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"The End of Policing: Why Police Reform Won't Make Us Safer, and What Will"

Apr 20, 2021
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Please join us for this lecture by Alex Vitale on the failures of police reform and the alternatives that can create safe communities. Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He authored City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing, and many academic and public-facing venues. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, and Democracy Now.

The Humanities and the State of Illinois: An Hour with Gabrielle Lyon of Illinois Humanities

Apr 20, 2021
4:00 pm

Join Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon, for a conversation about their recently-released report on the impact of COVID-19 on public humanities organizations in Illinois, and their plans for the future. Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit organization that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement. Illinois Humanities provides free, high-quality humanities experiences throughout Illinois, particularly for communities of color, individuals living on low incomes, counties and towns in rural areas, small arts and cultural organizations, and communities highly impacted by mass incarceration. Gabe will follow her presentation with a Q & A session. Register to attend

MillerComm Lecture: Conceptualizing Migration, Memory and Place Through Art

Apr 21, 2021
7:00 pm

In conversation with University of Illinois graduate student Helen Makhdoumian, Syrian-born Armenian artist Kevork Mourad will discuss how he conceptualizes migration, memory and place-making through his paintings and visual performances. Mourad depicts the Syrian refugee crisis and co-existence in cities like Qameshli, Aleppo and Damascus. He will elucidate how his and his ancestors' memories of the Syrian Civil War and the Armenian genocide inform his representations of upheaval and survival.   Hosted by: Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies In conjunction with: Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of English, Humanities Research Institute, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Program in Jewish Culture and Society, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, School of Music, Spurlock Museum   Mourad’s work, A World Through Windows, is on display beginning February 23, 2021 at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. Photos of the work, along with videos and statements by the artist are viewable virtually at: A World Through Windows explores the way the pandemic has reduced our sense of space and our spheres of influence, even while it has spread globally and therefore increased our connectivity around the world. In the piece, each window opens onto the world of a household, with each household isolated from the next. Only when the viewer steps back and looks at the whole building is it possible to get a sense of community—community being the sharing of happiness and suffering, the sense of the communality of the emotions and experiences that make us human.

Kang Endowed Lecture Series: China and the Conditions of Spatial Revolution

Apr 21, 2021
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Through a look back at the birth of the category of the Twentieth century and its complex relation to Chinese intellectuals’ analyses of imperialism around the year 1900, this talk establishes the intimate link between modern China’s conception of “century” and the twentieth century.

MUSIC IN CONFLICT Book Launch & Live Performance

Apr 22, 2021
11:00 am

Dr. Nili Belkind will be in conversation with Dr. Moshe Morad, artists and students worldwide about her new book Music in Conflict on how the Israeli-Palestinian conlfict intersects with music making and cultural production. Hosted by Dr. Moshe Morad with performances by Amal Murkus, members of System Ali, and more.   Join the Zoom Meeting at   Meeting ID: 989 556 6225 Event calendar sign-up

Medical Humanities Lecture: “After the Outbreak: Genre, Infrastructure, and the Historical Lessons of Pandemic Time”

Apr 22, 2021
4:00 pm

This talk, presented by Sari Altschuler (English; Associate Director, Northeastern Humanities Center; Founding Director, Health, Humanities, and Society minor at Northeastern University), examines the proliferation and failure of narratives accounting for life during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Key to that failure is a difficulty narrating the infrastructural causes of pandemics, a difficulty that has its roots in the nineteenth-century origins of modern global health. Finally, the talk will consider what we might learn from people who lived with extended global pandemics in the past. For Zoom log-in information, please contact Professor Stephanie Hilger.   About the Speaker Sari Altschuler’s research focuses primarily on American literature and culture before 1865, literature and medicine, disability studies, and the health humanities, broadly understood. She is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and co-editor of Keywords for Health Humanities (under contract with NYU in the press’s Keywords series) with Jonathan Metzl and Priscilla Wald. Her work has appeared in leading journals, including Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, American Literature, American Literary History, PMLA, and the medical journal The Lancet. She serves on the advisory board of American Quarterly and the editorial boards of Early American Literature and American Literature. Her research has received awards from the Society of Early Americanists, the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic, the Disability History Association, and the Library Company of Philadelphia and long-term funding from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Antiquarian Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities. She was an assistant professor of English and core faculty member of the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University before joining the Northeastern faculty. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she was on leave as a faculty fellow at the Wellesley College Newhouse Center for the Humanities and an invited professor at Université de ParisParis–Diderot.

DREAM@UIUC Film Screenings & Discussions

Apr 22, 2021
4:00 pm

DREAM@UIUC is the University of Illinois student-led chapter of the national DREAM organization for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities and disability allies. DREAM stands for Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring and weekly DREAM meetings focus on sharing resources and support, discussing disability experience on campus, and organizing events that build a disability community on campus, promoting solidarity, visibility, and disability dialogue. Krannert Art Museum and DREAM@UIUC hold regular curated screenings and critical discussions of films for DREAM members and other Registered Student Organizations. Discussions are focused on critical analysis considering disability and Crip concerns. KAM strives to be accessible to all. These virtual zoom discussions will utilize live remote CART captions, please contact or if you have additional accessibility requests.

Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today

Apr 22, 2021
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for a lecture ending with a musical performance featuring renowned singer Adriana Calcanhotto. From Calcanhotto: "Certain poetic effects that seem new and contemporary to us have existed for a long time and have marked the western song. The Brazilian case is as complex as Brazil is, which encourages discussion about the extreme quality of popular poets, samba musicians, who in the vast majority have left works of great poetic stature that are still sung and loved to this day. For me, as a singer and songwriter, through these studies of the archeology of the popular song I am convinced that if there are two things that can change the world they are love and music."

Legal Humanities Lecture | Leti Volpp

Apr 22, 2021
7:30 pm

Lecture by Leti Volpp, the Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. In January 2018, then-President Donald Trump derided the idea of protecting immigrants from what he referred to as “shithole countries.” This talk will examine the immigration policy context in which this term was uttered, analyze how the term was invoked in litigation challenging the Trump administration, and then consider what the term tells us about relationships between waste, racism, and immigration.   About the Speaker Professor Volpp's research and teaching focus on questions of immigration and citizenship. She is the Director of the campus-wide Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley. Her honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award and the Professor Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award.   She is the co-editor of Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places (Fordham University Press, 2019, with Marianne Constable and Bryan Wagner), and Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, with Mary Dudziak). Her writing has been widely published in journals including Citizenship Studies; PMLA; Law, Culture and Humanities; differences; the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Critical Analysis of Law; the Columbia Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Art-Science Festival 2021 @ Illinois: The Illuminated Universe

Apr 23, 2021 to Apr 25, 2021
12:00 am

The Illuminated Universe festival, hosted by Illinois Physics, brings scientists, artists, and communicators together in celebration of Nature, Humanity, and the Universe. Over the weekend of April 23-25, 2021, we journey through realms from the smallest quantum building blocks of matter to the elements of life on Earth to black holes in distant galaxies. We would be thrilled to have you join us! The festival is free and open to the public; registration is required: View the detailed schedule of events for event times.

Information Session: Cline Center’s AY2021-22 Linowes Faculty Fellows Program

Apr 23, 2021
12:00 pm

The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research is pleased to invite AY2021-22 applications for the David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows Program, which is made possible by a generous gift from the Linowes family. This program recognizes exceptionally promising faculty members doing innovative work aligned with the mission and activities of the Cline Center. All tenure-stream faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible.   To assist potential applicants in developing their research proposals and to learn more about relevant forms of Cline Center in-kind support that are available to Linowes Fellows, an informational session will be held to introduce interested faculty to the Cline Center’s resources and on-going research programs via Zoom at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 23, 2021. Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to attend, and should RSVP with Scott Althaus ( to receive a Zoom link for the session.

Call to Action Research Program Pre-Proposal Deadline

Apr 26, 2021
5:00 pm

Pre-Proposal Deadline for the Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program. To learn more about this program, please visit

Just Infrastructures: “Claiming Democracy over Digital Infrastructures”

Apr 28, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lilly Irani, Associate Professor of Communication & Science Studies at UCSD, will present “Claiming Democracy over Digital Infrastructures” on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The event will take place on Zoom from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Central time. Register and learn more at Co-hosted by the Community Research Cooperative Research Cluster

Legal Humanities Undergraduate Research Launch Event

Apr 30, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The HRI-Mellon Legal Humanities Undergraduate Research group invites you to a release party to showcase our collective research on the legal humanities—an emerging field that examines how the law both constitutes and shapes the social world, reflecting and shaping societal values, aspirations, and notions of justice.   The event will feature brief presentations on a broad range of research topics, including empire and gender, enslavement and sexual abuse, anxiety in modern democracies, transitional justice, the gig economy, Palestinian liberation, and the criminalization of Latino male youth.   Join us in breaking the boundaries of your academic discipline and engaging with student researchers in other fields! This event is free and open to all undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and community members. This event is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Soboku-e “Innocent Paintings,” the Art of Artlessness, and Mindful Art Journaling

Apr 30, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Are doodling and scribbling art? Does “artless art” exist? What does art do to our everyday life anyway? This three-letter word has sustained so many discussions, debates, and studies of the history of art and visual culture across regions and cultures, including topics such as soboku-e “Innocent Paintings” in Japanese art.

An Evening of Poetry and Spirituality with Kaveh Akbar

Apr 30, 2021
7:00 pm

Poet Kaveh Akbar’s work is exciting, beautiful, often disorienting and urgent. Reflected in his poems are the many facets of his identity—he is Iranian-American, largely Midwestern, queer, Muslim, and in recovery. He is thereby situated in the new wave of poets drawing not only on technical mastery, but also the immediacy of their lived experiences to connect with new audiences for linguistically-charged art. About Kaveh Akbar: Assistant Professor of English Purdue University Akbar’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published by Alice James Books in the U.S. and Penguin in the U.K. in 2017. He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Levis Reading Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.

Virtual Medieval Mayfest

May 01, 2021
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Come learn about medieval May Day customs as we sing and dance our way into spring! Watch performances of troubadour songs on period instruments, join in a sing-a-long, and learn about ancient dances featuring a special performance by the Central Illinois English Country Dancers. The program will be shown on the Urbana Free Library's Facebook page. Before the program, you can crown yourself May Queen or Green Man, with craft kits from The Urbana Free Library. Pick up a craft kit at the Library or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment. Ask for a May Day Crown Kit. Kits will be available starting April 26. Available while supplies last.   Kelli McQueen is a PhD candidate in musicology and medieval studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her project “Traveling Troubadour: Medieval Music for the Modern World” at is part of the Humanities Research Institute’s fellowship for the public humanities. She enjoys playing fiddle, finger-style guitar, and other period string instruments like the lute, viola da gamba, and vielle. She is a long-time resident of Urbana and often performs with the Flatland Consort and at various small venues in the CU area.

Two Great ARTdoors Sculptures, Now on View at Spurlock Museum

May 16, 2021
12:00 am
600 South Gregory Street, Urbana

Two pieces from last year's Great ARTdoors outdoor exhibit are now on view at the Spurlock. Come visit to see Kinsey Fitzgerald's sculpture 'Mother & Child,' and Ja Nelle Davenport-Pleasure's mixed media painting 'Seeds of Injustice.' Visit for museum hours.

37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies: "Pluralistic Israel: Women, Minorities and Diversity"

Jun 07, 2021 to Jun 09, 2021
12:00 am

The conference will include more than 500 scholars and participants, with more than 120 panels, as well as keynote speakers, plenary, film program, and cultural events. Opening night events include a conversation with the former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who grew up in Urbana-Champaign, and whose father was a faculty member in the English department and a founder of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Also, a plenary on the ways women are using the law to advocate for women's rights across traditional divisions in Israeli society, fighting against gender based violence, discrimination and inequity.

Open Studio Art Days: Homemade, with Love

Jun 24, 2021
3:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Studio Art Days will continue this semester and they will be open to Black (femme) arts students/ faculty and those who love and support us. (Gallery capacity is 9, so we will have sign up sheets by hour.) Homemade, with Love Studio Art Days, will be a space held and led by the curator for artists and people to skill-share and make art and at-home art kits for local Black girls. Artwork and kits made will be prompted with critical art concepts in tune with Black girlhood studies, Black girls’ creativity, and lived experience.

The Newbery Medal's First Century

Nov 05, 2021
9:00 am to 4:00 pm