Why do I have to go to that?

Nothing is as good as the original, but the gang had a few good college years

There are many ways in which the first two weeks of your MAPH year (otherwise known as Colloquium) can feel something like your undergraduate freshman orientation. You may have the impulse to hunker down with your newly assigned work and read Freud’s entire corpus of work (please don’t do that; we promise it’s not necessary) so that you nail that first writing assignment and to skip some of the things that seem merely “optional.” But MAPHCentral has carefully planned an agenda of events that will impart you with invaluable knowledge for a productive/supportive and as-un-insane MAPH year as possible. Here’s a breakdown of the most important events for the next two weeks – and reasons to drag yourself out of bed early enough to attend them.

Tuesday, September 18th, 10:30 
Classics 110

Okay, seriously. If you miss this one, we will be super sad. And so will you. Because we have awesome advice to give about how to navigate this dizzying year. It will be over before you know it, so let us help you make the best of it. Come listen to your mentors – real, in-the-flesh people who were in your shoes a mere 370 days ago – discuss how they walked away with Master’s Degrees from the UofC and lived to tell the tale. You’ll also get the chance to hear from other important people who will be crucial resources throughout the year. Finally, we’ll have a Q&A session at the end, where you can ask your most pressing questions and we will do our damnedest to answer them. Also, bagels.

Thursday, September 20th, 5:00-8:00
Meet in Griffin Court @ 5:30
111 South Michigan Ave

This is the first big MAPH outing of the year and it really is a lot of fun to get to know one another outside of the awkward classroom setting. The Art Institute is free to UofC Students (and open until 8:00 every Thursday), so please be sure to bring your student ID to avoid any ticket fees. For many of you, this will also be one of the first trips out of Hyde Park, so it’s nice to brave public transportation with others who may be as clueless as you are. Try to think of this less as an elementary school field trip-esque activity and more as an exercise in social interaction and a glimpse into the cultural life of your new city.

“Run run run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me because I’m the Terrible Smelling Cheese Person*” *Necessary for copyright reasons. -Eds.


Friday, September 21st, 4:00
Logan Center Penthouse (9th Floor)

You may not realize it now, but social hours will prove to be one of the most integral parts of your MAPH experience. It is always nice to unwind after a chaotic week of reading, writing and orating and to interact with people who are working just as hard as you are. Come, meet people you haven’t met yet and have an excuse to start day-drinking. Or to indulge in an assortment of cubed cheese. Whichever tickles your fancy. This first social hour will take place in the Logan Center, the University’s new (and swanky!) arts center. After that, we will be holding Social Hours every Friday during Fall Quarter in your beloved Classics 110. **For the first Social Hour, please bring a STATE-OR-OTHERWISE-LEGALLY-ISSUED ID. We will NOT be able to serve you tasty adult beverages without it!!**

Tuesday September 25th, 8:30 – 6:00
Commencing in Classics Quad

We can say with some confidence that you will be convinced by Tuesday that you have already been “oriented” enough that this event does not apply to you. Please don’t think this way. The University will be much easier for you to navigate with the resources you’ll be given at this event. Not to mention: this event is swag-tastic. Graduate Student Orientation is also a great opportunity for you to meet other graduate students from other divisions. And we know you’re all interested in “interdisciplinary studies” – we read your  personal statements! Live the dream! And if you think MAPH likes to give away free food and drink, you ain’t seen nothing yet (b-b-b-baby). Come indulge in breakfast, lunch AND one or two free drinks at the University Pub (which, IMHO, is the best bar in Hyde Park) at the Grad Student Social, starting at 4:00. YOLO, people.

Those are pretty much the highlights of your two week Colloquium. In addition, we have a couple of tours scheduled for interested parties:

Regenstein Library Tour:
Thursday, September 20th, 3:00-4:00
Meet in Regenstein Lobby

To be honest, this is a tour that everyone should be attending. The University’s Library System is huge. And while we have faith that you’ll be able to navigate them just fine, this tour will highlight some things that will make research that much more convenient. Learn about library services (did you know you can rent laptops and tablets from the @TechBar??), figure out how to make your way into the Mansueto spaceship, and get a leg up in being a super informed graduate student.

Visual Resources Tour:
Friday, September 21st, 10:00-11:15
Cochrane Woods Art Center

This tour will be indispensably useful for those students in Art History, Cinema and Media Studies and those who plan to be working with visual media. Art Historians: do not miss this. For other disciplines, there will be a special session at the library on how to use images in your academic work. English & Comp Lit people – YES YOU CAN PUT PICTURES IN YOUR PAPERS!

Smart Museum Tour:
Wednesday, September 26th, 10:30-11:30
Smart Museum

Again, a great tour for those with an interest in Art History. The Smart Museum is a wonderful center in our very own Hyde Park. They also sometimes employ MAPH students and host internships throughout the year. And you know what they say about the early bird. (He’s the one who – with good cover letters, resumes and recommendations – usually gets the internship.)

So, there it is: your Colloquium in a nutshell. If you have any burning questions about how to make the best of these two weeks, feel free to stop by the MAPH Office. Your mentors will be holding lots of office hours during this time (but you won’t know when until you come to the Mentor Brunch. Mwa-ha-ha).

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