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MAPH Posts from Yesteryear

Stacks on Stacks on Stacks: A Guest Post on the UChicago Libraries

Dear MAPHers: below, you will find a guest post from Bill Hutchison (MAPH ’12, Mentor ’13), who is a current PhD in the English Department and an avid patron of the UChicago library system. We’re happy to present this MAPHtastic classic, as it is full of sage wisdom about how to navigate the vast troves of knowledge in the Reg, Mansueto, and beyond. Enjoy!



“Libraries raised me.”
—Isaac Asimov

The UChicago library system is—as it should be—a labyrinthine construct with countless treasures, secrets, and codes. Discovering what it holds and how to access it can be one of the great pleasures of graduate school. If you, like me, take tremendous joy from learning how to wield your library to your own wild, intellectual ends, take note: herein I will share with you some of my discoveries. Continue reading

“I just started grad school! You want me to think about WHAT?!”

Get out your calendars!

That’s right folks – the first major MAPH Career event of the year is upon us. Please join us this Wednesday, November 14th in Classics 110 from 5:30 – 8:30pm for CAREER CORE’s MAPH Alumni Night. There are a ton of MAPH Career-related events this month. You should go to them. But this Wednesday’s event will be worlds of informative – it might as well be mandatory. (If it helps you to think of it that way, cool. COME. NO EXCUSES.)This event will offer you guys the unique opportunity to speak with MAPH alums about the infinitely cool and diverse things that they are doing post-graduation.

“But, Mentors! It’s Week 7! Do you know how much stuff we have to do?” Well, yes. We do. We were there! And as people who were there, we can tell you that this is one of those events that you simply should not miss. As much as it feels like you’re just starting to get your feet wet with this whole grad school thing, it’s important to remember that you guys are only here for one year. It’s important to start thinking about what comes next sooner, rather than later. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

If you are already in town, you should hang out with us on Thursday afternoon.

MAPH student using UChicago's Reindeer Info-Transfer System.

Your MAPH year is almost upon you. For nine months, our collective destinies will be bound up together in a whirlwind of intellectual discovery, psychological transformation, and cubes of Friday cheese. Throughout the whirlwind, your life will be lifted and eased by your friends. Start collecting them now!


To that end, the Second and Final Pre-MAPH Meet-Up is Thursday, September 6. Join us at Z&H on 57th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

We know that the extroverts and social butterflies among you are already working out their networking strategies and ironing their pocket squares. But for you introverts, wallflowers, and quiet types, the thought of coming to such an event fills you with social anxiety. Please find herein Three Good Reasons to come to Thursday’s meet-up.

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First MAPH Meet-up!

For some of you, it’s about that time of summer; you’ve exhausted your reading list, you’ve gone to the Museum of Science and Industry (twice? three times?) and you’ve braved public transportation into the Loop a handful of times. You’ve even tried the “sulky-intellectual-in-a-dark-bar-who’s-too-cool-for-friends” look on for size, but you’re getting pretty bored, aren’t you? Well, good news! MAPH will be hosting its first official-unofficial pre-program meet-up next week (I am celebrating the use of the hyphen in anticipation of National Punctuation Day: September 24th. Mark your calendars, people*.)

If you’re already in Hyde Park, come mingle with your fellow early birds and meet your Mentors in the flesh! (Mmm… flesh.) We will be convening at Z&H at 2:00pm next Thursday, August 16, 2012. It’s located on the heavily (alright – moderately) foot-trafficked block of 57th Street and Kenwood. It’s a great little place with delectable sandwiches and well-above average coffee. One Yelp reviewer even posits: “I can honestly say that these three sandwiches [Godfather, Lil’ Smokey O Malley and the Hennessy] are on my top sandwiches in the world list.” I mean – with a glowing recommendation like that, how can you resist? And also – how do we get our hands on that list? We’re pretty serious about starting a Global Sandwich Initiative.

We hope to see some of you there! And for those of you who have not yet arrived, that’s perfectly fine – we’ll be having another get-together closer to the beginning of Colloquium.

On a somewhat tangential note, please really do feel free to use the [MAPH-etc] listserv to schedule meet-ups amongst yourselves or to inform other MAPHers about things you might be doing for the rest of the summer. It’s a great way to meet people before the start of the program!

*Please don’t forget to download the recipe for the Official Meat Loaf of National Punctuation Day ®


Regicide in the Park!

Free Julius Caesar!

Do you enjoy dramatizations of famous assassinations? Do you like to see fine theatre performances for free?

If yes, or if you think you might enjoy sitting in a nice park while watching the violent demise of Julius Caesar transpire before your very eyes, then make your way up to Evanston one weekend in August, or early September, to see Muse of Fire Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.  The political intrigue and bloodshed are being directed by MAPH alum Jemma Alix Levy.  Go see the sort of talent that comes through MAPH.

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays –3 PM–August 4-September 9

WHERE: Ingraham Park–2100 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL (Behind the Morton Civic Center)

Price of Admission: $0, Free