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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 24, No. 7,Oct. 7, 2004

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Four-day art installation
IPRH hosts installation of New York artist
“Being Here,” Adam Pendleton’s upcoming four-day conceptual art installation at the UI, will, in a sense, be everywhere.

Much of the New York artist’s installation and commentary – and his audience’s physical and verbal response to the events – will be viewable on the World Wide Web, Oct. 10-13.
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) is sponsoring Pendleton’s installation and visit.

The Oct. 10 installation will be done in private, but will be shown live on the Web. Portions of the installation and of follow-up events will be captured in still shots using SMIL, a technology for presenting synchronized multimedia on the Internet. All formats from the event will be offered on the IPRH Web site, and also will be linked from the UI home page. All formats will be archived.

Pendleton’s canvas will be an entire wall in the Humanities Lecture Hall of the IPRH building. The public is invited to view the artwork and to participate in its interactive elements from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 to 13.

“Being Here,” a “monumental text work with an audio component addresses issues relating to the queer and African-American experiences and invites audience interaction,” said Chris Catanzarite, associate director of IPRH.

Against a bright yellow surface, Pendleton’s work combines passages from Reinaldo Arenas’ novel “Farewell to the Sea” with the artist’s own writing, “resulting in a rhythmic, stream-of-consciousness prose,” Catanzarite said. Audio tracks include Pendleton reading, and viewers are invited to respond by writing directly on the wall.

Free public events featuring responses to “Being Here” by UI faculty members and discussions with the artist are scheduled each day of Pendleton’s visit. Events, all beginning at 4 p.m. will be in IPRH’s Humanities Lecture Hall. For a complete schedule, go to www.iprh.uiuc.edu.

WILL-TV will carry the live Web cast and direct the Web production.

103rd District state representative and Champaign County state's attorney elections
Candidates to discuss university issues
Candidates for 103rd District state representative and Champaign County state’s attorney will discuss issues of concern to the university community in a forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 in Room 407 Levis Faculty Center. Participants will be Republican incumbent John Piland and Democrat Julia Reitz, candidates for state’s attorney; and state representative candidates incumbent Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana; Republican Deborah Frank Feinen; and Tom Mackaman, Socialist Equality Party. The forum is co-sponsored by the Union of Professional Employees and the University YMCA and YWCA.

WILL-FM Second Sunday Concert
Ian Hobson, Sinfonia musicians to perform
Pianist Ian Hobson and musicians from Sinfonia da Camera will perform music of Emanuel Chabrier, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel at the WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) Second Sunday Concert at 2 p.m. Oct. 10. The free concert will be held at the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion.

Hobson will perform Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano with Alicia Cordoba Tait, flute, and Douglas Spaniol, bassoon.

Violinist Sherban Lupu will join Hobson for Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano; tenor Paul Sperry will perform selected songs by Chabrier.

WILL-FM Second Sunday Concerts are a joint venture of WILL-FM, the UI School of Music and the Krannert Art Museum.

Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre
Scripts now being accepted
The Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre is accepting submissions of scripts that address a social and/or health issue. The deadline for entries is Dec 15. The theater regularly presents plays that deal with difficult subjects such as racism, LGBT issues, domestic violence, sexism and body image. An honorarium will be given to those playwrights whose scripts are selected.

The theater is looking for entries in four categories: student-written 10-minute play; student-written 40-minute play; non-student-written 10-minute play; non-student-written 40-minute play.

Performances of each play will be followed by discussion with the audience. For more information or a contest application, go to the Inner Voices Web site or e-mail innervoices@illinois.edu.

‘The Public Square’ commentaries begin
WILL-AM (580) has begun offering listeners the opportunity to comment on the air about any issue important to them. The weekly three-minute commentaries, titled “The Public Square,” will be broadcast every Friday at 4:45 p.m. then repeated at 6:45 p.m. the same day and at 10:59 a.m. on Saturdays.

Similar to the public comment portion of city council and school board meetings, “The Public Square” is both an outreach and broadcast program designed to give WILL-AM listeners a direct voice and to stimulate discussion.

Participants must submit their commentary in writing, and then will be scheduled to go to the station and to record the commentary for broadcast. One commentary will be read per week.

For full guidelines and a submission form, go to will.uiuc.edu, e-mail publicsquare@will.uiuc.edu or call 244-5072.

Home-based care
Services offered for mildly ill children
Eligible UI employees now have a new option for providing care for their mildly ill children under the Sniffles and Sneezes pilot program. The program entitles those eligible with 24 hours of subsidized care each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

To be eligible, employees must be residents of Champaign County, must have been working more than half-time for at least nine months, and must be eligible for the State University Retirement System. The program will offer care to children 12 and under and older mildly ill children with special needs.

“The program is part of the Success by 6 initiative, a group of community employers working together to improve child-care services for their employees,” Richard Herman, the interim chancellor of the Urbana campus, said in announcing the program. The program is a result of a cooperative agreement with Family Service of Champaign County, he said.

Parents are required to pre-register their children for participation in the program.

To learn more about the program and to pre-register, visit the Family Service Homecare Web site.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Family Services, 888-858-5195. For questions regarding eligibility, call Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessy, associate director of academic human resources, 333-7466. Additional information about child-care programs can be accessed through the Child Care Resource Service.

