blog postsCampusArtsActor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm8022 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.ArtsMarching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNov 20, 2015 10:45 am6300 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus.HumanitiesArtsFive Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4885 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.ArtsMarching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performanceOct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4712 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route.CampusArtsBook celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusJun 22, 2017 10:45 am3194 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does.ArtsA green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study findsJan 22, 2016 10:15 am2608 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.ArtsEngineeringAmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1847 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.ArtsPhysical SciencesIllinois researcher generates random ‘reactions’ to consider how Facebook uses our informationFeb 9, 2017 8:30 am1659 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser has created a web browser extension he calls Go Rando that randomly chooses one of Facebook’s six reactions whenever you click “like.” His intention is to obfuscate your recorded feelings to Facebook.ArtsEngineeringIllinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizerJan 27, 2017 8:45 am1528 views Skot Wiedmann, an electronics technician and art instructor at the University of Illinois, built his Hyve Touch Synthesizer to inspire interdisciplinary work between engineers and musicians, and to allow people to explore music in a creative and fun way.ArtsThis website is watching you. Are you OK with that?Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1475 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance.Expert ViewpointsArtsTransgender bathrooms: An architectural perspectiveMay 26, 2016 11:00 am1346 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architectureArtsRenowned banjo player with U. of I. roots to play ELLNORA with Punch BrothersSep 3, 2015 9:30 am1281 views When Noam Pikelny came to the University of Illinois as a student, he planned to study computer engineering. Although he’d been playing the banjo since he was a child and he deeply loved music, computer engineering seemed the more secure career path. He thought music would be a serious lifelong hobby.ArtsPhysical SciencesJazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humansOct 14, 2015 9:30 am1268 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.ArtsUniversity of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residencyOct 30, 2015 9:45 am1261 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award.Arts'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiserSep 19, 2013 9:00 am1218 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.ArtsU. of I. students work on project to revitalize downtown through riverfront developmentDec 2, 2015 10:45 am1083 views Several dozen University of Illinois students of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning are working with Danville, Illinois, city officials to look at how the city could develop the riverfront as a public space connected to its downtown.ArtsHumanitiesBAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am1027 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.ArtsPrints flocked with gunpowder to draw attention to gun violence on college campusesNov 11, 2015 2:00 pm1002 views Printmaker and University of Illinois art professor Guen Montgomery used a woodblock carving project, “National Mandate: Run, Hide, Fight,” to deal with her feelings of discomfort over Homeland Security directives on active shooter situations on college campuses.ArtsInterdisciplinary artist creating performance on race issues, speaking about his work during dance department residencyJan 14, 2016 9:45 am991 views Renowned artist and National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong is working with dance students to create a performance based on racial history in the U.S.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum show will bring together medieval manuscripts owned by the U. of I.Nov 3, 2016 9:00 am897 views Medieval manuscripts will be displayed at Krannert Art Museum in an exhibition that will show how books were used and valued in the Middle Ages and since.ArtsCampusEbert Film Festival passes go on sale Nov. 2Oct 14, 2015 9:45 am885 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival returns for an 18th year in April, and those who want the whole experience can soon purchase festival passes.ArtsWork of major glass artist, U. of I. alumnus to be part of Petals & Paintings fundraiserMar 16, 2016 12:15 pm880 views A two-piece glass sculpture by Marvin Lipofsky, a significant glass artist and University of Illinois alumnus, will be part of Krannert Art Museum’s Petals & Paintings event during U. of I. Moms Weekend in April.ArtsEngineeringIndustrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am873 views University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health.ArtsCampusJapan House to host Matsuri Festival to celebrate Japanese cultureAug 20, 2015 9:00 am847 views Japan House will host its first Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture, at the end of the month. The event is free and open to the public.ArtsUniversal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s messageJun 3, 2016 8:45 am842 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users.ArtsCampusJapan House gears up for crowds at festival celebrating Japanese cultureAug 17, 2016 9:00 am830 views Japan House's Matsuri festival celebrating Japanese culture will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.ArtsCampusSolo exhibition at Krannert Art Museum focuses on images of the Niger DeltaNov 11, 2016 9:15 am822 views Krannert Art Museum is hosting a solo exhibition of artist Zina Saro-Wiwa’s work, primarily photography and video, showing images of the Niger Delta