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[Postponed] Samuel K. Roberts | “Radical Recovery: Making Urban Political Subjects and Drug Policy in the Era of Criminalization”

Mar 25, 2019
4:00 pm
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana) 

[Due to scheduling issues, this talk has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.] In this talk, Dr. Roberts discusses local political protest movements for addiction treatment in the 1960s and 1970s. Radical Recovery movements framed the social problem of drug use within a (geo)political and economic critique of capital and therefore presented an early challenge to the biomedicalization of addiction. Unfortunately, in their privileging of abstinence, these movements also set the stage for popular ethnic-based resistance to harm reduction policies such as specific uses of methadone and syringe exchange.Samuel K. Roberts is Associate Professor of History (School of Arts & Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health) at Columbia University, and is a former Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS). He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, medical and public health history, urban history, issues of policing and criminal justice, and the history of social movements. He is the author of Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Dr. Roberts received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at Princeton University.

IPRH Research Cluster Lecture: Samuel K. Roberts

Mar 25, 2019
4:00 pm
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana) 

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)

Coffee & Careers: Working with Data as a Humanist

Mar 28, 2019
4:00 pm
Coble Hall 308

Want to know more about career paths that involve working with data? This spring the Graduate College Career Development office is hosting a special series of informal conversations with data professionals from industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Our guest for March is Dr. Carolyn Randolph, Project Manager (Training in Digital Methods for Humanists) at IPRH and founder/principal investigator for the Champaign County Racial Justice Data Portal. Randolph will discuss her work, her career path, and careers in data for humanists. Join us for coffee, snacks, and conversation. Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3929610.

Curator Talk: Eva Respini

Mar 28, 2019
5:30 pm to 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.

"AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock" | Film Screening and Discussion with Director Myron Dewey

Mar 28, 2019
7:00 pm
Room 208, Second Floor, Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors. A discussion with Director Myron Dewey will follow the screening. Myron Dewey (Paiute/Shoshone)is a filmmaker, journalist, digital storyteller, and the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that aims to give a platform to indigenous voices in media. His drone footage of the Standing Rock movement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) marks him as one of the most important journalistic voices working on environmental and indigenous issues today. Through both Digital Smoke Signals and his own media work, Dewey seeks to bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and to indigenize media with core indigenous cultural values. He is currently the Spring 2019 Lehman Brady Professor in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

SPEAK Café

Mar 28, 2019
7:00 pm to 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. Organized and moderated by Shaya Robinson. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

[Cancelled] Environmental Humanities Lecture: Stephanie LeMenager

Mar 28, 2019
7:30 pm

In Conversation: Text and Making Symposium

Mar 29, 2019 to Mar 30, 2019
12:00 am
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

A Symposium on the Role of Text in Creating Movement, Music, and Performance. The College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a symposium, titled In Conversation: Text and Making, which explores text and its role in the development of new work in the performing arts. Panelists will share insights into the role of text and the dramaturg in creating a new work in dance, the conversations of librettists and composers about using original source material to create story and song, and how script development may begin with non-text-based devising and methods of movement-based collaboration. This symposium comes at an opportune time—there is an urgency in the arts toward expanding both the voices in the room who are seen as makers but also in creating fertile cross-boundary collaborative relationships that break the traditional power dynamics that often dominate creative practices. Our performing arts programs are committed to exploring both traditional and emerging creative practices and developing a space for new methodologies to grow. In Conversation gives us an opportunity to take stock of where we are currently as a community of artists and makers and move “multidisciplinary,” “non-traditional,” and “devised” from catch words to embodied practice.  REGISTER NOWThere are no fees or costs for participation in the symposium.

New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange Symposium

Mar 29, 2019 to Mar 31, 2019
12:00 am
Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

This colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary faculty-graduate student IPRH research cluster, “Transmission, Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange (TTDCE).” Members have been exploring the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty can bring their current research projects, share and receive feedback from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields. Keynote Speakers:Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota (Music) | Instrumental Journeys in Premodern EurasiaRonald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma (English) | Aspects of the Culture of Modernism: The Discipline of Economics and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth CenturySponsored by: Center for Advanced Study, Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies. Center for Global Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, European Union Center, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Program in Medieval Studies, School of Music, The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

Racial Capitalism Symposium

Mar 29, 2019 to Mar 30, 2019
12:00 am
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S Gregory St., Urbana)

Symposium keynotes: Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Grad Center, CUNY)“What is the Racial in Racial Capitalism? Magic, Partition, Politics” 11:00am -12:30 pm, Friday, March 29 Michael Dawson (U Chicago)“Race, Capitalism & the Current Crisis: Conundrums for Those Who Envisage a Socialist Future” 9:30-11am, Saturday, March 30 For full event details, please visit the Unit website.

21st Century Jewish Writing and the World Symposium

Mar 29, 2019
9:45 am to 5:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center 210 (919 W. Illinois, Urbana)

Jewish writing is often said to be in decline, at least since the passing of the great wave of second-generation American Jewish immigrants. At the same time, it is often argued today that Jewish writing has never been more diverse and multivalent. To that end, our scholars will also be distinguishing new directions for Jewish writers and Jewish literary studies.9:45 - Welcome by Gordon Hutner10:00 - Dalia Kandiyoti (College of Staten Island, CUNY) “The Transnational Historical Imagination: Narrating Lost Knowledge”11:00 - Sarah Phillips Casteel (Carleton University) “Telling the Untold Story: Jewish Wartime Refuge in Haiti in Dalembert's Avant que les ombres s’effacent”2:00 - Benjamin Schreier (Penn State University) “Jewish Literature, ‘the World,’ and Jewish Studies’ Bad Faith”3:00 - Dean Franco (Wake Forest University) “The Desire of Literary History”Co-sponsors: Center for Advanced Studies, College of LAS, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics In conjunction with: Department of English, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Program in Comparative & World Literature

21st Century Jewish Writing and the World, Scholarly Roundtable

Mar 29, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Levis 210 (919 W. Illinois, Urbana)

Jewish writing is often said to be in decline, at least since the passing of the great wave of second-generation American Jewish immigrants. At the same time, it is often argued today that Jewish writing has never been more diverse and multivalent. To that end, our scholars will also be distinguishing new directions for Jewish writers and Jewish literary studies. The following scholars have accepted our invitation to come to campus for this one-day symposium: Sarah Phillips Casteel, Dean Franco, and Benjamin Schreier.

