history & heritage

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.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Staerkel Planetarium - Parkland College - 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this event features a talk by Steve Sarowitz, tech entrepreneur (founder of Paylocity), philanthropist, and Executive Producer of the important new documentary film about the Báb, the Prophet Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. Mr. Sarowitz will show clips from his film on the planetarium dome as he tells the dynamic story of the making of the film and shares his motivation for its creation. The entire film will be aired on ABC in May. A full-dome sky show will precede the talk.

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
Bahá’i Center - 807 E. Green Street, Urbana

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this family-oriented afternoon will feature story-telling about the birth and life of the Founder of the Bahá’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, with lots of fun, games and crafts--something for every child and every child at heart. A nursery with care givers and activities for small children will be provided.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
State Farm Center, Legacy Club, 1800 S. First Street, Champaign

Mike Pearson chronicles the history of U of I varsity athletics since 1883 in his new book, Illini Legends, Lists, and Lore.

Book signing to follow. Light refreshments.

Enter at West Main Entrance of State Farm Center. Free parking in SW & NW Lots.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event details

September 8, 2017
12:00 pm
1001 S. Wright St.

Speaker: Thomas Tonatiuh Dominguez-Lopez, International Indigenous Youth Council

About the Speaker: Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez is a college graduate from Metro State University of Denver with a bachelors degree in Technical Communications and a minor in Native American Studies. Born and raised in Denver,Colorado; Thomas identifies as Chicano paying homage to his Mexican, Diné, Apache and Hunka-Lakota roots. He is a grandson of Chief Leonard Crowdog and the son of Water Woman Sharon Lopez and Sundance Chief Thomas Lopez Sr. He spent months working with the International Indigenous Youth Council on the ground at Standing Rock to defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is continuing his activist work; being a voice for those who have been silenced.

About the International Indigenous Youth Council:

The International Indigenous Youth Council seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities. Through action and ceremony, the IIYC commits to building a sustainable future for the next seven generations.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00am, Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:00am, Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00am, Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Larry Kanfer Gallery, S Neil St. Champaign

Visit the gallery to enjoy the air conditioning and view the C-U downtown collection by Larry Kanfer, featuring the NEW “Illini Inn” interpreted photograph infused on aluminum, as well as other local hot spots! Visit with the artist, see the new collection and find a new favorite.


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Thursday 7/20 – Saturday 7/22, 10-5:30
Sunday 7/23, 12-4

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

You are invited to join Krannert Art Museum in the East Gallery for a stimulating gallery conversation featuring Mauro Nobili, assistant professor of History; Rini Mehta, assistant professor of Comparitive and World Literatures; and Jenny Perusi, doctoral student in Art history; moderated by Allyson Purpura, senior curator and curator of Global African Arts.

For more information please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu.


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