blog postsNew journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am382 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.Japan House selling gifts items at Holiday BazaarDec 5, 2014 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Holiday shoppers can find many Asian-themed items at the Japan House Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 15.U. of I. guide helps holiday shoppers choose gift books for childrenDec 1, 2014 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Christmas lists of youngsters will likely be filled with their share of video games and other electronics. But good-old-fashioned books (and e-books) hold their own as items to both give and receive, especially if they include an intriguing villain, a hen-pecked superhero or a girl who sells graves for the family cemetery business.New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado TaftNov 17, 2014 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind a rough manuscript for a biography of Lorado Taft, the Illinois sculptor who helped the city of Chicago carve its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur.Passes for 2015 Roger Ebert's Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 13, 2014 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Film fans who want the whole experience of the 17th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.Chamber music series to blend visual arts, music at Krannert Art MuseumOct 10, 2014 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn as well as arrangements by jazz pianist Chick Corea and Stephen Sondheim will be performed this fall as part of a new chamber music series at Krannert Art Museum.International video exhibition and Japanese vampire film coming to Krannert Art MuseumOct 8, 2014 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the age of YouTube it's hard to imagine, but once there was a day when video was something new and rare outside of broadcast studios, and so was video art.Pygmalion Literary Festival features award-winning authorsSep 16, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Last year marked the inauguration of a new literary festival held in conjunction with the popular Pygmalion Music Festival, the annual four-day showcase of regional and national bands at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum, and a variety of local clubs. Pygmalion's bookish arm, dubbed the Pygmalion Literary Festival, returns this year Sept. 25 (Thursday) - 28 (Sunday) with a long list of writers reading at venues other than libraries or book stores.Sinfonia da Camera announces its 31st seasonSep 16, 2014 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 2014-15 season of Sinfonia da Camera - the professional chamber orchestra affiliated with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - will feature legendary pianist Menahem Pressler; Canadian Brass horn player Bernhard Scully; Sinfonia's own music director, the internationally-known pianist Ian Hobson; and a rarely heard arrangement of Handel's "Messiah."Illinois professors and students study community resilience around polluted waterwaysSep 2, 2014 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - There's no such thing as a good place to have a natural disaster, nor has there ever been an appropriate site to release toxic pollutants. But scientists have long recognized that some areas can handle such catastrophes better than others. As early as the 1970s, they used socioeconomic data from the U.S. Census to develop a tool called the Social Vulnerability Index, known as SoVI, to gauge the likely resilience of different communities.Illinois department of dance partners with Art Theater Co-Op to present Dance Film FestAug 20, 2014 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois department of dance has joined with the Art Theater Co-Op and Dance Partners to present a Dance Film Festival that they predict will become an annual event. The lineup includes a dozen films - some features, some shorts - that will be presented over three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Art, 126 W. Church St., Champaign.Faculty art and four war-themed exhibitions open at Krannert Art MuseumAug 15, 2014 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An exhibition of new works by the University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty will open Aug. 28 (Thursday) at Krannert Art Museum, along with four war-themed exhibitions, one of which is related to the centenary of World War I. A public reception, with cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.Allerton Music Barn Festival this fall to offer wide variety of music, musicians and stylesJun 19, 2014 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Andrew Megill, Ollie Watts Davis, the Jupiter String Quartet and Chip McNeill are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the eighth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival.Interim dean of Graduate School of Library and Information Science named dean of the schoolJun 18, 2014 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Allen H. Renear, a professor in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has been named the dean of the school. His appointment becomes effective Aug. 16, pending approval of the university's board of trustees. Renear has been serving as interim dean since February 2012.History of Illinois music, Canadian Brass highlight annual summer concert seriesJun 12, 2014 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Well-known TV and radio newscaster Dave Shaul, a "proud alumnus" of the University of Illinois Band, will emcee "The History of Illinois Through its Music," the first concert of the Illinois Summer Band's annual Twilight Concerts on the Quad beginning at 7 p.m. on June 19 (Thursday).Marching Illini chosen to appear in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015May 2, 2014 9:00 am181 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 350 University of Illinois students got their 2015 holiday plans disrupted today - in the best possible way. The Marching Illini learned the band is one of 10 chosen to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants from around the country. The parade, a tradition since 1924, now draws more than 3.5 million live spectators and an estimated 50 million TV viewers.Three Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesMay 1, 2014 9:00 am66 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. Tere R. O'Connor, a professor of dance; John A. Rogers, the Swanlund Chair of Materials Science and Engineering; and Wilfred A. van der Donk, the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry, will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.Illinois dance professor Jennifer Monson receives Doris Duke Impact AwardApr 23, 2014 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jennifer Monson, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a Doris Duke Impact Award. The honor includes an unrestricted