CISSR SPOTLIGHT

 
 
  
 
 

Benjamin Lessing Named Carnegie Fellow

 
 


Congratulations to CISSR Fellow Benjamin Lessing for recently being named a 2019 Carnegie Fellow! These fellowships provide scholars and writers in the social sciences and humanities with up to $200,000 to support research that examines today’s most pressing issues. 


Lessing will use his Carnegie Fellowship to support research for his new book, Criminal Leviathans: How Prison Gangs Govern, Organize Crime and Challenge the State from Behind Bars. This work explores a paradox of mass incarceration: Prisons, the state’s main tool for punishing crime, have become command centers for organizing crime on the streets and governing civilian populations in informal urban peripheries. 

Read more here...

 
 
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 
 
  
 
 

TUESDAY, April 30

UChicago Institute of Politics

Caroline Kennedy on the
Art of Diplomacy

Caroline Kennedy

12:30pm, Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor Theater

1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Registration Required


 
 

Katz Center for Mexican Studies

The Path of Exile:
Mexico, A Welcoming Country

Angelina Muñiz-Huberman, UNAM

12:30pm, Social Sciences, Room 201

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Lunch provided with registration


 
 

Becker Friedman Institute

Becker Applied Economics Workshop

Stephen Redding, Princeton

3:30pm, Saieh Hall, Room 146

5757 S University  Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

WEDNESDAY, May 1

3CT

Film Screenings: Step by Step, Stars in Broad Daylight

4:00pm, Wilder House

5811 S Kenwood Ave., Chicago, IL

RSVP Requested


 
 

EPIC

Managing Energy Crises in Developing Countries: 
A Case Study from Colombia

Tomás González Estrada and Anant Sudarshan

5:00pm, Keller Center, Room 1022

1307 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

Oriental Institute

Assyrian Imperial Power and How to Oppose It

Karen Radner, LMU Munich

7:00pm, Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

1155 E 58th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

Southern Asia at Chicago, Doc Films

Film Screening: The Big City

Karen Radner, LMU Munich

7:00pm, Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema

1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

THURSDAY, May 2

Divinity School

2019 Global Christianities Conference 

9:00am, Swift Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

1025 E 58th St., Chicago, IL

Lunch provided with registration


 
 

Center for East Asian Studies, East Asia Workshop

Human Nature and Habits Roundtable

Panel Discussion

12:30pm, 1st Floor Lecture Hall

1155 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

Southern Asia at Chicago

Technologies of Sexuality in Tibetan Buddhism

Sarah Jacoby, Northwestern

5:00pm, Foster Hall, Room 103

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

UChicago Institute of Politics

544 Days in Iranian Prison

Jason Rezaian

5:30pm, Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Registration Required


 
 

UChicago Sociology Department

A Conversation about Immigration, Politics, Reaction, and Methods

Harel Shapira & René Flores

5:30pm, Social Sciences, Room 122

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

CEERES, Seminary Co-Op

On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash

Ellen Cassedy

6:00pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

FRIDAY, May 3

Harris Public Policy

Keller Center Grand Opening: Harris Policy Forum

12:00pm, Keller Center

1307 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

Center for East Asian Studies

The Black Velvet Aesthetic: Universal Cultural Feminism and Chinese Neotraditionalism in Huang Shuqin’s Woman Demon Human

Lingzhen Wang, Brown University

5:00pm, Cobb Hall, Room 307

5811 S Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 
  
 
 

MONDAY, May 6

The Stevanovich Institute

Missionary Espionage: Disseminating Knowledge about North Korea

Angie Heo, UChicago

12:00pm, Stevanovich Institute

5737 S University  Ave., Chicago, IL

 

 
 

CISSR

History and Social 

Sciences Forum

Amalia Kessler, Stanford Law

1:00pm, CISSR Conference Room 105

5828 S University  Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

Center for the Study of Sexuality and Gender

Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam

Evren Savci, Yale

4:30pm, Center for Gender/Race Studies, Room 105

5733 S University  Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

TUESDAY, May 7

African Studies Workshop

We Are the Bones of Nehanda: Discourses of Nationalism in the 2016 Protests in Zimbabwe

Kathryn Takabvirwa, UChicago

5:30pm, Wilder House

5811 S Kenwood Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

WEDNESDAY, May 8

Oriental Institute

Beyond Çatalhöyük:
Socio-environmental Dynamics in the Konya Plain,
10,000-500 BCE

Michele Massa, British Institute at Ankara

12:00pm, Oriental Institute, La Salle Banks Room

1155 E 58th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

Seminary Co-Op

The Art of Diplomacy

Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman

12:30pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

RSVP Requested


 
 

THURSDAY, May 9

Oriental Institute

The Urban Structure of
Sirkeli Höyük:
New Perspectives on a Neo-Hittite Settlement in Cilicia

