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The Imperfect Saxophone: Not Just a Clown’s Instrument

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Friday, December 9, 2022, All Day, 240 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL. This recurring exhibit, hosted by The Sousa Archives, examines America’s complicated relationship with the saxophone during the “saxophone craze” (between the years 1900

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Gwendolyn Brooks’ Birthday Open House

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, 346 Main Library, Urbana, IL. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library invites you to a lunchtime open house to show some new catalogued items from the Gwendolyn Brooks collection (in honor

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The 29th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference (CATJ 29) “Preparing for Post-Covid Japanese Language Education: Leveraging What We Learned”

Saturday, May 21, 2022 – Sunday, May 22, 2022, All Day, Zoom. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at UIUC are excited to announce the 29th Conference of the Central

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Acquired Taste Celebration

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:00 pm, Siebel Center for Design, Champaign, IL. Members, friends, and art lovers are invited by The Krannert Art Museum Council to celebrate the museum’s collections, as well as to encourage its growth, at this celebration at

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Faculty Freedom Today: A Presentation by Matthew W. Finkin

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Zoom. Join Matthew W. Finkin as he speaks on the challenges to academic freedom from outside and inside the university, controversy surrounding academic departments issuing political statements, offensive speech in the

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AIDS in East Central Illinois: The Response and Those Lost

Saturday, June 11, 2022, 1:30 pm, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, Urbana, IL. This special presentation is being held in conjunction with Spurlock Museum’s Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois exhibit. This presentation will showcase some experts sharing

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Guided Tour of Sewn in Memory with Mike Benner

Sunday, June 5, 2022, 1:30 pm, Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, Urbana IL. Join Mike Benner, the Executive Director of GCAP (Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois), as he guides a tour through Spurlock Museum’s Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt

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Blues…Elixir for the Soul

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, The Rose Bowl Tavern, Urbana, IL. This event celebrates the closing of Spurlock Museum’s Blues Dancing and Its African American Roots exhibit. There will be performances by DJ KamauMau and The

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Performing Resistance to Authoritarianism.

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4:00 pm, Foellinger Great Hall Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  Andrei Kureichik, renowned theatre artist and filmmaker, will speak about the ways in which he used his writing to mobilize citizens fighting for democratic freedoms

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United in Anger: A Dialogue around AIDS Activism.

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 7:00 pm, Spurlock Museum. Mike Benner (Executive Director of the Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois), Jerry Carden (founder Gay Community AIDS Project), Susan Johnson (Care Coordinator for the Champaign Urbana Public Health District),

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