Thursday, April 27, 2017

UIS Orchestra presents an "Afternoon at the Movies" concert and meet and greet

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Orchestra will perform well-known tunes from several popular movies during its “Afternoon at the Movies” spring concert. Following the performance, a meet and greet will be held for high school students and parents who want to learn more about the UIS Music Program and the new academic minor.

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017 – concert at 3 p.m., meet and greet at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Sangamon Auditorium, located in the Public Affairs Center

DETAILS: The concert will feature pieces from famous movies, such as “Star Wars”, “The Pink Panther” and “James Bond”, and includes the “Warsaw Concerto” by Richard Addinsell, featuring pianist Miaomiao Liu, winner of the UIS Solo Competition. Yona Stamatis, UIS assistant professor of ethnomusicology, will direct the orchestra.

After the concert, high school students and parents can meet and speak with UIS music professors and students to learn about new opportunities in the UIS Music Program, including new course offerings in musicology, ethnomusicology, music technology, music theory and performance, the new music minor degree offered at UIS and brand new individual instrumental and vocal instruction for fall 2017. Students and parents can also learn about the $10,000 Camerata Scholarships offered to non-music majors and various musical opportunities on campus.

The concert is free, but donations used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award are welcomed. The UIS Music program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels.

For more information, contact Stamatis at 217/206-8583 or ystam2@uis.edu.

UIS "Take Back the Night" march & rally calls for an end to violence against women

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Women's Center and Residence Life will hold the 10th annual “Take Back the Night” march and rally. The event protests rape and all forms of violence against women. This year’s theme is “Be the Change!”

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2017, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The candlelight march will start with a brief ceremony near the colonnade on the UIS main quad and progress towards the Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) Great Room where a rally will be held.

DETAILS: “Take Back the Night” empowers women and all people to reclaim their right to be safe in the nighttime and at all times. “Take Back the Night” will include poetry and a healing observance. This year’s logo includes a heart – signifying our current times point us to a need to return to core issues and to the heart of the human experiences which inspired take back the night events worldwide. Sweatshop-free t-shirts will be distributed.

The Clothesline Project and 10 Paper Cranes to Heal the Violence will also be on display. The Clothesline Project is made up of t-shirts telling women’s stories. The 10 Paper Cranes project was created by UIS Women’s Center five years ago. Students create paper cranes streamers dedicated to victims/survivors. It is now replicated elsewhere – in USA and globally.

The supporting organizations for the event include the African Student Association, Afrobeat Dance Crew, College Democrats at UIS, Epic Praise for Christ, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Indian Student Organization, International Student Association, Lincoln Land Community College, Organization of Latin American Students, TARA Mediation Club, and Vietnamese Student Association.

For more information on “Take Back the Night”, contact the UIS Women’s Center at 217/206-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu.

Monday, April 24, 2017

NPR Illinois hosts first forum on the state budget

NPR Illinois | 91/9 UIS will host 11 free events across the state open to the public to talk about how different regions have been impacted by the budget impasse. The forums sponsored by AARP are a chance to hear directly from Illinois residents about their experience without a state budget and panelists’ views on these impacts.

The first event will take place in Springfield, IL on Thursday, April 27, 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Moderated by Sean Crawford-NPR Illinois News Director, panelists for the Springfield forum are Amanda Vinicky- Chicago Tonight reporter, former NPR Illinois State House reporter, Jonathan Lackland - Director of State Government Relations at Illinois State University, Howard Peters-AARP Illinois Executive Council Member.

NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS has aggregated their budget coverage on the impact of the impasse under the “Past Due” banner at nprillinois.org. Past Due is a commitment by NPR Illinois to cover the historic Illinois budget impasse and to explain the impact that continues to build. NPR Illinois reporters investigate how Illinois is, and will be, affected by the uncertainty.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UIS Music Program presents Spring Showcase Concert

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program presents its Spring Showcase Concert featuring performances by the UIS Chorus, UIS Orchestra, and UIS Band. The performance is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium, located in the Public Affairs Center at UIS

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of music including pieces from famous movies, such as “The Pink Panther” and “James Bond”. It will also include works by Mozart, Vaughn Williams and Copland as well as guest collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College. “Work of Art” by Shannon Wexelberg features vocal soloist Stephanie Marsaglia, a winner of the UIS Soloist Competition.

The UIS Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Yona Stamatis, will lead the program with music from the movies. The orchestra line-up is a preview for the highly anticipated “Afternoon at the Movies” concert that the group will present on May 7 at 3 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium.

Directed by Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sharon Graf, the UIS Chorus will combine with the Lincoln Land Community College Choir under the direction of See Tsai Chan. They will perform a set of sacred and folk song selections and Francis Nesta’s comedic piece “The Argument”. They will return at the end of the concert to join the UIS Band to perform Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living”.

