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"Oh, the Humanities!" Calendar

The following events are sponsored, co-sponsored, or highly recommended by EIU’s Center for the Humanities! All events are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. More more info, please click on the events, below!

FALL 2019

Arctic WolfMonday, October 14 @4pm: Chris Wolff "Fear and Culture: An Archaeologist’s Perspective on the Influence of Fear in Human Societies" in the Doudna Lecture Hall

Fear is one of the most powerful forces that shapes modern societies; yet, very few archaeologists have directly studied its effects on past societies. Through a few case studies, Dr. Chris Wolff's talk will discuss how we can begin to recognize fear in the archaeological record and understand its influence on past societies and, hopefully, our own.



October 14th

Sponsored by Making Excellence Inclusive and the Office of Inclusion and Academic Engagement

6:30  Buzzard Auditorium

Film:  The Color of Fear


7:00-8:00 Buzzard Auditorium

RISE Chat:  Race and Our Society


Carole Collins-Ayanlaja, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, and former superintendent of schools

Navid Farnia, Visiting Professor of History, a specialist in African and African American studies

James Howley, Sociologist and Director of General Studies


Friday, October 25 @4pm: Final Friday is at the Penalty Box once again to enhance discussions among the faculty and community about teachings and discoveries. Charles Delman (Mathematics), Bryan Murley (Journalism), and Woody Skinner (Creative Writing) will regale you with numbers, thoughts, and words, limited to 10 minutes each. This will be the final Final Friday for 2019, so come expecting big prizes and surprises!


October 17th-19th 7:30

October 20th 2:00

Doudna Black Box

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

The Theatre Department is performing this award-winning play, a fictional account of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night before his assassination. 

An exhibit on the Civil Rights Movement will be placed at the entrance to the theater.


October 29th

4:30  Booth Library Edgar Room

The Legacy of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, one of the great African-American writers of the twentieth century, died in August 2019, the same month that marks the 400th anniversary we are commemorating. In her fiction, Morrison's imagination brought many of those 400 years to vivid life. Morrison was awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to American culture. In this panel, faculty members and students from EIU's English Department will reflect on the legacy of Morrison's writing and life.


November 2nd

1:00-4:00  Tarble Arts Center (a drop-in event)

Protest Banner Making Workshop

Guest Artist: Aram Han Sifuentes

Tarble Classroom & Brainard Gallery

Registration deadline: October 28, 2019

Register at 217-581-ARTS (2787) or  There is no fee.

This artist-led workshop will introduce participants to the larger ongoing project and art practice of the project founding member, Aram Han Sifuentes, as well as foster a learning space for people to gain skills to learn to make their own banners. This workshop will promote a communal space that supports and respects individual makers and voices.  Please RSVP prior to the event, to help with planning and workshop set up.


November 4th

6:30 in 7th St. Underground

Student Creative Writing Showcase

Students will read poetry or works of fiction they have authored that address issues of race and racism. 


November 6th

4:00-7:00   Gallery 1910 (in Doudna Room 1910)

Student Art Exhibit on theme of race, racism, and social justice


Pichichero HeadshotTuesday, November 12 @5pm: Christy Pichichero, "Black | Power: Race and Privilege in Early Modern France" (Doudna Lecture Hall)

This Phi Beta Kappa Annual Lecture features Christy Pichichero of George Mason University speaking on figures who are often left out of our "official" histories: people of African descent who found themselves close to power and privilege. Come hear some surprising stories from a world-class scholar! Sponsored by EIU's Center for the Humanities, the English Department, and the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of East Central Illinois.


December 4th

6:30 pm  Tarble Arts Center

“Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers, and the Rainbow Coalition”

December 4, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party.  Hampton created the original “Rainbow Coalition” (a concept later adopted by Jesse Jackson) which brought together Black, Latinx, White, and Native American groups in solidarity against oppression.  This panel will focus on Fred Hampton and his legacy.



FF TimerFriday, August 30 @4pm: Final Friday is back at The Penalty Box to cap off the first month of classes. Meet with numerous speakers to discuss new research and engagement!


Thursday, September 12 @ 3pm: Faculty Forum (Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Building)

The Forum will focus on the Strategic imperatives for EIU, and will be presented by Associate Professor Michael Dobbs. President Glassman will make a few remarks to introduce the forum.


Friday, September 27 @4pm: Final Friday is back at The Penalty Box to discuss interactive ideas, linking the humanities to the sciences, the community and beyond, this month featuring Will Porter (Music), Paul Switzer (Biological Sciences), and Nichole Hugo (Sustainable Energy).


Monday, October 7 @3pm: Race in U.S. Health Care (Coleman Auditorium 1255)

Dean Özlem Ersin of the College of Health & Human Services joins Vice President James Hildebrandt of the Sarah Busch Lincoln Medical Center to discuss issues of race in the U.S. healthcare system.


Monday, October 7 @4pm: Race and Voting Rights (Coleman Auditorium 1255)

Professor Kevin Anderson of the Political Sciences Department leads a discussion on the continuing legacy of slavery in the area of voting rights.


Monday, October 7 @7pm: Keynote by DeRay McKesson (Doudna Concert Hall)

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. As a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and a co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies. DeRay frequently appears on national media outlets including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, NPR, MSNBC, CNN, among many others.




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Director: C.C. Wharram

Doudna Fine Arts Center 1343
(217) 581-3968

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