PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 27, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2007
Holiday gifts for sale Dec. 1
The University YWCA is sponsoring its third annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Urbana Civic Center. The market will feature an assortment of holiday gift ideas from local artists, crafters and home-based businesses. Shoppers may choose from a variety of jewelry, gourmet foods, skin-care products, candles, Lucinda Pins, gift baskets and more.
A children’s corner, sponsored by Steve Tarrant, State Farm Insurance Agency and the YWCA Student Leadership Panel, will entertain kids with crafts and coloring contests. Santa will visit from noon-2 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and admission is free.
‘Origins of Modernity’
Intellectual piracy explored
History professor Adrian Johns, University of Chicago, will present a lecture titled “Pharmaceuticals and Origins of Modernity: Adulteration, Piracy and Credit in the Early Enlightenment” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Plym auditorium in Temple Buell Hall.
“One of the central assumptions in modern life is trust in materials, a belief that what we purchase, consume, drink, and eat is authentic, is what it purports to be,” Johns said. “I will approach our need for confidence, especially in pharmaceuticals, from an historical point of view and show how our reliance upon ‘patented’ medications has some unintended consequences.”
Johns is the author of “The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making,” which won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the SHARP Prize for best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing. Johns is currently working on a history of intellectual piracy from the invention of printing to the Internet.
Johns also will be participating in a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 428 of the Library.
Discovery of Archaea featured
Spurlock Museum will host “Uncovering Life’s Third Domain: The Discovery of the Archaea” through Jan. 27 in the Campbell Lobby of the museum. The exhibit showcases some of the original tools used by professor Carl R. Woese, 2003 recipient of the Crafoord Prize, and the team of scientists at the UI who conducted groundbreaking work in the use of molecular signatures to map the evolutionary history of life. The work of this team led to the discovery of the Archaea, the third domain of life.
The exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Genomic Biology and in with the conference “Hidden Before Our Eyes: 30 Years of Molecular Phylogeny, Archaea and Evolution,” that was on campus Nov. 3-4.
Krannert Art Museum
Student exhibition is Dec. 6
Exploring the contemporary politics of beauty, race and representation, graduate students from multiple UI programs (advertising, communications, English, education policy studies, kinesiology, Spanish and theater) will display their semesterlong interdisciplinary art projects from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the CRL Gallery of the Krannert Museum.
More than 15 art pieces, ranging in techniques from jewelry making to performance to digital art, examine the relationships between race, gender, sexuality and popular culture. The exhibit provocatively asks how the gendered and raced body is defined, disciplined, classified and ultimately consumed as ugly/beautiful or un/desirable by diverse publics.
Admission is free and the Krannert Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Isabel Molina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-1419.
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