The UIS Band will end the program under the direction of Applied Music Specialist Abigail Walsh, starting with Franz von Suppe’s famous “Poet and Peasant Overture”. Other works include “The Winged Stallion” by Rossano Galante, “Yagi Bushi”, an arrangement of a Japanese folk song by Naohiro Iwai, and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite”.

Donations are welcome and will be used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award. The UIS Music program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels.

Anyone who is interested in joining the UIS chorus, band or chamber orchestra may contact Abigail Walsh at 217/206-7549 or music@uis.edu.

Ten UIS students to present at the U of I Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Ten students from the University of Illinois Springfield will present their work at the third annual University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day at the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

The students will display their research from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the first floor south corridor of the capitol building. Students will make poster presentations about their research and answer questions from lawmakers and the public.

UIS students will join their peers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students were selected in a competitive process by the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee.

Student
Major
Project
Faculty Mentor
Hometown
Noah Sisson
Business
The BAD System
Bruce Sommer
Virden
Breanna Henderson
Environmental Studies, Sociology/Anthropology
Seeds of Possibility: Social Cohesion and Local Participation in Springfield's Community Gardens
Megan Styles
Springfield
Briana Rodriguez
Political Science
Finding the Beauty in the Ugly
Vicki Perkins
Streamwood
Tonda Chasteen
Biology
Inter-Institutional Collaborative Chemistry Assignments
Layne Morsch
Lewistown



Katelyn Camardelle
Legal Studies / Political Science
United States Maternity Leave and the State-Sponsored Opportunity Gap
Eugene McCarthy
McHenry
Abigail R. Norville
Biology
Hepatitis C Among Homeless People in Major Central Illinois Cities
Tracy Schatteman
Palmer
Jack Zinnen
Biology
Focus Stacking as a Means of Capturing Images of the Small World Around Us
Michael Lemke
Springfield
Christina Hanula
Visual Arts
Dementia
Shane Harris
Springfield
Vanessa Pratt
Legal Studies and Communication
Drug Courts: The Cure for the American Legal System's Addiction to Punishment
Nicole Overcash
Quincy
Leanna Kehl
Psychology
Important Characteristics of Early School Readiness According to Teachers and Caregivers
Michele Miller
Des Plaines

The event is co-sponsored by the UIS Undergraduate Research Support Program and the UIS Chancellor’s Office.

For more information, contact UIS Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Undergraduate Student Research Keenan Dungey at 217/206-7345 or kdung1@uis.edu.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

25th annual UIS Springfest begins with Scavenger Hunt


Hundreds of students helped to kick off the 25th annual Springfest celebration at the University of Illinois Springfield with the annual Scavenger Hunt on April 17, 2017. Springfest is one of the longest running student traditions on campus, which started in 1992.

Scavenger Hunt participants were given a surprise list of more 200 items to collect during a one-hour period. Points were awarded based on the number of total items collected.

Students were not allowed to use cars, bikes, or other transportation and had to collect all of the items on campus.

This year, there are 45 teams expected to participate in Springfest for a total of 630 students.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

UIS Speaker Series honors National Day of Silence with interactive program on sexuality

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series, Diversity Center, LGBTQA Resource Office, Organization of Latin American Students and Disability Services present the interactive program, “Break the Silence: Beyond Binaries – Identity and Sexuality”.

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 2017, at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln Residence Hall – Great Room

DETAILS: Robyn Ochs, an educator, speaker, award-winning activist and editor explores sexuality over a lifespan as she breaks the silence of fluid sexual identities. Her program explores the landscape of sexuality and how society maps sexual orientation. Given that no two people are alike, how do labels get assigned to an individual’s complicated and unique experiences?

Ochs’ interactive workshop will conduct an anonymous survey of participants, look at the data and find where the group falls on the sexuality continuum. The program will encourage participants in the UIS Day of Silence to share their experience.

Ochs has taught courses on LGBT history and politics in the United States, the politics of sexual orientation and the experiences of those who transgress traditional binary categories. Her work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 10, 2017

UIS Health & Wellness Fair to offer free health screenings and information

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Health Services and Campus Recreation presents the annual Health & Wellness Fair. The event will offer health screenings, information and door prizes. The fair is free and open to the public, students, faculty and staff.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) at UIS
2171 University Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: The Health & Wellness Fair will offer information on sexual & reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, sleep apnea, veterans’ reintegration, men’s and women’s cancer prevention. There will also be healthy eating information with food samples.

Free cholesterol screenings will be offered, as well as oral cancer, blood pressure, glucose, depression, anxiety and sun exposure screenings. BMI testing will also be available.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will also be hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) for those interested in donating or blood typing.

