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.
Hey Guys! It is almost exactly a month until the MAPH year begins, and we in the office are incredibly excited about it! We will continue to send you emails about meet-ups and a couple of events before Colloquium begins. But for you convenience/peace of mind/proof that this is really happening, below is a brief description of Colloquium. This is just to give you an idea of what these two weeks will look like. But please email us (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or definitely pop into the office (Classics 117) whenever you arrive. Continue reading →
As lovely as Hyde Park is, it’s useful and fun to get out into other Chicago neighborhoods throughout the year. We recommend trying a few during the summer after you move out here to see where your home-away-from-home in Chicago might be! To get you started, the office staff has thrown together a starter guide about a few of our favorite neighborhoods around town…
Many of you either have moved, are moving, or will move. You have may have found your own apartment or are living in Graduate Housing through University of Chicago. I lived in a studio through Grad Housing and I really enjoyed it- I loved the building manager, had a really nice view, and it was my first time living alone so I basked in knowing that I could leave dishes in the sink guilt-free. Matt also rented an apartment in Hyde Park, through Parker-Holsman, that he found on Marketplace’s apartment page while visiting the area.
Moving for MAPH can feel a bit weird, because it is very temporary and, consequently, you have little time to make the space your own. But if you take some time to unpack and settle before Fall Quarter gets going, you’ll have a much needed sanctuary for what is often a busy and stressful year.
One of the easiest and most reliable ways to get around Hyde Park is a bicycle. Even Chicago as a whole is pretty bike-friendly, with the beautiful path from Hyde Park up and along the lake to North Side neighborhoods like Lincoln Park. It is a beautiful ride and surprisingly fast, since there are no cars to wait or watch out for. Even just within Hyde Park, a bike can be a quick and easy way to get to campus, grab groceries, etc.
So, where are these so-called bicycles and where do I put my hands on those handle bars?
In our last post you met the mentors, Matt and Lucy. Here are three more faces you will encounter in MAPH Central…
Sarah Smith, Program Coordinator
You can find Sarah at the front desk of the MAPH office, behind the daily puzzle calendar and next to the owl lamp. Come to her with any general questions or for administrative help. She’s a great source of information and in the unlikely scenario she cannot answer your questions, she can both physically and figuratively point you in the right direction.
[The following is a guest post from Ariella Phillips, current MAPHer and dramaturg for the production of Ulysses about to be mounted in Classics 110. Check it out! – the MAPH team]
Dear MAPHers, it’s time to treat yo’selves.
Spring has sprung. It is the season for iced coffees and adventuring outside. The thesis cloud over our heads the past two quarters has lifted and the Prom is around the corner. In sum, we are almost finished with our astonishingly brief year here at the University of Chicago.
So with all that newfound relief and celebration, I cordially extend an invitation to come see a new adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses by the Whiskey Rebellion Theatre Company! Meant for Bloomites and the uninitiated of Joyce’s behemoth of a masterwork alike, the play creates the world of June 16, 1904 Dublin in a UChicago classroom. Ulysses 101 was adapted and directed by a pair of U Chicago graduates that understand that a quarter here at U Chicago is not just ten weeks of classes, it’s a journey of Homeric proportions. We may be exhausted, and anywhere on the spectrum of mildly stressed to in a white knuckled panic about the approaching booting us out of our ivory tower into “the real world.” But as Buck Mulligan might say, it is all fine and good to live the life of the mind, but let’s give up the moody brooding! Let’s celebrate! Let’s laugh! Let’s make poop jokes! Let’s enjoy a story about the small, dirty truths of being human.
This weekend, there are two things happening (memorial day, amazing weather) and one thing emphatically not happening (your thesis). The three day weekend right after the thesis deadline is a pretty sweet deal. Also, on the day I turned in my thesis, I found $40 in a parking lot. I’m just saying, good things can happen this weekend.
The MAPH office has been looking forward to the three-day weekend for a while, and we’ve put together out thoughts on the best way to spend it – read on for suggestions!
The independent publisher Melville House was founded in 2001, in Hoboken, New Jersey, by Dennis Loy Johnson, a fiction writer and journalist, and his partner Valerie Merians, a sculptor and photographer. Their first two books were an anthology, Poetry After 9/11, and a work of criticism, B.R. Myers’ A Reader’s Manifesto, neither of which were expected to sell well. Shortly before these volumes hit the shelves, The New York Times called the couple’s endeavor “a disaster in the making.”
Fast forward 13 years, and Melville House (now based in Brooklyn) is one of the most celebrated indie publishers in the country, with a catalog encompassing iconoclastic new authors like Tao Lin and Lars Iyer, Nobel-Prize winners like Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll, political journalism exposing the Bush administration’s crimes and hypocrisy, novellas by countless canonical writers including Joyce, Kleist, and George Eliot, and underappreciated masterpieces by Mary MacLane, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Jean Cocteau.
This unlikely transformation can be attributed, in part, to the editors’ good taste, their savviness in fashioning a distinct personal brand, and their ability to stay abreast of changes in the market (they’ve recently begun accompanying certain print books with e-book supplements). At the Melville House AWP booth last Friday I sat down with Mr. Johnson to talk about the importance of literature in the information age, the damage Amazon.com is doing to publishing, and the ways blogging, literature, and journalism inform one another. Continue reading →