2016 Events

Op-ed Workshop, February 26, 2016

Writing an op-ed for a newspaper can be a rewarding and influential endeavor, but it also is different from the kind of writing that most academics are used to. You will get tips for success in identifying op-ed opportunities, writing in a style that increases the chances of acceptance by an editor, and conveying ideas in a manner that will make sense to a general audience and help produce results. We will also discuss ways of engaging campus communications offices in the process.

Presenters: Jeremy Manier, University Communications, award-winning science reporter for Chicago Tribune, Wen Huang, University Communications, author and New York Times op-ed advisor, Deborah Gorman-Smith, Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor, School of Social Service Administration

International Women’s Day Lunch, May 7, 2016

“Breaking Barriers, Breaking Rules: My Life as a [Woman] Scholar”

Guest Speaker: Wendy Doniger,  Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor, Divinity School

Assistant Professor Luncheon, April 5, 2016

“Navigating Your Academic Career at Chicago”

Gain insight from the experiences of senior women faculty, pose your questions about the process toward promotion and tenure, and meet colleagues from across the University. Panelists:

Stacy Lindau, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Kristen Schilt, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Senior Women Luncheon, April 18, 2016

“How Do You Define Success and Make Meaning in Your Life?”

Once you have achieved tenure or promotion to full professor the demands and expectations change dramatically. This luncheon is an opportunity for reflection with your colleagues on how you want to make a difference and ways that might be achieved. Panelists:

Alison LaCroix, Robert Newton Reid Professor, Law School

Angela Olinto, Homer J. Livingston Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Margaret Beale Spencer, Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education, Department of Comparative Human Development

Public Lecture

“On the Relationship of Beliefs about “Innate Talent” to the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorities”

Speaker: Andrei Cimpian, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

A  recent nation-wide study concludes that women and minorities are underrepresented in fields —  from philosophy to mathematics — whose members believe that raw intellectual talent is required for success. Cultural stereotypes in these fields may portray women and minorities as less likely to be brilliant. Learn about the research and about concrete steps that could be undertaken to increase gender and racial diversity.

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.