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.”
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 →
***Guest post from Bill Hutchison (MAPH ’12), editor-in-chief of Colloquium Magazine***
What is Colloquium?
The short answer? It’s MAPH’s online magazine of awesome stuff.
The longer answer? Well, that takes a bit of explaining…
I remember looking around Social Sciences 122, the grand room that marked my first weeks of lecture* at University of Chicago. I swooned at the elaborate wood-paneled walls, the layered chalkboards sliding up and down, the archaic light fixtures. I remember Professor Wray reciting the Big Names who had lectured in SS122, from Hannah Arendt to Slavoj Žižek. I looked around at a room full of strangers, and I wondered if there was an Arendt or a Žižek among us. Toward the end of my MAPH year, I knew the answer to that question….
Colloquium has arrived! Alien! Henry James! Bagels! There is clearly a lot to keep track of in these first two weeks, so below is a schedule of various goings on. Colloquium is still a good time to get done any errands (refer back to our To Do List post for recommendations) and to keep exploring the city in your downtime. But feel free to stop by the office with questions or to say hello!
This Sunday, September 14th, at 3pm your MAPH year officially begins!
You are cordially invited, by which we mean required, to attend a screening of Alien.
The screening will take place in Social Science 122, which will also be the home of Colloquium and Core lectures throughout Fall Quarter. The screening should end around 5:15-5:30 (if IMDB is to be believed), at which point food shall be served and mingling shall commence in the nice grassy area outside of Classics and Cobb Hall. In addition to meeting your MAPH cohort and these nerds, the BBQ is a great chance to meet your preceptor.
We recognize that the twofold being of this event (being both a social and a professional occasion) can make it difficult to know what the expectations are, both as far as human interactions go and for appropriate attire. The dress code is casual- just nothing too shocking, please.
You are welcome to bring significant others, in whatever form they may exist. We will provide food and drink for everyone! We are all excited to meet people, discuss the film, and, most importantly, eat food.
There is an official FAQ page on the MAPH website. But just in case that doesn’t cover all of your questions, we have anticipated some below:
“How do I get my student ID?”
Go into the Regenstein Library on 57th Street. Before you can pass through the security gates, there is a glass office to the left. Walk into that same ID/Privileges Office, get your picture taken, get your ID within 5 minutes.
You can then decide whether to explore the stacks or soak up some sun by the lake.
Here is a list of some upcoming events, where you can meet other incoming MAPHers, see fun parts of the city, and take a break from unpacking boxes. There will be plenty of other events over the next month (orientation panels, Core lectures, etc.), but these are some of the more fun, social events that we have planned. Keep an eye on the blog for more on upcoming events soon!
Last week we posted a more practical To Do List, with things like IDs and immunization forms. Hopefully we can intersperse those activities with some of the more enjoyable aspects of living in Chicago. Read below for ideas of how to spend the last couple of weeks of summer and hopefully relax a bit before we dive into Colloquium on the 14th!
1. Read about Chicago! This is a great time to find out about events here and to pick a news source for the year. Check out Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, or New City. There are also the long-standing Chicago newspapers, The Tribune and Sun-Times.
Though a recent post encouraged you to go explore other neighborhoods of Chicago, we also hope you’ll take time this fall to enjoy all that Hyde Park has to offer. So, for this post, we’ve created a tour for the museum-lover in you, all in HP. (Though please don’t feel any need to go in order or to do these all in one day)
-Start at the Museum of Science and Industry, an incredible building from the 1893 World’s Fair, and it is right next to the lake and Jackson Park, also a remnant of the World’s Fair. I have never actually gone inside, thought tickets aren’t bad- $18. I’ve just always enjoyed it enough from the exterior on my way to the Osaka Gardens.