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  • Poster for the new documentary “Cold War: Illinois Stories.”

    New BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories' premieres Sept. 29

    A new 30-minute-long documentary tells four separate stories of individuals or programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics and their destructive aftermath or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. “Cold War: Illinois Stories” premieres Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. CDT on the Big Ten Network.

  • Photo of Tim Dean in a Krannert Art Museum gallery with Hal Fischer's photographic series "18th near Castro St. x 24" on the wall behind Dean.

    Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer

    “Hal Fischer Photographs: Seriality, Sexuality, Semiotics” features his well-known photographic series focused on gay life in 1970s San Francisco, as well as his early work as an Illinois student.

  • Photo of Gloria Allen standing in a full-length fur coat on a snowy street.

    CAS, McKinley Foundation hosting art exhibit, presentation about transgender older adults

    “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” documents the life stories of transgender older adults through photographs and interviews.

  • Students gathered near Foellinger Auditorium in July.

    Class of 2025 sets enrollment records

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign freshman enrollment of 8,303 for the 2021-22 academic year is a record. The new class brings total student enrollment to 56,299, the largest in university history.

  • Image of the abstract painting "Bel Canto" by Louise Fishman

    Krannert Art Museum retrospective of Louise Fishman's drawings an unexpected memorial

    “A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing” is the first retrospective of Fishman’s works on paper, and features many works of art that have never been shown.

  • The 22nd annual “Ebertfest” has been rescheduled for April 20-23 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

    Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns

    Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” has been rescheduled to April out of concern for a spike in COVID-19 variants in the state. The Virginia Theatre in Champaign will automatically transfer all pass and seat reservations for the event to the new dates, and refunds are available to those who cannot attend the rescheduled event. 

  • Craig Stockman, a food service sanitation laborer in University Housing, is among 16 civil service staff employees recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award.

    Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award honorees named for 2021, 2020

    Sixteen civil service employees – eight this year and eight in 2020 – at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award.

  • AJ Ghent onstage, singing and playing guitar.

    ELLNORA guitar festival marks Krannert Center's return to in-person performances

    ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival will feature influential guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles. The festival will take place on a smaller scale than in past years.

  • Directors Azazel Jacobs (pictured) and Ramin Bahrani will appear at Ebertfest’s screening of their recent critically acclaimed movies “French Exit” and “The White Tiger.” Director Bobby Farrelly also will appear with the cult comedy “There’s Something About Mary.”

    Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocols

    The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” announced some of its films and guests for the 2021 event and shared updated COVID-19 safety protocols for the festival.   

  • Venetria K. Patton will become the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences effective Aug. 2, pending board approval.

    Patton named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean

    Venetria K. Patton will become the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign effective Aug. 2, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Patton is currently the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University.

  • A SHIELD worker explains the protocol for a COVID-19 saliva test at the University of Illinois.

    University of Illinois receives APLU award for COVID-19 testing program

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received the inaugural Research Response to Community Crisis Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its COVID-19 testing program.

  • Female undergraduate student sitting at a table using a laptop computer

    U of I to host new virtual summer camp for high schoolers diagnosed with autism

    The University of Illinois is offering a virtual summer camp called I Ready for high schoolers diagnosed with autism so that prospective students can learn about college life and the resources that are available on campus.

  • A student wearing a mask gives a thumbs-up signal as a nurse applies a bandage to his arm.

    Vaccine study now open for student enrollment

    Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1.

  • Alma Mater

    Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite COVID-19 pandemic

    Recent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates still found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years – despite the global pandemic. The sixth annual Illini Success report was released today.

  • 2020 and 2021 graduates will have the option of an in-person individual, private stage-crossing experience May 10-17.

    University to hold stage-crossing experience for 2020, 2021 graduates

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is planning an in-person individual, private stage-crossing experience for 2020 and 2021 graduates May 10–17. Graduates may register for a time slot to cross a stage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while their name is announced. COVID-19 safety protocols will apply.

  • Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

    University among top producers of Fulbright US Student Awards

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, as announced recently by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

  • The university’s COVID-19-testing program has processed more than 1 million tests. A data dashboard was launched in August to share information on the program with the campus community and the public.

    University updates COVID-19 dashboard to enhance transparency

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign updated its COVID-19 dashboard to add more data points and greater detail.

  • Krannert Art Museum acquisitions showcase Native American artists

    Krannert Art Museum has acquired work by celebrated Native American artists – a painter, a glass artist and Pueblo potters – that will help present the history of contemporary Native American art.

