23, No. 7, Oct. 2, 2003
Chinese erhu master featured
One of the world’s foremost players of the Chinese erhu, Yang
Ying, will perform a program of Chinese music, from ancient to modern,
at the Oct. 12 WILL-FM Second Sunday Concert. The erhu, a fretless,
two-stringed vertical fiddle, became popular in China during the Song
Dynasty (AD 960 to 1279).
The free concert, which will be broadcast live on WILL-FM (90.9/101.1
in Champaign-Urbana), begins at 2 p.m. at the Krannert Art Museum and
Kinkead Pavilion in Champaign. Performing with Ying will be Tom Paynter,
flute and keyboard; Jeff Magby, drum set; Russell Clark, bass; Chan
Jingfei, piano; Chad Dunn, percussion; Loba Chaduck, flute; Jason Finkelman,
percussion; and the Amasong Chorus.
Ying, now a resident of Champaign-Urbana, performed as a featured soloist
in China’s premier traditional music and dance troupe for nearly
20 years. In addition, she started China’s first all-girl rock
Brothers Studio examined
Film conference is Oct. 2-4
A conference focusing on the Shaw Brothers Studio, a path-breaking filmmaking
enterprise that was founded in Shanghai, and later based in Singapore
and Hong Kong, runs Oct. 2-4 on the UI campus.
All of the events, which are free and open to the public, are posted
According to Poshek Fu, the conference organizer and a professor of
history and of cinema studies at Illinois, the Shaw brothers “dominated
the film industries and entertainment businesses of the Pan-Chinese,
or Asia Pacific, world from the 1950s to the 1980s, and still control
the largest television network there.”
The biggest “star” of the conference, Fu said, is actress
Cheng Pei Pei, who will “help bring the campus and community together
with her public discussion.” Internationally known for her role
in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Cheng will lead a public
discussion about her role in that film from 2-4 p.m. in 407 Levis Faculty
Center. All conference events will be held at the Levis Center, except
for David Bordwell’s keynote address on “Trends and Traditions
in Martial Arts Film Style: From the Shaw Contributions to Ang Lee,”
which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in 101 Armory.
Fu, whose research expertise includes the politics of Hong Kong and
Chinese popular cultures, said that conferees will examine the “early
globalizing efforts of Chinese film cultures” with a lens on the
Shaw brothers (Shao in Chinese), who began their pioneering Shanghai
film studio in the 1920s.
The Shaw brothers, Fu said, would shape the “cinematic vision”
of generations of filmmakers, including Ang Lee, the UI graduate who
directed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Scholars and critics, many of them from Hong Kong and Singapore, will
present papers on a variety of topics, including the “global imaginations”
of the Shaw brothers. Six UI film scholars and historians also will
weigh in, some of them focusing on the “Kung Fu connections”
the Shaw brothers inspired.
The conference is sponsored by Illinois’ Unit for Cinema Studies
and history department, with additional support from nine other units
at Illinois and the Mellon Humanities in a Globalizing World Initiative.
Future of international conflict
its 25th anniversary, UI’s Program in Arms Control, Disarmament
and International Security is hosting a forum on Oct. 4 to consider
the future of international conflict.
The forum, free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m. in 356 Armory Building.
The forum’s panelists – who include current and former ACDIS
faculty members – will ponder various scenarios, organized around
the theme, “The Last International War?”
According to ACDIS director Clifford Singer, for discussion purposes,
“major international war” is defined in this context as
“one that involves the use of 50,000 troops or more to cross what
has been a de facto line of actual control for a decade or more.”
Singer, a professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering,
will present the forum’s opening remarks. Panelists and their
topics are available through the ACDIS
lunch follows, by reservation only. To make reservations, call 333-8331.
Measurement Issues and Challenges ’
Measurement symposium is Oct.
Issues and Challenges in Aging Research” is the theme of the 10th
Measurement and Evaluation Symposium, which this year will be at
The symposium begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in 314A and B, Illini Union,
with registration from 5-6:30 p.m. A pre-conference workshop is scheduled
that day, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in the same location. The symposium
concludes with a banquet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Illini Union Ballroom.