Coffee & Careers: Teaching in Academia

Mar 29, 2019
11:55 pm

Curious about faculty careers at liberal arts colleges and other teaching-focused institutions? Want to learn what those institutions look for when hiring? Join us at 11am on April 1 for a conversation with Illinois alum Allen Schwab. Schwab, currently a faculty member in the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, previously served as Professor of English and Academic Dean/Vice President of Eureka College and Logan University. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about teaching-focused careers in higher ed. Free coffee and snacks provided. Register by March 29 at https://forms.illinois.edu/ sec/4659949

Adam Sutcliffe (Reader in European History, King's College, London)

Apr 01, 2019
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building 1080 (707 S. Mathews, Urbana)

Adam Sutcliffe (King's College, London) joined the department in 2005 as Lecturer in Early Modern History, following six years teaching at the University of Illinois, USA. He became Head of Department in August 2012. He studied for his PhD (awarded in 1998) at University College London, receiving his MA from Sussex and BA from Cambridge. He has held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, and the University of Leipzig.

Ruby Mendenhall | Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series

Apr 02, 2019
12:00 pm
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology: Room 1005

Advancing IPRH Town Hall Meeting

Apr 02, 2019
4:00 pm
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

The new campus strategic plan outlines several research-related activities, including an explicit recommendation to “Advance the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities to an Institute with additional infrastructure, staffing, and support for leadership.” Please make plans to attend one of two upcoming “Advancing IPRH” Town Hall meetings to join the conversation about how IPRH might better support and sustain the research ecosystem that we have created together, and how we can evolve for the future. A second session will be held April 4 at 12 p.m. in the IPRH Lecture Hall.

Gallery Conversation: Blue and White

Apr 03, 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. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Screening: Forgetting Vietnam (2015)

Apr 03, 2019
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.

Film Screening: Forgetting Vietnam (2015)

Apr 03, 2019
7:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Renowned filmmaker and feminist postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha will introduce her most recent film Forgetting Vietnam and take questions from the audience afterwards.  Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnam offers a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for “country.” Through folksongs, popular and classical music as well as through local people’s voices—via insurgent poetry, sayings and everyday comments— the film comments on the residue of one of America’s most divisive wars, and its ongoing presence and simultaneous absence in our historical reckoning. Professor Trinh is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a Ph.D. in French and Ethnomusicology, and masters degrees in Music Composition and in French Literature.  Center for Advanced Study, MillerComm2019

Prof. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Lecture

Apr 03, 2019
7:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, Room 1090

Prof. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, recipient of the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in history, will be speaking about her most recent work, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870.

Playful by Design Spring Symposium

Apr 04, 2019 to Apr 06, 2019
12:00 am
Across campus, including the Spurlock Museum, the Armory Innovation Spaces, and the CU Community Fablab

IPRH Research Cluster: Playful by Design Spring Symposium

Apr 04, 2019 to Apr 06, 2019
12:00 am
Across campus, including the Spurlock Museum, the Armory Innovation Spaces, and the CU Community Fablab

Exhibit Opening: Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind

Apr 04, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

The Spurlock Museum presents the exhibit Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind. The exhibit is part of the second annual Spring Symposium held by Playful by Design, an interdisciplinary game studies consortium at the University of Illinois. Playful by Design also hosts a special exhibit opening on Thursday, April 4, 2:00–4:45 pm. Allen Turner, a game designer from the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media, presents a keynote address at 3:00.

Trinh T. Minh-ha | "The Everyday Interval of Resistance"

Apr 04, 2019
4:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Followed by a reception celebrating the 40th Anniversary of GWS              The everyday can be dangerously creative. It is difficult to pin down, because everyday happenings allow no hold and almost no control. The lecture will draw from Trinh Minh-ha’s latest book, Lovecidal:  Walking with The Disappeared. As an activity for peace, “walking” is here also a mode of active, expansive receptivity. With every step taken, the world comes to the walker. The spirit of everyday walk leads her to a whole tradition of independent walkers in ancient Asia, at the same time as it provides her with a link to struggles around the world, more specifically to the struggles of women across countries of the global North and South. Showing modern society to be a profoundly heartsick society, the focus here is on the singular everyday forms of resistance capable of changing today’s landscape of activism. 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.  As a recipient of two Masters degrees (in Music Composition and in French Literature) and a Ph.D. (French) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Trinh has a long history with the UIUC campus and will be visiting as part of the 40th Anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Trinh T. Minh-ha Lecture

Apr 04, 2019
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.  As a recipient of two Masters degrees (in Music Composition and in French Literature) and a Ph.D. (French) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Trinh has a long history with the UIUC campus and will be visiting as part of the 40th Anniversary of Gender and Women’s Studies. Lecture to be followed by a reception celebrating the 40th Anniversary of GWS.

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