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CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "Expanding Opportunity in Africa: The Next Einstein Initiative" by Neil Turok

Monday, April 21, 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.

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Community Cinema: Illinois Public Media/Independent Television Services Documentary Film Series at the Spurlock 2013-2014: Medora

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Watch the best independent documentaries before they come to television! Illinois Public Media (WILL radio.tv.online) and the Independent Television Series (ITVS) present Community Cinema, a monthly screening series of independent documentaries followed by a panel discussion. This series is presented the first Tuesday of every month in the Knight Auditorium. Guest scholars and members of the campus and local communities will interact with the audience in an hour-long discussion after the film. Then watch the film again later in the month on WILL-TV!

Medora

Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players' stories on and off the court - as the team's struggle to compete parallels the town's fight for survival.

This event is supported by the Illinois Public Media/Spurlock Museum Community Cinema Partnership.

For more information, visit http://will.illinois.edu/community/project/cinema (external link).

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:00 PM–9:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Lecture: "Dunhuang Culture and Silk Road" by Xudong Wang and Yuanling Zhang

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Dunhuang Culture and Silk Road" Xudong Wang, Deputy Dean, Dunhuang Research Academy, Deputy Director, National Preservation of Ancient Frescoes Engineering Research Center
Yuanling Zhang, Director, Dunhuang Research Academy Information and Resources Center

Since the re-discovery of Dunhuang Grottoes and the Dunhuang "Library Cave" at the beginning of the last century, Dunhuang and Dunhuang culture has attracted worldwide attention. Why did a small town located at the border of China have such an enduring appeal? What exactly is the local culture, and under what kind of background did this culture develop and exist?

This lecture has two main purposes: first, through a systematic introduction to the art of the Dunhuang Grottoes and the Dunhuang "Library Cave" collections, the audience will gain an overall understanding of the context and scope of the ancient Dunhuang culture as reflected in these art collections. Second, by introducing the geographical, historical, and cultural background of Dunhuang culture, the lecture reveals that the development of Dunhuang culture and its prosperity is due to the opening of the "Silk Road." Dunhuang prospered and fell along with the Silk Road, and the two had the same fate.

For further information, contact Lian Ruan at

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Thursday from March 6 through April 24.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or
Photos of Earth Beat performers from flyer

Earth Beat: The Quest for Creativity

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In our third annual Earth Beat program Shannon Epplett and Tanya Picard lead participants in a Museum-wide celebration of the diversity of visual and performing arts. Joined by Kim Sheahan, Jason Xing, Impulse Tap, and Hemanth Kadambi, the journey includes storytelling, theater, puppetry, dance, music, painting, sculpture, and calligraphy. The tour is for visitors 3rd grade through adult.

Reservations are required. For further information or reservations, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or
Related Links: Earth Beat information and performer bios

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission, but reservations are required.
ALASH promotional photo

Concert by ALASH, Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble

Sunday, April 6, 2014

ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms appear in the music of ALASH, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uY-u9w07S4 (external link)

Co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, this concert is presented as part of International Week 2014 (external link).

This event is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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) 333-9597 or

Exhibit: Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014

For many Americans, the term Vodou brings up unfortunate, Hollywood-inspired imagery involving hexes and curses, but visitors to Sacred Symbols in Sequins will gain new insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou. This exhibit features 16 vintage Haitian Vodou flags (drapo Vodou) from a rarely seen private collection. Six sparkling Vodou libation bottles and eight portraits of contemporary Vodou practitioners by renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo provide a context for these dazzling sequin- and bead-encrusted ceremonial banners.

For generations, skilled Haitian flag makers have formed remarkable mosaics of religious imagery by combining and juxtaposing symbols of Europe and the Americas with those brought from Africa centuries ago by captive slaves. Vodou societies (sosyete) generally possess at least two flags that represent both their congregation and the deities they worship. These flags are among the most sacred and expensive of ritual implements. They are magnificent works of art that offer compelling stories about the relationships between cultures.

The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The exhibit is a program of Exhibits USA, a national Division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Location: Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: During Museum Hours
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

CAS Initiative Lecture: "Can the Islamic Shari`a Be Constitutionalized?" by Nathan J. Brown

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Center for Advanced Study's Initiative on Cultures of Law in Global Contexts is an ongoing project pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and law. We take as our focus the frictions obtaining among multiplicities of justice, including issues of social order and state power, terrorism and ultranationalism, sustainability and economic development, and medical law and ethics. We explore the vexed history of applying international law principles developed in the West; the imposition of ideas of personhood through biomedical ethics and law; inter-state collaboration and conflict in defining terrorism; cultural approaches to financial regulation and monetary policies; and problems in law and economics arising from globalization.