multiyear cash grant of $60,000, plus up to $10,000 for audience development and another $10,000 for creative exploration during what are usually retirement years, according to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.Noted conductor Andrew Megill to lead choral activities at IllinoisMar 31, 2014 9:00 am132 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Andrew Megill, considered one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, will join the University of Illinois in the fall as the director of choral activities and as a professor of conducting.Ebert documentary, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone all part of 2014 'Ebertfest'Mar 20, 2014 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Roger Ebert will not be at his namesake festival this year, but he will kick it off just the same. "Life Itself," a documentary about the late film critic's life, will open this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana.New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am191 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora - a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.Saxophonists conference brings in both jazz and classical starsMar 12, 2014 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois School of Music will host the North American Saxophone Alliance conference next weekend (March 20-22). Held biennially, the conference is expected to draw about 1,000 saxophonists - jazz and classical, amateur and professional - to participate in master classes, competitions and performances.Illinois students plan sustainable homes for tornado-ravaged GiffordMar 3, 2014 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In 2010, University of Illinois students were in the planning stages for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition when an EF2 tornado hit Streator, Ill., destroying scores of homes and businesses. Mark Taylor, the architecture professor supervising the students, said that event inspired the students to focus their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by future tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house that they dubbed "Re_home."Pesticides take center stage at this year's Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 14, 2014 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After three decades of hosting the popular Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois, entomology professor May Berenbaum has decided to flip the script. This year, instead of showing movies about bugs that scare people, Berenbaum has selected films featuring pesticides - the poisons that people use to kill bugs.Illinois art history professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'Feb 7, 2014 9:00 am229 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The Monuments Men" - the movie written by and starring George Clooney and opening today (Feb. 7) - is based on the true story of a platoon of art historians recruited to rescue masterpieces stolen by the Nazis in World War II. One of those Monuments Men was Edwin Carter Rae, who taught art history at the University of Illinois both before and after his service with the U.S. Army. Renowned scientist Gene E. Robinson to deliver CAS LectureJan 31, 2014 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Gene E. Robinson, the Swanlund Chair of entomology and the director of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, has been selected to deliver the Center for Advanced Study's 23rd Annual Lecture, continuing the center's tradition of showcasing the university's most distinguished scholars. Robinson's lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Spurlock Museum on campus, is free and open to the public.Design professors use native fibers, farm waste to make sustainable paperJan 30, 2014 9:00 am264 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While most artists aspire to have their best work hung on the walls of galleries and museums, two professors in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design have a different dream: They hope their work might provide corrugated cardboard, laminated building materials, or maybe the insulation hidden behind the art gallery walls. Eric Benson, a professor of graphic design, and Steve Kostell, a professor of art and design, are collaborators in Fresh Press - a research project focused on using indigenous fibers and agricultural waste to make environmentally friendly paper products.Documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir to be shown at 'Ebertfest'Jan 15, 2014 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new documentary "Life Itself," about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in JanuaryJan 14, 2014 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond" is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia "Not Ready" exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group's 1980s and '90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.Mellon grant to involve 15 schools and focus on 'Global Midwest'Jan 14, 2014 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a consortium of 15 humanities institutes.Video game features music by honored U. of I. composition professorDec 16, 2013 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like most musicians, Erin Gee - a composition professor at the University of Illinois - experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee's case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It's not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox - a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as "new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech."IJPAN project closes with Illinois and Tokyo dancers plus avatarsDec 6, 2013 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For three years, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network has been using the powerful computing resources of the University of Illinois to foster collaborations and interactions among Japanese and American artists, scholars and audiences. The project's first production, in October 2010, featured Yoshi Oida performing his acclaimed solo show "Interrogations: Words of the Zen Masters." Since then, the network has hosted 15 events, including performances by Japan's most revered Noh and kabuki theater artists; musicians renowned for their mastery of the biwa, koto, sho and angular harp; and live streams of performances from the Japan Society of New York.Theater professor juggles directing, teaching and actingDec 5, 2013 9:00 am6 views Less than 48 hours after the curtain went up Nov. 7 on “Clybourne Park,” director Lisa Gaye Dixon was off to New York, leaving the cast of U. of I. theater students to carry on through the end of the show’s 10-day run.U. of I. English professor and team document life in Chicago's public housingNov 13, 2013 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Growing up in Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, Audrey