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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 25, No. 5, Sept. 1, 2005

brief notes

Prevention policy and procedures discussed
Sexual harassment awareness training
All faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend sexual harassment awareness training, which will be conducted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access during September and October.

The training sessions will include discussion about the laws regarding sexual harassment, university policy and resources available to people in the campus community who are affected by it.

“It’s with an interest in arming faculty and staff (members) with information regarding the university’s sexual harassment prevention policy and procedures that we hope to continue in our efforts to ensure that the academic and work environment is free from sexual harassment,” said Larine Cowan, assistant chancellor and director of OEOA.

Narmen Hunter of FENNOY Consulting Group Inc. will lead the sessions that will be in the second flour lounge of the Illini Union. Each session will be 90 minutes.

Pre-registration is required; call 333-0885 or e-mail oeoa@illinois.edu.

For additional information, contact Pamela Pirtle, assistant director, or Jason Wagoner, outreach coordinator, at 333-0885.

Scheduled seminars:

  • Sept. 7 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 8 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 20 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 19 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 20 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Student/Staff Directory
Allied agency employees: last chance
Employees of agencies officially affiliated or allied with the UI who want to be included in the 2005-2006 Student/Staff Directory are encouraged to complete the allied/affiliated agency employee form online.

Changes must be made by Sept. 15 to appear in this year’s directory. For more information, contact the Office of Publications and Marketing at 333-9200 or opm@illinois.edu.

David Kinley Lecture
Economics lecture will be Sept. 9
Orley C. Ashenfelter, a professor of economics at Princeton University, will deliver the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall.

His lecture, “Evolution of the Global Labor Market: Continuity vs. Change,” will examine the subjects of inequality, gender and trade unions and encompass both worldwide trends and domestic issues.

Ashenfelter was awarded the 2005 Society of Labor Economists’ Jacob Mincer prize for his research. A former director of the industrial relations section at Princeton, he is co-editor of the American Journal of Law and Economics

The Kinley Lecture, sponsored by the UI department of economics, is free and open to the public.

New library service
Import references from online sources
The UI Library now offers a Web-based service that allows faculty members and students to create their own working databases by importing references from online resources. They can then use these references in writing papers and preparing other documents, formatting the content and bibliography in the preferred citation style in seconds.

RefWorks organizes reference material as it is imported, eliminating the need for separate note cards and paper files. It creates author, descriptor and periodical name indexes for quick and easy information retrieval. It also provides both Quick Search and Advanced Search functions.

Offering features similar to EndNote, RefWorks is easy to use and easy to learn. Since it is a Web-based product, RefWorks requires no lengthy download or installation procedures. It is available from any location to faculty members and students who use various Web browsers and computer systems.

RefWorks is available through collaboration with Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services.


Library and Illini Union Bookstore
Some textbooks now available at library
To better serve students, the UI Library has partnered with the Illini Union Bookstore to provide copies of textbooks required for core undergraduate courses. A broad list of books is now available through the course reserve service in the Undergraduate Library, allowing students to share resources and reduce expenses. This pilot program is available on a trial basis during the fall semester.

“The costs of textbooks have risen 35 percent since 1998, and a typical student is likely to spend over $1,000 a year to buy required texts for courses,” said Karen Schmidt, associate university librarian for collections. “Our goal is to creatively address rising prices and relieve some of the cost burden experienced by students.”

The textbook reserve program, which offers a large subset of books from across the spectrum of required core courses, was supported with matching funds from the Office of the Provost.

During the trial period, the Library and IUB will collect data on the effectiveness of the program to determine if it should be continued. For more information, call 333-2667 or visit www.library.uiuc.edu/ugl/mrc.

Japanese gardens
Course teaches design and construction
Japan House will host a four-part non-credit course on residential design of Japanese gardens. “Introduction to Japanese Gardens: Design and Construction” will be targeted toward individuals interested in developing their own garden. James Bier, designer and builder of the Japan House garden, will teach the course on four consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 17. Instruction runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.

The course will review several types of gardens, their histories, elements used, principles of Japanese design, construction methods and maintenance. Participants will spend time designing their garden and producing a model.

