Jennifer Harris (MA ’02) is a Development and Communications Consultant. During her MAPH year, Jennifer focused on gender studies. Jennifer graciously took the time to answer my questions about how MAPH life and study intersect with work in development and fundraising, giving a unique perspective on how the humanities permeate what often seems more like a “corporate” world. Check out the interview below!
Drew Messinger-Michaels (MAPH ’10)
Some Gallery Somewhere
It’s 2010, and the week before graduating from MAPH, I walk into an art gallery with my best friend. We’re intellectual equals, this friend and I, but I’ve studied art history formally and he hasn’t, and he is painfully aware of this fact. He doesn’t form an opinion without immediately turning to me for confirmation, validation, and general assurance that he gets it.
And I try to tell him that’s silly and self-defeating. I try to make my friend understand that he’s free to find a given piece of art life-changing or yawn-inducing or anything in between, and to drive that point home, I try to humanize the sainted artists whose work we’re both trying to get.
I joke about Marcel Duchamp being foremost a provocateur and a jerk (which he was), and about how so many pre-Renaissance paintings feature baby Jesuses who look like Mikhail Gorbachev in miniature (which they do). But that just makes things worse. What my friend hears is simply that I know lots of stuff, and that he should shut up because he doesn’t know nearly as much stuff as I do. He stops offering opinions, and so I clam up, too. We walk around in silence for a while.
This time next year, I’ll be the Founding Director of a new, online art gallery. I’ll be clicking that last “OK” button that will peel back the Under Construction page from our website, and I’ll be thinking about my friend, and about how badly I want to help smart-but-intimidated people like him find artwork that they’ll love.
More about Drew’s work running Gray Blush Gallery after the jump. . .
In partnership with CAPS, this week MAPH is starting to take applications for its Externship Program. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of four MAPH alumni, our students will have the opportunity to stop in for one-day to see what the whole “work” thing is about at Aon Corporation, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cook County Circuit Court, and Open Books.
Thanks to Maggie Berndt, Beth Gallagher, Beth Morris, and Anna Piepmeyer for offering to take some time out of their busy schedules to host students! We are hoping to continue to expand the program in the future by reaching out to more of our growing population (1400 strong) of alumni in Chicago and around the country. I’d love to have 10 or more opportunities for students next year.
If you’re interested in learning more about the way we have been changing career programming this year, or if you have an awesome job and want to be profiled on AfterMAPH, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The job hunt can be a tiresome and trying experience, especially in this economic climate. I thought I would share a success story with you to brighten your day! MAPH alum Alan Kellner has just landed a fantastic job as a Writer/Researcher at Zimmerman LLC, whose core focus is “centered on the research of best practices and education pertaining to the most pressing Revenue Cycle issues for hospitals across the nation.” Alan has agreed to share some of his insights into the job hunt with us. Take a look at his posting below!
Alan’s tips on finding a job:
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MAPH Alum Kristin Scott shares her very insightful advice on how to get your foot in the door when applying for teaching positions. Thanks Kristin!
Some advice for new MAPH graduates and those looking for their first teaching positions:
Over the last couple of years, I’ve had a few folks come my way asking about how to get their foot in that often hard-to-open teaching door. » Read the rest of this entry «
Spend way too much time on careerbuilder.com and idealist.org? Getting stircrazy and wondering if you’ll ever find a job? Never fear! Lesley Lundeen, our superhero at CAPS (Career Advising and Planning Services), has done us the great favor of responding to our questions about what to do in this sort of situation. Read on below to get her advice. (Hollaback to this post if you have any advice or strategies of your own!) » Read the rest of this entry «