On Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm at the brand new Logan Center, MAPH is co-sponsoring a panel discussion on Chicago police torture.
In moment when the relevance of the humanities is being challenged, it is a great opportunity to have a conversation about what the role of journalism or a play might be in a public dialogue about a serious social concern like torture. We hope this will be the start of future discussion-based events for current students and alumni to keep discussing at the role of the humanities in the academy and the world at large.
The event will feature John Conroy, the Chicago journalist who covered the Chicago police torture scandal, who has now written a play inspired by the cases he covered. His book on torture, Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is often taught in courses at the university. In addition to John, panelists will include CraigFutterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago, Former Chicago Police Superintendent Richard Brzeczek, People’s Law Office founding partner G. Flint Taylor and will be moderated by WBEZ’s Kelly Kleiman.
At the start of the evening actors will perform a scene from the play as a spark for discussion and there will be a period for questions and discussion from the audience. A reception will follow the event.
We hope those living in Chicago will make the time to join us for this conversation.
The Smart Museum’s exhibition Adaptation opened today, and it includes a new work by ARTV 24103, a collective that includes current MAPHers Laura Heldt and Natasha Long. The work grew out of a practicum taught by Catherine Sullivan — Natasha writes about the project over on the Adaptation blog-cum-catalogue.
The other works in Adaptation — by Guy Ben-Ner, Arturo Herrera, Catherine Sullivan, and Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation — re-envision classic literature, painting, film, ballet, and even e-mail for new video installations. You can check out clips of all the works on the online catalogue. Or, better yet, brave the snow tonight and come out for free food, refreshments, and art at the opening reception and panel discussion, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Perhaps it’s been awhile since you’ve talked to your fellow MAPHers (or maybe it was just this morning); in either case we are launching the official afterMAPH blog– a place where you can reunite, share ideas, read about things going on in Chicago, Hyde Park, and the lives of your fellow alums. We are doing this in attempt to sustain the MAPH community, encourage conversations and networking, and to keep you updated on the great things MAPH alums are doing these days. We welcome your contributions, comments, and ideas to the blog and are hoping to create a space that is useful and perhaps even entertaining to you.
This blog aims to include job announcements, Alumni Events, MAPH Alum news, and some MAPH/University/Chicago news of interest. Please read, enjoy, send your submissions, and perhaps even pretend like you are back in MAPH office in Classics, drinking mediocre coffee, and chit chatting with your fellow MAPHers about your thesis and the next social hour. For info on how to submit, check out the “Contribute” page.
Welcome and enjoy!