Thursday, March 21, 2019

UIS Speaker Series to explore “Queer Poets of Color: Undocupoets and Migrant Literary Activism"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a discussion on “Queer Poets of Color: Undocupoets and Migrant Literary Activism.” The presentation will be led by Christopher Soto, a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. The event is part of the national LGBTQ Day of Silence observed on campus.

WHEN: 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

DETAILS: Soto will discuss queer of color poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the age of mass incarceration with an emphasis on undocumented literary activism. During this event, students will explore the intersections of queer identities and poetry with activism as it relates to undocumented youth.

Soto is the author of “Sad Girl Poems” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of “Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color” (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers. In 2017, he was awarded The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism by Split This Rock and he was invited to teach a Poetry and Protest Movements course at Columbia University, as part of the June Jordan Teaching Corp. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He received his master of fine arts in poetry from New York University (NYU).

This event is cosponsored by the UIS Office of Gender and Sexuality Student Services, the UIS Diversity Center, the UIS Women’s Center and the Organization of Latin American Students.

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/.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

UIS students to hold a 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: 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019

WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

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 https://go.uis.edu/dm2019 or at the event. Participants pay a $10 registration fee and are asked to fundraise at least $20 by March 23.

The Dance Marathon will feature fun music, a variety of performances by different organizations and food. The theme for this year’s Dance Marathon is Olympics. Various games will be hosted throughout the night to make the event fun and engaging.

Six local families who have benefited from the Children’s Miracle Network at HSHS St. John’s Hospital will share their stories starting at 2:30 p.m.

UIS students have been raising money for the campaign throughout the year. Over the past five years, the event has raised more than $25,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces a curatorial walkthrough for “The Magnificently Mundane”

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to announce a curatorial walkthrough for its current exhibition, “The Magnificently Mundane,” a group exhibition that presents works selected from the field of graphic design. Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media and curator of this exhibit, will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition where she will guide the audience through the works on display and share contextual information about both the works and field of graphic design.

The exhibition walkthrough for “The Magnificently Mundane” will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“The Magnificently Mundane” features works from designers throughout the country, among them Thom Caraway (Spokane, Washington), James Ewald (Edmond, Oklahoma), Lisa Hammershaimb (Chicago, Illinois), Jessica Hawkins (Shreveport, Louisiana), Alma Hoffmann (Mobile, Alabama), Laura Huisinga (Fresno, California), Taekyeom Lee (Boone, North Carolina), Jeanne Komp (Royersford, Pennsylvania), Renee Meyer Ernst (Davenport, Iowa), Shannon McCarthy (Richmond, Kentucky), Ed Outhouse (Joplin, Missouri), Chris Sickels (Greenfield, Indiana), Becky Simpson (Nashville, Tennessee), RJ Thompson (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Teruko Tsubaki (Omaha, Nebraska), Natalie Tyree (Bowling Green, Kentucky) and Neil Ward (Des Moines, Iowa).

At UIS, Bjorngaard teaches courses in graphic design and digital media, including technology, print, typography, web, animation, digital and film photography and professional skills. In addition to teaching, she is a freelance graphic designer, exhibiting artist, a Springfield Art Association board member and was a member of DEMO Project (a former artist-run contemporary and alternative project gallery space in Springfield).

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.

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

UIS Illinois Innocence Project Defenders of the Innocent event to feature the Exoneree Band

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Illinois Innocence Project will hold the 12th annual Defenders of the Innocent fundraising event featuring the Exoneree Band. The band is comprised of five exonerees from throughout the country who lost a collective 92 years of their lives to wrongful imprisonment. Through storytelling and original songs, they will share their experiences of wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019 (cocktail reception at 5 p.m., dinner & program at 6 p.m.)

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, Illinois

DETAILS: The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) will also recognize the posthumous exoneration of Grover Thompson, granted clemency in January 2019 by outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner. This is considered the first posthumous exoneration in Illinois, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Thompson was wrongfully convicted in 1981 and died during his wrongful imprisonment in 1996. In addition to securing Thompson’s pardon, IIP, since its founding in 2001, has helped free 11 wrongfully convicted individuals.

