Category: Campus Lectures and Other Events



Prof. Helaine Silverman has worked with two other colleagues on campus to found a new UNESCO Center on campus!


The public is invited to the inaugural event of the new UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship

Please join us! Learn about the goals of the new Center, partnership ties with UNESCO associations across the world, upcoming activities including a guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, museum tours, reading/discussion groups, guest speakers, school events, and traveling exhibitions.

Monday, April 15, 2013 5:00 – 7:00pm Champaign Public Library Robeson Rooms A&B

UNESCO and the Mission for Peace in a Troubled World

Mr. Guy Djoken

Executive Director, UNESCO Center for Peace Washington, D.C.
Introduction by Professor Barbara Ford, Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library Member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Other events with Guy Djoken

Sunday, April 14, 2013
WILL-AM 580 radio interview on “Keepin’ the Faith” with host Steve Shoemaker Listeners are invited to call-in with questions.

Tuesday, April 16
Room 219 Davenport Hall, University of Illinois Community Activism and UNESCO’s Millennial Goals

Support for the events is provided by: University of Illinois Anthropology, African-American Studies, International Forum for U.S. Studies, Center for Advanced Studies, and Center for Global Studies. April 15th reception’s food is donated by World Harvest, Schnucks, and Strawberry Fields.

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

“Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women”

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Check out all these upcoming campus events to celebrate the launch here: UNESCO Ctr at UIUC-Opening Events Flyer

Dr. Stanley HylandDr. Stanley Hyland will visit with us on Thursday, March 28, as a speaker in our 2012-2013 Colloquium on Engaged and Applied Anthropology. These colloquium events feature an afternoon keynote presentation to the Department and also small-group discussions among our graduate students and Dr. Hyland over lunch and dinner.

Thursday, March 28, 3:00pm, 109A Davenport Hall, Examining the Impact of Three Anthropological Figures in the Reformulation of Anthropology for the 21st Century: Developing New Approaches to Poverty Policy and Social Justice in Memphis and the Mid-South Regionkeynote presentation by Prof. Hyland.

Dr. Hyland is Professor and Head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy and a member of the Department of Anthropology faculty at the University of Memphis. He received his PhD in 1977 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and joined the faculty at the University of Memphis in 1976. Dr. Hyland has over 25 years of experience as an applied and urban anthropologist. He has focused his research on community building, particularly in its relation to grassroots economic activities. On a local level, his anthropological studies have included housing, neighborhood revitalization, new urbanism, evaluation, philanthropy, voluntary associations, and policy. On a national level, during 1989-1990, Dr. Hyland served as director of research for the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission, a federal commission to develop a strategic plan for economic development of the Delta for the year 2000. In addition to his research in community development, he has published numerous articles and monographs regarding neighborhood revitalization and public policy and has served on both local and national community-based advisory boards. Dr. Hyland received the 2012 Solon T. Kimball Award by the American Anthropological Association in recognition of his outstanding work in engaged and applied anthropology.

RipanMalhi2Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop at Institute for Genomic Biology

The Institute for Genomic Biology will once again be hosting the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop. The workshop will take place from August 4-10, 2013, at the IGB to discuss genomics as a tool for Native American communities and assist in the training of Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics.

The aims of the workshop are to facilitate discussions on indigenous values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, and to provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and biomedicine. Additional instruction in fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics, including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training, will take place.

“The SING workshop fosters a new generation of intellectual leaders with the tools to address the expanding frontiers of genomic science and interactions with indigenous communities,” says Ripan Malhi, Director of the SING program.

Combining ethical, legal, and social discussions surrounding historical Native American encounters with science and hands-on training in the latest genomics techniques and analytical programs, the goal of the workshop is to help prepare participants for future leadership positions in science research and teaching careers.

The SING workshop was first held at the IGB in 2011, with 12 attendees and several faculty advisors participating from universities across North America. The upcoming workshop looks to double the number of participants.

Tallbear“The SING workshop is an important resource for Native American students who often engage genomics out of a commitment to their tribal communities. SING offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum that recognizes that ‘science’ and ‘society’ are not separate, but entangled,” says Kim TallBear, SING faculty and assistant professor at UC Berkeley.

The workshop is open to tribal college students, community college students, university undergraduate students and graduate students, and individuals who would like to continue their education in the sciences. Registration is now open, and full details can be found at

PromoDoc is a European Union funded project to promote European doctoral program to scholars around the world. The three-year PromoDoc project is being implemented by an international consortium, led by Campus France and composed of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic, the British Council, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers, and the Institute of International Education. It helps doctoral students find the program that fits their needs and facilitates the exploration of funding opportunities, including the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program and Marie Curie Actions. Congratulations to Professors Alma Gottlieb on her appointment to serve as an Ambassador for PromoDoc!

