history & heritage

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Contemporary Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820

Join in this interactive event, with U of I faculty Jamie Jones (Dept of English), Maryam Kashani (Gender & Women’s Studies), and KAM curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura.

This event is free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:30am to Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:00pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, Champaign

2017 American Music Month Exhibit

During the late 1960s many university campuses across America experienced significant political and social turmoil. For the University of Illinois the spring of 1970 was a time of tremendous political unrest among students and faculty regarding America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, the US Department of Defense’s construction of the Illiac IV supercomputer on campus, the Champaign-Urbana police force’s killing of an unarmed African American student on the Illinois campus, and the Ohio National Guard’s shooting of four students on the campus of Kent State University. While Illinois’ students and many of its faculty frequently came together at this time to protest the Federal government’s growing political oppression and imperialism, the campus’ activists and protestors used many different music genres to convey their messages across the Urbana-Champaign campus. Music groups like the Campus Folksong Club, the Walden String Quartet, Medicare 7, 8, or 9, and REO Speedwagon as well as many faculty members from the University’s School of Music frequently lent their musical talents to support these political and social protests. This exhibit of photographs, news clippings, advertisements, protest broadsides, concert programs, graphic illustrations, and audio recordings highlight the diverse intersections of music, art, and protest on the Illinois campus during the 1970 school year.

For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

All are welcome at "Becoming Father & Son: Robert and John Gregg Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Queer Kinship," a free event on Nov. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) in the University Archives (room 146 of the Main Library). Nick Syrett's research focuses on the lives and relationship of Robert and John Gregg Allerton, donors of U of I's Allerton Park.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
500 E. Peabody Dr, Krannert Art Museum (Lower Level Room 62), Champaign 61820

Scholar Lecture by Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil titled “Jewish and Indigenous Looted Treasures: Comparing Legal and Ethical Approaches to Provenance Research and Restitution."

Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil is Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for Lawyers Commitee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, a legal consultant for JFK Law Corporation, and president of CHDR Consulting, Inc.

Sponsored in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, and Krannert Art Museum.

Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
1408 West Gregory Drive, Main Library (Room 346), Urbana 61801

Prints as Underdrawings in 16th-century French Horae, a lecture by Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art before 1850, Krannert Art Museum
Books of Hours (Horae) were the undisputed medieval ‘bestsellers.’ They had a profound effect on European devotional, educational, and aesthetic practices. Gilles and Germain Hardouyn, active in Paris from 1491 to 1541, specialized in hybrid printed Horae that were hand-painted in imitation of illuminated manuscripts.

Printed Horae were found in libraries across Europe but Paris was the hub of production, which began in the 1480s. By 1530, more than 1600 editions had been printed. Printed Horae by the Hardouyns can look deceptively like their manuscript counterparts, with over-painted prints, supplementary painted decoration, and true miniatures. Sometimes the only indication that such books had been printed was the regularity of the typeface.

Warren will discuss why these prints imitate the effects of illuminations well as the broader implications of this practice, which question the history of printmaking as a linear trajectory of ever increasing media specificity.

Maureen Warren’s research interests include early modern (1500-1800) Netherlandish art and European print media more broadly. At KAM, Warren has curated exhibitions on medieval manuscripts (2016-2017) and the intersection of art and science in early modern Europe (2017). Warren completed a Ph.D. in art history at Northwestern University in 2015, where her research was supported a Kress Institutional Fellowship to Leiden University, a Scaliger Fellowship, and a Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Fellowship. Warren has published essays in Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650 (2015); Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print (2016); and Word & Image (forthcoming).

Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

Patrick Dilley discusses his forthcoming book From Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: A History of Midwestern Queer Campus Organizing, with a focus on the University of Illinois.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Grainger Engineering Library, IDEA Lab, 1301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana

Lex Tate and President Emeritus Stanley Ikenberry discuss the new book An Illini Place: Building the University of Illinois Campus. This event will also feature the launch of the new Mapping History at the University of Illinois project.

Supported by a gift from Brenda Pacey.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library-Room 346, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana

Featuring: Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian, from the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

“Illustrated law books” may seem like an oxymoron. After all, law is conceptual, analytic, and—wordy. Yet the object of law is human life, and its practitioners mediate between abstract rules and the real world of people and things. This tension has given rise to a surprising figurative impulse in legal literature—to law’s picture books.

Rare book librarian Michael Widener has sought over the past decade to develop an extraordinary collection of these illustrated law books at the Yale Law School. A major exhibition of the collection, entitled “Law’s Picture Books,” is currently on display at the Grolier Club in New York City and an exhibit catalog is widely available. As a collector based in a university, Mike’s goal has been to foster curiosity and experiment. Over the past decade, he has created a unique resource for researchers in a variety of academic fields, exposing a tradition many bibliophiles—and lawyers—are unaware of.

In his talk, Michael Widener will discuss the exhibition and explore the tradition of illustrating the law in books from the Middle Ages to the present day. These books were published for many audiences, including legal professionals, law students, and lay readers; functionally, they served to symbolize, depict, teach, and beautify the law. Special attention will be paid to Italian books in order to highlight the University of Illinois’ incredible holdings of Italian imprints in the Cavagna Collection in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Mike Widener has been the Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, since 2006. He is also on the faculty of the Rare Book School, University of Virginia, where he has taught the course “Law Books: History and Connoisseurship” since 2010.

For more information, visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

Professor Robert Schwartz explores stories of class rivalries and hijinks, student espionage, and the Deans who shaped student life at the University of Illinois from 1901 to 1967 and beyond.

For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Foellinger Auditorium (on the U of I quad)

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this concert of original music will feature vocalist Wendy Marck and a composition for narrators and chamber orchestra that recounts the story of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’i Faith. It was composed and will be directed by University of Illinois School of Music graduate Dr. Halim Beere.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.


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