The Gif that Keeps on Giving

October 15th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Dear MAPHERs,

You are well into Fall Quarter- Congrats! Although you have hopefully grown more accustomed to the campus, to sitting in very smalls chairs, and to the heaviest of doors, I know it can still be difficult to picture the year ahead. So, in the interest of both fun and visual information distribution, I have mapped out a MAPH year in gif form. Take it as a reflection of my own MAPH year or as a glimpse into the future…

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CAS Workshops

October 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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The very first CAS workshop.

As the quarter gets underway, you’ll notice a ton of emails in your inbox from the various CAS workshops on campus. You may have heard a bit about these interdisciplinary working groups from preceptors and professors so far, but to recap briefly, workshops are seminar-style meetings of informal research groups sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies. These meetings (which are usually once every two weeks) offer a venue for professors and graduate students to convene in an informal setting where they share, discuss, and critique each other’s work. (Also, there is usually nice cheese involved…)

Right now, there are over 70 different workshops ranging from Poetry and Poetics to Mass Culture to Gender and Sexuality (see the full list here). I guarantee you will find at least one—and probably several—that pique your interest. And when you do, go to their webpage and sign up for the listserv. Then you’ll get updates on when/where they are and what to read in advance. Signing up does not commit you to going all (or any) of the workshop sessions—you can attend as many or as few as your schedule allows.

 

Last year, I joined the Theater and Performance Studies Workshop early in fall, and it became one of the best parts of my MAPH year. The workshops are a big part of graduate student life on campus, and if you like to learn more about them, GSA will be hosting a Master’s Monday “Introduction to CAS Workshops” on October 13th at 9:30 am. I am a firm believer that there are some very concrete benefits to getting involved with a workshop during this year. For instance…

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Here We Go!

October 1st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Colloquium went by so quickly. I blinked, it passed, and now all I have is a series of blurred images containing bagels, farmer’s markets, and power point presentations.

Fair warning- this quarter will pass by just as quickly. The quarter is only ten weeks, which is kind of terrifying when you look at a syllabus. But Fall Quarter also provides an established schedule and, mostly importantly, we get to enjoy free food and drink at social hour every Friday!

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Mentor Weekly Update: Week 1

September 29th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy First Week, Maph!

Here are some reminders/deadlines/events to remember this week, amidst the excitement of classes starting!

I. Reminders:

-For the rest of the quarter, Core is from 12:00-1:20pm.
-Core discussion groups will start this Thursday. Instead of lecture, half of you will be in Social Sciences 122 and the other half will be in Classics 110. There will be more info in lecture on Tuesday!

Colloquium The Magazine

September 23rd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

 

***Guest post from Bill Hutchison (MAPH ’12), editor-in-chief of Colloquium Magazine***
What is Colloquium?

The short answer? It’s MAPH’s online magazine of awesome stuff.

The longer answer? Well, that takes a bit of explaining…

 

q1-299x448I remember looking around Social Sciences 122, the grand room that marked my first weeks of lecture* at University of Chicago. I swooned at the elaborate wood-paneled walls, the layered chalkboards sliding up and down, the archaic light fixtures. I remember Professor Wray reciting the Big Names who had lectured in SS122, from Hannah Arendt to Slavoj Žižek. I looked around at a room full of strangers, and I wondered if there was an Arendt or a Žižek among us. Toward the end of my MAPH year, I knew the answer to that question….

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Closing Out Colloquium

September 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Most of you have probably registered for classes by now- congrats! Please keep stopping by and telling us what classes you’re taking and how you like them! It is always fun to hear about new courses, different departments, and overall life at U of C.

Before the Fall Quarter officially begins next Monday, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

D0117EF4445036DFA797BE700A836EC2*Volunteer Referral: Fall is a great time to start volunteering. Although this quarter sees you adjusting to UChicago and life as a graduate student, this quarter also has a lighter course load than the Winter (and better weather).

Get in touch with the University of Chicago Service Center to set up an appointment- it is low key and low stakes. They will talk with you about your interests and then recommend service partners for you. Don’t miss on the opportunity to leave the ivory tower and get to know a different side of Chicago.

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What Are the Humanities For?

September 17th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Hello MAPHers!

I am Kerri Hunt and I am here to help you answer the often-daunting question of “What are the Humanities (or an MA in the Humanities) for?” In addition to working as a Preceptor, I am also the Career and Alumni Outreach Coordinator. In other words, I am MAPH’s in-house career advisor.

