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MAPH Internships and Internship Panel

Hey, MAPHletes!

This is the time of year where the one-year sprint to the finish can start to feel so overwhelming. We get it! Winter quarter finals can be brutal. But you are going to make it: there is a light at the end of tunnel! (Not to mention the weather today is gorgeous. Take a deep breath and a nice, long walk.) And speaking of the light of the end of the tunnel which is attached to that intimidating train called What-to-do-next?, we are always here to help you think towards the future about post-graduation plans, and today, we are doing so by telling you a bit about the several summer internships MAPH offers. Each year, MAPH sponsors a few internships at humanities, cultural, literary, and non-profit organizations around Chicago. These are a great opportunity to gain experience working with vibrant institutions in the city looking for people with skills just like yours!

Next Thursday​,​ March 10th, MAPH will host ​our annual​ ​I​nternship ​P​anel​ at 5:00 p.m. in Classics 21. All the panelist​s​ for this event have held MAPH internship​s​ previously and will share their experiences both during and after their internships. You can read more about MAPH internships​ here and here. If you follow the second link, you will find posts on our alumni blog guest-written by those who have held internships about their experiences.

*​For international students​*: If you are interested in an internship, now is the time to begin OPT paperwork. We are more than happy help at any stage of the OPT application process. Feel free to reach out. You can also read more about the OPT timeline here.


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MAPH Night at the Smart

This Friday after the MAPH Works in Progress Conference we will all make our way to the University’s Smart Museum of Art at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. for a very special reception. There will be food, a cocktail bar, gallery tours, special guests, and a instagram/twitter caption contest!


Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago

The Smart Museum is currently showcasing over 60 works from the Monster Roster group, the first truly unique style of art to come out of Chicago and one of the Midwest’s most important contributions to the art world. In contrast with the dominant abstract style of the majority of postwar art, Monster Roster works are figurative, deeply psychological, often dark and disturbing, and semi-mystical. The influence of psychoanalytic theory and surrealism is palpable in these existential pieces.


We are excited to announce that there will be an Instagram/Twitter caption contest. The most creative (witty, poetic, original) image/text combo taken at the Smart and tagged ‪#‎MonsterRoster‬ ‪#‎MAPH‬ by 03/04 will win a copy of the Monster Roster catalogue.. The posts will be judged by Smart staff/curators. Andrei Pop from Social Thought will be with us to give us a private tour of the Monster Roster gallery. We will also be joined by special guests Tom McCormick and Katie Blehart.

Below is a schedule of events for the evening:

  • 4 pm: buffet and bar will be set up, reception starts, galleries open
  • 4:30 pm: C.J. Lind will welcome us to the Smart and announce catalogue giveaway
  • 5 pm: private Monster Roster tour with Andrei Pop from Social Thought
  • 6 pm: reception ends


See you there!

~ The Mentors

Works in Progress & How to Give a Talk Talk

Each year, MAPH hosts a Works in Progress Conference where a select number of students present on their ongoing thesis work and get the opportunity to answer questions and obtain feedback from their peers.  The How to Give a Talk Talk works well as a precursor to the Works in Progress Conference and also provides some insight into how exactly academics come to share their work with a larger audience. These annual and well-beloved MAPH event celebrates the newbackcollaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the MAPH thesis. Past presenters have presented on topics ranging from Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to the American funeral industry to the logic of choice to the ideas of courtly love present in the poems of Edmund Spenser. You can read about last year’s presenters  here.

This year’s conference will begin at 12pm on Friday, February 26th in Harper 140. There will be two panels of four presenters each, with a short break in-between. Presenters will have 8-10 minutes to talk about their topics, with a Q&A after each panel. Afterwards we’ll all head over to the Smart Museum and have some drinks to celebrate the spirit of MAPH intellectualism and collegiality, and to keep the conversation going.

If you’re interested in presenting, please email a very brief description of your thesis topic to by 12pm on Friday, February 12th. The mentors, in concert with the rest of the MAPH faculty and staff, will choose 8 presenters from the submitted materials. Here are some guidelines for your submissions:

Don’t labor too hard over the description. It should be a short paragraph, probably 5 sentences max. We aren’t expecting your thesis work to be super specific or developed at this point. Just give us a topic and an interesting question or two, and we’ll go from there.

