GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: June 1, 2017

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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Questions about Unionization?

Since the AFT/AAUP filed a petition on May 8 with the National Labor Relations Board to unionize some of UChicago’s graduate students, many students across campus are asking questions as they consider whether they want to be represented by a labor union. In response, the Provost’s Office is starting a new “Union Questions” resource to answer student questions specifically related to the technical aspects of the NLRB process and how union representation elections work in a public forum. Please send any questions you have to The Provost’s Office will be working with Jake Rubinstein, the University’s executive director of employee and labor relations, to publish relevant questions and answers that students ask. Please check the Provost's website as well as your emails for news and updates.


International House Around the World Wine Tasting for UChicago Graduate Students and Postdocs

Saturday, June 3, 3:00-4:30pm, International House, Rockefeller Lounge, 1414 E. 59th St.

Admission to this event is not included in the Alumni Weekend Pass. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend; government-issued ID required for entry.
Back by popular demand, this time-honored reception will help us learn about wines from select regions across the globe as we enjoy a performance by an acclaimed Chicago world music ensemble. Connect with old and new friends as you recall fond international memories of study, travel, work, and friendship. Tours of International House will also be offered. UChicagoGRADs, make sure to join alumni from your school or division for this fun annual event.


End of the Year Student Parent Social

Saturday, June 3, 4-6pm, Family Resource Center

Student parents and children: Join us for an end of the year celebration! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP is required. Free parking available behind the WSSC.


It’s a Party! And a Serious Discussion about Mentorship (PATHS First Year Series)

Monday, June 5, 5:00-6:30 p.m., GRAD HQ (UChicago Bookstore, 3rd Floor)

First year Ph.D. students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are invited to attend the last meeting of the PATHS First Year Series, where you can celebrate reaching the end of your first year at UChicago. In addition to enjoying some refreshments, you’ll have the chance to hear advanced students and postdocs speak about how they cultivated mentors on campus. You’ll leave the session with (1) a better idea of the types of mentors that you will need throughout your graduate career, (2) tips for selecting a dissertation committee, and (3) a well-earned “congratulations!” from PATHS.  RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).


Careers in Higher Education Administration: Future of Higher Education: Data-Driven Analysis (Workshop 8 of 8)

Thursday, June 8, 11am-12:15pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ, 3F Bookstore

This workshop addresses how data plays into the future of Higher Education, and is led Mark Nemec, Dean of the Graham School. RSVP through GRAD Gargoyle (Click Events>Click Workshops>Select and RSVP workshop).


Freelancing for Dollars: How to Pitch, Write, and Promote Articles for "Popular" Publications

Thursday, June 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., GRAD HQ (UChicago Bookstore, 3rd Floor)

Interested in writing essays, op-eds, criticism, or stories for "broad audiences," but have no idea what people mean when they say "broad audiences"? Want to pitch editors but don't know how to craft a pitch? Feeling less-than-excited about using social media to promote your work? Join us for a presentation and conversation on getting a start as a freelance writer. Whether you need a distraction from (or new perspective on) your thesis or dissertation, or are interested in building a wider audience for your academic work, we'll talk about how to get your ideas out there -- wherever there is. Topics will include: identifying appropriate publications, building relationships with editors, writing a pitch, targeting an audience, and promoting one's work. Please note that we not focus extensively on reportage. The presenter, A-J Aronstein (MA'10, Humanities), is Director of Communications at The New School for Social Research. He has contributed essays, creative nonfiction, and stories to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Millions, The Awl, Splitsider and others. He previously taught in UChicago's MA Program in Humanities and served in multiple capacities at UChicagoGRAD.  RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).


Applying to Diversity Fellowships and Postdocs: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 8 from 4:30 - 5:50pm at UChicagoGRAD Headquarters – 3rd floor of the University of Chicago Bookstore

RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (click on events>workshops)


This panel discussion is for graduate students who are interested in applying to diversity fellowships or postdocs in the future. Examples of such opportunities include the Ford Foundation Fellowships, University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Dissertation Fellowships. The panel will feature at least three current graduate students and/or postdocs from a variety of disciplines, who have won fellowships that promote diversity and inclusion. The panelists will provide information on positioning oneself for specific opportunities, suggestions on planning for deadlines, guidance on application components (such as tailored letters of recommendation and diversity statements), etc. They will share their perspectives on developing narratives around individual experiences with diversity. This event is open to all graduate students across disciplines, but tailored for those eligible for these fellowships or who have a commitment to enhance diversity at their institutions.


