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April 17, 2014

International House 2014-2015 Community Fellows Program Announced

Thursday, April 17

International House is pleased to announce the Community Fellowship Program for the 2014-2015 academic year (September 15, 2014 through June 14, 2015).  As part of this program, eight outstanding residents will be selected to serve as Community Fellows plus one Lead Community Fellow.  In reflecting the diversity of International House, Community Fellows shall come from the United States and a variety of other countries and represent all graduate divisions and professional schools at the University of Chicago.  Community Fellows will report to the Assistant Director for Residential Programs and collaborate together with other student program assistants, Residential Fellows and members of the International House Residents’ Council. The Community Fellows Program is crucial to the healthy functioning of International House residential life.  Community Fellows help foster an atmosphere in the House which enables all residents, regardless of political, religious, geographic, and ethnic background, to pursue their academic work in a welcoming and stimulating environment where friendship, respect and understanding are prized above all and ideas are exchanged openly and freely.  As such, Community Fellows arrange a variety of activities which promote interpersonal and intercultural understanding and friendship among residents.  Community Fellows also help plan and implement many of the popular on-going educational, cultural, and recreational House programs for International House residents.  In addition, Community Fellows serve as floor representatives.  They help coordinate the response of International House to an emergency situation and act as safety monitors for residential areas.  Community Fellows serve as administrators of University policies and procedures, liaisons to the International House Residents’ Council and as a source of information about the University, Hyde Park community, and the City of Chicago. Please visit the International House website to learn more about the Community Fellowship position and to access the application!

The 2014 Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies: “Haruki Murakami and the Question of Uneven Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan”

Monday, April 21, 5pm - reception to follow
Swift hall 3rd floor lecture room

This lecture will focus on rethinking the relation of “plurality” (Hanna Arendt) with “exclusion” and “violence” (Giorgio Agamben), with a focus on Haruki Murakami’s recent novels Tasaki Tsukuru and the Year of His Pilgrimage and 1Q84 in order to trace his thoughts on how to locate “unevenness” in liberal democracy, especially its ambivalent nature in which both diversity and discrimination are implicated. More info HERE

Get LinkedIn: Networking Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, April 24, 3 - 5pm
West Lounge, Ida Noyes Hall

RSVP HERE. Curious about how you can use LinkedIn to build connections and seek out opportunities? Have a LinkedIn page, but you’re not sure it’s as strong as it could be? Whether you’re a newcomer to LinkedIn or have already dabbled with it, this is the workshop for you! By the end of the workshop, all participants will have a working LinkedIn profile—complete with a professional-looking photograph (so come dressed for success!)—and a sample networking email that can be adapted to many purposes. Workshop presenters: Dan Gould, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations Career and Affinity Programs; Mearah Quinn-Brauner, Assistant Director of Student Preparation, Career Advancement. For more information, contact Mearah Quinn-Brauner,

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

March 2014

It’s springtime in Chicago! Seriously, it is. Based on your feedback, we have added a calendar feature to this website (look below this message) that lists university-wide graduate events and programs. I hope you are able to

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