GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: November 16, 2017

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From Dissertation to Book (PATHS Publishing Short Course #4)

Tuesday, November 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor, UChicago Bookstore)

Are you planning to turn your dissertation into a scholarly monograph?  Join PATHS for a conversation on publishing your first book.  Panelists include Elizabeth Branch Dyson, Senior Editor at UChicago Press, and Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and author of the recently published From 1989, or European Music & the Modernist Unconscious.  Attendees will leave with a better understanding of when and how to approach publishers and begin the revision process.  RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).


Accelerate your Career at The Jackson Laboratory

Friday November 17, 12-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ - 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building

Join The Jackson Laboratory and enjoy lunch while learning about the fantastic research, career, and training opportunities available at our independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution. In addition to academic postdoctoral training and tenure track faculty positions, JAX also offers career opportunities in client-based research, sales, marketing, customer service, and education among others. JAX is committed to training and supporting the next generation of scientific leaders and offers an extensive series of courses and conferences to help PhD student develop their research and professional skills. Hear first-hand about the opportunities available for you at The Jackson Laboratory and learn how JAX can help you to accelerate your career! To RSVP: login as student/alumni to GRAD Gargoyle > Click on Events > Info Sessions > RSVP


Grad Council Diversity Chair

Graduate Council is looking for an Issues Chair focused on Diversity for the Winter and Spring academic quarters. This role is new to the council this year and works to promote diversity in every aspect of graduate student life. In collaboration with a team of issues chairs (each focusing on a different aspect of grad life e.g. housing, health, career development), the Diversity Issues chair will:

• Surface challenges and opportunities within diversity via surveys and office hours
• Work with diversity student groups and offices to advance existing programming
• Organize ad hoc programming (e.g. town halls or other GC events) to address unserved needs



PATHS/Area Centers Public Lectureship Prize

Applications Due Friday, November 17, 5:00 p.m.

Are you a Ph.D. student working on Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia?  Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills by presenting your research to community audiences?  Apply for the PATHS/Area Centers Public Lectureship Prize to share your global research with local populations.  Recipients will receive a $200 stipend and logistical support for planning a talk at a Chicago-area school, public library, or other community venue.  Recipients will also engage in required GRADTalk public speaking training as they prepare for their presentations.  To apply, send your CV, an abstract of your proposed 45-minute presentation, and a short (250 words or less) explanation of how your proposed topic would engage and inform a general audience to  Past presentation topics have included “Cool Japan: Anime, Manga and Their Place in Popular Culture” and “Why We Ventured North: The Social Origins of Mexican Migration to the U.S. Since the 1920s.”  Applications for this round must be received by Friday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. 


PATHS Student Advisory Council
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, November 22
Are you a Ph.D. student in the humanities or humanistic social sciences? Do you have ideas about why the humanities are important for the wider world? Have you thought about what types of professional development events would be valuable to fellow graduate students?  If so, apply for the PATHS student advisory council! PATHS programs and resources help participants chart a course for their professional training toward meaningful careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. The student advisory council would meet 1-2 times each in winter and spring quarter to discuss ongoing PATHS initiatives and the needs of UChicago humanities PhD students. A stipend of $100 ($50 per quarter) will be provided to each member for their time.To apply, send an email to introduce yourself and briefly explain why you are interested in serving on the council to by Wednesday, November 22. You can also email with any questions.


Resources for Student Parents

The Family Resource Center (FRC) is open and free to all graduate students and postdocs. The FRC is a welcoming space where families can meet, play inside and out, access information, and attend story time and classes. The FRC is located at 950 E 61st St and is open M-F 9a-5pm and Saturdays 10a-4pm. Connect with fellow graduate student and postdoc parents today!


Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!

