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The NEA Big Read Program Schedule for Spring 2019

  • Post Date10/19/2018
  • AuthorPaul Sung, student writer
  • Reading Time14 minute read

The NEA Big Read in Champaign-Urbana will focus on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (external link), published in 2003 (and adapted into a feature film in 2006).

Get a free copy of the book from our partner libraries (limited number available). When you’ve finished, pass it along to a friend and come to any of the 10 public book discussions!

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (external link) in partnership with Arts Midwest (external link). The Big Read (external link) broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This local partnership linking campus, Champaign, and Urbana is one of 79 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program in the winter of 2019.

Learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA Big Read in our previous blog post.

Program Schedule

The following public programs occur between January 27–March 10, 2019. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Sunday, January 27

    • Kickoff with Keynote by Dr. Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • talk, film, concert

  • Tuesday, January 29

    • Mississippi Masala Film and Discussion
      • International & Area Studies Library and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Art Theater
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Saturday, February 2

    • NEA Big Read Cultural Celebration
      • Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Sunday, February 3

    • Get to Know India: Bengal
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

    • An Afternoon with Samrat Upadhyay
      • Time: 3:00 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library
      • talk, film, concert

  • Wednesday, February 6

    • Chai Wai Discussion
      • Time: 2:00 pm
      • Location: IASL
      • book discussion

  • Sunday, February 10

    • Get to Know India II
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Tuesday, February 12

    • Book Club: Food, Clothing, and Ritual in The Namesake
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • book discussion

  • Wednesday, February 13

    • Indian Comics Program
      • Time: 12:00 pm
      • Location: IASL
      • talk, film, concert

    • Panel: Immigration from across Asia
      • Time: 4:00 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • talk, film, concert

  • Thursday, February 14

    • Table Talk Book Club
      • Time: 1:30 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch
      • book discussion

  • Sunday, February 17

    • Get to Know India III
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Monday, February 18

    • The History of Henna
      • Time: 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Tuesday, February 19

    • Teen Open Lab: Bengali Arts and Crafts
      • Time: 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • activity

    • Book Club: Love, Sex and Marriage: Exploring Relationships in The Namesake
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • book discussion

  • Wednesday, February 20

    • Teen Open Lab: Bengali Arts and Crafts
      • Time: 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • activity

    • Women's Immigration Panel
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • talk, film, concert

  • Thursday, February 21

    • Book Club
      • Time: 12:00 pm
      • Location: IASL
      • book discussion

    • Cover-to-Cover Book Club
      • Time: 1:30 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library
      • book discussion

    • Teen Open Lab: Bengali Arts and Crafts
      • Time: 3:00 pm–5:30 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • activity

    • Panel: Global Archives of Home: Finding Voices of Belonging in The Namesake
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: Channing Murray Foundation
      • talk, film, concert

  • Saturday, February 23

    • Bengali Crafts and Folktales: Bengali Crafts and Folktales
      • Time: 4:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Sunday, February 24

    • Get to Know India IV
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

    • In Concert at CPL: Classical Indian Music and Dance
      • Time: 2:00 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library
      • talk, film, concert

  • Tuesday, February 26

    • Book Club: What's in a Name? Naming and Identity in The Namesake
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • book discussion

  • Wednesday, February 27

    • Panel: Indian-American Identities
      • Time: 4:00 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • talk, film, concert

  • Thursday, February 28

    • Book Club
      • Time: 12:00 pm
      • Location: IASL
      • book discussion

    • NEA Big Read Battle of the Books
      • Time: 6:30 pm
      • Location: Champaign Public Library
      • book discussion

  • Sunday, March 3

    • Get to Know India V
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

  • Wednesday, March 6

    • Growing Up in Two Worlds: Teens and Immigration Panel
      • Time: 7:00 pm
      • Location: The Urbana Free Library
      • talk, film, concert

  • Thursday, March 7

    • Book Club
      • Time: 12:00 pm
      • Location: IASL
      • book discussion

  • Saturday, March 9

    • Book Discussion
      • Time: 3:00 pm
      • Location: Riggs Brewery
      • book discussion

  • Sunday, March 10

    • Get to Know India: The Indian Diaspora
      • Time: 1:00 pm–3:30 pm
      • Location: Spurlock Museum
      • activityfamily friendly

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