If you have a few minutes today, check out MAPH ’08 alum Kristin Fitzsimmons’ webseries What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?
After graduating from the University of Minnesota’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, my friend Sally and I started a web series called What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?, an homage to everybody’s favorite light research tool and the many strange tangents it takes you on. Each week, we get together, drink an adult beverage and talk for two hours about what we looked up on Wikipedia. It all gets edited down to 5 or so minutes and posted online. It’s pretty much the most fun unpaid thing we’ve ever done and think it might be right up the alley of students and alums of the University of Chicago. What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email us with your suggestions of what to look up.
Today is your last chance to register for Alumni Weekend and see what’s going on inside MAPH’s new journal, Colloquium.Colloquium is an online journal run entirely and independently by MAPH alumni and current students.
We’ll be launching our second issue at MAPH’s Alumni Weekend event, and it’s going to be fantastic. Issue 2.1 has Bauhaus, the Italian avant-garde, rebels and militants, sitars and soundscapes, three poets, short fiction, a cat called Mouloud, and a not-inconsiderable amount of spectroscopy.
At the University of Chicago and in MAPH in particular, we joined – for a lifetime – a community of humanists, world-changers, and fierce question-askers. We chase the ineffable and, in one form or another, we chronicle that pursuit. Those chronicles are how we talk together when we can’t talk together. When we founded Colloquium last year, it was to give a home to these chronicles-as-conversations.
The only thing better than having all these conversations happening in one online journal is having them face-to-face. Come and experience Colloquium at Alumni Weekend – or better yet, become a part of it.
Alumni Weekend 2013 is approaching! June 6-9, 2013, the University of Chicago will be holding a series of panels, lectures, and social events geared toward alumni. There are a plethora of events being put on by each division so there will be PLENTY to see and do, but we wanted to draw your attention specifically to the event where MAPHers will be making a big showing.
UnCommon Core | The Humanities Beyond the Academy: A Colloquium on Colloquium.
Saturday, June 8th
Harper Memorial Rm. 130
116 E. 59th St.
Our main event! Deputy Director Hilary Strang will be moderating a panel on Colloquium, MAPH’s interdisciplinary online journal. Colloquium‘s editing staff and contributors to the latest issue will be in attendance, and the event will include readings from the latest issue by MAPH students, alumni and friends.
Alumni Beer Garden
Saturday, June 8th
116 E. 59th St.
What would MAPH be without free food and beer? MAPHers will be making a showing here throughout the duration of the afternoon. Come by and socialize before and after the Colloquium panel.
The deadline to register is next Friday, May 31st—but space is already filling up, so the sooner you can register, the better! When you register, make sure you specifically check the box for the Colloquium event and the Beer Garden to reserve your space!
After living all over the world, from Australia’s east coast to America’s west coast and pretty much everywhere in between, the Grozdanova sisters found themselves on the premises of the University of Chicago campus about to embark on their most creative venture to date. In 2012, Biliana and Marina Grozdanova founded El Jinete Films – a documentary production company with a mission to create inspiring documentaries featuring music from all around the globe. Their first film, however, would be a tale about rock n’ roll from their very own streets of Chicago… Currently in production, “The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal” is a documentary about the Chicago-based band Hessler, with which the Grozdanova sisters have been on two national tours, filming their every move. A first cut of the film premiered this spring at the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival and received the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary. The final version of the film will be released in the national and international festival circuit in 2014.
Marina is a graduating senior in the college, majoring in International Studies. Biliana is a 2011 MAPH-er and wrote her thesis on rock n’ roll and the music documentary. This summer, the sisters return to Spain (their second home) to premiere their parallel project, “Ortigueira: Echoes at Land’s End,” a film about an international Celtic music festival on Galicia’s northern shores. Interestingly enough, what began as another crazy trip and film venture, the Ortigueira experience inspired Marina to write her B.A. thesis on this music festival, and it has been nominated for the Adlai Stevenson International Studies Thesis Prize.