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I am wise like an otter

I think of my role as MAPH career advisor as an extension and expansion of the part I play as a preceptor.  I’m here as an advisor, guide, and sounding board to help you make the most of your time in MAPH (and thereafter), with a particular focus on helping you think through the value of your studies and your degree.

“Value” here could mean economic value – how to leverage the relationships and skills you’ve built here to advance your career – but I’m also interested in discussing with you the other senses of “value” that led you here, to spend a year devoted to humanistic study.

This means that while I am available to review a cover letter, read a draft personal statement, or connect you with alumni in a relevant field, I am also concerned with the more nebulous task of helping you figure out ways to integrate your personal values and intellectual interests into your life after MAPH, whether or not you decide to pursue an academic career.

For those of you considering a PhD, I can provide insight into what it means to become a professional academic and help you use your coursework here to test whether further graduate studies are for you. If you do decide to apply to PhD programs, I can discuss strategies for building relationships with faculty; help you decide where to apply; and read drafts of your personal statement.

For those of you who are considering other careers — or jobs between MAPH and a PhD program — I can read resumes, give advice on job hunting, and put you in touch with alumni in the fields of your interests. Essentially, I am here to connect you to all the career-related resources offered by MAPH and the University of Chicago.

These include:

  • Career counselors at Graduate Student Affairs
  • GSA programming, including the Getting a Start In series, networking tutorials, and practice interviews
  • MAPH’s Teaching in the Community College class and associated programming
  • GradUCon, GSA’s January career fair for graduate students
  • The University-wide alumni network
  • Linkedin groups and resources

Also coming up soon: MAPH Alumni Career Night on November 12th. Have this event on your calendar and in the back of your mind as the quarter begins. It is an excellent opportunity to connect with alumni and learn more about popular career fields.
Just as your preceptor should be your first contact for all your questions about navigating MAPH and the University of Chicago, think of me as your point person for all career- and life path-related questions, concerns, anxieties, humorous anecdotes, etc.  This goes double for those of you who are still undecided about your future path: if you are hoping to use your MAPH year as an opportunity to explore options, change careers, grow as a person, or just figure out your next step, please come meet with me soon!

In the weeks to come, I hope to connect with every one of you – even if it’s just to say hello and introduce ourselves.  (Please bear with me as I learn all of your names.)  During Fall quarter (i.e., starting September 29) I’ll have set office hours every Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. You can sign up in the MAPH office.  I’m also available by appointment, or to chat whenever you see me in MAPH Central, at Social Hour, or around campus.

I look forward to meeting you all!

 

 

Colloquium 2014 Schedule

September 15th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Dear MAPHers,

Colloquium has arrived! Alien! Henry James! Bagels! There is clearly a lot to keep track of in these first two weeks, so below is a schedule of various goings on. Colloquium is still a good time to get done any errands (refer back to our To Do List post for recommendations) and to keep exploring the city in your downtime. But feel free to stop by the office with questions or to say hello!

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MAPH, BBQ, and other Acronyms

September 11th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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This Sunday, September 14th, at 3pm your MAPH year officially begins!

You are cordially invited, by which we mean required, to attend a screening of Alien.

The screening will take place in Social Science 122, which will also be the home of Colloquium and Core lectures throughout Fall Quarter. The screening should end around 5:15-5:30 (if IMDB is to be believed), at which point food shall be served and mingling shall commence in the nice grassy area outside of Classics and Cobb Hall. In addition to meeting your MAPH cohort and these nerds, the BBQ is a great chance to meet your preceptor.

We recognize that the twofold being of this event (being both a social and a professional occasion) can make it difficult to know what the expectations are, both as far as human interactions go and for appropriate attire. The dress code is casual- just nothing too shocking, please. 

You are welcome to bring significant others, in whatever form they may exist. We will provide food and drink for everyone! We are all excited to meet people, discuss the film, and, most importantly, eat food.

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Unofficial F.A.Q.’s

September 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

There is an official FAQ page on the MAPH website. But just in case that doesn’t cover all of your questions, we have anticipated some below:


1313166894-mclovin-id“How do I get my student ID?”

Go into the Regenstein Library on 57th Street. Before you can pass through the security gates, there is a glass office to the left.  Walk into that same ID/Privileges Office, get your picture taken, get your ID within 5 minutes.

You can then decide whether to explore the stacks or soak up some sun by the lake.

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