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Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series | "Dancing With Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems"

Nov 02, 2018
12:00 pm
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Room 1005

Join Amy LaViers Minnick, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, as she leads the next Curious and Eclectic Series Seminar, "Dancing With Robots: Expressivity in Natural and Artificial Systems". The seminar will be held in the Beckman Institute Room 1005 (405 N Mathews Ave, Urbana). Lunch will be provided.

VOICE Reading Series

Dec 06, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Join us to hear new work by graduate student authors in the Gelvin Noel Gallery at KAM. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Environmental Humanities Lecture: Jenny Price | "Stop Saving the Planet!: A 21st-Century Environmentalist Manifesto"

Sep 27, 2018
7:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Environmental Humanities Lecture: Jenny Price (Research Fellow, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University-St. Louis) — "Stop Saving the Planet!: A 21st-Century Environmentalist Manifesto." Are you freaking out about climate change? Then come hear why "save the planet!" has always been  a lousy environmentalist mantra. Why "environment" has become the F-word in American politics. And why, if we really want to clean up environmental messes, we need to stop obsessing about how to "save the planet"-and start obsessing instead about how to change, use, and live inside of environments more sustainably and more equitably. Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and historian who asks questions about environment and public space. Author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America and "Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.," she is co-founder of the public art collective LA Urban Rangers and a co-creator of the Our Malibu Beaches mobile-phone app. She has held visiting professorships in American Studies, the arts, and environmental humanities at Princeton University, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University-St. Louis.   Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series | World's Fairs & International Expositions

Oct 16, 2018
11:00 am
International Studies Building, Room 200

Hosted by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Conversations On Europe connects top experts from around the United States and Europe to discuss contemporary issues facing Europe and the Transatlantic relationship. Using both personal and institutional videoconference technology, panelists take questions and interact with audiences at Pitt and at remote sites in the US and Europe.

Yu-Chen Wang/Han-Jui Chen Duo, Open Improvisation Workshop with the Improvisers Exchange

Nov 02, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Taiwanese musicians-in-residence Yu-Chen Wang (guzheng, Chinese zither) and Han-Jui Chen (double bass) will engage with the university’s Improvisers Exchange class. Later in the evening there will be a concert in the galleries with Wang and CompostQ Ensemble at 7:30pm. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series | "The Appeal of an Endless Horizon: Collaborative game design as meta-hodological play"

Dec 07, 2018
12:00 pm
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Room 1005

Join Judith Pintar, a professor of sociology, as she leads the next Curious and Eclectic Series Seminar, "The Appeal of an Endless Horizon: Collaborative game design as meta-hodological play". The seminar will be held in the Beckman Institute Room 1005 (405 N Mathews Ave, Urbana). Lunch will be provided.

Tango at KAM

Sep 29, 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive

Enjoy an afternoon of Tango dancing in the galleries with live music by Tangotta. Tango at KAM is free and open to dancers of all abilities, with or without a dance partner. Everyone is welcome. Tangotta is comprised of Armand Beaudoin on bass and cello, Dorothy Martirano on violin, Sam Ginger on keyboard and accordion, and George Turner on guitar. Event organized by Melih Sener. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Lecture: Peggy McCracken | "Animate Ivory: Global Trade and Pygmalion's Statue”

Oct 18, 2018
7:30 pm
Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Lecture: Peggy McCracken (Director, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan)  Peggy McCracken is the Mary Fair Croushore Collegiate Professor of Humanities and Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on medieval France, and her most recent book is In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France (2017). Co-sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies and part of the “Global Prehumanisms” Conference, October 18–20, 2018.

