Author Archives: Linda

MAPH Reunion Early Registration Deadline Extended

Hey MAPHers,

Great news– the Alumni Association has extended the early registration deadline until NEXT Friday, April 15. So, you still have the chance to get $10 off of your MAPH Reunion admission fee, making the event FREE!!

To register for the outing, please visit or call 800/955-0065

As a reminder, the event is Friday, June 5 at 7pm at Bin 36 in downtown Chicago.

If you have further please contact Heather Upshaw at



MAPH Reunion early registration deadline is extended!

Greetings MAPHers!

Good news, early registration for the MAPH Alumni Reunion has been extended until Friday, May 8th. If you register by this date, you will get $10 off the price of the event, making it FREE for you (though additional guests will still have to pay $10). As a reminder, the event will be at 7pm on Friday, June 5th at Bin 36 in downtown Chicago.

To register please visit: or call 800/955-0065

ALSO– we have made the MAPH Reunion a Facebook event to spread the word. Please add yourself and invite other MAPHers if you’re on Facebook (note: RSVPing on Facebook does NOT mean you’re registered. you still must go through the alumni weekend site)

If you have further questions or need to update your contact info with the Alumni Committee, please contact Heather Upshaw at

Take care,


Alumni Weekend MAPH Reunion—Early Registration!

Hey MAPHers!

Alumni Weekend is quickly approaching which means that the MAPH Reunion
is coming up! This year we’ll be meeting on Friday, June 5 for cocktails
and appetizers at Bin 36, located at 339 N. Dearborn in downtown Chicago.

Tickets are only $10 each, but if you register by Friday, April 24 you will get a $10 discount off of your total alumni weekend registration package (that’s right, it’s free for the Reunion if you’re
going sans guest!). You can register online or by calling 800/955-0065. I hope you have a wonderful spring and I look forward to seeing you all in June!

Linda Smith (AM 2007)

MAPH Alum Anna Piepmeyer: Awesome and Nerdy

Anna Piepmeyer (MAPH ’07) is the Ambassador of Awesomeness for the new peer networking site, Dweeber (think of her as the equivalent to Tom of MySpace; if you join the site, she is automatically your friend). This site, however, distances itself from other peer networking sites, sites that usually serve as distractions to things like school work by actually serving to specifically help students with their homework and school assignments. Catering most predominantly to primary and secondary school age groups (though I can imagine this being helpful even in MAPH situations, especially in trying to figure out Core material!), the site lets its users see what assignments their friends are doing so that they can work on assignments together, ask each other questions, post helpful web links, give directions, etc.
Continue reading

Summertime is made for backyards at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

Beginning on June 16th and running through August 23, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College downtown Chicago will be showing its newest exhibit entitled, Beyond the Backyard. This exhibit offers up the works of contemporary photographers and their different conceptions of the modern backyard. These pictures include both yard scenes of small town and urban settings, re-envisioning the traditional conception of the American backyard and looking at some of its deeper, ideological and cultural significances. This show calls in to question how one understands and thinks of the backyard and compares these ideas with popular media conceptions, analyzing how these two align, or don’t align.

Special MAPH kudos for this event go to MCoP collections research fellow and MAPH Alum Karsten Lund (’07) who has written the essay introducing and describing the collection (much more succinctly and poignantly than I have done here), as well as made many of the crucial decisions concerning the exhibit’s layout and design.

The show is open to the public beginning June 16th and there will be an opening reception for the exhibit at the MCoP on Thursday, June 26 from 5-7pm.

Save the Date – MAPH Reunion, June 6

Hey MAPH Alums!

The MAPH Reunion is approaching and as part of the reunion committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to join me and your fellow MAPHers, preceptors, faculty and friends for an evening of celebration as the University hosts its annual Alumni Weekend. Last year we has the most successful Reunion of any program campus-wide! So, I hope you will mark your calendars as we gather together again to celebrate all that we have accomplished. Our private MAPH Reunion will take place on Friday, June 6 at Landmark Grill and Lounge, located at 1633 North Halsted. Tickets are $20, with a discount of $10 if you register before April 25. A formal invitation is forthcoming. For more information, visit or call Heather Upshaw at (773) 834-2502.

Hope that all is well and I hope to see you in June!


Reunion Committee
Hallie Gordon (AM ‘05)
Patrick Reichard, Chair (AM ‘02)
Linda Smith (AM ’07)
Kamran Swanson (AM ’06)
Miranda Swanson (AM ’01)

Keeping us in the Light

MAPH Alum Joel Witmer (’07) is up and at ’em again with his newest blog The Dark Room, a blog that discusses and reviews movies and television shows. You may remember Joel’s past fame with his Ohio sports based blog, The Disappointment Zone, and its famed appearance in the Wall Street Journal Online.

This time around, Joel has taken his other love, that of the audio visual world, and transformed it into insightful commentary, opinions, riffs, and reviews of movies and TV shows of all genres. He also lists movies he’s seen this year (alphabetically and hierarchically, of course) as well as his current NetFlix queue, just so you can keep abreast of his movie watching, note his credibility as a movie goer, as well as strike up an online conversation with him.

As with his sports blog, Joel’s commentary is well thought out and carefully presented with just the right amount of film elitism and average movie watcher humor, making it enjoyable to read often difficult to disagree with him*.

*author’s note: no matter how elegant his prose or how convincing his analysis is, I shall never agree with Joel about Ohio State.

MAPH Alums to present in Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

In preparation for the upcoming Midwest Graduate Music Consortium conference, THIS Wednesday, February 13, there will be a workshop on the papers of MAPHers Alex Wilson (’07) and Jim Steichen (’07).
Alex will be presenting his paper, “I Guess that this must be the Place: Culture, Structure, and Naive Melodies in an ‘Indie’ Record Shop,” and Jim will be presenting on “J.S Bach’s St Matthew Passion and the Semiotics of Sacred and Secular Performance Occasion.”

Come support MAPH Alums and attend this workshop at the University of Chicago in Goodspeed Hall, Room 205, at 4:30 pm.
Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance in attending this event, please contact Michael Figueroa at 904-614-1464.

More from MAPH Alums at the Caffeine Theatre

Two University of Chicago Alums team up for a “darkly fascinating,” “ambitious”* theatre piece:

Caffeine Theatre presents:
Like the Moon Behind the Clouds
by Donald Gecewicz (AB ’76)
directed by Jennifer Shook (MAPH ’05)

And this week, Caffeine brings you two special events with these U of C artists:

Wednesday, January 30:
A free reading of poetry and Donald Gecewicz’s translation of Carla Vasio’s inspiring Italian memoir of her trip to Japan, where her heart “opened like an eggshell”– at the BookCellar in Lincoln Square. 7:00 pm. See for more information.

Thursday, January 31: Theatre Thursday dinner package includes a pre-fixe dinner at Bella Bacino’s Italian Bistro and Pizzeria, a ticket to the 7:30pm performance of Like the Moon Behind the Clouds, and a post-show conversation with the playwright and director. $25. Tickets at 312-742-TIXS (8497). Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph St.

Continue reading

MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers published on NPR web site

MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers (’00) has recently had her poem, “First Love” published on A Prairie Home Companion Web site, an online version of Garrison Keller’s National Public Radio show.

Documenting this great accomplishment and publishing a copy of “First Love,” Beers was interviewed in the Eastern Oregonian in which she talks about getting her poem published as well as her life as a teacher and poet.

Congratulations Shaindel!