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Listen Up: May 2014

The school year is wrapping up, but there’s still lots to do on campus in the coming weeks. Here are dozen campus-related events happening in May.


WHAT: History Salon: Charles van den Heuvel

WHEN: May 6th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: 242 Library and Information Science Building

ABOUTThe History Salon is a forum for the exchange of ideas about the history of books, libraries, and information. This lecture considers how with the introduction of new media (radio and later television) at the beginning of the 20th century, the efficiency of the codex book was questioned as a means to transfer knowledge.


WHAT: UI Symphony Orchestra, UI Oratorio Society, and UI Chorale

WHEN: May 6th at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall

ABOUTThe premier orchestra at the University of Illinois will accompany the UI Oratorio Society and the UI Chorale on Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.


WHAT: UI Wind Symphony

WHEN: May 7th at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall

ABOUTA preeminent ensemble in the world, the UI Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training.


WHAT: A Screening of the Documentary Twice a Stranger

WHEN: May 8th at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge (room 1080), Foreign Language Building (FLB), 707 S. Mathews Avenue, Urbana

ABOUT: Twice a Stranger is a cross media project about the greatest forced migrations of the 20thcentury, when millions of people were uprooted and moved to new homelands. Based on oral video testimonies, rare film archives and photos this project brings visitors face-to-face with the survivors of these traumatic events. From the Greek-Turkish exchange in 1922-24, Twice a Stranger travels to the German-Polish forced migration at the end of WW II,  to the Partition of India, and to the Cyprus crisis’ in the 1960’s and 70’s.


WHAT: Summer Yoga 

WHEN: May 9th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Art Museum, Classroom Studio B

ABOUTSummer Yoga kicks off again this May. Summer Yoga is free and open to the public every Friday at noon. Participants should bring their own yoga mats and wear comfortable clothing.


WHAT: Opening Reception: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

WHEN: May 10th at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Art Museum, Link Gallery

ABOUTAll are invited to join us for the public opening of the School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. A reception to celebrate the culmination of BFA graduates’ art and design study will be held Saturday, May 10 from 5-7 pm at Krannert Art Museum. The accompanying exhibition will be on view at KAM through May 18, 2014.


WHAT: Critical Inqualities Conference

WHEN: May 9-10 (see description for more details)


ABOUTThe Unit for Theory and Criticism is hosting a conference with a number of events. You can find more information here.


WHAT: University YMCA Dump & Run

WHEN: Begins May 12th

WHERE: University YMCA

ABOUTIn an effort to keep semi-trailers worth of unwanted goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills, the University YMCA hosts its annual community recycling event, “Dump & Run”. In May, the University Y collects reusable items from move out and spring-cleaning. So when in doubt, don’t throw your used items out! Bring them into the University YMCA in May!


WHAT: Lecture: Human Genomes, Human Rights: Research and Applications to Ensure the Dignity and Equality of All Human Beings (Jennifer K. Wagner, JD, PhD
Formerly of Center for Integration of Genetic and Healthcare Technologies
University of Pennsylvania)

WHEN: May 13th at 3 p.m.

WHERE: 612 Institute for Genomic Biology

ABOUT2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 20th anniversary of our nation’s ratification of the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Yet it is apparent that all members of the human family are not treated as equals under the law in the United States. This lecture will discuss individual rights to access personal genomic information; the limitations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; perceptions of ancestry and racial disparities in medical and legal contexts; DNA applications in immigration; and the use of genetic technologies to stop human trafficking.

 The talk will be held in 612 IGB, located in the lower level of the Gatehouse next to the Array Cafe.


WHAT: Lecture: Mommy, Where Does Knowledge Come From? (or, On What I Thought I Knew About Ancient DNA, But Have Come to Learn) (Brian M. Kemp, PhD
Department of Anthropology
Washington State University)

WHEN: May 14th at 1 p.m.

WHERE: 612 Institute for Genomic Biology

ABOUTThe ability to analyze DNA from plants, animals, and microorganisms that have been long since dead (or are now even extinct) opens up a tremendous potential for studying evolution. However, the inherent power of ancient DNA evidence is tempered by the challenging nature of its retrieval. This seminar will discuss recent experiments intended to enhance our basic understanding of the characteristics of degraded DNA molecules and to improve future studies of ancient and/or forensic DNA. The talk will be held in 612 IGB, located in the lower level of the Gatehouse next to the Array Cafe.



WHAT: StartUp Cafe: Glenn Shimkus

WHEN: May 19th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign

ABOUTJoin us for a conversation with Glenn Shimkus, Vice President of Real Estate solutions for DocuSign. Shimkus currently leads DocuSign’s product team for the real estate industry and is tasked with leading the organization’s move into digital transaction management. He’s been an active member of the local tech scene for over 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


WHAT: PechaKucha Night C-U Vol. 15

WHEN: May 31st at 8:20 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert Art Museum

ABOUTPechaKucha presenters come from a wide range of fields — activists, architects, artists, chefs, coolhunters, critics, designers, dreamers, entrepreneurs, fashionistas, historians, makers, photographers, and scientists, to name a few. Presentations are limited to 6 minutes 40 seconds (and may include content not appropriate for all audiences).


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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