Monthly Archives: February 2011

The MAPHia: Resources for Alumni

Tell me he doesn’t look like a MAPH dude. He does.

MAPH will have almost 1500 alumni by the end of this year.  Many of you are in Chicago, but we have alums in London, Singapore, China, India, Australia, and other faraway sounding places.  You are professors, non-profit fundraisers, curators, art gallery directors, program coordinators for corporate giving, heads of communications, attorneys, investment bankers, teachers, and independent consultants.  You work in government, education, finance, journalism, the arts, advocacy organizations, publishing, and any number of other fields.

Finding everyone is a bit like herding cats.  Cats educated in psychoanalytic theory.  In other words very, very strange, unnervingly smart cats.

And we would love for you all to check in.  Here are several easy ways that we’re hoping you can plug yourself back into MAPH:

  • Join the official MAPH Facebook Group “Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.”  This is the central clearing house for all announcements from MAPHCentral.  You can find our blog content, events announcements, and reunion updates!
  • Check out the AfterMAPH blog (which you’re already doing), and volunteer to be interviewed for the “Meet an Alum” feature.  We love talking with you, and our current students and alums all love reading profiles of interesting people.
  • Join the MAPH LinkedIn Group.  Whether your searching for a job, or are just interested in staying connected, LinkedIn is still popular among MAPHers and we’d love to keep it that way.  CAPS is great, but the best resource for you (and for our current students) will be the growing alumni network.
  • Twitter.  Yes, we have it.  Right now, you can follow @MAPHMentors, but we will start up a new @AfterMAPH alumni feed soon.
  • COME TO WINTER the WINTER QUARTER MAPH ALUMNI MEETUP.  Clark Street Ale House on March 3 at 6:00 until whenever.  MAPH will pony up for the first round.
  • COME TO REUNION.  It’s on June 3, and it’s going to be awesome.

You can always email me at MAPHCentral ( if you have questions or just want to check in.

Reunion Registration Begins March 1!

It's actually the other way.

To celebrate the graduation of MAPH’s Fifteenth Class, we are holding a full day of activities and events on campus and downtown on June 3.  The Early Registration period (which allows you to reserve $10 tickets) opens on March 1.  We will be sure to send you the link to register.

In the past, your ten bucks has bought entry to the downtown party.  This year it will again get you entrance to our reception at English Bar and Restaurant.  But you are also warmly invited to several events throughout the day:

  • Breakfast and presentations of recently-completed thesis projects
  • Lunch!
  • A reading of MAPH alum creative work.

Our reunion committee is meeting for the first time this week to get these events off the ground.  We hope to have the biggest attendance in MAPH’s short history.  Feel free to email if you have any questions about the festivities or want to find out if there’s a way for you to get involved.

MAPH Alums working with Current MAPHers

It’s also the MAPH talent show this week…cringe

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

From the World of MAPH Authors

Woot! Greg and Kiki have been writing. Have you?

A few updates courtesy of Jeff McMahon:

Gregory Lawless (MAPH 04) has just published a new poem in the latest issue of Sixth Finch. Lawless is also the author of I Thought I was New Here (BlazeBox, 2009)

Kiki Petrosino (MAPH 04) introduced a new limited-edition chapbook, The Dark is Here at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Washington D.C. The chapbook is published by Forklift, Ink. Petrosino is also the author of Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009).