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Listen Up: December 2015

This months academic events include a panel discussion on climate change, a Modern Greek film, a concerto for saxophone, and more.

WHAT: Lecture: “Journey to my Mother’s Land: Relocating and De-Marginalizing Self”

WHEN: December 2nd at 12 p.m.

WHERE: 101 ISB (910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)

ABOUT: This talk, by Dr. Janice Collins of the College of Media, is sponsored by the Center for African Studies.


WHAT: Lecture: “The Vikings in Greenland: Everyday Life in a Challenging Environment”

WHEN: December 2nd at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana

ABOUTAs a part of the “North of the Northern Lights” Exhibit, Dr. Verena Hofig will present a lecture based on her research. 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.


WHAT: Lecture: “Constance Mayer: Mythology, Historiography, Feminism”

WHEN: December 2nd at 5 p.m.

WHERE: 62 Krannert Art Museum

ABOUTAbigail Solomon-Godeau, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is a prominent critic and art historian. Her first book, Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic History, Institutions, and Practices was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 1991. Her second, Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation, on the imagery of masculinity in French neoclassicism, was published by Thames & Hudson in 1997. A third book, The Face of Difference: Gender, Race and the Politics of Self-Representation is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Art in America, Artforum, The Art Journal, Afterimage, Camera Obscura, October, Screen, and have been widely anthologized and translated into various languages. Among the exhibitions she has curated are “The Way We Live Now” (1982), “Sexual Difference: Both Sides of the Camera,” (1992),”Mistaken Identities” (with Constance Lewallen) 1994; “The Image of Desire; Femininity, Modernity, and the Birth of Mass Culture in Nineteenth-Century France” (with Beatrice Farwell) in 1998. She is currently working on as book entitled Genre, Gender and the Nude in French Art.


WHAT: Lecture: “Entering History: Cosmopolitan Text, Vernacular Song, and Diplomacy in Early East Asia”

WHEN: December 3rd at 5 p.m.

WHERE: School of Architecture, Room 302, 117 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 E. Lorado Taft, Champaign

ABOUTThis talk, by Wiebke Denecke, Associate Professor of Chinese, Japanese & Comparative Literature, Boston University, is sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies.


WHAT: University of Illinois Wind Orchestra

WHEN: December 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall

ABOUTRepertoire to be selected from:

Donald Grantham, Southern Harmony
Percy Grainger, Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol
Adam Gorb, Yiddish Dances
Franz Biebl , Ave Maria
Malcom Arnold, Four Scottish Dances


WHAT: Community Julfest and Lucia Concert 2015

WHEN: December 5th at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center, 909 S. Wright St., Champaign (corner of Wright & Chalmers)

ABOUTJoin us for a sing along of Scandinavian holiday music and a traditional candlelight “Lucia procession” (Luciatåg). The hour-long program is followed by a dessert reception with holiday refreshments. No admission charge – please bring a plate of baked goods or plate of hors d’oeuvres to share, or make a freewill donation to the Student Scandinavian Club (suggested $5). If you are interested in playing with the ad hoc string band, or for the latest details for this event, contact the Club President or the Faculty Advisor. Välkomna!


WHAT: Carol Concert

WHEN: December 6th at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall

ABOUTGet in the spirit with holiday carols at Krannert.


WHAT: Lecture: “Framing Homosexuality in Moral Terms: Patterns of Potential Tolerance in Central Asia”

WHEN: December 7th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

ABOUTThis talk is by Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology.


WHAT: University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: December 8th at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Foellinger Great Hall


Tchaikovsky: Overture Romeo and Juliet
Nielsen: Concerto for Clarinet (Daniel Chair, clarinet)
Tomasi: Concerto for Saxophone (Eric Elmgren, saxophone)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel


WHAT: Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series: “To Tango ton Christougennon” (“Christmas Tango”) (Modern Greek)

WHEN: December 9th at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building

ABOUTThis is the final film in the Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series.


WHAT: Videoconference Panel Discussion (with U. of Pittsburgh): The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations

WHEN: December 11th at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Room 411, International Programs and Studies Building, 507 E. Green St., Champaign

ABOUTThe UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21 / CMP 11) taking place in Paris November 30-December 11, 2015 seeks to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2⁰C.  This will not be an easy goal to reach, as many scientists say the gases we have already emitted into the atmosphere will inevitably lead to a 2 degree increase.  Therefore, the largest emitters (the U.S. and China) must commit to both significant reductions and subsidizing developing countries’ commitment to sustainable energy sources.  Expectations are high on all sides – with optimists and pessimists alike touting this as our last chance to avert catastrophe. This month’s session of our Conversations on Europe series of virtual roundtables will assemble a panel of experts to provide their views of what was accomplished and what was lost in the negotiations. Are the dire prognostications reasonable? And what are the next steps?


WHAT: Ann L. Brown Award Winner Talk: BJ Casey

WHEN: December 11th at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Beckman Institute Room 5602

ABOUTBJ Casey, Director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College, will talk on “The Teen Brain and Self Control: Arrested or Adaptive Development.”


We live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Here’s a sampling of the talks and events you can find in the not-so-ivy-covered buildings near you. These events are free and will fill your brain with yummy knowledge (and sometimes will fill your stomach with free eats).   

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