The Project will present its “Defender of the Innocent” awards to S.T. Jamison Jr. and James W. Reed Jr. Jamison advocated for the posthumous exoneration of his uncle, including testifying in front of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He represents all family and friends of the wrongfully convicted who never give up fighting to bring justice to their loved ones. Reed provides critical pro bono legislative consulting to IIP, helping staff navigate the legislative process and strengthen relationships with policymakers. In 2018, he guided IIP toward passage of landmark legislation and the overturn of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s subsequent veto to create the nation’s strongest law to protect innocent people from jailhouse informant testimony.

On average, it takes 7-10 years to free an innocent person from prison, and hundreds of thousands of dollars per case. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff.

Registration for the Defenders of the Innocent event is required by Monday, March 25, 2019. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to purchase a seat, visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject/ or call 217/206-6569.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Irish Heritage & History"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Office of Advancement, Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society presents “Irish Heritage & History” as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: In celebration of Irish heritage in Illinois, Eileen McMahon, professor and chair of the history program at Lewis University, will discuss her research on the parish communities found along the Illinois & Michigan Canal and the Irish immigrants who built this vital passageway.

Theodore Karamanski, professor of history and public history director at Loyola University Chicago, will present on the Irish in the Civil War. This presentation will feature live music by Wild Columbine.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to each event.

Join us for the final Lunch & Learn presentation of the semester “Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois” on April 30.

These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

Visit https://go.uis.edu/LLspring2019 to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email advancement@uis.edu.

Monday, March 4, 2019

UIS Speaker Series presents “Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis”

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis,” a discussion by author Keona Ervin, assistant professor of African-American History in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

WHEN: Monday, March 25, 2019, at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: As part of Women's History Month, Ervin will examine one history of Black women's leadership in our region based on her book “Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis,” which won the 2018 Missouri History Book Award. From the 1930s to 1960s, Black women formed a community-based culture of resistance to fight for employment, a living wage, dignity, representation, and political leadership. Their politics played an important role in defining urban political agendas. Professor Ervin sheds light on the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the 20th century.

Ervin served as Center for Missouri Studies Faculty Fellow at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Her current projects examine the history of black women and the U.S. labor movement and working-class organization and black radical politics in the late 20th Century.

This event is cosponsored by the UIS Departments of Sociology Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, History, African-American Studies and Political Science. It is also sponsored by the UIS Provost's Office and the UIS Diversity Center.

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/.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

UIS Music Program presents spring recital

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program presents a Spring Recital featuring performances by the UIS Flute Choir, UIS Chorus, Camerata student musicians, UIS music faculty and honorable mention recipients of the UIS Music Soloist Competition. The performance is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS TV Studio – Office of Electronic Media, located in the Public Affairs Center at UIS

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of chamber and solo music from UIS Music students and faculty. This recital will also feature UIS Music Soloist Competition honorable mention soloists Meredith Crifasi (violin) and James Ukonu (voice).

The UIS Flute Choir will open the program with arrangements of J.S. Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” and Catherine McMichael’s “Silver Celebration.” UIS Camerata student musicians will be playing the “Romance” movement of Rachmoninoff’s first string quartet and Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” for voice, violin and piano. UIS Music faculty soloists Yichen Li, Bill Mitchell, Kristin Sarvela, Josh Song, Abigail Walsh and Pei-I Wang will perform works for trombone, oboe, guitar, flute and piano in various combinations. Directed by Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sharon Graf, the UIS Chorus will finish the program with a set of three songs including “Africa” by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro.

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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents "The Magnificently Mundane" curated by Professor Brytton Bjorngaard

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “The Magnificently Mundane,” a group exhibition that presents works selected from the field of graphic design. The exhibit is curated by Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media, and features designers from around the country.

The exhibition will open on Thursday, February 28, and run through Thursday, April 11. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, February 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.

According to Bjorngaard, “Design is part of our everyday. It’s the cereal box opened at breakfast to the junk mail when home from work. It’s the mundane. It’s also the invite for a friend’s wedding -- to the art adorning the living room wall. It’s the magnificent. Whether created for a client, part of a research project, or created for pleasure, ‘The Magnificently Mundane’ showcases what it means to be graphic design.”