For more information, contact Linda Nixon of UIS Health Services at 217/206-6676 or uishealthservice@uis.edu. Additional information can also be found on the UIS Health Services website at www.uis.edu/healthservices/.

UIS lecture explores "Muslims in America: Challenges and Opportunities in the Trump Administration"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield presents “Muslims in America: Challenges and Opportunities in the Trump Administration” featuring Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The lecture is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Rehab will discuss civil rights challenges of American Muslims and immigration and will conclude with suggestions on how United States institutions of higher education can welcome Muslim students and scholars.

An informal discussion with the speaker will also take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brookens Auditorium before the lecture. Snacks and refreshments will be offered after the events.

Rehab was born in Cairo, Egypt to a Chemical Engineer and a Russian Interpreter, and grew up between Cairo and Manchester, England. He moved with his parents to the United States in 1992. He completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his graduate studies in software engineering at DePaul University.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group.

This event is sponsored by the UIS Muslim Student Organization, the UIS Diversity Center, the UIS Division of Student Affairs, UIS International Student Services, and the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield.

For more information, contact Ali Nizamuddin, UIS associate professor of political science, at 217/206-8424 or aniza2@uis.edu.

UIS Speaker Series and STARS Symposium collaborate on gratitude

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of English and Modern Languages, and Friends of Brookens Library present “Cataloguing Gratitude”.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Indiana University Associate Professor and Poet Ross Gay will deliver the Student Technology, Arts and Research Symposium (STARS) keynote address exploring the importance of singular compassion for the wounded world through musicality, intelligence and intoxicating joy.

Gay will read from his most recent collection, “Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude”, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2016 and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2015.

His collection has been called a “bright book of life.”

Ross is the author of three books. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food all justice and joy project.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

UIS Speaker Series explores "Anarchist Possibilities"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series, the Radical Student Union and Political Science Department present a panel discussion and understanding of anarchy.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: UIS Emeritus Professors Dennis Fox and Ron Sakolsky are self-proclaimed life-long anarchists. Their presentation and panel discussion will briefly highlight the history of anarchism and its impact on the world. They will address the common misunderstandings of anarchism and discuss anarchy in the 21st century and beyond. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about anarchy and why it matters today.

Fox is an emeritus associate professor of legal studies and psychology. He has participated in dozens of panels and workshops regarding theories on psychology and morality of anarchism. His most recent publication is “Psycho-politics: The Cross-Sections of Science and Ideology in the History of Psy-sciences”. Sakolsky is an emeritus professor of public policy. He has written several books relating to anarchism and surrealism like his collection of essays in Creating Anarchy. He is an editor for “The Oystercatcher”, an anarcho-surrealist magazine.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Annual UIS symposium to showcase students’ research, creativity and talent

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield presents the 6th annual Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS). The two-day event showcases student research and creative activities during the academic year. All events are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. & Friday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS campus – with various presentations in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby, Public Affairs Center, and Brookens Auditorium

DETAILS: UIS undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and creative activities through short talks, poster presentations, art exhibitions and musical performances. All events are free and open to the public. The symposium is also a great opportunity for businesses to explore and network with potential new talent for their organizations.

The symposium events begin on Thursday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium with keynote speaker Ross Gay, the author of the books “Against Which”, “Bringing the Shovel Down” and “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” and winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A book signing will follow. Oral and poster presentations from students in the College of Business and Management, musical performances and an arts reception are scheduled Thursday afternoon and evening.

Events on Friday, April 21, include additional student oral presentations, a reading of the student directed play, as well as poster presentations, art exhibitions and music. William Cosgrove, former vice president of the World Bank and current chair of the board of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Research Network (Canada) will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium about global efforts to responsibly manage water resources and the need for a U.S. commitment to sustainable development.

For the full STARS schedule, visit http://go.uis.edu/stars/. Questions may be directed to Mike Miller at 217/206-7469 or mmill1@uis.edu or Carolee Rigsbee at 217/206-8254 or crigs2@uis.edu.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

UIS Military & Veterans Club to hold a Food Ruck 3K to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank

WHAT: The Military & Veterans Club at the University of Illinois Springfield will hold a Food Ruck 3K to collect canned goods for the Central Illinois Foodbank. A “ruck” is a military inspired march/run/walk where participants will carry the food that is collected.

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Parking Lot B at the University of Illinois Springfield

DETAILS: Participants are asked to bring a backpack full of canned goods, take on the UIS Cross Country Course (at your speed) and donate the cans at the finish line. The cost to participate with a food donation is $10 or $20 without a donation. Proceeds will benefit the UIS Military and Veterans Club.

