Current edition: Thursday, April 15, 2021

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A Word from the Gargoyle

 The 2020 Federal and Illinois Tax Filing Deadlines have been extended to May 17, 2021 and whether this is your first time or fifteenth time filing taxes, you may have questions. Do you need to file a tax return? Do you have all of the tax documents you may need to do so? How do you know which payments are taxable and which aren’t? Stream one of our 2020 Graduate Student Tax Information Sessions here. Still have questions? Email


International Student & Postdoc Career Series : Session 2 U.S Job Documents

Thursday, April 15, 12:30-1:30pm CT, Zoom

This resume and cover letter workshop will provide you with input to better understand what is expected in the American job market. 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 cover letter. RSVP here.

PATHS Career Conversation Panel: Careers in Public Humanities

Friday, April 16, noon-1:15pm CT, Zoom

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Rebecca L. Fall (Newberry Library), Emily Lathrop (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), and Ira S. Murfin (Chicago Humanities Festival), all academics who are currently working in public humanities positions. They will discuss their current roles, career journeys, and advice for graduate students who are interested in similar jobs. RSVP here.

Negotiations 101

Friday, April 16, 12:30-1:30pm CT, Zoom

Negotiation is the final stage of winning a job—yet it’s often overlooked. Job candidates are so elated to receive an offer that they often feel like negotiation is inappropriate. But negotiation is an important element of the job process and is expected by most hiring managers. In this webinar, learn strategies for tactful and diplomatic negotiation, as it’s important to both understand what you are worth as a job candidate and how not to alienate individuals who will soon be your managers! RSVP here.

PATHS Career Conversation: Careers in Entertainment with Paul Blyskal

Monday, April 19, 3-4:15pm CT, Zoom

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Paul Blyskal, a current story analyst at Netflix who completed PhD coursework in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. He will discuss his role, career journey, and advice for graduate students who are interested in similar jobs. RSVP here.

International Student & Postdoc Career Series : Session 3 Interviewing for International Students & Postdocs

Thursday, April 22, 12:30-1:30pm CT, Zoom

This workshop on Interviewing will be a presentation geared to provide you with input to better understand what is expected in an American job interview. It will provide you concrete tips on how to make a great impression in your interviews; prepare for common interview questions; tailor your responses—and questions—to specific jobs interviews. RSVP here.


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This Week from UChicago Grad Council:

 Post 1: Trivia Night

Thursday, April 15th, 8:30 – 10:00 pm

Love trivia or just facts in general? Want to meet UChicago classmates from across the university? Love winning? Join UChicago Grad Council and your fellow classmates for virtual pub-style trivia!


Create your own team beforehand (for more information, please see registration page) or get assigned to a team the day of the event!”


Post 2: Health and Wellness programming

“Health and Wellness programming continues!

Next week, join Grad Council’s Health and Wellness Committee for our second Holistic Wellness Workshop – “The basics of investing – why it matters and how to get started.” The event will be tailored to graduate students and focus on demystifying the complex world of investing, helping you to define your investing goals, understand the long-term benefits, and evaluate where to start. We’ll cover everything from retirement savings (401(k)s, IRAs, etc.) to emergency funds, highlighting the difference between passive and active investing and the risks and benefits to keep in mind.


Date: Thursday, April 22nd

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Register here


Interested in more Health and Wellness events? Good news! We have a lot more events on the way – access the events via the Health & Wellness Google Calendar:


 Campus-wide events

 Special Topics in PE: Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

Thursday, April 15, 12:00 p.m., Online Event

Join us for a Special Topics in PE workshop hosted by Polsky IIR Duane Jackson. This workshop will focus on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs).

Info Session: Duality Accelerator

Thursday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., Online Event

Duality is a first-of-its-kind, 12-month accelerator for startups focused on building quantum technology products, applications, and enabling technologies. Led by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange, Duality is also supported by founding partners the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and P33. This session will cover the program structure and support for teams as well as the eligibility criteria for interested startups. For more information on Duality, please visit our website at

 Introduction to Zotero

Friday, April 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Online

Learn how to use Zotero, a free citation manager that allows you to save and organize citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create bibliographies in popular citation styles (MLA, Chicago and APA). Register here.

