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'A Simple Life,' a drama from Hong Kong that was part of Roger Ebert's top 10 list for 2012, will be shown April 26 at 2 p.m. at Ebertfest. Director Ann Lui will be a guest for the post-film discussion.

Ebert documentary, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone all part of 2014 'Ebertfest'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

Roger Ebert will not be at his namesake festival this year, but he will kick it off just the same. “Life Itself,” a documentary about the late film critic’s life, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, running April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


About 1,000 saxophonists are expected to attend the North American Saxophone Alliance conference hosted by the University of Illinois

Saxophonists conference brings in both jazz and classical stars

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2014

The University of Illinois School of Music will host the North American Saxophone Alliance conference next weekend (March 20-22). Held biennially, the conference is expected to draw about 1,000 saxophonists – jazz and classical, amateur and professional – to participate in master classes, competitions and performances.

Published Date: March 12, 2014


Students of architecture professor Mark Taylor are designing sustainable homes to replace structures destroyed by the tornado that hit Gifford in November.

Illinois students plan sustainable homes for tornado-ravaged Gifford

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 3, 2014

In 2010, University of Illinois students were in the planning stages for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition when an EF2 tornado hit Streator, Ill., destroying scores of homes and businesses. Mark Taylor, the architecture professor supervising the students, said that event inspired the students to focus their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by future tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house called that they dubbed “Re_home.”

Published Date: March 3, 2014


A variety of untitled photographs taken during Illinois professor Edwin Carter Rae's service as one of the 'Monuments Men,' as well as Raes diary from that time, are available in the Edwin C. Rae Papers in the University Archives.

Illinois art history professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 7, 2014

“The Monuments Men” – the movie written by and starring George Clooney and opening today (Feb. 7) – is based on the true story of a platoon of art historians recruited to rescue masterpieces stolen by the Nazis in World War II. One of those Monuments Men was Edwin Carter Rae, who taught art history at the University of Illinois both before and after his service with the U.S. Army.

Published Date: February 7, 2014


Steve Kostell, left, and Eric Benson, professors in the School of Art and Design, hope to change the paper industry with their Fresh Press project, using indigenous grasses and agricultural waste to make paper products.

Design professors use native fibers, farm waste to make sustainable paper

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 30, 2014

While most artists aspire to have their best work hung on the walls of galleries and museums, two professors in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design have a different dream: They hope their work might provide corrugated cardboard, laminated building materials, or maybe the insulation hidden behind the art gallery walls.

Published Date: January 30, 2014