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  • Watch Thursday at noon

    Join us (virtually or in-person) for the State of the University 2021 as Chancellor Robert Jones provides a brief overview of the year so far, offer some updates on our current plans and initiatives and talk about our bold plans for the future.

  • Sean Evans, alumnus of the College of Media and host of the YouTube show, 'Hot Ones, stands at the Alma Mater statue

    'Hot Ones': Can Coach Underwood take the heat?

    As Illini Men’s Basketball begins a highly anticipated season, Hot Ones host Sean Evans (MEDIA ’08) returns to campus to see if Coach Brad Underwood can take the heat.

  • Artist and graphic design professor Stacey Robinson was commissioned to create artwork for the project. “Parable Path,” left, is part of a related exhibition, “Future Spaces in Community Places,” at the University YMCA.  Courtesy Stacey Robinson

    Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music

    Octavia E. Butler’s dystopian novel 'Parable of the Sower' is centered around themes that resonate today – climate change, economic instability, and social chaos. The novel s the focus of a year-long project, Parable Path CU, led by Krannert Center.

  • graphic advertising the Festival of Writers

    Meet a NYT bestselling author, a U.S. Poet Laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner

    You can hear from an author of several NYT bestsellers, the 22nd United States Poet Laureate, and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry at the U of I’s Festival of Writers.

  • Senior acting student Haven Crawley plays Margaret in the Midwest premiere production of 'Origin Story'

    Theatre's production of 'Origin Story' looks at millennials' post-college life

    the Midwest premiere of 'Origin Story,' written by theatre alumnus Nathan Alan Davis, tells of millennial friends who are trying to pay off their college debt while figuring out what they want to do with their lives. 

  • The Funk Library, Information and Alumni Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Envirnonmental Sciences.

    Jewel of the ACES campus: LIAC turns 20 years

    In the center of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences campus at Illinois stands a massive, hexagon-shaped building, beloved for its gorgeous interior and study spaces with lush, green views of south campus.

  • aerial view of campus

    Initial planning begins for new ethnic, gender and women’s studies building

    The university will undertake a feasibility study for the building, which would house the Departments of Gender & Women’s Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/Latino Studies, and the Program in American Indian Studies.

  • View of the new sculpture outside the College of Medicine building

    New Carle Illinois sculpture's dual meaning reflects mission of the college

    It shows both the exterior of the hand and an X-ray view of an interior where a problem in need of a solution might live - much like the problems Carle Illinois is determined to solve as the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine.

  • Graphic - orange and blue letters (mis)spell 'graditude'

    Graduate Student Appreciation Week, October 25-29

    Thank you. We wouldn't be who we are without you. At 20,000+ graduate students, you are one-third of the entire student population. We hope you take some time this week to celebrate with your Illinois family.

  • Artist Christopher Robert Jones, who teaches in the School of Art and Design, and exhibition curator Liza Sylvestre, Krannert Art Museum’s curator of academic programs, sit on a bench that is part of the 'Crip*' exhibition.

    'Crip*' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum centers on experiences with disability, access

    Curator Liza Sylvestre said the exhibition refers to 'crip theory,' which considers not just disability but also race, sexual identity, class and educational status, and how those identities connect and overlap.

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering building on the Bardeen Quad at Illinois

    IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute virtual launch Tuesday

    Join leaders from IBM, the U of I, The Grainger College of Engineering and the state for a first look at the academic-industry partnership spurring breakthroughs in hybrid cloud and AI, quantum computing, materials discovery, and sustainability.

  • Acting professor Nisi Sturgis (left) and theatre student Gabrielle DeMarcho perform in “The 48,” an early-season workshop in which students cast, rehearsed and performed student-written plays in two days.  Photo by Darrell Hoemann

    Illinois theatre season reimagines the American story

    The theatre department will produce a season of plays that offer a fresh look at the American theater by bringing a broad range of voices to the stage, featuring work by women, people of color, LGBTQ authors and students.

  • Extended arms of the Alma Mater statue

    Having a tough time? Help is available

    Almost everyone experiences times in their lives when they are unsure what to do or to whom to reach out for help. Here's a place to start.

  • interior view of the McKechnie Family LIFE Home. Photo by Vince Lara-Cinisomo

    Campus dedicates McKechnie Family LIFE Home

    The McKechnie Family LIFE Home is a cutting-edge research center focused on innovations in home environments. It mimics existing home dwellings, and has space for the development of next generation smart homes.

