GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: February 15, 2018

The GRAD Guide Weekly is an indispensable resource for graduate students to find information about campus-wide programs and events. Sign up here! Published every Thursday during the Academic Year and monthly during Summer Quarter, the GGW provides details about social events, campus speakers, workshops, professional development opportunities, careers, announcements, fellowships, and more.

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GRADTalk: Elevator Speeches and Networking Skills

Thursday, February 15, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

This workshop will help you to improve your communication skills for networking at conferences and on the job market. We will discuss and practice strategies for perfecting your elevator speech, mastering the art of small talk, and making good first impressions. Please RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


Resumes for Industry, Nonprofits & Government

Feb 15 2018, 2PM-3PM, UChicagoGRAD HQ, 3F Bookstore

This resume and cover letter workshop will provide you with input to better understand what is expected in writing a resume for industry, nonprofits & government. There will be concrete tips on how to craft your job documents and get noticed by employers during your search. Brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your job search process, from how to craft your bullet points to the highlights you should mention in your resume. RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


Communicating Effectively with Humanities Faculty (PATHS First Year Series)

Thursday, February 15, 4:30-5:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
One of the most significant and yet most challenging issues a graduate student can face is how to develop and maintain positive relationships with faculty. In this PATHS workshop, intended for PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, we will discuss strategies and best practices for communicating effectively with faculty. We'll focus on when, why, and how to initiate conversations with faculty about topics like forming a dissertation committee and discussing research progress. We'll also share strategies for how to approach difficulties in communicating with faculty. Please RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events)


CANCELED: Grad/Postdoc Student Parent Social

Saturday, February 17, 4-6pm, Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center would like to invite you to a Valentine's Day celebration! Come mix and mingle with fellow graduate student and postdoc parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. There will be free parking available behind the WSSC Building (950 E. 61st St.). Children are welcome! RSVP required via GRAD Gargoyle(Events > GRAD Events > Grad/Postdoc Student Parent Social). THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE EMAIL LIZANNE PHALEN IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.


GRADTalk: Improving Your Interview Skills

Monday, February 19, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

This workshop will introduce you to several strategies and best practices for improving your interview skills. From mastering your self-introduction to reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses, we will focus on a few key questions to be prepared for in any interview regardless of your career path. During the course of the workshop, you will learn specific techniques for structuring your responses and how best to prepare for your next interview. Please RSVP via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).


Facebook UX Info Session

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:00 pm, Facebook Chicago Offices (Exact Location Provided Upon RSVP)

Please note that this event is invite only and requires an RSVP. We would like to invite University of Chicago PhD students and faculty to come learn more about Facebook's UX Research Program. We will be hosting a UX Research Panel and mixer in our Chicago office on February 20th, to allow students to learn more about our UX Research program, employment opportunities and how the work of our UX Researchers continues to impact over 1 billion users.



LinkedIn Workshop

Wednesday February 21st, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD Suite 340 – 3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Having an effective LinkedIn profile is an essential component of your job search and online professional identity. During this workshop, you will learn how to: 
develop a successful LinkedIn profile, navigate the features of the website, build and maintain networking relationships, and leverage your network for the job search process.This workshop is open to all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


The Future of US-India Relations: A Conversation with Thomas Vajda

Friday February 23rd, 11:30-1pm, UChicagoGRAD Suite 340 – 3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building
Interested in the direction of U.S.-India relations is heading? Want to learn more about the shared vision and strategic partnership between the U.S. and India? Do you have a personal interest in diplomacy and public service work and how diplomacy translates into creating economic, political, and social change that is mutually beneficial across countries? If so, join Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs for a conversation on the future of U.S. – India relations and learn about how working as a career diplomat can serve as a catalyst for change. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


HSBC By-Invitation Informational Event
Thursday, March 1, time TBD (evening), at HSBC
This session is on an invitation-only basis, and will give candidates the opportunity to meet with HSBC representatives from Global Risk Analytics, Model Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance and Retail Banking & Wealth Management. For more information, locate Job ID 63224 in GRAD Gargoyle. To be considered for this event, resumes must be submitted by Friday, February 9th.


Save-the-Date: GRAD Tax Workshop – LUNCH PROVIDED!

