Amy Repp & Matthew Christian
Duration: 35:14 · Filesize: 40.32 MB
Even if everything on earth was available electronically, which it is not, how do you get introduced to that book, that chance encounter with a really interesting book?
Amy Repp and Matthew Christian both worked at Co-op: Amy from 1993 to 2006, Matthew from 1998 to 2006. Matthew is now Associate Provost and Chief of Staff at the University of Chicago.
Duration: 18:38 · Filesize: 10.67 MB
I think it’s a shock for people who have never seen a store like this and they need to do it.
David Pellauer studied in the Divinity school in the 60's and was on the Co-op's Board of Directors during that time. His translations of the works of Paul Ricoeur are on sale at the bookstore.
Katy O’Brien Weintraub
Duration: 15:48 · Filesize: 18.09 MB
Over the years we broke down walls, we took pieces of walls apart, we expanded at every opportunity and every time we got a chance, we’d try to take over more and more of the building.
Katy O’Brien Weintraub (AB'75, AM'76, PhD'87) is Co-op Assistant Manager and has been an employee since 1975. She also lectures the History of Western Civilization in the College.
Rui Carlos Da Cunha
Duration: 18:36 · Filesize: 10.64 MB
I was astounded by the selection, spent hours looking at stuff, and then I just asked them if they needed any help and they handed me an application and I filled it out. I went home, and by the time I got home I already had a phone call for an interview. I came in, got the job.
Rui has been working at the Co-op since February 2003 as Receiving Manager until 2013 and then as Events Coordinator 2013-2014.
Duration: 13:20 · Filesize: 7.63 MB
This is the Grand Central of a great global book community, and that experience, being part of that fact of something like that being in the world, I think we want that to exist in the future, and if it doesn’t, they should listen to these tapes and find a way to resurrect it, bring it back. That’s almost like a challenge to the future to keep it going.
Ian Desai (AB'04) is Lecturer in the Humanities Division.
Duration: 11:12 · Filesize: 6.41 MB
I think there is a sort of democratic aspect to it in the sense that you can come in here and learn about things that you don’t have to have an expensive education to know about or to study. You can just come in and find it, as long as you can read. You can really educate yourself in a place like this.
Bruce is a sales rep for 25 university presses.
Barbara Friedell & Marion Covey
Duration: 3:38 · Filesize: 2.08 MB
I’ll miss this tortuous and twisted space because I think it has a lot of character…But I’m curious to see the new space.
Barbara and Marion met in the 1980’s in class in The Art History of India.
Steve & Carla Berry
Duration: 6:57 · Filesize: 3.98 MB
It covers a broad part of our lives.
Steve is James Franck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry.
Duration: 13:43 · Filesize: 31.39 MB
I think I now look at bookstores differently, too. I always judge it, ‘Is this as good as the Seminary Co-op?’ And the answer is always no.
Jennie Ikuta (AB'07), once a part-time employee at the Co-op, is now a PhD student in political theory at Brown.
Duration: 5:14 · Filesize: 3 MB
I salute progress and I mourn the past.
Joan Novick (wife of Peter Novick, Co-op board member 1999-2012) says that her two favorite words are 'books' and 'coffee' and therefore looks forward to the Co-op’s new location, which will be just across the lobby from a cafe.
Duration: 8:26 · Filesize: 4.83 MB
There is something that is profoundly moving about a bookstore that is actually just purely books…many shelves with nothing but books, wall to wall, floor to ceiling. It’s an experience I hope everybody gets to experience.
College first-year Harry Gao thinks that the Co-op is the best bookstore he’s ever been in
Duration: 1:36 · Filesize: 936 KB
This space is one of a kind and of course the bookstore itself is one of a kind so it deserves all of us honoring it in this space during its last days.
Michael McNicholas, Senior Survey Director in the National Opinion Research Center's Education and Child Development department, talked to us during our first Project Open House on June 1, 2012.
CMAC small group
Duration: 1:10 · Filesize: 1.07 MB
A subset of Chicago Men's A Cappella visiting the Co-op during Alumni Weekend in June 2012 sings the alma mater in the Funk Cloisters of the 5757 S. University building.
Members include: Dylan Murphy (Tenor I, AB'10), Alex Meyer (Baritone, AB'10), Luke Rodehorst (Baritone, AB'09), Sam Martin (Bass, AB'09), and Josh Sauerman (Bass II, AB'09).
Duration: 5:17 · Filesize: 9.87 MB
There’s just something about stumbling around and finding yourself in these small corners and quiet spaces. You find these little nooks and crannies that surprise you in some way.
Hyde Parker and former U of C undergrad Susie Allen now works at the University News Office—and, good for the Co-op—reads as much as she writes!
Aleem and Kyle Hossain
Duration: 23:43 · Filesize: 43.93 MB
I think this is one of my favorite places in the world. Full stop.
The first time when I visited my brother at the U of C I was 15, and I remember him taking me here, and me encountering for the first time a real relic of academia from something I would imagine - because I wasn’t in college yet. This really embodied to me what it means to be in the center of academia.
Aleem Hossain (AB'00) and his brother Kyle visited their beloved Co-op while in town for a wedding.
Cece Yu and Justin Aschenbener
Duration: 6:46 · Filesize: 12.55 MB
It’s a monument to the things that the University of Chicago stands for.
A bookstore is like a physical manifestation of the cross-pollination that happens when different disciplines work alongside each other.
Cece Yu and Justin Aschenbener graduated from the College in 2011.
Duration: 1:52 · Filesize: 3.47 MB
I knew about bookstores, so therefore, if I may say so, I was automatically a good employee!
John Modschiedler, former Co-op employee from 1965-1970, managed the Co-op until he turned the reigns over to its current and long-time manager, Jack Cella, in 1970.