"Can the Islamic Shari`a Be Constitutionalized?" Nathan J. Brown Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Many states in predominantly Muslim societies have written constitutions that go beyond proclaiming Islam the official religion to promising some role for Islamic law in the constitutional order. Such clauses seem to mix law of divine origin with that of human origin. Why are such clauses inserted and what is their real effect?

This Center for Advanced Study event is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, George A. Miller Endowment, and Ledyard R. Tucker Fund with additional support from the Center for African Studies and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact The Center for Advanced Study at cas.illinois.edu or at (217) 333-6729.

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2013–2014: The Revolutionary

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Revolutionary
(2013) Unrated, 92 minutes.

During China's Cultural Revolution, one of the most destructive and least understood political upheavals of the 20th century, Chairman Mao's call to "make revolution" was answered by tens of millions of Chinese and one American. The Revolutionary is a feature-length documentary about the Maoist Era and Sidney Rittenberg, an American who assumed an unprecedented role for a foreigner in Chinese politics. In those catastrophic times, Mao's last stand to hold on to power and to his political legacy, Rittenberg's personal relationship with China's leaders brought him both prominence and a long stay in Beijing's Prison No. 1. It should be noted that these events of the Maoist Era have all but been removed from the PRC's official history, a reflection of what one contemporary Chinese writer has called "China's historical amnesia".

Visit the film's official website to read more about the film. http://revolutionarymovie.com/index.html (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.

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

Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture: "Global Hinduism" by Vasudha Narayanan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture is presented annually by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Religion. Marjorie Hall Thulin (1910-2009) graduated from the University of Illinois in 1931. She enjoyed a successful career in advertising. Her desire for students to understand how religion grows and functions in a complex society, especially Christianity in American society, led her to endow a fund that makes it possible for an internationally known scholar of religion and contemporary culture to be resident on the Champaign-Urbana campus for several days each academic year.

Visit the Department of Religion website (external link) for more information.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Thursday from March 6 through April 24.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Exhibit Opening Celebration: Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Join us for refreshments, gallery exploration, and a performance of Haitian dance by the Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of our spring Campbell Gallery exhibit.

This event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and is part of the Boneyard Arts Festival. The exhibit is a program of Exhibits USA, a national Division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This event is made possible through the support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Thursday from March 6 through April 24.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Lecture: "Kaptol—Princes of the Crossroad" by Hrvoje Potrebica

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The speaker is the Associated Professor of Archaeology and project leader for the group studying elites of Bronze and Iron Age Croatia, a major excavation since 2001. He discusses two burial grounds and a fortified settlement that form one of the most important Hallstatt complexes in Europe.

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: 5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Jane Goldberg at

Lecture: "Secrets of a Ph.D. Headhunter – 5 Key Tips for Landing a Job Outside Academia" by Susan Basalla

Friday, April 18, 2014

Find out how to get a job outside academia, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you really want one. Sue will share tips and strategies from her experience as an executive recruiter for higher education. You’ll learn what employers really think about your résumé, how to stand out in the crowd, and the critical first step that most graduate students overlook when hunting for non-academic jobs.

Sue Basalla earned her Ph.D. in English at Princeton University and for more than a decade has been a regular columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Beyond the Ivory Tower” column as well as a frequent speaker at universities across the nation on alternative careers for graduate students. She is a principal with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education, and co-author of So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside of Academia.

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate College and the English Graduate Student Association.

For further information, email

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

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "Expanding Opportunity in Africa: The Next Einstein Initiative" by Neil Turok

Monday, April 21, 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.

"Expanding Opportunity in Africa: The Next Einstein Initiative" Neil Turok Director and Niels Bohr Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada and Founder, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Muizenberg, South Africa

In 2003, Neil Turok, one of the world’s leading physicists, created the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, South Africa. Its goal is to unlock the potential of Africa’s youth—the world’s greatest untapped pool of scientific and technical talent. AIMS and its Next Einstein Initiative, which is creating centers of advanced study throughout the continent, have captured imaginations across Africa and around the world.

Neil Turok discusses AIMS’ achievements and future prospects as well as the vital role individual scientists, departments, and universities like Illinois can play.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of Mathematics in conjunction with the ACES Office of International Programs, Beckman Institute, Center for African Studies, College of Education, Department of Astronomy, Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership, Department of Physics, Department of Sociology, Institute for Condensed Matter Theory (ICMT), Illinois Geometry Lab, Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE), Office of Public Engagement, and the Spurlock Museum.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact The Center for Advanced Study at cas.illinois.edu or at (217) 333-6729.

Sustainability Film Festival: Living Downstream

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Living Downstream (2010) Unrated, 55 minutes.

This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.

