blog postsLife SciencesArtsInsects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real lifeFeb 22, 2016 11:45 am739 views Insects that explode or start fires are a great plot device in a horror film, but they also have (almost) real-life counterparts. "Exploding Arthropods” is the theme for the 2016 Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 27 at the University of Illinois.ArtsU. of I. faculty will discuss concepts of time over wine at Krannert Art Museum symposiumFeb 17, 2016 12:45 pm303 views University of Illinois faculty will spend an evening drinking wine and discussing the nature of time at Krannert Art Museum. The conversation constitutes a performance, “Time Symposium,” that will be staged by Raqs Media Collective, artists from India.ArtsFebruary brings a variety of world music performances to campusFeb 8, 2016 8:45 am378 views Fans of world music have a smorgasbord of events to choose from this month, including Slavic folk music performances, a percussionist playing handmade instruments and a conference devoted to Afro-Brazilian dance and music.ArtsSocial SciencesBook looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am645 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Arts‘Flag Bomb,’ other art pieces use images of Americana to examine ideas of patriotismJan 27, 2016 9:30 am203 views Chris Kienke’s artwork uses images of Americana such as flags, fireworks, hot rods, car culture, the open road and guns to examine ideas of patriotism and how we define ourselves as Americans.ArtsA green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study findsJan 22, 2016 10:15 am2229 views High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture.ArtsKrannert Art Museum’s collection of African pots on display this springJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm272 views Krannert Art Museum will display most of its collection of African vessels in a spring exhibition titled “Spheres of Influence,” which opens Jan. 28.ArtsKrannert Art Museum exhibition explores perception of time through contemporary artJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm724 views “Time / Image,” one of Krannert Art Museum’s spring exhibitions opening on Jan. 28, explores how time is perceived through contemporary art.ArtsInterdisciplinary artist creating performance on race issues, speaking about his work during dance department residencyJan 14, 2016 9:45 am979 views Renowned artist and National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong is working with dance students to create a performance based on racial history in the U.S.HumanitiesArtsFive Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4854 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.ArtsU. of I. students work on project to revitalize downtown through riverfront developmentDec 2, 2015 10:45 am1071 views Several dozen University of Illinois students of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning are working with Danville, Illinois, city officials to look at how the city could develop the riverfront as a public space connected to its downtown.ArtsStudent documentaries on display at Krannert Art Museum provide views on inequalityDec 2, 2015 10:00 am464 views A series of video and audio projects by University of Illinois students examines how those students feel about racism, sexism and wealth inequality.ArtsMarching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNov 20, 2015 10:45 am6295 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus.ArtsPrints flocked with gunpowder to draw attention to gun violence on college campusesNov 11, 2015 2:00 pm995 views Printmaker and University of Illinois art professor Guen Montgomery used a woodblock carving project, “National Mandate: Run, Hide, Fight,” to deal with her feelings of discomfort over Homeland Security directives on active shooter situations on college campuses.ArtsNovember Dance features tribute to Beverly Blossom, partnership with KAM exhibitionOct 30, 2015 1:30 pm488 views Dance at Illinois will celebrate its history of excellence in choreography and commemorate the life of Beverly Blossom with its “November Dance: Attachment” performances.ArtsUniversity of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residencyOct 30, 2015 9:45 am1256 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award.ArtsKrannert Art Museum concert series to celebrate anniversaries of progressive music groupsOct 22, 2015 11:30 am492 views Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the contribution of Chicago musicians to progressive jazz music with upcoming performances in its Sudden Sound Concert Series.ArtsCampusEbert Film Festival passes go on sale Nov. 2Oct 14, 2015 9:45 am883 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival returns for an 18th year in April, and those who want the whole experience can soon purchase festival passes.ArtsPhysical SciencesJazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humansOct 14, 2015 9:30 am1241 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.ArtsUniversity of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am549 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.ArtsUniversity of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm537 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will premiere two works on Friday by composer Michael Udow, a U. of I. alumnus, including a composition that accompanies a film.ArtsMarching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performanceOct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4704 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route.ArtsEngineeringAmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1829 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy.ArtsEngineeringIndustrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am835 views University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health.ArtsRenowned banjo player with U. of I. roots to play ELLNORA with Punch BrothersSep 3, 2015 9:30 am1265 views When Noam Pikelny came to the University of Illinois as a student, he planned to study computer engineering. Although he’d been playing the banjo since he was a child and he deeply loved music, computer engineering seemed the more secure career path. He thought music would be a serious lifelong hobby.ArtsFlatlands Dance Film Festival to show dance films from around the worldAug 28, 2015 9:15 am150 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen more than two dozen films about dance over three consecutive Tuesdays in September, including the Midwest premiere of a new film about hip-hop and break dancing.ArtsKrannert Art Museum features solo show of Chicago-based sculptorAug 26, 2015 9:00 am187 views Experiencing Nnenna Okore’s abstract sculptural pieces made from burlap is not so much about looking at them as it is being surrounded by them – walking around, between and underneath them, and looking through one to the next.ArtsCampusIllini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campusAug 24, 2015 