According to kinesiology professor Weimo Zhu, one of the event’s
planners, the symposium is organized every three or four years by the
Measurement and Evaluation Council, one of 12 councils/societies in
the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; AAALF is
one of six associations in the American Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition to AALF and the UI, sponsors
are the American College of Sports Medicine and Human Kinetics Publishers.
The symposium focuses on the interests of aging researchers, measurement
specialists, disability researchers, exercise specialists, personal
and athletic trainers, physical therapists and health-care providers.
Zhu said the symposium will feature an “expert vs. measurement
specialist” interaction format designed to create “a unique
forum for outlining and debating methodological and philosophical challenges
when quantifying human behavior.”
Participants will include world leaders in aging and measurement, among
them, researchers from the UI.
More information, including registration, is posted online.
Free Community Medical School
‘The Human Senses’
focus of course
can enhance their knowledge of medicine and science by attending the
Community Medical School, a program presented by the UI College of Medicine
and Carle Foundation Hospital. The free, three-part course about the
human senses begins Oct. 14 at the Carle Forum, located one block north
of Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, and continues
each Tuesday through Oct. 28. Medical experts will conduct the sessions.
Lectures and demonstrations will teach a basic understanding of the
sensory system. Prevention and treatment techniques of common disorders
also will be presented as well as new technology for the restoration
and healthy function of the sensory system.
The weekly topics: Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. (with a pre-conference tour at
6 p.m.), “Seeing”; Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m., “Hearing”;
Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m., “Taste.” Call 333-2787 to enroll or for
‘Harvard dean to speak
Inaugural Bazzani lecture
is Oct. 15
Nye Jr. will deliver the Inaugural Craig S. Bazzani Lecture. His lecture,
“The Paradox of American Power,” will be from 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 15 at 213 Gregory Hall. Nye is the Don K. Price Professor of Public
Policy and dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
Nye joined the Harvard faculty in 1964 and has combined public policy
service, teaching, writing and public engagement ever since. His latest
book, “The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only
Superpower Can’t Go It Alone,” was published in 2002 to
The Craig S. Bazzani Lecture Series honors the long-time UI vice president
for administration and comptroller. Bazzani served the UI for nearly
25 years. He came to the university from the Illinois Bureau of the
Budget. Widely known for his strategic thinking and creative approach
to business and financial issues, he holds three degrees from Illinois
The Bazzani Lecture Series brings to campus leading researchers and
commentators on the most important political and policy issues facing
Illinois and the nation.
The lecture series is sponsored by the UI and is managed by the Institute
of Government and Public Affairs.
Brown v. Board of Education Jubilee Commemoration
Original Freedom Riders to
In May 1961,
a group of six blacks and seven whites boarded buses in Washington,
D.C., for the original Freedom Ride, designed to test the legality of
“separate but equal” facilities in interstate public travel
in the South. The riders would never reach New Orleans, their intended
destination, as they would be stopped along the way by angry mobs, severe
beatings and the firebombing of one bus.
Three of the original Freedom Riders will reunite on Oct. 18 to talk
about those experiences and others related to the civil rights movement.
Their panel discussion, “Dialogues With Original Freedom Riders,”
will start at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lincoln Hall. The event
is free and open to the public.
Among those participating in the panel will be the Rev. Ben Cox, a former
teacher at Urbana High School, as well as in the university’s
Principal’s Scholars Program and Office of Continuing Education.
Joining him will be fellow riders Ed Blakenheim and Hank Thomas.
The discussion is part of a 35th anniversary weekend commemoration of
Project 500, a university equal opportunity initiative that brought
to campus more than 500 African-American and Latino students in 1968.
It is also part of the campus’s Brown
v. Board of Education Jubilee Commemoration, celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation
in public schools.
Cox, who lives in Tennessee, will remain in Champaign-Urbana through
Oct. 24, giving presentations both on campus and in the community.
Updates on future events and activities related to the Brown commemoration
can be found online.