English Virtual Board Game Group

April 16 (Fri), 8:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

Come and join the ELI’s Virtual Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, learn how to talk about board games and the culture/hobby of board games along with playing intriguing games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information and to RSVP:

ESL/EAL Virtual Writing Tutor (Two Times)

April 18 (Sun), 8:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

April 19 (Mon), 8:00-10:00p Chicago Time, Zoom

Receive feedback on your writing by a graduate student who has been trained by the Writing Program and the English Language Institute. Priority is given to College Core students, but grad students can Drop in Using CNetID (get on the waitlist) 30 min before tutoring starts that day. For more information:

English Virtual Reading Group (Two Times)

April 19 (Mon), 8:00-9:00a Chicago Time, Zoom — The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

April 19 (Mon), 3:00-4:00p Chicago Time, Zoom — To Kill a Mockingbird

We will be trying something a little different this quarter!  Challenge your reading skills by reading a work of contemporary non-fiction, a classic American novel, or both.  We will read these books along with shorter related pieces and share our thoughts about the themes and topics they address during our weekly open discussions. For more information and to RSVP:

English Virtual Conversation Hour

April 20 (Tue), 10:00-11:00a Chicago Time, Zoom

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Virtual 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 and to RSVP:

 DeepTechU // Connect, Collaborate, Venture to Change the World

Tuesday, April 20, All Day, Online Event

DeepTechU is a new venture conference presented by the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with several partner universities.

Taking place April 20 – 22, 2021, the three-day, virtual conference will focus on deep tech ventures from university researchers across various industries and feature quick pitches, panel discussions, among other educational content.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Tom Keck ’97

Tuesday, April 20, 5:00 p.m., Online Event

Please join Chicago Booth for the next Distinguished Speaker Series

event on April 20, featuring Tom Keck, ’97, partner and head of research and portfolio management at StepStone Group, a global private markets investment firm overseeing approximately $333 billion of private markets allocations that last year went public with an IPO (Nasdaq: STEP). Keck will speak with Madhav Rajan, dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting, about how the pandemic has impacted private markets, how his experience at Chicago Booth has prepared him for challenges and successes in his career, and more. Info

Immigrant Know Your Rights Workshop and Option for Legal Consultations

Tuesday, April 20, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Register Here

This program is a collaboration with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), the UChicago Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, the Center for College Student Success, Student Support Services, and the UChicago DACA/Immigration Working Group.

NIJC will go over practical topics for immigrants and their allies to know their rights, including how to develop a safety plan. NIJC will also share the latest information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other relevant immigration legislation.

UChicago students (including their families) and University community members interested in accessing a brief pro bono immigration legal consultation may make a request by indicating this on the registration form. Consultations will take place on April 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. through the UChicago Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

For questions or to request accommodations please contact

Sexual Citizens: A Conversation about Sexual Assault with the Authors
Tuesday, April 20th, 5-6 PM CST, hosted on Zoom

This event is a student-led Q and A with Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan, authors of the groundbreaking book Sexual Citizens to discuss their work, and that current status of campus sexual assault, hosted during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Register to attend at

The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World

Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. CST on Zoom

In The Power of Ethics, Susan Liautaud shows how ethics can be used to create a sea change of positive decisions that can ripple outward to our families, communities, workplaces, and the wider world—offering unprecedented opportunity for good. Join us for a conversation with Susan hosted by Chicago Booth professor and In-House Ethicist columnist John Paul Rollert.

Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged People of Color: Race, Class, Gender, & Prenatal Care

Thursday, Apr 22, 3:30–5 p.m. (CDT), Zoom
Join us as Berkeley Law Professor Khiara M. Bridges delivers her talk, followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with UChicago Professors Eman Abdelhadi and Amy Krauss. Learn more and register.

We Who Believe in Freedom: The Long History of Struggle in Illinois Prisons & Beyond
Thursday, Apr 22, 4–5 p.m. (CDT), Zoom
Join the Mass Incarceration Working Group as we welcome activist Nancy Kurshan and historian Toussaint Losier for a discussion of the enduring histories of struggle and coalition-building by those inside and outside Illinois prisons to create movements against political repression, abolish the death penalty, and close supermax prisons. Learn more and register.

Opportunities with the Writing Program for 2021-22: APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 23, 2021 AT 12PM CST

The Writing Program is still accepting applications for opportunities in 2021-22 until Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12pm CST. Graduate students from all departments and divisions are encouraged to apply for renewable teaching positions. Once hired, Writing Program staff receive practical training in writing pedagogy, along with continued support as they work with student writers. Some departments may count WP teaching toward PhD pedagogical training requirements. For more information or to download an application, please visit our Opportunities Page.

