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October 2014
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All events for October 2014
 
The Blood of Olympus Book Release Party (picture of shield and statue)

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Percy Jackson book release party

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit or cultural-related crafts, and access to teaching artifacts and books. $2 per crafter to cover materials. Weekend parking is free in non-metered, non-reserved spots in lot D 22, behind the Museum (enter lot on Oregon).

Rick Riordan’s "The Blood of Olympus" is out in a few days. Enthusiasts of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series are invited to press a sculpey drachma (greek coin) from an artifact mold, make a book cover shrink plastic charm, assemble a shield, have their picture taken with "Percy", read the first chapter of the new book, and walk the height of Athena Parthenos (nearly 42 feet tall) who figures prominently in the new plotline.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Cost: $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 donation per family member requested
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 265 - 0474 or
Huipil crafts

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Guatemalan Huipils

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit or cultural-related crafts, and access to teaching artifacts and books. $2 per crafter to cover materials. Weekend parking is free in non-metered, non-reserved spots in lot D 22, behind the Museum (enter lot on Oregon).

Explore the new Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala exhibit, then design a huipil with images from the artifacts on display, including iron-ons and stickers of bees, flowers, and birds. ZLC staff will help visitors learn about the iconic images through a variety of crafting options. Will your huipil be a fabric miniature? Play-clothing plastic sheeting? Made from fused perler beads? A custom-colored shrink plastic piece? Or simply arranged window clings on an oversized huipil?

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Cost: $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Lecture: “When Gods and Heroes Retreat: The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi” by Mont Allen

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A perplexing development sweeps over Roman sarcophagi of the Late Empire: the unexpected Entmythologisierung or “demythologization” of their imagery. These lavishly carved coffins had featured bold mythological scenes since the very beginning of their mainstream production early in the second century AD, when inhumation had replaced cremation as the favored means for disposing of the dead. Evocative testament to Rome’s ongoing love affair with classical Greek culture, they derived visual force from their resonance with an artistic tradition centuries old while providing catharsis and consolation to those still living. How then to make sense of this imagery’s peculiar withering and subsequent abandonment on later sarcophagi, as mythological narratives were truncated, gods and heroes were excised, and genres featuring no mythic content whatsoever -- such as the late third century’s endless procession of specimens featuring bucolic shepherds and studious philosophers -- came to the fore?

That it must represent a major shift in the cultural values of the Late Empire is usually taken for granted, given the central position occupied by sarcophagi in the Roman visual imagination of the third century. But little consensus exists regarding its precise significance and the factors that may have driven it. Did it perhaps reflect the growing strength of Christianity? The political disenfranchisement of Rome’s old elite? The cultural illiteracy of its new? A desire for scenes of peace and tranquility as antidotes to the horrors of the Third Century Crisis? An eagerness for imagery more finely tuned to status display? A trivialization of myth brought about by the exceeding banality of mythological portraiture? Or something else entirely? This lecture provides an overview of the phenomenon, examines the various explanations proposed, subjects them to critical scrutiny, and ventures a new account of what was at stake in this, the most pivotal shift in the late Roman artistic landscape.

This event is organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the Spurlock Museum.

Visit http://www.archaeological.org/societies/centralillinoisurbana(external link) or contact Jane Goldberg at for more information.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "American Higher Education and Income Inequality" by Timothy Noah

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

"American Higher Education and Income Inequality" Timothy Noah Journalist and author The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It (2012)

In The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah discusses the post-1979 expansion of income inequality in the United States. Here he will examine the specific ways that access to higher education affects, and doesn’t affect, income distribution in the U.S.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in conjunction with the American Indian Studies Program, Center for Business and Public Policy, Center for Global Studies, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of English, Department of French and Italian, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of History, Department of Journalism, Department of Latino/Latina Studies, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, European Union Center, Inequality Initiative, Institute of Communications Research, International Programs and Studies, Program in Comparative and World Languages, Program in Law and Philosophy, School of Chemical Sciences, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, School of Social Work, and the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study at http://cas.illinois.edu(external link) or call (217) 333-6729

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2014–2015

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This series of public film screenings and lecture/discussion programs is organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. It is planned in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum and presented in the Knight Auditorium. Guest scholars and members of the campus and local communities will introduce the films and lead post-screening audience discussions.

September 9, October 14, and November 11. All screenings begin at 7:00 PM.

Check back here for individual film information once it is confirmed.
Related Links: AEMS website

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 donation per family member requested
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Lecture: “The Future of the Illinois Library, a Conversation” by John Wilkin

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Join us to hear Dean John Wilkin share his vision for libraries in the 21st Century, especially our own, in light of the challenges they face, and to engage in a conversation about future directions for our world-class library.

