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Krannert Art Museum Council

Petals & Paintings benefit is April 17-19

The UI Krannert Art Museum Council will host its 17th annual Petals & Paintings benefit April 17-19 in support of the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and related educational programming.

Champaign florist Rick Orr is guest curator. The exhibition will feature floral arrangements created by award-winning regional floral designers in response to works of art selected by Orr from the museum’s permanent collection.

The exhibition will open with a reception at Krannert Art Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. April 17. Guests will view the floral displays as they enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres, wine and music. There will be a raffle for original art by Illinois artist Joyce Reuland. The evening also will include a silent auction with artwork by local and regional artists.

Tickets for the opening reception are $65 for museum members, $75 for non-members. For information about the event, reservations or membership, call 244-0516. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

The exhibition may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and from noon to 5 p.m. April 19. Docent-led tours will be available April 18 beginning at 10 a.m.

Krannert Art Museum

Art After Hours to take place April 4

Krannert Art Museum will host its first Art After Hours event from 7 to 11 p.m. April 4. This free event offers art, music and fun in a museum setting.

Event planners hope to break down the perception that many people have of art museums as quiet and stuffy and offer an alternative social event for young adults.

In addition to free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, the event will feature the Pure Euphoria Fashion Show at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by the student organization Runway.

From 8:30 to 11 p.m., local musician Lynn O’Brien will perform jazz with bassist Karl Kieser. To find out more and see who will be attending, check out Krannert Art Museum and RUNWAY on Facebook.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Book-collecting contest entries due May 1

To foster the love of books and introduce students to the pleasures of book collecting, The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the UI has established an annual book-collecting contest. The competition is co-sponsored by the University Library and The No. 44 Society. Undergraduates are eligible to win the Harris Fletcher Book Collecting Award, and graduate students’ collections are eligible to win the T.W. Baldwin Prize for Book Collecting.

First prize for each category is $1,000. Winners will be asked to talk about their collections at the May meeting of The No. 44 Society. Winners are encouraged to use some of their prize money to attend Bibliography Week in New York (generally held in late January), and they will be invited to a reception at the country’s premier book-collecting organization, The Grolier Club. Second prize is a one-year subscription to “Fine Books and Collecting.” All contestants receive a student membership in the Friends of the University of Illinois Library.

The contest is open to all registered UI undergraduates and graduates. To enter, each contestant must submit a brief statement describing the background and development of the collection, a brief annotated bibliographic list of the collection and a list of 10 titles the contestant would like to add to the collection. The deadline is 5 p.m. May 1.

For more information, go to www.library.uiuc.edu/rbx/CollectingContest.htm.

2008 International Alumni Award Winner

Speaker to discuss an Illinois education

The recipient of the UI 2008 Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement will return to campus April 16 to receive the award and deliver a lecture titled “Empowerment of a World-Class Education at Illinois and Its Relevance in a Global Economy.”

Bo Zhang, chairman and CEO of American Electronic Products Inc. and chairman of the Ningbo Bosheng Precision Machinery Co. Ltd. and Bestech Abrasives Co. Ltd., will speak at 9 a.m. in the first floor ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. The talk is open to the public and will be preceded by a continental breakfast reception at 8:30 a.m. in the first-floor Richmond Gallery, sponsored by the Alumni Association and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Zhang earned his master of science degree and doctorate from the UI in 1992 and 1999, respectively.

In pursuit of his lifelong passion to improve the economic welfare of his fellow citizens in China, Zhang has founded and managed seven national and three international companies that have introduced new technologies, created jobs and promoted economic development. He served as president of the Beijing Lianhua International Investment Consulting Co., one of the first consulting firms to introduce international business practices in China; and founded the Tianjin Dinglee Electrical and Mechanical Products Company, which designed and developed advanced hydraulic rescue tools specifically for the Chinese market, now the leading tools used in earthquake disaster relief.

The Sheth International Alumni Award recognizes international alumni who are highly distinguished in their profession and who have helped their nation or the world by their contributions to government, humanity, science, art or human welfare. The award is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and International Programs and Studies.

Asian Educational Media Service

Final spring film screening is April 7

Organized by the Asian Educational Media Service, in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum, the spring 2009 AsiaLENS series concludes at 7 p.m. April 7 with “The Last Ghost of War” (Janet Gardner, 2006, 54 minutes). Joseph T. Miller, an academic adviser in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will provide an introduction and post-screening discussion of the film.  The screening will be in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum.

