Smile Politely

Listen Up: Sept. 24–30

WHAT: The evolution of irrational decisions: insights from non-human primates,” Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale University

WHEN: Monday, September 24 @ 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 23 Psychology Building, 603 E Daniel St, Champaign



WHAT: The Impact of Mechanical Irrigation on Life in Egypt,” Ryan McConnell, U of I

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25 @ 12 noon

WHERE: Room 4080A, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana


WHAT: The United States as an Honest Broker in the Mideast?Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University

WHEN: Wednesday, September 26 @ 8 p.m.

WHERE: Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor, 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana




You live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti. It’s free, you know. Plus, sometimes there’s free food, too!

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Mondays when classes are in session.

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