Yu-Chen Wang and CompostQ Ensemble

Nov 02, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Yu-Chen Wang will be the featured guest artist for an evening concert with the CompostQ Ensemble, a local improvisation ensemble (Dorothy Martirano, violin; Erik Lund, trombone; Armand Beaudoin, double bass; Ricardo Flores, percussion; and Kirstie Simson, dancer). This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Tango at KAM

Dec 15, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive

Enjoy an afternoon of Tango dancing in the galleries with live music by Tangotta. Tango at KAM is free and open to dancers of all abilities, with or without a dance partner. Everyone is welcome. Tangotta is comprised of Armand Beaudoin on bass and cello, Dorothy Martirano on violin, Sam Ginger on keyboard and accordion, and George Turner on guitar. Event organized by Melih Sener. For more information, please visit: http://www.kam.illinois.edu

Application Deadline: 2019 Humanities Without Walls Predoc Career Diversity Workshop

Sep 30, 2018
5:00 pm

Interested students must submit the application materials listed on the HWW website (i.e., cover sheet, narrative, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation) to Jason Mierek (HWW-DirectorOps@illinois.edu), at IPRH by September 30th, 2018.

VOICE Reading Series

Oct 18, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Join us to hear new work by graduate student authors in the Gelvin Noel Gallery at KAM. This event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. Please visit http://kam.illinois.edu for more information.

IPRH at the Chicago Humanities Festival: Donna Cox | Visualizing Women

Nov 04, 2018
12:30 pm
Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, Chicago

Chicago Humanities Festival: Donna Cox (Art and Design) Hailed as a pioneer in scientific visualization and computer art, you've probably encountered the work of Donna Cox more than once. Her art direction and visualizations for such IMAX films as A Beautiful Planet​, ​Hubble ​and ​Cosmic Voyage won her an Academy Award nomination, she helped create those stunning views of the cosmos in the movie ​Tree of Life​, and Chicago's own Museum of Science and Industry has dubbed her a 'modern day Leonardo da Vinci' for her work turning big data into beautiful museum exhibitions. Cox in turn is lauding other female visualization pioneers in her latest book ​New Media Futures,​ which explores the women who turned the Midwest into a hotbed of explorations in the emerging digital arts.See Chicago Humanities Festival website for more information about this event and how to reserve tickets.

IPRH @ The Art Screening: Mississippi Masala

Jan 29, 2019
7:00 pm
The Art Theatre (126 W Church St, Champaign)

As part of the community wide NEA Big Read of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, a screening of MISSISSIPPI MASALA (dir. Mira Nair, 1991). Discussion led by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta (Comparative and World Literature/Religion) will follow. Co-sponsored by University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Spurlock Museum Free and open to the public. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Ned O'Gorman | "Where is the Nuclear Sovereign?"

Oct 01, 2018
12:00 pm
English Building, Room 109

Ned O'Gorman is a Professor of Communication at Illinois. His talk is part of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies faculty seminar series.

Curious & Eclectic Seminar | Less Metrics, More Rando: (Net) Art as Software Research

Oct 19, 2018
12:00 pm
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Room 1005

Join Ben Grosser, a professor of Art and Design, for his Curious & Eclectic Series Seminar. Lunch will be provided.

Elli Stern (Yale) Lecture

Nov 05, 2018
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 1080

Elli Stern received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 2008. From 2009-2010 he was Junior William Golding Fellow in the Humanities at Brasenose College and the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. He researches the transformation and development of traditional and religious worldviews in Western life and thought. In particular, he focuses on modern Jewish history, Zionism, secularism, and religious radicalism.

Lecture: Emma Dench

Feb 21, 2019
7:30 pm
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Lecture: EMMA DENCH (Classics, History and Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University). Part of a workshop on “Race and Identity: Ancient and Modern Perspectives” on February 22, 2019.

IPRH Reading Group Discussion | Cross-cultural Re-understanding of Power Harassment: Title VII and Title IX, Awareness and Action

Oct 03, 2018
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center, Room 424

IPRH Reading Group: Cross-cultural Re-understanding of Power Harassment: Title VII and Title IX, Awareness and Action, Session 2UIUC’s 2017 Report on Sexual Misconduct Discussion Leader: Nicole Allen, Professor of Psychology Readings Available at learn@illinois.edu, under the title “Cross-cultural reunderstanding of power harassment”; guest login password “xiaoyuan”).

