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All events for February 2016
 

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

For four consecutive weeks, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive any time between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $2 per participant
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 244-5590 or
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Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors can enjoy 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).

Lunar new year revelers can enjoy a wide variety of crafts and activities to celebrate the year of the monkey, 2016. Learn about the animals in the chinese zodiac and the traits of each animal. Try your hand at painting a watercolor monkey, based on the traditional art form of Asian calligraphy. Decorate a red scroll using stickers and our Chinese character and zodiac rubber stamps. Have your fortune for the new year told by ZLC staff, and make a wish for 2016 by tossing a pipe-cleaner orange into our miniature cherry blossom tree. $2 per crafter; museum admission is free.

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

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock: Tales of the Waria

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.

Tales of the Waria
Directed by Kathy Huang. 2011. 56 minutes.
Indonesian with English subtitles.

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a community of transgendered individuals known as warias, biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening PBS documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy. Along the way, they encounter unique obstacles that force them to make extraordinary sacrifices to keep the ones they love.

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

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For four consecutive weeks, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive any time between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $2 per participant
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 244-5590 or
Fred A. Shaw

Tales Workshop: The Four Directions of Storytelling

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Four Directions invite us to walk in balance and beauty connecting all beings in life. A human being is composed of emotions, body, spirit, and mind. Each of these is a quadrant of the circle formed by the Four Directions. The story lives through the teller as the teller leads the audience through each quadrant. An important aspect of this is the transition from the teller telling the story to the story telling the teller. If that makes no sense to you, then this is the workshop for you.

The essential elements address memory, movement, insight, and styles of sharing. The workshop includes a methodology for internalizing the story so that the audience readily experiences the story. One section of the workshop addresses the voice of the storyteller, whether the storyteller is a character telling a story or a storyteller telling about a story, which is essential in historical reenactment storytelling.

This year's presenter is Fred A. Shaw, a teller of Shawnee heritage. Learn more about him and register for the workshop by downloading the workshop brochure.

Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $40 adults/ $25 students (lunch can be ordered at an extra charge)
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or

Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: Be My Valentine paper crafts

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors can enjoy 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).

Visitors can use some of our prettiest global patterned and custom papers and cool shape punches to make handmade valentines, heart garland, and more. Have a favorite artifact? ZLC staff will help you deliver a cupidgram to that piece. $2 per crafter; museum admission is free.

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
Fred Shaw

Winter Tales Concert

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Join us for one of the Museum's most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. This year's teller is Fred Shaw. Fred, also known as Neeake, is of Shawnee descent and is a keeper of stories and traditions as a Truth Teller (Olammapise). He has presented storytelling, historical enactments, and multi-cultural programs for public and private schools, universities, museums, churches and synagogues, conservation groups, the IRS, state departments of natural resources, and other venues nationally and internationally. Neeake was one of ten American Indian storytellers to share stories at the first-ever national American Indian storytelling festival at Corn Island. He has been a featured teller at the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Western Expansion in the St. Louis Arch, Cahokia Mounds, and many other national venues.

Fred was born in 1950 and raised on the farm that had been in his family since his Shawnee ancestors changed their names to hide in plain sight. He is a graduate of Ohio University and completed his graduate work through the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, OH. Fred is a lifelong explorer of knowledge and a noted expert in storytelling, U.S. 18th & 19th Century history, first-person historical interpretation, conservation of endangered wildlife, and photography. He is a published author in the fields of history, animal conservation, photography, and Biblical studies.

Fred is a retired United Methodist pastor, having served the churches of the West Ohio Conference since 1969. He co-chairs a ten-state group of American Indian leaders who work with the spiritual and physical needs of American Indian people in their area. Fred is the Executive Director for a national licensing program accredited by the Methodist Theological School, Delaware, OH, for American Indian pastors who maintain their traditional cultures.

Winter Tales concerts are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $5
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or
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Talk: “Calendars of Pre-Hispanic Peru and Their Application in Cuzco, Capital of the Inca Empire” by Reiner Thomas Zuidema

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Part of the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series

The Andes of South America are considered one of the centers of early civilization, despite the fact of lacking the wheel, writing, and, it was surmised, a sophisticated calendar. Nonetheless, here was developed a good numerical and mathematical system, registered by way of systems of knotted chords and by way of textiles and their intricate patterns. Thus were documented also different precise calendars with the help of particular astronomical observations. On the basis of these means an early Spanish document also preserved an almanac of precise calendrical knowledge in Cuzco, capital of the Inca in the early sixteenth century.

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, February 17, 2016

For four consecutive weeks, children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to learn, create, and play together with crafts and activities from around the world. Arrive any time between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00PM
Cost: $2 per participant
For further information, contact Julia Robinson at (217) 244-5590 or
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Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: upcycled sweater "wild thing" gloves

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors can enjoy 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).

Inspired by the mittens in the special exhibit," North of the Northern Lights", ZLC staff are offering visitors a chance to use felt, buttons, yarn, and shrink plastic claws to repurpose a sweater into a pair of gloves with some wild touches of imagination. Take a tour of gallery artifacts that show the clever strategies humans use to stay warm or keep a body protected. $5 per crafter includes a sweater, or bring your own sweater and pay $2; museum admission is free. We will have 10 or so sweaters on hand, crafters who want to guarantee a spot can call or email at the contact info below.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Cost: $5 per crafter includes sweater, or bring your own sweater and pay $2
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244-5597 or

Talk: "Frederick Schwatka: Illinois's First Arctic Explorer"

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Frederick Schwatka: Illinois's First Arctic Explorer" by Adam Doskey, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois

North of the Northern Lights and its associated events are sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the University of Illinois European Union Center, funded in part by a US Department of Education Title VI grant.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or

Talk: "Healing the Souls of Black Folks: Transformational Frameworks for the African Diaspora" by Kim Butler

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series and the Department of African American Studies Annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series

In the narrative of black empowerment in the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, the concept of healing is transformational. The questions of coping, which W.E.B. DuBois wrestled with in his 1903 work, [[The Souls of Black Folk]], are disturbingly familiar today. Examining African migration to Brazil and the Caribbean, Kim Butler explores the ways young people create a powerful language of healing through Carnival, Mandinga, and hoodoo bag, and how they grapple with white supremacy, dwindling educational opportunity, police violence, poor housing, and income disparities.

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 Center for African Studies and the Department of African American Studies in conjunction with the Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Department of History, Department of Sociology, European Union Center, Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, 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
Cost: Free Admission
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Zahn Learning Center Open Hours: And the Oscar Goes to...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Enhance your Spurlock Museum experience with activities in the Zahn Learning Center. During ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors can enjoy 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).

The day before the 2016 Academy Awards, enjoy movie-related activities in the ZLC and out in the galleries. Walk the red carpet and look at a number of motion strips in a zoetrope, a pre-film animation device which was created in the 1830's. Design your own animation strip and test it in the zoetrope. Watch clips of nominated films on our miniature movie screen. Fans of the movie "Inside Out" can go out into the galleries with a special sheet of artifact faces -- can they guess which emotion is portrayed by the expression? Back in the ZLC they can play with emotion masks and see how different they look with a new mouth shape or different pair of eyes. Adult movie fans may enjoy our artifact cards which will lead them to pieces in the galleries related to nominated films, such as a grizzly bear claw necklace (The Revenant), a Leningrad Medallion (Bridge of Spies), a 1984 Apple IIC computer (Steve Jobs), and more. Take home a voting ballot and feel free to share your pics with ZLC staff.

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

CANCELED: The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you will join us for a different event real soon!

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact the Museum Information Desk at (217) 333-2360.