blog postsArts$1 million grant to establish weatherization training centerJun 23, 2010 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A program that helps low-income residents save money and fuel by improving their homes' energy efficiency is being expanded.ArtsHealthHumanities$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am83 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.Arts''Practical Planning' to be focus of yearly institute program at IllinoisFeb 15, 2006 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-- Extension specialists from Iowa State University will be coming to the 2006 Planning Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign March 2-3 with a couple of rather large props in tow. Campus LifeArts'After Whiteness: Race and the Visual Arts' symposium set for Oct. 11Oct 3, 2003 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Artist Suk Ja Kang Engles initially began to ponder issues of race and identity as a teenager growing up in a small town in Korea.Arts'Days of Heaven,' Tilda Swinton and Jack Black all part of 2013 'Ebertfest'Mar 22, 2013 9:00 am189 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review.Arts'Defining Values for Research and Technology' to be topic of yearlong analysisOct 10, 2000 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The image of the university as an ivory tower is rapidly dissolving as increased government and private funding is contributing to a new reality: the university as an engine for growth in a rapidly evolving, knowledge-based world economy.ArtsHumanities'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am125 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The End of the Tour," a new film about a journalist's five insightful days with "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.Arts'Ebertfest' to feature 'Citizen Kane,' early Tom Hanks, Iranian Oscar winnerMar 23, 2012 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," often cited as the greatest film ever made, is coming to the 14th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 25-29 in Champaign-Urbana.Arts'Freedom Sings' event on March 3 to tell the story of free speech through songFeb 16, 2015 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A musical tribute to the First Amendment is coming to the University of Illinois campus March 3.Campus LifeArts'Inalterable Dreams': Architecture professor’s images speak to wide audienceFeb 6, 2003 9:00 am2 views Prior to the opening of James Warfield's photographic exhibition at the Deke Erh Art Center in Shanghai in January, the UI architecture professor exchanged several rounds of e-mail messages with two women who had been assigned the task of translating English captions into Chinese characters.Arts'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am1213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.Arts'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design.Arts'Planning Matters' institute set for March 7-8Feb 19, 2002 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. "Thinking Outside the Box" is the title of the keynote talk at a two-day planning and zoning institute at the University of Illinois, but the featured speaker wont be the only one promoting innovative approaches to planning, according to organizers.Arts'Protracted Symposium' mixes talking, walking and investigation of placesFeb 18, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kinesiologists regard walking as a good starter activity for couch potatoes just easing into an exercise regimen. For others, walking is simply a logical means of getting from Point A to Point B.Arts'Rethinking terrorism' conference set for Oct. 3-5Sep 19, 2002 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The ceremonies and worldwide remembrances organized in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001, have come and gone. But the need to study terrorism -- its roots and what fuels it -- remains as critical as ever, say organizers of a conference scheduled to take place Oct. 3-5 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Arts'The Game of Love' is a labor of loveMay 31, 2012 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It started as a casual, offhand comment from a lighting technician speaking to the director during an opera program rehearsal at the University of Illinois: "We should do a production just for ourselves sometime," the technician said. "You know, just for fun."Arts'Tree of Life' demo, film workshop, discussions all part of 'Ebertfest' at U. of I.Mar 27, 2012 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dramatic visuals for the Oscar-nominated film "The Tree of Life" were created at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a demonstration of how they were produced is part of this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, coming April 25-29 to Champaign-Urbana.Arts'Twilight Concerts' offer free summertime entertainment at IllinoisJun 13, 2011 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A tradition that dates back more than 100 years continues this summer when the University of Illinois Summer Band performs two free "Twilight Concerts" on the Quad.Arts30th anniversary of Afro-American Studies and Research Program set for April 7, 8Mar 31, 2000 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Past accomplishments, present projects and future prospects will be the focus of a series of panel discussions planned April 7 and 8 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois.Campus LifeArts32nd Marching Band Festival set for Oct. 19Oct 7, 2002 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifty-six high school bands from across Illinois will compete in the 32nd annual Illini Marching Band Festival on Saturday (Oct. 19) at the University of Illinois.Arts600-year-old tradition of Japanese Noh theater to be performed at U. of I.Mar 17, 2011 9:00 am123 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Champaign-Urbana audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the 600-year-old Japanese theater art called Noh when the Kashu-juku Noh Theater troupe from Kyoto, Japan, performs March 29 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.ArtsA green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study findsJan 22, 2016 10:15 am2481 views High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture.ArtsAcclaimed pianist Ian Hobson to pay tribute to Liszt in three concertsFeb 9, 2011 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the world of music, the bicentennial of Franz Liszt is a cause for celebration. The New York Times, for example, recently referred to Liszt as a "chick magnet" and "19th-century rock star" who garnered groupies because of his piano technique, described as "jaw-dropping." The Liszt Society of the United Kingdom describes him as a pianist who achieved "fame of altogether greater proportion than the world of art music has seen before or since." Wikipedia refers to him simply as "perhaps the greatest pianist of all time."ArtsHumanitiesAcclaimed University of Texas writer to open reading series at IllinoisAug 30, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - An author described by The New York Times Book Review as "a writer for all readers" will open the annual Carr Reading Series. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith - who earned his doctorate at the U. of I. in 1969 and is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas in Austin - is best known for "Klail City Death Trip," which tells the stories of the residents of a fictional Lower Rio Grande Valley county in a series that so far numbers 15 volumes.ArtsACDIS celebrates 25th anniversary with forum on future of conflictSep 18, 2003 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting a forum on Oct. 4 to consider the future of international conflict.CampusArtsActor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm7718 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.ArtsAdditional film, guests and discussions announced for EbertfestApr 4, 2011 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Roger Ebert's Film Festival, April 27 to May 1 in Champaign-Urbana, has added a 13th film, to be accompanied by its writer/director and one of its stars. Panel discussions and other festival events also have been finalized.ArtsAdditional guests and film discussions announced for 'Ebertfest'Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three additional guests and the schedule of film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as "Ebertfest," taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois.ArtsAfrican art gets new home in renovated gallery at Krannert Art MuseumOct 8, 2012 9:00 am82 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will display African art in a new light - literally and figuratively - beginning Thursday (Oct. 11), with an opening reception for the installation of about 70 artworks from the museum's holdings, including four new contemporary acquisitions, in the museum's freshly renovated gallery. The installation will include loans from the Smithsonian Institution, the art museums of the University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming, and the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois.CampusArtsAllerton Barn Festival a buffet of music, dance, nature and foodAug 26, 2009 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tickets are still available for the University of Illinois School of Music's third annual Allerton Music Barn Festival Sept. 3 through 7.ArtsCampusAllerton Music Barn Festival this fall to offer wide variety of music, musicians and stylesJun 19, 2014 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Andrew Megill, Ollie Watts Davis, the Jupiter String Quartet and Chip McNeill are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the eighth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival.ArtsAllerton Park kicks off its concert series May 6May 4, 2016 12:45 pm349 views Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series on Friday, May 6.Campus LifeArtsAlma Mater sculpture restoration more extensive than originally thoughtMar 4, 2013 9:00 am176 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.ArtsAmbassador of France to present the second annual address on the state of the European UnionOct 10, 2000 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Francois Bujon de l'Estang, the ambassador of France to the United States, will visit the University of Illinois Oct. 27 to present the campus's second annual address on the state of the European Union.ArtsAmerican Liszt Society to meet at Illinois March 4-6Feb 12, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Opportunities for "listening to Liszt" will be many and varied next month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the School of Music plays host to the 2004 conference of the American Liszt Society March 4-6.ArtsAmerican premiere of Enescu opera to take place at IllinoisSep 28, 2005 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifty years after the death of Romanian composer and musician George Enescu, his opera "Oedipe" - based on the Oedipus myth - will have its American premiere, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.ArtsEngineeringAmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1844 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy.Campus LifeArtsAnnual fall open house at Japan HouseOct 3, 2002 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The annual fall open house at Japan House, an educational and cultural center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is planned for Oct. 19.Campus LifeArtsAnnual fall open house at Japan House on Oct. 20Oct 5, 2001 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Guest artist Isao Takahashi will exhibit the art of hanga woodblock print-making at the annual fall open house at the University of Illinois Japan House on Oct. 20.Campus LifeArtsAnnual spring open house at Japan House set for April 17Mar 29, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A variety of traditional Japanese arts will be demonstrated and displayed April 17 at the annual spring open house at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Japan House.ArtsAnnual summer music festival to feature piano, jazz, vocalsMay 10, 2010 9:00 am43 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A first-time performance by pianist Ian Hobson, and performances by jazz artist Jon Faddis, violinist Stefan Milenkovich and Grammy Award winners Nathan Gunn and the Pacifica Quartet will be among the highlights of the fourth annual Allerton Music Barn Festival, Sept. 2-6. Campus LifeArtsAnti-discrimination exhibit, 'Boxes and Walls,' comes to UIApr 5, 2000 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After former University of Illinois student Benjamin Smith went on a hate-filled killing spree last July through Illinois and Indiana, UI students and staff members wanted to counter the negative message that Smith sent.ArtsArchitectural designs on limited view at Figure OneFeb 10, 2011 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new display of a very old assignment will open Friday Campus LifeArtsArchitectural sketches, mixed media in spotlight in I space galleryJan 19, 2007 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Free-hand architectural sketches and mixed media work will be featured in two new exhibitions on view Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:Campus LifeArtsArchitectural work featured in new exhibitions at U. of I. gallery in ChicagoJan 26, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Work by architects and architecture students will be featured in three exhibitions Feb. 4-26 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.ArtsArchitecture course lets students hear first-hand from expertsNov 1, 2006 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- At the end of the semester, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled in a course coordinated by architecture professor Abbas Aminmansour take with them knowledge that can't be found in any textbook.Campus LifeArtsArchitecture featured in I space exhibitions March 14-April 5Mar 11, 2003 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Architecture - both historic and futuristic - will be featured in three new exhibitions opening this month at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.ArtsArchitecture professor using four stories' worth of windows to display artJan 26, 2005 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James Warfield is giving new meaning to the phrase "picture window."ArtsArchitecture professor wins two international design competitionsSep 21, 2012 9:00 am169 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It started as a mess of paper towels pinned around a foam core frame and plopped onto the table in Kevin Erickson's office. Erickson, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, used scissors to cut a couple of holes in the towels and decided he liked this organic, gourd-shaped assemblage. With time and "development" - a word Erickson uses frequently - that paper towel model grew into a construction that claimed first prize in an international design competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.ArtsArchitecture students honoredFeb 21, 2002 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Nine undergraduate students in the University of Illinois School of Architecture were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2001 fall semester. A total of $1,350 in fellowships, scholarships and prizes was presented.