GRADUCon 2018 - Keynote Conversation: Career Decision Points

The keynote lunch will be hosted by Executive Vice Provost David Nirenberg and will feature a conversation with distinguished alumna Juliana Geran Pilon about career success and life after UChicago.


David Nirenberg, Executive Vice Provost & Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought

David Nirenberg is Executive Vice Provost and the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought. He holds an academic appointment in the College and five academic appointments across the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions. He was also the founding Director of the Neubauer Collegium and, most recently, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. As Executive Vice Provost, David’s responsibilities reflect the widely expressed desire for greater strategic, budgetary, and administrative coordination between the divisions and the College. He works closely with the deans of the divisions and the College, and builds upon university-wide efforts such as UChicagoGRAD. He brings a broad understanding of the University’s academic values, mission, and activities to his position.

Juliana Geran Pilon, Senior Fellow, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the study of Western Civilization (PhD Philosophy 1974)

Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, NY.  Previously, she was the Director of the Center for Culture and Security and professor of Politics and Culture at the Institute of World Politics, where she has taught, intermittently, since 1993. She has also taught at the Air Force University’s Culture and Language Center, the National Defense University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, George Washington University, American University, Rochester Institute of Technology – Center for Advanced Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University. Elected as full member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is the author of several books, including Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve, and articles ranging from international affairs to philosophy. As first Director and then Vice President for Programs at the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), she has designed, conducted, and managed projects related to a wide variety of democratization projects. Born in Romania, she emigrated with her family to the US; she earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and was an Earhart Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the Hoover Institution.