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September 15-21, 2014

Women on the Move—Belly Fit: Free Weekly Bellydance Classes
Monday, Sept 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Belly Fit, a series designed for women-identifying students and part of our Women on the Move Series, consists of fitness classes for students seeking a women-identified workout space for religious or healing-related purposes. These FREE weekly belly dance classes take place at the Women’s Resources Center and are designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Get to Know Global Studies
Monday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building
Looking for a major with a global perspective? Join the Global Studies Leaders and Faculty for our annual Get to Know Global Studies event. The evening will highlight the thematic areas within the major: Global Health, Human Rights, Environment, Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Governance & Conflict Resolution, Wealth & Poverty, Cultures in Contact, and Knowledge, Communication & Information Systems. Study abroad and regional focus as well as internship, research opportunities, and career preparation will also be explored. Food will be served.
Melissa Schoeplein,
IATA Illini Art Therapy at the Women’s Resources Center
Monday, Sept. 15, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
Come participate in art workshops led by the Illini Art Therapy Association! Take a break from your classes and create art for self-reflection, self-knowledge and empowerment. The Illini Art Therapy Association will provide all necessary art supplies, occasionally offer refreshments, and lead self-expressive projects. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Becky Shaw Auditions Presented by the New Revels Players
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7-10 p.m.
1026 Lincoln Hall
Frothing with drama from the start, and liberally laced with humour and insults, Becky Shaw combines the worst first-date fears with the realities of broken families. No previous theatre experience required. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates are November 14-15 at Gregory Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Polishing Off Your Social Confidence
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.
405 Illini Union Room
Counseling Center paraprofessionals will be presenting a free workshop for students on social confidence. What does it mean to be socially confident? In this workshop, participants will be able to assess what social confidence means to them and receive tools to help them build their social confidence. We will focus on strategies and assessments based on the body, the mind, and social habits and use a strengths-based approach to create personalized action steps for building social confidence. Students wanting to build social confidence are encouraged to attend.
Ashley Galbraith,
Swing Dancing Lessons
Tuesdays OR Thursdays
University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., Champaign
Want to try something new? Want to impress your friends with swing dancing? The Illini Swing Society is offering six-week lesson sets for $30! Tuesdays, 8 p.m. - Level 1 Sec. A: Intro to Swing Dancing. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - Level 1 Sec. B: Intro to Swing Dancing, 8 p.m. - Level 2: Fundamentals of Lindy Hop. Additionally, we have free weekly dances every Thursday from 9-11 p.m. in 314 Illini Union. Classes started last week but you can still join! Visit our website if you have any questions.
Ann Lucenko,
Exhibit: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala
On display during museum hours Tuesday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Jan. 25
Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
This exhibit celebrates not only the artistry and endurance of the Maya weaving tradition but also the cultural intelligence and creative force of the weavers themselves. More than 90 textiles coming from 32 highland towns are presented, each textile woven in a style that identifies the town of its weaver and the wearer. Exhibit areas address the links between the living and ancient Maya, the weaver and the backstrap loom, textiles for daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, or huipil, ceremonial cloths and clothing, and evidence of evolution in textile designs. Free admission.
Kim Sheahan,
Members’ Night: “Goya and War”
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum Auditorium
Featuring Robert G. LaFrance, director of the David Owlsley Museum of Art at Ball State University and guest curator of the exhibition “Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra.” Must be a museum member or student member to attend. Please email the link below with questions.
Imprisonment and Education: Prison Justice Project’s Monthly Forums
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
311 Gregory Hall
Rebecca Ginsburg is director of Education Justice Project, which provides educational programs to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, and is an associate professor at the University of Illinois with research interests in prison education, historical carceral landscapes, and the Atlantic slave trade. Prison Justice Project’s Monthly Forums seek to generate local discussion and action centered on prison (in)justice by inviting researchers and activists to speak about their work. Prison Justice Project itself is a University YMCA affiliated registered student organization.
Will Leone,
Wednesday, Sept 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
What makes a man? This question is rarely asked and even more rarely discussed—especially by men. ManTalks is an opportunity to discuss men’s issues in today’s society. Each talk will be an open conversation about a different topic concerning the development of men and the role that society plays in manhood. From how work defines us to sharing our emotion, ManTalks looks to examine how men are able to be whom they want to be. Join the conversation about men, with men, in an environment that hopes to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what man “really” is.
Josh Stabinsky,
Sudden Sound Concert Featuring Joe McPhee: Survival Unit III
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery
Since the late 1960s, Joe McPhee has assembled groups under the name Survival Unit to explore and expand on the themes of American life and resistance. Survival Unit III has been performing nationally and internationally since 2006. Their most recent release is Game Theory. The Sudden Sound Concert Series presents leading artists in the fields of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde, establishing Krannert Art Museum as a destination for enthusiasts of today’s most progressive music from the U.S. and abroad.
Yoga for Healing: Women on the Move Fitness
Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
If you’ve been curious about yoga but hesitant to join an ongoing class, the WRC welcomes you to a yoga for healing class. We will begin with a background of yoga including philosophy, fundamental components of a yoga class, and styles of yoga. We will explore yoga breathing practices and learn some basic yoga poses, with an emphasis on safe movement and effective alignment. Our practice will conclude with a final relaxation period. Yoga for Healing is a safe space, survivor-centered and designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in!
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Sex + Gender Film Series: After Tiller
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m.
Second Floor, Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright, Champaign
After Tiller intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors M. Shane and L. Wilson created a moving and unique look at one of the incendiary topics of our time. Paid by the Student Cultural Programming Fee, NOW, and Advocates for Choice “Six Days for Reproductive Justice” series!
Rachel Lauren Storm,
Meet a Co-founder of YouTube and Others at History Careers Night
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-9:30 p.m.
319 Gregory Hall
Four distinguished alumni of the Department of History will speak on the paths and strategies that led them to their successful careers, allowing time for questions as well as informal conversation. Open to all majors. Refreshments provided! Sponsored by the Department of History. Panelists: J. Steven Beckett (B.A. ’70, J.D. ’73 - attorney, professor at law); Christina Brodbeck (B.A. ’01 - entrepreneur and co-founder of YouTube); Matthew Filter (B.A. ’08 - public policy consultant); and Sullivan (B.A. ’10 - attorney).
Scott Bartlett,
Illinois Alumni to Speak on Entrepreneurship
Friday, Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m.
Auditorium, NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark, Urbana
Distinguished University of Illinois alums Jerry Fiddler, Ping Fu, and Brand Fortner—along with recent graduate and Fiddler Innovation Fellow Austin Lin—will speak about entrepreneurship and transformative thinking. A reception will follow. All from the campus community are invited. This event is co-sponsored by NCSA and the Department of Computer Science.
Trish Barker,
Join the Illio Yearbook Staff
Contact Amanda by Friday, Sept, 19, if interested
Illini Media Building, 512 E. Green
Are you interested in writing, photography or design? Are you interested in having your work published? Join the 2015 Illio yearbook staff! No experience necessary. Contact Amanda, editor in chief, for more information. The first full-staff meeting and training session will be Sunday, Sept. 21. Join the tradition!
Amanda Adreani,
Alternative Seasonal Breaks
Applications due Friday, Sept. 19
Nothing to do over break? Looking to build your resume? Want to volunteer and travel? Alternative Seasonal Breaks (formerly Alternative Spring Break) is a student-run, nonprofit volunteer organization that sends services trips all over the U.S. This fall and winter break, we are sending 11 trips with issues ranging from tigers, primates, and environmental conservation to domestic violence and homelessness. You can learn more about each trip and apply at the link below. Go somewhere and do something!
Tango at Krannert Art Museum (KAM)
Saturday, Sept. 20, 1-4 p.m.
Krannert Art Museum, Gelvin Noel Gallery
Enjoy an afternoon tango dancing in the Gelvin Noel Gallery with live music by Tangotta (Armand Beaudoin, bass/cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Chris Reyman, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar). Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome.
School of Art School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays open until 9 p.m., through Sept. 27
Krannert Art Museum, Peabody and Sixth, Champaign
See new work from faculty artists at Illinois.
La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I
Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays open until 9 p.m., through Dec. 23.
Krannert Art Museum, Peabody and Sixth, Champaign
Including After the Front Line: Artists who Served in the World Wars; Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra; and With the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years.
Exhibit Opening Celebration—Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala
Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m-4 p.m
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Join us for a full day of activities celebrating the artistry and endurance of Maya weaving traditions in Guatemala. From 10 a.m. to noon, meet Rafaela and Edgar Apen, visiting artists from San Antonio Aguas Calientes who will demonstrate the weaving style of their community in the Central Core Gallery. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy the exhibit and a reception, including a presentation on weaving as an expression of identity given by guest curator Margot Blum Schevill with Rafaela and Edgar Apen at 2 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium. Free admission.
Kim Sheahan,

Opportunities to Plan For

Illinois Leadership Center: Petullo Insight I-Program
Sign up now. Event is on Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
On campus (location confirmed upon registration)
Students will discover their leadership talents and strengths, identify their values, investigate the role identity plays in leadership, and explore their intrinsic leadership style. It is FREE for students and we will feed you breakfast and lunch at the program. Sign up by logging in to our website and following the prompts to register for an i-Program! Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter:,, and the link below.

Jobs and Internships

Internships Search for Internships (updated weekly)
See opportunities at the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, Mercer, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy!

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