23, No. 15, March 4, 2004
– with a twist'
of new exhibitions
– with a twist – are the focus of two new exhibitions on
view March 5 through 27 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the UI.
"Stone Poems: Architecture and the Land" showcases the photography
of James P. Warfield, the ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture
Emeritus at Illinois. The show explores and celebrates worldwide architectural
works, which, according to Warfield, "exemplify the very best in
culture, nature, architecture and land relationships." The photographs
are drawn from Warfield's vast archive of original images that document
vernacular and historic architecture.
"Two Projects: Between Now and Then and As Fast as I Can"
features new video and paintings by Toronto-based artist Marie de Sousa.
The paintings are informed by photographic source materials of specific
sites shot at designated intervals over the course of a year. Much of
de Sousa's work explores the nature of time and its passing, as well
as themes of aging and loss.
An opening reception is scheduled to take place from 5-7 p.m. March
5 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago. I space gallery hours
are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.WILL-FM Second Sunday
Pianist and violinist
featured March 14
Sergiu Luca and UI pianist Ian Hobson will perform the music of Chopin,
Bach and other composers at the WILL-FM Second Sunday Concert at 2 p.m.
March 14 at the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion. The free concert
will be broadcast live on WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) with
host Brian Mustain.
Luca, born in Romania and raised in Israel, has appeared as a soloist
with many of the major orchestras of Europe, Israel, Japan, Latin America
and the United States.
Hobson, UI Swanlund Endowed Professor of Music, has earned a worldwide
reputation as a pianist, conductor and teacher. He also is music director
of Sinfonia da Camera, which he founded in 1984.
Yourself' March 9
Independence on display
The 2004 Declare
Yourself Campaign will be on the UI campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March
9 in the Courtyard Café and Pine Lounge in the Illini Union.
The campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan campaign to energize young
voters to register and vote in the 2004 election. An original copy of
the Declaration of Independence will be on display in the Pine Lounge,
along with voter registration, touch-screen voting booths, giveaways
and the chance for students to participate in a video contest.
There will be a spoken word show by the Declare Yourself Poets and DJ
J. Period, with messages about activism, voting in a democracy and the
empowerment of a new generation. Former cast members from MTV's "The
Real World" and "Road Rules" will host the event.
Declare Yourself is a one-year voter campaign and the culmination of
a three-year project, The Declaration of Independence Road Trip. The
50-city, cross-country tour of the Declaration of Independence and multimedia
exhibit focus on the contemporary relevance of the historic document.
Bridging the gap in the gay movement
Lydia Khuri, assistant coordinator for the Program on Intergroup
Relations, will lead a discussion on "Bridging the Gap Between
Men and Women in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Movement"
at the March Ally meeting.
The meeting will take place at noon March 5 in Room 217 of the Illini
The ALLY Network works to help the development of all students regarding
issues of sexual orientation and to improve the experience of LGBT students.
For more information, contact Jane
Reid, 333-3704, or Anita Hund.
for African Studies
March 'Meet the
March, the Center for African Studies
will host a "Meet the Author" series with three UI faculty
authors on African studies. Each event will be from noon-1 p.m. in the
Author's Corner, second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore.
Alma Gottlieb, professor of gender and women's studies, will discuss
"The After Life is Where We Come From" (University of Chicago
Press), on March 10. The book compares the childrearing practices of
the Beng people of West Africa with the practices of Euro-American parents,
and explores the effect culture has on how people rear children.
On March 17, Kwaku Korang, professor of English, will discuss "Writing
Ghana, Imagining Africa: Nation and African Modernity" (University
of Rochester Press). His book focuses on Africa's relations with modernity
and the African nationalist theory by confronting the concept of "the
African nation" and examining writings of Ghanaian intellectuals
from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
On March 30, Zine Magubane, professor of sociology, will discuss "Bringing
the Empire Home" (University of Chicago Press). Magubane's book
tracks the colonial images of blackness from South Africa to England,
asking "How did South Africans become black?" She also looks
at the stereotypes that begat a capitalist class and gender hierarchies
in England and subhuman treatment of blacks in South Africa and considers
how marginalized groups of both countries responded to these racial
For more information, call the Center for African Studies at 244-5456.