UChicagoGRAD is excited to announce a new app that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni. Wisr is a platform you can use to find and talk to alumni working in industries that you might be considering for your career. Through Wisr you can schedule conversations to learn more about a particular industry and seek guidance on the skills you need to succeed. The first step is to sign up here through a valid LinkedIn account. The next step is to follow a few simple onboarding steps to complete your profile and then start browsing the alumni network. When you find someone who looks interesting, request a session and Wisr will help with the scheduling. If you have any questions along the way, use the in-app chat box to get help in real time.


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

Thursday, November 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Biological Sciences Learning Center (room 018) 924 E 57th St
Drop by one of these hands-on sessions to learn basic geospatial skills and techniques by using OpenStreetMap and contributing to a humanitarian mapping project. For more information, watch the “Why map?” video. Bringing a laptop (no tablets) is recommended, but a limited number of computers are available in the lab.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. session
4:00-6:00 p.m. session


Pet Love

Thursday, November 16, 11:30am – 1:00pm, McCormick Tribute Lounge, Reynolds Club

Pet Love is back this fall quarter! Come to the McCormick Lounge on November 16 from 11:30am-1:00pm to pet your favorite pooch. Pet Love brings certified therapy dogs to UChicago for you to engage with! As non-judgemental, 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!


Virtuosity + Being in Ancient Maya Writing

Thursday, November 16, 5pm, Cochrane-Woods Art Center 157

Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Prof, Brown University will speak on Maya writing, a hieroglyphic system like ancient Egyptian, that existed at the interface between text and image.  His talk explores the carried navigations in that zone of turbulence, ranging from aesthetic judgements to the conviction that writing might literally live, its shapes and spellings erupting into active bodies. At times playful, often serious-minded, Maya writing offers enduring insights into the cultural and philosophical implications of graphic representation. Free. Sponsored by the Department of Art History.


Chicago Booth Healthcare Conference

Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, Hosted by: Booth Healthcare Group

The 16th Annual Chicago Booth Healthcare Conference is now open for registration! We are releasing a limited number of early-bird tickets at a discounted rate. The theme for this year's conference is Aligning Incentives and Changing Behavior in Healthcare. We are excited to have Glen Tullman, CEO of Livongo Health as our keynote speaker. Livongo was recently considered by Forbes as one of the next billion-dollar start ups. Panel discussions, a healthcare policy debate, a start-up fair as well as a networking reception will follow. Please visit the Booth Healthcare Group website for a detailed agenda and panelist bios. Register here for tickets. Breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception are included in the ticket price. All are welcome! Register: Questions: Robert Rein,


Core Pedagogy Series: The First-Year Transition into College

Friday, November 17th, 10:00-11:30am, Harper Memorial Library 140

Instructors in the Humanities Core encounter classes made up almost entirely of first-year students, whose levels of academic preparation vary widely. One goal of the Core is thus to equip all students with college-level analytical writing and critical thinking skills. However, as Core instructors, we also recognize that the first-year students we teach are also young human beings who face a variety of challenges acclimating to a new and rigorous setting. This panel discussion on the first-year transition into college aims to provide some guidelines on what to do when students struggle, and to make instructors more aware of the range of support services offered by the University. We will hear from Dr. Adia Gooden, a Staff Psychologist with Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), and the SHCS Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach and Services; Bahareh Lampert, an Academic Advisor in the College; and Valerie Levan, a Lecturer in the College, and former Resident Head. This event is open to anyone interested in issues related to the first-year transition into College, especially as they relate to teaching in the Core. Register:


CCTE 50100 in the Winter quarter | Language Pedagogy for the Contemporary Classroom

Fridays, 1:30-4:20 pm

• critically analyze methods and approaches • use backward design to determine and meet goals and objectives

• create lessons and syllabi that are goal oriented • design assessment for activities, skills and end-of-course or program measurements

• implement pedagogically-driven multimedia • learn how to make choices for hybrid instruction • integrate collaborative learning effectively

• assess broader trends in language instruction, such as content-based courses, online instruction, and others

• participate knowledgeably in discussions about pedagogy for language and other courses

Fulfills the workshop requirement for the CCT’s College Teaching Certificate: Second Language Pedagogy