In 1926, Scottish documentarian John Grierson coined the term “documentary” while studying at the University of Chicago… Who would have thought that this fact, along with the birth of Mick Jagger, 16mm film cameras, and two little girls in ex-communist Bulgaria, would lead to the epic apparition of El Jinete Films on the UChicago campus almost a century later? Indeed, the rock doc is a genre very much ALIVE and WELL, and the Grozdanova sisters plan to feed it for decades to come!
Check out the trailer for Kamikazes above, and be sure to look out for its premiere and the premiere of Ortigueira. Do you know of a MAPH alum doing exciting creative work? Let us know!
The people and projects of MAPH are profiled in two articles in the latest issue of Tableau, the Humanities Division of UChicago’s biyearly magazine.
Joanna MacKenzie (AM’02) of Browne & Miller Literary Agency is profiled in the latest issue of Tableau.
“Come Together“ profiles Colloquium, MAPH’s new online journal that features exemplary, wide-ranging work by MAPH students, alumni and staff. This is not the first mention of Colloquium in other publications—if you’re itching for more meta on the magazine, check out this interview with its founders in The University of Chicago Magazine. The Tableau article has come out just in time for the journal’s second issue, which is set to launch on Friday! Don’t miss it!
“Publish and Flourish,” an article on UChicago Humanities alumni who work in the publishing industry, features three MAPH grads who are making it in publishing. Ellen Grafton (AM’11), Allison Wright (AM’08), and Joanna MacKenzie (AM’02) offer their practiced advice on how to get hired and succeed in book publishing. Ellen and Allison moved to New York to get into the business—Ellen is now Assistant Managing Editor of the children’s division at Simon and Schuster, and Allison is the US Dictionaries Editor at Oxford University Press. Joanna put down roots in Chicago, and she works as a literary agent at Browne and Miller Literary Associates—the same company where MAPH provides a paid summer internship for one current student every year.
Those are just two of the publications that are profiling MAPH alumni and projects. Know of other places MAPH alumni are popping up? Contact us!
Spring has returned to Chicago, and with it a bounty of new publications by MAPH alumni. Leila Wilson (AM ’03) and Gregory Lawless (AM ’04) each have a volume of poetry out in which the authors examine their complex relationships with the landscapes of their past and present. Read on for more information in the authors’ own words.
Leila Wilson, The Hundred Grasses (Milkweed Editions, 2013)
Leila on The Hundred Grasses:
My poems are rooted in the flatlands and lowlands: the Midwestern lawns, lakes, fields, and creeks of my childhood, and the Dutch farms, canals, and seascapes near my family’s home in Holland. Much of my poetry focuses on those instances when a space exerts itself beyond recognition, when it seems to estrange itself so that it may be renegotiated. For me this is a process of embedding my examination in the musicality of language and paying close attention to the breath of a line.
…Foreclosure compares to any book of poetry that hovers nervously in the vicinity of the fraught pastoral, simultaneously wary of and lured by it. Many contemporary pastoral poems regard themselves as anti-pastorals, or post-pastorals—they imagine that the pastoral is impossible because it’s terminally problematic, and, thus, they fret in the wake of that “fact.” The poems in Foreclosure fret differently, I guess—not by abandoning convention or reference altogether, but by manifesting what I call critical ambivalence toward them—at times embracing, and at times rejecting these things, as the poems demand. But ultimately this is a book born of familiarity with a place.
Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 20th is the 34th annual Humanities Day at the University of Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with Humanities Day, it is an epic day of lectures from some of the heavyweights in the university’s Humanities Division. If you happen to be in town, please consider attending! Friends and family are welcome!
MAPH-affiliated faculty are making a great showing this year. The following talks may be of particular interest to past, present and future MAPHers:
There is also a MAPH reception directly after David’s lecture in the Logan Center, which is a beautiful, brand new building on the south side of campus. The reception will be next door to David’s lecture, in Room 801.
So if you’re looking for a great way to reconnect with your MAPH experience, please join us next Saturday, October 20th, for Humanities Day. Hurry up and register so we can save you a seat!