Questions about the event? Requesting accommodations? Please contact Karen Rosenthall at


Consulting ‘Summer Camp’ Workshops

June 19th-23rd, 9:00am-12:00pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

What is consulting and why do graduate students pursue this career? How should you prepare for the application and interview process? Whether you are just beginning to explore career options, or are committed to consulting, the Summer Camp presentations over a 5 day period will give you information, skills and connections to more effectively pursue a variety of careers. You can choose to attend all 5 days, or a few of your choosing. To RSVP: Login to GradGargoyle as student/alumni > Click on Events > Workshops > Search Consulting and RSVP 


New Graduate Career Development Resources Collection at Regenstein Library

The Library is pleased to announce the opening of the new Graduate Career Development Resources Collection.  This new collection is a collaboration between UChicagoGRAD and the Library, and it is designed to support graduate students in all disciplines.  The collection is located on shelving adjacent to the Ask a Librarian desk on the first floor of the Regenstein Library.  Current titles can also be browsed via our catalog.  Please contact Andrea Twiss-Brooks with questions about the Graduate Career Development Resources Collection.  For more on career resources available, see our Career Research guide.


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 purchased 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

Alumni Weekend 2017

Join us as we welcome over 2,500 alumni and their guests from around the world to Alumni Weekend 2017!  Scheduled from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, Alumni Weekend is an opportunity for us to recognize UChicago alumni and the various wonderful ways they support the University. This year, Alumni Weekend will spotlight topics related to education, politics, and social impact. Whatever your side of the aisle, unite with classmates, scholars, and friends around lively, informative conversation. By taking a moment to introduce yourself to alumni and visitors who you encounter during these four days, you will greatly enrich their time on campus.  Our alumni were once in your shoes and they enjoy meeting current students like you and hearing about your UChicago graduate student experience. Highlighted GRAD events include:

o   UChicago Trivia Night Thursday, June 1, 7–9 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, The Pub, Lower Level, 1212 E. 59th St.

o   Careers in Education, Politics, and Social Impact Networking Breakfast for Students and Alumni Saturday, June 3, 9:30–11:00 a.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

o   Alumni and Friends Family Festival Saturday, June 3, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Hutchinson Courtyard, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Picnic

o   Jackson Park Clean and Green Service Project Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave., FREE DONUTS!!!!!!

View the full schedule of events and session descriptions at or find information about downloading our event app at



2017 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals
Thursday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Harper Center, Room C-25, Concourse Level, and Room 114 for overflow seating (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
NVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services, such as legal and professional consulting services, and office space – have helped past winners grow into successful businesses. Register:


Teaching a Liberal Arts Curriculum across the Academy

Thursday, June 1st, 11am-2pm, Classics 110
This panel aims to help graduate students explore the transition from their graduate careers to junior faculty positions at a range of colleges and universities. Participants will learn about the role that institutional cultures play in undergraduate education. We will hear instructors teaching at different types of institutions (liberal arts colleges, universities, community colleges) discuss what it means to teach a liberal arts curriculum at their school, what their learning objectives are for their students, and what applicants need to know when applying for jobs at their schools. Some guiding questions include: What are the core values around which a liberal arts curriculum is organized across institutional types? What does teaching this curriculum look like in practice at each institution? What are some of the key aspects of teaching and mentoring at these institutions that candidates should keep in mind when applying for jobs? Lunch will be provided. RSVP REQUIRED:

To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “Teaching a Liberal Arts Curriculum across the Academy" and RSVP.


UChicago App Challenge 2017 Finals
Thursday, June 1, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Charles M. Harper Center, Room
See a year's worth of innovation in the App Challenge culminate in a chance to win $10,000 in prizes! The App Challenge is helps translate ides or observation into a mobile app, website or something else. Those participating in the finals are competing against other teams for a chance at a $10,000 prize. Register:


Polsky Innovation Showcase
Thursday, June 1, 3:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m., Harper Center Winter Garden
Set up like a “science fair,” entrepreneurs and innovators from across the campus community will demo their start-ups, products and/or technologies at different tables in the Winter Garden. Attendees are invited to take an interactive and in-depth look at the flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Chicago. Register:


Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture Presents David Cole, National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union with GRAD Reception

Thursday, June 1, 6:00PM–7:30PM, International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

This annual lecture honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. David Cole is the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University. Cole has litigated issues related to the use of secret evidence, flag burning as protected political speech, and immigrants' free speech rights. He has also challenged the constitutionality of making it a crime to advocate for peace and human rights under the statute prohibiting "material support" to terrorist groups. This event is presented by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and is cosponsored by the Institute of Politics and the International House Global Voices Program. GRAD reception to follow. More info here.


