The decline of America’s cities has been arrested and there is renewed hope for the future, according to SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). The editors of the collection are Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong, architecture professors at Illinois.
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Learn more about the book at the University of Illinois Press site
December 23, 2012
The New York Times interviewed alumnus Brandon Dirden, 34, who is starring in the Signature Theater’s revival of August Wilson’s drama The Piano Lesson in New York City. Dirden earned his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College and then attended graduate school in theatre at Illinois.
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December 27, 2012
Noël Wan, Junior in the School of Music, Is Semifinalist and Special Award Winner in International Harp Contest
Harpist Noël Wan, junior in the School of Music, was recently named a semifinalist in the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel. Noël was the youngest semifinalist at age 18. Special Awards were donated by the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation for the three semifinalists. Contestants from four continents competed in November and December 2012 in this longest-running and prestigious contest for harp.
Noël Wan was previously named the winner of the Chi Mei Culture Foundation's 22nd Chi Mei Arts Award Scholarship in Taiwan, given to assist outstanding and talented young artists who work in the arts, music, and academic research. Noël was the first harpist ever chosen for the highly competitive honor since the first scholarship audition in 1989.
Noël Wan is an honors students and James Scholar. She studies with Ann Yeung, professor of harp and assistant director of Faculty Affairs.
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December 17, 2012
Conrad Bakker, a faculty member in the School of Art and Design, has been named one of seven Urbana campus University Scholars. The university-wide program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service and provides $10,000 for each of three years to enhance the winner’s academic career.
Bakker's artwork has been exhibited at the Tate Modern in London and at the Art Institute of Chicago and focuses on the complex relationships developed between people and objects. He arrived at the U of I in 2001 and has had 23 solo exhibitions in his “Untitled Projects” series since then.
September 10, 2012