At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Monday, March 21, 2011

MGSA "Eyes on the Mosaic" Graduate Student Conference

The University of Chicago Minority Graduate Student Association presents our Eighteenth Annual "Eyes on the Mosaic" Graduate Student Conference

Theorizing Race: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Race and Ethnicity

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Call for Papers/Films/Artwork
Deadline for Abstract/Film Submission: April 4, 2011

The University of Chicago Minority Graduate Student Association invites you to participate in the Eighteenth Annual "Eyes on the Mosaic" Graduate Student Conference to be held on Saturday May 21, 2011. This conference will allow graduate students to present work that uses race as an analytical framework and/or understands race as a primary organizing factor in the social world. As a whole the conference is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to present original research that examines the ways in we should think about race in literature, film, art, recorded histories, public policy, legal and medical knowledge, immigration, interracial interactions, and other day-to-day experiences. As race is not a category that people experience in isolation, proposal submissions can also examine how race intersects with other constructs like gender, class, sexuality, nationality, and religion. Moreover, we encourage submissions that examine race through an interdisciplinary lens, and may be theoretically or empirically based.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: race and inequality; cross-cultural and cross-racial alliances and tensions in history and politics; racialized images and stereotypes in the media; consumption and commodification of racialized goods and productions; racial erasure and the utility of race as a category of analysis in the 21st century; race, (im)migration, nationalism, and global politics; race, gender, and sexuality; politics of social policy; race and social work; legal implications of race; race and language; race and medicine; racial violence and the politics of war; and any exploration of race as interesting and important to contextualizing and understanding current events.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted, along with your contact information (name, institutional affiliation, department, e-mail address), to by 11:59pm on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submissions must be 250 words or less and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF. Conference presentations will be approximately 20 minutes. Film submissions should be mindful of this same 20-minute time parameter and April 4, 2011 deadline. Films can be sent either in DVD or VHS format to:

Attn: Minority Graduate Student Association (MGSA) Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities The University of Chicago 5706 S. University Avenue, Rm 001 Chicago, IL 60637. For more information, please email us at

Jessica Borja & Adilia James

MGSA 2011 Co-Chairs

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