David C Baum Lecture
Paradox of civil
rights advances discussed
Rudovsky, senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School,
will deliver the spring lecture in the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture
Series on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. His presentation, "Civil
Rights Litigation: The Paradox of Rights Without Remedies," will
begin at 4 p.m. March 11 in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College
The lecture will address civil rights law since the landmark 1953 Supreme
Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. He will argue that while
Congress and the Court have expanded civil rights and liberties during
the last 50 years, both institutions also have restricted or eliminated
judicial remedies for constitutional violations.
Rudovsky specializes in civil rights, civil liberties and criminal defense
litigation. He has argued two civil liberties cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court and has written several books, including "Police
Misconduct: Law and Litigation" and "The Rights of Prisoners."
In 1986, he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work in criminal
justice and civil liberties.
His lecture is free and open to the public.
music of World War II
and some of his fellow musicians from the band Medicare 7, 8 or 9 join
forces to present an evening of music in a rebroadcast of "Remembering
the Music of World War II" on WILL-TV during the station's Festival
pledge drive at 7 p.m. March 9.
Perrino served in the Southwest Pacific at the end of the war and was
recruited to put together a band to entertain troops. "Music played
an important morale role in all wars," Perrino said. "Soldiers
were just starving for music."
Military service veterans John Bromley (drums), Paul Karlstrom (valve
trombone), and John O'Connor (cornet) join Perrino on saxophone in a
remembrance of the music that bolstered the troops. Vocalists Ronald
Hedlund and Dena Vermette and an ensemble from The Chorale, under the
direction of Judy Beyler, perform "I'll Be Seeing You," "Joltin'
Joe DiMaggio," "As Time Goes By" and "America the
Beautiful," among others.
Also performing with the band are Bill French (piano), Carl Johnson
(clarinet and sax) and Josh Walden (string bass).
Personnel Services Office
for Civil Service Employees and Dependent Scholarships are available
electronically at the Personnel Services
Office home page. Hard copies are available at the Personnel Services
Office, Facilities and Services, and the Benefits Center. They also
may be obtained from Civil Service representatives Barney Bryson, Gary
Fry, Bob Schweighart and Tim Wood.
The application deadline is April 5. Recipients are usually selected
during the second week in May with an award ceremony held in June. Last
year, scholarships were awarded to four employees and four dependents
of employees. The committee tries to award eight scholarships each year.
showcased March 12-13
Wild and wacky Rube Goldberg machines, robots fighting for possession
of wooden blocks, and more than 120 other fun-filled exhibits are among
the attractions awaiting visitors to the 84th annual Engineering
Open House at the UI.
The event, organized by students in the Engineering Council at Illinois,
will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 and from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. March 13. The Illinois Engineering Open House is one of the largest
technological showcases of its kind in the nation, attracting more than
10,000 visitors each year. This year's theme — "Engineering
Ingenuity" — emphasizes the creative process behind engineering.
A major highlight will be the 17th annual W.J. "Jerry" Sanders
Creative Design Competition. In this year's competition, student-built,
remote-controlled vehicles will fight for possession of puzzle-like
wooden blocks and arrange them to make a square. Approximately 24 teams
will compete in the contest, which will be held both days in the Kenney
As in past years, food and entertainment — featuring local talent
— will be located in "Area 51" at the south end of the
Engineering Quad. Student-led tours, highlighting some of the most exciting
exhibits and lasting approximately 30 minutes, will leave from Area
Visitor guides containing a campus map and descriptions of the activities
and exhibits will be available at the EOH headquarters booth in the
Kenney Gymnasium Annex. All events are free and open to the public.
concert With the Amasong Chorus'
An Amasong concert captured by professor of journalism and independent
filmmaker Jay Rosenstein and titled "In Concert With the Amasong
Chorus" will be broadcast on WILL-TV at 9 p.m. March 5. Following
the concert, at 9:40 p.m., the station will broadcast Rosenstein's documentary
about the lesbian/feminist chorus, "The Amasong Chorus: Singing
Out." It also will be shown nationally on the PBS program "Independent
Lens" on June 15.
