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     'Queering UP the Arts' exhibit at University YMCA

    The UP Center, in collaboration with the University YMCA’s Art @ the Y program, is hosting the exhibit “Queering UP the Arts: Celebration of Queer Artists and Artworks,”  on display through May 13 in the University Y’s Murphy Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

    The gallery, located at 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The exhibition includes submissions from adult and youth artists from Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, Saybrook and Bloomington. The artworks are of various mediums including digital prints, photographs, cyanotypes, spray paint, acrylics and many other types.

    Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice through quality arts programming. The UP Center was founded in 2009 as an organization to advocate for the equality, wellness, advocacy and visibility of the LGBTQ communities in Champaign County.

  • Christie Gill, a junior from Chicago, has found that not having a car on campus is no problem, thanks to the ease of using a Zipcar. Although mostly students are taking advantage of the car-sharing program with close to 400 students registered, there are about 100 faculty and staff Zipcar members as well as another 100 community members.

    Zipcars are great alternative to having a car on campus

    Champaign and Urbana last year began to offer the community a car-sharing program called Zipcar. The company, which now has about 500 members in the area, allows users to pay for the use of a car only when they need it.

  • Zipcar program ready to roll ... on campus and beyond

    Drivers, start those engines. Millikan and Martynas are ready to roll.

  • Jean Driscoll in a wheelchair on a stage

    YWCA seeks nominations for the 31st Women's Leadership Awards

    The YWCA at Illinois is seeking nominations for the 31st annual Women’s Leadership Awards.

    Prospective nominees are exceptional women who display leadership, initiative, creativity and dedication, and go the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the communities in which they live and work. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses in the greater Champaign-Urbana community who work to advance the mission of the YWCA.

  • YWCA of the U. of I. hosts Race Against Racism on Sept. 27

    The YWCA will host its 11th annual Race Against Racism on Sept. 27 at the U. of I. Arboretum. Registration is open to anyone older than 10, and participants can choose to run or walk in the 5K event. The event starts at 1 p.m., and the registration fee is $20 for advance registration and $25 on race day.

  • YouTube co-founder to be commencement speaker at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jawed Karim, an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a co-founder of YouTube, a popular video-sharing Web site, will be the speaker at the 136th U. of I. Commencement on May 13 (Sunday). He will speak at the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies at Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., Champaign.

  • Cody Jensen, U. of I. senior in music performance, teaches Danielle Carter, senior at O'Fallon (Ill.) Township High School, how to play the reyong during an Illinois Summer Youth Music camp at the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music in the School of Music.

    Youth music camps offer diverse learning, performance opportunities

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like the swallows that migrate annually to a certain mission in California, flocks of budding young music-makers are once again congregating on the University of Illinois campus.

  • Math and science writer David Schwartz is among the award-winning authors and illustrators participating in the 2016 Youth Literature Festival at the University of Illinois. Schwartz, who has written more than 50 acclaimed books that support preschool through middle school math and science curricula, is known for explaining complex concepts in humorous and entertaining ways.

    Youth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schools

    About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.

  • Young Baroque Artists Winners Showcase is March 13

    The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana celebrates the artistry of area young people during its spring concert.

  • Christine Jenkins teaches in the areas of youth services librarianship, children's and young adult literature and literacy studies at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.

    You mean people still try to ban books they don't like?!

    A Minute With™... Christine Jenkins teaches in the areas of youth services librarianship, children's and young adult literature and literacy studies

  • YMCA seeks volunteers to help with Dump & Run recycling event

    The University YMCA is seeking volunteers in Champaign County to join the 15th annual Dump & Run community recycling event to help divert reusable items from the landfill. Volunteers are needed beginning Aug. 8 and up to Aug. 21 to help collect, sort, price and sell household items at the garage sale on Aug. 20-21. Volunteers at last year’s event were able to divert approximately 27 tons of reusable items from the landfill.

