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Upcoming Events

Thursday
Sep 12
Presentations - Special Presentation
FILM SCREENING
7:00pm

The Art Theatre
126 W. Church Street
Champaign

This screening is free and open to the public

A new PBS documentary directed by Ian MacMillan and written by MacMillan and Audrey Maurion. Produced by Christophe Nick and Ed Stobart.

On the night of June 4, 1989, Chinese troops entered Tiananmen Square in Beijing, violently crushing the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in the history of the Communist regime….

Unfolding…

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Saturday
Sep 14
MillerComm Lecture Series
Sasha Velour
8:00pm

Colwell Playhouse
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana

Smoke & Mirrors, Sasha Velour's first one-queen show, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. The real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths,…

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Wednesday
Sep 18
Initiatives
Mariame Kaba
4:00pm

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory
Urbana

Prisons are not ‘broken’ nor are they rehabilitative. They exist to punish and control. In fact, the prison industrial complex (PIC) reinforces and reproduces systems of oppression that perpetuate the violence we experience. Founded in 2009, Project NIA has been organizing to end the PIC by developing solutions that transform violence. It is part of a movement whose goal is to build a world…

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Thursday
Sep 19
Presentations - Special Presentation
Wang Dan
,
Ronald E. Yates
6:30pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana

In this lecture, Wang Dan poses the hypothetical question: If the Tiananmen Square Protests had succeeded, what would China look like today? He will give a first-hand account of the protests and his dreams of a democratic China. Ronald E. Yates will provide the introduction and serve as moderator for the discussion following the lecture.

In anticipation of Dr. Wang’s presentation, CAS…

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Thursday
Oct 10
MillerComm Lecture Series
David Chiriboga
7:00pm

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Chiriboga’s guitar will be joined by singer Patricia Ortega and dancer Malu amidst the instrumental colors of an expanded ensemble of Illinois Jazz Studies students performing arrangements of traditional Flamenco pieces, popular Spanish folk songs and Chiriboga’s own Flamenco compositions.

David Chiriboga is a full-time professional Flamenco guitarist based in Chicago. Chiriboga’s style…

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Thursday
Oct 17
MillerComm Lecture Series
David D. Laitin
4:00pm

Auditorium, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana

Professor Laitin’s presentation applies text analysis and machine learning tools to an analysis of social media, to determine where migration issues are most salient, whether the messages focus on economic challenges or legal rights, and whether sentiments change with significant events, such as terrorist attacks or mass deaths of drowned asylum seekers. By analyzing the data…

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Wednesday
Oct 23
Annual Lecture
Bruce Hajek
7:30pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Life and random algorithms are intertwined. Individuals and communities are built upon random algorithms, through mechanisms of mutation and biological regulatory networks for evolution of individuals, to social order emerging from traditions, constitutions, and communication platforms. Random algorithms are increasingly exerting themselves in modern living. Distributed trust and social choice…

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Wednesday
Oct 30
Initiatives
Dean Spade
4:00pm

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory
Urbana

Information to come soon!

Thursday
Nov 07
MillerComm Lecture Series
Natalie Kofler
5:00pm

Knight Auditorium
Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Professor Kofler will outline how scientific and value-based knowledge can inform technology decision-making in ways that are both context-dependent and global in scope. The inadequacy of dominant theories in environmental ethics to support such decision-making will also be presented and an alternative ethos proposed: one that respects the interconnectedness of human and environmental health…

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Tuesday
Nov 19
Initiatives
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
4:00pm

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory
Urbana

Information to come soon!