The concert was the last program performed by the chorus under the direction
of Amasong founder Kristina Boerger. The documentary tells the story
of how Boerger, a perfectionist and skilled teacher, transformed the
group of mostly beginners into an award-winning 60-member chorus singing
a complex and diverse repertoire. Just as important as the group's musical
growth was its growth in acceptance by the local community. Early concerts
drew a handful of friends. But before long, the group's bi-annual concerts
professional of the year
The Secretariat is seeking nominations for its 12th annual Office
Professional of the Year award. To be eligible, nominees must have been
a member of The Secretariat during the past year. The winner will be
announced at an April 21 awards luncheon.
Nomination guidelines and forms are available online.
Completed nomination forms should be submitted by March 17 to Debbie
Kemphues, 204 Coble Hall, MC-322.
big' fund-raising auction
"The Hippo Auction," benefiting the Spurlock Museum,
will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 6, at the museum. This is the 13th annual
event sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild with all proceeds going
to the museum's educational programs.
This year's theme is derived from an unusual auction item: a four-foot
long, leather hippopotamus.
Both a silent and live auction format will be used to sell off the myriad
of donated items. In addition to the hippo, other auction items include
Asian carpets; dinners at local restaurants; a weekend B&B experience
in San Diego; collectible art and jewelry; merchandise gift certificates;
a catered Scandinavian dinner for eight; and hotel accommodations at
Starved Rock State Park.
The annual auction is the major fund-raising event for the guild, which
was founded in 1989.
At 5:30 p.m., auction items can be viewed and silent auction bidding
begins. The inventive former restaurant owner, "Chef Jean Louis,"
now head chef of the UI's catering department, has created a champagne
buffet menu for the occasion. Auction tickets are $35 per person. Sponsorships
are $100 per person and each patron's contribution is $250. For ticket
information or to donate auction items, call Nina Lewis, 351-5940, or
Robin Fossum, 333-7344.
for this year's Intensive Foreign
Language Instruction Program are now being accepted. The program
offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Instruction runs May 17 through
June 4, with classes meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
No classes will meet on Memorial Day, May 31.
Classes are open to current and retired employees of the UI (including
graduate assistants) for $50, and to the general public for a fee of
$75. Children under the age of 18 are not eligible to participate. No
academic credit is given for instruction. Registration is accepted on
a first-come, first-serve basis; certain languages and levels tend to
fill quickly. For more information, contact Tim Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Issues Theatre
Voices Social Issues Theatre will present "... facing HIV/AIDS
... a collection of portraits" during March. The series of 10-minute
plays, to be performed at different locations on campus, will present
issues on HIV and AIDS in the 21st century, including the changing image
of the disease and the influence today's image has on one's daily life.
The plays include "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can," by Jim Pickett
and adapted by Jeffrey A. Chandler; "Afterlife," by Steven
M. Salzman; and "Snapshots," by Betsy Peterson and Lisa Fey.
Performances will be at at 8 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the Armory Free
Theatre, at 8 p.m. March 16 at the Florida Avenue Residence Halls and
at 7 p.m. March 17 in the south recreation room of Allen Hall. A discussion
with the audience follows each performance.
Performances are free and open to the public. For more information,
Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre is sponsored by the Counseling Center,
McKinley Health Center and the UI department of theater.
design competition for local high school students has been added to
the activities at the fourth annual Architecture,
Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Open House at the UI.
The event, organized by students, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March
12-13 at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. This year's theme is "Start Designing
The open house, designed to educate the public about each of the three
departments as well as to recruit students, will feature students' models,
drawings, designs and digital displays, said Carole Pekny, senior in
architecture and co-chair of the open house.
