history & heritage

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum

In 1913, the University of Illinois co-sponsored a scientific expedition to Northern Greenland. Presented a century later, archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples. Open during Museum Hours: Tuesday, noon – 5 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, noon – 4 pm; closed Monday.

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

After one visit to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. If you're like most museum visitors, you also want to TOUCH THE STUFF. Through a U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative grant, the Spurlock Museum has been able to compile new sets of cultural loan kits that can be borrowed for educational use and distribute them throughout Illinois. One set is housed at the Museum. There are 6 boxes to the kit sets, covering ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Mesopotamia, China, and India, as well as a box that contains a smattering from each. All the boxes contain cultural artifacts (modern authentic and ancient replica), DVDs, game/activity materials, and a binder with lesson plans, artifact information sheets, and other informational materials. The kits are created for ages 9 through adult, but instructors of younger children may also find them of interest.

The Museum is holding two free workshops on Friday, July 24--one from 9AM to noon and one from 2 to 5 PM--for teachers, librarians, home school parents, scout leaders, and other educators who would be interested in learning about the materials and getting hands-on experience in some of the games and activities. Illinois K-12 educators attending the workshop are eligible to receive 3 ISBE-approved Professional Development Hours (PDH). Seating for the workshops is limited; pre-registration is required.

Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

After one visit to a museum, you understand the attraction of artifacts. The objects that people make and use immediately connect us to their values and endeavors, their joys and hardships. If you're like most museum visitors, you also want to TOUCH THE STUFF. Through a U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative grant, the Spurlock Museum has been able to compile new sets of cultural loan kits that can be borrowed for educational use and distribute them throughout Illinois. One set is housed at the Museum. There are 6 boxes to the kit sets, covering ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, Mesopotamia, China, and India, as well as a box that contains a smattering from each. All the boxes contain cultural artifacts (modern authentic and ancient replica), DVDs, game/activity materials, and a binder with lesson plans, artifact information sheets, and other informational materials. The kits are created for ages 9 through adult, but instructors of younger children may also find them of interest.

The Museum is holding two free workshops on Friday, July 24--one from 9AM to noon and one from 2 to 5 PM--for teachers, librarians, home school parents, scout leaders, and other educators who would be interested in learning about the materials and getting hands-on experience in some of the games and activities. Illinois K-12 educators attending the workshop are eligible to receive 3 ISBE-approved Professional Development Hours (PDH). Seating for the workshops is limited; pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, Champaign 302 W. Church Street

First Presbyterian Church, Champaign to Host Lecture Series on Qur’an

Champaign, Illinois- May 14- First Presbyterian Church, Champaign is hosting a seminar titled, Gaining a Christian Understanding of the Qur’an on Tuesday, May 19th from 7:00-8:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

This seminar is the first of a five-part series led by Michael Chrzastowski, PhD. The remaining sessions will take place on Sunday mornings from 11:45-1:15 on May 24, June 7, 14, and 21. The lecture series will discuss why reading the Qur’an can be challenging for Christians due to structural and contextual variations from the Bible. Dr. Chrzastowski will also discuss what the scripture of Islam says about Jesus and the nature of God.

Gaining a Christian Understanding of the Qur’an is part of First Presbyterian Church, Champaign’s Courageous Conversations series. Courageous Conversations began in 2014 to address social justice issues in the community and around the world. The goal of the series is to engage, educate, and empower members of our church and local community. The series is held quarterly.

Gaining a Christian Understanding of the Qur’an
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Second Floor Sanctuary
302 W. Church St., Champaign

Refreshments will be served following the program.

For more information, please contact First Presbyterian Church, Champaign at 217-356-7238.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
1301 Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, Illinois

120th Anniversary & Homecoming Celebration

Sunday, July 26th at Cunningham Children's Home campus in Urbana, Illinois

11 am – 1 pm - Alumni Event including plenty of time to reconnect with friends and staff as well as brunch, tours, and a brief program.

1 pm - 4 pm - Community Open House including a panel discussion, tours, and time to visit with old and new friends.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Celebration in Chapel of Hope

Join us on Facebook and check back often for details as they become available!

http://www.cunninghamhome.org/events/homecoming-2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:15pm
Krannert Art Museum

Join us at Krannert Art Museum for an evening of diverse and engaging stories told in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds each. Topics and perspectives vary widely, but the high energy and creative ideas have undeniable appeal to all. You won't want to miss it!

THE DETAILS:
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Krannert Art Museum (500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL)
Doors open 7:45 pm
Show starts at 8:20 pm
Admission: FREE
Possible Mature Content 18+

PKN C-U Vol. 18 will feature eight unique presentations:

Eric Benson & Megan Diddie: Pulp, Sweat, and Beers
Karen Carney: City Chickens
Mac Condill: Cucurbits In All Their Glory
Ed Glaser: The Psychedelic Version of "Godzilla" You’ve Never Seen
Mamie Hobbs & Sophie Roney: Embody Love: Changing The Way We Talk About Beauty in C-U
John Isberg: "The Ghost Cowboy" Documentary on Belief, Ability and Ghosts
Jack Marck: Why I Fly
Terry Welker: You Are Here

WCIA’s Drew Wilder will host as emcee for the night.

A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors: Anna Longworth Photography, Busey Bank, [co][lab], Crystal Entertainment, Dixon Graphics, Pens to Lens, Prosource, Urbana’s Market at the Square, and WPCD 88.7 Parkland.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!
Tweet to #pkncu during the night. Hope to see you there!

First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat.

DON’T FRET! THERE’S MORE WHERE THIS COMES FROM.
For additional information or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, please contact us at pechakuchaCU@thecudo.org. Check out the www.pechakucha.org global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,www.pechakucha.org/night/champaign-urbana.

Follow us on Twitter: @pechakuchaCU
Become a fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pechakuchaCU
Get the PKN C-U Newsletter after signing up at http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/champaign-urbana
For more information about CUDO visit thecudo.org

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 11:00am
Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 North Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820

Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Kids' Building Fair at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, in Downtown Champaign. Visit different cities where your creations spring to life out of wood, nails, paint, tile, and metal. This award-winning event will take place Saturday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. when a dream pirate ship will be raffled to one lucky winner. All outdoor activities are free. For more information, visit orpheumkids.com.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:00am
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Japan House will be hosting our annual Spring Open House with a presentation by visiting Japanese artists, Anri Sato, fashion designer and Misao Tsubaki, fiber artist at 11 am and 2 pm. There will be tea ceremonies throughout the day beginning at 10 am for a reduced fee of $5 per person by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association. No need for reservations. Free garden tours of the James and Lorene Bier Gardens at 1 pm or 3 pm by Jim Bier, donor and designer of the gardens.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Iron Post

Join us for the second in a series of “Jazz Talks” on Saturday April 4, 2015 from 5-7:00 pm at the Iron Post. Dorothy Martirano, Morgan Powell, Jeff Helgesen, Tom “Shab” Wirtel, and Sue & Bruce Wood will reminisce about their intersections with C-U music scene luminary, John Garvey, and share stories about the various musical adventures he championed at the University of Illinois. Tom Faux, ethnomusicologist and C4A faculty member, along with local jazz historian Jamie Hutchinson, will moderate the discussion. The cover is $10, and thanks to the Iron Post, all proceeds will go to support C4A, a non-profit community music school.

John Garvey was a fascinating character and multi-faceted musician; he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1948 as a member of the Walden String Quartet, became principal teacher of viola, and went on to conduct several prestigious ensembles during his tenure. He is perhaps best known for establishing a jazz ensemble in 1959, long before the institution of a jazz curriculum in the School of Music. Garvey’s other musical interests include his work with the U of I Russian Orchestra.

For more information and updates please vist the C4A website at www.c-4a.org

This program is presented by the Community Center for the Arts (C4A) in collaboration with the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, WEFT-FM, and The Iron Post.
C4A’s mission is to strengthen and build community through high quality music education, performance, and presentation.

Email: info@c-4a.org
Phone: 217.384.5150.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

In 1911, C.C. Wang became the first Chinese PhD recipient at the University of Illinois. After graduation he returned to Beijing and pursued a career as a government official in the new Chinese Republic. In 1928, Wang returned to America to administrate the Boxer Indemnity Educational Fund, which supported Chinese student exchange. Wang brought with him his wife and four children. Today, his grandchildren live throughout Canada and the United States. One grandson, Rocky Chin, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, New York State Division of Human Rights, will share the family's story from China to America and his personal reflections on what it means to be Chinese in America. Refreshments will be available in the Campbell Lobby after the talk. The talk is given in conjunction with special exhibit “East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange.”

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