Thursday, March 8, Noon-1pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

Do you have questions about how to report your taxes? Jennifer Waters, the director of financial operations at Campus and Student Life, will provide a helpful presentation on taxes as they pertain to stipends and financial aid for graduate students. While individual tax advice is not available, this workshop will give you the basics of how taxes apply to graduate student funding. NOTE: This workshop is geared toward U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Lunch will be provided by UChicago Graduate Council. RSVP required: > GRAD Events > Tax Workshop | In the meantime, please visit for more information.


The Office of International Affairs will host a Tax Information Workshop for International Students on Wednesday, February 21, 3-5pm, Harper 140. International students are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about U.S. taxation, basics about filing, and more.


Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

The University of Chicago annually recognizes and honors tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences for sustained exemplary graduate student teaching and mentoring. Graduate students wishing to nominate a faculty member should work with their department/committee/program to compile a nomination packet and submit it as a pdf attachment via email to Beth Niestat by March 16th. Full details here:


Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!
UChicagoGRAD has officially launched, Wisr, a new platform that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni to expand your network and ask career advice. We currently have thousands of UChicago alumni across all divisions, industries and geographies interested in being a resource for you. Wisr lets you search for mentors by location, company, industry and discipline and manages the scheduling for phone calls or text-based chat. If you’ve signed up before, now is a great time to check back in for new updates and features including:

  • Communities: Students and alumni who share a meaningful affinity or interest can start discussions, schedule events, share files, and connect even more easily.
  • How-to-Help: Alumni are now asked to choose how exactly they are willing to help students (e.g., conducting mock interview, advising on industries, internships, resume review) making it easier for you to get the help you are looking for.

Sign up here with a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today! 


Purchase UChicagoGRAD merchandise online

Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and more are now available online! Get your GRAD gargoyle gear today! Visit the online store and receive 10% using the code: gargoyle.


UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board

Don’t let your stress and worries overwhelm you. Take advantage of UChicagoGRAD sounding board to unload your concerns both academic and non. Schedule an appointment today.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type:

Resources include:

  • Monday Motivators, a weekly e-newsletter that gives positive energy and advice, and provides support on all things related to the grad student, postdoc, and faculty academic and professional experience.
  • Webinars that are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
  • Multi-Week Courses that are a series of classes that tackle the Academy’s most pressing challenges.
  • Discussion Forum, which is a safe-space where all NCFDD members can connect, share, mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate successes.
  • Library that provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
  • Career Center that allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
  • Resources & Referrals section that has a list of go-to people for services such as coaching, editing, writing, and productivity apps.

Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link:

Campus-wide events and announcements

The University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts (UC3P) is proud to release the second episode to our NAKED LOVE series
This time we have more stories from the heart, featuring staff, faculty and students of the Harris School of Public Policy. Tune in to hear how our favorite economists and statisticians make relationships work and for a special “Love in the Pub” segment. For our podcast episode: please click here. If you like our content, please subscribe to us on iTunes and Facebook!


Data Management 101
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00–1:00 p.m. Crerar Library, Computer Classroom

Do you struggle with where to store your research data and how to best organize it? This workshop will offer tips and best practices for data storage options, meeting funding requirements, naming conventions, documentation, security, backup, publication, and preservation. Register


Libya, Modern Slavery, and the Global Migration Crisis  

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00PM-7:30PM, International House Assembly Hall

Join the Global Voices Program, Global Strategist Association (GSA), and UChicago Association of Black Alumni for a panel discussion on human trafficking. The panel will feature Dr. Lynette Jackson, Ted Williams, Brenda Myers-Powell, and Mike Simmons. It will be moderated by Dr. Amaya Enyia.