Friday's activities, including facilities tours and panel discussions,
are designed to reveal what life as an undergraduate design student
is like. On Saturday, programs are planned for graduate students considering
design majors, including tours and talks about the various specializations,
and interaction with faculty members. The public is welcome to all events.
The birdhouse competition will include entries from Centennial, St.
Thomas More and Ready high schools in Champaign, and from University
High School in Urbana. Entries will be judged March 10 and the winners
will be recognized at the open house.
Entries in a photography competition for all undergraduate students,
organized by the Architecture Student Advisory Council, will be on display
at the open house.
A shuttle bus is scheduled to run between the ARUPLA Open House and
the Engineering Open House, which is held simultaneously at the north
end of campus.
and politics featured
annual "Culture Talk" at the UI will feature Chancellor Nancy
Cantor; Jesse Delia, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
and Harvard psychologist Steve Pinker. The three will grapple with a
range of issues relating to psychology, culture and politics beginning
at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in the Colwell Playhouse of the Krannert Center
for the Performing Arts, Urbana.
The event, which is free and open to the public, requires advance tickets.
Topics include the fundamental differences between men and women, the
psychological underpinnings of violence and the role of the creative
arts in American culture.
Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard, is
a prize-winning author who frequently writes for the popular press on
subjects ranging from politically correct language to the genetic enhancement
of human beings.
Cantor's academic field is psychology, where her interest is on personality
and social psychology and on personality and cognition. She has co-written
three books on the subjects.
Delia's home department is speech communication. His research centers
on interpersonal communication theory and research, social antecedents
of development in social cognition and communication, and comparative
and cross-cultural communication.
To obtain tickets for "Culture Talk," contact the Krannert
Center ticket office at 333-6208.
Brown v. Board Jubilee Commemoration
Brown sisters to speak March
of the late Rev. Oliver Brown, for whom the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board
of Education decision was named, will give a joint lecture at 4 p.m.
on March 11 in Foellinger Auditorium.
Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson will speak on the "impact,
legacy and significance of struggles to achieve Brown's promise of desegregation."
Linda was 7 years old when her father sought to enroll her in an all-white
elementary school in Topeka, and the school's refusal to admit her led
Oliver Brown to become a parent-plaintiff in one of the five cases that
led to the Brown v. Board decision.
Cheryl is a member of the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary
Commission, established in 1991 with President Bush's signature. The
two sisters are co-founders of the Brown Foundation for Educational
Equity, Excellence and Research; Cheryl serves as its executive director.
and Gender in Global Perspectives
Symposium to discuss
activists and state officials will come together at the UI on March
17-18 to consider issues affecting immigrants in the Midwest.
The dialogue will take place during a symposium on "Gender
and Human Security: Latina/o Immigrants in the Midwest," sponsored
by the university's Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.
The symposium begins at 10 a.m. in 101 International Studies Building
with a lecture on "Microlending and Women: Domestic and Global
Perspectives," by Marisa Barrera of Acción, an international
non-profit organization that fights poverty through small loans. At
2 p.m., Katharine Donato, a professor of sociology at Rice University,
will discuss "Sex Differences in Health of Immigrant Children."
Other symposium events — including panel discussions on "Income
Security and Housing/Home" and "Health Care and Education"
— take place in various campus locations.
The keynote address will be presented at 4 p.m. on March 17 at the Levis
Faculty Center by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, professor of sociology
at the University of Southern California. Her talk, "There's a
Spirit That Transcends the Border: Faith, Ritual and Postnational Protest
at the U.S.-Mexico Border," is co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced
Study/MillerComm Lecture Series.
WGGP director Gale Summerfield said the symposium has been organized
to draw attention to "human security" issues associated with
immigration, particularly those areas in which men and women —
and their families — may be affected in different ways.
"By human security we mean people's ability to have income security,
access to health care, housing and education that enables them to develop
their capabilities and live a life of dignity," Summerfield said.
"Thus, human security is 'freedom from want, freedom from fear
and freedom to take action on Romeos own behalf."