11035610_939174466107490_9095511440115763583_nHow to Give a Talk Talk

The How to Give a Talk Talk is the event to attend to both prepare for the WIP conference and to  get a sense of what it’s like to present at a conference. Several preceptors will share their tips, experiences and general know-how about presenting and attending conferences. This year’s talk will be held on Friday February 19th at 1:00pm. I had a class last year in which we had to present 20 minute conference papers and found this talk very helpful. Plus, Hauske has a special presentation not to be missed!

If you have any questions about WIP or the Talk Talk, feel free to reach out!

All the best,

The Mentors

MAPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Janice Misurell-Mitchell & W.J.T. Mitchell

We are excited to announce that this quarter’s distinguished faculty lecture will be “Image, Sound, Text: From Theory tScreen Shot 2016-01-15 at 10.26.26 AMo Performance” by Janice Misurell-Mitchell and W.J.T. Mitchell. The lecture will take place at 4pm on Tuesday, January 19th in Classics 110, and will be followed by a reception.

Janice Misurell-Mitchell is a composer, lecturer, flutist and vocal artist, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a featured composer at Art Chicago, the University of North Carolina – Greensboro New Music Festival, the International Alliance for Women in Music Congress in Beijing, the Voices of Dissent series at the Bowling Green College of Musical Arts, the Randspiele Festival in Berlin. For many years she was a Co-Artistic Director and performer with CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Her most recent CD, Vanishing Points, music for solo, duo, quartet was chosen by Peter Margasak of The Chicago Reader as one of the top five new music recordings in “Our Favorite Music of 2013”.

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 10.26.50 AMW.J.T. Mitchell teaches in both the English and the Art History departments at the University of Chicago. He also edits the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. He works particularly on the history and theories of media, visual art, and literature, from the eighteenth century to the present. His work explores the relations of visual and verbal representations in the culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). At the University of Chicago this quarter, he is teaching a class entitled “Aesthetics of Media: Image, Music, Text.”

All MAPH students are encouraged to attend this exciting, one-of-a-kind event. We hope to see you there!

What To Do This Weekend; Or, How To Avoid Finals at Thanksgiving

Spending Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago?

Hungry for t(of)urkey?

Don’t know how you’ll survive your first Social Hour-free Friday in two and a half months?

Don’t panic! Here’s our list of the best things to do around Hyde Park and the city.

Eat loads of food with your friends! As you may have already heard, there will be an assortment of free pies for your enjoyment in the MAPH Office until high noon today! Come by and pick one (or several) up and enjoy it tomorrow or over the weekend.

Celebrate the wreathing of the Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago: The Art Institute’s iconic lions have chilling out on Michigan Ave since the museum opened in 1893 (just after UChicago came into the world!), and for no apparent reason Chicagoans been putting wreathes around their necks every Christmas since 1991 (just after your dear mentors came into the world!). As always, you can get free entry with your school ID, and on Black Friday there will also be special decorations, drinks and live music.

Not like that.

Not like that.

Hit up the ChristkindlmarketThe German market at Daley Plaza is an excellent spot to buy eat a cheesy pretzel and Leberkaese, buy some Christmas presents for your parents and swig Gluhwein out of a tiny porcelain boot. Charge your phone beforehand because you will lose your friends in the crowd.



Skate everywhere: The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is a great cold-weather

Your mentors like to get some festive exercise during the break, too.

Your mentors like to get some festive exercise during the break, too.

activity downtown. Closer to home, the Ice Rink on the Midway – just a stone’s throw from our very own Classics – opens for the season on Friday! You can rent skates at both of them, or, if you want to skip the lines, pick up your own second-hand skates at a thrift store (Bridgeport and Lakeview in particular have some great ones) and you can skate for free.



Go out for a drink: It’s holiday season! Time Out have kindly complied a list of bars in the city that are open this weekend (even on Thanksgiving itself), so we don’t have to.

Do nothing: Let’s face it, it’s been a crazily hectic quarter, and it’s not even over yet. Before you gear up for finals, take this weekend to chill out, relax, and pig out on Netflix.



Your Mentors

How to Do MAPH on a Budget: Part 3

Hi, MAPH!  It’s been a gorgeous autumn in Chicago which means it’s a great time to see what the city has to offer outside our beloved Hyde Park.  And the good news is that there is a lot to do for just a little money!  Here’s the final installment of the series “How to Do MAPH on a Budget.”  

