Smile Politely

Listen Up: Sept. 4–9

WHAT: How Legal Modernization Set Back Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” Professor Kenneth Cuno, Department of History

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4 at 12 noon

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

Sorry for the short notice on this one, but it’s always good to take a long lunch on your first day back after a holiday. Especially if it’s for a counterintuitive topic such as this one.


WHAT: Judaism in the Public Square: Conflicts Over Urban Space from Antiquity to the Present,” Charlotte Fonrobert, Stanford University

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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



WHAT: Examining the Problem of Electronic Waste and Exploring Solutions,” William Bullock, Professor of Industrial Design at the UIUC School of Art and Design and Joy Scrogum, Emerging Technologies Resource Specialist

WHEN: Wednesday, September 5 @ 12 noon

WHERE: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign




WHAT:Comidas que Curan: (Re) Disovering Our Elders’ Knowledge About Food and Healing in Baha de Carquez and Quito, Ecuador,” Pilar Eguez, Ph.D. Candidate. Department of Anthropology

WHEN: Thursday, September 6 @ 12 noon

WHERE: 101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign




WHAT:New Directions in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: Vacations, Tourism, and Socialist Consumption in the Post-Stalin USSR,” Diane Koenker, Professor of History at UIUC

WHEN: Thursday, September 6 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: University YMCA room K1, 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign



WHAT:Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World,” Sherman Alexie, author and poet

WHEN: Thursday, September 6 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Illini Union Ballroom (2nd floor), Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., 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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