“The Magnificently Mundane” features works from Thom Caraway (Spokane, Washington), James Ewald (Edmond, Oklahoma), Lisa Hammershaimb (Chicago, Illinois), Jessica Hawkins (Shreveport, Louisiana), Alma Hoffman (Mobile, Alabama), Laura Huisinga (Fresno, California), Taekyeom Kim (Boone, North Carolina), Jeanne Komp (Royersford, Pennsylvania), Renee Meyer Ernst (Davenport, Iowa), Shannon McCarthy (Richmond, Kentucky), Ed Outhouse (Joplin, Missouri), Chris Sickels (Greenfield, Indiana), Becky Simpson (Nashville, Tennessee), RJ Thompson (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Kim Topp (College Station, Texas), Teruko Tsubaki (Omaha, Nebraska), Natalie Tyree (Bowling Green, Kentucky) and Neil Ward (Des Moines, Iowa).

At UIS, Bjorngaard teaches courses in graphic design and digital media, including technology, print, typography, web, animation, digital and film photography and professional skills. In addition to teaching, she is a freelance graphic designer, exhibiting artist, a Springfield Art Association board member and was a member of DEMO Project (a former artist-run contemporary and alternative project gallery space in Springfield).

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.

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

UIS Speaker Series presents “Hiking the Keystone XL Pipeline: A 1700-Mile Eco-Adventure”

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Hiking the Keystone XL Pipeline: A 1700-Mile Eco-Adventure,” a talk by award-winning author Ken Ilgunas, a professional travel and environmental writer.

WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Ilgunas spent 5 months hiking the entire length of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which will deliver oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas. Along the way, he collected stories from landowners about how the pipeline will impact their lives, local environments, and the global climate. Ilgunas will share what this journey taught him about environmental politics, climate change, and culture in the American heartland. He will take an environmental studies approach, weaving together science, history, personal reflection, cultural studies and environmental philosophy.

Ilgunas has penned articles for The New York Times, Time, Backpacker, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also the author of three books that have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and NPR and in The New Yorker and National Geographic. He holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo in history and English and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University.

This event is cosponsored by the UIS Campus Senate Committee on Sustainability, UIS Department of Environmental Studies, UIS Green Fee Committee and Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE).

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/.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

UIS Speaker Series explores the plight of the Rohingya Refugees of Myanmar

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will explore the plight of the Rohingya Refugees of Myanmar during a lecture by Azeem Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy in Washington and the author of “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide.”

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 7 p.m.

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

DETAILS: The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. The re-emergence of a newly democratic Myanmar on the global stage has been accompanied by international scrutiny of its maltreatment of minority groups resulting in the recent creation of a high-level commission on the issue led by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. As part of his lecture, Ibrahim will argue that the use of religion as a unifying nationalist sentiment has left the Rohingya disenfranchised and marginalized.

Ibrahim earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, World Fellow at Yale and a Rothermere Fellow at the University of Oxford. Ibrahim has been researching the Rohingya crisis for more than half a decade and has made numerous trips to Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. He has also been published by The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, Newsweek, CNN, Foreign Policy and others and is regularly invited to advise policy makers on this issue.

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/.

Monday, February 4, 2019

UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Office of Advancement, Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society presents “Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House” as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: Guy Fraker, a retired attorney, author and Lincoln historian, will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s 20-plus year career as a lawyer and part-time judge on the 8th judicial circuit.

Kathryn Harris, immediate past president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and former director of library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a first-person portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley, former slave and Mary Lincoln’s trusted friend and modiste, who later wrote about her White House years.

The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to each event. A discounted series subscription is available for $60/per person now through February 19.

Other upcoming Lunch & Learn events include “Irish Heritage & History” on March 27 and “Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois” on April 30. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

Visit https://go.uis.edu/LLspring2019 to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email advancement@uis.edu.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are excited to announce the 2019 Career Connections Expo. Community members, students and alumni from the hosting institutions and other colleges as well as community members are invited to attend the free event. The Expo is supported by advantage partners including Northwestern Mutual, NPR Illinois, MSF&W Inc., Omniskope and Wise Equation Solutions Inc.

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 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 current or future career opportunities.

Representatives from more than 100 organizations 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 resume 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.

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

UIS announces 2019 Black History Month celebration events

The University of Illinois Springfield will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of events designed to educate and raise awareness. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Black is Beautiful, Black is Powerful, Black is Confident and Black is Resilient.”

The following events are free and open to the public.

Friday, February 1 
Candle Light Vigil 
Students and community members are invited to participate in a Candle Light Vigil honoring the life of anyone who they have lost. Participants are encouraged to light a candle and say a few remarks for that special person. The vigil will start at 11:30 a.m. in the UIS Student Union.

Step Afrika! 
A performance by Step Afrika! will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Over the past 23 years Step Afrika! has grown to become one of the top 10 African American Dance Companies in the U.S. and Washington D.C.’s largest African American arts organization.

Wednesday, February 6 
Spoken Word
Artist Britteney Black Rose Kapri will be coming to campus and performing poetry at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Osborne Lounge. She is a teaching artist, writer, performance poet and playwright. She is the author of “Black Queer Hoe” (Haymarket Books, 2018). Her writing has been published in Poetry magazine, Vinyl, Day One, Seven Scribes and Kinfolks Quarterly.

Friday, February 8 
The History of Springfield – From 1908 to Now 
The Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series, the UIS Diversity Center and The Springfield NAACP will co-host a film screening and panel discussion at 4 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. This event will begin with a screening of the 30-minute film “Springfield Had No Shame: The Springfield Race Riot of 1908.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Teresa Haley, president of the NAACP Springfield and Illinois Chapters.

Sunday, February 10
Black Male Collegiate Society Induction Ceremony 
Join UIS as we celebrate the accomplishments of those being inducted into the Black Male Collegiate Society. Hear from various Black Male Collegiate Society members and newly inducted members on their journey from maleness to manhood. This event is at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 12
Know Your Heritage Bowl 
Join UIS for a trivia game to learn about important African-American people, inventions, and legislations that impact the way we see society today. The event will happen at 9 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Friday, February 15
High School-College Mixer 
Local high school students (juniors and seniors) are invited to partake in a campus visit where they will have a chance to interact, learn and socialize with many current African American student leaders at UIS. There will be a chance to learn more about the importance of Greek Life and witness a special presentation. This event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is open to local high school students.

Movie Screening & Discussion: “Cornbread, Earl and Me” (1975) 
Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to Wilford. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, the police mistake him for a rapist and shoot him dead in the street. Wilford is determined not to betray his hero’s memory. Join us for this movie screening and panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. This panel discussion is in conjunction and builds into the “Stranger Fruit” documentary screening and discussion.

Sunday, February 17 
Soul Food Festival
The Soul Food Festival serves as a time for the university to come together, have fun and listen to music, all while enjoying soul food. Educational and cultural exhibits will be displayed throughout the evening. This event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, lower level concourse.

Monday, February 18 
“Stranger Fruit” Documentary Screening 
The documentary “Stranger Fruit” will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The documentary tells the story of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on April 9, 2014. “Stranger Fruit” shows what took place through the eyes of Brown's family. Following the documentary, there will be a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of citizens and police officers in the U.S.

Tuesday, February 19
“Blackness Across Borders” 
Speaker Roberto Rincón will offer an analysis of black racial identification among Afro-Mexicans in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, Rooms C/D.

Wednesday, February 20 
Building your Trans Ally Toolkit or Beyond Black Trans Death & Doom
Black, gender-expanding activist, educator, and musician, Jay-Marie Hill will enlighten audiences on transgender power and resilience through lecture, discussion, and live original music at this UIS Black History Month event at 4 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Greatroom. This performance/experience will widen audience awareness to include living and thriving alongside transgender people. This performance experience will include a focus on supporting Black Trans Thriving.