This series of sustainability-related documentaries is presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) as a part of the University of Illinois Earth Week festivities. Each screening is followed by audience discussion with ISTC staff members and other campus or local experts as available or appropriate. The films, Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, explore the environmental consequences of human production and management strategies, and will allow university students, staff, and the general public to learn more about ISTC, important sustainability issues, relevant campus projects and local resources, and actions they can take to “green” their own lives. DVDs of the documentaries, along with downloadable resource lists and activities, will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute (of which ISTC is a division) Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment.

For further information, contact Joy Scrogum at (217) 333-8948 or

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Sustainability Film Festival: Terra Blight

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Terra Blight (2012) Unrated, 55 minutes.

Terra Blight is a 55-minute documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet. By the film’s end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.

This series of sustainability-related documentaries is presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) as a part of the University of Illinois Earth Week festivities. Each screening is followed by audience discussion with ISTC staff members and other campus or local experts as available or appropriate. The films, Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, explore the environmental consequences of human production and management strategies, and will allow university students, staff, and the general public to learn more about ISTC, important sustainability issues, relevant campus projects and local resources, and actions they can take to “green” their own lives. DVDs of the documentaries, along with downloadable resource lists and activities, will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute (of which ISTC is a division) Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment.

For further information, contact Joy Scrogum at (217) 333-8948 or

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Thursday from March 6 through April 24.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Sustainability Film Festival: Waste = Food

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Waste = Food (2010) Unrated, 49 minutes.

WASTE = FOOD explores this revolutionary "cradle to cradle" (as opposed to "cradle to grave") concept through interviews with its leading proponents, American architect William McDonough and German ecological chemist Michael Braungart, coauthors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Their ideas are increasingly being embraced by major corporations and governments worldwide, unleashing a new, ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

This series of sustainability-related documentaries is presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) as a part of the University of Illinois Earth Week festivities. Each screening is followed by audience discussion with ISTC staff members and other campus or local experts as available or appropriate. The films, Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, explore the environmental consequences of human production and management strategies, and will allow university students, staff, and the general public to learn more about ISTC, important sustainability issues, relevant campus projects and local resources, and actions they can take to “green” their own lives. DVDs of the documentaries, along with downloadable resource lists and activities, will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute (of which ISTC is a division) Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment.

For further information, contact Joy Scrogum at (217) 333-8948 or

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

CAS Initiative Lecture: "Abolition Geography: Challenges and Opportunities for the Popular Front Against the Prison-Industrial Complex" by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Center for Advanced Study's Initiative on Cultures of Law in Global Contexts is an ongoing project pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and law. We take as our focus the frictions obtaining among multiplicities of justice, including issues of social order and state power, terrorism and ultranationalism, sustainability and economic development, and medical law and ethics. We explore the vexed history of applying international law principles developed in the West; the imposition of ideas of personhood through biomedical ethics and law; inter-state collaboration and conflict in defining terrorism; cultural approaches to financial regulation and monetary policies; and problems in law and economics arising from globalization.

"Abolition Geography: Challenges and Opportunities for the Popular Front Against the Prison-Industrial Complex" Ruth Wilson Gilmore Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies Director, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Graduate Center, City University of New York

A number of trends illuminate the proactive and reactive social-spatial dynamics that shape the carceral geographies that have arisen unevenly as the earth’s surface has become increasingly ensnared by globalizing capital. Not surprisingly, the trends coalesce around categories: policing, immigration, terrorism, public expenditure/the social wage, civil injunctions, sexuality, gender, age, premature death, parenthood, housing, public education, privatization, formerly and currently incarcerated people, public sector unions, devalued labor, and (relative) innocence. Racism both connects and differentiates how these categories rise to prominence in both radical and reformist policy prescriptions, and invites renewed energy in understanding and enacting how ordinary people –- to use Peter Linebaugh’s exquisite phrase –“pierce the future for hope.” Insofar as policies are a script for the future, they must indeed be sharp, a quality often confused with excessive narrowness.

And yet, breadth carries analytical challenges as well. It’s not news that we find the answers to the questions we ask. What then would the most adequate general term or terms be that gather together for scrutiny and action such a disparate yet connected range of categories, relationships, and processes as those concentrated by the carceral? Nearly 15 years after the 1998 Critical Resistance conference popularized the phrase “prison industrial complex”–and in conjunction with a broad range of groups throughout the USA and abroad helped bring renewed and expanded focus on the fact of “mass incarceration”–it is wise to refresh our thinking. What’s at stake is how people pursue both political strategies and alliances, how they organize, promote ideas, and pursue to completion the unfinished work of freedom, which is one of modernity’s central contradictions.

This Center for Advanced Study event is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, George A. Miller Endowment, and Ledyard R. Tucker Fund.

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study at 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