10 Things to Do in Chicago for $10 or Less:

Chicago_Skyline_from_John_Hancock_96th_floorIt would be really easy to hang out in Hyde Park from September to June, but it would be a bummer to come up for air in June and realize that you’ve missed out on LIVING IN CHICAGO. Even though it takes a few minutes to hop on the #6 and ride downtown, it’s worth the time and effort to spend some time experiencing Chicago as a human being, rather than simply as an exhausted and over-worked graduate student.

• Be a tourist in downtown Chicago

There are a lot of fun and iconic things to see in downtown Chicago, and it costs nothing to run around for a day and play tourist! Here’s a quick list of some things to check out: Cloud Gate (the Bean), Pritzker Pavilion, the Lurie Gardens, Maggie Daley Park, Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and the Crown Fountain (those are the walls with the faces that spit!).

The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.)

Art_Institute_of_Chicago_Lion_Statue_(2-D)It’s easy to get to the Art Institute and, more importantly, it’s FREE for students with their University of Chicago ID. Channel your inner Ferris Bueller and enjoy the incredible range of exhibits this museum has to offer. Because you get in for FREE, it’s easy to come back over-andover to see the whole museum as well as rotating exhibits.




The Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.)

The MCA is a little more difficult to get to, but it’s definitely worth the trek. Plus, if you take the #6 bus downtown, you can walk through the Magnificent Mile on your way to the MCA! This museum is also FREE with your University of Chicago ID, and you’ll have the opportunity to see, hear, and experience a wide range of artistic pieces.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

This is a small but phenomenal museum devoted to promoting public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art. The entrance fee is $5, but you will get the opportunity to see a different type of museum while seeing Chicago via the Blue Line. My favorite exhibit at the Intuit is the Henry Darger Room!

Bike the Lakefront Trail

Chicago_LFT_GCBiking the Lakefront Trail is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. As you head towards downtown Chicago, the view of the city is absolutely breathtaking, and you get to see some interesting pieces of public art that you would miss riding the CTA or driving. If you have a bike or can borrow one from a friend, this is FREE, but if you don’t have a bike, rent a DIVVY! These blue bikes are available all over Hyde Park, and the rental fee is $9.95 for 24 hours. NOTE: the 24 hour fee can be tricky! You have to check the bike in every 30 minutes at one of the DIVVY stations, or you will get charged an extra fee. The good news: there are plenty of DIVVY check-in stations along the Lakefront Trail.

Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory (2001 N. Clark St.)

Lincoln_Park_ConservatoryI was amazed to find that Chicago has a FREE zoo, but I was shocked to find that the Lincoln Park Zoo is large and well-stocked. Not only does the zoo have a baby sloth right now, but they have everything that you could want from a zoo: lemurs, gorillas, snakes, birds, aardvarks, giraffes. As if naked mole rats were not enough, the zoo is on the same grounds as the FREE Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens. With four display houses, I was blown away by the number and variety of plants that are displayed. Do you know what a sensitive plant is??

The Signature Room at the 95th Floor (The John Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave.)

While the restaurant on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building is expensive, you can headA date with a view up to the bar and get an INCREDIBLE view of Chicago for less than $10. With a 360º view of the city from above, this is a great place to get a drink with your friends, date, or family. Beers and non-alcoholic drinks are $8-$10, but cocktails are reasonably priced around $15. Not 21? Head over to the bar before 5pm to get in before the evening shift. While the John Hancock building is not quite as tall as the Willis Tower, this is an affordable and delicious way to get a great view of the city on a budget. In my opinion, I would rather pay $10 and get a drink at the Hancock than spend $20 to get to the top of the Willis Tower without a tasty beverage.

The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.)

The Empty Bottle is a fantastic bar that offers live music 7 days a week. Every Friday afternoon at 5:30pm, you can get in for free to hear some Hard Country Honky-Tonk from The Hoyle Brothers. Not a fan of Honky-Tonk? You can also hear a variety of free music on Mondays at 9pm! If you have a few dollars to spend, The Empty Bottle has something for everyone at least one day each week.

Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave.)

