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Swagato last won the day on July 9 2013

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  1. Hopefully New Haven will be a little nicer--weather-wise--when you lot visit. Congratulations to all.
  2. Congratulations on finding yourself in a very good place, OP. My recommendation would be to visit both programs (of course), talk to current students both in and outside of your areas of interest. Talk to faculty in your areas and outside of it. Try to find out as much as you can about recent placement (if you are primarily interested in TT positions, or in museum curating, or both, etc.). Both obviously have strong alumni networks, so this is a major plus of which you shouldn't fail to make good use. P.S. Curious if you also applied to Yale.
  3. Honestly, go with the Air. People rave about its lightness, and it's something you don't notice until you're using it regularly. And the small footprint is another thing you don't notice until you're using it regularly. I'm in the humanities so it's text-heavy work for me, and I've never felt restricted by the 13" display. I have a 2010 Air, by the way, and am considering an upgrade some time toward the end of this year (to whatever the maxed out current model Air at the time would be). You can always just keep adding external storage, which is becoming increasingly cheap. I only needed a
  4. Given your future goals, I'd say you should make it a point of priority to pick the program that appears most strongly equipped to boost you into those places (Stanford, Princeton, etc.). Also, although Joselit recently moved on from Yale to CUNY, we'll likely not have that spot empty for too long. So there's probably another to add to your list! Carol Armstrong, of course, is already here. You might want to speak to graduates from the programs who are actually now at some of those PhD programs you have in mind.
  5. This isn't really true at all. Just about every place will allow for a resubmission of documents as long as it occurs fairly soon after the deadline. Also, it's entirely up to you whether you want to keep fine-tuning your SOP/writing sample through the application season or not. Speaking anecdotally, I received my best responses from my later applications. I had continued working on both, making significant revisions to my sample. YMMV of course.
  6. Of possible interest (probably old news by now). http://press.moma.org/2013/09/museum-research-consortium-announcement/
  7. Be sure to check where recent graduates are now.
  8. IMHO, these are rather bizarre questions to ask *now* given your professed stance against the program. Perhaps these might have been issues to have clarified *prior* to mounting blanket offensives against a particular program? Anyway... 1. What you seem not to comprehend is that there is little distinction between MAPH and the regular PhD. In fact, aside from the one Core seminar course, students are able to take any graduate courses, anywhere in the division of the humanities. Thus, I routinely found myself in PhD seminars, mixed graduate/undergraduate courses, or introductory graduate/un
  9. If you haven't heard anything by now, it's probably a good idea to reach out.
  10. Since I believe this exchange isn't exactly proving productive, I'll include a final comment on this purely for future readers. Obviously, I remain in complete disagreement with m-ttl. First, "special permission" = Ask the faculty member. It's that simple. Second, I don't believe it's a program's responsibility to secure internships for its students. Those half a dozen internships are funded by the program itself. You're obviously free to pursue your own options (as should be the case). Third, MAPH does come with a number of partial (and lately, apparently a few full) scholarships.
  11. Sure you can take seminar courses. I was in two during my time there. The program is not at all unclear (and it's this easy misconception that actually necessitates the "defences" you mention). The program is explicitly designed to be so flexible as to accommodate a wide range of interests (bear in mind that it is something humanists of all stripes are considered for either via direct application or as a redirect from the PhD application), while also allowing for very focused development. This means, in other words, that someone with interdisciplinary interests is likely to benefit tremend
  12. That the MA will be from Chicago. (This telegraphs a bunch of other things, obviously. You'd get to work with literally some of the top scholars in the field, at one of the most intensive and well-reputed departments in the field, be immersed in Chicago's almost-uniquely interdisciplinary yet cutting-edge humanities division, and just generally soak up things that are, frankly, unavailable at most of the other, cheaper, options.) This is also why I've advocated for MAPH so strongly. Obviously it depends on financial circumstances. But if financially feasible? I'd always recommend Chic
  13. ^ Not really. Many choose not to publicize information.
  14. I'd still recommend actually talking to individuals. Most websites rarely will have current information, or they'll have it in rather a general fashion.
  15. What s/he said. I would try to find out which one has seen more graduates ending up in the kind of PhD programs you have in mind. I'd also talk to current/past students at both. And, of course, I'd be upfront with professors that you are in contact with about your future PhD ambitions. Often, there really aren't any hard rankings (and rankings between #2 and #6, for example, probably won't matter as much as #2 and #60).
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