Alexander Sollee, University of Munich

12:00pm, Oriental Institute, La Salle Banks Room

1155 E 58th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

FRIDAY, May 10

Oriental Institute, Mansueto Institute

Landscape Studies In The
Near East:The Next 100 Years

8:30am, Regenstein Library, Franke Institute 

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

International House

LAM Forum: Challenges in Latin America: Democracy
and Development

9:00am, International House, Assembly Hall

1414 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

School of Social Service Administration

Rights for Women in Prison and the UN Bangkok Rules:
A Global Symposium

9:00am, School of Social Service Administration

969 E 60th St., Chicago, IL

Registration Required


 
 

CISSR

Empires and Atlantics Forum

Julia Stevens, Rutgers

12:00pm, CISSR Conference Room 105

5828 S University Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

Southern Asia at Chicago

Discussion of Modern South India: A History from the 17th Century to Our Times

Rajmohan Gandhi

1:00pm, Classics Room 110

1010 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

MONDAY, May 13

Center for Latin American Studies

Political Participation in Chile: Partisanship and Voter Turnout

Eli Rau, Yale

12:00pm, Classics Room 110

1010 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


 
 

CEERES, Seminary Co-Op

To See Paris and Die

Eleanor Gilburd

6:00pm, 57th Street Books

301 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


 
 
 
 

AROUND TOWN & DOWN THE ROAD

 
 
 

WEDNESDAY, May 1

The Newberry

Conversation with Kenyatta: Uncovering Your Ancestry

Kenyatta Berry
6:00pm,  The Newberry, Ruggles Hall
60 W Walton St., Chicago, IL


 
 

THURSDAY, May 2

The Art Institute of Chicago

Icons, Innovation, and Authority—Iconoclasm in the Eastern Mediterranean World

Elena Boeck, DePaul University
6:00pm,  Art Institute, Fullerton Hall
111 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL


 
 

FRIDAY, May 3

The Buffett Institute

Crude Choice: The Developing World’s Transformation of Crude Oil Regimes

Nicole Weygandt, Northwestern
12:00pm,  Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark St., Evanston, IL

Lunch Provided


 
 

TUESDAY, May 7

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

From the Roots: Connecting Culture, Food, and Purpose

Panel of 2019 James Beard Foundation honorees
5:30pm,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Registration Required


 
 

FRIDAY, May 10

The Buffett Institute

Genealogies of an African Islamic Modernity

Wendell Marsh, Northwestern
12:00pm,  Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall
633 Clark St., Evanston, IL

Lunch Provided


 
 

MONDAY, May 13

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Film Screening: 

‘The Prosecutors’ 

Panel Discussion
5:00pm,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Registration Required


 
 

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Caught in the Middle? Germany’s Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty
Emily Haber
5:30pm,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Registration Required


 
 
 
 

NEWS & RESEARCH ROUNDUP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Washing Machines Can Teach Us 

about the Cost of Tariffs


Recent trade wars between the United States and other countries have raised the question: Who pays the price when countries raise tariffs or impose other import duties? In a new Becker Friedman Institute working paper, Prof. Ali Hortaçsu and Asst. Prof. Felix Tintelnot of the University of Chicago and Federal Reserve Board economist Aaron Flaaen are working to answer this question.
Read more here...


 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Brains Podcast: An Archaeological Riddle 

In the Sahara with Paul Sereno


When dinosaur hunter and paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered an ancient mass gravesite in the sands of the Sahara, he knew he had to excavate and save that history and heritage.

Sereno has always said paleontology and archaeology are adventures with a purpose. If the discovery of that ancient society is his greatest adventures, his new project to bring it back to the people it belongs to could be his greatest purpose. Listen here...


 
 
 
 
 
 

13 Scholars Awarded Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for Research in Special Collections


The University of Chicago Library recently announced the recipients of Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2019.  Awards are being made this year to thirteen scholars who will visit the Library and consult collections during the summer from June to September. 


The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship program provides support for visiting researchers outside the Chicago area working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, or printed materials in the Special Collections Research Center.  Read more here...


 
 
 

The Stigler Center is accepting applications for University of Chicago PhD students who are currently in their third, fourth or fifth year and who are in advanced stages of writing their dissertation about the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to better working markets. 

 
 
 
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


 
 
 
Gyude Moore: “China in Africa: An African Perspective”
 
 
 

Gyude Moore: “China in Africa:
An African Perspective”


 
 

Last month, Gyude Moore spoke about China’s expanding presence in Africa at the Paulson Institute's Contemporary China Speakers Series. Moore is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. His research tracks the channels of private sources of finance, the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa, and Africa’s response to these changes.

 
 
  
 
  
 
 
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