Learn more:


Self-care for Study Success

Date: Friday, February 16, Time: 3:30-4:30pm, Location: Reynolds Club – South Lounge (2nd floor)

This workshop will provide self-care strategies to improve academic performance and work/life balance. University of Chicago students will learn about the importance of self-care and how small adjustments in your daily or weekly routine can bring about effective results! Facilitated by Jamie Tolmatsky, MA: For more information or to register:


Inclusive Teaching in the Core

Friday, February 16, 2018 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 203 , 5757 South University Ave, Chicago, IL

What are the distinctive issues related to inclusion and diversity that characterize teaching in the Core? In this session, we will discuss how we can make our classrooms welcoming and inclusive places for students to develop their own analytical voices and contribute their diverse perspectives to discussions of the texts and ideas of the Core. This session will feature a workshop facilitated by Cheryl Richardson, who recently joined the Chicago Center for Teaching as Assistant Director for Inclusive Teaching.  This event is open to anyone teaching in the Core, including faculty, Harper-Schmidt Fellows, lecturers, and graduate student instructors. Lunch will be served. Registration:


REMEDY's Annual Inter-Graduate Speed Dating
February 16th, 6pm, BSLC Lobby (924 E 57th St)
Ticket: $30 for one, $50 for two people

REMEDY invites you to our annual inter-graduate speed dating event! The event is open to all UChicago graduate students, includes delicious food (catered by Pizza Capri) and beverages, and benefits the CerviCusco Women's Health Clinic in Cusco, Peru, which provides Andean women with free health care to prevent and treat cervical cancer! Food and drinks will be provided! Please bring ID. Register here:


The University of Chicago Law School Federalist Society Chapter is hosting a Symposium on February 17th on federalism and local issues

Friday, February 17, 10am-8pm, The Law School

The Symposium will have three panels throughout the day -- on education, law enforcement, and labor and employment -- followed by a dinner with remarks from Professor M. Todd Henderson. We would love to have you come and join in the discussion.  If you would like to register, you may use the following link: Hope to see you there!


Unthought Environments opening reception with John Durham Peters

Saturday, February 17, 5-8pm, The Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, 4th floor

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Unthought Environments, a group exhibition featuring work by Daniel G. Baird, Marissa Lee Benedict, Nina Canell, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Cécile B. Evans, Peter Fend, Florian Germann, Jochen Lempert, Nicholas Mangan, Miljohn Ruperto, and Xaviera Simmons. At 6pm, media historian and social theorist John Durham Peters presents a talk in Swift Hall. Free and open to the public

The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Welcomes Applications for its Graduate Lectureships in Human Rights

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are due Monday, February 19, 2018 by 11:59 PM (CT)

Every year the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights awards up to three lectureships to advanced doctoral students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. Applications are due in late February, with award decisions announced in late March. About Lectureships are awarded for one quarter in the following academic year. The proposed course should address human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective. The Pozen Center does not require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. However, not every course about morality, ethics, human suffering, marginalization, exclusion, or discrimination is within the framework of human rights. The selection committee has occasionally worked with strong applicants to develop more human rights content for their syllabus.Graduate lecturers receive a salary of $5,000 or $6,000, depending on graduate student status. Lecturers may hold office hours and use office space the Pozen Center, in coordination with our Office Administrator. Apply University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. Please read the application webform carefully and answer all questions. Applications include the webform, CV, course outline or syllabus (including title, description, student learning goals, assignments, and reading list), and one letter of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Note: see Course Design Tools by the Center for Teaching and Learning for help with course construction and developing student learning goals. 2018 APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 BY 11:59 PM (CT) >>> VIEW APPLICATION FORM AND APPLY Recommendation Letters Each applicant is required to obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a teaching assistant or instructor. Letters must be uploaded by the recommender using the webform below or sent via dossier service (such as Interfolio) to Ashley PierceQuestions Questions may be directed to Susan Gzesh, Pozen Center Executive Director by email or during drop-in office hours on Tuesdays from 3 - 5 PM at the Pozen Center office. 

Library Book Sale
Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 and Monday, February 26, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Regenstein Room A10 (accessible via the staircase in the entryway of Regenstein)
The Library is holding a sale of more than 8,000 duplicate and discarded volumes in Regenstein Library beginning Monday, February 19 from 9:30-3:30. These include hardbacks, trade and scholarly paperbacks, multi-volume sets, maps and miscellaneous material. Prices start at $20/Hardbacks, $10/paperbacks/CDs, and $5/miscellaneous materials. Prices will be reduced each successive day with all remaining items free on the final day, Monday February 26. For accessible access, please contact Renee Darosky, 773.702.8736 (


Capture Consulting Offers (CCO) Workshops

Gargoyle Consulting Club is excited to present Capture Consulting Offers (CCO) 2018: a workshop series that helps advanced degree students explore consulting as a possible career option, and build the skills necessary to secure and complete successful consulting interviews.  

