Unit One visitors will share their talents with community

Unit One visitors will share their talents with community

URBANA — A variety of guests will participate this academic year in the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program, which features events that are free and open to the public.

The guests live for five or so days in Allen Hall, interacting with residents in non-academic programs, performances, workshops and informal discussions. Guests typically give introductory presentations on the first evening and host nightly events thereafter in Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, U.

The fall schedule:

— Sept. 7-11: Dan Kwong, an award-winning solo performer, writer, director and visual artist who has presented his work nationally and internationally since 1989. He draws upon his own life experiences as well as historical and contemporary material to explore the many facets of identity.

— Sept. 28-Oct. 2: Bernie de Koven is a game designer, author, lecturer and theorist of fun. He is best known for his book "The Well-Played Game," his contributions to the New Games Foundation, his pioneering work in computer game design and for his websites deepFUN.com and APlayfulPath.com.

— Oct. 19-23: Lisa Wade is an associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department at Occidental College. Her work involves inspiring students and the public to think sociologically. Accordingly, her career extends beyond academic writing and teaching to blogging, tweeting, public speaking and informing the news. She is the editor and principal author of the website Sociological Images.

— Oct. 26-31: The Andrew Alden Ensemble is a contemporary, electronic chamber music group from Boston with the goal of composing new music for chamber music and film. The ensemble produces textual scores for film and performs them in front of a live audience to transform the picture with new sounds and experiences.

— Jan. 25-29: Kelsey Timmerman is the author of "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour To The Countries, Factories And People That Make Our Clothes" and "Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through The Global Food Economy." His writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Cond Nast Portfolio, among others, and has aired on National Public Radio (NPR). Timmerman is also co-founder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community.

Feb. 8-12: Meredith Scheff-King is a writer, hardware hacker, cartoonist, sculptor and kinetic artist. She has worked with many museums, fabrication studios and interactive projects including SFMoMA, Popular Mechanics, The Exploratorium, MAKE:Magazine and Wiley Media.

— Feb. 15-19: Steve Lambert is an artist working at the intersection of art, popular culture, comedy, hacktivism and cultural agitation. He has collaborated with the Yes Men, the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (a tool which grownups may use to block themselves from distracting websites so they can get work done).

— Feb. 22-26: Climbing PoeTree is the duo of Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, who sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. The two are poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects,. Over the last 10 years, Climbing PoeTree has performed for thousands of people across the United States and abroad.

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