Cost for the course is $140 ($120 for Tomonokai members or Friends of Japan House) and space is limited to 15 participants. Registration deadline is Sept. 9. For more information, call 344-2269.

University YMCA
Friday Forum series kicks off Sept. 16
The fall Friday Forum lecture series will begin at noon Sept. 16 at University YMCA with “Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison.” Kathy Kelly, author, activist and co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness kicks off the fall series by discussing her work as a peaceful activist and the impact she has had through 30 years of teaching nonviolent direct action.

The theme for Friday Forum this semester is “Conscience in Action.” The series runs every Friday through Nov. 11 and has run continuously at the University YMCA since 1927.

Lectures run 12:15 to 12:55 with a question-and-answer period from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is available through the Y Thai Eatery. Individual meals may be reserved in advance through noon the day before the lecture by calling 337-1500.

To receive a copy of the semester’s schedule, e-mail Becca Guyette.

WILL-FM ‘Second Sunday’
Pacifica Quartet performs Sept. 11
The Pacifica Quartet inaugurates the new season of WILL-FM “Second Sunday” concerts with a performance at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 in the galleries of Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion. The Pacifica Quartet, UI’s faculty quartet-in-residence at the School of Music, is an ardent advocate of contemporary music, commissioning and performing as many as eight new works a year.

This year’s schedule contains several groups that have never performed in the “Second Sunday” series, including the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse (Jan. 8), a group from Mississippi that enjoys thrilling and exciting audiences with slapstick comedy and overpowering musicianship and technique. They are dedicated to bringing music, knowledge and humor to children of all ages.

Other artists featured this season are Ian Hobson and musicians from Sinfonia da Camera, Oct. 9; Illinois Quartet (UI woodwind faculty members), Nov. 13; Trio Du Soleil with violinist Danwen Jiang, Feb. 12; percussionist William Moersch, April 9; and pianist Susan Teicher and Friends, May 14. No concert is scheduled for December or March.

New this season, the concert will be broadcast on WILL-FM (101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of the following month. The “Prairie Performances” broadcast series, of which “Second Sunday Concerts” are a part, also moves to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Opening Night Party is Sept. 10
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will fill its lobby Sept. 10 with friends, food, beverages and the funky, rhythm-and-blues sounds of Breakestra to celebrate the opening of its 2005-2006 season. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music from Breakestra and DJ Rasul Mowatt from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Also featured: “living statues” art from Just Carter, Krannert Center tours at 7 and 8 p.m., face painting, and opportunities to win prizes throughout the evening. Admission is $5.

School of Art and Design
Faculty Art Exhibition is Sept. 9-Oct. 2
The School of Art and Design’s annual Faculty Art Exhibition runs from Sept. 9 through Oct. 2, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 8.

The exhibition provides the campus and local communities with an opportunity to view recent works by the school’s faculty members, many of whom have earned national and international reputations for their art and scholarship.

This year’s show will feature – for the first time – a more thorough representation of work by faculty members who do not typically exhibit their work in a gallery setting.

“We wanted to create some opportunities for people who don’t make studio art to participate so people could get a better sense of the work that’s done in the art and design school,” said its director, David Weightman.

New additions to the show will include books, portfolios, design drawings and other examples of work produced by the school’s researchers and designers.

Art and design professor Timothy van Laar will host a guided tour of the exhibition at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. Also planned is a series of gallery talks by faculty members – at noon on Wednesdays throughout September. Featured speakers are Luke Batten, photography, Sept. 14; Rosalyn Schwartz, painting, Sept. 21; and Billie Theide, metals, Sept. 28.

Also continuing on view at the museum through Oct. 2:

  • “Wall to Wall Photographs: Current Works by Andy Summers,” featuring 20 large black-and-white photographs by the artist, better known as the guitarist with the band The Police. Summers shot the candid images of people and street scenes with a Leica camera while “wandering around foreign cities after dark” while on international tours with his band. He’ll give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2.
  • The “Design Excellence Collection” exhibition, curated by industrial design professor Deana McDonagh, features a selection of well-designed everyday products – ranging from chairs to water kettles – from the School of Art and Design’s new, permanent collection. McDonagh will lead a guided tour of the exhibition at noon on Sept. 7.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Illini athletics tribute is Sept. 10
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a tribute to Illini athletics during its FCA Game Day on Sept. 10 at Huff Hall.