John Wilkin assumed the position of University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Previously, he served as Executive Director, HathiTrust and Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Technology; Interim Co-University Librarian; Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and Technical and Access Services; Head of the Digital Library Production Service; Head of the Humanities Text Initiative; and Data Services Librarian and English Selector at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also spent two years at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville as their Systems Librarian for Information Services.

This Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) event is presented with co-sponsorship by the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit http://www.iprh.illinois.edu(external link), email , or call (217) 244-3344.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Assortment of Day of the Dead crafts

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Day of the Dead

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit or cultural-related crafts, and access to teaching artifacts and books. $2 per crafter to cover materials. Weekend parking is free in non-metered, non-reserved spots in lot D 22, behind the Museum (enter lot on Oregon).

Dia de Los Muertos is coming, and ZLC staff are ready to help you decorate with some colorful Day of the Dead crafts: iced sugar skulls, paper mache skulls, shiny foil triptychs, shrink plastic skull jewelry, and color-diffusing papel picado flags.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Cost: $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
ALASH promotional photo

Concert by Alash, Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back by popular demand! The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music and the Spurlock Museum present Alash.

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash's music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

This event is partially supported by Professor Bruno and Mrs. Wanda Nettl and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Related Links: http://cwm.illinois.edu

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Jason Finkelman at (217) 265-0640 or

The Twenty-Fourth Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture: "Morality in Infancy" by Renée Baillargeon

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent research indicates that children in the first two years of life already possess rich expectations about how individuals should act toward others. These expectations appear to be guided by a small set of abstract sociomoral principles. The talk will focus on three of these principles: fairness, reciprocity, and ingroup love. In each case, Baillargeon will present experimental evidence that when observing relevant interactions among unfamiliar individuals, infants apply the principle to interpret and predict the individuals’ actions.

This lecture is presented by the Center for Advanced Study (CAS). The CAS Annual Lecture series offers a rare opportunity for audiences to hear the Center's most distinguished scholars speaking about their work.

For further information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at (217) 333-6729 or visit http://cas.illinois.edu(external link)

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 donation per family member requested
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 265 - 0474 or
Creepy photo of cheesecloth ghosts and beetle necklaces

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Creepy Crafts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with hands-on activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors of all ages enjoy engaged learning through exhibit or cultural-related crafts, and access to teaching artifacts and books. $2 per crafter to cover materials. Weekend parking is free in non-metered, non-reserved spots in lot D 22, behind the Museum (enter lot on Oregon).

It is ghost stories concert day at the museum, and learning center staff are ready to help visitors make their own cheesecloth ghosts and beetle necklaces.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 12:00 PM–4:00 PM
Cost: Free with paid ghost story concert admission, otherwise $2 per crafter
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Ghost Stories: Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two ghost story concerts for Halloween will feature local favorite tellers Dan Keding, Kath Brinkmann, and Kim Sheahan, as well as tellers from UIUC faculty, staff, and students. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs.

This afternoon family event will feature multicultural ghost stories told in the Museum’s Auditorium. The stories will be most appropriate for children grades K–6. The children will leave with bags of candy to start their trick-or-treating off right.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
Cost: Suggested donation: $5
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

Ghost Stories: Stories from the Other Side

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two ghost story concerts for Halloween will feature local favorite tellers Dan Keding, Kath Brinkmann, and Kim Sheahan, as well as tellers from UIUC faculty, staff, and students. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs.

This ghost story concert features tales with adult themes or heightened fear factors. It is for adults only (age 16 and above). Don’t worry—everyone still gets candy.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:30 PM
Age: Ages 16 and above
Cost: $8 adults, $6 students
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

"Haute Normandie and Seine Maritime Gardens" presented by Joan Sozen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Join the Spurlock Museum Guild for a visual feast, given by Joan Sozen, Master Gardener, as she presents "Haute Normandie and Seine Maritime Gardens," featuring the formal gardens of this historic region of France. Reception to follow in the Museum lobby.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Claire Skaperdas at (217) 356-6985.

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 donation per family member requested
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 265 - 0474 or

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "What Varies and What Does Not Across Civil Wars: Comparing the Greek Civil War to the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria" by Stathis Kalyvas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On their surface the Greek Civil War and the recent Middle-Eastern conflicts could not be more different: the first was a contest between communists and anticommunists whereas the latter are motivated by conflicting visions of modernity built around religion and the meaning of Islam. Yet, a slightly deeper probe into these cases points to some striking parallels, ranging from the impact of foreign occupation, the importance of external actors, and the role of revolutionary organizations. The aim here is to use the Greek Civil War to provide a counterintuitive interpretation of contemporary Islamist insurgencies.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by Modern Greek Studies in conjunction with the Center for Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, Center for Global Studies, Center for Southeast and Middle Eastern Studies, Cline Center for Democracy, Department of History, Department of Linguistics, Department of Political Sciences, European Union Center, International Programs and Studies, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, and the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study at http://www.cas.illinois.edu (external link) or call (217) 333-6729.

Time: 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission