May 5, 2016

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Career Services

FEATURED
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.
Monday, May 9th from 10-11am | Saieh 247
Friday, May 13th from 3-4pm | Saieh 247
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Power Lunch with Steve Strongin: Careers in Financial Research | UChicagoGRAD | Join UChicagoGRAD in welcoming Steve Strongin (AM, AB, UChicago: Economics) for our inaugural “Power Lunch” series with distinguished alumni. Steve Strongin is Head of Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs. He will be in conversation with A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD. They’ll discuss Mr. Strongin’s career, and pathways into financial research for master’s and doctoral students, as well as postdocs. | Lunch will be served. |More Info + RSVP
Friday, May 6th from 12-1pm | Classics 110

All About EndNote | Training @ UChicago | Learn about the desktop citation management software, EndNote. In this class, you will learn how to use EndNote, including how to create and manage libraries, import references from online databases, and create formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. | Registration is required. | More Info + RSVP
Monday, May 9th from 4-5pm | Crerar Library Computer Classroom

Stanford US-Russia Forum | SURF is a platform for Russian and American university students to work together on some of the most important issues our nations face today. Participants travel to Moscow for a five-day conference in the fall, conduct collaborative research with their working group peers over the academic year, and ultimately present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford University in the spring. The working group format fosters consensus-building and leverages a cooperation-based approach to produce innovative solutions. Research themes include topics in international relations, the sciences, business and entrepreneurship, regional and humanitarian issues, and others. SURF welcomes applications from graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and majors, regardless of prior exposure to Russia or the United States. Our program covers most expenses, including housing and local transportation. Participants are responsible for covering flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program. | More Info and Apply
*Apply by May 15th at 23:59 PDT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early.

Conferences

FEATURED
Call for Papers: DHChicago: New Archival Knowledge | Macroanalysis and the Humanities Working Group | DHChicago seeks to bring together graduate students from across the Chicagoland area and across the disciplines to present work on one of the most promising areas of the digital humanities: macroanalysis, or the computational analysis of textual data and metadata. We are specifically looking for presenters whose work engages with questions, some of which may include: What new knowledges can computational approaches produce about large cultural archives? How can we fold these knowledges back into existing debates within the humanities? How compatible are humanistic questions and computational methods? The broader goal of DHChicago, building on the work done by organizations such as the Chicago DHCS Colloquium, is to lay groundwork for longer-term intellectual support by fostering inter-institutional and inter-departmental ties, connecting scholars to new resources, and creating new networks of potential interlocutors and collaborators for future endeavors. To this end, the conference seeks presentations that favor a practical, “under the hood” approach. We welcome presentations on ongoing as well as finished projects, and we encourage presenters to talk about the process of building their projects from the bottom up. What problem does the project address? Why did you choose a certain method to engage this problem? How did you arrive at a particular visual representation of your research?
* Proposals are due by Friday, May 6, 2016 and should include: a title, abstract of up to 250 words, and, in the email, the author’s name, a C.V., institutional affiliation, and email address. For more information, please contact Sarah Kunjummen and Jonathan Schroeder @ digitalhumanitieschicago@gmail.com or HERE
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Shaping Latin America | LAM Forum | Featuring former President of Colombia Cesar Gaviria as keynote speaker.
Thursday, May 5th from 8:30-4:30pm | International House

gender|publics|panics in the Global South | 3CT | In the past two decades, changing economies and new, international forms of governance, not least the human rights industry, have transformed social landscapes across the global South. In many parts of the world, these changes have provided women with economic opportunities and made images and iconography of women – and women themselves – increasingly visible in the public spheres. Paradoxically, however, women’s increased economic success and political recognition has been accompanied by “moral panics” – both global and local – over the visibility, mobility, and sexuality of women and girls. For example, in South Africa, where marriage rates have reached new lows and single mothers have become eligible for state relief through a newly-instated Child Support Grant, men and elders accuse young mothers of abusing their rights, upending the moral order. Both Uganda and Kenya, where national constitutions guarantee gender quotas for elected politicians, have also recently passed national legislation that seeks to regulate women’s clothing (i.e. the so-called “Miniskirt Bill” passed in Uganda in 2014). According to media reports, this legislation was initially enforced by groups of vigilantes. Meanwhile in Guatemala, as a number of organizations to promote the rights of women have emerged in the aftermath of the war, making it seem as if indigenous women are now more institutionally empowered than ever, rates of domestic violence have increased throughout the country. And in India, where women have been particularly quick to take advantage of the new openings in the liberalizing economy, they have also been targets of sexual assault, often justified in starkly moralizing and patriarchal terms. | More Info + Register
Thursday-Friday, May 5th-6th | Wilder House

