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C.A.R.E.S. Talks is a new collaboration between the University of Illinois and Champaign Park District

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This Saturday, March 23rd, will be the first live event for C.A.R.E.S. Talks, an effort “to foster connections between the university and the community, share innovative ideas, and celebrate the achievements of the area’s academics, students, and community organizations.” It will be a TED talk style event featuring a keynote and short talks given by community leaders, campus professionals, and students. It will be hosted by newly named City of Urbana Poet Laureate Dr. Ruby Mendenhall and Beverley Baker, chief impact officer for United Way of Champaign County. You can find the full list of speakers on the Virginia Theatre website.

Admission is free for the 3 p.m. event, and no ticket is required. From the event page:

This collaborative event will provide an excellent opportunity for members of the public and students of all ages and backgrounds to connect with academic peers, learn about exciting community-led initiatives, and explore the organizations whose activities support them. Topics will range from advancing digital equity and addressing educational disparities to science education and STEAM initiatives in the area’s schools, and much more.

C.A.R.E.S. Talks
Virginia Theatre
203 W Park Ave
Sa March 23rd, 3 p.m.

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