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MAPH Internships (AKA your summer job)

Wed, 2017-04-05 12:48
Greetings MAPH-letes! I know you are all working hard on your theses, but we are well into Spring Quarter now and it’s time to start thinking about your post-MAPH life. In addition to suggesting you attend this Friday’s GRADUcon and chat up some prospective employers, the MAPH office wants to make sure you know about the upcoming deadline for the Summer Internships that MAPH funds.

These internships are a great way to get your foot in the door for incredible humanities organizations in Chicago.  They can really help you boost your resume and find out about a variety of jobs in the field.  Even though they are just for the summer, many MAPHers have used them to network and form lasting professional connections, setting them up for future careers.  Even if the work is not always the most glamorous (there is, at times, some paperwork), these organizations will enable you to network with other humanities folks around the city, and beyond. Much like MAPH itself, most Internship-ers have gotten out of these jobs what they put in.

Be sure to also check out our AfterMAPH blog, where we post about past MAPHers’ experiences with these summer internships, including the Odyssey Project, Chicago Humanities Festival and The Newberry Library.

There are five internships being offered this year:  (1) Programming/Education Fellowship for the Chicago Humanities Festival (2) Intern for The Odyssey Project (3) Editorial Intern for the Art Institute of Chicago’s publishing department (4) SMART Museum Communications Intern and (5) Manuscripts and Archives Intern for The Newberry Library. Details on all of the internships are below.

The deadline for all the Summer Internships is Monday April 10th. Please submit all internship applications to

These are coveted positions.  Last year there were roughly 80 applications submitted to the 12 internships available.  NB:  you can apply to more than one! 

So get your resumes and cover letters ready and see if you can get yourself a JOB!

MAPH CHF Program Fellow 2017

MAPH Newberry internship descrip 2017

Smart 2017 MAPH Communications Internship

MAPH Odyssey Project Internship

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Campus Days 2017: What to Do if You Get Here Early

Wed, 2017-03-29 11:50
Campus Days 2017: What to Do if You Get Here Early!

Here at MAPHCentral, we are gearing up for Campus Days 2017 and are excited to meet everyone this weekend! You can find an outline of the schedule for Campus Days here and a more detailed schedule here.  

If you get to Chicago before Campus Days or have some time here afterwards, or if you are a current student hosting someone and want to point out things to do and see, below are some suggested spots and activities!

Within Hyde Park

Although this weekend your focus will likely be on the University, Hyde Park as a whole has a lot to offer. To enjoy some time outside, we strongly recommend Promontory Point, the east end of 55th Street. Promontory Point provides one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline and of Lake Michigan. If the weather is warm, we also recommend taking a stroll a little farther south to Osaka Garden (which is now called Phoenix Garden).  The garden was built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and has recently been rehabbed and reopened with North America’s only art installation by Yoko Ono.

Hyde Park also has several bookstores worth browsing. We have the Seminary Co-op (which is also next to one of our favorite coffee shops, Plein Air Cafe), and its sister store, 57th Street Books. On 57th is an excellent selection of used books at Powell’s. (Also, there are often a couple of boxes of free books, of mixed quality, on the sidewalk outside Powell’s. Who doesn’t love free books?)

Hyde Park is also home to some top-notch museums and galleries. The SMART Museum of Art, UChicago’s own art museum, boasts a large collection and is currently featuring a collection of works in their current Classicisms exhibition.

For more art, venture to the Hyde Park Art Center on 51st Street. The Oriental Institute on campus has an impressive collection of artifacts from the Ancient East. The Museum of Science & Industry, which is in a building constructed for the Chicago World’s Fair, is just east of campus, near the 57th Street beach, and the DuSable Museum of African American History is just to the west.


Lastly, Hyde Park is home to the Robie House, a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house from 1910. It is right on campus (by the Seminary Co-op) and offers daily tours for 14-17 dollars.

Going Downtown

Getting downtown is pretty easy and quick (see our previous post on transportation). The #6 bus runs regularly between Hyde Park and downtown. During weekday rush hour, the #2 bus is also convenient and takes you downtown.

Downtown Chicago houses the city’s most famous piece of public art – “Cloud Gate,” more commonly known as “The Bean.” It is located in the lovely Millennium Park with other sculptures, great views of iconic buildings, the Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, and Lurie Garden and is a nice place to walk around and enjoy free art. Downtown Chicago also houses some of the country’s most prestigious museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago (right off the #6 bus and right beside Millennium Park), which you can access for free while you’re here. Enter through the Modern Wing, and at the front desk say you’re with the University of Chicago and that there are 40 free admission passes in Maren Robinson’s name. 

Feel free to check out the Museum Campus, which has the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum (with their excellent Tattoo and China exhibits) and The Adler Planetarium!

You Hungry? No Problem!

