CAS/MillerComm Public Events Series


We are in the process of replacing the on-line application website. If you plan to apply for CAS/MillerComm funding for events in Fall 2024 or later, please email cas@cas.illinois.edu with the subject line: CAS/MillerComm application. You will receive an invitation to a Box folder that contains your application materials.

Complete application including letters of support due: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The George A. Miller Programs Committee accepts applications for partial funding of visiting speakers or performers and including them in this prestigious program of lectures and cultural events. The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university. The visits of these guests should also be designed to encourage their interactions with the university community, particularly students. All CAS/MillerComm events are free and open to the public.

Selection Criteria

Your proposal will be evaluated for quality, uniqueness, and breadth of appeal. Criteria include the visitor's expertise, relevance of the event to a wide range of departments or units, and ability of the visitor to present his or her work to an interdisciplinary audience. The Committee requires that relevant campus units cooperate, through cosponsorship, across disciplinary lines in developing and financing events and evaluates proposals accordingly. Note that the following campus units already provide series funding and are therefore not candidate cosponsors: Chancellor's Office, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Vice Chancellor for Research, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and any member of the Council of Deans.

In light of the ongoing budget crisis, the committee will give primary consideration to the substantive merits of the proposals themselves, and not the amount of funding requested. Although the committee still requires the primary sponsoring unit to seek funding from relevant units across campus, the committee is also aware that many of these units are unable to commit more than a nominal amount from their shrinking resources.