Mark your calendars for an information session and join colleagues to learn more about these great opportunities from PromoDoc Ambassadors: “Graduate Studies in Europe,” Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 2:30pm to 3:30 pm, at the Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor (Room 514).


 From the earliest days of the influential literary magazine Accent in 1940 to the award-winning literary and design work being done now by Ninth Letter, Creative Writing has flourished at the University of Illinois. We present monthly podcasts about Creative Writing and the people who make it such a vibrant undergraduate major.

In September, professors Alma Gottlieb (Anthropology) and Philip Graham (Creative Writing) read from their newly published memoir Braided Worlds.

Listen to this podcast.


We are delighted to announce the Department of Anthropology’s Colloquium on Applied Anthropology and Careers Outside the Academy for the Fall 2012 semester. Through this colloquium series, we seek to enhance our students’ education, training, and preparation for seeking, obtaining, and working in non-academic positions in anthropology — an increasing focus in today’s intellectual landscape. Previous events in this series included talks in Spring 2012 by Ripan Malhi and Robert Myers.

This series includes four visiting experts in the Fall 2012 semester. Each expert will present a keynote talk at 3pm on a Thursday. We have also arranged for five graduate students to meet with each speaker over a lunch gathering and another group of five graduate students to meet with each speaker over dinner. These smaller, informal gatherings are intended to enhance our students’ opportunities for more in-depth conversations with these leading scholars in the fields of applied anthropology.

Dr. Jonathan Haas
Field Museum of Natural History

Thursday, September 20, 3 p.m.
Davenport Hall, Room 109A
Anthropologists and Archaeologists in Museums

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Adams
Global Heritage Fund

Thursday, October 18, 3 p.m.
Davenport Hall, Room 109A
NGOs and Archaeological Heritage Management

Dr. Shirley Fiske
University of Maryland

Thursday, October 25, 3 p.m.
Davenport Hall, Room 109A
Applied Anthropology in Governmental, Public Policy, and Sustainability Initiatives


Egungun! Power Concealed

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkaid Pavilion Exhibition

August 31 through December 30, 2012

Guest Curator: Timothy R. Landry

In a gallery adjacent to the African Gallery Reinstallation, Timothy Landry, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, will guest curate the focus exhibition Egungun! Power Concealed. This exhibition is based upon research Landry recently completed in the West African nation of Benin. Egungun are powerful Yoruba ancestors who are periodically summoned by their descendants to bring blessings and counsel to the world of the living. This exhibition will feature a lavishly sequined, full body egungun costume and undergarments and will project a video of an egungun in performance.


Come see ten of our graduating seniors present the research they’ve done this year for their Senior Capstone Projects!

When: Thur., April 19th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: 160 English Bldg

Come hungry–we’ll have lots of delicious food from Red Herring!


After accepting an invitation to speak at the annual L’Oréal executives conference in Paris next month, a University anthropology professor shared the message she plans to express to top executives of the global cosmetic producer with students.

Alma Gottlieb presented students with a preview of that speech Wednesday during a lecture at the Spurlock Auditorium, which about 100 students and faculty members attended.

[Read the rest of the article here:]

At its Feb. 22 meeting, the University of Illinois Student Senate passed a resolution encouraging Facebook users to avoid posting racially insensitive material on a memes page associated with the school. The page administrators voluntarily removed the posts deemed offensive, but the debate continued in the Opinions section of the Daily Illini, a student newspaper. Few of the racially charged memes referred to African-Americans or Latinos; most referred to students of Asian heritage.

The memes controversy exemplifies the type of issues that are the focus of the American University Meets the Pacific Century Project – a social science research laboratory guided by U. of I. professors Nancy Abelmann (anthropology, Asian American studies, East Asian languages and cultures), Soo Ah Kwon (Asian American studies, human and community development), Tim F. Liao (sociology, statistics) and Adrienne Lo (anthropology). Started in the spring of 2010, the AUPC Project is hosting the first conference to address this topic on March 9-10 (Friday and Saturday), with speakers from colleges in the U.S. and Canada as well as Yonsei University, the oldest private university in South Korea.

The conference will focus on the fastest-growing segments of international students – Asian undergraduates – with presentations on topics ranging from the social conditions in China and South Korea that drive education migration to the ways these students are changing American colleges and universities.

Read full article in University News.


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