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Speakers in C-U: Sept. 20—26

WHAT: Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda,” Dr. Tim Gallimore (Spokesperson for the Prosecutor of the United nations International Crimincal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2004 to 2008)

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 20 @ 3 p.m.

WHERE: U of I Main Library, Room 66

Sorry for the short notice on this one, but it sounded interesting enough to note.


WHAT: Water Quality Seminar: Chlorides,” Walton R. Kelly, Illinois State Water Survey

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21 @ 12 noon

WHERE: Room 101, Natural Resources Building, 615 E Peabody Drive, Champaign

From the event announcement: “Increasing chloride levels in water bodies of Illinois has important societal costs. Chloride is a significant corrosive agent, and elevated levels may lead to increased costs in drinking water supply treatment, wastewater treatment, and power generation due to increased corrosion to equipment. In rivers, lakes, and wetlands, elevated chloride levels may be toxic to aquatic invertebrates and amphibians, increase the mobility of some toxic metals, and decrease the biodiversity of vegetation.”


WHAT: Adaptation to Climate Change in India: The Role of Democracy,” Ashwini Chhatre, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Geography

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 22 @ 12 noon

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge: room 1080, Foreign Languages Building


WHAT: Farewell to Journalism? The Battle to Build News Media and Create American Democracy,” Robert McChesney, Host, “Media Matters,” (WILL-AM)

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 24 @ 12 noon

WHERE: Latzer Hall (University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign)

American journalism is in free-fall collapse. Robert McChesney analyzes the decline, discusses the political implications, and reviews the best possible solutions.


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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