9:00 am233 views The Illini Gadget Garage will open this semester. It will be a place for collaborative repair, modeled after the Campus Bike Center, only for electronics. The goal of the Gadget Garage project – part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center – is to extend the useful life of electronic products and reduce electronic waste.ArtsCampusJapan House to host Matsuri Festival to celebrate Japanese cultureAug 20, 2015 9:00 am814 views Japan House will host its first Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture, at the end of the month. The event is free and open to the public.ArtsCampusHumanitiesNew art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am124 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.ArtsU. of I. art professor curates a Barack Obama Presidential Library by the peopleJun 17, 2015 9:00 am123 views The Barack Obama Presidential Library is open in Hyde Park, Illinois. Not the official presidential library, which won’t be completed for years, but a Barack Obama Presidential Library exhibit at the Hyde Park Free Theater, a new storefront community arts center.ArtsLarry Gray, esteemed bassist and cellist and U. of I. jazz professor, touring with jazz greatsJun 17, 2015 9:00 am33 views Larry Gray is a highly regarded bassist who has played with many legends of jazz music. But playing on the “Made in Chicago” project with drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he is about to embark on a European tour, is “a career high.”ArtsKrannert Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2015-16 seasonMay 12, 2015 9:00 am98 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the University of Illinois.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum to showcase student workMay 6, 2015 9:00 am58 views Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design will display the work of graduating seniors in art and design. The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens May 9, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the East and Gelvin Noel galleries through May 17.HumanitiesArtsReport details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am98 views Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.ArtsArtist in-residence helping to create new theatrical workMay 1, 2015 9:00 am62 views Lisa Gaye Dixon moves deliberately across the floor of the rehearsal stage, throwing her arms wide, hunching her shoulders and extending her hand from her forehead like a feather. Her expression is sometimes questioning, sometimes intense. Her costume includes a floor-length skirt supported by a crinoline underneath and a white ruff around her neck, echoing a picture of a black Elizabeth I on a board at the edge of the stage.ArtsCampusThree Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 22, 2015 9:00 am88 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. Psychology professors J. Kathryn Bock and Gary S. Dell, and physics professor Taekjip Ha will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.ArtsCampusHumanitiesELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar musicApr 20, 2015 9:00 am62 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.ArtsU. of I. musicians perform on new CD by composer Augusta Read ThomasApr 16, 2015 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois musicians - faculty members and students - perform works by renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas on a new CD. The music on "Astral Canticle" was recorded in December 2014 in the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.ArtsHumanitiesStephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands programApr 16, 2015 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.ArtsCampusHumanitiesU. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awardsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.ArtsCampusEvents to celebrate Tennessee Williams' work during 'Not About Nightingales' at KrannertApr 10, 2015 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Several special events will look at the early work of Tennessee Williams in conjunction with a production of Williams' "Not About Nightingales" at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.ArtsU. of I. music faculty members, students to perform at downtown chamber music festivalApr 7, 2015 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When jazz bassist Lawrence Gray and violinist Stefan Milenkovich perform music by Bach this weekend, it won't be a straight-up, standard interpretation of the music. The duo will improvise on a classical composition in a Friday evening concert, "Baroque-n-Roll."ArtsHumanitiesFloral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.ArtsInaugural poet Richard Blanco to visit campus for book readingMar 30, 2015 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Poet Richard Blanco - the fifth and youngest inaugural poet and the first Latino, immigrant and gay person to serve in that role - will visit the University of Illinois for a reading and book signing April 7.ArtsHumanities'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am107 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The End of the Tour," a new film about a journalist's five insightful days with "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.ArtsU. of I. composition professor receives fellowship from American Academy of Arts and LettersMar 23, 2015 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Erin Gee, a composer known for her works that use nontraditional vocal techniques, is one of two composers to win the 2015 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gee, a University of Illinois professor of composition-theory, won the fellowship based on two new pieces that premiered in 2014.Campus LifeArtsSocial SciencesBook Corner: Historian traces the making of samba in BrazilMar 19, 2015 9:00 am20 views The U.S. and Brazil have a few things in common. Both are continent-spanning nations that began as European colonies. Both have a history of African slavery. And both developed iconic music with strong roots in their respective black communities.ArtsHumanitiesMultimedia show coming to Krannert Center tells story of impact of war on Marines, familiesMar 12, 2015 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A multimedia production tells the story of U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan - not just the stresses they face from fighting a war, but also the emotional toll on their families and the struggles to readjust when veterans return home. "BASETRACK Live," a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families, will come to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 18.ArtsHumanitiesSymposium looks at music and the Great WarMar 2, 2015 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A two-day symposium hosted by the University of Illinois School of Music will look at creative responses to World War I, starting with the musical interpretations of the iconic poem "In Flanders Fields."