UChicago Alumni & Friends 5K Run/Walk
Friday, April 30 11:59 pm Online

Join the Alumni Club for our virtual 5k run/walk anytime between May 1-10. The all-in registration fee of $35 ($55 if participating internationally) will include exclusive UChicago branded adjustable face mask, buff, race bib, sweet Rockefeller Memorial Chapel race medal, and a donation to support the UChicago Odyssey Scholarship Fund. This event is open to all. Register by April 30.  

 Mindfulness Meditation 4-week course (Basic and Advanced)

Registration for the final session of courses (Weeks 6-9) closes May 3, 2021 (or whenever the courses fill to capacity)

Interested in learning a strategy that can help decrease anxiety and stress, improve concentration and attention, help regulate emotions, develop connections and more? Join UChicago Student Wellness’ 4-week Mindfulness Meditation course! There will be three Basic and one Advanced Mindfulness Meditation courses offered per quarter and you may register here. Please note: participation in the Advanced course is limited to people with previous experience or those who have completed the Basic course. To learn more, visit our website. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at

 Weekly Mindfulness Meditation

Registration for the April 21 and 22, 2021 sessions closes on April 20, 2021

UChicago Student Wellness is offering live mindfulness sessions on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 pm and Thursdays from 8:30-9:00 am. Please note, the same meditation will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. These sessions are open to the entire campus community. Find the dates, along with the practice topics here. To register for any and all weekly sessions, please complete this form in its entirety.  These sessions will be facilitated via Zoom and the link will be sent to those registered on the Tuesday before the sessions. If you have any questions, contact Emily Schulze at

Living Intentionally to Flourish Everyday (LIFE)
Mondays, (May 3, 10, 17, 24), 11:30am-1:00pm CST, Zoom

Interested in connecting with other graduate and professional students to identify and enhance meaning in your daily life? Would you like to learn about how positive psychology principles can increase your wellbeing and happiness? Join one of our 4-week sessions offered during Spring Quarter. The deadline to register is Friday, April 31. You may register through this link and more details about LIFE may be found here.

 Public Speaking Classes

Sundays, 5/2-6/20, 5:00-6:30pm (Level I) and 7:00-8:30pm (Level II), Zoom

Most people dread speaking in public. Yet, sooner or later, we all have to do it! Presentations at work, a wedding toast, or leading a group discussion. Sometimes our anxiety gets in the way. This course is designed to take the fear out of public speaking and insert the fun. Using the underlying skills of improvisation, we will help you become a more effective public speaker. Weekly exercises enable participants to: Maintain focus and concentration; Use the body & voice to express clear, detailed choices; Respond imaginatively and expressively to various circumstances; and, Connect to audiences of various sizes.

Detail & registration at


ON-going Campus Events

Buddy Up!
Do you want to meet more people and make new friends? Join Buddy Up!
UChicago Student Wellness presents Buddy Up! as part of the Better Together initiative. Join a network of students who want to meet new people and make connections. Every two weeks you’ll be paired with a new buddy, and it’ll be up to the two of you to decide how, when, and how often you communicate. Register today!

20 Minutes Still Meditation

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays | 8–8:20 am (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Still the mind and body, open the heart, join us online in our Virtual Living Room. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.

Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays 5:30 –6:30 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Grab your mat and join Rachel Carbonara online for live yoga sessions from the comfort of your living room. A slow, meditative yoga class for all, whether you have experience with yoga or want to try it out for the first time. This class is designed for unwinding at the end of the day, with special attention to moving the body in ways that combat the negative effects of long periods of sitting and computer use. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you don’t have a yoga mat at home, use a folded blanket or practice on a rug. If possible, have two pillows and a blanket available to use as props.

Morning Yoga

Wednesdays 9:00–9:25 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Wake up and start the day with this short yoga practice for all levels. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class.

Chai/Coffee Chats with Jigna Shah, Director of Spiritual Life

Wednesdays 1:30–2:00 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Stop by to introduce yourself, say hello, or to learn more about Spiritual Life and how we can support you at UChicago. I look forward to meeting you virtually!

Yoga Flow

Thursdays 5:30–6:30 pm (CST)

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A class designed to bring movement to the entire body, incorporating strength, flexibility, and balance. All levels of experience with yoga are welcome. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended for this class.

Community Meditation

Thursdays 7:00–7:30 pm (CST)

Access LIVE event through our Virtual Living Room at

Nourish your spirit with mindfulness and compassion practice, cultivate friendliness and loving kindness to oneself and all beings.