Spurlock Museum

Spurlock hosts Day of the Dead events
The Spurlock Museum will host a series of Day of the Dead exhibits and events during October.

Gary Feinman, the curator of Mesoamerican anthropology at Chicago’s Field Museum, will talk at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Admission to “The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca and Its Pre-Hispanic Roots” is free and the public is welcome.

A storytelling concert by Latina storyteller Olga Loya will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. The nationally recognized bilingual storyteller, author and teacher has performed throughout the United States and Mexico. The concert will be in the museum’s Knight Auditorium. Admission is $5.

At 9 a.m. Oct. 30, the museum will host a workshop by Loya. The workshop, “Zeroing In on a Story,” will focus on using the senses and listening skills to explore the heart of a story. Pre-registration is required; the fee is $30.

The museum also will continue its “Around the World Wednesdays,” which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in October and November. Children and their parents are welcome to create and play together in the museum’s Rowe Learning Center. There will be crafts and games from around the world, including activities to complement the fall Focus Gallery exhibit “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico.” A donation of $1 per family member is requested for each visit.

For more information on upcoming Day of the Dead events, visit the museum's Web site.

Civil Service elections
Vote will determine civil service reps
All Civil Service employees (excluding temporary and extra help) are encouraged to vote Oct. 19 for a representative to the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee. The polling place will be in the southwest area of the Illini Union overlooking the Quad, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Voters must present a current I-card to vote.

For more information, contact Irma Ryan of Personnel Services at 333-3105.

Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research

C-FAR requests pre-proposals for grants
The Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) has announced its request for pre-proposals for its FY06 External Competitive Grants Program. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by C-FAR working group members based on relevance to C-FAR research focus areas, potential outcomes and benefits to stakeholders, and dissemination plans. Pre-proposals are due by noon Oct. 28.

Research projects must align with one of the five C-FAR research focus areas: expanding agricultural markets; rural economic development; agricultural production systems; human nutrition and food safety; and natural resources.

For more information about the program, including the selection criteria and application instructions, go to www.ilcfar.org or call 244-4232.

Illini Union
Bowling league for faculty and staff
The Illini Union Rec Room is offering a bowling league for UI faculty and staff members and their spouses. The league will be held at 6:30 p.m. for five Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 20. The league will include four-person teams that will play three games per week. The fee is $45.

The Illini Union Rec Room also is providing family Cosmic Bowling on Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 from 2-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Donna at 244-6589.

Late fall lecture series

CAS/MillerComm lectures announced
The war in Iraq, the “care sector” of the economy, the politics of water, and the preservation of music will be the topics of four late-fall lectures in the Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lecture series at the UI.

The lectures begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum with “Iraq: From Sanctions to Occupation and Resistance,” presented by Tariq Ali, a writer, journalist, filmmaker and outspoken critic of the American occupation of Iraq.

Subsequent MillerComm and other CAS lectures:

  • Oct. 22, “Android Dreams and Transnational Care Work,” by Nancy Folbre, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (4 p.m., Room 314 Illini Union)
  • Nov. 3, the CAS Annual Lecture by Karl Hess, CAS professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, “The Debate Between Einstein and Bohr and Its Consequences for Quantum Computing.” ( 7:30 p.m., Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum)
  • Nov. 4, “Water and Its Publics: Social Action Across Spaces and Scales,” by Amita Baviskar, a professor of sociology at the University of Delhi in India. (7:30 p.m., third floor, Levis Faculty Center)
  • Nov. 8, “Learning, Memory and Cognitive Development: They’re All in Your Connections,” by Jay McClelland, the Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. (4 p.m., third floor, Levis Faculty Center)
  • Nov. 16, “Music Libraries and Archives in the Cultural Chemistry of America,” by Alan Jabbour, retired director of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. (4 p.m., Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum)

The MillerComm lecture series began in 1973 and is supported with funds from the George A. Miller Endowment and several co-sponsoring campus units. All CAS talks are free and open to the public.

Benefit for veterinary patients

Professional pet portraits available
Appointments are now being scheduled for “Pix With Pets,” an event designed to raise money for the Human Connection Fund by offering professional pet-portraits.

Tom Schaefges, an experienced companion animal photographer, will take holiday-themed pet portraits (with or without their human companions) at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

To schedule your pet’s portrait, contact the Veterinary Medicine Advancement Office at 333-2762 or e-mail. Appointments are limited.

The Humane Connection Fund makes it possible for clinicians at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to treat animal companions that might otherwise not receive treatment and to enhance students’ learning.

Gender-related topics
Two symposia announced for October
Gender-related topics will be explored in two symposia in October. Both are free and open to the public.
“Family, Gender and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia,” is planned for Oct. 7-9; most activities take place in 405 Illini Union.

Organized by the university’s Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, the symposium will examine and compare two regions of the world with commonalities that include multi-ethnic and multi-religious states, family-law systems shaped by religion, and ambivalence toward the Western family ideal.

Program details are available on the Web

“Gender and Transnational Care Work” is planned for Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 314 Illini Union.

Specialists from different fields will come together at WGGP’s fall symposium to explore gender issues associated with transnational care, a global trend characterized by migration patterns in which individuals move – usually from Third World to First World countries – to work as nannies, caretakers for the elderly, or as health-care providers.

More information about the WGGP symposium is available online.

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