  • YMCA launches $1.2 million campaign for support

    The University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, is launching its “Transforming Lives, Connecting Communities” campaign to support capital renovations to its historic building, programming support and strengthening of its endowment. The public is invited to the campaign kickoff Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Riggs Brewery, 1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana.

  • A green map of the state of Illinois with the words "State of the State" in white.

    YMCA announces lecture series to focus on Illinois challenges

    The theme for the YMCA Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series is the “State of the State.” With many challenges facing the state of Illinois, the lecture series seeks to address state-level issues including the budget impasse’s effects on social services, funding for education, incarceration and more.


  • Design plans showing plants, a path and a bench.

    YingYing Zhang Garden to be dedicated Oct. 11

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Kimberlee K. Kidwell, the dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, invite faculty members, staff, students and the public to the dedication of the YingYing Zhang Garden.

  • Year of Cyberinfrastructure Roadshow focuses on research Feb. 26

    John Towns, the deputy chief information officer for research IT, will discuss how to make research better from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 26 in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building, Room 1122.

  • Anna Deavere Smith

    Yearlong series brings prominent authors to campus

    A U.S. poet laureate, best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize winners are among the writers coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for “A Year of Creative Writers.”

  • Yale professor to give 2009 Thulin lecture in religion

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jon Butler, the Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies at Yale University, will deliver the 2009 Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.

  • Ravi Gajendran

    Yahoo's CEO might not like it, but telecommuting benefits both employers and employees

    A Minute With™... Ravi S. Gajendran, a professor of business administration

  • XTension Chords kick off new lunchtime entertainment series at new Arcade Plaza

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The XTension Chords, an all-male a cappella group that intersperses comedy sketches with vocal arrangements, will kick off a new lunchtime entertainment series, "Picnic at the Plaza 2001," celebrating the new Arcade Plaza Courtyard at the University of Illinois.

  • Sophomore Jason Hempstead uses a 3-D printer in the Illinois Geometry Lab to make solid shapes from plastic.

    X students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamwork

    If that’s not the math you remember from school, that’s no surprise. But that’s the math they practice and preach through the Illinois Geometry Lab, a new math department initiative now in its fourth semester.

  • WWII spy to speak on campus Feb. 13

    World War II French Jewish spy Marthe Cohn will speak in Krannert Center’s Great Hall at 6 p.m. Feb. 13.

  • Wuebbles honored by American Geophysical Union

    Donald J. Wuebbles, the Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Illinois, has been selected as the 2018 Bert Bolin awardee and lecturer of the American Geophysical Union’s Environmental Change section.

  • Nicholas Wu stands with arms crossed.

    Wu earns NIH Director's New Innovator Award

    Biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu has received a 2021 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His project aims to understand how antibodies interact with their targets.

  • Writing program at Illinois publishes inaugural issue of literary magazine

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the trade, they're often called "little" literary magazines.

  • Damarys Canache

    Would Venezuela's Chavismo movement survive if Hugo Chavez does not?

    A Minute With™... political scientist Damarys Canache

  • Professor Craig Gundersen

    Would replacing food stamps with food boxes reduce hunger?

    Swapping food stamps for food boxes would mean scrapping 'the most successful government program we have going today,' said U. of I. professor Craig Gundersen

  • Would more charter schools help reform education in America?

    A Minute With™... education professor Christopher Lubienski

  • Photo of U. of I. professor Karen Kramer standing at the bottom of a stairway and leaning on one elbow on the railing

    Would modifying payment of the earned income tax credit help struggling families?

    Receiving the earned income tax credit in installments rather than a lump sum benefitted more than 500 families living in Chicago public housing, U. of I. researcher Karen Kramer's team found in a new study.

  • Photo of Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.

    Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession?

    Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.

  • Photo of Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.

    Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?

    Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.

  • Professor Robert Bruno

    Would a universal basic income in the U.S. reduce inequality?

