21, No. 3, Aug. 2, 2001
Storytelling workshop is Aug. 18
Nationally known storyteller Corinne Stavish will present a storytelling
workshop beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 in Urbana. "And for Their
Wickedness They Were Punished: The Case for Justice in Folklore"
is open to the public, but pre-registration is required and seating
is limited. Cost of the workshop is $15. After the workshop, participants
are invited to stay for lunch and an afternoon story swap. (Lunch is
an additional $5.) For further information and a reservation form, contact
Kim Sheahan at 244-3355. This program is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum
and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a
Fall memberships for sale
Campus Rec 2001-2002 memberships will go on sale Aug. 2. Full-year memberships
are available to faculty and staff members for $215 or fall-semester
memberships for $86. Full-year memberships purchased by Aug. 21 will
be discounted $10.
Members have access to all Campus Rec facilities, discounts on outdoor
equipment rentals and adventure trips, group fitness classes, free admission
to public skating sessions, and eligibility for intramural sports and
the Masters swim program.
There are special prices for alumni, associate and family memberships.
Restrictions may apply. To purchase or renew a membership, visit member
services, in Room 140 IMPE. The membership form may be accessed on the
Web at www.campusrec.uiuc.edu.
Call 333.3806 for more information.
Museum sponsors performances
Music and storytelling featured
Music of Chicagos Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the storytelling
of Corinne Stavish will be featured at a performance from 2 to 4:30
p.m. Aug. 19 at the Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign. The
concert, "Far From Forgotten: A Festival of Jewish Music and Folklore,"
is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and supported by a grant from the
Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Admission is $5.
In addition, a free storytelling performance by Corinne Stavish will
take place at the Champaign Public Library, 505 S. Randolph St., on
Aug. 17. "Jewish Tales of Wit and Wisdom" will begin at 10
Meetings to focus on Colombia
Scholars and dignitaries will explore wide-ranging topics dealing with
Colombia from guerilla warfare and the war on drugs to Colombian
identity and poetry at a four-day conference at the UI. The conference,
titled "La Colombia internacional," runs through Aug. 4.
Discussions, lectures, roundtables and plenary sessions, all to be conducted
in Spanish, will continue on Aug. 6 in Chicago. Participants in both
meetings hail from academic and governmental institutions all across
the United States and Colombia, as well as from Austria, Brazil, France,
Germany, Mexico, Norway, Puerto Rico and Spain.
Michael Palencia-Roth, president of the Association of Colombianists,
director of the conference and a professor of comparative literature
at the UI, described the conference as "a important international
event for the university and for Colombia."
"The university is privileged to host Senator Otto Morales Benitez
and the Honorable Alfonso Lopez Caballero, as well as the distinguished
Colombian philosopher, Guillermo Hoyos Vasquez, as they discuss the
challenges that face Colombia both culturally and politically,"
Palencia-Roth said, adding that the "prominent writers" Maria
Mercedes Carranza (director of the National Center for Poetry in Colombia),
William Ospina (poet and essayist) and Laura Restrepo (novelist), will
read from their work and take part in roundtable discussions. In addition,
leading North American scholars of Colombian culture will participate.
"The university has not seen a gathering quite like this in my
24 years here. I believe it to be the universitys first large
international conference to be conducted entirely in Spanish."
One session, on Colombian film, will be in English.
According to Palencia-Roth, the UI Rare Book and Special Collections
Library recently acquired a very rare first edition of "La hojarasca"
("Leaf Storm") by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
the 1982 Nobel Laureate. The book will be on display, along with other
exhibits on Colombian culture, at the UI Library.
Thirty-four sessions over four days are planned. Films will run concurrently
with the UI conference, which will be held in the Illini Union. Registration
is free for UI faculty, staff and students, and permits entry to all
sessions; the public may purchase $10 day passes. The film screenings
on Thursday evening are free and open to the public.
The major sponsor for the conference is the College of Liberal Arts
Other sponsors include several academic units within the college, UI
International Programs and Studies, the UI Library and Rare Book Room
and Special Collections Library, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
de Colombia, COLCIENCIAS (Francisco José de Caldas Institute
for the Development of Science and Technology), the U.S. Embassy in
Bogota; Instituto Cervantes de Chicago and the Consulado General de
Colombia in Chicago.
The conference Web site, which contains the complete schedule of events,
is linked to http://nautilus.outreach.uiuc.edu/conted.
A Campustown Open House will be hosted by city of Champaign officials
from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 in the fourth-floor conference room of the
Illinois Terminal Building, 45 E. University Ave.
Current streestscape proposals based on previous community input will
be on display. Participants are encouraged to provide input to Campustowns
For more information, contact Veronica González, Planning Department,
351-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Laurie Davis, Engineering Division, at 351-4466 or email@example.com.
Illinois State Fair
Stop by UI tent, Aug. 10-19
Visitors to the Illinois State Fair who stop by the UI tent can get
free Dreamsicles or temporary Illini tattoos and learn how to use the
Other features in the UI tent this year will include the College of
Veterinary Medicines Wildlife Clinic, featuring hawks, owls and
some of the other animals cared for at the clinic, and "Fishing
for Information," a game sponsored by the Illinois-Indiana Sea
Grant College Program and designed for children to learn about exotic
aquatic species and how they affect the environment.
The UI tent is located in the Agri-Expo area, just off Main Street at
the Springfield fairgrounds and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily,
Other groups participating in the UI tent include the Office of International
Outreach, Assembly Hall, the Building Research Council, Division of
Intercollegiate Athletics, Office of Continuing Education, UI Extension
The weekend of Aug. 17 and 18, the UIs Physics Van, a traveling
science show for children, will be at the fair.
Campus performing groups, including Cutting Edge, Spicy Clamato, 3 Spot
and The Girls Next Door, will entertain visitors throughout the fair.