Michicagoan Graduate Conference in Linguistic Anthropology | Semiotics Workshop | The annual Michicagoan Conference focuses on the social and cultural analysis of semiotic forms centering on language, providing graduate students with an attentive forum in which to present their work and have it discussed by faculty and students from the Universities of Michigan and Chicago and beyond. We welcome work from post-baccalaureate students at all stages, and encourage participants to submit formal conference papers as well as to discuss their dissertation proposals and research reports. Commentators for each panel are drawn from participating faculty. The conference promotes ongoing scholarly exchange and collaboration among students and faculty of the two host institutions and regional affiliates. This year, our theme is “Technologies of Semiosis.” Our keynote speaker this year is John Durham Peters, A. Craig Baird Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. We seek papers taking semiotic, sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological approaches to the ways in which language and other semiotic forms are intertwined with technology. We encourage participants to interpret the concept of technology broadly, focusing on one of the themes below or expanding into other domains. | More Info + Register
Friday-Saturday, May 6th-7th | Ida Noyes Hall

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

Thought Provoking

The Untold History of the United States with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick | IOP | Join the IOP and the Department of History as they welcome Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, directed of films includingJFK, Nixon, W., and the upcoming Snowden, to campus. Stone has described his body of work as “controversial versions of recent American history, some of them at deep odds with conventional myth.” The IOP and the Department of History will screen Episode 3 of The Untold History of the United States, which explores the strategies behind the atomic bombings of Japan. After the screening, UChicago professor Bruce Cumings will interview Mr. Stone and Peter Kuznick, historian and writer of the Untold series and Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. | More Info + Register
         TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th from 5-7pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Theater

Rearming: America’s New Nuclear Arsenal with Dan Sagalyn and Jamie McIntyre | CIS | Journalists Dan Sagalyn (PBS News Hour) and Jamie McIntyre (Al Jazeera America) discuss the Pentagon’s plans for a trillion dollar upgrade of the US nuclear arsenal. Over the past decade, much attention has focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and fighting Al Qaeda and now the Islamic State group. But in the next three decades, the Pentagon plans to spend an estimated $1 trillion to buy a new generation of nuclear weapons to replace the current arsenal. The Obama administration, along with military commanders and some members of Congress, say nuclear weapons make a difference every day in deterring attacks against the United States. They argue that the current stockpile must be replaced because it’s old and could break down. Their highest priority is building 12 new submarines. But critics say the price tag is unaffordable and that the Pentagon is essentially rebuilding a Cold War-era arsenal. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, May 10th @ 5pm | Saieh 203

America’s Next President: What’s in Store for Cities? | IOP | What will a President Trump, Sanders, or Clinton mean for America’s big cities? What key levers can the federal government apply to change the fortunes of big cities—for better or worse? We’ll also look at voting patterns in big cities. Why are so many voters sitting on the sidelines when there is so much at stake? Please join IOP Visiting Fellow and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for a discussion on these questions and more. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, May 10th from 6-7:15pm | SSA Lobby

The Rise and Fall of an Early Bronze Age City | Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society | Panlongcheng in Hubei Province, China was first discovered in 1954 and excavated in the 1970s. The finds of large palatial structures, rammed-earth wall enclosures, and bronze and jades of high quality revealed that Panlongcheng was one of the most important cities in the Middle Yangtze River Valley during Early Bronze Age China. The material culture shows close affinity with the Erligang metropolis 500 km north in the Middle Yangzi River Valley, scholars proposed that Panlongcheng was a southern outpost established by Erlingang to secure mineral resources for the metropolis in the north. After a long hiatus, new excavations at Panlongcheng resumed in 2013, carried out by Wuhan University under the direction of Professor Changping Zhang. Archaeologists located more palatial structures, richly furnished burials, public construction, and indications of bronze workshops in the ancient urban center. Together with the earlier find of an outer wall enclosure, new archaeological research shows that the site of Panlongcheng was more extensive and complex than previous excavations indicated. Thanks to the application of regional-scale analysis, including regional survey, systematic coring, remote sensing, and GIS and other digital technology, archeologists can now explore the rise and fall of Panlongcheng in the Yangzi River Valley in connection with the wax and wane of the Erligang civilization in northern China. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, May 11th from 12-1:15pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Ralph Bunche and Postwar Internationalism with James Sparrow | CIS | In his classic critique of liberal designs for international politics grounded in rational planning, Hans Morgenthau, founding father of modern realism, called for a return to the “art of the statesman.” Yet even as the Manichean logic of the Cold War pushed American statesmen away from prudent realism and toward unlimited universalistic commitments, one practitioner of realism emerged in the most unlikely of places: Ralph Bunche, UN Director of Trusteeships in the age of decolonization (1946-1971). No more devoted and creative practitioner of the art of balancing power can be found in this period. That Bunche did so from within the UN, and on behalf of the least powerful emerging nations within the international state system, was of great consequence for realism, decolonization, and democratic world politics. This talk will explore some of those consequences as they resulted from Bunche’s thought and statecraft. | More Info + Register
Thursday, May 12th @ 5pm | Classics 110

