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"The Spatial Politics of Marginality" by Swati Chattopadhyay

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How does one recuperate from the archive, spaces and people who have been marginalized, dominated as it is by the discourse of the elite and powerful? How do we access the everyday spaces of women and servants who have left only small footprints in the historical archive? How do we recognize practices that challenge the dominant view of the state? These processes often involve spaces that may not be small in extent but remain peripheral in disposition, importance, and imagination and are marked by the difficulty of representation. Utilizing examples from domestic spaces of British colonial India and urban sites in postcolonial India, I will argue for a geography of small spaces that might help us understand the representational logic of marginality. Recognition of such a geography, I will suggest, must entail a radical understanding of materiality.

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

For further information, visit 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 - 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

CAS Special Presentation: "Freedom Sings: Speech, Civility and the University of Illinois"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Freedom Sings is the entertaining, engaging and inspiring story of free speech in America told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. A cast of musicians revisits turning points in contemporary history with performances of songs made famous by the Beatles, Black Eyed Peas, Loretta Lynn and many more.

This critically acclaimed multimedia performance and riveting narration make this a singular entertainment experience that will raise our awareness of the vital importance of protecting our Constitutional rights against censorship and suppression. It also will provide context for deeper understanding of the ongoing debates and discussions about speech and civility on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Join First Amendment expert Ken Paulson and an all-star band whose members have played with Prince, the Steve Miller Band, Cheap Trick and many more.

Ken Paulson (UIUC Law, 1978) is President and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and Dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. A former editor-in-chief of The Daily Illini, Paulson went on to become the editor-in-chief of USA Today.

This presentation is the inaugural event of an Illinois Department of Journalism Series examining Free Speech: Rights and Responsibilities in a Digital Age. Sponsored by the College of Media, this new series is committed to the protection of freedom of speech and of the press to contribute to enlightened decision-making by citizens in a democratic society.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, Department of Journalism, and Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting with support from the College of Media, Department of African American Studies, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Communication, Department of English, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Department of Political Science, Illini Union Board, Institute of Communications Research, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at (217) 333-6729 or
Beaded snake bag craft

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Around the World Wednesdays continues with a craft based on the new exhibit, South Asian Seams. Decorate a muslin drawstring bag, and make a beaded snake to go inside of it. Out in the exhibit, look at the artifact the craft is based on (a Ralli quilt by the Jogi people, possibly made as a snake collecting bag), and find peacocks, fish, horses and elephants in the various other quilts with our animal bingo sheet. Arrive anytime 9:30 - 11:30 to craft; 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 Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: “Music’s War Poets” by Kate Kennedy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Whilst 1914 is now seen as the year in which the world changed forever, 1915 proved to be the most momentous year for the young generation of English poets and composers caught up in the war. In 1915, poet Siegfried Sassoon served in France while Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney enlisted. Rupert Brooke and composers William Denis Browne and FS Kelly sailed to Gallipoli never to return.

Kate Kennedy explores the rarely-made connections between these groups to define a body of English ‘war composers’ paralleling the ‘war poets’ with whose existence we are now so familiar.

This presentation is part of the 1915: Music, Memory, and The Great War Symposium which is free and open to the public. ( http://publish.illinois.edu/music1915/ (external link))

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 the School of Music in conjunction with the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Cross-Campus Initiative on the Great War, Department of English, Department of French and Italian/French@Illinois, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, International Programs and Studies, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Spurlock Museum, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at (217) 333-6729 or
Promotional photo: monks proceeding up stone stairs to a temple

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2014–2015: Buddhism after the Tsunami - The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Buddhism after the Tsunami - The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special
A film by Tim Graf and Jakob Montrasio. 2012. 63 minutes. In Japanese and English, with English subtitles.

Introduction and post screening discussion led by Brian Ruppert (Associate Professor, Religion and East Asian Language and Culture).

This documentary film follows Buddhist priests through the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people in Japan in March 2011. Buddhism After the Tsunami presents perspectives on the important roles Buddhism played in the care of those lost and bereaved in the aftermath of 3/11.

For more information including contact and distribution, visit the Souls of Zen official website (external link).

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.