Map shows land surface in unprecedented detail
Illinois topography map available
State Geological Survey has published a new Illinois Surface Topography
map that shows the state’s land surface in a never-before-seen
level of detail. The map uses digital elevation data to create a three-dimensional
visualization of the terrain of the entire state. Lighting, shading
and color tinting techniques used in the map’s production allow
readers to easily discern landscape features such as floodplains, hills,
river valleys and glacial moraines. The map’s unprecedented level
of detail has allowed scientists to identify regional structures and
landforms that were too subtle to be recognized in the past on individual
“The map is a new look at the entire state’s spatial patterns
and regional characteristics,” said Don Luman, the ISGS’
principal investigator for the project. “It is an excellent way
of seeing landforms that topographic maps don’t express well.”
Because the vertical scale has been exaggerated 20 times, subtle landscape
features can be seen on Illinois’ relatively flat surface (the
state’s highest point is roughly 1,000 feet above its lowest point).
For instance, the large sand dunes of Mason County and the prominent
glacial end moraines in Bureau, Lee and McLean counties can be easily
seen. An inset map of the state’s surficial deposits helps readers
identify additional features.
Scientists viewing the Illinois Surface Topography map for the first
time quickly identified many landforms that hadn’t been seen before,
including unusual ridged topography along Interstate 39 in eastern Winnebago
County. This landscape feature extends into southeastern Wisconsin,
where drumlins, which are elongated hills of glacial drift, were formed
by the continental glaciers that covered both states.
“The map affords the reader a three-dimensional perspective that
reveals Illinois’ geological heritage,” Luman said. The
54- by 36-inch full-color map is especially of interest to educators,
planners, scientists, businesses, farmers and municipal, county and
state government bodies because it provides a visual record of Illinois’
geological history and how that history applies to societal issues such
as flooding, siting and land use.
The 1:500,000-scale map may be ordered for $10 from the ISGS Information
Office. Write 615 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820-6964, call 333-4747
(TDD785-0211), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISGS, a Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources,
serves the citizens and businesses of Illinois by providing accurate,
objective, relevant earth science information that helps to protect
the state’s environmental quality, economic vitality and public
NASA scientist donates collection
Dedication, panel discussion
is Oct. 9
at the University Library are celebrating the addition of the collection
of pioneering NASA scientist John C. Houbolt with a dedication ceremony
Oct. 9 at the Grainger Engineering Library. UI faculty and staff members
and students are invited to attend the free event that begins at 1 p.m.
Houbolt (pronounced HUBB-olt), who is best known for developing and
promoting the lunar-orbit rendezvous concept that allowed the United
States space program to go to the moon on Apollo 11, will attend the
dedication program. A UI graduate, Houbolt was chief aeronautical scientist
at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Joe Tanner, an astronaut and UI graduate, will moderate a panel discussion
that will follow the dedication. The discussion will focus on how Houbolt’s
genius and contributions impacted the U.S. and international space programs.
Houbolt’s collection, which will be managed by the University
Archives, includes papers, manuscripts, models, designs and books. The
books in the collection will be held in the Grainger Engineering Library
A grant from NASA’s Langley Research Center will enable the University
Library to process, index and preserve the collection, and to develop
an electronic finding aid for the materials and online access to the
Japanese culture explored
Kimono demonstration is Oct.
colors adorn the ceremonial kimonos of Japan. A kimono dressing demonstration
at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Spurlock
Museum’s Knight Auditorium will show how these stunning costumes
are worn. Toshie Kasada, a senior kimono specialist at the Hakubi Kyoto
Kimono School, and Kimiko Gunji, professor of Japanese art and culture
and director of the UI Japan House, will lead the demonstration.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of a series
of kimono-related events held at the museum in conjunction with the
exhibit, “Luxurious Layers: Kimonos of the Heian Court.”
For more information, call 244-3355 or visit
Smokers, non-smokers needed
student in speech and hearing science is investigating the effect of
advancing age and nicotine on an evoked brain potential, the auditory
middle latency response (AMLR). The AMLR will be measured in Ron Chambers’
evoked potential laboratory, and the Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory
will conduct urine analysis for nicotine content.
Smokers and non-smokers, aged 18-30 years and 55 years or older, in
good overall health are needed for this study. Qualified applicants
will be offered a free hearing test by a certified, licensed audiologist.
contact Ishara Ramkissoon, 244-7616,
or go to online.