Workshop dates and topics include: 

  • Feb 20th Resume Deep Dive
  • Mar 6th Cover Letter Deep Dive
  • Mar 27th Experience Interview Deep Dive

All sessions will take place in BSLC 115 5:30-7:30 PM, and will be led by Pam Schilling, a professional career coach and Founder/CEO of Arch Career Partners. Pam has extensive experience as a consultant at top firms and holds an MBA from Chicago Booth. A $15 fee covers a pass to all 5 sessions. Please register using this form and purchase the pass through the Logan Box office


Perspectives on Teaching in Social Work: A Faculty Panel

Tuesday, February 20th, 12:00–1:30 PM, School of Social Service Administration, Room W-III 
What is it like to teach at in social work? How do you develop a syllabus? How do you promote inclusive teaching in the classroom? How do you manage conflict in the classroom? How do you motivate social work students in the classroom? Most importantly, how do you know your teaching is effective? Join us for a faculty panel workshop to discuss these themes. Sponsored though the Chicago Center for Teaching at the University of Chicago, this workshop will highlight best strategies around effective teaching and resources in social work by highly skilled and experienced instructors. This event will give doctoral students, postdocs, and first-time lectures an opportunity to learn about teaching in social work so bring your questions related to teaching. Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Jessica Darrow 
  • Dr. Matthew W. Epperson 
  • Dr. Shipra Parikh
  • Moderator: Ashley Cureton Turner, PhD Candidate

Snacks will be available. To RSVP: Logon to GRAD Gargoyle > Choose "Student/Alumni" > Once on the home page, follow these steps: Choose Events > Choose Workshops > Select "Perspectives on Teaching in Social Work: A Faculty Panel" > RSVP to the workshop.


Ask a Web Developer Panel 
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)

This panel presentation will discuss how to evaluate what you need and how to get started building a website. The panel will cover how to choose a platform, how to decide what to outsource, and how to maximize limited financial and time resources. Register here


No Time For Gridlock: American Cities in 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 5:30PM-6:45PM, International House Assembly Hall

Join the International House Global Voices Program and the IOP as we welcome a panel of mayors from cities across the United States. Together, they'll discuss the ways in which their governments have adapted to federal gridlock by creating innovative solutions to public problems — while waiting for Washington to catch up.  

Learn more:


Innovation Fund Info Session – 2018 Spring Cycle
Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gordon Center for Integrative Science (GCIS), Room W301/W303 (929 E. 57th St., Chicago)

The Innovation Fund is a multi-million dollar investment fund dedicated to supporting emerging companies and commercializing early stage research at the University of Chicago. Come learn about the fund, and how you can apply for our Spring 2018 investment cohort. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here


Authority & Teaching -- CCT Brown Bag Series -- "What Is Authority?"

February 21, 2018, 12:00–1:00 PM, Gates-Blake 321 
In this brown-bag series, graduate students, postdoctoral instructors, and new faculty will come together to address issues regarding authority in the classroom. This discussion group is intended as a safe space to examine issues surrounding authority and workshop potential solutions. Each meeting will highlight a different aspect of authority with relation to teaching, and provide resources and concrete strategies for navigating challenging situations. The discussion group will meet every three weeks from February 21 through the end of Spring Quarter. Participants are encouraged to attend the meetings as a series, but are also welcome to attend individual sessions. Although each meeting will highlight a particular aspect of authority, our discussions are always open to all topics related to authority in the classroom. Please feel free to bring your lunch!


Tax Information Workshop for International Students

Wednesday, Feb 21, 3-5pm, Harper 140

The 2017 tax season is here, and with it, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is pleased to offer informational resources and tax preparation software to help nonresident international students and scholars file the appropriate tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service for the 2017 tax year. Attend this workshop to learn about U.S. taxation, basics about filing, and more.


