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Butoh dancer Jun Makime tests the motion capture equipment that will be used in Timings, an Internet Dance.

IJPAN project closes with Illinois and Tokyo dancers plus avatars

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 6, 2013

For three years, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network has been using the powerful computing resources of the University of Illinois to foster collaborations and interactions among Japanese and American artists, scholars and audiences. But the three-year project is coming to an end, and John Toenjes, IJPAN’s technical director, decided to try something new for the network’s final production.

Published Date: December 6, 2013


Tamino plays in the University of Illinois 2011 production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute,' directed by Eduardo Dizmuoz.

Nathan Gunn chosen to lead new U. of I. Lyric Theatre program

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 30, 2013

Internationally renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn has been named general director of the University of Illinois’ new Lyric Theatre program, which – like Gunn – will embrace a broad spectrum of vocal theater repertoire, from musicals to opera.

Published Date: October 30, 2013


Devatation of the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake as seen from Kotobuki Junior School in Yokohama, Japan.

Films to be shown at Illinois focus on post-quake massacre in 1923 Japan

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 24, 2013

In 1923, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohoma, essentially leveling Japan’s two largest cities and causing more than 100,000 deaths. The subsequent aftershocks, fires and ensuing panic bred rumors that “malcontent Koreans” living in Japan were setting the fires, poisoning water wells and plotting a revolution. To prevent this alleged uprising, vigilantes aided by police and the military massacred more than 6,000 Koreans.

Published Date: October 24, 2013


The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and poet laureate of Illinois for more than 30 years.

U. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn Brooks

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 17, 2013

The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks’ daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career.

Published Date: October 17, 2013


Jeffrey Breslow, left, poses with Ed Zagorski at an Oct. 13 reception in Chicago where Breslow, an Illinois alumnus, presented a sculpture that will be dedicated Oct. 26 on the U. of I. campus in honor of Zagorski, professor emeritus of industrial design. Breslow describes Zagorski as the teacher who changed my life.

Sculpture to be dedicated in honor of U. of I. industrial design mentor

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 16, 2013

The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will celebrate the initiation of a new professional mentor program on Oct. 26 (Saturday) with the dedication of a sculpture created by an alumnus and placed in honor of his former professor.

Published Date: October 16, 2013