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November 10, 2016

On and Around Campus: November 11 — November 17


Friday, November 11


Veterans Day 2016: A Conversation with Marie Tillman

The School of Social Service Administration, 12–2 p.m., RSVP here

Marie Tillman, founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, will be discussing her experience as a military spouse and widow. She will also speak about the Tillman Foundation’s Scholars program, which supports the education of veterans and their spouses.

Friedman Forum Undergraduate Lecture: Using Text to Quantify Policy Uncertainty

Saieh Hall, 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Come to this instance in a series of informal conversations with economists to hear from Steven Davis, a Booth professor who has co-developed a system for analyzing policies that cause economic uncertainty by looking through the text in news stories.

Imperial Interstices: Agents of Eurasian Interaction in Late Antiquity, Workshop I: Merchants

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 1–6:15 p.m.

Professors will be discussing the essential role that merchants played in spreading culture between empires in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and East and South Asia in the first millennium.

Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker–“Courting Death”

Seminary Co-Op, 3–4:30 p.m.

Carol and Jordan Steiker will be discussing their new book, which chronicles the history of the death penalty in the United States.

Book Launch: Kate Hannigan–“Cupcake Cousins: Winter Wonders”

57th Street Books, 3:30–4 p.m.

Local author Kate Hannigan will be celebrating the release of the third installment of the “Cupcake Cousins” children’s book series.

Fiction Reading with Tom Fate, Marc Nieson, and Joe Peterson

Seminary Co-Op, 6–7:30 p.m.

Author Tom Fate will be reading from his memoirs, recounting his experience trying to apply classical philosophy to modern-day, suburban life. Then, in Nieson’s Schoolhouse, the narrator reflects on his disastrous love affair while hiding in a one-room schoolhouse in Iowa. Finally, Joseph Peterson will read from his new novel, which follows characters as they follow their fate to their ultimate downfall.

Verbal Imaging Gallery Tour

Oriental Institute, 2–3 p.m., register online

This tour of the Oriental Institute will be led by a docent describing the pieces in detail for visually-impaired visitors. There will also be pieces for visitors to experience through touch.

Lost Visionaries of the Silent Screen: Highlights from the Women Film Pioneers Project

Logan Center, 7 p.m.

A number of short silent films made by women directors will be shown. The screenings will be accompanied by live piano music, and Kate Saccone, project manager of the Women Film Pioneers Project, will be holding a discussion.

Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov

Mandel Hall, 6:30 p.m. (lecture), 7:30 p.m. (concert), $5 for students with UCID

Grammy-winning duo Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov will be performing a collection of Beethoven pieces. Before the performance, there will be an optional lecture.

The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies

Reg Room 122, Friday: 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

This two-day workshop will examine how new approaches to data collection and analysis are changing the culture and record-keeping traditions within Japan. Professors from across the United States and Japan will be speaking about their personal research within these areas.

Mega Shabbat

Hutchinson Commons, 7–9:30 p.m.

Faculty Mega Shabbat is Hillel’s biggest Shabbat dinner of fall quarter. Students will have the opportunity to eat dinner with professors from a variety of different fields, from chemistry to political science. This event is open to all people regardless of religious beliefs.


Saturday, November 12


Annual Holiday Bazaar for UC Service League

Quadrangle Club, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Buy gifts, flowers, and baked goods at this annual neighborhood event. Proceeds go to a coalition of local charities.

Novel States of Matter

Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

The weekly Compton Lecture Series aims to make the newest discoveries in physics available to the lay population. In this lecture, Matthew Roberts, a fellow at the Kadanoff Center for Theoretical Physics, will lay out recent developments in scientific understanding of matter, including forms of matter that are, for the moment, hypothetical, since they have not yet been produced in the lab.

Rudolph Memorial Service

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 1:30 p.m.

Political science professors Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph will be honored at this memorial service. They retired in 2002 after teaching in the College for nearly 40 years and writing 8 books together.

Mark Slouka Discusses “Nobody’s Son” with Ilana Miller

57th Street Books, 3–4:30 p.m.

Author Mark Slouka will be talking about his experiences after the death of his father. In order to preserve the history of his family, Slouka examines his parents’ pasts and attempts to piece together the hidden parts of his own childhood.

Conference: The Form, Utility and Professional Technê of Practical Handbooks in the Ancient World

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 8:30 a.m.–6:20 p.m.

This conference will examine the surviving artifacts denoting Mediterranean and Near Eastern practices of magic and science. Some Greek and Roman artifacts will also be presented and discussed.

Cookbook Book Club

Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Avenue, 1–2:30 p.m.

A kickoff for a new book club for people who enjoy food, cooking, or appreciating cookbooks.

Artist Talk with Samson Kambalu and Jennifer Wild

Logan Center, 2 p.m.

Artist Samson Kambalu will be discussing avant-garde art and film with professor Jennifer Wild of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.