There are a lot of food and drink options downtown, as you might imagine. Favorite places for deep dish are Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. (If you want to order deep dish, give yourself ample time! Deep dish takes a while to prepare!) In Hyde Park there are several good food choices, like Pizza Capri (53rd Street), Valois (Obama’s favorite restaurant), Harold’s Fish and Chicken, LSTC Refectory and Sola Cafe, Z&H Cafe and Salonica! All of these places are highly recommended by MAPH staff and Students.

If you’re eating downtown, these places are recommended by MAPH staff and students: Cafe BabaReeba  The Violet Hour, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company, and The Bar Below.


Chicago is home to more than 200 neighborhoods. Find hipster paradise (and plenty of good bars) in Wicker Park. You can visit the Zoo & Conservatory in Lincoln Park (which is free), browse a non-profit used bookstore in River North, or eat some dim sum in Chinatown.

We also recommend looking at Time Out Chicago, which you can find here. They’ll help you find various activities in the city and also have great recommendations for food and drink!

~ Your Mentors

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Campus Days 2017: Transportation

Wed, 2017-03-29 11:48

Campus Days 2017: Transportation!

Hello, Prospective Students!

We’re excited to meet you all for Campus Days. But first, here is some advice for getting to Hyde Park and even exploring other parts of Chicago, if you have time. Below are our recommendations for transportation. Feel free to email us ( if you have any questions!

Get Out (of the Airport)

O’Hare: The Blue Line runs straight from the basement of Chicago O’Hare to the Loop, where you can hop on the 6 or 2 bus down to Hyde Park.

Midway: The 55 bus goes straight from Midway Airport to Hyde Park. The 55th & Ellis stop is essentially on campus, but if you’re staying a little farther east, ask your host (or Google) which stop you should disembark at. You can also jump on the Orange Line from Midway, which will take you to the Loop, where you can grab a train to another neighborhood if you are staying or exploring outside of Hyde Park.

The 6 Bus runs express to/from the Loop and 47th all day everyday and into the night (south from 5:00 am until 1:00 am and north from 4:00 am until ~midnight). It’s a quick (and rather scenic) way to get to and from downtown, dropping you along Michigan Avenue. If you’re staying outside of the neighborhood, this will probably be your bus, as it connects to all CTA train lines in the Loop.

The 2 Bus runs express to/from the Loop and 57th & Stony Island. This bus only runs during weekday rush hours, so it’s somewhat more limited. But the 60th & Ellis stop will drop you off directly across the Midway from the Classics Building (1010 E. 59th Street), home of the MAPH Office and many Campus Days events.

The Metra goes from Millennium Station to 57th and 59th street. Riding the Metra is a little more expensive than the CTA, but it is speedy and pleasant. Like the 2 Bus, the Metra’s schedule is less frequent: it’s worth looking up the Metra’s times to avoid a wait.

Getting Around: Hyde Park Edition

The 170, 171, and 172 buses travel throughout Hyde Park. The University also runs daytime shuttles that follow routes throughout the neighborhood, including to/from the Metra stations.

There is also a 53rd street shuttle that makes getting from campus to businesses and residences near 53rd & Lake Park a breeze.

The UGO NightRide shuttles will come in handy after hours. These shuttles (North, South, East, and West) run into the early morning, and will likely take you to or near to your destination if you are staying in Hyde Park. A couple of the shuttles pick up near the Logan Center, where our reception will be on Sunday evening. We’ll provide you will passes for the shuttles in the information packets you’ll receive on Sunday.


Parking on the weekend shouldn’t be a problem, though parking near campus will prove harder on Monday. If you’re driving to campus on Monday, then, we recommend you budget extra time to find a spot, as parking spots around campus tend to have disappeared by an ungodly hour on the weekday. You can usually find something on the Midway after circling around a few times, but, if that doesn’t work out, there is a free lot on 60th & Stony Island that is open 24/7 or a parking structure on Ellis & 55 (though you do have to pay for this one).

Get a Ride!

As you probably already know, ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, provide popular (and often cheaper) alternatives to cabs in cities like Chicago.

Hailo can help pin down cabs in places where it is harder to hail one, or you can head to the Museum of Science and Industry, where there is always a cab line.

Cab companies in Chicago: Yellow Cab, Flash Cab, Chicago Carriage Cab

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Spring Break (woo.)

Mon, 2017-03-06 14:29


Well, OK, it’s not spring, but apparently these days winter lasts about two weeks at the end of December. For all intents and purposes it’s Spring.

Some lily varieties have evolved to mimic local fauna for protection

Congratulations on being present for an historic event in Chicago history:  this is the first time in recorded history that Chicago had no snowfall in January and February!

Big thanks to the parts of the current administration that are trying to get us out of the Paris accord.  Real win for America, that.  I’m sure Steve Bannon knows science better than…..scientists.







Are you interested in seeing how you or your home will disappear into the sea? Check out this interactive map to learn just how much water your community can stand!










Can you believe Spring Break (woo) is approaching?  Just two short weeks from now you have the luxury of realizing how far behind on your thesis-work you are, and how little time it will be before you are once again ejected into the cold reality of professional life.

We of the MAPH office thought we might check in to highlight a few things to do over the next month or so in Chicago, and offer some advice as the end of the year races towards us.

Good advice. Bill Nye, 2020

OK Important Stuff First: Self-Care

This can be among the most stressful times of the year for MAPHers. You may feel isolated, under siege, and not up to the task of the final months of the program.


Don’t forget your project here: being a MAPHer is harder than being a first-year PhD student, because you are producing your thesis in addition to a FULL class load.

But it will get a little easier in Spring quarter. As you know, next quarter you will only have 2 classes. For about 3 days, you’ll say something like, “The rest of the year is a breeze! I love Spring Quarter!”

Then you will say something like, “I fucking hate Spring Quarter.”

It can be hard to get real serious about your thesis. It’s stressful to have looming deadlines.  And you will find that having two classes still keeps you extremely busy (after all, you may have been ignoring roughly the amount of reading of a full class between your three winter classes).

But overall, I think MAPHers really come into their own in Spring.  All of a sudden your cobbled-together mass of thesis starts to look like a professional piece of academic work.  You get onto the Irony listerserv and start seeing all the badass jobs you can do as a humanist.  You start to internalize the waves of theory that have been hitting you for six months (thaaat’s what Hegel was doing!)

The weather will be gorgeous.  Or it will be super cold.  Or it will get to like 90 degrees and humid.  Pretty much up in the air.

(see what I did there?  up in the air?  the weather is up in the air?)

Also groom yourself

You might actually have some breathing room.  You might actually be motivated to get out of Hyde Park.  I think you SHOULD get out of Hyde Park.  Get a little Vitamin D, see this great city. Take the architecture tour. Take care of your mental health.

On that note, here are some things to do in the coming weeks.  There is SO MUCH going on, this is only a tiny slice of stuff that jumped out at me.

Things to Do: Baconfest: April 1

It’s baconfest people. ‘Nuff said.

Women Perform Shakespeare: March 3-26

Woman play all the parts in Henry V, a war story about leadership in the face of adversity at City Lit Theater. Discount tickets $6 to $10.

Orchid Show: March 3-26

Nothing says springtime in Chicago like a presentation of East Asian flowers brought to this continent in the 1700’s. Seriously though, they are gorgeous. Or if you want to go emo, check out their corpse flower. If you can get there, it’s worth it. Add a trip to the B’hai temple while you’re up there.

Official Blurb:

See 10,000 blooming orchids at the Orchid Show, with morning music Tuesdays & Thursdays, orchid sales March 11 & 12 & 30, and an Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting March 16 at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Personally I would prefer blooming onions, but this is cool too

Rabbits love orchids

Peace on Earth Film Festival Mar 10-12:

Take a break from the blockbusters and learn a thing or two at the Peace on Earth Film Festival, which showcases a series of social justice-oriented films and filmmaking panels.

The three day event showcases films about social justice and human rights with the aim of advancing world peace. This year’s opening night films address prison reform with “Beyond the Wall”, a behind-the-scenes documentary and a drama by award-winning director John Hancock starring Nick Nolte. Other notable films include Sharon Stone’s conversation with Skokie resident and Holocaust survivor Sam Harris and a documentary about the Onondaga Nation waging a battle with the U.S. government for its land in central New York.

Adult Variety Show: March 3 – June 23

Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, and variety acts at Uptown Underground for age 21+. Discount tickets $14.

If you haven’t been to the music box, you should go.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March 11

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe, rain or shine. Free.

Celebrate St. Patty’s day like a true Chicagoan: Get drunk at 10am, get in a fight at 10:15am, vomit into the river at 10:28am (they turn the river green!) and fall asleep at 10:35am.

Repeat at Noon, 5pm, and 10pm.


  Or maybe you don’t want to celebrate like an as–I mean, like an enthusiastic Chicagoan.  If so, check out the Irish-American Heritage Center’s St. Patrick’s Festival:

Not down for the madness of the downtown parade but still want to celebrate? Celebrate a more traditional way with Irish food, dances, and live music at the Irish-American Heritage Center’s St. Patrick’s Festival.

Mar 17-19: Take in a series of workshops, competitions demonstrations at the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention, where artists from across the nation come to show off their skills. You can even get inked yourself.


Free Food Festival: March 18

Sorry, did you not see that?  FREE FOOD FESTIVAL.

Good Food Festival is all about locally produced food, with speakers, micro workshops, chef demonstrations, vendors, and a kids’ corner. Register free online and bring your confirmation.

Mar 17-19: Encounter a whole new level of pet obsession at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo. Shop for the latest pet treats and toys, or meet with breeding clubs and rescue organizations. No pets allowed lol.


OK, that’s it for now.  Have a great spring break y’all

Love you,

Yer Menters

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