Study at the ____

Free food, coffee, massage therapist, and social study breaks at each venue. Presented by UChicago Arts Pass.


o   Study at the Smart Museum of Art

Thu, June 1 / 9pm-Midnight

Prepare for finals amidst inspiring art in the Smart’s galleries. Power outlets, Wi-Fi, free pizza, coffee, and other late-night study necessities on hand.


o   Study at the Logan Center

Fri, June 2 / 9pm-Midnight

Come on over to the Logan Center for a study sesh complete with free food, coffee, and a midnight snack. Explore all nine floors of the Logan Center to find your perfect quiet study spot or explore our ongoing Study Breaks throughout the building.


o   Study at the Arts Incubator

Sat, June 3 / 12-3pm

Shuttle buses will run between the Arts Incubator, the Regenstein Library, and the Logan Center approximately every thirty minutes.

To help prepare for the final week of the semester, University of Chicago students are invited to dig into their studies at the Arts Incubator. Free food and snacks will be provided. Free, open exclusively to UChicago Students. 


The Global Energy Challenge: Research Showcase from UChicago Experts

Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00 PM, Saieh Hall 112

Access to reliable energy is critical for economic growth. But at the same time, the world’s energy choices are leading to levels of pollution that are substantially shortening people’s lives and causing climate change. The energy challenge requires identifying solutions to these problems of access to inexpensive and reliable energy, while limiting environmental damage and guarding against disruptive climate change. In this research showcase, learn from some of the University of Chicago’s top experts about the key energy trends and market forces at play to meet this challenge.

Event website



Digital Humanities Forum: "Judge Lynch and the Court of Public Opinion: Mapping Lynching Discourses in the Press"

Friday, June 2, 12:00-2pm, JRL A-11

Lynching in the United States was once a violent public ritual that was widely praised and implicitly justified in public, but by the late 1920s lynching was universally portrayed as an abhorrent and deeply shameful act. How did the lynching come to be seen for the atrocity that it is? Michael Weaver, Society of Fellows and Collegiate Assistant Professor, will present ongoing work that uses large historical newspaper archives to map in space and time the use of arguments and narratives to justify and condemn lynching. Lunch served at 12:00. All are welcome! (


Traditional Italian Renaissance Banquet

Friday, June 2, 5:00PM-9:00PM, International House Assembly Hall

Please join the graduate student community for an Italian Renaissance banquet including musical performances, exhibitions, and student presentations along with a traditional Renaissance dinner. Registration is required. Please send a message to Daniele Macuglia at

World Music Program - Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble Annual Concert and GRAD Reception

Saturday, June 3, 6:00PM–7:30PM International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble present their annual concert showcasing Macedonian and Serbian folk dances and music. The yearly concert of approximately of over 40 dancers and musicians aims to bring the folk dance community of young adults together with the Chicagoland community who loves dance and cultures of all kinds. This year, the ensemble will be showcasing three full new sets of authentic choreography, music and traditional costumes. Tickets are $15 each and are available for sale at and at the door. Free for UChicago students with valid UCID.


Grad Council Community - Bowling Study Break

Sunday, June 4, 1:00-4:00pm, Seven Ten 

Come take a break from your finals, post-graduation life (Law 3Ls), shift in the lab, or dissertation with your UChicago friends! We've reserved four lanes, have shoes on hold, and will provide snacks and hydration. Try getting a turkey, give your work a strike, and spare yourself some procrastination. Come one, come all!  Reserve Your Spot via Eventbrite


Collaborative Learning: A Close Look at Peer Review for Preceptors 

Wednesday, June 7, 12:00 - 1:30, Gates-Blake 133

We will focus on how to cultivate a productive peer review environment, engage with students effectively, and develop teaching skills. Topics include: Creating a learning environment conducive to collaboration; using peer review to improve student work; how to identify and address challenges to using peer review effectively; develop strategies to assess peer review. Led by CCT Fellows Sarah Weicksel, Amanda Blair, and Yaqub Hilal.

