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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be the keynote speaker the chancellor’s anti-racism symposium

October 6th and 7th is the Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism and Social Injustice Research Symposium, part of a "commitment by our university to put the need to address systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparity into concrete action."

On October 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Spurlock Museum, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be a part of the keynote conversation, moderated by Vice Chancellor Sean C. Garrick.

Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and is the National Book Award winner for his book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. 

You can register for the event, and offer a question for consideration, by filling out this form.

Find more information about the symposium, and the full scope of antiracim initiatives at U of I, at the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website.

Top photo from Ibram X. Kendi's website.


Happy ninth birthday, Flying Machine Coffee

Flying Machine Coffee, perhaps now best known to everyone as Flying Machine Avionics, turns nine today, September 22nd. Once upon a time, nine years ago, Flying Machine opened in Downtown Urbana. For a brief time, the Urbana location and the Midtown Champaign Flying Machine Avionics location were both open. 

While we were bummed to see Flying Machine Urbana close, we are so grateful to have Avionics. Stop by soon for a cup of coffee or tea, or to check out the art on the walls.

Flying Machine Avionics
202 S First St
M-F 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sa 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Top photo from the Flying Machine Avionics Instagram page.


These before and after photos of the Rose Bowl Tavern stage are pretty cool

Perkins Home Improvement just posted some photos of the stage at Rose Bowl Tavern during their renovation of it a year ago. 

As someone who doesn't know the first thing about woodworking or construction, it's pretty cool to see the behind the scenes work. Also, just seeing a before and after is always fun. Check out the full post on Perkins Home Improvement's Instagram below. 

Top photo by Perkins Home Improvement.


Mark your calendars for the Un/Doing event series

The Humanities Research Institute research theme for this year is Un/Doing, "un/doing the status quo that threatens us all — to abolish and defund, to decolonize, divest, decriminalize, dismantle, and de-center." There are a few events coming up in October to consider attending.

Lia García, “I am the trans bride: Affection, seduction and radical tenderness to combat transphobia and pain.

October 6th, 7:30 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, room 300

From the performer: Resisting from the skin has been one of the spaces of political militancy that the artist has proposed over time to combat transphobia and racism. With this performance she asks herself what happens when trans bodies extend their skin and touch? What worlds do they inaugurate? What touches us when they touch us? The trans bride is a performance that is dilated in time and that, with the help of the pedagogy of affection and tenderness, happens in spaces that were never thought of as homes so that dissident and diasporic bodies will find their freedom.

Jacki Rand with Mimi Thi Nguyen, Indigenous People's Day Conversation

October 10th, 4 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, room 210

Hilary N. Green, "Untangling Campus Histories: Race, Memory, and the Hallowed Grounds Project"

October 13th, 7:30 p.m., room 422

Drawing on her research on slavery at the University of Alabama, Hilary N. Green explores the need for recovering and untangling institutional campus histories of race and slavery and how understanding the enslaved campus experience is essential for institutional reconciliation efforts in the present.

Find out more about Un/Doing and the full schedule of events for 2022-2023 at the Humanties Research Center website.

Top image from Humanities Research Institute Facebook page.


Submit your artwork for Busey’s art exhibit

You still have time to submit your artwork for consideration by Busey Wealth Management. They are looking for pieces to be featured at their headquarters in Urbana from October 2022 to July 2023.

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on September 26th, and artists will be notified by September 30th.

You can find all of the requirements at the 40 North website, and that is where you will submit up to three images for consideration. 

Top photo from 40 North website.


The first Harvest Open House is happening on October 2nd

Open houses at U of I give us an opportunity to peek behind the scenes at all of the amazing work and research that is happening on campus. There's a new one added to the list this year — the Harvest Open House, hosted by the Crop Sciences department of the College of ACES.

On October 2nd, community members can head over to the Agronomy Seed House at 2102 S. Wright St to learn about modern agriculture. The event will be geared towards kids and families, and it will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., concurrently with the Vet Med Open House happening just down the road. 

Like other U of I open houses, you can expect interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. From the ACES website: "Visitors can look forward to sampling salsa from produce grown on the Sustainable Student Farm; learning popcorn genomics while enjoying the buttery treat; planting herbs to bring home; seeing biological control of pest insects in action; pumpkin and face painting; touch-a-tractor (and other farm equipment); and much more."

Admission is free and parking is free, though make sure you have some money with you for certain activities. 

Top photo from Illinois Crop Sciences Facebook page.


Here’s the Arthouse Experience at the Virginia Theatre line up

The Arthouse Experience film series will partner with Illinois Public Media and the Virginia Theater for the 2022-23 season. This series features artistic films and post-screening discussions with directors, producers, and other special guests. 

The first in the series is Jojo Rabbit, a beautiful, funny, haunting film directed by Taika Waititi. It’s Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. and is $7 a ticket. 

Additional details, including the entire film series schedule, is below.

ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES, presented by Illinois Public Media, returning to the Virginia Theatre for 2022-2023 season

Screenings to include award-winning art films, Ebertfest favorites, and regionally-produced documentaries featuring special guest speakers and more.

Champaign, IL – The Champaign Park District has announced that Illinois Public Media will partner with the Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, to present the 2022-2023 ARTHOUSE EXPERIENCE FILM SERIES. The series will feature a specially-curated selection of monthly art film screenings along with regionally-produced documentaries, which will include special guest speakers and additional programming. Each film will be followed by a post-show discussion and in some cases an on-stage talk by directors, producers, and other special guests. $7.00 general admission tickets are available for each film in the series at the Virginia Theatre box office, online at, or charge by phone at 217/356-9063. Presented by Illinois Public Media, home of WILL-TV, WILL-AM, and WILL-FM.

Described as limited-release, high-quality titles that have captured the imagination of movie lovers, the Virginia Theatre’s Arthouse Experience Film Series is programmed each season by special guest curator Sanford Hess. The movies that Mr. Hess selects—a mix of award-winners, Ebertfest favorites, and recent classics—are presented one Wednesday each month on the Virginia’s 52-foot wide movie screen with state-of-the-art surround sound.


9/21/2022           JoJo Rabbit  (2019)

10/19/2022        Queen & Slim (2019)

11/9/2022           They Shall Not Grow Old (2019)

12/14/2022        The Band’s Visit (2007)

1/25/2023           The French Dispatch (2021)

2/8/2023             My Octopus Teacher (2020)

3/8/2023             Title to be announced

4/26/2023           Let the Right One In (2008)

5/31/2023           The Two Popes (2019)

6/14/2023           Mullholland Drive (2001)

7/12/2023           Baraka (1993)

Additional special documentary titles, dates, and guests to be announced throughout the season.

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns. For more, visit

For interview requests, please contact Mitch Marlow at 217-819-3936 or email [email protected]

Top image from the Virginia Theatre Facebook page.


U of I researchers are part of a $25 million urban climate science study

The U.S. Department of Energy just committed $25 million over five years to the Argonne National Laboratory and community and academic leaders to study the effects of climate change in urban settings.

Steve Nesbitt, associate head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, atmospheric sciences professors Deanna Hence and Karen Kosiba and civil and environmental engineering professor Marcelo Garcia, will lead a team of researchers to "observe the impacts of extreme weather on risk-prone neighborhoods in Chicago."

Their research will be a part of the work happening at the soon to be established field laboratory called Community Research on Climate and Urban Science. From the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website:

The UIUC team will use its Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radars and balloon-borne sensor facilities within Flexible Arrays of Radars and Mesonets, which is hosted by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, to observe the evolution and hydrologic impacts of heavy rain and snow on impacted communities, and to understand how the urban area modifies the characteristics of storms.

You can read more about the study here.

Top photo from U of I College of LAS Twitter. 


It’s National Voter Registration Day, are you registered to vote?

The 2022 midterm election is coming up soon, so now is the time to check your voter registration status, whether you are a first time voter, have moved since the last time you voted, or just need to find out who is on your ballot or where your voting district is.

The Champaign County Clerk has a handy online tool, where you can enter your name and either your driver's license number or last four digits of your social security number and it will give you all of that information.

If you need to register to vote, there are multiple ways to do so, which are detailed on the clerk's website. Some important dates to note:

  • October 11th- Last day to register using a paper form, by mail, or with a deputy registrar
  • October 23rd- Last day to register online
  • October 24th to November 8th- Grace period registration. You can register to vote and vote the same day at your polling place or voting center 

Top photo by Jessica Hammie.


Urbana residents, here are the leaf collection dates

Mark your calendars for the leaf collection days in Urbana. You've got a solid month to get your yard cleaned up. There will be three weeks of pickups:

  • October 31 – November 4
  • November 14 – 18
  • November 28 – December 2

Your lawn bags should be placed at the curb on your U-cycle day before 6 a.m. All of the waste must be in 30 gallon paper lawn bags, and they can only be filled with leaves and non-woody plant material. If you have sticks, brush, or other woody material, you can take those items to the Landscape Recycling Center.

Top photo from City of Urbana Facebook page.


Join a community violence discussion on Saturday

H3, a coalition of organizations working with with people impacted by violence in our community, is hosting a discussion in the City View room at Illinois Terminal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. H3 stands for "when Harm is done in a community, we need Healing in order to restore Hope."

Members of the public can join representatives from FirstFollowers, Courage Connection. Ready-Set-Go, Business Elevator, CUTri, Boyz2Men, A Cut Above the Rest, Forever Healing, Black Chamber of Commerce, Youth Build, Housing Authority of Champaign County, Youth & Family Peer Support Alliance, Pastor T. Thomas (Bethel AME Church), to share your thoughts on solutions, and help these organizations develop a plan of action.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Top photo from First Followers Facebook page.


710 Mart’s grab-and-go sushi returns

Regardless of the calendar, fall unofficially begins when 710 Mart serves their grab-and-go sushi. After a long summer hiatus, the convenience store on Goodwin has their fridges stocked with affordable rolls. Apart from sushi, they also have lunch boxes of beef, rice, fried egg, noodles, veggies and a dumpling, and a variety of other snacks and treats. If you’re in the mood for hot food, ask for a specialty pork, chicken, or veggie bun at the counter. Don’t blink or you’ll miss this gem hidden right between Bread Company and Canopy Club.

710 Mart
710 S Goodwin
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sa noon to 6 p.m.
Su noon to 8 p.m.

Top image by Maddie Rice.