24, No. 9, Nov. 4, 2004
Spanish surrealist Dalí
The Krannert Art Museum joins museums around the world this year with
programming that celebrates the centennial of the birth of Spanish surrealist
artist Salvador Dalí.
At the UI, curator Gisela Carbonnell-Coll has drawn works from Krannert’s
permanent collection for a new exhibition, “Of Books and Tales:
Salvador Dalí and the World of Imagination.” The show is
on view through Feb. 13.
One of the most controversial artists of the 20th century, Dalí
is known for his surrealistic landscapes and distorted figures. The
UI exhibition, part of the museum’s “Featured Works Series,”
examines Dalí’s fascination with literature and mythology.
Lecture by British museum
Ian Jenkins, the senior curator in the department of Greek and Roman
antiquities at the British Museum, is this year’s speaker for
the Spurlock Museum Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker
Series. His talk, “Return to Cnidus: Digging in Southwest Turkey,”
will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium.
Admission is free and the public is welcome.
For more information about the Spurlock
Museum, call 333-2360.
Memberships, personal trainers
UI Campus Recreation’s
fall 2004 mid-semester memberships are now on sale and will be valid
through Jan. 16. Members (18 years or older) have full access to all
available facilities, reduced program rates and special clinics.
Campus Recreation also offers a variety of personal-training services.
Options include individual, buddy, sport-specific and Elderfit personal-training
programs. Personal training is available to students, Campus Rec members
and nonmembers, and the community.
To purchase a membership or to sign up for a personal-training session,
visit Member Services, 140 IMPE. For questions on either service, call
Second Sunday Concert
Pianist to perform Nov. 14
An Urbana native now studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music will
perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion.
The free concert is part of WILL-FM’s Second Sunday Concert series
and will be broadcast live on WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana)
with host Vincent Trauth.
Zsolt Bognar will play pieces from the romantic and late classical piano
repertoire, including Schubert’s Impromptu in A flat major, Wagner’s
Elegy in A flat major, and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 17 in D minor.
Bognar has won many accolades, including first-place finishes at both
the Harvard Musician Association Competition and Boston Musician’s
Association Competition. In August, he won the 2005 Allegro Vivo competition
Lecture to discuss Mars exploration
The recent Mars exploration rovers and their discoveries will be discussed
at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in Room 228 of the Natural History Building. The lecture
will be presented by professor R.E. Arvidson of the McDonnell Center
for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
In January, the Mars rovers “Spirit” and “Opportunity”
landed on opposite sides of the red planet and have been operating ever
since. “Spirit” has found evidence of continuing interaction
with water vapor and ice and thin films of water with surface rocks
and soils, in addition to indications that older rocks have been highly
modified by corrosive ground water. “Opportunity” has found
layered rocks dominated by evaporate materials. These rocks provide
evidence of an ancient, open body of water.
The lecture is part of the geology department’s Colloquium Series
and is free and open to the public.
November Ally meeting
Student programming to be
The November Ally meeting will be from 12-1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Room 405
of the Illini Union. This month’s topic will be “Student
Programming Around Race and Sexual Orientation” and will feature
four panelists from cultural organizations on campus. They will discuss
how to conduct programming on both race and sexual orientation simultaneously.
Panelists: Lydia Khuri, program coordinator, Intersections Living/Learning
Community; David Chih, assistant dean of students, Asian Pacific American
Affairs; Iris Carrillo, La Casa Cultural Latina and Counseling Center
Latino/a Outreach; Angela Clark, assistant program director, African-American
For more information, contact Jane
Reid at 333-3704.
Drinking tea with style
The Allerton House will host an afternoon tea and style show from 1-3
p.m. on Nov. 14. Tea and light fare will be served in the Grand Gallery
followed by a style show of holiday fashions in the library. Tickets
are $35 per person with proceeds benefiting Allerton Park. For more
information or to make a reservation, contact the Office of Development
Water-management issues featured
Is access to fresh water an inalienable human right? Or is water merely
another marketable commodity?
These are among the questions scholars, government leaders and activists
from around the world will explore when they meet Nov. 4-6 at a symposium
on global water-management issues at the UI.
“Troubled Waters in
a Globalizing World: Community, Property and Conflict Over a Vital Resource”
is the theme of the Joint Area Studies Centers Symposium, the first
of three symposia planned over the next three years to explore local
and regional implications of issues often labeled as global. The sponsors
of the series are the centers for African Studies, East Asian and Pacific
Studies, Global Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Russian,
East European and Eurasian Studies; the European Union Center; and the
Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.
