May 26, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
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

Temple or Forum: Debating and Designing the Obama Presidential Center Video | Take a look at the video outcome of Morrie Fred’s winter quarter class! Now featured on the homepage of the MAPSS website. | Info Here

Set up Mail Forwarding Before the End of the Academic Year! | Your UChicago email addresses may expire (eventually), but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to lose touch! Learn about mail forwarding and set it up today! |Info Here

Career Services

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

Strategize Your Job Search | Join Shelly for a workshop on how to make the most of your job search. She will go over some tips and strategies for finding your perfect job.
Friday, June 3rd from 3-4pm | Saieh 247


New Perspectives on the State, Violence, and Social Control | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | University of Chicago Professors Benjamin Lessing, Paul Staniland, and Forrest Stuart will convene 9 political scientists, sociologists, and legal scholars from across the globe for a full-day workshop building on the success of the team’s 2015 workshop. The 2016 event is designed as an “ideas incubator.” Scholars are selected and invited to share and discuss in-progress research projects. Rather than provide formal talks on published papers or already-completed research, as is conventional, workshop participants will spend each session sharing emerging data, working hypotheses, and preliminary theories. By drawing on collective and interdisciplinary insights, the aim is to build innovative analyses and theoretical frameworks. Although each of the three workshop sessions will feature scholars from different fields, they will be united by common questions: How can the humanistic social sciences—particularly research concerned with meaning-making, subjective experience, and interaction—best advance the study of the state, violence, and social control? How, for instance, does the intensification in policing force a reconceptualization of the relationship between the state and marginal and “deviant” subjects? How do states arrive at decisions about which armed groups are political or apolitical, threatening or allied, and unsavory or harmless? What are the implications of organized criminal armed groups—like prison gangs and drug cartels—who thrive in part because of, not despite, state repression? Discussion of these questions, which began in the 2015 workshop and continue in the 2016 event, will serve as the backbone of a large culminating conference in 2017, and potentially an edited volume or special journal edition. | More Info
       TODAY: Thursday, May 26th | 5701 S Woodlawn

Thought Provoking

New Findings from the Science of Happiness, Dr. Edward F Diener | 2016 Fiske Lecture | The science of subjective well-being has become a popular research field, with over 14,000 publications a year touching on the topic. Thus, it is not surprising that several advances are evident in the field. Formerly there was an emphasis on personality predictors of happiness, as well as how demographics such as income influence it. Several new trends are evident over the past decade: 1. Societal and geographical differences in subjective well-being, 2. Differentiation of universal versus culture-specific factors influencing subjective well-being and its measurement, 3. The beneficial outcomes of high subjective well-being are becoming apparent, and 4. National accounts of well-being for policy have made significant progress. Although economists have been most active in using well-being to analyze policy-relevant issues, a broad range of behavioral scientists should be doing so. Open research questions in each of the four new areas will be discussed. | More Info
         TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 26th from 4-5pm | SSR122

Cut the Bull: Economics of the 2016 Race | IOP | From Trump to Sanders, economic populism is on the rise in America. Join the Institute of Politics as we welcome Stephen Moore, Chief Economist for the Heritage Foundation, and Austan Goolsbee, Robert B. Gwinn professor of economics at the Booth School of Business and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, for a discussion of the state of the economy. These two distinguished economists from both ends of the political spectrum will examine how far the country has come since the Great Recession and what to expect in the coming months during this election year. Given that economic anxiety has provoked discontent with both the Democratic and Republican establishments, we ask how the state of the economy will affect elections, what issues are most prominent in the minds of voters, and what can be done to improve the American economic outlook in the face of global uncertainty? | More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, May 31st from 6-7:15pm | Quadrangle Club

Martha C Nussbaum, Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice with Jonathan Masur | Seminary Co-op | Anger is not just ubiquitous, it is also popular. Many people think it is impossible to care sufficiently for justice without anger at injustice. Many believe that it is impossible for individuals to vindicate their own self-respect or to move beyond an injury without anger. To not feel anger in those cases would be considered suspect. Is this how we should think about anger, or is anger above all a disease, deforming both the personal and the political? In this wide-ranging book, Martha C. Nussbaum, one of our leading public intellectuals, argues that anger is conceptually confused and normatively pernicious. It assumes that the suffering of the wrongdoer restores the thing that was damaged, and it betrays an all-too-lively interest in relative status and humiliation. Studying anger in intimate relationships, casual daily interactions, the workplace, the criminal justice system, and movements for social transformation, Nussbaum shows that anger’s core ideas are both infantile and harmful. Is forgiveness the best way of transcending anger? Nussbaum examines different conceptions of this much-sentimentalized notion, both in the Jewish and Christian traditions and in secular morality. Some forms of forgiveness are ethically promising, she claims, but others are subtle allies of retribution: those that exact a performance of contrition and abasement as a condition of waiving angry feelings. In general, she argues, a spirit of generosity (combined, in some cases, with a reliance on impartial welfare-oriented legal institutions) is the best way to respond to injury. Applied to the personal and the political realms, Nussbaum’s profoundly insightful and erudite view of anger and forgiveness puts both in a startling new light.| More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, May 31st @ 6pm | Seminary Co-op

Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism | IOP | Chancelor Bennett, otherwise known as “Chance the Rapper” is a 23-year-old independent artist born and raised here, on the south side of Chicago. As a teen from the West Chatham neighborhood, Chance was encouraged to pursue his musical aspirations by his mentors and friends at creative open spaces such as YouMedia located at the Chicago Public Library. As he has grown, Chance has become not only a well-known musician but a man who truly takes pride in giving back to the youth as well as underserved communities. As 2015’s Chicagoan of the Year and Saturday Night Live’s first independent Artist, Chance has certainly made remarkable achievements in a short period of time and he doesn’t plan on stopping now. | More Info + RSVP
Wednesday, June 1st from 6-7:15pm | Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

Navigating Normativity: Pedagogical Challenges and Opportunities of Diverse Commitments in the Classroom | Craft of Teaching | It has become a truism that there is no neutral position from which course material may be examined, either on the part of students or of teachers. Not exclusively but certainly not least in religious studies, students and teachers alike enter a class with held positions of some kind toward the objects of inquiry. Particularly when the material at hand is disturbing or provocative (eg the Crusades; demonic possession), ethically uncompromising (eg animal rights activism; the Left Behind novels), or under contemporary public scrutiny (eg race relations; religiously motivated violence), being able to monitor and respond to the range of attitudes brought to bear by participants in the classroom is essential to ensuring learning. However, just how to relate to these commitments and to what extent address them explicitly can trouble even veteran teachers. Panel composed of: Laurie Zoloth (Northwestern University), Valerie Johnson (DePaul University), Jonathan Ebel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). | More Info + RSVP
Wednesday, June 1st from 4:30-6:30pm | Swift 106

The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure and Book Signing | Oriental Institute | Presented by Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper, The Department of the Middle East, The British Museum. This talk, illustrated by a PowerPoint, will describe what befell the speaker after one quite remarkable cuneiform tablet was brought for examination to the British Museum in London. The inscription on this four-thousand year old tablet led to a series of altogether unexpected discoveries, demanding a whole new look at Noah and his Ark, and culminating in a book and a documentary film. Come early and take a docent-led tour of the museum galleries at 6:30 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Oriental Institute Members and Volunteers. | More Info + RSVP
Wednesday, June 1st from 7-9pm | Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

Where Did All the White Criminals Go: Reconfiguring Race on the Road to Mass Incarceration | International House | The Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop presents a lecture by Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Dr. Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. In July, he will join the Harvard faculty as Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. | More Info + Register
Friday, June 3rd from 6-7:30pm | International House Assembly Hall


PIPES | “Beyond Overstretch: How International Institutions Restrain Great Powers in a Post-Imperial Age,” by Matthias Staisch
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 26th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World | “Modern Poetics and the Folk Imagination: Gérard de Nerval and the Romantic Legacy,” by Cate Talley
Friday, May 27th @ 4pm | Classics 111

Urban Workshop | “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How Poor Mothers Navigate Privacy in the Context of Poverty,” by Cayce Hughes
Tuesday, May 31st from 12-1:20pm | SS105

Money, Markets, and Governance | “From Fiscal Triangle to Passing Through: The Rise of the Nonprofit Corporation,” by Jonathan Levy
Tuesday, May 31st from 5-6:30pm | SSR401

PISP | “The Face of the Enemy: How the Media Represents Foreign Leaders and Why It Matters,” by Rachel Stein (Princeton)
Tuesday, May 31st from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Contemporary European Philosophy | “Americanizing Michel Foucault,” by Jonathan Schroeder
Tuesday, May 31st from 4:30-6:30pm | Cobb 106

Political Theory | “Reading the Republic as a Metic Space,” by Demetra Kasimis
Tuesday, May 31st from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Religion and the Human Sciences | “Locating the Gods: Discerning Religion in the Ancient Cityscape,” by Joshua Vera
Tuesday, May 31st @ 5pm | Marty Center Library (2nd Flr, Swift Hall)

Animal Studies | “Surra and the Emergence of Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Colonial India,” by James L Hevia
Wednesday, June 1 @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Interdisciplinary Archeology | “Late Prehispanic Andean Urbanism from a Hinterland Perspective” by Dave Pacifico
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
Thursday, June 2nd from 4:30-6pm | Haskell Mezz 102


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



Veterans’ Program Specialist (Brooklyn, NY) | Veterans Employment and Training Services | This is a developmental position under the direct supervision of a senior Veteran’s Program Specialist. Duties may include but are not limited to the following: Provide assistance in developing, organizing and coordinating efforts to improve and expand job training, search, placement, employment counseling opportunities, and reemployment benefits for veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. Provide technical guidance and assistance over all DOL employment, reemployment, and training programs and services to veterans. Monitor, reviewing and carrying out administrative requirements for grants for Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER), the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP), Competitive Grants, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program- (HVRP), and Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program (IVTP) ; assisting in on-site monitoring, preparing quarterly summary reports. Assist in the conduct of veterans’ reemployment rights case investigations; investigating, collecting, and analyzing data; making determinations of case merit; negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, preparing comprehensive memorandum of referral containing relevant facts and issues, supporting testimony, negotiation efforts and recommendation actions. Interpret and applying the provision of the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), OASVET policies. Maintain liaison and promoting cooperative relationships with officials of Federal, State, and local agencies, veteran’s organizations, and local business groups to promote training and job placement opportunities, to explain and elicit support for these programs. Perform administrative duties as necessary to accomplish tasks. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by Tuesday, June 7th