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The murals inside the former site of the U. of I.'s Department of Latina/Latino Studies and the La Casa Cultural Latina, a converted house at 510 E. Chalmers St., Champaign, reflect themes of heritage, social justice and strength. Created in 1974 by alumnus and artist Oscar Martinez and fellow students, the murals will be conserved before the building is razed.

U. of I. campus to support La Casa mural restoration

Author: Mike Helenthal, News Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

The effort to save a group of historic campus murals received a boost last week after officials agreed to help fund the project.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


Grammy Award winners Los Lobos will perform at this years ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

ELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar music

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 20, 2015

The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.

Published Date: April 20, 2015


Stephen Peterson, director of bands at Ithaca College, has been appointed the new director of bands for the University of Illinois. Peterson will oversee all the concert and athletic bands.

Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands program

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 16, 2015

The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.

Published Date: April 16, 2015


U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awards

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2015

Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.

Published Date: April 13, 2015


Researchers found an ancient human skull, left, with modern characteristics, and a human jaw, right, with modern and archaic traits, in the same cave in northern Laos. Both artifacts date to 46,000 to 63,000 years ago.

Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversity

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2015

An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters apart in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, researchers report in PLOS ONE.

Published Date: April 8, 2015