The water-management symposium, which is free and open to the public,
opens with a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 on the third floor
of the Levis Faculty Center. Amita Baviskar, a professor of sociology
at Delhi University, will discuss “Water and Its Publics: Social
Action Across Spaces and Scales.”
The symposium continues the following day in the second-floor general
lounge of the Illini Union beginning with an opening address by Ambassador
John McDonald of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Arlington,
Va. McDonald’s topic is “The Need to Focus on Drinking Water
Key issues that will be explored range from accessibility and quality
of water distributed at the local level to control of watersheds through
dams and diversion channels within large countries and the European
Union. Participants also will focus on broader concerns related to water
management, such as the need for international cooperation among nations
and the potential for water to become the source of future “resource
More information about the symposium, including a schedule of events,
is available on the Web.
Howie Day to play Foellinger
Rising rock star Howie Day will
bring his unique solo show to Foellinger Auditorium Nov. 11. Day uses
a series of delay pedals and live-loop sampling to create the melodies,
rhythms and vocals of a full band. He also has a reputation for never
playing a song the same way twice, guaranteeing a unique show.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets
are now on sale at Illini Union Ticket Central or by phone at 333-5000.
For more information, visit Star Course.
David Baum Lecture
What Americans mean by freedom
On Nov. 10, Orlando Patterson, a sociologist at Harvard University,
will deliver the annual David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties
and Civil Rights at the UI College of Law. His talk, “What Americans
Really Mean by Freedom (And What it Means for Democracy),” will
begin at 4 p.m. at the Max L. Rowe Auditorium of the Law Building.
Patterson has written extensively on the intersecting problems of slavery
race, immigration and multiculturalism. In his lecture, he will describe
the “coherent core of meanings beneath the surface variations
of Americans’ talk about freedom as well as the experiences they
most identify with being free.”
The Baum lecture is free and open to the public.
A shiny new book
Guide to buying children’s
Books make great gifts, but picking the perfect books for your favorite
youngsters can be daunting.
Now just in time for the holidays, staff members of the review journal
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books have created a
guide to help gift-givers navigate the bookstore wilderness full of
shiny new children’s books.
Updated and expanded from last year’s edition, the Guide Book
to Gift Books offers brief annotations for more than 250 of the best
books for children. Listed books have all been recommended in full Bulletin
reviews from the last three years and are verified as currently in print.
They are divided into age groups and include author, title, publisher
and current prices.
The guide is available for $3.50 as a downloadable
PDF file that can be printed out.
Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship
German astrophysicist to talk
Reinhard Genzel, director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial
Physics in Garching, Germany, will discuss black holes during a talk
Nov. 17 at the UI.
Genzel, who also is a professor of physics at the University of California
at Berkeley, will present the seventh talk in the UI department of astronomy’s
Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship. The lecture, “Massive
Black Holes, or Gravity Strikes Back,” begins at 7 p.m. in Foellinger
Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.
“Reinhard Genzel is the leading authority on the observational
evidence for the existence of black holes,” said Lewis Snyder,
the chair of the astronomy department. “His talk, which will present
strong evidence for a massive black hole lurking at the center of our
Milky Way galaxy, should be of interest to faculty, students and the
A black hole is a region of space-time with an intense gravitational
field from which matter and energy cannot escape. “Supermassive
black holes represent the edge of known physics,” Snyder said,
“and offer an extreme case for testing and clarifying many aspects
of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.”
Each year the Iben lectureship brings a noted astronomer to campus to
highlight some of the latest developments in astronomy, Snyder said.
In addition to giving a public lecture, the invited speaker also will
give a technical colloquium and meet informally with faculty members
Paraprofessional/technical job group (EEO5)
Staff member needed to fill
The Staff Advisory Council seeks a civil-service staff member to fill
a four-year term as a representative for the paraprofessional/technical
job group (EEO5). Eligible candidates should send a list of their qualifications
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The role of the SAC and a list of eligible
classifications in the EEO5 job group can be viewed online.
dance, food and more
Festival to observe Thai traditions
The Thai American Insight and the Thai Student Association will host
the “Thai Loy Kratong Festival” from noon to 5 p.m. Nov.
7 at University YMCA.
Attendees will learn more about Thai culture with cultural displays,
games, dance and music performances and Thai food will be for sale.
The event is free.
More information is available on the Web,
or contact Paruch Suksod at 721-1588.