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Blues Dancing and its African American Roots

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Tuesday, May 31, 2022, All Day, Spurlock Museum. Visit the Spurlock Museum and walk through this exhibit that explores the history of “blues dance” – popular dance practices from African American communities in the United

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Sewn in Memory: AIDS Quilt Panels from Central Illinois

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Thursday, July 7, 2022, All Day, Spurlock Museum. Visit this exhibit at the Spurlock Museum where certain quilt panels made in the 1980s and 1990s, from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, are being displayed.

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Spurlock Book Club, Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 7:30 pm, Zoom. Join the Spurlock Museum Book Club as they discuss Part 2 of Angels in America¬†(“Perestroika”), set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. This event will be held in conjunction with Sewn in

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Symptoms of Crisis: “Race, Breast Cancer, and African American Women”

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Time TBD, Location TBD. Olufunmilayo I. Olapade (Medicine, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics, University of Chicago) will be lecturing on the excessive rate of breast cancer in African American women and

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Poet and Memoirist Dwayne Betts

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 5:00 pm, Spurlock Museum. Sponsored by the Education Justice Project and UIUC’s Humanities Research Institute this event will have Dwayne Betts speak about his experience being incarcerated as a teenager and how he went on to

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Symptoms of Crisis: “Apostles of Justice: How J. Edgar Hoover and his F.B.I Aided and Abetted Evangelical Conservatism”

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, All Day, Location TBD. Join Lerone A. Martin (Director of American Culture Studies, Washington University in Saint Louis) as he lectures about J. Edgar Hoover aided and abetting evangelical conservatism through his leadership of the Federal

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Legal Humanities: Anthony Ray Hinton

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Anthony Ray Hinton was on Alabama’s death row for 30 years before he was exonerated in 2015. Mr. Hinton will speak about his experience on death row and will discuss how such

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Symptoms of Crisis: “Race, Breast Cancer, and African American Women”

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, All Day event, Location TBD. Olufunmilayo I. Olapade (Medicine, Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics, University of Chicago) will be speaking about race, breast cancer, and African American Women as part of

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Inside Scoop: Poet Natalie Diaz

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 12:00 pm, Location TBD. Natalie Diaz is an award-winning American poet who will be having a close conversation with Illinois undergraduates from all majors as a part of Inside Scoop at UIUC. Most recently, Diaz won

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Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics

Thursday, August 26, 2021 – Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, Contemporary Gallery. Visit the Contemporary Gallery at the Krannert Art Museum to view Hal Fischer’s (a UIUC Alum) photographic series that

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