5471839749_2fd8162dab_bQuimby’s is an absolutely incredible independent bookstore that specializes in zines, small press, and unusual publications. There are so many funky, beautiful, bizarre books in this store, and I always found something to love when I went. One of the great things about Quimby’s is that they have a lot of books from Chicago-based artists, so it’s a cool way to see what the independent book-scene in Chicago looks like. Not only do they have fun events (I met Chris Ware and Ivan Brunetti at a Daniel Clowes signing here!) and handmade books, but prices start at $1.00.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S. Michigan Ave.)

Robert_Mapplethorpe_ExhibitionHoused in Columbia College, the Museum of Contemporary Photography is a FREE museum with rotating exhibitions. This museum is intimate and presents photographs with a wide range of aesthetics and technologies. Each time that I have visited the MoCP, I have been blown away by the exhibitions.

How to Do MAPH on a Budget: Part 2

MAPHletes! You are sprinting towards mid-quarter and keeping up a great pace! You’re starting to feel a bit of chill in the air, and it can be easy to just hole up in the Regenstein and study. (Note: studying is good and generally encouraged.) But while it’s still livable outside you might also want to explore more of Hyde Park and clear your mind. What better way to do so than with free stuff? To point you in that direction, here’s the second installment of Morgan Podraza’s “How to Do MAPH on a Budget.”  Enjoy!

10 Free Things to Do in Hyde Park:

blogpicAIf you live in Hyde Park, it’s going to be difficult to get out of Hyde Park during MAPH. For me, I was always thinking things like: “but that hour that I spend traveling back-and-forth could be spent in an attempt to understand what Lauren Berlant means by a slow death.” Don’t worry! There are plenty of great things to do in HP between paragraphs of LB.

The Smart Museum of Art (5550 S. Greenwood Ave.)

This museum is located on campus and collaborates with scholars to “establish itself as a driving force for creative thinking through the arts at the University of Chicago.” The exhibits include Asian art, contemporary art, something referred to as “old master” European art, and modern art/ design.

The Oriental Institute (1155 E. 58th Street)


This museum is located on campus between the Quad and the Booth school. Not only does the Oriental Institute have amazing artifacts of the ancient Near East, including a statue of King Tut, but the museum also offers free programs and events throughout the year. An orientation week event, for example, is “Bulls and Buns:” get some of Anne Sather’s famous cinnamon rolls while you check out collections from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Israel!

Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Drive)

The Museum of Science and Industry is a great building with an interesting history, but it is also HUGE. The bottom level has an entire WWII German U-505 submarine. While the museum can be expensive to visit most days, there are a bunch of FREE DAYS. Just bring your student ID, and you can spend the entire day learning about everything from robots to humpback whales.

Promontory Point


Promontory Point (known also as The Point) has an incredible view of the city and is a lovely place to lay in the sun, or under the trees, and relax. The Point also has a few fire pits, which are the perfect places to eat s’mores and enjoy the company of other MAPHers, but you will need to either get there early to reserve a pit or potentially hang out with some other Pointers.


57th Street Beach (57th street and Lake Shore Drive)

As a New Mexican, I was so excited to live next to an actual body of water with an actual beach. 57th Street Beach is a lovely beach and a short walk from Promontory Point. Bring something cold to drink and a book to read (perhaps Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1) for a warm day in the sand.  (Editor’s note: our warm days might be behind us… But the Point and beach are looking beautiful in their autumnal dressings!)

Osaka Japanese Garden (6401 S. Stony Island Ave.)

blogpic3The Osaka Japanese Garden is a zen-like refuge from the fast-pace of Chicago and MAPH. While the Garden closed for renovations this past spring, I believe that it should be re-opened this upcoming spring.



The Arts Incubator (301 E. Garfield Blvd.)

The Arts Incubator fosters the relationship between public life and art through arts education, community events, exhibitions, performances, and talks. One of the weekly events that I enjoyed was Committed Knitters, where you can bring your coffee and current knitting project to meet other knitters and learn new techniques!

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street)

blogpic4The Logan Center is that crazy grey, glass building that stands across the Midway—my favorite building on campus. There is always something free to enjoy in the Logan Center: the Cabaret Series happens every other week and includes everything from string quartets to slam poets; every Sunday you can listen to music from the Sunday Song Styles performances in the café; and there are always exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the building.

The Experimental Station (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.)

