4th Week Democratic Digest


Thursday, January 29, 5:30pm — Fireside Chat with Dean Ellison
Come out to Hallowed Grounds for a fireside chat with John “Jay” Ellison, Dean of Students in the College! Refreshments will be served.

Dean Ellison assumed his post at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. He previously served as an associate dean at Harvard College, and is a scholar of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, having received his Ph.D. at Harvard with a specialization in ancient languages. As Dean of Students in the College he is responsible for the academic affairs of all students in the College, from curriculum to academic advising.

Thursday, January 29, 6pm — UC Dems Policy & Politics Meeting (Harper 148)
Join us for our weekly politics and policy meeting.

Sunday, February 1, 2pm — Dr. Cornel West’s “The Radical King” — CSRPC Annual Public Lecture
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Annual Public Lecture presents Dr. Cornel West discussing his new book, “The Radical King.” Co-sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement’s UChicago Engages series, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, and Beacon Press. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

Monday, February 2, 9:30am — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan — (SOLD OUT/Waitlist available) 
Join the Institute of Politics as it hosts a rare, one-on-one conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. The former University of Chicago Law School professor returns to campus for a wide-ranging discussion with IOP Director David Axelrod.  They’ll explore Kagan’s legal life and biography, as well as the inner-workings of the Supreme Court. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scotus-justice-elena-kagan-registration-15146001097?ref=ebapi

Monday, February 2, 6:00pm — Iowa Project Info Session

From candidate announcements in the spring of 2015 to the caucuses in the winter of 2016, the IOP’s Iowa Project aims to give students a front-row seat to this critical stop on the road to the White House. Starting in early 2015, the IOP will facilitate student opportunities to learn about the structure and operations of a modern presidential campaign; to understand the unique political culture and history of Iowa; and to acquire tangible skills through workshops, field trips, volunteering and hands-on career opportunities.

Join us at the IOP to get more of the details about this project, ask questions, and learn about the many different ways that you can get involved. Dinner will be provided. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iowa-project-info-session-students-only-tickets-15471030268?ref=ebapi

Internships/Career Advancement

Career Advancement Spring Break Trek to Washington, D.C., March 22-24

This trek is open to students of all years and focuses specifically on policy think tank and advocacy organizations. The trek will be a wonderful opportunity to:

  • Explore a variety of opportunities in Washington, D.C.’s think tank and advocacy landscape.
  • Meet and engage with professionals and alumni working in these fields
Possible site visits include: the Brookings InstitutionHanover Research, and the National Immigration Forum. The IOP will also be traveling to Washington, DC, and theirtrek will include one afternoon of open time for networking meetings. The UCIPSS trek will not include open time for networking, but if 4th years would like to schedule interviews while they are in town, they are able to miss visits to do so.
To participate in this trek, you will need to arrive in Washington D.C. on March 23rd. Career Advancement will provide housing March 23rd – 26th. Transportation between site visits will also be provided. All students are responsible for their own airfare to and from WashingtonD.C. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students. Please log in tohttps://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/jobs-internships-research/assistance-travel-costsfor more information about travel funding.To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter by Monday, January 26th at 6pm via Chicago Career Connection. The CCC Job ID # is 50423. Spaces are limited and the application process is competitive. The application deadline for financial travel assistance is also due January 26th, 2015 at 6pm.

Your cover letter should address:
• Why you would like to attend the trek, what you hope to get out of it, and how you can make the trip meaningful for yourself and the other students attending
• How you will use the trek experience to further your professional development upon return
At the end of the trek, all student participants will need to submit a reflection essay, a post-trek survey, and a follow-up survey at the end of the academic year.If you have any questions about the program please email: msnead@uchicago.edu

Leaders of Color Initiative 
Interested in getting more involved with the Institute of Politics, being part of a landmark program to address diversity concerns in political spaces on campus, and gaining invaluable experiences to further your aims as a leader on campus and beyond? The Leaders of Color Winter 2015 program will have four workshops, every Sunday of February (6:30-8:30PM, IOP), that focus on identity, coalition building, public speaking, and conflict resolution. The spring component will largely focus on pairing cohort members with mentors. First and Second-year students of color interested in leadership, identity, and professional development are encouraged to apply.

Inaugural cohort application due Wednesday, January 28th. Apply here: