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Panel | Race, Place and the Politics of Census 2020

Mar 02, 2020
4:00 pm
Room 210, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Census 2020 will be the most controversial decennial census in decades, as the current administration has politicized the Census with the proposal to add a highly contested question on citizenship during an already politically polarized time. This event includes scholars who are studying this particular political moment and how different racial groups understand the government generally and the census more specifically, with broad implications for how we comprehend government trust and political divides as they impact racial groups across urban and rural communities. Dowling, Mora, and Rodríduez-Muñiz will present on their research on government trust and the census drawing from their research in both California and Illinois. Anita Banerji will then speak to the specific statewide efforts of nonprofits in Illinois to help increase participation in the census. As the Director of the Democracy Initiative for Forefront, a national organization for non-profits, Banerji is leading the statewide efforts to connect nonprofits in Illinois in collaboration for enhancing participation in Census 2020. Banerji will discuss the local Illinois stakes in terms of funding and political participation that are linked to census numbers. Griselda Vega Samuel will then discuss the importance of messaging with the Latino/a community. Vega Samuel heads the Chicago regional office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). MALDEF in collaboration with other civil rights organizations have been legally contesting the citizenship question. Overall this event will provide a nuanced and informative take on the race and place politics of the upcoming Census, including both academic scholarship and policy advocates.    with Julie A. Dowling (Latino/a Studies); G. Cristina Mora (Sociology, University of California Berkeley); Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Sociology and Latino/a Studies, Northwestern University); Anita Banerji (Director, Democracy Initiative for Forefront); Griselda Vega Samuel (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF]).

Jennifer Grayson (Hebrew Union College/Xavier University), “'At the King's Gate': Jewish Government Officials and Rabbinic Authority in Abbasid Baghdad"

Mar 02, 2020
5:00 pm
Bruce D. Nesbitt Afro American Cultural Center

In the early tenth century, a small coterie of Jewish financiers rose to prominence at the Abbasic court in Baghdad and came to play a central role in the administration of the traditional rabbinic institutions of leadership (the Babylonian yeshivot) in Iraq. In this talk, I reconsider the evidence for these figures, long described as presiding over a central state bank, in light of new insights about court cultures and institutions in the medieval Islamicate world.

Forum | Champaign-Urbana Local Concerns for Census 2020

Mar 02, 2020
6:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 W Illinois Street, Urbana)

Census 2020 will be the most controversial decennial census in decades. Gabriel Lewis (Champaign County Regional Planning Commission) and Gloria Yen (Director of the New American Welcome Center, University YMCA) will speak about impacts and implications of the 2020 census for our local Champaign-Urbana community. Q & A and discussion will follow.

Environmental Humanities Symposium | Experimental Environments

Mar 05, 2020 to Mar 06, 2020
12:00 am
Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

Click here for the full schedule and more information. “Experimental Environments”: Environmental Humanities initiatives the world over have embraced the laboratory/observatory/experiment model as a way to foster cross-disciplinary, collaborative research, but often without much critical reflection on the politics and structures of power that have historically attended this mode of knowledge production. At the same time, there is a growing community of researchers in both the social sciences and humanities who are thinking critically, creatively, and expansively about the laboratory/experiment nexus and its possibilities for new forms of environmental knowledge. This symposium takes a critical lens to the laboratory model to think about its value for collaborative, interdisciplinary knowledge production in the environmental humanities. At the same time, in the spirit of the environmental humanities’ own commitment to inhabiting a space of both critique and action, we hope that our conversation is oriented toward constructive interventions and areas for fruitful collaboration. Invited speakers:Sarah Grossman, Bryn Mawr CollegeSarah Kanouse, Northeastern UniversityMax Liboiron, Memorial UniversitySara Pritchard, Cornell UniversityNick Shapiro, UCLAEvan Hepler-Smith, Duke UniversityAyala Levin, Northwestern UniversityMaria Whiteman, Indiana University  Free and open to the public.

Native North American Art Now

Mar 05, 2020
5:30 pm
KAM Auditorium

Conversation with artist Naomi Bebo (Menominee and Ho-Chunk Nations), artist AndreaCarlson (Ojibwe Nation), and curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit Nation); co-moderated by Jenny Davis, Chancellor’s Fellow of Indigenous Research & Ethics and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies; and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern andContemporary Art.

SPEAK Café

Mar 05, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Espresso Royale Café

SPEAK Café stands for Song, Poetry, Expression, Art, and Knowledge. It is an open-mic public performance space.

Kids @ Krannert

Mar 07, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Kids at Krannert is a free activity day for families at KAM. Enjoy scavenger hunts, collage activities, pretend play, and messy art fun in the KAM cafe and galleries. All are welcome!

International Women's Day Celebration | "Twelve Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"

Mar 09, 2020
3:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall (Room 300), Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program co- host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of the woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.   Refreshments will follow.SPEAKER LISTRobert J. Jones Chancellor Shanondora Billiot School of Social WorkCynthia Buckley Department of SociologyJennifer L. Davis Department of AnthropologyMargareth Etienne College of LawIrvin Joseph Hunt Department of EnglishKing Li Dean, Carle Illinois College of MedicineGioconda Guerra Perez Assistant Vice Chancellor for DiversityGene E. Robinson Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic BiologyMedra Roberts-Southerland Diversity Committees and AdvocacyGabriel Solis Head, Department of TheatreRuth Sosnoff National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Film Screening and Artist Conversation

Mar 09, 2020
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Through the Repellent Fence, 2017 (74 min). Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas. Followed by conversation with Raven Chacon (Diné Nation) artist, composer, and musician; and Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche Nation), Interim Director and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies.

Illinois Authors Exchange Community Reading: Luis Alberto Urrea and Meagan Cass

Mar 10, 2020
7:00 pm
The Urbana Free Library Auditorium (210 W Green St, Urbana)

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis Alberto Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.” His newest book, The House of Broken Angels, is a novel of an American family, which happens to be from Mexico. Angel de la Cruz knows this is his last birthday and he wants to gather his progeny for a final fiesta. Meagan Cass' first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and was published by UNT Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. She teaches creative writing and publishing at University of Illinois Springfield, where she received the 2016 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award and founded the Shelterbelt Reading Series. She is a co-founder and managing editor, with Amy Sayre Baptista, of Craft Chaps, a series of substantive essays on creative writing craft by contemporary writers. She lives in St. Louis. Part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois 2020. Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.

Illinois Authors Exchange Campus Reading: Luis Alberto Urrea and Meagan Cass

Mar 11, 2020
4:30 pm
Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis Alberto Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.” His newest book, The House of Broken Angels, is a novel of an American family, which happens to be from Mexico. Angel de la Cruz knows this is his last birthday and he wants to gather his progeny for a final fiesta. Meagan Cass' first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and was published by UNT Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. She teaches creative writing and publishing at University of Illinois Springfield, where she received the 2016 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award and founded the Shelterbelt Reading Series. She is a co-founder and managing editor, with Amy Sayre Baptista, of Craft Chaps, a series of substantive essays on creative writing craft by contemporary writers. She lives in St. Louis. Part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois 2020. Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.

Performance/Talk: Ryan Groff

Mar 11, 2020
7:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Local musician, Ryan Groff, will perform original music and dive into the complexities of songwriting, musicianship, and more. Ryan is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Elsinore and owns and operates Perennial Sound Studio, located in Champaign.

Sudden Sound Concert: Cara Stacey and the Improvisers Exchange Ensemble

Mar 12, 2020
7:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

South African composer Cara Stacey meets the women of Improvisers Exchange in a special performance of new cross-cultural works developed in residence as a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar. Stacey’s experimentation as a composer is complemented by her research in bow music traditions found in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and South Africa, her background in classical and modern piano performance, and her pursuit of establishing unique ensembles for collective improvisation.

"Teaching about the Middle East: Strategies for Sustainability and Self-Care"

Mar 24, 2020
4:00 pm
College of Education

Our contemporary moment offers no shortage of politically charged and divisive rhetoric that can make classroom discussion feel fraught. In this presentation, Prof. Dorroll will share strategies to help teachers at all levels and create a supportive space for them to discuss these challenges, as well as begin to develop goals and identify potential strategies for productive student dialogue around difficult topics. Prof. Dorroll draws upon her own experiences teaching Islamic Studies and will share examples of in-class student activities for structured dialogue and multiple-viewpoint reflection that can be adapted to a variety of topics.

Visual Resistance: Demanding the Impossible

Mar 26, 2020
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
University YMCA

The Zapatistas have a saying that "nothing is impossible for those who can see the invisible. Something can be invisible until you make it into something that has shape and form." Since 2014, Monica Trinidad has supported social justice movements in Chicago through her narrative centered illustrations, and created an artist collective (For the People Artists Collective) to deepen the sustainability of Chicago's grassroots movements' visibility. In this exhibition, Monica and other artists will challenge our perceptions of what is possible when we demand the impossible for a better world.

Art + Design Visitors Series Lecture: "A Human from Earth"

Mar 26, 2020
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

With Duane Slick (Meskwaki Nation) painter, storyteller, and Professor in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design. Located in KAM Auditorium.

Art + Design Visitors Series Lecture

Mar 26, 2020
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

“A Human from Earth” With Duane Slick (Meskwaki Nation) painter, storyteller, and Professor in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

Artist Talk Thursday with Curator Maureen Warren

Mar 26, 2020
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Join us at the Krannert Art Museum where Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art, will highlight art in the Bow and Trees Galleries. A reception with food and drinks will follow.

Landscape Zine Reading Room

Mar 30, 2020 to Apr 04, 2020
12:00 am
Space p11, 55 E. Randolph Street, Pedway Level, Chicago

Landscape is a relationship between humans and nature, and that relationship is negotiated through a wide range of media, including zines (i.e., self-published, low-budget, small-run, print publications). As vehicles of self-expression and with content typically outside the mainstream, zines have proliferated in recent decades.  Landscape has also become a significant concern in zine culture, reflecting new thinking about humans, nature, and the relationship between them. Hosted at Space p11, a non-commercial gallery within the Pedway system of downtown Chicago, the Landscape Zine Reading Room will expose visitors to a wide variety of works produced during the past decade, including photo narratives, queer botanicals, survival manuals, and more.  To give context to that development, information about zine history, theory, and production will be available to participants along with supplemental texts about contemporary landscape. Free and open to the public, the Landscape Zine Reading Room will also include programming for students, educators, and activists with interests in landscape. After the conclusion of the week-long event, copies of zines presented in the Reading Room will be distributed to public collections in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.

Symposium on the "Animal Turn"

Apr 02, 2020 to Apr 03, 2020
12:00 am
Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

This day and half symposium sponsored by The Animal Turn Research Cluster will highlight work being done across the university in engaging with historical, conceptual, artistic philosophical, humanistic and social scientific dimensions of human relations with animals and with the more-than-human world. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University For more information, please contact Jane Desmond (desmondj@illinois.edu) or Jamie Jones (jaljones@illinois.edu). Our opening keynote speaker Dr. Lori Gruen is sponsored by Millercom, with additional support from the departments of Anthropology, English, Philosophy, the Unit for Critical Theory and Interpretation, the College of Law, and the Department of French and Italian.

Empathy and Justice Beyond the Human

Apr 02, 2020
7:30 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

In our concern for the more than human world, many discussions have focused on individual animal suffering and threats to entire species. What happens when we instead ask questions about what meaningful relationships between humans and animals are possible, what makes their lives livable, and what role empathy can play in complex ethical questions?

A Year of Creative Writers Reading: Tyehimba Jess at the Champaign Public Library

Apr 07, 2020
7:00 pm
Champaign Public Library (200 W. Green St., Champaign)

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  It was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois 2020. Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.

Inside Scoop with Tyehimba Jess

Apr 08, 2020
12:00 pm
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

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. Open to all undergraduate students. Lunch will be served.

Tyehimba Jess: An Evening with Olio

Apr 09, 2020
7:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

A Year of Creative Writers Poet-in-Residence, Tyehimba Jess, will read from Olio, the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois 2020. Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.

KAM Exhibition | School of Art + Design: MFA Exhibition

Apr 18, 2020 to Apr 30, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Join us to celebrate the creative work of Master of Fine Arts graduates in the class of 2020. This annual exhibition represents the culmination of artistic development for graduate students in the School of Art + Design at Illinois.

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