Arts Break

Kestnbaum Reading by Jennifer Egan | Creative Writing at the University of Chicago | Jennifer Egan reads from her latest book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize. She is also the author of The Invisible Circus, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, and The Keep. |More Info
Tuesday, May 10th from 6:30-8pm
Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901

 

 

Workshops

Computational Social Sciences | “Rationality/Irrationality in Collective Human Behavior,” by Peter Krafft (MIT)
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th @ 4:30pm | Stuart 102

Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies | “Lies, Damed Lies, and Frames: The Need for a Truth-Concept in the Study of Political Rhetoric,” by Crystal Paul
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

Medicine and Its Objects | “Mutation Mutandis,” by Colin Halverson
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 102

East Asia: Transregional Histories | “Boon and Bane: The Intimate Pleasures and Public Hazards of Vulgar Imitation,” by William Feeney
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th from 4:15-6pm | SSR224

PIPES | “Just a War Theory?: American Public Opinion on Ethics in Military Combat,” by Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth College)
TONIGHT!: Thursday, May 5th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

20th and 21st Century | “How the Indian Ocean Meets the Atlantic: Comparative Narratives of the Afro-Indian Atlantic World,” by Chandani Patel, and “Sleepwalking Oceans, Sleepwalking Lands: Place and Displacement in the Novels of Mia Couto,” by Brady Smith
Monday, May 9th from 12-1:20pm | Foster 103

American Politics | “Participatory Politics and Equality in the Digital Age,” by Cathy Cohen
Monday, May 9th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 222

Political Theory | “Disabling the Future: Disability, Tragedy, and the Imagination of Possible Futures,” by Annie Heffernan
Monday, May 9th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “‘Where Do All the Lovers Go?”: Class, Space, and Intimacy in Bombay/Mumbai (1950-2005),” by Sneha Annavarapu
Tuesday, May 10th from 4:30-6:30pm | 5733 S University Ave

Late Antiquity and Byzantium | “The Holy Sepulchre Until the Siege of Jerusalem: An Examination of the Late Antique Texts, Archeological Evidence, and Material Sources,” by Kelly Andino
Tuesday, May 10th @ 4:30pm | CWAC 152

PISP | “Ethnic Manipulation in Middle East Militaries: Manpower, Loyalty, and the Coup-Insurgency Tradeoff,” by Ches Thurber
Tuesday, May 10th from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Politics, History, and Society | “Sufi Silsilahs as Cultural Networks: Performance and Recognition in 19th Century Punjab,” by Michal Khan
Tuesday, May 10th from 5-6:30pm | SSR404

Social Theory and Evidence | “With Whom Do I Belong?: Adolescent Peer Groups and Popularity in the Search for Belonging,” by James Murphy
Wednesday, May 11th @ 12pm | SSR302

Social Theory | “Finance and Its Temple: The Bourse and Anti-Semitism in Second Empire France,” by Charlotte Robertson
Thursday, May 12th @ 6pm | Wilder House

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World | “Talking Property Before 1789,” by Rafe Blaufarb
Friday, May 13th @ 4pm | SSR224

Fellowships

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 May 30th

Consular Fellows Program | US Dept of State | The Consular Fellows Program offers candidates a unique opportunity to serve their country, utilize their foreign language skills, and develop valuable skills and experience that will serve them well in follow-on professions. Foreign Service Consular Fellows serve in U.S. embassies and consulates overseas alongside Foreign Service Officers, other U.S. agency personnel, and locally-employed staff. Using their language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, or French, their primary duty is to adjudicate visas for foreign nationals. Duties and responsibilities are similar to those of entry-level career Foreign Service Officers. While at post, Consular Fellows are members of the embassy or consulate community and receive many of the same benefits that career Foreign Service members receive, such as housing and educational allowances for eligible family members. | More Info + Apply

 

 

On-Campus Opportunities

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

Actors for Research Stimuli | Psychology Dept | We are looking for White and Black men (ages 18 and over and no verbal accents) to be filmed as stimuli to show to future research participants for a project looking at how social gesture is perceived. You would be filmed saying a few simple phrases as similarly as possible across the takes while changing your amounts of gesturing (i.e., your hand movements). We anticipate the filming should take only around 15-30 minutes depending on how many takes you have to do. We will send you the script/phrase in advance so you can become familiar with it and then we will set up a time for you to come to the lab on campus to be filmed. In exchange for your time, you will get a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
*Email Dr. Sarah Gaither (sgaither@uchicago.edu) for more information or to sign up to be filmed.

 

Jobs

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

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 cara.gray@shapiroraj.com 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 atmargaret.mueller@shapiroraj.com

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