The Hazards and Potential of Open-Mindedness in Post-Truth Conditions

Oct 22, 2018
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210 (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

Please join us for this half-day conference, free and open to the public. Coffee, light breakfast, and lunch provided. Please RSVP by emailing Emily Wenneborg at ecomer3@illinois.edu. Open-mindedness is ordinarily considered an educational good and an epistemic virtue, whereas closed-mindedness is a serious defect, one that opens us to harsh censure in the classroom. However, in today’s world open-mindedness is itself not without moral hazard. The conference will feature three panels addressing the role of open-mindedness in education, including the nature of mind and truth, the importance of open-mindedness for learners, and methods of teaching open-mindedness.

IPRH Research Cluster Lecture: Randi Epstein

Nov 06, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

“AROUSED: The History of Hormones & How They Control Just About Everything.” A lecture by Randi Epstein (Medical Writer; Lecturer, Yale University; Writer in Residence, Yale Medical School; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism).The discovery of hormones and how they impact physical and emotional health has been one of great advances yet outrageous claims. This talk will highlight landmark events in hormone history as well as the cultural and political influences on medical progress and marketing. We will hear about the scientists who recognized the concept of hormones; the female physicist who had been told to become a secretary but became a Nobel Laureate for creating a way to measure hormones (revolutionizing modern medicine), a Viennese scientist who made pioneering discoveries in the testes but went astray, promoting that vasectomies promoted libido. We will also review the history of hormone replacement therapy. The audience should come away with an appreciation of some of the pioneering mavericks who paved the way for neuroendocrine studies today; how market forces shape both research and patient attitudes, and a healthy regard for patients’ fears and hopes. Part of the IPRH Medical Humanities Research Cluster Lecture Series, supported by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

IPRH Research Cluster Lecture: Samuel K. Roberts

Feb 27, 2019
4:00 pm
TBA

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)

Environmental Humanities Lecture: Benjamin H. Johnson

Feb 28, 2019
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.

Humanities and Arts in the Age of Big Data Conference

Oct 04, 2018 to Oct 05, 2018
12:00 am
Third and Fourth Floor Lecture Halls, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana

This conference tackles questions of scale, visuality, application, representation, textuality, materiality, aesthetics, preservation, epistemology and experimentation at the intersection of big data and research and thinking in the arts and humanities. Our aim is to place these issues at the heart of conversations about big data and its institutional locations at Illinois and to advance a genuinely interdisciplinary set of approaches to the field. Thursday, October 4th, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)  Evening Plenary, featuring: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University, Trevor Muñoz, Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities, and Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures, U of Michigan. Friday, October 5th, 9:00 a.m., IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)  Day-long panel sessions, featuring:Catherine D’Ignazio/kanarinka, Civic Media and Data Visualization, Emerson CollegeErik Loyer, Creative Director of The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and Founder and Director of OpertoonMatthew Jones, Contemporary Civilization, Columbia UniversitySafiya Noble, Communication/Journalism, University of Southern California AnnenbergLiz Losh, English and American Studies, William and MaryVirginia Eubanks, Political Science, University at Albany, SUNYRichard So, English and Cultural Analytics, McGill UniversityJo Guldi, History, Southern Methodist UniversityMore information can be found at https://publish.illinois.edu/humanitiesartsinageofbigdata/ 

David Bezmozgis Lecture

Oct 22, 2018
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 1080

Award-winning author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis will talk about creating stories about Russian-Jewish immigrants in books and films, how he decides which form a story will take, and what it’s like to adapt and direct his own work for the screen. David Bezmozgis is the author of the story collection, Natasha and Other Stories (2004), and the novels, The Free World (2011), and The Betrayers (2014). This is part of the 21st Century Jewish Writing and the World series.

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