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    Computer science education for Illinois children, teachers to be summit focus

    The inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit will bring together teachers, lawmakers and others stakeholders to discuss computer science education in Illinois schools.

  • Female student in classroom with face covering taking notes.

    K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools amid ongoing pandemic

    A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The K-12 Shield Playbook is based on the SHIELD Illinois program used to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic at the university.

  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, named for the late film critic and University of Illinois alumnus, opens April 18 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. This marks its 20th year.

    20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guest

    “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.

  • An image from the poster for “The Cotton Club Encore,” which will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.

    Ebert Film Fest to feature remastered 'Cotton Club,' Farrelly brothers comedy

    A remastered “Cotton Club,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and the comedy “There’s Something About Mary” will be featured as part of this year’s Roger Ebertfest’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest.”

  • Architect selected for Nesbitt Center construction project

    A Chicago-based architecture firm led by an Illinois alumna has been selected to design the rebuilt Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • Amazon to open new pickup location at the Illini Union Bookstore

    Amazon has announced an agreement with the U. of I. to open Amazon@Illinois, a staffed pickup location in the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. The first Amazon pickup location in the state of Illinois, Amazon@Illinois offers the campus community a place to pick up and return Amazon orders.

  • Support community members in need through the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund

    Since its inception in 1992, the Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund has helped more than 1,000 academic professionals, faculty members and staff.

  • The second event in this year’s online Ebert Symposium will feature three prominent documentary filmmakers: from left, Sacha Jenkins, Kirby Dick and Dawn Porter.

    Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium

    Three prominent documentary filmmakers who’ve tackled subjects ranging from biography and history to sexual assault and hip-hop will be featured guests for an online Ebert Symposium discussion, “Documentary Film and Social Change,” on Oct. 22. Kirby Dick, Sacha Jenkins and Dawn Porter have had films aired or streamed on CNN, HBO, Netflix, PBS and Showtime, among other venues. Three documentary filmmakers on the Illinois faculty will also be on the panel.

  • Feser leaving for job with Oregon State

    Edward Feser is leaving the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University.

  • Main Quad on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

    Media advisory: Illinois undergraduates featured in television series 'The College Tour'

    Eleven students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be featured in an edition of “The College Tour,” a television series that gives admitted and prospective students the opportunity to tour campuses virtually and learn about academic and extracurricular experiences available to undergraduates. This advisory is distributed on behalf of the public affairs unit in the Office of Public Affairs.

  • All Ebertfest films are shown in the ornate 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre, a restored downtown Champaign movie palace opened in 1921.

    20th Ebert Film Fest to open with ‘The Fugitive’ and feature guest Ava DuVernay

    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.

  • Actress Isabelle Huppert and television producer Norman Lear.

    Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’

    Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear are coming to this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with two films, the first announced in this year’s lineup.


  • The movie poster for “Hair.”

    ‘Hair’ coming to ‘Ebertfest,’ along with additional films and guests

    The 1979 musical film “Hair” has been added to the schedule for this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with four additional films and directors, actors and other guests who will accompany them.


  • Campus Instructional Facility

    Summer construction projects announced

    More than 40 capital improvement construction projects are in progress this summer on the Urbana campus. Substantial completion is expected by the start of the fall semester for the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center, Foellinger Auditorium and the Education Building, along with multiple restroom renovations, roof replacements, elevator upgrades, and classroom and laboratory modernizations.

  • Director Gregory Nava at the 2018 “Ebertfest.” He’ll discuss his career and diversity in the movie industry at this year’s Ebert Symposium.

    Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory Nava

    Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois.

  • The annual European Union Day is coming Feb. 21 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a German diplomat the featured speaker.

    German diplomat recently posted in Ukraine to give EU Day keynote address

    A German diplomat based in Chicago but recently posted in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine will speak on “The New Cold War: Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism” as part of the annual European Union Day on Feb. 21 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • An “Ebertfest” audience takes in a panel discussion in the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign following a film screening at this year’s festival.

    Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passes

    Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.