Friday, February 22
Hairstory 
This event is being held at 4 p.m. in the Diversity Center to educate and create dialogue surrounding the importance of hair in the black community, specifically with women and the issues that can arise as a result of lack of understanding, discrimination, and appropriation. This panel discussion will provide education to those who might not have the understanding around hair and the black community, as well as allowing participants to share and ask questions they might have.

Saturday, February 23
Ebony Ball 
The Ebony Ball is a chance to appreciate and celebrate the black excellence of our current student leaders. The evening will be filled with education, laughter and positivity. The event is open to all students who believe in leadership and unity. Please take the time to increase the value of our student leaders by rooting them on in celebration this evening. Dress attire is business casual. This event will take place in the Student Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. Lincoln Land Community College students are welcomed to attend.

Sunday, February 24
Gospel Karaoke 
This is an event that will highlight spirituality within the black community as its importance and prominence within the culture. Join us at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Greatroom.

Thursday, February 28 
Closing Ceremony 
Students will reflect on Black History Month during this closing ceremony featuring food and discussion at 3 p.m. in the Diversity Center.

For more information on Black History Month events, visit the UIS Diversity Center website at www.uis.edu/diversitycenter/ or contact Justin Rose, director of diversity and inclusion designee, at 217/206-6333 or jrose22@uis.edu.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UIS Speaker Series explores “Sanctuary Healthcare” for immigrants in the United States

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “Sanctuary Healthcare for All: Public Health Protecting the Rights of Immigrants and Marginalized People,” a discussion led by Susan Avila, a registered nurse and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: “Sanctuary Healthcare” is a term used to describe a health care system that is a welcoming, accessible and a safe place for all, regardless of immigration status. According to Avila, the current political climate in the United States has generated fear, anxiety and hopelessness among immigrants. She will discuss how this has led individuals to not seek care for their existing medical conditions for the fear of being arrested and deported.

Avila has worked in a broad spectrum of roles from a public health nurse based in one of the first established community health centers nationally to bedside nursing in acute care institutions. She was a member of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s administration where she helped to rebuild the food protection program. Collaborating with faculty at the UIC School of Public Health, she has published in the areas of occupational injury, violence prevention and elder maltreatment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois.

This event is cosponsored by the UIS Public Health Student Association.

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/.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Four UIS faculty members to present their research during public presentations on campus

Four faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield will present their research as part of the Spring Semester 2019 Faculty Scholarship Series. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The Series starts next week with Michael Cheney, UIS professor specializing in communications, media and politics, popular music and society. He will present “Are We There Yet? Bits and Bytes of the History of Presidential Campaign Advertising in the Internet Age” from 5 to 6 p.m. on March 6, in the Public Affairs Center (PAC), Conference Room H.

Sibel Oktay, UIS associate professor of political science, will discuss the results from her sabbatical research, “Governing Abroad: Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy in Europe,” on April 9, 2019, from 4 to 5 p.m. in PAC Conference Room F.

On April 25, Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, will present “Abraham Lincoln and African Americans” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union, Conference Rooms 225 & 226.

The Series concludes on May 1, 2019. Junfeng Wang, UIS associate professor of public administration, will discuss “What China Can Learn from Western Political Party Laws” from 7 to 8 p.m. in PAC Conference Room F.

The Faculty Scholarship Series was started last year to highlight research at UIS and to share these results with the larger Springfield community.

For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or kdung1@uis.edu.

UIS Black History Month event examines "The History of Springfield – From 1908 to Now"

WHAT: As part of Black History Month, the University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series, the UIS Diversity Center and The Springfield NAACP will co-host a film screening and panel discussion on “The History of Springfield – From 1908 to Now.”

WHEN: Friday, February 8, 2019, at 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: This event will begin with a screening of the 30-minute film “Springfield Had No Shame: The Springfield Race Riot of 1908.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Teresa Haley, president of the NAACP Springfield and Illinois Chapters. The panel will also include previous NAACP presidents and members. The panelists will discuss the history and plight of the NAACP since its establishment in 1909 up until now, 110 years later.