and its culture.ArtsMellon grant to support efforts by Krannert Center to expose students to the artsJul 15, 2016 11:45 am818 views University of Illinois students will have opportunities to hear musical performances, meet musicians and learn more about the arts, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The four-year grant will support arts initiatives on campus by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.ArtsKrannert Art Museum to unveil rare panoramic paintingMar 1, 2016 9:15 am807 views Krannert Art Museum will unveil March 9 a portion of a rare panoramic painting in the museum’s permanent collection. The painting – which dates to the 1870s and is 525 feet long – is one of fewer than two dozen surviving examples in the world of moving panoramas.ArtsU. of I. composer chosen for Kronos Quartet projectFeb 13, 2017 9:15 am761 views Composer Erin Gee, a professor of composition-theory in the University of Illinois School of Music, is one of 10 composers selected to participate in Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project in 2017.ArtsCampusELLNORA guitar festival announces 2017 lineupApr 27, 2017 10:45 am759 views Guitarists from around the world will showcase a wide range of musical traditions at this year’s ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, Sept. 14-16 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.ArtsArt and design students exhibit their work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 6, 2016 9:00 am753 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit the work of seniors in the School of Art and Design during the final week of the school year.Life SciencesArtsInsects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real lifeFeb 22, 2016 11:45 am751 views Insects that explode or start fires are a great plot device in a horror film, but they also have (almost) real-life counterparts. "Exploding Arthropods” is the theme for the 2016 Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 27 at the University of Illinois.ArtsKrannert Art Museum exhibition explores perception of time through contemporary artJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm741 views “Time / Image,” one of Krannert Art Museum’s spring exhibitions opening on Jan. 28, explores how time is perceived through contemporary art.ArtsIllinois architecture students documenting historic modern homeOct 20, 2016 8:45 am687 views Armed with tape measures and sketch pads, University of Illinois architecture students are documenting a historic modernist home in the Chicago suburbs.ArtsUniversity of Illinois theatre department selects first female leaderJun 9, 2017 2:00 pm666 views The University of Illinois theatre department has selected its first female leader – Kirsten Pullen, a professor of performance studies at Texas A&M University.ArtsSocial SciencesBook looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am660 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Expert ViewpointsArtsSocial SciencesIf the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am645 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaArtsHumanitiesIllinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm633 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.ArtsJapanese architectural trends reflect unique realities, scholar saysMar 9, 2009 9:00 am621 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Japan was hit with a major economic downturn in the 1990s, it affected architectural and construction practices in Japan. Those seeking lessons applicable to related industry practices in the U.S. during the current recession won't necessarily find exact parallels, says University of Illinois architecture professor Botond Bognar.ArtsKrannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am609 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2016-17 season with Afro-Cuban music, blues and a mixture of Bhangra, funk, rock and jazz. The variety of music at the “Opening Night Party” is matched by the variety of performers throughout the season.ArtsU. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn BrooksOct 17, 2013 9:00 am607 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.ArtsIllinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am601 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”ArtsMFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum features student work in the artsApr 6, 2016 2:30 pm599 views The School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition will show the culmination of three years of work by 10 graduate students in art and design. The MFA Exhibition opens at Krannert Art Museum with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.CampusAnnouncementsArtsHumanitiesBox office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am597 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.ArtsCampusSculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am586 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.ArtsDance professor uses cellphone app to bring audience into theatrical performancesApr 6, 2016 9:45 am576 views The first message an audience member receives before a theatrical or music performance or dance is to turn off cellphones and refrain from texting or taking photos. John Toenjes, music director for the University of Illinois dance department, is telling audiences the opposite: Leave your phones on, and use them to interact with and enhance what you are seeing onstage.ArtsChoral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am573 views The University of Illinois School of Music is presenting a special concert April 29 featuring the musical drama “August 4, 1964,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.ArtsCellist Tomeka Reid and her jazz quartet to play at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 26, 2016 9:00 am572 views Tomeka Reid, who did her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, will play a Sudden Sound concert on March 3 at Krannert Art Museum with her band, Tomeka Reid Quartet. ArtsRobotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am570 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.