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Hyde Park Art Center

Have you been to the Hyde Park Art Center? Check it out! It is a fun, local museum with fascinating exhibits and a fantastic commitment to the community.  Some upcoming events:

Cocktails and Clay

April 9th, 2010

8PM until midnight

You get to make things out of clay, dance to live DJ music, and drink fancy cocktails all evening! Held on the second Friday of every month.

Artist Talk: Andreas Fischer

April 11th, 2010

3 PM

Here is a chance to chat with an artist in a relaxed environment.  Andreas Fischer will be talking about her images (and imaginings) of history in her exhibit Ghost Town.

For more information, go to

The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell.

Study Breaks!

Our nature is not self-sufficient for engaging in study: our body must be healthy and we must have food and generally be cared for” (Nicomachean Ethics X 1178b 35).

It is that time of year again, time for 20 hour workdays, paper-writing stupors, and general stress all around.  May I take this moment to implore you to please please please take some breaks?  It is good for you, it will make you feel better, and it will even help you do a better job on your papers. Here are some fun ideas for short study breaks:

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1) Grab a friend and go get a croissant and a cup of coffee at Bonjour Bakery, the Medici Bakery, Z and H, or some other bakery you like. Talk about things other than your papers.  After 30 minutes, you will start to feel like a normal human being again.

2) Go for a walk.  I saw some hyacinths coming up as I walked to campus this morning! Give yourself twenty minutes and explore your neighborhood.  Walk down a street you’ve never been down before.  Head out to the lake and see if all the crazy ice has melted. Just use your common sense and don’t go anywhere dangerous.  It’s also best to bring a buddy late at  night. (I am your mother.)

3) Cook yourself something. No, really.  Cooking is creative, relaxing, and at the end you get to eat a healthful, home-cooked meal.  Visit,, or any similar site for recipe ideas.

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4) Exercise. Hit the gym, take a yoga class, go for a jog outside.  Even a 15 minute jog in the fresh air can be revitalizing.

5) It may seem counterintuitive, but have a book on hand that you can read for pleasure.  Sometimes, when you get into the study groove, it is difficult to take breaks that are completely non-academic.  Taking a few minutes to read a chapter of an old favorite can be a welcome distraction.  Books you enjoyed as a child or a young adult can be particularly good choices.

Muscari Mixture - Singing the Blues Good luck with everything! It’s just a few more days now! You can do it!

2010 Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Well well well! It’s week ten and Saint Patty’s is nearly upon us.  The city of Chicago will celebrate early this year with the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place this Saturday, March 13th.  The parade will begin at 12:00 noon, and starts at the corner of Balbo and Columbus downtown.  The parade will take a northern route and will end up in front of the Buckingham Fountain. Among the entertainment will be marching bands, drummers, floats, Irish dancers, and the Parade Queen, who was elected in January.  Last but not least, you’ll see the river dyed green.  That’s right, a green river. Don’t miss it!

Special Collections!

Hey Everyone!


Do you know about Special Collections? It is the area of the Regenstein Library that holds rare books, manuscripts, documents, and archives. We have a spectacular collection here at the University of Chicago- be sure to check it out!

Here is a link to the Special Collections blog, where they let us know about all kinds of events, new acquisitions and more:

A Naked, Thinking Heart.

In honor of Cupid’s birthday:

by John Donne

LITTLE think’st thou, poor flower,
Whom I’ve watch’d six or seven days,
And seen thy birth, and seen what every hour
Gave to thy growth, thee to this height to raise,
And now dost laugh and triumph on this bough,
Little think’st thou,
That it will freeze anon, and that I shall
To-morrow find thee fallen, or not at all.

Little think’st thou, poor heart,
That labourest yet to nestle thee,
And think’st by hovering here to get a part
In a forbidden or forbidding tree,
And hopest her stiffness by long siege to bow,
Little think’st thou
That thou to-morrow, ere the sun doth wake,
Must with the sun and me a journey take.

But thou, which lovest to be
Subtle to plague thyself, wilt say,
Alas! if you must go, what’s that to me?
Here lies my business, and here I will stay
You go to friends, whose love and means present
Various content
To your eyes, ears, and taste, and every part ;
If then your body go, what need your heart?

Well then, stay here; but know,
When thou hast stay’d and done thy most,
A naked thinking heart, that makes no show,
Is to a woman but a kind of ghost.
How shall she know my heart; or having none,
Know thee for one?
Practice may make her know some other part;
But take my word, she doth not know a heart.

Meet me in London, then,
Twenty days hence, and thou shalt see
Me fresher and more fat, by being with men,
Than if I had stay’d still with her and thee.
For God’s sake, if you can, be you so too;
I will give you
There to another friend, whom we shall find
As glad to have my body as my mind.

Valentine Speed Dating!

A number of MAPHers did this last year and found it entertaining at its worst, and romantic at its best!