St. Thomas the Apostle Christmas Market

St. Thomas the Apostle, 5467 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is holding its yearly Christmas market, where shoppers can buy gifts and enter raffles. Proceeds go to the parish and help maintain its historic buildings.


Sunday, November 13


Second Sunday at Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, 1–4 p.m.

Working with Candice Latimer at this event, you’ll make two artistic postcards—one for yourself, and one to trade with another guest. You can also create a leaf print with Elke Clause.

Curator’s Tour at the Smart

Smart Museum of Art, 2 p.m.

Smart Museum co-curators Laura Letinsky and Jessica Moss will give a tour of the museum’s special exhibit There was a whole collection made. This exhibition shows 830 photographic works by 414 artists gifted by the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman.

Vocal Master Class: David Alt

Logan Center, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

David Alt will be working with UChicago Vocal Studies students to perform “art songs”. The public is welcome to attend and listen to the progress.

Alternative Histories of Labor: “Union Maids” and “The Willmar 8”

Logan Center, 3 p.m.

The Alternative Histories of Labor series will highlight the contributions of women and minorities in labor movements through two film screenings. The first, Union Maids follows three women who work together to become powerful labor activists. The second film, The Willmar 8, is about eight female bank employees who went on strike to protest sexism in the workplace. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Julia Reichert and Sarah Joy Liles.

University Wind Ensemble: Deadline

Logan Center, Performance Hall, 4–5 p.m.

The University Wind Ensemble will present a wide variety of music, including Holst, Maslanka, and Leemans.

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic

Black Cinema House, 6760 S. Stony Island Avenue, 4–6 p.m.

Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic combines film and other elements into an exploration of the experience of the black family. At this event, McClodden and the artist Cauleen Smith will show and consider images from the project.


Monday, November 14


Challenges of Global Inequality

Ida Noyes Hall, 5:30–6:30 p.m., register on Handshake

The head of the University’s Urban Education Institute will speak to the founder of Teach for America at this event about the role education can play in challenging global inequality. Hosted by UChicago Careers in Education Professions.

Social Media and Content for Business

Harper Center, Room C04, 5–6:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to run successful social media campaigns for businesses. The seminar will cover Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, and search engine optimization.

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Grotz and Clint Smith

57th Street Books, 6–7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Grotz will be reading from her latest collection of poetry, Window Left Open, which echoes themes of nature and intimacy. Then, Clint Smith will be reading from his latest work, Counting Descent, in which he examines his familial roots.

Peter Frase: “Four Futures”

Seminary Co-Op, 6–7:30 p.m.

Author Peter Frase will speak about the subject matter of his book, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Through both a political and science-fictional lens, he examines what might happen if technological advancements and climate change continue at today’s rates.

OMSA Heritage Series: Matika Wilbur

Center for Identity and Inclusion, 6–8 p.m, RSVP online by Friday, November 11.

Project 562 tries to use photography to expand public understanding of African Americans while combating stereotypes. Come hear about the project from its photographer, Matika Wilbur.


Tuesday, November 15


Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers

Lab School, Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 8:45–9:45 a.m., register online

Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will discuss the importance of maintaining strong learning relationships between parents, teachers, and children. She will focus particularly on the many lessons that children can teach their elders, rather than vice versa.

Minorities Under Trump

Swift Hall, Room 208, 6–7 p.m.

A week after Donald Trump unexpectedly seized the presidency, the country is coming to terms with what the success of his campaign means. Interfaith Dialogue at the University of Chicago is here to help. This discussion will consider the impact of a Trump presidency on the many groups he has telegraphed hostility to. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Against the Norm: Body, Citizen, Constitution, State

Logan Center, Performance Hall, 6–8 p.m., RSVP online

University professors will be discussing a wide range of philosophical questions, including: “Are bodies everywhere the same?”, “Do nations define people or do people define nations?”, and “Are constitutions hot commodities?”

Recommendation Letters: A How-to Guide

Stuart Hall, Room 101, 6–7:30 p.m.

This seminar will guide students through all the essential components needed for asking for and receiving excellent recommendation letters. Food will be provided.

From Brexit to Trump

Quadrangle Club, Dining Room, 6:15–7:30 p.m., RSVP online

Douglas Alexander, the British minister of state for Europe from 2005–06 and a shadow foreign secretary for the Labour Party, has had to come to terms with the consequences of British voters’ decision to leave the European Union. At this event, hosted by the IOP, he will give his reading of how Brexit will effect Britain's relationship with Europe and its “special relationship” with the United States.

Unpacking the Value of Health Insurance in India: Fostering Dialogue Amongst Methodologies Workshop

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This conference will examine the successes and shortfalls of India’s National Health Insurance Scheme, which aims to provide coverage to over 300 million people. This system, which is the largest of its kind, has been researched extensively by a team here at the University, and they will present their findings so far.

