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September 2014

All events for September 2014

An Afternoon in Ancient Rome

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is your toga ready? This family program features stations all over the Museum celebrating the greatness of Rome. Plan a city, decorate your villa, or create a proclamation of your accomplishments as ruler of the empire!

Registration is required and limited to 75 participants.

Contact Kim Sheahan at to register your child. $5 per child. Every child must be accompanied by an responsible adult.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Age: Grades 5-8 and their adults
Cost: $5 per child, registration required
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2014–2015: Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan (2013) Unrated, 87 minutes.

Hafu – the Mixed-Race Experience in Japan is a journey of discovery into the complex multicultural experience of mixed-race Japanese in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five Hafus – the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese – as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself to be mono-ethnic. For some of these Hafus, Japan is the only home they know. For others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others find themselves caught between two different worlds.

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

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

Related Links: AEMS website | Hafu – the Mixed-Race Experience in Japan Official Website

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

Midwest Archives Conference Fall Symposium – Oral History, Archives, and Innovation

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Fall Symposium “Oral History, Archives, and Innovation” brings Dr. Doug Boyd to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 12 and 13 to engage with Midwest Archives Conference members as they learn to curate and disseminate oral history collections in digital environments. Boyd will provide an overview of best practices for curation and preservation, as well as the tools that can enhance access. The symposium will conclude with a panel on local oral history projects, representing the different perspectives that inform oral history curation and access, including those of participatory community archives, academic environments, and public radio.

Advance Registration is required. For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.midwestarchives.org/2014-fall-symposium (external link). Additional information and updates may be found by visiting http://macsymposium2014.wordpress.com/ (external link) .

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with Conference Registration Fee

Lecture: "'...Being the founder of all good things among humankind': A reinterpretation of the Athenian Calendar Frieze" by Karen Laurence

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Athenian Calendar Frieze is a record of the Athenian festival year, including representations of the cycle of the zodiac. Dating to the late Hellenistic/early Roman period, the inclusion of the zodiac signs correlates with the significant attention to calendrical calculation that was taking place during the late Republic and the Julio-Claudian eras. At this time, artistic and rhetorical constructions of time reckoning were being utilized to organize time as an ideological tool, creating a façade of stability and continuity in the wake of the Civil Wars that had rocked the eastern Mediterranean. The festival representations and chronological markers on the Athenian Calendar Frieze provide a case study of the analysis of the iconography of time reckoning in Athens as it came under Roman influence and control. Furthermore, as Athens and the rest of Greece were subsumed into the Roman Empire, the people of Athens sought to emphasize their cultural relevance, through a revitalization of ancient Athenian cults and an increased interest in the mytho-historic invention of civilization and agriculture that was supposed to have taken place in Athens. The frieze’s emphasis on particular Athenian rites, especially agricultural festivals, and the prominence given to the autumn, which was the time of sowing grains and harvesting grapes, aligns with this phenomenon.

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

An Evening with Sangwoo Lee and film screening: Barbie

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Barbie (2011) Unrated, 97 minutes.

This film contains material that may be considered unsuitable for younger viewers. No one under 17 will be allowed into the screening without parent or guardian. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Sangwoo Lee.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Library, the Center for Advanced Study, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Program in Comparative and World Literature, and Unit One.

For further information, visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/llx/filmatthelibrary.html(external link) or email

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

Exhibit: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Sunday, January 25, 2015

This exhibit celebrates not only the artistry and endurance of the Maya weaving tradition but also the cultural intelligence and creative force of the weavers themselves. More than 90 textiles coming from 32 highland towns are presented, each textile woven in a style that identifies the town of its weaver and the wearer. Exhibit areas address the links between the living and ancient Maya, the weaver and the backstrap loom, textiles for daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, or huipil, ceremonial cloths and clothing, and evidence of evolution in textile designs.

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.
Related Links: Curator introduction to the exhibit and opening celebration

Location: Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: During Museum Hours
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Tandy Lacy at (217) 244 - 3900 or

Panel: “The Future of Scholarly Communication," a conversation with Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Seth Denbo, and Maria Bonn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The ubiquity of digital technology and networked communication, in parallel with changing dynamics and economics of scholarship and the academy have led to rapid change in scholarly communication. While it appears clear that sharing scholarship and engaging in scholarly dialogue will remain central to the academic enterprise, the best ways to share and to conduct that dialogue are less clear. Libraries, scholarly societies, and, of course, scholars themselves are all assessing both present and future modes and methods of communication. This panel discussion will be conducted by those on the front lines of that assessment and of innovations in response.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU. She is author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, where she has led a number of experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing.

Seth Denbo oversees the publication department of the AHA and is working to develop innovative digital projects to enhance the organization's mission. He earned his PhD from the University of Warwick and is a cultural historian of eighteenth-century Britain. He has taught British history in universities in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has also worked on digital projects at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at UMD and the Department for Digital Humanities at King's College London. Over the past 10 years, Seth has participated actively in the development of innovative digital tools and methods for historical scholarship. Drawing on his experience as a teacher and researcher he played a key role in several international projects that expanded capacity for digital scholarship in the humanities. He also conceived and organized an ongoing seminar in digital history at the Institute of Historical Research in London that has been at the forefront of fostering innovation in the use of digital tools and methods for the study of history.

Maria Bonn is a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses on the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Prior to her teaching appointment, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including the University of Michigan Press, the Scholarly Publishing Office, the institutional repository (Deep Blue), the Copyright Office, and the Text Creation Partnership. Bonn has also been an assistant professor of English at Albion College and taught at Sichuan International Studies University (Chongqing, China) and Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

This Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) event is presented in collaboration with the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 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–6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

CAS Initiative Lecture: "Natural Hazards and Human Behavior: The Dangerous Dynamics of Megadisasters" by Susan Kieffer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Center for Advanced Study Interdisciplinary Initiatives offer campus the opportunity to engage in a yearlong and in-depth conversation about a topic relevant to our entire scholarly community. For the 15th-anniversary year of this prestigious program, the Center has invited back a few former CAS Resident Associates to reflect on the initiatives they helped organize and how their work has evolved since.

"Natural Hazards and Human Behavior: The Dangerous Dynamics of Megadisasters" Susan Kieffer Center for Advanced Study and Walgreen Professor Emerita of Geology and Physics, University of Illinois and Author, Dynamics of Disaster (2013)

Normally the earth slowly releases energy stored from its formation and from on-going radioactive decay, but sometimes the releases are very rapid. Such releases create disasters catastrophic to humans–landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and floods. In this talk, she will describe some recent events and their causes and a possible way forward for coexisting with these natural processes.

This event is presented by the Center for Advanced Study and follows a previous CAS Initiative titled "Mega-Disasters: Science, Policy and Human Behavior".

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

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

Exhibit Opening Celebration: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Join us for a full day of activities celebrating the artistry and endurance of Maya weaving traditions in Guatemala. From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, meet Rafaela and Edgar Apen, visiting artists from San Antonio Aguas Calientes who will demonstrate the weaving style of their community in the Central Core Gallery.

From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, enjoy the exhibit and a reception, including a presentation on weaving as an expression of identity given by guest curator Margot Blum Schevill with Rafaela and Edgar Apen at 2:00 pm in the Knight Auditorium.
Related Links: Curator introduction to the exhibit and opening celebration

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or