ASAP Workshop: Get Set for Finals

Friday, November 17, 3:45pm-4:45pm, Reynolds Club – South Lounge (2nd floor)

 This workshop will help undergraduate and graduate students develop a plan of study for final exams. Students will be led through exercises in which they will analyze the tasks that need to be completed prior to and during finals week, and then strategize about how to approach these tasks. The workshop will also present information on good test-taking skills and ways to manage academic anxiety with mindfulness meditation. Please register as space is limited: Contact Dr. Cat Goyeneche with any questions:


Trip To The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 17, 4:45pm (Meet at International House)

I-House will be leading a trip to Millennium Park this Friday to watch the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. If you'd like to stick around after, we will be walking to Christkindle Market for a quick bite, hot chocolate, and holiday treats!



Meditating in Troubled Times: A lecture by Dr. Paul R. Fleischman

Friday, November 17 | 7 pm | Bond Chapel

Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. trained in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident. He was appointed by S.N. Goenka to be a Vipassana teacher, with the particular assignment to communicate with professionals and academics in the West. Register here.


Graduate Council’s Gargoyle Gala

Friday, November 17, 7:30-11:30pm, Ida Noyes Hall

Join Grad Council for our annual fall formal! Enjoy food, drinks, dancing, and music and meet grad students from across UChicago! Tickets can be purchased at: Ticket Prices: $15 (general admission includes food and drinks) YOU MUST BRING VALID ID WITH YOUR BIRTH DATE TO REDEEM DRINK TICKETS. If you have any questions, please e-mail Katrina Maxcy at


Reading King

Saturday, November 18 | 11am–3 pm | Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 South King Drive

Join the UChicago Civic Knowledge Project for a day of reading and discussing the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch will be served. For more information or to RSVP, please contact CKP Director Bart Schultz.


Opening reception and artist talk: Alejandro Cesarco, Song

Saturday, November 18, 5-8pm, The Renaissance Society

The Renaissance Society presents Alejandro Cesarco, Song, featuring newly commissioned works alongside recent projects. With video, sound, and photographic elements, this poetic installation suggests themes of duration, refusal, repetition, and affective forms.


Silent Retreat – Coming up this Sunday!

Sunday, November 19 | 2–5 pm | Bond Chapel

We invite you to spend this afternoon in silence, being with yourself, and learning/practicing some techniques for cultivating a contemplative capacity in a world of constant distraction. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to


Chicago Ensemble

Sunday, November 19, 3 - 5 pm, Assembly Hall - International House

Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, the Chicago Ensemble has occupied a unique place in Chicago's cultural life for over 30 years. This concert features Michelle Areyzaga, soprano; Stacy Eckert, mezzo-soprano; Olga Kaler, violin; and Gerald Rizzer, piano. $25 General Admission; $10 Students; Free for students with a valid UCID.

Please contact Hannah Barton to reserve a seat at the grad table (with a wine and cheese pre-reception!)


Gender Revolution Film Screening

Monday, November 20 in Regenstein Library, Room 122

Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Showing begins at 6:00 pm

The Office of LGBTQ Student Life, in partnership with the Joseph Regenstein Library, will host an advanced screening of Gender Revolution a documentary that explores our ever changing experiences with gender identity. Along with the screening and discussion, the Library will have a special display of materials from our collections focusing on gender identity and LGBTQ Studies. Register / RSVP


Shanti and Salaam

Monday, November 20 | 6–7:30 pm | Ida Noyes 034

Shanti and Salaam is a Hindu-Muslim dialogue event where students from the Hindu Student Sangam and Muslim Students Association will have an opportunity to learn about each other's faith.


