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April 16, 2015

Your Copyrights: Understanding Author Rights in Scholarly Publishing

Friday, April 17, Noon
Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

The world of scholarly publishing is changing and copyright issues are often at the center of it. You may be hearing some terms that are new and wonder how they affect you. Join us for a session to learn more about open access, Creative Commons, copyright transfer agreements, public deposit, and how your funding agency may have new requirements for you soon. Register now.

Quentin Skinner: “How should we think about freedom?”

Monday, April 20, 5:30PM
Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall 1155 East 58th St.

The concept of individual freedom is usually understood in negative terms as absence of interference or constraint.  Quentin Skinner argues that this orthodoxy is in need of qualification and perhaps abandonment.  Skinner will begin his lecture by noting that, because the concept of interference is such a complex one, there has been much dispute even within the liberal tradition about the conditions under which it may be legitimate to claim that freedom has been infringed.  Furthermore, some writers challenge the liberal tradition by insisting that its emphasis on non-interference leaves us without any grasp of the content of human freedom.  Skinner will go on to suggest that both these traditions of thought arguably fail to recognise the centrality of a different element in the idea of personal liberty.  His lecture will conclude with an attempt to excavate this rival and largely occluded tradition of thinking, and with some reflections on its special importance in democratic societies. Click here for more information and to RSVP

Articulating Politics: An Authors-Meet-Readers Conference

Friday, April 24
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave

Political theory is fueled by persistent uncertainty about the relation of its object—"politics" or the "political"—to a series of other terms and things, from ethics to economics, from the ontological to the aesthetic, from philosophy to history. Articulating Politics is an authors-meet-readers conference in political theory that approaches this uncertainty indirectly through critical engagements with five important new and recent books in the field. These books cover a wide variety of topics, including political melodrama in contemporary America, republican critiques of wage labor, the phenomenology of the penitentiary, racial justice and moral virtue, and the temporality of democratic theory and practice. During this two-day conference, the authors of Orgies of Feeling, From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth, Solitary Confinement, The Color of Our Shame, and The Time of Popular Sovereignty will join ten visiting commentators to discuss these books and the larger questions they broach about the specificity of the political, and about the articulations that connect politics and political theory to other modes of experience and inquiry. For more information and to RSVP please visit

Message from
Deborah L. Nelson, Deputy Provost for Graduate Education

October 2014

It is an exciting time to be a graduate student at the University of Chicago because of the improved resources and programs now available to you. As the President and Provost have recently said, the University is making new investments to support graduate education and specifically your academic and career success.

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