Greg Langen on The Odyssey Project Internship: Freedom and its Discontents

September 9th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

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The cover page for In Medias Res, the Odyssey Project’s publication.

Check out MAPH Alumnus Greg Langen’s (’13) reflections on his internship at the Odyssey Project. Also be sure to see the Odyssey Project’s latest issue of In Medias Res, edited by Greg Langen. 

 

A liberal arts education is, on the graduation speech level, freedom granting. With the powers of critical thinking and a strong (passable) handle on the English language, no area of culture is barred to those with BAs and the like. MAPH free since June ‘13, I know this notion well. As a humanities masters student I am free to read, free to write, free to deconstruct the laden societal assumptions perpetuated by YouTube commercials, free to know that my notion of the obviousness of my liberal subjecthood is much more complicated than I know or can escape (Althusser fans?), free to alienate nearly everyone around me at one (multiple) point(s) in our relationship (Feel free to skip this section). However, a thing that nobody tells you while you are in the process of freeing your mind (but that all creatures of institutions secretly know) is that freedom can be suffocating. I discovered this on my first day at the Odyssey Project when my boss, the lovely and impassioned Amy Thomas Elder, sat down with me to talk about my class for the upcoming summer. “You are free to do whatever you want,” she told me. “I don’t want to get in your way.” » Read the rest of this entry «

The Odyssey Project’s In Medias Res: New Issue!

September 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Odyssey Project‘s summer class just released the new issue of In Medias Res. Filled with original content by Odyssey Project students and alumni, the new issue features artist profiles, original fiction, restaurant reviews, interviews, poetry, photography and more. All work was produced during this summer’s seminar, In Media Res: Arts & Literary Publications,  led by Greg Langen (MAPH ’13). » Read the rest of this entry «

The Taming of the Shrew, Directed by Jemma Alex Levy (’06)

September 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

taming of shrewYou can still catch Muse of Fire Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew this weekend in Evanston!  Directed by MAPH alum Jemma Alix Levy, the show goes on in Ingraham Park on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm.  Both performances are free, no reservations are required, and seating is free & unlimited. For more information, please visit www.museoffire.org.

Side Dish Mag: Writing in the AfterMAPH

August 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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A post from Emma Martin (AM ’11) on her new writing project, Side Dish mag, a community blog for writers and non-writers alike:

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A Day in the Life: An Externship at the Hyde Park Art Center

August 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is a post from Keri Asma, MA ’13,on her recent externship to the Hyde Park Art Center. Keri is also one of the MAPH mentors for the upcoming year, so you’ll probably be hearing from her fairly often.

Externships are opportunities for recently graduated or current Master’s and PhD students to shadow alumni in various careers for a day. Rather like extended informational interviews, externships provide students with a chance to explore a particular profession, no prior experience necessary. If you are interested in learning more about externships through the University of Chicago, visit the CAPS website here: https://careeradvancement.uchicago.edu/jobs-internships-research/graduate-student-externships.

 

The Hyde Park Art Center is, as many of you probably know, a perfect example of the possible intersections between art, community, education, and humanistic inquiry. My externship at the center this summer not only gave me a sense of the individual work of MAPH Alumnae Kate Lorenz and Brook Rosini, but also provided a holistic picture of how their work contributes to a much larger project—one which like MAPH is centered on creating a community which can engage critically, passionately, and excitedly with the arts.

This post will be something between an introduction/plug for the HPAC, a reflection on what I learned, and an encouragement for doing externships. This is just one account of engaging with alumni, with the community, with the arts; there are probably lots more out there.*

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MAPH Writers!

August 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


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Curious where MAPH writers are now? Wondering what new publications have come out? Check out the recently updated MAPH Writers page on our website. There you’ll find a list of alumni, links to novels, essays, poems, and blogs, and what writers are working on now.

Don’t see your published work there? Please let us know! We would love to feature you and your work on the website.

Alumni Bump! Wikipedia Webseries

August 15th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Wikipedia-logoIf you have a few minutes today, check out MAPH ’08 alum Kristin Fitzsimmons’ webseries What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? 

Kristin writes:

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.

See their latest episode below:

 

Colloquium Buzz

August 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Issue 2 of Colloquium was featured on Bookforum’s Omnivore blog yesterday!

Also! “The Serpent, Subtle and Brazen: Idolatory, Imagemaking, and the Hebrew Bible,” an essay from Issue 2 by Carina Del Valle Schorske (MAPH ’13) was one of today’s Editor’s Picks over at Mosaic Magazine. She’s in great company with writers from The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, and Moment.

Exciting stuff!

 

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Call for Applications – Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

July 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Those of you who have spent some time exploring Chicago may have come across the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.  Based in the beautiful Madlener House in Gold Coast, the Foundation puts on exhibitions, screenings, and other public events that promote discussion about architecture and its role in the arts, culture and society. In addition to providing public programming, the Graham Foundation makes grants to both individuals and organizations interested in doing projects “that investigate the contemporary conditions, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.”  Although the Foundation’s primary focus is in the field of architecture, its organizers are also looking for work that comes from the humanities, the sciences, and fine arts that addresses questions of architecture and space.

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Applications for the Graham’s 2014 Grants to Individuals are now available online. The deadline to submit an inquiry is September 15, 2013.  There are two types of individual grants offered:  Production and Presentation and Research and Development.  If you are interested in applying you can find more information about eligibility here, and you can also view last year’s recipients here.

Out of Bounds: In the Shadow of His Airness — Hosted by MAPH Alum Harrison Sherrod

July 9th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

MAPHers in Chicago–

This weekend, Harrison Sherrod (MAPH ’13) is hosting an event with South Side Projections and Media Burn Archive.  If you like basketball and/or Chicago, you should go check it out!

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