The Experimental Station is located south of the Midway and hosts a variety of artistic and cultural events, including music, theater, art exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. It is also the home of the 61st Street Farmers Market, which happens every Saturday from 9AM-2PM throughout the year (even in the winter!).

University of Chicago Events

blogpicTake advantage of all of the amazing, free events that the University of Chicago offers students! There are so many events to enjoy on campus: the student circus, yoga classes, tea & pipes at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, lectures by world-renowned faculty, the Blessing of the Animals, Pet Love (the University brings therapy dogs onto campus, and you just pet them!), and more. To keep track of all the events and happenings, download the University of Chicago app.

How to Do MAPH on a Budget: Part 1

Hey, MAPH!  Hope you are all off to a great start on week 3 of the quarter!  This next three-part series of blogposts is written for us by an amazing alumni from last year’s cohort, Morgan Podraza.  This first installment shares some tips on how to make a little extra change.  (Note: Humanities Day is this weekend!)  The next two posts will list some free things to enjoy in Hyde Park as well as some activities that cost less than $10 a little farther afield in the city. Enjoy!

From understanding Hegel’s concept of self-consciousness to meeting people that you will, most likely, spend your free moments drinking jars of whiskey with, MAPH is an incredible, life-changing experience. Let’s be honest, though: that experience is expensive. In any normally-paced, normally-intense program, the answer would be to find a student job to supplement your unhealthy and enjoyable habits (in my case, this would be the $30/week comics budget), but MAPH is neither normally-paced nor normally-intense. While some people found the time and extra sanity to work during the MAPH year, I found that I had little time and sanity to spare.

empty-pockets-333-300x250The following list is the product of my desire to adventure and enjoy Chicago on a budget. Just because your bank account sits at $0.13, doesn’t mean that you can’t have an adventure-filled year in Chicago. Most importantly, remember that you DO live in Chicago and that your extra sanity is worth the extra time it takes to ENJOY your upcoming year.


Part 1 – How to Make a Few Extra Dollars for the Weekend:

There will be some unexpected expenses during your MAPH year—a late fee for returning an ILL book a day late, a performance required by a class, a book for class that’s only available through the professor, a drink after having a meeting with your thesis advisor in which they tell you that you need to re-write most of your draft. In short, the small amount of money that you’ve managed to save could be the victim of unforeseen needs. Don’t worry! There are easy, quick ways to make some extra money without committing yourself to student-employment or a sugar baby website.

The Decision Research Lab (Chicago Booth Harper Center Building, Suite C74)

decisions-6Participants for this research lab are always needed, and you never have to make an appointment ahead of time. The DRL is open Monday-Friday from 12:00PM – 5:00PM, and they offer research studies that range from 2 minutes – 30 minutes. All you have to do is go in with your University of Chicago ID and tell them how much time you have. The studies are super easy and, sometimes, involve snacks! Each study pays a particular amount, but there have been times that I’ve walked out with $12. In addition, the studies change each week, so you can go regularly to earn some extra cash!

University of Chicago Research Studies

The University of Chicago often needs participants for research studies, and these studies pay well! You can find studies on-campus that are as short as 10 minutes and pay a few dollars as well as studies that are multiple hours and pay a lot. Last year, I participated in a study that paid me $180 to (for all intents and purposes) get drunk and read the Althusser assignment for Core. I can honestly say that these research studies paid for a lot during my MAPH year, and I would highly recommend participation to anybody who needs to make some extra money—whether that money is spent on red pepper jelly for your bagel sandwich or tickets to a Second City performance. You can find listings for the University of Chicago research studies on the Marketplace under “Employment.”

Humanities Day

Humanities Day is an annual event at the University of Chicago that features lectures, exhibits, and tours all across campus, and volunteering for this event has a few perks. While volunteering to help with this event may sound unappealing initially, it is a great way to spend a Saturday! Not only did I get paid $112 to work the event, I got to sit in on the events that I supported and they fed everybody lunch from Snail Thai.

University of Chicago Marketplace, “Employment”

Palm with a plant growng from pile of coins

This local version of CraigsList is a great place to find random opportunities for temporary employment. The listings include everything from dog-walking to yard-cleaning, and this website is a lot safer than trolling the unknown abyss of CraigsList. It was through the Marketplace that I connected with two families that asked me to house-sit and dog-sit for them throughout the year, which not only gave me an opportunity to make some money but also to enjoy the company of a furry friend!