The Pritzker School of Medicine and The Graduate Council Present:
Speed Dating

WHO: All U of C Graduate Students!
WHEN: Saturday, February 13th, 8:30-11 pm
WHERE: Booth School of Business Room 104
WHY: *Meet people outside of your program!
*20 dates for $25
*Catered food and beverages included
(must be 21 to enter)

Buy your ticket online at or in your graduate school’s
lobby the week of February 8th.

REMEDY is a Pritzker School of Medicine organization that brings recovered
medical supplies to developing nations.

Check out for more info

The Point!

Dear MAPH Students,

I don’t know how many of you have heard of The Point, but it’s a twice-yearly magazine started last spring by three Social Thought PhD students with the aim of providing rigorous but accessible essays on contemporary life and culture. One thing we’re trying to do is to bring well-known thinkers to bear on today’s world: connecting Facebook and Plato, seduction and Stendhal, the Creation Museum and Nietzsche, female slackers and Chaucer, etc. But the aim isn’t so much to popularize philosophical, literary and sociological thought as to have it emerge organically out of everyday experience; to provoke reflection rather than to lecture.

Our articles come from a combination of students, professors and professional writers. Last time we had an article by a MAPH alum, Marie Chesianuk, alongside pieces by Slavoj Zizek and Mark Lilla. The forthcoming issue features student essays beside those by Robert Pippin, Martha Nussbaum and Raymond Geuss.

Aside from inviting contributions from MAPH students in the future, The Point would like to invite you all to the second issue launch party on February 6th in Wicker Park. An awesome new Chicago-based band named Ornery Little Darlings will be performing; cocktails will be served in the first hour; fun will be had.

When: Saturday, February 6, 8:30pm–2am
Where: 1401 Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL
How Much: Free for subscribers and anyone who purchases a $10 magazine ($5 with UCID!).
RSVP: or Facebook.  Or, send Julie an email with your name.

For more information on the magazine, full articles from issue one, and a preview of what’s in issue two, visit our (soon to be revamped) website at:


Jon Baskin
Jonny Thakkar
Etay Zwick

Editors, The Point

A New Movie Theater! (In the South Loop!)

VIP seating in ShowPlace ICON with Memory Foam, leather seating.“Moviegoing may never be the same” quips one reviewer of the new ShowPlace Icon Theater.  Located at the corner of Roosevelt and Clark, the new theater has gotten a lot of attention in the weeks following its grand opening.  What’s all the fuss about?

1) The theater close and convenient, mere minutes from Hyde Park.  It is located just a few blocks from both a #6 bus stop and a Metra stop (Roosevelt).  Also, for those who drive, the theater has free indoor parking.

2) Comfy seats are arranged to maximize your view of the screen.

3) Excellent screening: as the ShowPlace Icon site puts it, “with digital cinema projectors capable of displaying 35 trillion colors, each frame always appears exactly how the director imagined it.”

4) Cocktail lounge with full bar and menu.  IN THE MOVIE THEATER! The “contemporary cocktail lounge” was conceived of and created by restauranteur Jerry Kleiner of Park 52, Carnivale, and Gloco.  It is black and red and posh.  And they have bacon popcorn, and cookie in a skillet. YUM. (21 plus, of course!)

Sounds great, right? This theater does make for a pretty enjoyable movie-watching experience.  I saw “Youth in Revolt” there recently and enjoyed both the movie and the movie theater.  Any cons? Well, tickets are a bit pricier than in some other theaters (12.50).  There is, however, a special “early bird” price, though, for shows before 11:55 AM (7.50).  Also, the theater is not really a child-friendly space. There is a reduced children’s fare (10.00), but infants, “when permitted,” must have their own adult-fare ticket.  Also, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent after 7 PM.

All in all, though, I am happy to have a theater that is closer to Hyde Park, where I can get a drink or even dinner along with my movie.  And, bacon popcorn.

ShowPlace ICON
150 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605

Teaching in Community Colleges!

Tomorrow, Susan Dennehy will be talking about teaching in community colleges tomorrow at CAPS at 4:30 PM. Lesley Lundeen says, “If you’re not currently in the class, but are interested in this kind of teaching, then I recommend coming to this program!”

Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?

Check out this fascinating lecture next Wednesday, given by Justice Albie Sachs.

Here is some information about Justice Sachs, taken from the U of C website:

Justice Albie Sachs is the first Richard & Ann Silver Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago. He will teach a five-week course in the College and present this public lecture series, based on his new book, Reason and Passion: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Justice Sachs’ career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen, when as a law student in Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. The bulk of his work at the Cape Bar involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws. After going into exile in 1966, he spent eleven years in England and eleven years in Mozambique as law professor and legal researcher. In 1988 he was blown up by a bomb placed in his car in Maputo by South African security agents, losing an arm and the sight of an eye. During the 1980s he helped draft the ANC’s Code of Conduct and statutes. In 1990 he returned home and as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994 he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court, from which he retired this fall.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, at 7:00 PM in the Social Sciences 122.  Sounds great for anyone interested in law, justice, ethics, reason, or political theory.