HyVee will be matching food donations up to 200 pounds. Other sponsors include Scheels, FitClub, 1 Stop Auto Shop, Landmark Ford, Chatham Cafe, Friendly Chevrolet, the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center and the UIS Office of Disability Services.

Following the event, an after party will be held at the Chatham VFW Post 4763, located at 501 W. Mulberry Street in Chatham. The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Ashti Dawson, student president of the UIS Military and Veterans Club, at adaws3@uis.edu or call the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center at 217/206-7716.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UIS Speaker Series celebrates Earth Week with "River Reconnections: A Story of Science and Hope"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “River Reconnections: A Story of Science and Hope” featuring speaker Michelle Carr, Illinois State Director of The Nature Conservancy. Her presentation is sponsored by the Edmund L. Kowalczyk Fund for Leadership at UIS.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: In honor of Earth Week, Carr will help all in attendance understand how social and environmental resilience is possible in cities, farmlands, artificial waterways and other built environments.

She will share:
  • Current efforts to bridge the perceived gaps between conservation science and economic decision-making.
  • How central Illinois land and water conservations practices are contributing to global solutions.
  • Information about her own efforts to advance critical conversation, issues, such as climate change, across the state.
  • How all in attendance can take a leadership role in local restoration and conservation projects.
Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 3, 2017

UIS Visual Arts Gallery senior exhibition "Lunchables" presents food for thought

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is proud to present “Lunchables”, an exhibition showcasing the creativity and skill sets of the senior visual arts majors at UIS. The exhibit will open on April 27, 2017, and conclude on May 11, 2017. An opening reception will be held on May 4, 2017, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition and the opening reception will be held simultaneously in the Visual Arts Gallery in the Health & Sciences Building and the Access Gallery in the Visual & Performing Arts Building at UIS.

Featuring multi-media works produced by the UIS Visual Arts graduating seniors, “Lunchables” draws upon underlying themes of memory and reflection, invoking contemplation on the past, present, and future. This exhibition displays ceramics, painting, digital media, fiber arts, photography, and a multitude of mixed media. From imagined narratives highlighting real-world perspectives to personal narratives told through symbolic forms, this exhibition aims to not only present the skills of these students, but to also challenge the ways in which people perceive reality.

Like the variety of art mediums, art styles, and personalities presented in this exhibition, “Lunchables” asks you to consider how a different arrangement of ideals can change your perspective. Here, Lunchables are a food for thought.

Nine UIS student artists will be featured in the show including Almendra Rodriguez, Chorong Park, Chrissy Hanula, Grace Katalinich, Jerica Griffin, Leila Zhang, Sarah Bond, Tabbitha Medina and Thomas Gebhardt.

The Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201, and is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Access Gallery is located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery at 217/206-6506 or alach@uis.edu.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UIS Speaker Series tackles revolt, past and present

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Specters of Revolt” a lecture and discussion.

WHEN: Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Richard Gilman-Opalsky, associate professor and chair of political science at the University of Illinois Springfield, explores pressing questions about recent revolt in his new book, “Specters of Revolt”.

Gilman-Opalsky will lead a lecture and discussion on his critique of the common idea that revolt is irrational, violent, and incoherent. He argues instead that global uprisings and revolt throw the world’s reality and justice into question and explores its diverse meanings and importance. He argues that every society is haunted by revolt, by the possibility of events that interrupt everyday life and hope to transform the world.

In light of recent global events, Gilman-Opalsky aims to move beyond the critical theory of revolt to an understanding of revolt as a theory itself.

Gilman-Opalsky is the author of four books and is currently co-editing a book, “Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, for Temple University Press.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

UIS Theatre presents "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield presents “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani opening Friday, April 7. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 7, 8, 9 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 13, 14, 15. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday performance (April 9), which will begin at 2 p.m.

UIS Associate Professor of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct, with scenic design by UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Dathan Powell.

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend–almost–in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

The cast includes UIS students Katie Brethorst, Diamond Dixon, Shane Graham, Nicholas Jimenez, Alicia Madden, Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang, Robert Rickey and Claire Starling. UIS staff member Michael Krcil is also part of the cast.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.); $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff; $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card; and $6 for 17 and under. Please note that a service charge from Sangamon Auditorium, not included in the prices above, will be added to each ticket price, at the time of purchase. To avoid a higher service charge, buying tickets in person at the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office is highly recommended. You may also purchase tickets over the phone by calling 217/206-6160.

For more information on the production, please visit the UIS Theatre website at www.uis.edu/theatre.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UIS Illinois Innocence Project announces "The Central Park Five" documentary viewing

The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at the University of Illinois Springfield, in partnership with WSEC/ PBS Springfield and the Hoogland Center for the Arts, will host a special viewing of the award-winning Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

The documentary tells the story of the five black and Latino teens from Harlem who were convicted in 1989 of raping a 28-year-old white woman in New York City’s Central Park. DNA evidence and a confession by a serial rapist later cleared Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Yusuf Salaam and Raymond Santana in 2002, after the five had spent as long as 13 years in prison. The film chronicles the “Central Park Jogger” case from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice.

The documentary showing is a preview to IIP’s Defenders of the Innocent Event, which will feature Exoneree Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” teenagers who at age 15 was falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned, and Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam. Sharonne fought tirelessly to prove the innocence of her son and the other boys until they were fully exonerated by DNA 13 years later.

The special viewing will feature hors d’ouevres and a cash bar reception prior to the documentary start at 5:30 p.m. Intermission will include a Q&A with IIP attorneys. The story of “The Central Park Five” raises important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights.

Seating is limited for this free documentary showing. Reservations are recommended by contacting illinoisinnocenceproject@uis.edu or calling 217/494-0823.

Illinois Innocence Project’s Defenders of the Innocent Event 

Yusef and Sharonne will keynote the Illinois Innocence Project’s 10th annual fundraising event – the Defenders of the Innocent – on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

IIP is dedicated to releasing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit. It advocates on behalf of this silenced population by researching and investigating claims of innocence, providing legal representation and other assistance to prove credible claims of actual innocence, educating students and the public about criminal justice system failures that lead to wrongful convictions, and working with policymakers and law enforcement to change rules, laws and practices to minimize wrongful convictions.

The Project has achieved 10 exonerations since its founding in 2001, with four of those occurring over the past two years. IIP receives over 300 requests for help from Illinois inmates each year. Undergraduates at the University of Illinois Springfield and law students from the state’s three public law schools work alongside and at the direction of IIP attorneys to review, evaluate and, where strong evidence of actual innocence exists, investigate and legally pursue claims of innocence.

The Defenders of the Innocent Event on April 29 will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and cash bar cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner and program at 6 p.m. Individual reservations are $100 and a table of 10 is $900. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Full event and sponsorship information is at go.uis.edu/DOI2017.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

UIS Speaker Series explores “The Failure of the War on Drugs: Finding Humanity in an Unjust System”

Photo Credit: Roc Martin

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and Springfield Dominican Sisters present “The Failure of the War on Drugs: Finding Humanity in an Unjust System”.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Major Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, will lead a discussion on his belief that the war on drugs is failing society.

Franklin, a former narcotics agent, said his steadfast belief in fighting the drug war was changed initially by the Mayor of Baltimore who declared that the drug war was not working, was counter-productive and created excessive violence. The loss of a close friend and fellow agent while making an undercover drug deal sealed that belief.

As the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), Franklin now advocates for the regulation and control of drugs and a law enforcement approach that defends human rights and views drug misusers as persons in need of treatment instead of punishment.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nationally recognized STEM summer camp coming to the University of Illinois Springfield

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program. The camp is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The weeklong day camp for students entering grades first through six turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary though hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

WHEN: June 19-23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Campus (Founders & University Hall)

DETAILS: Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.

This year’s new, action-packed Camp Invention curriculum titled “LAUNCH” features several hands-on modules:
  • Duct Tape Billionaire: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors;
  • Have a Blast: Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;
  • Mission Space Makers: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and
  • Operation Keep Out: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box. 
Parents are asked to register their children by March 20, 2017 using the online form at www.campinvention.org.

The Springfield program will be led by Harshavardhan Bapat, Ph.D., UIS associate professor of chemistry. For more information, contact him at 217/206-7744 or hbapa1@uis.edu.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

UIS Friday Night Star Parties resume in March

The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Friday Night Star Parties will resume in March. Those dates include: March 17, 24 and 31. Friday Night Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS observatory on the roof of Brookens Library.

Star Parties are hosted by John Martin, UIS associate professor of astronomy/physics. The observatory’s telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects including Mars, the Moon, the Great Nebula in Orion and other double stars and star clusters when visible.

A typical Star Party begins with a presentation as visitors ascend the stairs to the observatory, learning about galaxies, the sun and stars along the way. On the roof observation deck visitors are invited to view the skies through telescopes and ask questions. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish between 8 and 10 p.m.

Friday Night Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner of the building.

Star Parties may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party. Participants may also follow the UIS Observatory on Twitter (@UISObservatory) for updates.

For more information on Star Parties, email John Martin at jmart5@uis.edu or visit www.uis.edu/astronomy/about/starparties.html.

UIS Speaker Series explores ways women can lead in traditionally male environments

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and the UIS Women’s Center presents “Does Leadership Have a Gender?” featuring UIS alumna Samantha Drew Gordon. In this International Women’s Day presentation, Gordon will share her experiences as a leader and identify ways that women can lead in traditionally male environments.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Increasingly, women are rising to leadership roles in traditionally male environments. These women often find themselves struggling to be respected and taken seriously unless they resort to traditional aggressive leadership modalities. Gordon will offer suggestions on ways that women can lead and achieve respect.