Pipelines and Power Lines: The Future of U.S. Energy Infrastructure and the Implications for Clean Energy

February 21, 2018 5:30 PM, Saieh Hall, Room 146

Though often overlooked, long-distance pipelines and power lines are critical components of the U.S. energy system, bringing fuel and electricity from the places they are produced to demand centers, where they power our lives. Yet, several recent pipeline projects have been delayed or interrupted. Meanwhile, just 32 high-voltage, interstate transmission power lines have been built since 2000, and numerous interstate transmission projects were cancelled last year alone. Addressing these barriers could reduce energy costs and accelerate clean energy development in the United States. What is the path forward?

Special I-Monday Dinner Party
Wednesday, February 21st 2018, 6pm-9pm, International House Assembly Hall - 1414 E. 59th Street
I-Monday is back -- on a Wednesday! Celebrate Giving Day at International House with this Italian dinner, champagne toast and salsa dancing with your fellow GRAD community. Please register to (21+). There is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

Get It Done Series: Pitch Deck Workshop
Thursday, February 22, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Learn how to build your pitch deck for maximum investor engagement and discuss what information goes into a pitch deck, how to optimize each slide, and common startup mistakes. Register here


Identity Leadership: A Black History Month Celebration Feature Stedman Graham

Thursday, February 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Polsky Exchange North, Theatre (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor 

The Polsky Center, Office of Civic Engagement, Chicago Urban League, and Federal Reserve of Chicago are honored to welcome best selling author and business leader Stedman Graham. His keynote will explore how self-identity is tied to leadership and inspire current and future leaders. Register here


Ambassador Nikki R. Haley

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 5:30PM-6:45PM, International House Assembly Hall

Join the International House Global Voices Program and the IOP as we welcome Ambassador Nikki R. Haley, the United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations. During her tenure at the United Nations, Ambassador Haley has prioritized organizational reform and the defense of human rights while addressing the international threat posed by North Korea.



17th Annual Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference 
Friday, February 23, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., The Westin Chicago River North (320 N. Dearborn St., Chicago)

An annual conference that brings together financiers, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy. It aims to provide high value to private equity practitioners by combining knowledge from both the industry and academia that would be hard to find in any other setting. Register here


Global Dance Series - Caribbean Night: Salsa and Bachata

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00PM-9:00PM, International House Assembly Hall

Join International House and the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association for a night of the most popular Caribbean dances in the world! A beginner’s lesson will be imparted. Performances by dancers from the Ballroom & Latin Dance Association will follow. No previous experience or partner required.



Grad Winter Social

Friday, February 23, Rock Bottom Brewery, Downtown Chicago, 7-11pm

Now in its third year, enjoy Grad Council's annual Winter Social –1980's themed– with delicious food and drinks, at the upmarket Rock Bottom Brewery in River North! Meet and socialize with grad students from across UChicago for a fun night with amazing fare and dancing. Tickets sold out last year, so get yours today! Tickets are $15 each (includes dinner, dessert, and 3 complimentary drink tickets) and starting Wednesday, February 21st, tickets go up to $20 each. PURCHASE HERE. Free transportation will be provided from Hyde Park to the event between 7 and 7:45pm from Reynolds Club (5706 S University Ave). Each student can purchase one additional ticket for a guest. You MUST bring a valid ID (state ID or passport) showing you are 21+ to attend the event. All tickets are fully transferable. There will be an after party at Public House for UChicago students including entry, one complimentary drink, and additional discounted drinks. For more information visit the Facebook event page here. If you have any questions, please email Katrina Maxcy at


Soapbox Science Talks

Soapbox Science brings female scientists to public outdoor venues in our city. Our scientists then speak with passers-by about their research - imparting knowledge, inspiring the next generation, and supporting the participation of women in STEMM. Think of this as 'science busking'. This will be the first US Soapbox Science event! In addition to a growing number of UK cities, there are now events in Canada, Sweden, and Germany. This event will occur on one weekend afternoon this coming summer (and possibly two), location to-be-determined. The call for female speakers in STEM ends Feb 23rd. The application form can be found here. If you'd like to see one of these events in action, check out the video of our Exeter event from last year.


Pet Love

Saturday, February 24, 11:30am-1pm. Reynolds club

Pet Love is back this Winter quarter and occurring on a Saturday for the first time! Come to the McCormick Lounge on February 24 from 11:30am-1:00pm to pet your favorite pooch. We will also be providing snacks, hot chocolate and coffee to warm you up on the day. Pet Love brings certified therapy dogs to UChicago for you to engage with! As non-judgmental, fountains of love and loyalty, animals are natural vehicles for providing support and companionship to you. So take a break in your day to relieve stress by petting our dogs!


Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge Dissertation Research Grant

Deadline: February 28

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will offer two 6th- and 7th-year dissertation research fellowships for graduate students whose work touches on our 2016-18 research theme, Comparing Practices of KnowledgeMore information here.


Public Speaking Class for UChicago Graduate Students Starts April 4th.  Register Now!
Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a “Public Speaking & Presentation Skills" class specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students!  The 90-minute class meets Wednesdays at 5:15p in Hyde Park. The cost is $175 for the entire 8 week session.  Register now for a 10% discount!  For complete details, visit


2018 Chicago Booth Emerging Markets Summit

April 14, 2018 8:30 am to 6 pm | Harper Center

Student price: $40 for early bird tickets until 2/28

 Conference Theme: "Navigating Emerging Markets in a World of Transition"

 The 2018 Booth Emerging Markets Summit will bring together over 50 speakers from Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Asia Pacific covering topics in fintech, social impact, private equity & venture capital, and government & policy.  Interested in learning about the startup ecosystem in Africa, macro trends impacting Latin America, or social entrepreneurship in the Middle East? The 2018 EMS promises a day of spirited conversation around the path of growth for emerging markets. Keynote speakers include Manuel Sanchez -  former governor of the Bank of Mexico under President Felipe Calderón, Kunal Shah - founder of FreeCharge (sold for $400M to Snapdeal), Lina Khalifeh - founder of SheFirst (the first female defense studio in the Middle East), Banks Banker - Director of Biz Dev APAC at Google, and Axel Kaiser - Executive Director of think tank Fundación Para el Progreso. Register for the summit here and follow us on Facebook for more speaker updates.  

Ongoing Campus Programming

Weekly Language & Culture Tables

International House Dining Room
Want to learn a new language in a casual setting? Looking for others to speak to in your own native language? Language and culture tables have been part of the International House's long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These are informal weekly one-hour gatherings focused around more than 10 different languages. All levels are welcome! For a the full weekly schedule please visit -


Twenty Minutes Still

Weekdays | 8 am–8:20 am | Bond Chapel

Still the mind and body. Meditation for twenty minutes in the stillness of Bond. 


Open Space

Tuesdays | 12 pm–12:30 pm | Bond Chapel

All are welcome to come hear from diverse members of the community, to be opened and heartened by music or a reflective silence that points us beyond ourselves, and to wrestle (sometimes ritually) with the tensions we—as people who come from many places and traditions—see in our lives and in our world.


Nurturing Each Other, Healing Ourselves: Therapy Group for Women of Color

Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm at Student Counseling Service

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduate & graduate students to connect and process experiences related to being women of color. Self-compassion and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy will be integrated to promote growth and healing. To learn more information and schedule a pre-group interview please email Dr. Adia Gooden (


Yoga at Rockefeller

Tuesdays, Weeks 2-9 | 6–7 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Join us for a gentle yoga session in the embrace of Rockefeller's great stones, led by Rachel Carbonara. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Jolly Pumpkin Tuesday Trivia Night

Every Tuesday starting January 30th from 8-10 p.m.

5215 S. Harper Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

Free to play; up to 6 people per team; feel free to come on your own and be added to a team; win Jolly Pumpkin gift cards

Ask Lucy

Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Reynolds Club Marketplace 

Lucy, or your campus religious advisors, that is! You can tell us a story or ask us anything. Truly anything. Religious Advisors are available with weekly office hours in Spiritual Life too!  


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–4:30 pm | Ida Noyes 034

Relax, talk with a friend, draw a mandala, enjoy the quite of the meditation space, or hang out with the Spiritual Life staff—every breath is yours. Light refreshments and a happy light are provided!

ELI Conversation Hour

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 3:30-4:30p | Cobb 219

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills; learn about North American cultures; discuss different topics each week; network and meet new people. For more information:


ELI Board Game Group

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 4:30-6:00p | Cobb 201A-B

Come and join the ELI's Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, play intriguing board games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information: