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Early October Newsletter: DIA Announcement, #mapaca19 Special Events, and More!

This is the early October MAPACA Newsletter. The next conference is November 7-9, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA).

In this newsletter, we have

  • Announcement of the 2019 DIA Recipient

  • Information about #mapaca19

  • University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room Tour

  • Food & Culture Tour of Primati Bros

  • Play Studies’ Parlor Games

  • Graduate Student Social

  • Get 50% off from Intellect in our Book Room

2019 DIA Recipient: Matthew Buchholz

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Divine Impact Award is Matthew Buchholz. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Matthew Buchholz graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998. From 2001-2008 he managed the Cinématek program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

In 2008 he moved to Pittsburgh and in 2011 started Alternate Histories. Since starting the business, his work has been featured in Huffington Post, Tucson Weekly, NPR, io9, Boing Boing, Apartment Therapy, and Fab, among others. His work has shown in New York, Chicago, Paris, and Hong Kong and he has exhibited at craft fairs across the country.

His book, Alternate Histories of the World was released in 2013 by Perigee and was called “blazingly creative” by Entertainment Weekly. His most recent book, Pittsburgh in Olden Times, was released in 2018. In 2016 he was selected, along with Allison Glancey from strawberryluna, to represent Pittsburgh at the Etsy Makers summit conference in Brooklyn, NY. Buchholz currently lives in the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. See more at the Alternate Histories website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He also runs the In Bed by Ten Dance Party in Pittsburgh, PA.

Please join us Thursday night at 6:30 for the award ceremony, a Q&A session, and reception with Mr. Buchholz.

Information about #mapaca19

Dinner at #mapaca19:

When you register for the conference, you can make a reservation for our annual meeting and dinner at no additional cost. You may also purchase a dinner reservation for a guest who is not registered for the conference.

However, please help MAPACA keep conference costs low and avoid food waste by reserving your spot at dinner only if you have firm plans to attend our dinner meeting on Friday night. If you do not know your dinner plans, please do not order a dinner reservation at registration. If your plans change, please email by October 1st to either be added to or to be removed from the reservation list.

Need Help with Registration?

Can’t remember what you ordered or if you are registered? Your 2019 registration status is indicated in your profile. If you purchased your own registration, program, tour, etc. you can also log in and look at your orders in your profile. You can also print invoices from your profile. If someone else purchased your registration or if you need to purchase a printed program or change your dinner plans please contact

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room Tour

On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the Cathedral of Learning (the second tallest educational building in the hemisphere) hosts 31 “Nationality Rooms” that reflect the diverse ethnic and racial background of the city of Pittsburgh. Although these beautifully designed rooms are museum caliber, most of the Nationality Rooms are also functional classrooms. All of the Nationality Rooms are on the 1st and 3rd floor of the Cathedral of Learning and accessible by elevator. Please join us on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 am for a guided tour of these gorgeous classrooms. Advance purchase tickets are $15 and required. For more information, please see

Food & Culture Event: Lunch at Primati Bros

Join the Food & Culture Area for lunch at the Primanti Bros! This local, family-owned business began as a food cart, delivering sandwiches to workers in the Strip District. Founded in 1933, the Primanti family started selling “Pittsburgh-style” sandwiches that included an entire meal within one sandwich. Over the years, Primanti Bros has become a staple sandwich stop for locals and visitors alike. Come try an “almost famous” creation at the first location the Primanti Bros ever opened: 46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 on Friday, November 8 at 12:25. This location is within 2 miles of the conference hotel. Seating is limited to 20 people. You must sign up in advance so we can ensure enough room for everyone at the restaurant. Lunch is purchased on your own, however, sandwiches range between $8 and $10. For more information, please see:

Play Studies’ Parlor Games

Join Play Studies for its annual irreverent Parlor Games session! Take a break from the normal panel format and enjoy connecting with other presenters in a fun exploration of the active side of Play Studies—the part where we play! All are welcome. Friday, November 8, 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm (Pittsburgh Room)

Graduate Student Social

Join your fellow graduate students at #mapaca19! On Thursday, November 7, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm we will gather in the hotel lounge to meet other graduate students attending the conference for an evening of conversation, networking, and activities.

50% Off from Intellect in the Book Room

Throughout #mapaca19, please visit our book room for 50% all books, complements of Intellect Books! McFarland Books will also have books for purchase.

Badge Holder Recycling

As part of our ongoing efforts at environmental (and fiscal) responsibility we ask that you bring your gently used, clear plastic, 3x4” name badge holders to the registration desk during the conference. We’re offering a prize for the person who brings us the most (usable) badge holders and another prize in a random drawing from everyone who has contributed.

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