Transcending Boundaries

Life of the Mind . . . Body and Soul

3rd Annual Transcending Boundaries Research Symposium

May 1, 2020 at the University of Chicago

“Life of the Mind” is one of the University of Chicago’s most beloved unofficial mottos, meant to convey a deep commitment to intellectual and philosophical inquiry that eschews the supposedly lesser carnal pursuits of life that may distract students at other venerable institutions. This focus on the mind above all else has its roots in the Enlightenment ideals of Rene Descartes, which place a mind-body hierarchy as the foundation of humanistic thought, the scientific method, and Western thought overall. However, while “Life of the Mind” at UChicago prioritizes Cartesian Enlightened intellectualism, this mantra is problematic on two fronts: its negates to acknowledge humanism’s prerequisite of non-European exclusion and ignores the potential epistemological contributions of the body and soul. So, what happens when we begin to explore the minds and ideas of people of color? How can we include the body and the soul into this conversation? Further, how does this elevation of Western thinking shut the door to other epistemologies that aren’t based in a mind-body divide, but instead focus on holistic integration of mental, physical, and spiritual inquiry?

DAB’s 3rd annual Transcending Boundaries Research Symposium, Life of the Mind… Body and Soul, now invites UChicago’s graduate student population to present their scholarship, which may reflect work not fully encompassed or embraced by the exclusionary Life of the Mind ethos. It is especially our hope to highlight the work of self-identified underrepresented populations. This may include research on non-Western traditions, practical rather than merely theoretical applications, marginalized communities, religious beliefs, and more.

DAB conceives this theme quite broadly and invite proposals from all divisions and fields.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted here by Friday, March 13, 2019 at 11:59pm.  If you have any questions, please email

UChicago a Top Producer for Fulbright Scholars in 2019-2020

13 UChicago graduate students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, making UChicago a top graduate institution for Fulbright U.S. Student awards

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Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year, the University of Chicago tied for sixth place on the list, with a total of 27 Fulbright awards (including both graduate and undergraduate students).

Thirteen graduate students and alumni of graduate programs from the University of Chicago were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. The following lists include all awardees (though not all may have taken up the award):

Fulbright US Student Program:

  • Andrew Halladay, South Asian Languages and Civilization, India
  • Angela M. Romea, Anthropology, Philippines
  • Carl Kubler, History, China
  • Clariza Saint George, Psychology, United Kingdom
  • Demmy Villalpando, History, Mexico
  • Erol Koymen, Ethnomusicology, Turkey
  • Hanna Pickwell, Anthropology, China
  • Jerel Ezell, Sociology, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joseph Haydt, Germanic Studies, Germany
  • Matthew Johnson, Germanic Studies, Austria
  • Susan Su, East Asian Languages and Civilization, China
  • Tristan Sharp, History, Germany

Fulbright US Student Program – English Teaching Assistantship:

  • John Al-Haddad, English Teaching Assistantship, Turkey

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually to U.S. students in all fields of study and operates in more than 160 countries. Fulbright grants provide for 8-12 months of international experience and are open to graduate students in all stages and programs. Watch this short video and visit the website to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program.

The Fulbright competition for graduate students is administered at the University of Chicago through UChicagoGRAD. Please be sure to check the UChicagoGRAD Event Calendar for the dates of upcoming information sessions and internal campus deadlines for next year’s Fulbright application process. Interested graduate students should plan to attend a Fulbright Information Session in early April and contact Beth Powers, Director of Fellowships and Writing, to discuss the application process.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Looking for love? Or just something to do? Check out these events happening on-campus and across the city this weekend.

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Tax Support

Tackle your taxes with confidence. While we’re not able to provide individual tax advice, the University has resources to help you navigate your tax filing process.

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No need to panic – here are three tips on getting started:

  1. Sign up for a workshop. UChicagoGRAD will offer tax workshops online and in-person to review the basic requirements for domestic and international graduate student filers, including an overview of common student filing situations and how to find the right professional help if you need it.
  2. Review your funding. Different types of fundings have different tax implications – including different forms and reporting requirements. Take the time to look over your records (e.g. bank statements, award letters, portal) to review what types of income you’ve received and what you’ll need to report.
  3. Set a schedule. Annual tax returns are due to the IRS and the State of Illinois on April 15, 2020. Aiming to prevent tax panic? Schedule some time to get started and start early. Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. (April 14 is National Dolphin Day and you deserve to celebrate with videos of dolphins playing with cats.)

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