Petty lived about two miles from the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes. Those 28 high-rises, arranged in horseshoe clusters along the Dan Ryan Expressway, contained more than 4,400 apartments, giving the complex the dubious title of largest public housing development in the nation. But though she could practically see the drab concrete towers from her doorstep, Petty regarded the Robert Taylor Homes as a foreign, mysterious and impenetrable enclave.Nathan Gunn chosen to lead new U. of I. Lyric Theatre programOct 30, 2013 9:00 am152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Internationally renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn has been named general director of the University of Illinois' new Lyric Theatre program, which - like Gunn - will embrace a broad spectrum of vocal theater repertoire, from musicals to opera.Films to be shown at Illinois focus on post-quake massacre in 1923 JapanOct 24, 2013 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In 1923, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohoma, essentially leveling Japan's two largest cities and causing more than 100,000 deaths. The subsequent aftershocks, fires and ensuing panic bred rumors that "malcontent Koreans" living in Japan were setting the fires, poisoning water wells and plotting a revolution. To prevent this alleged uprising, vigilantes aided by police and the military massacred more than 6,000 Koreans.U. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn BrooksOct 17, 2013 9:00 am955 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career.Sculpture to be dedicated in honor of U. of I. industrial design mentorOct 16, 2013 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will celebrate the initiation of a new professional mentor program on Oct. 26 (Saturday) with the dedication of a sculpture created by an alumnus and placed in honor of his former professor.New practice area for Marching Illini neatly solves multiple problemsOct 15, 2013 9:00 am309 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Marching Illini provides the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing "Imperial March" from "Star Wars" on third downs, and of course "Oskee Wow Wow" after every touchdown. But the band is about to abandon one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations - and everybody is happy to see this one go.Passes for 2014 Roger Ebert's film festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 14, 2013 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those wanting to take in all of the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.Music professors step out of the classroom to playOct 1, 2013 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois School of Music professors are performing in a variety of high-profile venues this fall.Japan House to feature Japanese quilting at annual open houseOct 1, 2013 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sashiko, the Japanese quilting practice that dates back to the 17th century, will be featured at Japan House on Saturday (Oct. 5), during open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am1294 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.Pygmalion Literary Festival reading series starts Sept. 27 in UrbanaSep 18, 2013 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The popular Pygmalion Music Festival, held annually at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in Urbana-Champaign, has added a two-day literary festival this year. Among the writers who will be reading from their works: Matt Bell, the author of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods"; Dan Chaon, the author of "Among the Missing" and "You Remind Me of Me"; and James Greer, the author of "Artifical Light," "The Failure" and "Guided By Voices: A Brief History."Symposium at Illinois to feature science fiction authors and musicSep 18, 2013 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture at "Writing Another Future," a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities, Sept. 25-27 (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include several concerts. Organizers hope the symposium will spark interest in science fiction writing as part of the university's ongoing explorations of science, technology and society.Fall lineup of speakers announced for 2013 MillerComm seriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The fall 2013 Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures begin Sept. 18 (Wednesday) with Gunther Schuller - musician, composer, conductor, educator, historian and publisher. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and three Grammy awards. Schuller, a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, has composed more than 180 works covering genres from symphonic to operatic to jazz, founded publishing and recording companies, and served as the president of the New England Conservatory for a decade. Instead of giving a lecture, Schuller will be interviewed at 7:30 p.m. by University of Illinois French horn professor Bernhard Scully, who is performing Schuller's Quintet for Horn and Strings the next night (Sept. 19) at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello, Ill.Dance performances, new art exhibitions featured at Krannert Art MuseumSep 5, 2013 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dance performances both live and in video installations are being featured this month at Krannert Art Museum - not to be confused with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The dance exhibitions represent the second installment in the art museum's Openstudio series, which presents live musical or dance performances in conjunction with artist residencies, intended to forge interdisciplinary learning and cultural exchange.Novelists, poets to take part in Carr Reading SeriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am14 views Award-winning novelist Micheline Aharonian Marcom will read from her latest book, "A Brief History of Yes," to open the fall 2013 Carr Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Illini Union Bookstore.Sinfonia da Camera kicks off 30th season with gala, performancesSep 4, 2013 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sinfonia da Camera, the professional chamber orchestra led by Ian Hobson, a professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois, celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a gala at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 (Sunday) in the lobby of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Cocktails, a formal dinner and dessert will be served while Hobson, guest soloists and Sinfonia musicians perform classical chamber music favorites and jazz standards. The evening will end with a live auction and dancing. Tickets are $150 per person (half of that amount is a tax-deductible gift) and are available through the Sinfonia da Camera office at 217-244-4350 or by email at email@example.com.