As a student at UIS, Gordon was president of the Student Government Association her junior and senior years. Following graduation, she started her career working at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, Sojourner Center in Phoenix. In 2008, she began working for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Arizona as an organizer working to bring child care providers a living wage and a union. Over the last nine years at SEIU, Gordon has worked on various political campaigns, organizing initiatives, and helped build and implement a national leadership development program for the union. In 2015, Gordon moved to California as statewide field director of SEIU Local 1000.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

This event is part of UIS Campus Safety Week and Women’s History Month. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UIS Speaker Series to host "The U.S. Immigrant Population: Myths vs. Facts" panel discussion


WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will explore “The U.S. Immigrant Population: Myths vs. Facts” during a panel discussion.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 4 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Immigration has become a hotly contested political issue in the United States. The goal of this panel discussion is to dispel the myths associated with immigration and give the audience a clearer understanding of the subject.

The panel will explore the history of immigration to the United States and immigration policy. Participants will learn about the impact of immigrant workers on the U.S. economy, consumer prices, and associated human rights issues. The panel will also discuss how American culture has been influenced by immigrant populations.

Panelists include Adriana Crocker, UIS associate professor of political science; Anette Sikka, UIS assistant professor of legal studies and Yona Stamatis, UIS assistant professor of ethnomusicology.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center and Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Establishing Springfield – and the Horseshoe too!"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Office of Advancement, Alumni SAGE Society, Chancellor’s Office and the Illinois State Historical Society presents “Establishing Springfield – and the Horseshoe too!” as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room C/D, located on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Linda Garvert, retired staff member of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library, presents on the people, places and events which established Springfield. Howard Seidel, UIS executive chef, and Randy Williams, culinary instructor/food expert, share tales and ingredients which “cooked up” the legendary horseshoe sandwich and the program’s horseshoe buffet.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. A discounted series subscription is available for $60/per person.

Other upcoming Lunch & Learn events include “The Bears and the 'Gettes” on March 29 and “The Great Outdoors” on April 18. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the university's tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

Visit www.uis.edu/advancement/alumni/ to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email advancement@uis.edu.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

UIS students to hold Dance Marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network

WHAT: Students at the University of Illinois Springfield will hold a Dance Marathon as part of a fundraising campaign for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield. Members of the public are invited to participate.

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Participants can sign up for the Dance Marathon as an individual or as part of a team with a fundraising goal. Anyone is welcome to participate and can register online at www.dmuis.org or at the event. Participants pay a $5 registration fee and are asked to fundraise at least $20 by February 24.

The Dance Marathon will feature a DJ, a variety of performances by different organizations and food coordinating with the themes “Birthday”, “Luau”, “Mardi Gras” and “Olympics”.

Six local families who have benefited from the Children’s Miracle Network at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will share their stories starting at 4:30 p.m.

UIS students have been raising money for the campaign throughout the year. Last year, they raised $6,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

UIS Speaker Series presents "Literary Citizenship: Publishing, Writing, and Editing in 2017"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Literary Citizenship: Publishing, Writing, and Editing in 2017” featuring literary publisher, editor, and award-winning poet KMA Sullivan and poet Justin Phillip Reed.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Sullivan and Reed will read from their new books of poetry and discuss literary citizenship and the publishing process in the 21st century. As the founder of YesYes Books, a leading independent press recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Sullivan will discuss how she sustains an equitable press and builds a social just literary community. As a writer published by YesYes books, Reed will discuss the editorial relationship from the writer’s standpoint. He will also discuss the creation of “The History of Flamboyance”, a collection which explores place and the black queer experience, among other topics.

Sullivan is the author of “Necessary Fire”, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She is the editor-in-chief of Vinyl Poetry and the publisher at YesYes Books. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Virginia Tech.

Reed’s first full-length book of poetry, “Indecency”, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2018. His work appears—or soon will—in Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He received his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

 This event is co-sponsored by the UIS College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Shelterbelt Reading Series. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

UIS Visual Arts Gallery exhibit "Safe Harbor: Work by Diaz Lewis" spotlights immigration reform

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery presents “Safe Harbor: Work by Diaz Lewis”. Diaz Lewis - the collaborative duo comprised of Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis - creates art that address themes of immigration and prompts social change. The exhibit, featuring their latest project, “34,000 Pillows”, will open with a reception on Thursday, March 2 and run through Thursday, April 13.

In conjunction with their exhibition reception, Diaz Lewis will present a UIS Engaged Citizen Common Experience (ECCE) lecture titled “Diaz Lewis: Artivism and Immigration Reform” on March 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.