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/.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Pleasure Comes in Halves” by Milwaukee artist Thaddeus Kellstadt

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Pleasure Comes in Halves,” a mixed-media installation by Milwaukee-based artist Thaddeus Kellstadt. The exhibition, featuring paintings, sculptures and videos, will open on Monday, January 14, and run through Thursday, February 14. A reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, January 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Kellstadt arrived in Springfield at the start of the new year for a two-week stay that will allow him to develop new work on-site for this exhibit. He has been using the UIS Visual Arts Gallery as a studio while gathering materials for his work from various sources throughout the Springfield community. He has been staying at the Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists.

Of his work, Kellstadt says, “The structures I paint on are made primarily out of discarded wood. I pick through this discarded wood, to pull out the interesting shapes and forms. There is a lot of collecting in my process. I visit thrift stores looking for wooden animals, bowls and bric-a-brac to cut and fit into my structures. Collecting and reformation are vital parts of my work, and allow me create wonderful problems for myself with what I find. Constructing the forms is a cross between playing with building blocks and fitting together a puzzle. The process is a negotiation between my aspirations and the stubborn nature of the forms. Each step of the construction informs the next, with color being my ultimate instrument and negotiator.”

Kellstadt has shown his work nationally and internationally at a variety of venues including Space 1026, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Secret Project Robot, New York, New York; Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California; DEMO Project, Springfield, Illinois; Alice Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; Cell Project Space, London, United Kingdom; SPACE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Contemporary Art Museum & Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina; The Ski Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and screened work at The MCA, Chicago, Illinois; PDX Film Festival, Portland, Oregon; CPHDOX, Copenhagen, Denmark and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

UIS Speaker Series explores "Violent Video Games – The Myths, The Research, and The Red Dead Redemption"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will explore “Violent Video Games – The Myths, The Research, and The Red Dead Redemption” with clinical psychologist and Stetson University Professor Christopher Ferguson.

WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019, at 6 p.m.

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

DETAILS: During the talk, Ferguson will present evidence that suggests violent video games do not contribute to violence in society. He will argue that continuing the moral panic over video games and technology can distract society from pressing social issues, such as mental health reform and gun policies. According to Ferguson, data from multiple studies suggests that violent games predict actual violence no better than a coin toss. Likewise, he says, concerns about video game or technology “addiction” are not firmly based in solid data. This talk offers tips for separating the rhetoric from good data on issues related to video game use and its impact on children.

Ferguson holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. He has clinical experience particularly in working with offender and juvenile justice populations as well as conducting evaluations for child protective services. In 2013, he was awarded a Distinguished Early Career Professional Award from Division 46 (media psychology and technology) of the American Psychological Association. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association through Division 1 (General Psychology, effective January, 2015). He is also the author of a historical mystery novel entitled “Suicide Kings” and “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong.”

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/.

Monday, January 7, 2019

UIS to host a Graduate School Fair to educate students about master’s degree programs

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will showcase its 20 master’s degree programs during the annual Graduate School Fair. Students from any institution who are considering earning a master’s degree or who want to learn more about UIS’ programs are invited to attend.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: Attendees will receive a $60 application fee waiver for their graduate school application. They will also have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with academic program chairs and representatives. The fair is designed to help students determine which program best fits their needs and interests.

Representative from all graduate programs, including accountancy, athletic training, business administration (MBA), communication, computer science, data analytics, educational leadership, education, English, environmental science, history, human development counseling, human services, legal studies, management information systems, political science, public administration and public health will be in attendance. The UIS Career Development Center, Admissions Department, Graduate Public Service Intern Program, Graduate Assistantship Programs and the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program will also be represented.

During the first 30 minutes, there will be an informational session featuring Cecilia Cornell, UIS associate vice chancellor for graduate education, who will speak on UIS graduate education and the value of a graduate degree. UIS Director of Admissions Fernando Planas will speak on the application process for graduate school, followed by Myra Kaufman, assistant director for the Office of Graduate Intern Programs, who will speak on assistance programs and paying for your graduate degree.

Registration for this event is encouraged, but is not required. Please register online at https://apply.uis.edu/register/gradfair. Questions may be direction to the UIS Office of Graduate Programs at 217/206-6153 or mkauf5@uis.edu.