  • The first class of students at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine in 2018 joined Dr. King Li, front center, the dean of Carle Illinois.

    Carle Illinois College of Medicine granted provisional accreditation

    The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, a partnership between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health, has been granted provisional accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  Provisional accreditation affirms that a medical school meets nationally accepted standards of educational quality and can move forward with plans to build a sustainable medical education program.

  • European Union Day at Illinois will feature an ambassador and a hip-hop artist from Sweden, as well as an ancient Greek play focused on refugees.

    EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedy

    European Union Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is online this year, with Sweden’s ambassador to the U.S. speaking on gender equality and a Swedish hip-hop artist discussing racial concerns. EU Day will also include a U.K.-based theater performance of an ancient Greek play focused on refugees.

  • The testing protocol developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign directly detects the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in saliva samples.

    Campus tops 1 million COVID-19 tests

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has administered its millionth saliva-based COVID-19 test since initiating a broader management program last summer. A number of other institutions are in the process of implementing the university’s innovative testing procedure.

  • Five University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors named University Scholars.

    Five Urbana-Champaign faculty members honored as University Scholars

    Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

  • Photo of a tree made from textiles with a figure at the top, birds in the branches and four figures sitting beside its base.

    Reinstallation of KAM's ancient Andean art collection will show artistic exchange between cultures

    An interdisciplinary group of scholars is researching Krannert Art Museum’s ancient Andean collection in preparation for a major reinstallation.

  • Photo of the bronze statue of Alma mater with her arms outstretched in a welcoming gesture.

    Illinois joins Age-Friendly University Global Network

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has joined the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a consortium of universities dedicated to promoting “an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging.”

  • Smaller test tubes for COVID-19 testing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    Revised process to speed on-campus COVID-19 testing

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is introducing a revision to make its COVID-19-testing process faster and more efficient, with fewer invalid or inconclusive results and less plastic waste.

  • View of Main Quad with Illini Union in background

    University releases Native American imagery implementation plan

    A plan to address issues related to Native American imagery on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus was released by Chancellor Robert Jones.

  • The Alma Mater statue wears a mask, as do Labor and Learning behind her.

    Enrollment open for study comparing COVID-19 testing methods

    Students, faculty members and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are asked to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure or a positive test now have the opportunity to participate in a study that will help inform the national effort to manage the pandemic.

  • Individual photos of each of the three researchers described in this release.

    Three Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

    Three faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2020 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. It is based on an analysis of journal article publication and citation data, an objective measure of a researcher’s influence, from 2009-2019.

    The highly cited Illinois researchers this year are: materials science and engineering professor Axel Hoffmann, crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen Long, and plant biology professor Donald Ort.

  • Image of two dancers standing at the right of a stage.

    November Dance performed on new set, livestreamed

    November Dance will feature one piece presented each evening Nov. 5-8 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and online.

  • Christine Simmons, chief operating officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be featured in an online Ebert Symposium discussion of inclusion and equity in film and media.

    Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation

    The chief operating officer for the academy that awards the Oscars will be a featured guest for a discussion of inclusion and equity in the media, part of this year’s online Ebert Symposium.

  • Image of "Golden Evenin" by Bea Nettles shows a female figure in white in the center, with other figures in the background in shades of blue.

    Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of experimental photographer, book artist Bea Nettles

    “Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory” explores the 50-year career of artist Bea Nettles, who is well-known for her experimental use of photographic techniques and blending of craft and photography.

  • Spring semester classes at Illinois will begin a week later in 2021. The semester will not include a spring break, but classes will not be held on three midweek days.

    Illinois announces changes to spring academic calendar

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is adjusting its 2021 spring calendar to help maintain instruction during the pandemic. Classes will start a week later than scheduled and while there will be no spring break, three days without classes will be added. Students planning to attend classes in person will be required to return early for COVID-19 on-campus testing.

  • Chimesmaster Tina Horton plays the Altgeld Chimes

    Concert series celebrates Altgeld Chimes' centennial

    A special concert on the 100th anniversary of the Altgeld Chimes’ dedication will feature music from that first performance.

  • The second event in this year’s online Ebert Symposium will feature three prominent documentary filmmakers: from left, Sacha Jenkins, Kirby Dick and Dawn Porter.

    Prominent documentary filmmakers featured in Ebert Symposium

    Three prominent documentary filmmakers who’ve tackled subjects ranging from biography and history to sexual assault and hip-hop will be featured guests for an online Ebert Symposium discussion, “Documentary Film and Social Change,” on Oct. 22. Kirby Dick, Sacha Jenkins and Dawn Porter have had films aired or streamed on CNN, HBO, Netflix, PBS and Showtime, among other venues. Three documentary filmmakers on the Illinois faculty will also be on the panel.

  • The first of Chancellor Robert Jones’ “A Great Conversation” events will be livestreamed Monday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon CDT. Joining the chancellor will be Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a national leader in academic innovation and inclusive excellence.

    Maryland university president featured in inaugural 'A Great Conversation'

    Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a national leader in academic innovation and inclusive excellence, will join University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones on Oct. 12 for the first of a planned series of public conversations with prominent figures from multiple disciplines to discuss critical societal issues and solutions.

  • The third annual Ebert Symposium, exploring film and the media industry, will be online this year on three different dates, starting Oct. 8.

    2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media

    Films and the media industry in changing times will be the subject of this year’s online Ebert Symposium, on Oct. 8 and two later dates, with filmmakers, media professionals and academics part of the discussion. Participants will explore the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement and other factors on the media industry, documentary filmmaking and media representation.

  • Curator Kathryn Koca Polite stands in front of a gallery wall hung with WPA prints.

    'Pressing Issues' at Krannert Art Museum shows WPA printmakers' thoughts on social justice

    An exhibition of WPA prints shows how artists addressed social issues that remain relevant today.

  • Bright orange water sprays into a blue sky during the Homecoming kickoff celebration.

    Illinois enrollment remains above 50,000

    Greater demand for online graduate programs pushed the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s 2020 enrollment to a record 52,331. In addition to delivering fall semester instruction as a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, the university developed unique safety measures including a saliva-based COVID-19 test.

  • Blair Ebony Smith with her quilt

    Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAM

    A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists.

  • A dance class at the University of Illinois

    Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classes

    The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways.

  • On-campus COVID-19 testing

    University working to contain predicted increase in on-campus COVID-19 cases

    The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will employ detailed plans to address the expected initial increase in COVID-19 positive cases through the next several weeks. Modified in-person instruction begins Monday. Data models developed by Illinois faculty members forecast that new cases will decline after the first few weeks of the semester and the daily positivity rate will remain low throughout.

  • Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19

    The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff.

  • The Safer Illinois app  will serve as one of the mechanisms to gain entry to university facilities during the pandemic.

    Safer Illinois app available for faculty members, staff, students

    An app that provides personalized coronavirus information and testing status for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members, staff and students who intend to enter university facilities this fall is available for download by iPhone and Android users.

  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will be in September 2021, rather than April.

    2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September

    The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19.

  • The latest COVID-19 Briefing Series featured professors Nigel Goldenfeld, Sergei Maslov and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District epidemiologist Awais Vaid and discussed how U. of I. modeling and testing methods are shaping the campus response to the pandemic.

    COVID-19 briefing: Homegrown models inform university's safety measures

    When classes resume Aug. 24, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will enlist a program that includes COVID-19 target, test and tell protocols and employs a saliva-based testing method. The program’s design relied heavily on a team of researchers’ predictions of how different variables might help mitigate the spread of the virus. Two of those researchers discussed their work in a recent online briefing.

  • Dr. Robin Holland, a member of the COVID-19 research team for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, runs tests on saliva samples at the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

    University outlines fall plans including remote instruction after fall break

    As part of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 precautions for the fall semester, all faculty members, staff and students who participate in on-campus activities will be required to be tested at on-campus sites twice a week.

  • Professors Nigel Goldenfeld and Sergie Maslov will discuss COVID-19 modeling at the state and campus levels in the latest COVID-19 Briefing Series this Thursday.

    Media advisory: COVID-19 Briefing Series to discuss state and campus-level modeling

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones will join campus experts to discuss modeling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois – at the state and campus levels – during an event Thursday. 

  • Center for Advanced Study appoints seven professors to permanent faculty

    Seven University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been named Center for Advanced Study Professors, one of the highest forms of campus recognition.

  • Led by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Call to Action initiative will establish working groups charged with taking concrete steps in the coming academic year to dismantle systemic racism and injustice.

    Call to Action initiative to support faculty research in systemic racism, social justice issues

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will introduce a series of measures designed to enhance its support of research on issues of systemic racism in the U.S. The initial component is the Chancellor’s Research Program to Address Racism and Social Injustice, which will seek proposals early in the fall semester.

  • Painting by Stacey Robinson

    Salon series featuring Black artists kicks off new Black Arts Initiative

    A Black Arts Initiative by the College of Fine and Applied Arts kicks off this week with a series of conversations with Black artists.