    A Minute With...™ labor expert Robert Bruno

  • Sheldon H. Jacobson

    Would a laptop and tablet ban enhance air travel security?

    Computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson discusses the proposed Department of Homeland Security ban of laptop and tablet computers in the passenger cabins of certain flights.

  • Chip Bruce

    Would a Google/Verizon deal doom net neutrality?

    A Minute With™... Chip Bruce, a professor of library and information science

  • Karen Tabb Dina

    Worldwide, maternal and child death rates are dropping. Not in the U.S.

    A Minute With™... Karen Tabb Dina, a professor in the School of Social Work 

  • Los Guapos

    WorldFest Celebration of Performing Arts

    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. 

  • Sophomores in bioengineering Maggie Barbero, left, and Rachel Walker, both members of the World Champion iGEM team, at work in a laboratory in the Institute for Genomic Biology. Their team was the lone undergraduate winner at the international competititon.

    World champions genetically engineer winning design

    Last summer, as most undergraduates spent their vacation traveling to exotic locales or lounging by the pool, one group of students spent their time on campus in an Institute for Genomic Biology lab, reading papers and creating a probiotic pill that could help prevent heart disease."

  • Still from the film “I Remember Dancing” by Nguyen Tan Hoang

    World AIDS Day commemorated with films at Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center

    Krannert Art Museum and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will screen short films addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic to commemorate World AIDS Day.

  • World affairs conference in Peoria to look at Cuban-U.S. relations

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As media reports and the court of public opinion have fixed on the fate of Elian Gonzalez, interest in Cuban-U.S. relations has never been greater in recent history.

  • Work to start this spring on Green and White streets

    The $44 million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, designed to improve access for all modes of transportation on campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street and Wright Street, will begin work in early March. New streetscape improvements, a transit-boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings and protected bicycle lanes are some of the features designed to improve travel links from Campustown to downtowns in Urbana and Champaign. All businesses will be open and reachable throughout the project.


  • Works of five contemporary female artists focus of new I space exhibition

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -The work of a cosmopolitan collection of artists will be featured in a new exhibition on view Feb. 8 through March 22 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Gaining an edge Gretchen M. Adams, a chemistry instructor and the director of undergraduate studies, will share strategies for attracting and retaining underrepresented students as one of this years Distinguished Teacher-Scholars. The Chemistry Merit Program over the past 10 years has grown from 80 students to nearly 500.  Click photo to enlarge

    Workshop series to address underrepresented students

    Variety is said to be the spice of life, but it turns out to be an active ingredient in the learning process as well.

  • Works by six artists displayed in I space exhibition

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The most brilliant display of fall color to be found this season may be indoors - at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum.

  • Works by self-taught artists featured in Krannert Art Museum exhibition

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new exhibition originating at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum seeks to reintroduce the public to the work of self-taught African-American artists Bill Traylor and William Edmondson by emancipating them from their "outsider" status and placing their art back in the context in which it was first discovered and acknowledged more than a half century ago.

  • Works by MFA graduates on view at I space beginning Friday

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Recent work by six graduates of the master of fine arts program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is on view Friday (July 18) through Aug. 13 at I space, the university's Chicago gallery.

  • Works by four students selected for juried ceramics exhibition

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Artwork by four ceramics students in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design has been selected for inclusion in a juried exhibition.

  • Works by Bourgeois among four new Krannert Art Museum exhibitions

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. This country's most comprehensive museum exhibition of early works by Louise Bourgeois is among four new shows opening at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum in the coming weeks.

  • Dorothy Espelage

    Workplace bullying is not unique to the NFL

    A Minute With™... educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage, who is an expert on peer aggression, dating violence and school violence

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  • Workgroup examining gender and global equity concerns

    Increase the percentage of female faculty members and students in underrepresented units

  • Work by five artists featured in I space exhibition on artisitic process

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artistic process - that mysterious zone between creative thinking and doing - will be explored in a new exhibition on view April 25 through May 31 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.