikebana as Art, Industry, and Cold War Culture,” by Nancy Stalker (UT Austin)
        Tonight!: Thursday, May 19th from 4:15-6pm | SSR224

18th/19th Century Atlantic Cultures | “Back to Africa: Humanitarian Nostalgia and Slave Self-Destruction in the Americas,” by Jonathan Schroeder
        Tonight!: Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6pm | Rosenwald 405

Medicine and Its Objects | “Surgical Films and Surgical Standards, 1900-1935,” by Alex Moffett
        Tonight!: Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 102

Western Mediterranean Culture | “The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion, and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” by Alex Moffett
        Tonight!: Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 102

Art & Politics of East Asia | “Smiles and Scars,” by William Feeney
        Friday, May 20th from 3-5pm | CEAS 319

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World | “Confessions, Emotions, and Self in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Catholicism,” by Elwin Hofman (University of Leuven)
        Friday, May 20th @ 12pm | Gates Blake 324

Middle East History and Theory | “Will We Talk About ISIS?: Teaching Middle East and Islamic History Today” roundtable discussion
        Monday, May 23rd from 4:30-6pm | Stuart 101

Political Theory | “The Politics of Market-Based Reform and ‘School Choice’: Beyond the Neoliberal Subjectivities Approach,” by Ashleigh Campi
        Monday, May 23rd 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

PISP | “Understanding the Origins and Outcomes of Nonviolent Resistance,” by Steve Wittles (MIT)
        Tuesday, May 24th from 4:30-6pm | Pick 506

Political, History, and Society | “Rich Voter, Poor Voter: Congressional Competition and Representational Style in the US House,” by Nick Judd
        Tuesday, May 24th from 5-6:30pm | SSR404

Contemporary European Philosophy Workshop | “Found Object/Found Footage,” by Gregg Horowitz
        Wednesday, May 25th from 4:30-6:30pm | Cobb 219


REMINDER: 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

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



REMINDER: 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

REMINDER: Adult Engagement 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

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