Smile Politely

Speakers in C-U: Oct. 4—10

WHAT:Technologies and Markets of a New Sustainable Bio-based Economy“, Professor Greg Stephanopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WHEN: Tuesday, October 5 @ 2 p.m.

WHERE: 116 Roger Adams Lab



WHAT:Small Talk: Reflections on HIV Disclosure,” Professor David Caron. Department of French, University of Michigan

WHEN: Wednesday, October 6 @ 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

Professor Caron’s recent research focuses on the questions of community and republican universalism and deals with issues such as the engagement of urban spaces by minoritized groups, the cultural and political uses of “the Republic,” representations of collective disasters (AIDS, the Holocaust), masculinity, and the concepts of neighborhood and family. His next book project is tentatively titled, Tact: HIV and the Politics of Re-embodiment.


WHAT: “A Climate for Change,” Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

WHEN: Friday, October 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Basement, University Baptist Church, 314 East Daniel St., Champaign

From the event announcement: “For all the talk about climate change, there’s still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE boldly explores the role our Christian faith can play in guiding our opinions on this important global issue.”


WHAT:Nuns, Priestesses, and Prostitutes in Mesopotamia,” Norman Yoffee, University of Michigan

WHEN: Thursday, October 7 @ 7 p.m.

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



WHAT:‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Queer Diasporic Reframings of the Region,” Gayatri Gopinath, Director, Gender & Sexuality Studies, New York University

WHEN: Thursday, October 7 @ 7 p.m.

WHERE: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, 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.

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