blog posts 20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guest Mar 29, 2018 9:30 am1006 views “The Big Lebowski” is coming to the 20th annual “Ebertfest,” along with the man who inspired the movie’s central character, “The Dude,” as a guest. WorldFest Celebration of Performing Arts Mar 28, 2018 1:15 pm137 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures invites visitors of all ages to the 12th annual WorldFest celebration on Sunday, April 8, from 1-4 p.m. Experience performing arts from around the world and hands-on crafts. Admission is free. The museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Parking is free in lot D-22 in non-reserved spaces. Experts to answer questions about preserving historical objects Mar 27, 2018 11:15 am382 views Have you wondered how to preserve an old film of family memories or take proper care of grandma’s quilt? Bring your small items or come with images of larger pieces to the Preservation Emporium at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois on Saturday, April 7, from 1-4 p.m., and have your preservation questions answered by experts. Soil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early March Mar 16, 2018 3:30 pm290 views Cooler, drier weather has led to declining soil temperatures and moisture levels, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Native Pop artist collective brings a weekend of events Mar 15, 2018 2:30 pm178 views Native Pop, an organization that brings American Indian pop art and art making to widespread venues and communities, will present a weekend of events March 30-31 titled “Native Pop Presents: Strong Women: Reclaiming Imagery.” The events feature MaryBeth Nelson (Cherokee), Serena Penaloza (Navajo and Maricopa) and Brent Learned (Cheyenne-Arapaho), who will bring their art, insight and skills to a variety of programs. Illinois recognized as a HEARTSafe campus Mar 12, 2018 11:15 am262 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a student program under the Illinois Fire Service Institute, received national recognition recently when the U. of I. was awarded the designation of a HEARTSafe Campus. IEMS accepted the award Feb. 24 at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Awards Reception in Philadelphia. 20th Ebert Film Fest to open with ‘The Fugitive’ and feature guest Ava DuVernay Mar 9, 2018 4:45 pm768 views The 20th Ebert Film Festival will open with "The Fugitive" and feature Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated "Selma" and "The 13th," among its guests. Illinois soil temperatures warmer than normal this winter Mar 2, 2018 2:00 pm430 views Illinois’ milder winter soil temperatures may have an impact on pest populations, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Overall, soil temperatures were milder than normal, according to Jennie Atkins with the Illinois State Water Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program. At depths of 4 inches under bare soil, temperatures averaged 35.2 degrees this winter, or 1.4 degrees above the long-term average. Soils averaged 1.8 degrees cooler than last winter. Krannert Art Museum publishes catalogue of Swahili art in conjunction with exhibition Mar 2, 2018 1:45 pm87 views Krannert Art Museum at the U. of I. has published a multiauthored catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean.” On view at the museum, located at Sixth Street and Peabody Drive in Champaign, until March 24, “World on the Horizon” will travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., in May and then to Fowler Museum at UCLA in October. Museum open house promotes campus collaboration Feb 21, 2018 4:45 pm178 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend an open house on specialized research and learning opportunities on Thursday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m. The museum welcomes proposals for collaborative exhibitions, research projects and public programs. The event highlights opportunities for using the museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects from six continents for classes and outreach. Museum’s Winter Tales concert features American Indian storytelling Feb 20, 2018 12:00 pm161 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois will hold its annual Winter Tales concert, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, on Sunday, March 4, from 1-2:15 p.m. The featured storyteller is SleepyEye LaFromboise of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Tonawanda Seneca tribes. This family concert is free and no advanced reservations are required. Lecture series begins on role of art to confront social issues Feb 9, 2018 2:15 pm120 views The University YMCA announces the Friday Forum lecture series “Art + Activism: Transforming Silence into Action.” The series begins Feb. 16 with Ricardo Levins Morales’ discussion of how art can be used to address personal and historical trauma, challenge common beliefs, assist in building alliances and contribute to culture change. Solar Farm repaired, resumes power generation Feb 2, 2018 2:30 pm298 views The university’s Solar Farm resumed full electricity production Jan. 25 after repairs to the site’s three inverters were completed. Inverters change direct current to alternating current to prepare energy for delivery to the campus electrical grid. The installation went offline Oct. 29 after a malfunction of the array’s electrical system. Krannert Center announces $30 million fundraising campaign Feb 2, 2018 1:45 pm293 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced a five-year, $30 million fundraising initiative. January in Illinois was cold and dry Feb 2, 2018 12:00 pm44 views January in Illinois was colder and drier than normal without much snow, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at Illinois. Exhibit on Cahokia religion at Spurlock Museum Feb 1, 2018 2:30 pm1135 views The exhibit “Cahokia’s Religion: The Art of Red Goddesses, Black Drink and the Underworld” is on display at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois. Created in cooperation with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the exhibit features objects from the ancient city of Cahokia, which was located near what is now Collinsville, Illinois, as well as objects from surrounding areas. ‘Seeds of Resistance’ art display opens at University YMCA Jan 24, 2018 4:45 pm140 views The University YMCA’s Art at the Y initiative presents “Seeds of Resistance,” featuring works by artist Ricardo Levins Morales, from Jan. 25 to March 2 at Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign. The display is a selection of Morales’ work for social justice and liberation. Admission is free and the display is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Audiology Clinic offers free adult hearing screenings Jan 22, 2018 1:45 pm255 views The Audiology Clinic at Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings Jan. 23 through April 27. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. No scheduling is available by email. University Primary School 2018-19 enrollment begins Jan 22, 2018 1:30 pm131 views University Primary School’s preschool to fifth-grade classrooms are now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-19 academic year. University Primary School is the U. of I. College of Education’s lab school. The curriculum is meaningful, engaging and project-based. For more information, visit the school website or call 217-333-3996. University Primary School is located on campus at 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign, in the Children's Research Center. Children must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in the preschool classroom and 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enroll in kindergarten. Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s annual leadership summit to be held Jan. 26 Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am320 views "Stoking the Flames of Passionate Teaching" will be the theme for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Winter Leadership Summit on Jan. 26. A warm year in Illinois ends with a cold, dry December Jan 3, 2018 3:15 pm167 views 2017 was the sixth-warmest year on record in Illinois, with a statewide average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal, in spite of the extremely cold ending to December. Eight of the 12 months in 2017 brought above-normal temperatures, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. The state experienced the warmest February on record with a statewide average of 41 degrees, 10.1 degrees above normal. Capital improvement projects selected Dec 20, 2017 2:45 pm183 views More than $44 million in student funding will go toward modernizing teaching and learning environments that will benefit the Illinois campus, Facilities and Services announced. Capital improvement projects were selected and approved by the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment Oversight Committee and are in development. November in Illinois was cool and dry with a dash of snow Dec 13, 2017 2:45 pm80 views Illinois experienced wide temperature swings in November, with colder-than-normal temperatures canceling out the warmer-than normal days. By month’s end, November was slightly cooler than average in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Dads Association names King Dad Dec 13, 2017 2:30 pm107 views The Dads Association at the U. of I. named Christopher Thilmany of Schaumburg, Illinois, King Dad 2017 during the annual Dads Weekend on Nov. 11. Thilmany was recognized on the field during the football game with Indiana University. He was nominated by his daughter Gabriella Welch, a sophomore studying public policy and law. Japan House Mottainai Holiday Bazaar Dec 11, 2017 3:15 pm367 views Japan House will hold its annual Mottainai Holiday Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Mottainai is a Japanese word meaning “what a waste” or “don't waste” and is a treasured Japanese concept. Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at Illinois Nov 22, 2017 11:45 am324 views On Nov. 14, the International and Area Studies Library at Illinois hosted a ceremony to celebrate a new Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies. The center was established through a memorandum of understanding between Illinois and the National Central Library of Taiwan Soil temperatures were warmer than normal in mid-November Nov 16, 2017 2:15 pm79 views Soil temperatures were above normal in mid-November, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. School of Music faculty performing Disaster Relief Concert Nov 10, 2017 1:00 pm93 views Several faculty musicians from the School of Music will perform a concert this weekend with donations going to help victims of natural disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green St., Urbana. Spurlock Museum hosts ‘Music at Illinois,’ a lecture by Joe Rank Nov 8, 2017 3:45 pm95 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and the Illinois Alumni Association will present “Music at Illinois,” a special program on popular music written especially for or about the university. The free program will be presented by retired Alumni Association Vice President Joe Rank at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Drive, Urbana. University of Illinois Press to celebrate its centennial in 2018 Nov 3, 2017 2:30 pm249 views In 2018, the University of Illinois Press will mark its 100th anniversary with numerous events in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago and Springfield. A founding member of the Association of American University Presses in 1937, the UIP has published more than 4,500 books in its first century. Month was state’s 10th-wettest October since 1895 Nov 3, 2017 2:15 pm70 views The statewide average precipitation in Illinois for October was 4.94 inches, 1.70 inches above normal, and the 10th-wettest October since 1895, said Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. University of Illinois System launches fundraising campaigns with $3.1 billion goal Nov 1, 2017 4:30 pm599 views The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest, and most ambitious, comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty and academic and research programs and facilities. This initiative is built on individual campaigns for each of the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign that were officially launched during campus-based kickoff events in October. Facebook research manager to speak at School of Information Sciences Research Showcase Nov 1, 2017 1:45 pm54 views A Facebook user experience researcher will be the keynote speaker Nov. 8 at the School of Information Sciences Research Showcase. Funda Kivran-Swaine is a research manager at Facebook who has worked in user experience design and whose research focuses on computer-mediated communication. She will give the keynote address at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in Illini Union Rooms A and B. Lecture, open houses planned to celebrate Child Development Lab’s 75th anniversary Nov 1, 2017 12:30 pm203 views A lecture by educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher is among the events planned to celebrate the Child Development Laboratory's 75th anniversary. Passes for 20th annual Ebertfest on sale Nov. 1 Oct 30, 2017 10:00 am353 views Passes for the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming in April, go on sale Nov. 1. Street closures announced for Homecoming parade Oct 25, 2017 3:15 pm333 views Traffic patterns in the campus area will be affected by the annual Homecoming Parade, which takes place Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. Illinois soil moisture improved in October Oct 23, 2017 2:00 pm105 views Soil moisture levels improved throughout the state during the first half of October, said Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I. Estonian ambassador to address the state of the EU Oct 16, 2017 1:45 pm258 views The Estonian ambassador to the U.S. will address the state of the European Union as part of EU Day on Oct. 20. Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation Oct 16, 2017 12:00 am4847 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. Media Advisory: Campaign kickoff event Friday at State Farm Center Oct 12, 2017 10:45 am175 views News media are invited to set up for the Urbana campus's fundraising campaign inaugural event at the State Farm Center as early as 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick Lecture Oct 12, 2017 8:00 am269 views Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois. University Primary School to hold open house Oct 10, 2017 4:15 pm81 views University Primary School, the laboratory school of the College of Education, is hosting an open house for the community Thursday, Oct. 19. The school is located at the Children’s Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign. One Book One Campus features graphic novel tackling religious intolerance, gender politics Oct 4, 2017 1:45 pm150 views The Illini Union will feature “Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal” by G. Willow Wilson as this year’s One Book One Campus selection. Wilson will speak at a free public lecture Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Illini Union Ballroom. An informal reception and book signing will follow. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct 4, 2017 1:45 pm91 views To increase awareness of domestic violence and its consequences, the University of Illinois’ Women’s Resources Center and Courage Connection, along with other campus and community organizations, will host activities and events throughout October. Media advisory: Candlelight vigil Sunday to honor missing scholar Yingying Zhang Sep 13, 2017 9:45 am330 views A candlelight vigil to honor missing scholar Yingying Zhang will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Illini Union. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the Union’s Courtyard Cafe. Campus Recreation to celebrate Ice Arena reopening Sep 11, 2017 3:15 pm105 views Campus Recreation at Illinois will hold a grand reopening of the newly renovated Ice Arena on Friday, Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Remarks from Marcus Jackson, the director of Campus Recreation, will be at 7:30 p.m. MEDIA ADVISORY: Expert available on post-hurricane recovery efforts Sep 8, 2017 9:15 am56 views University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Robert Olshansky is available for interviews regarding post-disaster recovery in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. U. of I., Kenyan dignitaries introduce exhibition of Swahili arts Sep 5, 2017 8:45 am87 views U. of I. Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Krannert Art Museum Director Kathleen Harleman welcomed visitors to “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” on the exhibition’s opening night at the museum Thursday, including Robinson Njeru Githae, the Kenyan ambassador to the United States, and Mzalendo Kibunjia, the director general of the National Museums of Kenya. “It is fitting that ‘World on the Horizon’ is organized by Krannert Art Museum, that it begins here but will travel across the country,” Jones said. “This exhibition and its underlying research reflect the vital and important work we do at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and demonstrate how far the impact of our scholarship can reach.” Jones and Harleman acknowledged the significance of the exhibition, which includes many works of art from Kenya and Oman that are being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. “World on the Horizon” will be on view at the museum through March 24 in the East Gallery. “We hope this exhibition of Swahili art will begin an era of partnership between Kenya and the United States,” Githae said. “As the exhibition travels to other museums, we invite all to get to know and understand this art and culture.” There are more than 30 works of art from the National Museums of Kenya in the exhibition. The exhibition “reflects years of research and tremendous cooperation among institutions, including the National Museums of Kenya and dozens of other museums and private collectors who have lent their work to this endeavor,” said Allyson Purpura, the senior curator and curator of Global African Art at the museum. She and Prita Meier, a professor of art history at New York University, co-curated the exhibition. “World on the Horizon” will later travel to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and to Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. The exhibit enriches understanding of the Swahili coast of Africa by emphasizing its global connections, deepening discourse and advancing knowledge in important ways, Purpura said. “It asks visitors to ponder how artistic practice and human creativity can lead people to remap their relationship to seemingly distant places and societies,” she said. “It will encourage visitors to make connections between artworks and to question their own expectations of what African, Asian, Islamic or Western culture looks like.” Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion are part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois. Center for Advanced Study seeks research project proposals Sep 1, 2017 3:00 pm30 views The Center for Advanced Study invites U. of I. faculty members to submit scholarly and creative proposals for consideration for its research appointments program. Illinois soils are cooler, drier in mid-August Aug 22, 2017 1:45 pm217 views Soils across Illinois were cooler and drier than average in the first half of August, said Jennie Atkins, the water and atmospheric resources monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.