Managing Your Online Presence as a Researcher

Crerar Library, Computer Classroom, 12–1 p.m.

This seminar will instruct students in the most efficient way to construct and maintain their online presence as a researcher. From finding the proper academic communities online to creating an author identifier, there are many ways to distinguish yourself from the rest online.

Social Science Research: Federal Funding Landscape

Social Sciences Tea Room, 12–1:30 p.m., RSVP online

Kate Von Holle will facilitate this workshop to teach students about the many federal funding opportunities available for the social sciences. Lunch will be provided.

Anjanette M. Chan Tack, “Gender, Ethnic Nationalisms, and Ethno-Racial Identity among Caribbean Indians in the US”

Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Room 103, 4:30–6 p.m.

This workshop is part of the “Mobility, Membership, and Gender” lecture series. It will feature Sociology Ph. D. candidate Anjanette Chan Tack discussing how gender and ethnicity influences the lives of Caribbean Indians living in the United States.

Religion and Human Science Workshop: Myung-Sahm Suh

Swift Hall, 5–6:30 p.m.

A Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and sociology of religion will discuss a recent essay on Christian radio in East Asia. The essay focuses on the Far Eastern Broadcasting Company, a global radio ministry network created after the Cold War to spread Christian messages to people in Asian Communist nations.

Elissa Altman–“Treyf”

Seminary Co-Op, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Washington Post columnist and award-winning author Elissa Altman will give a talk about her new book Treyf: My Life as an Orthodox Ally. A Booklist reviewer wrote, “[H]ard to put down…. Altman’s conflicted feelings about her life, her parents, and, yes, food infuse this delicious memoir.”


Wednesday, November 16


Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School

Swift Hall, Swift Common Room, 12–1:15 p.m., $5, three course meal and dessert, e-mail divinitylunch@gmail.com.

Jane Risen researches belief and judgement at the Booth School. She will speak to the Divinity School's weekly lunch about “Believing what we know isn’t so: Acquiescence to superstitious beliefs and other powerful intuitions.”

Using Data Wisely: How Big Data Is Impacting Social Change

Community Programs Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, 12:30–2 p.m.

“Big data” is solidly established as a buzzword in the business world, but it is not exclusive to Silicon Valley titans. Philanthropies are exploring how big data can make their work more effective; this presentation will explore what they have learned.

Egyptomania: Ronald H. Fritz

Seminary Co-Op, 6–7:30 p.m.

Author and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University Ronald Fritze will discuss his book Egyptomania, which spotlights Egyptian art and architecture. The book discusses the impact of the Egyptian people on human imagination and its influence on fields ranging from religion to philosophy to literature to science to popular culture.

“Worst President Ever”: Robert Strauss at 57th Street Books

57th Street Books, 6–7:30 p.m.

Journalist and author Robert Strauss will be talking about his latest book, which gives a humorous account of the hijinks of President James Buchanan. He will be joined in discussion by the former editor-in-chief of Chicago magazine.

Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Rockefeller Chapel, 8 p.m.

Angela Davis is famous as a dissident in the 1960s and 1970s and especially for her acquittal of conspiracy charges in the death of four people in the politically motivated takeover of a Marin County, California courtroom. She will speak with Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about how protest movement from Palestine to Ferguson can be understood as a cohesive whole.


Thursday, November 17


E. E. Just Lecture: Professor W. Malcolm Byrnes

BSLC Room 01, 12–1 p.m., RSVP online.

Howard University Professor W. Malcolm Byrnes will be speaking about the life and research of African-American biologist E. E. Just. The talk, entitled “E.E. Just’s Broad (and Hidden) Influence on the Development of Modern Biology,” will celebrate the 100th anniversary of when Just received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Race and Capitalism Panel

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 4:30–6 p.m.

Five professors from institutions across the United States will be discussing the intersection between race and capitalism in today’s society alongside Michael Dawson, the director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

Chicago Hyde Park Village Second Anniversary Celebration

Second Floor Lobby, Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd Street, 5:30–7 p.m.

Chicago Hyde Park Village tries to allow aging people to stay in their Hyde Park homes by providing services and community building opportunities (and puts together a very helpful calendar of Hyde Park area events). Come to celebrate their second anniversary and learn about their programming.

John Wilkinson–“Ghost Nets”

Seminary Co-Op, 6–7:30 p.m.

British poet John Wilkinson will be discussing his new collection, Ghost Nets, which chronicles his last 11 years living in the United States.

University Brass Ensemble

Fulton Hall, 7:30–8:30 p.m.

The Brass Ensemble will be performing a selection of works by Mozart, Bach, and Debussy.

University of Chicago Community Meeting

Saieh Hall, Room 141, 6 p.m.

The University’s neighbors can attend this meeting to communicate with University representatives. The meeting’s agenda will be distributed beforehand. Previous meetings have touched on University construction projects.

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