Following the legacy of Agent Orange into the 21st century, “The Last Ghost of War” reveals the devastating impact of this chemical defoliant on the generations living beyond its initial Vietnam War victims. Giving a human face to the medical statistics, the film traces Vietnamese victims’ attempts to find reparations through the legal system. Vietnamese victims and their lawyers, scientists, activists and a military historian take viewers to this new battlefield where moral responsibility and corporate accountability are debated.

For more information, call 333-9597, e-mail aems@illinois.edu or go to www.aems.uiuc.edu.

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Human rights lecture is April 7

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program is hosting its annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

Shamita Das Dasgupta’s talk is titled “In Search of Safety: Women in South Asian Communities in America.” She is a co-founder of Manavi, the first organization in the U.S. to focus on violence against South Asian immigrant women.

Women in South Asian communities in the United States have taken on leadership roles in progressive activism and advocacy work such as labor, anti-racism, LGBT and immigrant rights. This leadership is especially prominent in  the anti-violence against women movement.

Das Dasgupta will explore the historical trajectory of the anti-violence against women movement in the South Asian American community, its nuances, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, religion and residency status at its core. She also will discuss some of the paths this movement is taking in terms of initiating legal changes and transnational coalition building.

Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award

Alumna to address youth, reading in Haiti

Elizabeth Pierre-Louis, who earned her master’s in library and information science at the UI, will present a lecture, “Yes to Books, Youth and Reading Against Exclusion in Haiti.” The lecture will be held at GSLIS at 4 p.m. April 15.

Pierre-Louis will be on campus to receive the 2008 Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award given by the Office of International Programs and Studies. She is being honored for her work as the library program coordinator at La Fondation Connaissance et Liberté/Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL) in Haiti. The independent organization works to provide a range of economic and educational opportunities in Haiti, especially for women and children.

In her lecture, Pierre-Louis will speak about the place of books, reading and youth in Haitian society today. For more than a decade, she has worked with small community libraries in Haiti. Among the questions she will address: With half the Haitian population under 18 years of age, how should libraries address their reading needs in order to nurture and prepare this young population for their future?

Upon her graduation from GSLIS in 2003, Pierre-Louis was awarded the Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award by GSLIS faculty.

Pierre-Louis will receive her award at the International Awards banquet April 16. In attendance also will be Consul General of Haiti Lesly Conde, and Pierre-Louis’ mother, Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis, the prime minister of  Haiti.

School of Art and Design

New York artist to discuss his work

New York artist Fred Tomaselli will present the 2009 Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture in Modern Art on April 6. His lecture, sponsored by the School of Art and Design, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum and is titled “Fred Tomaselli Talks About Painting.” This event is free and open to the public.

Tomaselli’s paintings are a hybrid of nature and artifice, op art, advertising and the Los Angeles punk rock scene in which he came of age in the 1970s and ’80s. His dynamic compositions often swirl hypnotically in rings like a mandala. He first became well known for paintings made out of pills, psychoactive plants, cutout pictures of butterflies, and an assortment of bugs set in a deep plastic resin – a technique that recalls the kitsch hobbyist’s decoupage. The patterns and colors vibrate with optical intensity and at first seem to be entirely painted. Upon closer inspection, one sees the objects imbedded in the surface.

Tomaselli studied painting in college near Los Angeles and in 1985 moved to New York. His work of the late ’80s consisted primarily of installations with a pointed artificiality, but Tomaselli is known primarily as a painter. He shows at James Cohan Gallery in New York and is in major collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and in many major European museums.

Annuitants Association

Workshop offers retirees coping skills

Stephen D’Arcy, retired professor of finance, will discuss “Coping Skills for Retirees During a Recession” at the spring meeting of the UIUC Chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. April 19 at the I Hotel and Convention Center, Champaign. Refreshments will be served prior to the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

D’Arcy has a broad background in the area of risk management and insurance. A recent retiree, he was named the John C. Brogan Faculty Scholar in Risk Management and Insurance. He has served as the president of the American Risk and Insurance Association and of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Among the topics D’Arcy plans to cover are investing during a recession, preparing for the post-stimulus inflation, making wise insurance decisions and estate planning. He also will provide handouts with recommended readings on these topics. Information about SUAA and D’Arcy’s presentation can be found at http://suaa-ui.org.


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