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2017 Summer Housing Program

June 19th - August 27th, 2017, International House
International House provides Summer Quarter housing to UChicago graduate students, trainees and interns, visiting scholars and postdoctoral researchers. Hailing from every region of the world, Summer residents of International House will find an instant circle of friends that transcends political, religious, geographic, and ethnic boundaries. For more information-


Getting Ready to Teach Your Own Course, Part I: Course Design and Constructive Alignment

Wednesday, June 28th, 1-4pm, Wieboldt 310 D/E

Are you planning to teach your own course for the first time in the next academic year? Looking for guidance on how to design your course and a venue to exchange ideas and feedback with other graduate instructors on campus? Bookend your summer course planning with this two-part program aimed at graduate student and postdoc instructors teaching their own course for the first time. Get started in June with an introduction to principles of student-centered course design. Spend the summer planning your course and drafting your syllabus. Then reconvene to exchange feedback in September before the academic year gets underway. This program is aimed at grad students and postdocs from all corners of campus: instructors and lecturers in the Core or any department.


Please note that Part II: Workshopping Your Course, will be held on September 12th, 1-4pm, in Wieboldt 310 D/E.


Public Speaking, GradProv, Presentation Skills Classes and More at The Revival!

8 Week Session begins June 26th.  Register now! 1160 E. 55th St.

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival.  We offer a number of 8-week classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150!  For complete details, visit


Seminar: Language Pedagogy for the Contemporary Classroom (CCTE 50100)

July 31-August 11, 2017

  • July 31-August 3: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 8-9: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • August 10-11: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Chicago Language Center, Cobb Hall 211

An intensive, two-week course for current graduate students preparing for careers involving language instruction. We will explore theories and methods of contemporary second language instruction and their practical application. The course fulfills one of the requirements for the Second Language Pedagogy College Teaching Certificate offered in partnership with the Chicago Center for Teaching. Registration deadline is June 9, 2017. Website:


Ongoing Campus Programming


Weekly Language and Culture Table

Times vary, I-House Dining Hall (1414 E 59th St.)

Practice your language skills in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish! All levels welcome. Times vary for each language, and please contact each table leader directly for inquiries. More information:


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. 

Sponsored by Spiritual Life



Every Monday, 6:30 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Please do not miss the great opportunity to come to International House and meet our different international communities every week while enjoying ethnic cuisines. A great opportunity to get connected to other graduate students on campus. Please sign up, bring your friends, and come have fun with us! Contact:


i-House Writing Session

Every Tuesday, 5 – 7 pm, I-House Library (1414 E 59th St.)

Are you looking for a safe, quiet space to do some work? We are here! Join a team of students to study together at the beautiful I-house library. Contact:


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. 

Winter Quarter Theme: What Do You Seek To Balance?

To volunteer as a speaker or performer contact:

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Mindfulness Practice: Returning to Center

Wednesdays | 1:30 pm–2:30 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Be part of a group cultivating mindful living and exploring the relationship of mindfulness to spirituality. Each session includes mindfulness meditation practice, brief instruction on practices rooted in the psychology research on resilience, and opportunity for questions and discussion. Participants should expect to arrive in silence. Open to all. Register here or at

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


My Body & Soul

Wednesdays | 4 pm–5 pm | Spiritual Life (Ida Noyes 034)

My Body & Soul is a discussion group for women and women-identifying individuals of all faiths and traditions to come together and meet, discuss, and listen to other women share their thoughts and stories. The discussions will center on the relationship between religion/faith/spirituality and women's bodies, but the specific topics are very open to what the group would like to discuss.

Sponsored by Spiritual Life


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–5 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!



Every Thursday, 9 pm at locations based on space availability

Come out and play soccer with us! There will be pick-up soccer games and also a great opportunity to meet other soccer fans. Contact:


Salsa and Dialogue

Every Thursday, 6 pm at I-House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th St.)

Join us every Thursday for a weekly dancing session. You think we will never dance and feel too embarrassed to even try? This is the right place for you. Already a master? Come and share the wisdom.

We will also have an engaging dialogue on the philosophy and psychology behind dance and music. Contact: