Campus Humanities Calendar

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

    • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St Urbana, IL 61801

    The Women's Career Institute is a free, day-long career and leadership development focused on addressing concerns that women-identified students commonly face when first entering the workforce. Breakfast and Lunch will be included.

    • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • KAM Galleries

    Bring your family for some free hands-on art activities for caregivers and children ages 3–8.

    • 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    • KAM Main Level, East Gallery

    This live performance features Rudolf Haken (six-string electric viola), Bernard Scully (horn), and Shubhang Goswami (beatboxer).

Monday, February 25, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • International Studies Building Rm. 101

    The presentation looks at ways restaurateurs in Yuctan and Seville deploy the notion of innovation: 1. as a synecdoche for all Mexico food and 2. as an invention of U.S. nutritionists and a translocal construct.

    • 5:00 pm
    • Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building 1080 (707 S. Mathews, Urbana)

    Ayelet Tsabari's debut story collection "The Best Place on Earth", won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, & the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Kirkus Review’s Best Debut Fiction of 2016, was nominated for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, & has been published internationally to great acclaim.

    • 5:15 pm
    • Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

    Renowned Colombian architect, Giancarlo Mazzanti will deliver a lecture about the architectural projects that his firm, El Equipo de Mazzanti, has developed. The firm approaches the design process as a ludic activity that engages communities in the transformation of the built environment.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

    • All Day
    • University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., Champaign)

    The Inaugural Symposium on Local Immigration Activism (ISLA) is a day-long series of panels, break-out sessions, and vibrant discussions that will be held on 2/28 at the University YMCA.

    • 4:00 pm
    • IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana) 

    A lecture by Benjamin H. Johnson, Associate Professor of History, and Institute of Environmental Sustainability Faculty, Loyola University Chicago. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    • 4:00 pm
    • 217 Noyes Laboratory

    This talk will trace the history of the triad “truth, goodness, and beauty” in modern Chinese cultural discourse and look in detail at its application in the formulation of cultural policy since 2014. It also looks at the effect of the discourse on cultural production and the shifting levels of tolerance for deviation from prescribed moral standards.

    • 6:00 pm
    • Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

    Celebrate the opening of KAM’s spring special exhibitions with the reception at 6:00pm. Visit the newly opened exhibitions before or after the reception in KAM’s galleries. The reception will be held from 6-7, and the galleries will remain open until 9pm.

    • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    • Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

    As part of the Spurlock Museum’s strategic planning process, you are invited to join us to exchange ideas on how we can work together to build a better Spurlock. Hear about future plans, give us your honest opinions, and offer advice on exhibits, programs, and collections. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Friday, March 1, 2019

    • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Levis Faculty Building 210

    A one-day symposium for the graduate students in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (lunch will be provided for all conference participants). The first annual symposium was wonderful and we hope that this second conference will continue to showcase the diverse and brilliant work within memory studies (broadly conceived) that students are doing here.

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

    • 5:30 pm
    • 62 Krannert Art Museum

    This talk, entitled Imaginal Publics and the Making of History: A Recommunications Primer for the Future Perfect, is the keynote lecture for the graduate art history student conference Fictions and Frictions: the Power and Politics of Narrative (March 1-2, 2019).

    • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

    This scholar talk is a presentation by Hannah Feldman, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University. This talk is the keynote address for the Graduate Student Art History Symposium Fictions and Frictions: The Politics and Power of Narrative. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

    • 11:55 pm

    Want to learn more about what working at an academic press is really like? The Graduate College Career Development Office has partnered with the University of Illinois Press to design a one-day experience to give interested graduate students an opportunity to try out the work done at an academic press.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

    • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    Panels will be presenting on their topics as part of the Graduate Student Art History Symposium Fictions and Frictions: The Politics and Power of Narrative. For more information, please visit sahauiuc58.wixsite.com/frictions-frictions.

    • 2:00 pm
    • KAM Main Level, East Gallery

    Professor Charlotte Mattax Moersch plays the fourth concert in the series “Saturdays with Sebastian” which features a solo harpsichord performance of J. S. Bach’s beautiful Partita in E Minor, BWV 830. Join us for live music in the galleries of the museum. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

Monday, March 4, 2019

    • 12:00 pm
    • Levis Faculty Center, Room 304 (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

    The University of Illinois System is accepting applications for the 2019–20 Public Voices Fellowship. This year-long fellowship provides a cohort of 20 thought leaders with extraordinary support, leadership skills, and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields, but also the greater public conversations of our age.

    • 5:00 pm
    • Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building 1080 (707 S. Mathews, Urbana)

    David N. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History in the UCLA History Department, as well as the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. He will be presenting a lecture titled, "The Importance of Jewish History: An Impassioned Plea".

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

    • 4:00 pm
    • 101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign)

    This talk will report some of the preliminary results of a large NSF supported project to define and measure urban sustainability in Arctic conditions. It will explain how to measure sustainability in these conditions and illustrate the analysis with a discussion of important Russian cities, such as the coal-mining Vorkuta and the natural gas capital Salekhard. 

