University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Calendar

  • 10/29/2015

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chairman William Adams will give a public address on "The Common Good and NEH at 50."

    A reception will follow the event.

    About the speaker

    William Adams is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities.

    A native of Birmingham, Michigan, and son of an auto industry executive, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

    Learn more about William Adams at the NEH's website.

  • 10/31/2015

    A multicultural ghost story concert for Halloween, with local favorite tellers Dan Keding, Kath Brinkmann, and Kim Sheahan, as well as tellers from UIUC faculty, staff, and students. This afternoon family event will take place in the Museum’s Auditorium. The stories will be most appropriate for children grades K–6. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs.

  • 11/3/2015

    What is a political prisoner, and how do we recognize such a figure? One medium through which we approach the political prisoner - movements that support or publicize them. Using the cases of Poland, Ireland, and South Africa over the course of the 20th century, Prof. Kenney will examine how the political prisoner has variously been the object of general humanitarian concern, a martyr used to rally political movements, and a neutralized symbol of the cause of human rights. Key movements to be examined will be Red Help, the International Committee for Political Prisoners, and Amnesty International.

    Speaker Bio:
    Padraic Kenney is Professor of History and International Studies at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe 1989 (Princeton, 2002) and  1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010). He is now completing a manuscript entitled: "Dance in Chains: The Rhythms of Political Imprisonment in the Modern World" for Oxford University Press.

  • 11/11/2015

    Join thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia. Attendees will learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.  More information available at: 

  • 11/14/2015

    Genome Day is an opportunity for the community to learn about DNA, genes, genomes, and evolution at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Activities will be designed to present the energy use and production, environment, health, and fundamental research at the Institute for Genomic Biology in an approachable manner for all ages. Admission to the event and museum will be free.