FCA will host a pre-game rally for Illini fans to celebrate last year’s successes with “A Tribute to Illini Athletics.” The celebration will honor six Illini teams that won Big Ten Championships last year: baseball, men’s basketball, men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s track and field, and wrestling. Former Illini basketball player Roger Powell Jr. will speak. The rally, which begins at 11 a.m., also will include the Illini drumline and cheerleaders plus comments by current UI student athletes.

Faculty and staff members and students can come to the rally for free. Tickets for the UI football game (kickoff is at 1 p.m.) are $15 and T-shirts from the FCA event will cost $15. Those wanting to attend the rally and game and receive a T-shirt, pay $22 in advance.

For more information contact Amy Marino at 378-4518.

History of language studies
International conference on language
Scholars from more than 20 countries will meet at the UI Sept. 1-5 for the 10th International Conference on the History of Language Sciences.

Linguists hail from Brazil, China, Finland, France, Japan and Poland.

Participants will consider a wide range of topics, including linguistic politics in France during the German Occupation, linguistics and the struggle for Irish sovereignty, the controversy surrounding the ancient Japanese vowel system – were their eight vowels in ancient Japan or only five? – and linguistics at the Chicago World’s Fair.

UI has made “a strong contribution” both to the history of linguistics and to the history of the history of linguistics, said Douglas A. Kibbee, the conference organizer and a professor of French and of linguistics at Illinois.

From 1910 to 1920, for example, the UI had Leonard Bloomfield, “one of the greatest linguists of all time,” on its faculty, Kibbee said.

Illinois also was among the first universities to offer courses in the history of linguistics, beginning in the mid-1960s.

According to Kibbee, linguists study the history of linguistics to get at a variety of key questions such as how the study the history of linguistics is structured, what the relationship is between the study of language and other disciplines, and how historical forces have changed the balance of approaches in the field.

The conference is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the Consultat général de France in Chicago and by many UI units, including the French department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Programs and Studies.

For the conference schedule and registration details, go to the conference Web site, or contact Kibbee at 333-2020 or dkibbee@illinois.edu.

Former faculty member to visit

UI hosts expert on immigration issues
Rita J. Simon, a sociologist, professor and prolific author whose interests include immigration policies and public opinion, will spend several days at the UI this month as a visiting scholar for the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and other units.

Simon, a University Professor in the Washington College of Law and in the School of Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C., will give a free public lecture on “Immigration the World Over” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Levis Center. Copies of Simon’s books will be available for purchase and a public reception will follow her talk.

Other free public events include:

  • 10 a.m., Sept. 13, “Immigration Issues” on “Focus 580,” broadcast on WILL-AM (580).
  • noon, Sept. 14, brown bag lunch hosted by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and by the School of Social Work; “Women in Crime,” 911 S. Sixth St., Champaign.
  • 4:30 p.m., Sept 14, Jewish Culture & Society Workshop; “Jewish Immigration,” 232 English Building.

Simon is the founder and president of the Women’s Freedom Network, and the author or editor of 50 books on topics ranging from women’s issues and women in the criminal justice system, to immigration and transracial adoption.

Simon is the recipient of Guggenheim and Ford Foundation fellowships. A former editor of American Sociological Review and Justice Quarterly, she now is editor of Gender Issues. She teaches courses on justice and public policy, and on law and society, and also a pro-seminar on justice, law and society.

Simon served as dean of the School of Justice at the American University from 1985 to 1988. She has been a University Professor since 1988.

Prior to going to Washington, Simon taught at Illinois. She also has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale University and the University of Chicago.

Sponsors for Simon’s visit include the Program in Jewish Culture & Society, the Center for Advanced Study, the departments of anthropology, history and sociology, Program for the Study of Religion, School of Social Work, Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Institute of Communications Research, Migration Studies Group, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the University Library and the UI Foundation.

For more information, contact the Program in Jewish Culture & Society at 217-333-7978, jewishculture@illinois.edu.

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