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Listen Up: January 24 – 30

WHAT:Contracting Crisis Management: Nuclear Standoff between India and Pakistan,” Bharath Gopalaswamy, Associate Director, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24 @ 12 noon

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


WHAT:Commemoration of the Jan. 25 Egyptian Revolution,” various speakers

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Room A,, Illini Union

Speakers and Topics as follows: Kenneth Cuno (LAS Global Studies): “Egypt’s 4th Revolution”; LInda Herrera (Education Policy): “Youth and the Post Revolution”; Maddy Alabady (Genomic Biology): “The Battle for Existence and the Anti-Revolution”; Ola Moshref (Linguistics): “Women in Egypt’s Revolution”


WHAT:Occupy! A Panel Discussion,” various speakers

WHEN: Thursday, January 26 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: IPRH (Humanities Lecture Hall), 805 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana

Speakers include: Susan Davis, Sarah Lazare, John Nerone, and Christian Sandvig.


WHAT:Postmodern Theology in the Islamic Republic of Iran: One Truth or Many?” Dr. Banafsheh Madaninejad

WHEN: Thursday, January 26 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building


You 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. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti. It’s free, you know. Plus, sometimes there’s free food, too!

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Tuesdays when classes are in session.

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