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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 22, No. 2, July 18, 2002


brief notes

Summer institute
Teaching the African-American experience
James W. Loewen, best-selling author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong," will lecture from 9 a.m. until noon July 22 at 100 Gregory Hall. The program is the opening session of the "Kufundisha Institute: Teaching the African American Sociohistorical Experience," a summer institute sponsored by the Afro-American Studies and Research Program. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Loewen attended Carleton College and received a doctoral degree in sociology from Harvard University. He is an educator and taught race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont. He previously taught at Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

Loewen also is the author of "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong" and "The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White." He co-wrote "Mississippi: Conflict and Change," which won the Lillian Smith Award for best Southern nonfiction.

The "Kufundisha Institute: Teaching the African American Sociohistorical Experience" is a weeklong summer institute that will introduce public school educators to contemporary knowledge about the African-American experience. Teachers interested in registering for the summer institute should call 333-7781.

Office of Business and Financial Services
Fall business workshops announced
The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) is offering fall workshops on UI financial and administrative systems. These sessions, which promote continuous improvement of campus financial management, are offered to department heads, as well as departmental business office staff members. Selected refresher training every other year is appropriate and recommended. Workshop locations will vary. There is no charge for these classes.

Class descriptions and the most current class workshops are on the OBFS Web site at www.oba.uiuc.edu/training. Reservations can be made electronically at the site.

Chicago's I space gallery
Exhibition features Urbana grad students
Six graduate-student artists will exhibit their work through Aug. 10 at I-space, the Chicago gallery of the UI's Urbana campus.

The show, titled "Location, Location, Location," will feature installation work, sculpture, photography, painting and multi-media works by the students, who are enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in the university’s School of Art and Design.

Participating artists are Anna Callahan, Joe Ford, Kariann Fuqua, Nathan Keay, Nick Schanz and Catherine Wiesener. Graham Stewart, the resident director for the university’s study abroad program in art and design in the United Kingdom, is the exhibition’s curator.

Stewart described the exhibition as a selection from a group of otherwise disparate artists. The artists, he said, have "developed their practice around what might be called ‘positive engagement,’ where most of the inventive processes of art-making have been removed from the relative isolation of the studio and relocated to various more active social situations within the public domain." Their shared objective, he said, is "to make work which is seamlessly connected to given recognizable locales and populations."

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weeklong institute
Lecture to focus on Holocaust education
Samuel Totten, author of "Holocaust Education: Issues and Teaching Holocaust Literature," will kick off a weeklong Institute for Illinois Educators with a free public lecture July 28. A reception will follow the lecture.

Totten’s lecture, "Holocaust Education: Issues and Approaches for Middle and High School Teachers and Students," begins at 7 p.m. at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science lecture hall in Room 126. Guests are asked to use the east building entrance.

During the July 29 through Aug. 2 institute, "Humanities in the Classroom and Community: An Interdisciplinary Holocaust Curriculum for Illinois Educators," participants will hear lectures by university scholars; review curriculum objectives, activities and demonstrations by Illinois educators and community leaders; access extensive resource materials and displays of literature and teaching materials; see media presentations and fine arts performances; and participate in small group discussions and curriculum planning sessions. There also will be presentations by Holocaust survivors and an opportunity to attend an area synagogue service.

The registration fee for the institute is $250; scholarships are available. Further information and registration is available at www.outreach.uiuc.edu/holocaust or by calling (800) 252-1360 ext. 42030.

The institute is sponsored by the UI Office of Continuing Education Division of Academic Outreach in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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