26, No. 15, March 1, 2007
Filmmaker hosts free film screening and town hall discussion
Filmmaker Byron Hurt, whose “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” was broadcast on PBS in February, will participate in a free public screening of the documentary and a town hall discussion at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Spurlock Museum.
Hurt, a former college quarterback-turned-activist, took an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop, where he says creative genius collides with misogyny, violence and homo-phobia.
Teens from WILL’s Youth Media Workshop will join Hurt and other experts for the discussion sponsored by WILL AM-FM-TV and co-sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. Panelists include Twick G., Champaign hip-hop artist; Aisha Durham, a UI doctoral candidate who has studied hip-hop from a feminist perspective; Sara Clark Kaplan, UI professor in the African American Studies and Research Program; Youth Media Workshop participants Brian Mitchell, a student at Urbana High School, and Gabby Ceasar, a student at Central High School. William Patterson, associate director of the UI African American Cultural Program and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop, will moderate the discussion.
“Byron Hurt has opened up a nationwide discussion of some of the disturbing developments in rap music culture,” Patterson said. “We hope hip-hop fans, as well as those who have concerns about the music, will come out to join the conversation.”
‘Potpourri of Gardening’ is March 24
The Macon County Master Gardeners will host the “Potpourri of Gardening” from 8:15 a.m.-noon March 24 at the Lutheran School Association, 2001 E. Mound Road, Decatur. The gardening classes are open to the public and cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Sessions include “Effective Use of Microclimates in the Garden,” “Successful Gardening With Earth Boxes,” “Practical Home Vegetable Gardening,” and “Attracting Wildlife to the Urban Garden.” Participants may attend three 45-minute sessions. Call 217-877-6042 for registration information.
Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture
Lecture to focus on organ shortage
The 2007 Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture will feature Sally L. Satel, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Her lecture, “When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Worsening Organ Shortage, What It Means for Seniors, and What To Do About It,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. March 5 in the Max Rowe Auditorium.
Satel’s thesis is that organ donors, living or deceased, should be compensated to increase the supply of transplantable organs available. She will examine the specific issue of renal failure as a major problem affecting older people and how donated kidneys can ensure better outcomes compared with dialysis. She also will consider implications for Medicare, which funds the very costly end-stage renal disease program. Finally, Satel will evaluate current efforts to restructure the allocation system of donated kidneys that discriminates against older potential recipients on the basis of age. A reception in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion will follow the lecture.
For more information, go to www.sallysatelmd.com.
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Applications for reading groups sought
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities is accepting applications for reading groups for the 2007-08 academic year. Awards are made in amounts up to $1,500 for the full year, and proposals are encouraged from both new and existing groups with the possibility of renewed funding in future years.
Reading groups may be formed around any topic or theme and should foster collaborative study in the humanities and across disciplines. Proposals from groups that focus on readings of seminal texts and/or works in progress by the groups’ members will be invited and considered.
For application guidelines, go to www.iprh.uiuc.edu/rg_guidelines.htm. Applications are due in the program’s office by 5 p.m. April 2.
Decisions will be announced in mid-April, and all applicants will be contacted at that time.
Center for Advanced Study
Historian to visit campus in March
Historian Anthony Grafton will visit the UI campus in March to participate in a series of events.
Grafton, dubbed the “alchemist of erudition” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, specializes in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe. His special interests include the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and learning in the West from antiquity to the 19th century and the history of science from antiquity to the Renaissance.
From 5-7 p.m. March 5 Grafton will meet with an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities reading group, “The Early Modern Interdisciplinary,” in Room 428 Library. Readings are posted at www.uiuc.edu/goto/graftonreadings. For more information contact Marcus Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Minor at email@example.com.
At 4 p.m. March 6, Grafton will speak on “Visions of Time in Early Modern Europe” during a MillerComm lecture in the Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum. Grafton re-creates the discipline of chronology in early modern Europe. Scientists such as Copernicus, Kepler and Newton, and scholars such as Kircher and Vico devoted time, energy and ink to this difficult but once fashionable field. This lecture explains what such intellects saw in this apparently obscure discipline.
At 3 p.m. March 7, Grafton will be a guest lecturer for The No. 44 Society Book Collectors’ Club. He will talk on “The Importance of Being Printed,” in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library in Room 346 Library. The lecture will explore how scholars of the past used textual materials to produce historical narratives.
At 5 p.m. March 7 Grafton will take part in a roundtable discussion on “Why History Matters” in Plym Auditorium of Temple Buell Hall. The discussion will be an informal conversation for students, faculty members and the public about why and how history matters in the large state university and in the 21st century.
Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
Program will host Russian singers
The Russian, East European and Eurasian Center will host a delegation of Russian musicians March 1-15 through the Open World Program, an exchange program of Congress.
The musicians will perform a concert, “Russian Music from Tuva to the White Sea,” at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in the Music Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. An additional performance is scheduled on March 5 at Westview Elementary School in Champaign.
Participating delegates are Sayan Chambal, one of Tuva’s most prominent musicians and master throat singer; Yuliya Kovyrshina, music teacher, musicologist and folk singer; Yevgeniya Ratsen, teacher and traditional folk singer; and Nadezhda Utkina, folk singer from Udmurtiya, famous for songs she writes and sings in the Udmurt language.
For more information, visit www.reec.uiuc.edu/events/artists_authors.htm or contact Lynda Park at 333-6022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Service Employees and Dependent Scholarships
Scholarship application deadline is April 2
Applications for Civil Service Employees and Dependent Scholarships are available on the Staff Human Resources Web site at www.pso.uiuc.edu. Hard copies can be obtained from civil service representatives Barney Bryson, Gary Fry, Jeff Goldberg or Bob Schweighart.
The application deadline is April 2. Typically recipients are selected the second week in May with an award ceremony held in mid-June. Last year scholarships were awarded to two employees and four dependents of employees. The committee tries to award about eight scholarships each year to qualified individuals pursuing degrees of higher education at an accredited college or university.
College of Engineering
Open House is March 9 and 10
Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robot wars and more than 160 exhibits await visitors to the 87th annual Engineering Open House on March 9 and 10.
“Inspiring Innovation” is the theme of this year’s open house, the largest student-run event at the UI. Learn about the science behind today’s technology and tomorrow’s innovations through displays and demonstrations across the engineering campus. Visit the open house from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 9 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m on March 10. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit http://eoh.ec.uiuc.edu.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Lamneck concert is March 1
Esther Lamneck will present a concert of electronic works for acoustic instruments at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Tryon Festival Theatre of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Lamneck will perform works written especially for her on the clarinet and the Hungarian Tarogato, a single reed woodwind instrument. Lamneck is the director of instrumental studies and artistic director of the New Music and Dance Ensemble at New York University and serves as the director of the NYU Graduate Music/Dance Program in Italy.
Lamneck’s concert will feature the world premiere of “Concerto No. 2” for clarinet and computer by UI professor emeritus John Melby. From 1973 to 1997, Melby taught music composition at the UI and now lives in Boston. Melby will attend the concert.
Lamneck also will perform UI Professor Zack Browning’s virtuosic “Crack Hammer” for clarinet and computer-generated sounds. Works by pioneering computer music composers Larry Austin, James Dashow and Lawrence Fritts complete the program. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and $2 for students.
Family Resiliency Resource Center
Family Fun Day is March 3
A Family Fun Day will highlight the Grand Opening of the Family Resiliency Resource Center at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall from 2-5 p.m. March 3.
Rocky Maffit, a gold and platinum recording artist, songwriter, and percussionist, and Kate Kuper, a nationally recognized artist and leader in dance education, will entertain and lead children and adults in creative movement activities, said Laurie Kramer, director of the center.
Families also will have a chance to record a family story, said Aaron Ebata, director of the Resource Center and professor of social development. “We’d like to invite families to bring a special object or memory to our Storytelling Studio,” he said.
Betsy Hearne, local author, storyteller and director of the Center for Children’s Books, will help guide children and adults in telling stories that strengthen family bonds and foster literacy.
Other events planned include “Fun With Food” activities with Pampered Chef independent consultants and fire safety activities by the Urbana Fire Department. An exhibit on family strengths by students in the Booker T. Washington after-school program will be on display.
Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be available. Parking is available immediately west of the building and in lot D-21 off Gregory Street.
The facility will be open to the public during regular hours so that parents or teachers who have questions about child development, parenting or other aspects of family life can consult the center’s resources and receive referrals for other services if they are needed, Ebata said.
Included in the center’s collection: materials on autistic spectrum disorder offered by The Autism Program of Champaign County, and books and videos on dyslexia provided by Champaign-Urbana’s Linking Educators and Parents Dyslexia Study Group.
Asian American Awareness Month
Activities planned for March-April
Organizers of the 2007 Asian American Awareness Month have more than fun and games on their minds, but activities kick off with Chinese chess and Mahjong.
Throughout March and April, Asian American student organizations have planned events aimed to increase the awareness of Asian American culture at the UI under the theme “Continuing Our Legacy: Collaboration, Cooperation, Celebration.” Activities are sponsored by the Asian American Awareness Month Committee of the Student Affairs Program Coordination Council.
At 7 p.m. March 1 students will teach Mahjong, a popular four-player Chinese card game, and the difference between Chinese and Western chess at the Illinois Street Residence Hall Townsend B Lounge.
The events continue March 2 with the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Asian American Studies Program at Spurlock Museum. The keynote speaker is K.W. (Kyung Won) Lee, a UI alumnus, Korean American activist and investigative journalist who has won 29 professional awards during his career and is widely recognized as the dean of Asian American journalism.
Illinois will host the three-day Midwest Asian American Students Union conference, “Embrace, Empower, Envision,” on campus March 9-11. Organizers expect 700 students from 30 schools to attend. More information about the conference is at http://sc.maasu.org.
A complete listing of the events for Asian American Awareness Month can be found at www.odos.uiuc.edu/aacc/programs/awarenessMonth/.
For more information, contact Linda Luk, program coordinator of the Asian American Cultural Center, at 333-9300.
Food from 30 countries featured
International Dinner is March 11
The Cosmopolitan Club, Office of International Student Affairs and the University YMCA will host the 24th Annual International Dinner from 6-8 p.m. March 11. The dinner will take place in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA and feature a buffet of food from more than 30 countries. International performers will entertain the audience with dancing, singing and other forms of performance.
Tickets are $8 and are on sale at the University YMCA. Seating is limited.
For more information, contact Rachael Dietkus, University YMCA program director, at email@example.com.