    • 5:30 pm
    • Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana)

    New York Times columnist and renowned author Carl Zimmer will be giving a lecture on his newest book, titled She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, on March 7th at 5:30pm at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Free and open to all, a reception and book signing will follow the event.

Friday, March 8, 2019

    • 10:00 am
    • 106 Main Library (1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana)

    Professor Robert Orttung will share information and recommendations on how to apply for and win grants in Slavic Studies. Followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion. All graduate students are invited to attend!

    • 3:30 - 5:00 pm
    • Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

    In honor of International Women's Day, “10 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories.” Co-hosted by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    • KAM Main Level

    Enjoy a series of live performances by local musicians as they respond to various artworks in the collection with original music. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

    • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

    As part of the Spurlock Museum’s strategic planning process, you are invited to join us to exchange ideas on how we can work together to build a better Spurlock. Hear about future plans, give us your honest opinions, and offer advice on exhibits, programs, and collections. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Monday, March 25, 2019

    • 4:00 pm
    • IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana) 

    A lecture by Samuel K. Roberts, Associate Professor of History (Columbia Univ. Sch. of Arts & Sciences); Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

    • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

    This curator talk features Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

    • 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    • Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Cafe

    SPEAK Café is an open-mic public space for hip-hop, activism, music, poetry, empowerment, and expression of the black experience at Illinois.

    • 7:30 pm

    Stephanie LeMenager, Moore Endowed Professor, Department of English, University of Oregon.

Friday, March 29, 2019

    • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Levis 210 (919 W. Illinois, Urbana)

    The following scholars have accepted our invitation to come to campus for this one-day symposium discussing 21st Century Jewish Writing: Sarah Phillips Casteel, Dean Franco, and Benjamin Schreier.

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    • 2:00 pm
    • KAM Main level, Contemporary Gallery

    Krannert Art Museum invites you to hear from and speak with art and history experts, featuring Kirstin M. Gotway, curatorial intern and doctoral student in Art History. This Gallery Conversation is titled “A Civilized Table: The Visual Power of 19th Century Transferware” and explores themes related to the exhibition Blue and White.

    • 7:00 pm
    • Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

    Film Screening and Q&A with Trinh Minh-ha, filmmaker, writer, and composer, and Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

    • All Day
    • Across campus, including the Spurlock Museum, the Armory Innovation Spaces, and the CU Community Fablab

    • 4:00 pm
    • Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

    Trinh T. Minh-ha is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley.  A world-renowned independent filmmaker and feminist postcolonial theorist, she has published twelve books and has made eight feature-length films. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

    • All Day
    • Across campus, including the Spurlock Museum, the Armory Innovation Spaces, and the CU Community Fablab

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    • 5:00 pm
    • Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)

    Nicole Krauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Medicis, and Femina Prizes.

Friday, April 12, 2019

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    • Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr.

    Join us for a fun afternoon at Krannert Art Museum. This event makes it easy to explore the museum as a family. Each family can pick up art cards, follow the path at your own pace, and be amazed! This event is geared specially toward caregivers and children ages 6-10.

    • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    • KAM Main Level

    You are welcome to the opening reception of a temporary exhibition featuring work from artists in the Master program at the School of Art + Design. The gallery will be open until 7pm on the Saturday, after which the gallery will be open during normal museum hours. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

    • 3:30 - 4:50 pm
    • 317 Gregory Hall

    Participation in online media has seemingly lost its innocence: What once started as a hopeful promise for media and society in the 1990s, developed into the object of public fears and concerns among media and tech companies. Trolling, bullying and strategic manipulation seem to be very common in comment sections and social media these days.

Friday, April 19, 2019

    • 8:30 am
    • IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

    Part of Undergraduate Research Week. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    • 12:00 pm
    • Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

    Intended for students from across the campus, Inside Scoop conversations invite Illinois undergraduates to engage with the exciting work conducted by scholars whose work helps us understand what it means to be human in a world of rapidly shifting global complexities.

    • 5:15 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Auditorium

    Come hear this special artist talk, a Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Louise Fishman, painter. A reception following immediately afterward. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public.

    • 7:30 pm
    • Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana)

    Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don't Let Me Be Lonely; and the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Rankine is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Friday, April 26, 2019

    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom

    A Friday lunchtime series of free yoga classes introduces participants to the fundamentals of hatha yoga at Krannert Art Museum. Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

    • 12:00 pm
    • Champaign Country Club 1211 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61820

    This Spring Luncheon and Lecture invites you to hear from Kevin Hamilton, Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts. The public is invited, and reservations are required. Please contact Chris Schaede (217 244 0516 or kam@illinois.edu) for reservation information.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    • 3:00 pm
    • Coble Hall 304

    Every graduate student hears many times “the dissertation is not the book,” but what does that really mean? Dawn Durante, a senior acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press, will discuss the differences between the dissertation and the book and give helpful advice on how to approach revisions.