  • Full schedule and additional guests announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’

    The remaining films have been announced, along with the schedule and additional guests, for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as “Ebertfest,” coming April 13-17.

  • The film festival founded by Roger Ebert will return in April for its 21st year, screening the same number of films, but on a shorter schedule.

    Passes for revamped Roger Ebert’s Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1

    Passes for the 21th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, shortened from five days to four, go on sale Nov. 1.

  • University YMCA to hold Dump and Run sale this weekend

    The University YMCA will hold its annual Dump and Run sale Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Stock Pavilion, 1402 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana. Admission is $3. A follow-up sale will occur Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion, with a “free” sale from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Dump and Run is a community recycling program that reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, and provides inexpensive items for people to purchase.

  • Illini Fest is free and open to the public.

    Illini Fest this Thursday at Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is holding Illini Fest, its first-ever downtown Chicago festival. The event will include more than 40 displays and interactive experiences from colleges and units, including robots, photo booth, virtual reality experience and a solar telescope.

  • A man looks toward the camera as puppet soldiers appear to his right.

    Sicilian Puppet Theater coming to campus

    Sicilian Pupi, or Sicilian Puppet Theater, will present a performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.

  • University of Illinois System launches fundraising campaigns with $3.1 billion goal

    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.

  • Roger Ebert’s namesake film festival will return in April for its 22nd year.

    Passes for 22nd 'Ebertfest' on sale Nov. 1

    Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” go on sale Nov. 1.

  • A new project led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Matthew Browning will document the health care cost savings associated with nature in residential settings. Browning and his project partners aim to develop a GIS-based modeling tool for use by city arborists across the U.S. that they can use to estimate their communities’ potential rate of return on investments in urban forestry.

    Urban forestry project ties residential nature to health care spending

    A new research project led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Matthew Browning intends to explore how urban forestry affects health care spending, and then build a free online modeling tool city arborists can use to estimate their communities’ potential rate of return on their investments in parks and other natural elements.

  • Media advisory: Campus walk, concert Thursday night for missing scholar

    A public event in support of missing scholar Yingying Zhang will take place Thursday evening at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event is organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

  • A garden with plants that attract butterflies.

    Butterfly garden, archaeology exhibit to open at Orpheum Children's Science Museum Saturday

    A seed grant, along with some hard work by U. of I. student volunteers and museum staff, has grown a butterfly garden at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign. The “Growing Prairies and Growing Minds” butterfly garden and an archaeology exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, July 30, from 1-5 p.m. at the museum, 346 N. Neil St., Champaign. Guest speakers at the beginning of the event include Illinois state Sen. Scott Bennett and Deb Frank Feinen, the mayor of Champaign. 

  • The third annual Ebert Symposium, exploring film and the media industry, will be online this year on three different dates, starting Oct. 8.

    2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media

    Films and the media industry in changing times will be the subject of this year’s online Ebert Symposium, on Oct. 8 and two later dates, with filmmakers, media professionals and academics part of the discussion. Participants will explore the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement and other factors on the media industry, documentary filmmaking and media representation.

  • XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment

    NCSA to lead $110 million NSF project to bring advanced cyberinfrastructure to U.S. scientists and engineers

    Today, the National Science Foundation  announced a $110 million, five-year award to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois and 18 partner institutions to continue and expand the activities undertaken through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, a cornerstone of the nation’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.


  • Latina/Latino studies professor Julie Dowling specializes in the study of racial and ethnic identity and is currently serving on a national advisory committee for the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Illinois professor to speak to congressional staffers about generational change

    U. of I. professor Julie Dowling is speaking to congressional staffers July 16 about generational change, racial/ethnic identity and the U.S. census.

  • A Native American dancing in full regalia

    Native American dance exhibition comes to Spurlock Museum

    A Native American dance exhibition is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois. Sponsored by the Native American House and Spurlock Museum, the free event features interactive Native American dances highlighting the Men’s Traditional and Woodlands styles.

  • This year’s Ebert Symposium is titled “Creating an Inclusive Media & Cinema Ecosystem.”

    Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and media

    This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment.

  • Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representation

    The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.

  • Illinois chemistry professor Scott E. Denmark, left, with former graduate student Timothy Cheng. Denmark was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Illinois chemist elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Scott E. Denmark, a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’

    With a theme of “Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times,” the 2017 communitywide celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. includes a half-dozen events throughout Champaign and Urbana.

  • University of Illinois Press unveils new logo

    The University of Illinois Press announced the debut of a new logo in anticipation of its upcoming 100-year anniversary.

    Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press publishes 33 scholarly journals and 100 new books per year, distributed worldwide, with 2,500 books currently in print. The Press's publishing program promotes research and education, enriches cultural and intellectual life and fosters regional pride and accomplishments, enhancing and extending the reputation of the University of Illinois.

  • University of Illinois Summer Band concerts slated

    The University of Illinois Summer Band will present its annual summer concert series on the Quad on Thursday, June 23, and Thursday, July 21, both at 7 p.m. The performances are free, and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

  • European Union Day at Illinois will feature an ambassador and a hip-hop artist from Sweden, as well as an ancient Greek play focused on refugees.

    EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedy

    European Union Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is online this year, with Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. speaking on gender equality and a Swedish hip-hop artist discussing racial concerns. EU Day will also include a U.K.-based theater performance of an ancient Greek play focused on refugees.

  • Media Advisory: Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday celebration begins Tuesday with festivities at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Christine Simmons, chief operating officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be featured in an online Ebert Symposium discussion of inclusion and equity in film and media.

    Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation

    The chief operating officer for the academy that awards the Oscars will be a featured guest for a discussion of inclusion and equity in the media, part of this year’s online Ebert Symposium.

  • Media advisory: Campus meeting Thursday night for missing scholar support

    Members of the news media are invited to attend a community meeting Thursday, June 22, to discuss campus support for the search for Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China who has been missing since June 9.


  • Red and purple sky behind a barn with snow-covered fields in the foreground.

    Illinois soil temperatures warmer than normal this winter

    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. 

  • The 22nd annual “Ebertfest” has been rescheduled for April 20-23 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

    Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns

    Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” has been rescheduled to April out of concern for a spike in COVID-19 variants in the state. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign will automatically transfer all pass and seat reservations for the event to the new dates, and refunds are available to those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. 

  • Information about the upcoming Black Chorus concert

    University of Illinois Black Chorus to present Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Fourteenth Biennial Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert begins Sunday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

  • Two people walk in the snow past the Alma Mater sculpture.

    January in Illinois started out warm, ended with record-breaking cold

    January 2019 will be a month remembered by an unseasonably warm start, followed by a torrent of winter storms and ending with a monumental Arctic air outbreak that shattered many record-cold temperatures across the state.

    In the first 10 days of January, the statewide average temperature was 9 to 14 degrees above normal, according to Brian Kerschner, spokesperson for the Illinois State Climatologist Office, part of the Illinois State Water Survey at the U. of I. The highest temperature recorded for the month was 66 degrees, which occurred at two stations: one in Pulaski County on Jan. 2 and one in Jersey County on Jan. 8.

  • Members of the Scriblers Club

    'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'

    “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.

  • Center for Advanced Study announces 2021-22 associates, fellows

    The Center for Advanced Study has appointed 20 faculty members as associates or fellows for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Various images showing the history of mapping at Illinois.

    Experts to answer questions about preserving historical objects

    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.

  • British soldiers await rescue boats on the beach at Dunkirk, France.

    Illinois history professor to speak following Sunday, Aug. 20, screening of ‘Dunkirk’ at Virginia Theatre

    John A. Lynn II, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, will give a talk and answer questions covering the events depicted in the film “Dunkirk” immediately following the 1 p.m. screening Aug. 20 at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign.


  • Additional films and guests announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’

    Five additional films and a list of special guests have been added to the lineup for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as ‘Ebertfest,’ April 13-17 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign and the U. of I.