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Listen Up: May 2016

Classes are wrapping up this week, but there’s still plenty of stuff to see and do on campus in May. Here are some events to check out in the coming weeks.

WHAT: Film: Polisse

WHEN: May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 148 Armory

ABOUT: This is the last in a series of French films by female film makers. Representative of a feminine aesthetics in filmmaking, these films are shown with English subtitles and a very brief introduction.


WHAT: Panel: Students Helping Refugees and Unaccompanied Minors 

WHEN: May 3 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: School of Social Work, Room 2015

ABOUT: Did you know that Champaign County is home to refugees and unaccompanied minors from many different countries?  Do you want to learn more about how to help or how our students are already helping? There are at least five local agencies who are interacting or serving this population on a daily basis right here in our community. There are also campus RSO’s also whose primary focus is helping this vulnerable and marginalized population. Join a panel of students who will inform us what they are doing at their respective agencies or schools to help the refugees and unaccompanied minors. A fact sheet will be available with refugee statistics and information too.


WHAT: University of Illinois Wind Symphony

WHEN: May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Krannert, Foellinger Hall

ABOUT: This concert features performances of Jaoquin Turina/Reed, Percy Grainger, Igor Stravinsky, and David Maslanka.


WHAT: Concert Band/Wind Ensemble Concert: “May Winds in Bloom”

WHEN: May 5 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College

ABOUT: The concert band, directed by Larry Stoner, will perform One With the Wind by Matt Conaway; Let the Amen Sound by Travis J. Cross; Valley Montage and Celebration by Richard Saucedo; I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer by John Philip Sousa, with Peggy Miller as vocal soloist; Washington Grays by Claudio S. Grafulla;  and Battle Cry for Freedom by George Frederick Root. Musical selections for the 30-member wind ensemble, directed by Jonathan Beckett, will feature the inspirational Joy by Joseph Curiale; the fun favorite Funiculi Funicula by Luigi Dena; the beloved overture to The Barber of Seville by Giachino Rossini; and Irving Berlin Showstoppers.


WHAT: Conference: “‘Feeling real’: Affect, Literature, and Reimagined Realities”

WHEN: May 5 and 6, all day

WHERE: Illini Union 

ABOUT: On Thursday, May 5, coffee and refreshments will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., with panels beginning at 9 and lasting until noon. Professor LaValle’s keynote talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by panel sessionss from 2:45-5 p.m. On Friday, May 6, coffee and refreshments are available from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Panel sessions begin at 9 a.m. and last until a 1:15 lunch break. Professor Flatley’s keynote lecture begins at 2 p.m., and one additional panel goes from 3:45 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m., when closing remarks will be given.


WHAT: Re-fashioned Fashion Show

WHEN: May 7 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (Lobby)

ABOUT: Students from Arts299 Fashion Design will be presenting their one-of-a-kind ensembles. Wearable works of art walk the runway, combining sustainability, creativity and fashion in a fun event for the whole family.


WHAT: Sighting of Mercury

WHEN: May 9 at 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College

ABOUT: May 9 in a rare event called a transit. The last time this event occurred was in 2006 and the next one is in 2019. This transit will begin at 6:12 a.m. CDT and end at 1:42 p.m. Members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at Parkland College beginning at 9 a.m. to allow free viewing of the Mercury transit. Telescopes with special filters will be set up in the courtyard between the William M. Staerkel Planetarium and the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre. The observing will be canceled in the event of cloudy weather.


WHAT: Lecture: “Sacrificing Families: U.S. Policies and the Displacement of Central Americans”

WHEN: May 12 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Department of Latina/Latino Studies, 1207 West Oregon Street, Room 133

ABOUT: During the summer of 2014, mainstream media in the United States covered the ongoing plight of Central American children’s unauthorized migration. Based on interviews with 130 members of Salvadoran transnational families, this talk will shed light on the U.S. policies that create the need for migration from the region. Why do parents and children migrate separately? What are their experiences of long-term separation? The presentation will explore the reality of these families’ daily living arrangements, while delving deeper to expose the structural context that creates and sustains patterns of inequality in their well-being.


WHAT: Mindful Meditation

WHEN: May 13 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

ABOUT: Did you know that the Spurlock Museum hosts free meditation sessions every Friday? True fact. May 13 is the last day to practice meditation with Mary Wolters.


WHAT: Sustainable Student Farm

WHEN: May 19 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: University of Illinois Quad

ABOUT: The Student Sustainable Farm sells seasonal produce on the quad from May-October. The Farm Stand is open every Thursday selling fresh produce grown on campus. The Farm Stand is located on the south side of the Illini Union.  Closing date is determined by crop availability and weather.


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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