Their talk will center on “34,000 Pillows” which was developed in response to the Congressional “detention-bed mandate,” a statutory quota that enforces Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain at least 34,000 immigrants every day in over 250 private prisons and county jails across the country.

To materialize the human impact of the mandate, Diaz Lewis is creating a pillow to represent every designated bed and each immigrant detained as a result of the mandate. The pillows are comprised of articles of clothing donated by undocumented immigrants, prior detainees, and their allies. In an attempt to symbolically “buy back” the 34,000 beds for one single day, 100% of the funds raised from sales of the pillows are going towards alternatives to the bed mandate, and organizations whose efforts restore human dignity such as Human Rights Watch and Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants.

Immediately following the lecture, an exhibition reception will take place at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Safe Harbor: Work by Diaz Lewis” prompts participation from our campus community and beyond. “34,000 Pillows” is an open invitation to anyone who wants to contribute to the process by creating a pillow design, donating clothing, deconstructing clothing, or purchasing a pillow. Since the project’s inception in early 2016, over 300 students and individuals have participated in the project by bringing donations of materials and participating in the creation of pillow designs. A design workstation will be located directly outside of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery throughout the exhibition run and is open to the public. An ever-growing pile of pillows, the art installation translates a human experience that statistics alone cannot.

Diaz Lewis met in 2012 and worked across the divide between Cuba and the U.S. Now based in Los Angeles, their practice as artists and activists is fueled by deconstructing social processes and the symbols and politics behind them. In the selection of topics such as rhetoric, immigration or property rights, they dissect relevant themes from two distinct and often opposing angles. Recent exhibitions include “Home Land Security” For Site Foundation, San Francisco (2016); “Soul Asylum” Weinberg Newton Gallery, Chicago (2016); “A Dream Deferred” Aspect/Ratio, Chicago (2015); “Cul De Sac” Mission Gallery, Chicago (2015); and “The Other’s Voice” Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Chicago (2014). Diaz Lewis were most recently artists-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center at the end of 2016 with the support of the Joyce Foundation.

The Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery at 217/206-6506 or alach@uis.edu.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

UIS Speaker Series explores Black Lives Matter through the prism of Fredrick Douglass

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Black Lives Matter - Through the Prism of Fredrick Douglass”. The panel discussion will explore the Black Lives Matter Movement through the prism of Douglass' “West India Emancipation” speech of 1857.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: The event, as part of Black History Month, will highlight societal and legal institutional challenges that are faced today by African Americans. By illustrating their plight, this event hopes to build awareness to the struggles faced by at-risk populations in general, and African Americans specifically.

Panelists include Dorine Brand, UIS assistant professor of public health; Pastor Jerry Doss, lead pastor of Abundant Faith Christian Center in Springfield; Ty Dooley, UIS assistant professor of public administration and director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program; Tess Dooley, UIS visiting instructor of legal studies; and Tiffani Saunders, UIS instructor of sociology and African-American studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center and the UIS Departments of Legal Studies, African-American Studies and Public Health.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

UIS town hall meeting to explore the implications of President Trump’s executive order on immigration

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host a town hall meeting exploring the implication of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 5 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Public Affairs Center, Sangamon Auditorium Lobby

DETAILS: This town hall meeting will offer an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about how Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and refugees may affect themselves, their friends, and/or their families. Individual legal advice will not be given, but audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Panelists will include Anette Sikka, UIS assistant professor of legal studies; Deborah Anthony, UIS associate professor of legal studies; Lauren Myerscough-Mueller; UIS Illinois Innocence Project staff attorney; and Jonathan GoldbergBelle, UIS director of International Programs.

The event is sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center, Legal Studies Department and the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Sophia Gehlhausen, UIS Diversity Center program and outreach coordinator, at 217/206-6333 or sophia@uis.edu.

UIS, Junior League and United Way seek nominations for the annual Good as Gold volunteer awards

The University of Illinois Springfield, Junior League of Springfield, and the United Way of Central Illinois are seeking nominations for the 9th annual Good as Gold volunteer awards. The awards ceremony will be held on April 24, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby at UIS.

The awards recognize volunteers who use their time and talents to help improve the lives of others in the Springfield area. Over 40 awards will be given to Sangamon County community volunteers, organizations, and businesses.

Individuals and organizations can be nominated in several categories including Heart of Gold, Youth Volunteer, Organization of the Year and Distinguished Volunteer. The ceremony will also recognize UIS and/or LLCC faculty/staff members and students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service.

Businesses may apply for the Good as Gold Business Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes businesses that have given back to our community thought direct service and charitable giving.

Over the past eight years, the ceremony has recognized hundreds of volunteers for freely giving their time and talents to make Springfield a better place to live and thrive.

Event details, descriptions of the awards categories, and the online nomination forms can be found at www.uis.edu/volunteer/communitypartners/goodasgold/. The nomination deadline is March 1, 2017.

For questions please contact, Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, at mdoch2@uis.edu or 217/206-8448.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UIS to host Career Connections Expo for students, alumni and community members

WHAT: The career centers at the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are excited to announce the 2017 Career Connections Expo. Community members, students and alumni from the two institutions and other colleges are invited to attend the free event.

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: The Expo is designed to help attendees make professional connections, find jobs and internships and explore career paths. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment.

Representatives from more than 100 employers are expected to be on hand. The event has an average attendance of more than 300 students, alumni, and community members.

Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required, business-casual attire is required (NO jeans), and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the Expo.

Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at www.uis.edu/career.

The expo is sponsored by MSF&W Consulting, Inc., OSF Healthcare, College Pro, Wise Equation Solutions Inc., and NPR Illinois (WUIS).

For more information, or to register, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UIS to host two-day conference on the effects of poverty on child well-being in Illinois

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership will host “Building Our Children’s Futures: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference to Address and Confront Child Poverty”. The two-day conference will present and discuss the latest research on the damaging effects of poverty on child well-being and ways to stop the trend. About one in five children in Illinois —more than 600,000—live in poverty.

WHEN: Thursday, March 23 - Friday, March 24, 2017

WHERE: UIS Public Affairs Center

DETAILS: The conference aims to bridge research, application and practice by bringing K-12 teachers, healthcare, mental health, law enforcement, early childhood and social service professionals together with scholars, practitioners, policymakers, service providers and activists in the fields of neuroscience, pediatric medicine, mental health, education, law enforcement and social service to explore the current research on the damaging effects of poverty on child outcomes, intervention programs and strategies that work and the public policy implications on the damaging effects of poverty on children.

Keynote speakers include Diana Rauner, Ph.D., president of Ounce of Prevention; Benard Dreyer, M.D., FAAP President, American Academy of Pediatric; and Bryan Samuels, executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, the Illinois Head Start Association, the United Way of Central Illinois Ventures Grant, Springfield School District 186, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the Illinois Education Association, The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, The Land of Lincoln Community Foundation Women for Women’s Fund and Hospital Sisters Health System of St. John’s Hospital.

The registration fee for the conference is $300. Participants can register online at http://blogs.uis.edu/ChildreninPoverty/. For more information, contact Lorena Johnson at 217/206-6079 or ljohn04s@uis.edu.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

UIS Speaker Series to screen and discuss documentary on North Korea and propaganda

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a screening and discussion of the documentary film “The Propaganda Game” by Álvaro Longoria. The film explores how propaganda functions inside and outside of North Korea.

WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Longoria was allowed to film within North Korea, although his visit was monitored by a Spanish sympathizer for the North Korean government who himself becomes a subject of the documentary. The film includes interviews as well as archival and contemporary news footage as it attempts to describe the nation’s social and political realities with attention to media manipulation by and against the government of North Korea.

The ECCE Speaker Series will screen and discuss the film, confronting basic and important questions about how people around the world acquire political knowledge of places and events they’ve never experienced.

The discussion following the screening will be moderated by Richard Gilman-Opalsky, UIS associate professor and chair of political science. He is the founder of Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS). The idea behind PAPS is to consider how “political art” raises provocative social and political questions, and to engage in discussion with students, faculty, and members of the general public.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, January 23, 2017

UIS English Department to host "Winter Dreams" event featuring live poetry and classical music

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield English Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences present “Winter Dreams”. The evening will include original poetry read by members of Springfield Poets and Writers, live classical music by Blackwater String Ensemble, a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oevres. The event is open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Public Affairs Center Restaurant

DETAILS: In conjunction with Springfield Poets and Writers and the Blackwater String Ensemble, the UIS English Department has created this event both as a fundraiser for graduate students in their newly designed master’s in English program and in an effort to foster a more connected relationship between cultural and fine arts communities in the Springfield area.

A suggested donation of $12 ($6 for current UIS students) will help to fund graduate students’ professional development, including attending conferences and literary festivals and performing research.

In the fall of 2015, the UIS English Department launched its redesigned master’s degree program. Its curriculum was re-created to better prepare students for the digital and technologically-based aspects of positions in teaching, writing, and publishing. The proceeds from “Winter Dreams” will support students in the program’s two tracks—Digital Pedagogy and Digital Publishing.

For more information about the UIS English Department, visit the department's website or connect with the department on Facebook. Questions about the event may be directed to UIS English Instructor Gillian Bauer at 217/206-8332 or gbaue2@uis.edu.