Thanksgiving Homestay Program Applications Now Accepted

Wednesday, November 22 - Sunday, November 26, International House

Thanksgiving is America’s oldest tradition and a time when families gather together to celebrate. Since 1956, families throughout Illinois have extended an invitation to international students in Chicago to spend four days with them over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Each participant will be a guest with a host family in one of our six participating Illinois communities: Geneseo, Morrison, Paris, Prophetstown, Rockford, and Sterling-Rock Falls. For more information and how to register please visit -


Unveiling Ceremony for the bronze bust of Dr. Georgina R. Simpson

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6 PM in Mandel Hall

The Monumental Women Project, a UChicago student group,  invites you to attend the unveiling ceremony for the bronze bust of Dr. Georgina R. Simpson on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6 PM in Mandel Hall.  Dr. Simpson was the first African American woman to be awarded a PhD from the University of Chicago and one of the first to receive this honor in the United States.



The UChicago App Challenge

The UChicago App Challenge is a joint venture between IT Services and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We’re looking for ideas that target an unmet need or opportunity in everyday life (at work, in research, at home, or elsewhere) or research projects that might benefit from an app, a website, or cognitive computing. IT Services will translate that idea or observation into a mobile app, a great website, or something else (we love surprises!). We'll do the heavy lifting to build the idea, and we’ve got $10,000 in prizes for teams that make it to the New Venture Challenge in May. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all eligible to submit their ideas for development each quarter, and our winter cohort deadline is December 4. More detailed information about how the App Challenge works is available on the website, but if you have questions, feel free to email


Autumn quarter Graduate Writing Consultants (GWCs) are now available!

Through December 8, by appointment only, Regenstein Library Room A-01A

In a Graduate Writing Consultation, experienced writing instructors work with graduate student writers one-on-one for 50 minutes. Typically, these consultations focus on an excerpt of a larger writing project (course papers, conference presentations, dissertation chapters). GWCs are a free service, and we are happy to work with graduate students at any stage of their degree program--and at any stage of the writing process. For more details and information about making an appointment, please see:


Society of Fellows in Humanities

Submission deadline is 23:00 on January 7, 2018 (Hong Kong Time)

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities is the first initiative of its kind in East Asia and aims to attract exceptional, early-career post-doctoral scholars from around the world. Located in one of the world's most dynamic cities and on Mainland China's doorstep, the Society provides a new space for research and scholarly exchange free from formal requirements and disciplinary constraints. The Society welcomed its first five Fellows in September 2017. They come from globally renowned institutions and are among the best young scholars working in the arts & humanities today. Together they are contributing to a vibrant research community and interacting with acclaimed scholars from across all humanities disciplines. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 intake. Up to six Post-Doctoral Fellowships will commence on August 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a period of three years. Further information is available from the following website:


GradProv - the improv class for UChicago Graduate Students starts January 14th.  Register Now!

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a number of classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; Improv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $150 for the entire 8 week session!  For complete details, visit


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. 


Coming Out & Beyond

Mondays 3:30-5 at SCS -starting week 5

Calling all LGBTQ students!  And this includes Q for questioning!  Whether you are out or not, graduate or college student, feel free to join this group as a space where you can find support and inclusivity of your whole self. 

Email for details and to sign up!


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.


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.


Unfollow Your Inner Critic

Tuesdays 1:30-3pm at SCS

This 8 week group for graduate students is aimed at helping participants gain a different perspective on life’s challenges, change the way they relate to painful experiences, and actively engage in a life that is meaningful and rewarding.

Email for details and to sign up!


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

Tuesdays 3:30-5 at SCS

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduates & 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.

Email for details and to sign up!


Kaleidoscope – An Interpersonal Process group for People of Color

Wednesdays 3:10-4:30 at SCS

This interpersonal process group therapy offers a safe, space and opportunities to reflect how you related to yourself, others, and the world by receiving and providing support and feedback. The group is designed to help you have insights on your relationship pattern and how you can relate to others differently.

Email for details and to sign up!


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!


Graduate Women’s Counseling Group

Fridays from 1:30-3 at SCS

This 8-week group will help female-identified graduate students consider their experiences as women on campus, in their relationships, with themselves and with each other.  Sessions will help students consider how to manage stressors, how their communication benefits or inhibits them, how to trust in each other, and access more support.

Email for details and to sign up!