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All events for November 2014
11/27/2014-
11/28/2014
Holiday Closing
11/29/2014Crafternoon
 
Day of the Dead altar/triptych

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Día de los Muertos

Saturday, November 1, 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). Day of the Dead is here. Make a shiny foil triptych and receive a battery-operated flicker tealight candle to place on an altar. Pipe colorful icing onto an iconic treat, the sugar skull.

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, November 5, 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

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, November 5, 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 Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

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

CANCELED: Lecture: “The Archaeology of Island Hunger: The Famines and National Improvement Policy, 19th-20th century Inishark, Connemara, Ireland” by Ian Kujit

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Due to events beyond our control, this event has been canceled.

Hunger and famine have always been powerful drivers of economic and social change. Despite the recognition of hunger as a driver of change, however, researchers have yet to fully develop nuanced and detailed understandings of how the Irish famines of the 1840s and 1880s transformed small, rural communities throughout western Ireland. While the Irish famine was one of the world’s major humanitarian crises of the nineteenth to twentieth century, and the impetus for mass emigration to North America, researchers are only now starting to understand it as a local Irish social processes that resulted in the creation of 19th and 20th century national policies and the development of new institutions, such as workhouses, orphanages and poorhouses. Focusing on the island of Inishark, in this presentation Kujit explores the archaeology of the famines, and argue that national policies of land reform, with the reorganization of private property in the hands of islanders rather than remote landlords, fundamentally altered the organization of coastal Irish households and village.

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
LED Craft

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: LED craft

Saturday, November 8, 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).

Add some light back in after daylight savings by connecting a watch battery and a visible LED bulb (invented by professor Nick Holonyak who spent 50 years teaching at UI). Build a circuit with an on and off switch and your bulb will light up instantly when activated.

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

Musical Myths and Scheherazade's Stories

Sunday, November 9, 2014

This two-part program features tales of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East through storytelling and music. Resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will perform the stories of Orpheus, Theseus, and characters from the Arabian Nights. The stories will then be interpreted through the multimedia harp show Scheherazade, performed by UIUC graduate music performance student Ann McLaughlin. This concert is sponsored by a grant from the Urbana Arts Council.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:30 PM
Cost: Suggested donation: $5
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "From the Great War to the Bloodlands: Rethinking Europe’s History" by Timothy Snyder

Monday, November 10, 2014

Europe’s early 20th century was an era of unprecedented brutality in human history–the 16 million dead of World War I followed in short order by the 60 million casualties of World War II. Historian Timothy Snyder, the foremost scholar of the period, presents his path-breaking interpretation of Europe’s Bloodlands, offering a new theory of political Violence in the modern times.

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 Program in Jewish Culture and Society in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of French, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, Department of History, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Sociology, European Union Center, Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, 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.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:00 PM–4:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission

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

Tuesday, November 11, 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

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, November 12, 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 Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

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
Huipil crafts

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Guatemalan Huipils

Saturday, November 15, 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?

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
Huipil design

DE COLORES: UNA CELEBRACIÓN DE LAS CULTURAS MAYA

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sábado, 15 de Noviembre, 2014

Únete para una tarde familiar para celebrar la cultura tejedora de los Maya de Guatemala en conjunto con la exposición “Artistas del Telar: Tejedores Maya de Guatemala.” Donde habrá...

música en vivo: de la banda Coro Universal; comida: pollo con mole y arroz, churros, nieves de mango, mamey y gansito, y pastel de tres leches; artesanías: huipiles pequeños, muñecas quitapenas; películas: Un Siglo de Color: Tejidos y Textiles Maya y vídeo de la Casa K'ojom, un Museo de Música Maya en Antigua, Guatemala; giras de la exposición en Español: descubre la exhibición donde tenemos trajes y textiles tradicionales de 32 diferentes pueblos de las tierras altas de Guatemala,

...y más!

INFÓRMESE MÁS: Contacte a Tandy Lacy, 217-244-3900, o

Translation:
Come join us for an afternoon of family fun in a celebration of the weaving cultures of the Maya of Guatemala, an event held in conjunction with the exhibit “Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala.” There will be...

live music: by the band Coro Universal; food: roasted chicken with mole sauce and rice; baked sweet churros; mango, mame, and gansito icecream; tres leches cake; apple cider and Mexican hot chocolate; crafts: mini huipiles and little worry dolls; movies: A Century of Color: Maya Weaving and Textiles and a vídeo from Casa K’ojom, the museum of Maya music in Antigua, Guatemala; tours of the exhibit conducted in Spanish and English: discussion of the traditional dress and textiles from 32 different highland communities in Guatemala

...and more!

Location: / Donde: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Cost: / Costo: free / gratis
For further information, contact Tandy Lacy at (217) 244 - 3900 or

Spurlock Museum Guild Lecture and Performance Series: Maya Images: 1978 to 1986

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In celebration of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala, guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya. As Jeffery states: "My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not to turn them into my art form. That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture."

This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series in honor of the World Heritage Museum Guild.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, November 19, 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 Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

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

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, November 26, 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 Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

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

Holiday Closing

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Friday, November 28, 2014

The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours resume on Saturday, November 29.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
For further information, contact the Museum Information Desk at (217) 333 - 2360.

Crafternoon

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Join museum staff for an afternoon of Christmas and winter crafts. There will also be 20-minute performances by resident storyteller Kim Sheahan at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.

We'll also be hosting the Museums at the Crossroads Traveling Quilting Bee (external link). Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase kits ($5) and begin working on quilt squares representing the Spurlock Museum.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Age: All ages are welcome.
Cost: Suggested donation: $2 per participant
For further information, contact Beth Watkins at