University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar

  • 10/27/2014

    When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict.  Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention.  After the United States declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917 the country witnessed a dramatic mobilization of industry and financial resources to produce trained soldiers, food, munitions, and equipment which were in short supply at the start of America’s involvement.  The federal government set up hundreds of temporary agencies with over a million new employees to help redirect the nation’s economy.  America’s sheet music industry joined forces with the U.S. Committee on Public Information to help sell the ideals of patriotism, sacrifice, and volunteerism to the American public as the only way to win this war.  This special exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History depicts the diverse portrayals of soldiers’ lives, recruitment of African-American soldiers, women’s support for the war effort, and the country’s financial and personal sacrifice through the melodies, lyrics and graphic illustrations of sheet music that were produced between 1917 and 1919.

    Visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa for more information.

  • 3/2/2015

    “Power Africa: Promises, Potentials, Pitfalls, and Possible Alternatives” will be the first US conference to bring together a global community of scholars and practitioners to examine President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Conference participants from the US, Canada, and the African continent will examine large-scale energy development projects in African countries in order to ascertain what lessons can be learned and how Power Africa might be shaped to ensure participation of and optimum results for the rural and urban poor.

    Click here for the website.

     

  • 3/5/2015

    The theme of this year's retreat is The Evolving University: Embracing Internationalization. Our strategic plan calls for us to "integrate global perspectives within our learning environment and benefit from the international diversity of our students, faculty, and staff." This faculty retreat will explore ways in which we can create a community of learning where international experiences and opportunities are integrated into our educational mission.

  • 3/5/2015

    If songs from the likes of Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings get your feet stomping, swing over to Krannert Uncorked for the twangy rock of Hi Ho Buffalo. This group infuses its outlaw-style music with a midwestern sensibility and Telecaster licks, and a Hammond organ lays the foundation for dynamic tunes made for dancing. The beverage samples for this week are from Binny's Beverage Depot.

  • 3/9/2015

    Come out for a night of laughs and excitement!