  • Orange cape of a Marching Illini band member

    Homecoming Parade streams here, Saturday at 11 a.m.

    Even if you couldn't make it back to campus, you can watch the Homecoming Parade as it happens beginning Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • Mary and the late Lou Henson

    Mary Henson named Homecoming Parade grand marshal

    Mary Henson, the wife of the legendary Uof I basketball coach Lou Henson, will serve as grand marshal of the 2021 Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.

  • Bambi the cow, available for visits during Vet Med Open House on October 3. Photo courtesy College of Veterinary Medicine

    Vet Med Open House on Sunday, Oct. 3

    The Vet Med Open House will be in-person again, moving as many exhibits as feasible to outdoor locations for public health reasons. In addition, there will be online exhibits added to our virtual Open House website.

  • Homecoming graphic - banner

    October 3 - 9

    See the calendar of events for Homecoming Week, culminating in Illinois Football vs Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 9.

  • Exterior of Siebel Center for Design

    Siebel Center for Design Grand Opening today

    Chancellor Robert Jones calls the new Siebel Center for Design a 'transformational addition to the educational experiences of the students who will find new ideas and explore the previously unimagined.'

  • The Cold War’s presence on American universities would have many lasting effects, including the four episodes featured in the new documentary “Cold War: Illinois Stories.”  Graphic by Kaitlin Southworth

    Watch the new BTN documentary 'Cold War: Illinois Stories'

    Four separate stories of individuals or programs at the U of I that were either affected by harsh Cold War politics or, in one segment, shed light on a government film studio dedicated to Cold War propaganda. 

  • “Conspiracy, Misinformation and the Infodemic.”  Graphic courtesy Center for Advanced Study

    Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformation

    The Center for Advanced Study will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, 'fake news' and conspiracy theories in a yearlong initiative, 'Conspiracy, Misinformation and the Infodemic.'

  • Krannert Art Museum hosts retrospective of photographer Hal Fischer

    A retrospective of the work of photographer Hal Fischer, an Illinois alumnus, showcases the scope of his career and examines his development as an artist.

  • Three-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper plays a mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock. Photo by Jacob Boll

    Krannert Center returns to in-person performances with ELLNORA Guitar Fest

    ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, Sept. 17-18, will take place on a smaller scale than previous years of the biennial event, but it will still feature leading guitar artists and a diverse range of musical styles.

  • Chancellor Jones gives a ''thumbs up' to students showing their Illini spirit

    Together Again: Chancellor Jones' video welcome to students

    Whether you are joining us for the first time, returning after a year away or continuing your Illinois experience remotely, welcome to a new year at Illinois.

  • a classroom 'in the round' features large screens and other new technologies. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    New Campus Instructional Facility opens for Fall '21 classes

    'The active learning classrooms at the Campus Instructional Facility are part of the campus mission to offer students the highest quality learning experiences possible,' said Ava Wolf of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning.

  • Director Azazel Jacobs. Photo provided

    Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocols

    Directors Azazel Jacobs and Ramin Bahrani will appear at the festival’s screening of their critically acclaimed movies 'French Exit' and 'The White Tiger.' Director Bobby Farrelly will appear with the cult comedy 'There’s Something About Mary.'

  • Portrait of Venetia Patton over larger image of the Hallene Gateway at Illinois. Portrait provided without credit.

    Patton named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean

    Venetria Patton, currently the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue, will become the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  at Illinois effective Aug. 2, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. 

  • distinctive silverbell blooms. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

    Carolina Silverbell is latest state champion tree on campus

    'Having champions on campus shows the ability of our grounds professionals to carefully tend to their needs over many decades of time, ultimately allowing them to grow into the great specimens that we often take for granted.'

  • aerial view of new Feed Technology Center

    U of I Feed Technology Center completed, online

    The state-of-the-art processing and sensor technologies will deliver standard and specialized small-batch research diets, as well as unparalleled hands-on educational opportunities for students across the College of ACES.  

  • student works with virtual reality software. Photo by Heather Coit for the Grainger College of Engineering

    IBM, U of I to launch new Discovery Accelerator Institute

    'This institute with IBM is a pioneering new model of how we can build academic and researcher collaboration into technology and innovation at unmatched excellence and scale,' said Chancellor Robert Jones.