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All events for April 2015
 
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, April 3, 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

Spurlock Museum WorldFest

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Multiple performances for the price of one! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone.

Download the WorldFest performer list and schedule.

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

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: Suggested donation: $5
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "On the Trail of the Heathen School: Local History, American History, World History" by John Demos

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Early in the 1800s, a group of eminent Protestant ministers founded a special school in the little town of Cornwall, Connecticut for “heathen youth” drawn from all corners of the earth. Their express goal was to “save” the entire world in the shortest time imaginable by converting these boys, educating and civilizing them, then sending them back to found similar projects in their respective homelands. After a seemingly brilliant beginning, the project ran afoul of racism when two Cherokee students courted (and eventually married) local women. The result was scandal, widespread controversy, threats of violence, and permanent closure of the school.

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 Department of History in conjunction with the American Indian Studies Program, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, College of Education, College of Law, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Psychology, Department of Religion, Department of Sociology, and the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study (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
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, April 10, 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

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Passport

Saturday, April 11, 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. Make a cardboard suitcase and grab a passport to decorate with travel stickers! $2 per crafter, museum admission is free and parking is free in un-metered spots in lot D 22 behind the museum. $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
Rocky Chin, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, New York State Division of Human Rights

On Being Chinese in America: Inclusion & Exclusion

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A talk by Rocky Chin, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, New York State Division of Human Rights

In 1911, C.C. Wang became the first Chinese PhD recipient at the University of Illinois. After graduation he returned to Beijing and pursued a career as a government official in the new Chinese Republic. In 1928, Wang returned to America to administrate the Boxer Indemnity Educational Fund, which supported Chinese student exchange. Wang brought with him his wife and four children. Today, his grandchildren live throughout Canada and the United States. One grandson, Rocky Chin, a civil rights attorney in NYC, will share the family's story from China to America and his personal reflections on what it means to be Chinese in America. Refreshments will be available in the Campbell Lobby after the talk.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or
Screenshot from film: children in schoolyard holding hands in a circle.

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2014–2015: Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard
(2013) 85 minutes.

Introduction and discussion led by Roderick Wilson (Assistant Professor, History and East Asian Languages and Cultures).

Pictures drawn by Hiroshima school children, living in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, are discovered deep inside a church in Washington DC. A gift of thanks for supplies donated in 1947, these beautiful, surprisingly happy pictures are restored in 2009 and taken back to Hiroshima for a special exhibit attended by the surviving artists who drew them. This is a film about hope in the face of horror, the power of reconciliation and the unwavering optimism of children.

Visit the film's official website for information on purchasing, film blog, an image gallery of art featured in the film, full synopsis, and character bios. http://www.hiroshimaschoolyard.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.


Related Links: AEMS website | Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard Official website

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

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: "The Greek War of Independence in Global Perspective" by Mark Mazower

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The struggle for Greek independence in 1821 reverberated around the world and with effects continuing to be felt today – almost 200 years later. Mark Mazower examines what we can learn about our own attitudes to questions of state sovereignty, humanitarian intervention and politics itself from those long-ago events and the way they were understood at the time.

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 Modern Greek Studies Program in conjunction with the Art History Program, Center for Global Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of History, Department of Linguistics, Department of Political Science, European Union Center, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, School of Architecture, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, and the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit the Center for Advanced Study (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
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, April 17, 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

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Marathon

Saturday, April 18, 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. This weekend before the IL marathon, visitors to the ZLC can make a paper leaf crown (using our special embossing leaf punch) or poster of encouragement for their favorite runner. View replica Greek pottery from the teaching collection and make a poseable paper greek figure too. $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

Interdisciplinary CAS Spring Symposium: Showcasing Research of CAS Associates and Fellows

Monday, April 20, 2015 - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At the intellectual heart of the University lies the Center for Advanced Study, bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, encouraging and rewarding excellence in all areas of academic inquiry.

CAS appointments are among the highest forms of campus recognition. CAS Professors, permanent members of the Center are joined each year by Associates and Fellows, tenured and untenured University of Illinois faculty who are awarded one semester release time to pursue their projects. In accordance with the Center's mission, these appointments provide an incentive to pursue the highest level of scholarly achievement. They also provide faculty members with an unusual opportunity to explore new ideas and demonstrate early results.

Join recent CAS Associates and Fellows at this inaugural symposium as they present work made possible through these appointments.

For further information and a detailed schedule, visit the Center for Advanced Study (external link) or call (217) 333-6729.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 8:30 AM
Cost: Free Admission
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Friday, April 24, 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

Lecture: “Art and Architecture of a Forgotten Kingdom” by Malcolm Bell III

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Hellenistic kingdom of Syracuse in eastern Sicily fell to Rome at the end of the Second Punic War. As a result of this violent conquest many of the achievements of the preceding half-century of peace came to be obscured and even forgotten under Roman domination, and to some extent they have remained so to the present day. The death in the siege of Syracuse of the great scientist and mathematician Archimedes can symbolize the enormous cultural losses of this moment of violent change. The lecture casts light on the innovative and progressive character of earlier Syracusan Hellenistic art through works of sculpture, mosaic, terracotta, and silver, as well as the ambitious architectural programs of the metropolis of Syracuse and other cities within the kingdom, including Akrai and Morgantina.

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.

UPDATE: Date and time changed 9/22/14.

Updated 9/22/14.

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