Related Links: AEMS website | Souls of Zen official website | Souls of Zen's Facebook page

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

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The peacock, with its brilliant fan of tail feathers, is the star of this week’s Around the World Wednesday. You can find images of this unique bird in the special exhibit South Asian Seams and craft your own peacock using various materials, including finger paints and sparkling watercolors. Then see the peacock expressed in the gestures of a classical Indian dance performed by Anine Singh-de Frood and her students. Arrive anytime 9:30 - 11:30 to craft; 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 Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
picture of an artwork representing the number pi

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Pi Day

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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-related crafts and access to teaching artifacts and books. Enjoy pi-related crafts on this very special Pi Day, 3/14/15. Make a circle collage, design a pi perler bead keychain, get a "cutie pi" or "magnum PI" iron-on (bring a shirt or tote bag if you like, we will iron on the logo for you), and play circle artifact bingo. It is also Albert Einstein's birthday, and you can make an Einstein figure out of a cardboard tube and some cotton fluff. $2 per crafter. Museum admission is free, and weekend parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum (enter on Oregon).

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: "Objects and History from the Native American Art Collection in the Spurlock Museum" by Robert Morrissey

Sunday, March 15, 2015

This talk and gallery tour will view Native American art objects and material culture as historical sources, ones that reflect diversity, constancy and change in the Native past, as well as special relationships between people and place in the Americas.

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) for more information.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Jane Goldberg at

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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 Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, March 20, 2015

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and it can be easy to become distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, one can discover a calm and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is necessary, participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. The series continues each Friday, 11:30 - 12:00, through May 8th. Metered parking is typically readily available around the museum. Admission is free, donations to help support the program can be given at general museum admission donation box.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission. Donations accetpted.
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
picture of egg and paper flower artworks

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Spring crafts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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-related crafts and access to teaching artifacts and books. On this first day of spring, crafters can design elaborate Faberge-style paper mache eggs, sprinkle plox colored shredded paper to make fluffy soft spring flowers, and use a stylus to etch into a large scratch-magic tulip. $2 per crafter. Museum admission is free, and weekend parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum (enter on Oregon).

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
4 carp paper crafts

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. For the final session of this semester's Around the World Wednesday series, crafters can welcome spring with a colorful carp windsock made from color-diffusing paper. When sprayed with water, marker spreads throughout the windsock to create interesting blended colors. If you missed one of the sessions, we'll have extras of camels, peacocks, and snakes out for participants to craft with. 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 crafter requested
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, March 27, 2015

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and it can be easy to become distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, one can discover a calm and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is necessary, participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. The series continues each Friday, 11:30 - 12:00, through May 8th. Metered parking is typically readily available around the museum. Admission is free, donations to help support the program can be given at general museum admission donation box.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission. Donations accetpted.
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or
camel, peacock, and elephant paper crafts

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: South Asian Seams special exhibit crafts

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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-related crafts and access to teaching artifacts and books. The quilts in the new Campbell Gallery exhibit, South Asian Seams, are full of intricate designs and include a number of animals. Crafters can make a camel, elephant, snake, or peacock from a variety of materials, inspired by the artifacts on display. $2 per crafter. Museum admission is free, and weekend parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum (enter on Oregon).

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

#manyvoices: A Campus Conversation on Diversity Speaker Series: "Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign" by Stacy Harwood

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Professor Harwood's research, rooted in social justice, focuses on the emerging field of planning for difference and diversity. She has co-authored numerous articles about Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, including two reports with testimonials from students of color about their experiences in the resident halls and classrooms.

Inclusive Illinois has partnered with the Chancellor, Provost, Deans, and campus leadership to conduct a series of campus conversations around the question "How do we build an inclusive Illinois?"

All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate in "#manyvoices: A Campus Conversation on Diversity" this spring, through speaker series, college events, and campus-wide conversations. The goal of the conversations is to ask ourselves how we can develop and sustain an inclusive Illinois; build bridges across differences on our campus; and think creatively about school spirit. The speaker series includes national experts and scholars sharing their advice and expertise around the challenges and opportunities involving building inclusive communities. Information about other events in the #ManyVoices series (external link) is available.

For further information, visit the Inclusive Illinois (external link) website or email

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission