University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Land Institute founder: 'Eco' state of mind needed

CHAMPAIGN — A leader in the sustainable agriculture movement warned University of Illinois students Thursday of the dangers of "technological fundamentalism" — thinking that society can solve all its problems through technology.

Wes Jackson, the 77-year-old founder of the Land Institute, said society needs to replace "the industrial mind" with an "ecological state of mind."

Graduate conference to focus on landscapes

URBANA — The public is invited to "Landscapes: Performing Space & Culture: A Graduate Conference," taking place Friday and Saturday at the University of Illinois.

The conference was organized by graduate students in the UI's theater history and criticism program and the Theatre Student Organization.

Brown University prof to deliver lecture

CHAMPAIGN — The Archaeological Institute of America Lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Krannert Art Museum auditorium will be delivered by Lanny Bell, adjunct professor of Egyptology at Brown University.

Bell's topic will be "Mythology and Iconography of Divine Kingship in Ancient Egypt."

Portraits Project making stop at University YMCA

URBANA — The Illini 4000 will host the Portraits Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the University YMCA to share the stories of how cancer has affected America. At 7 p.m., the directors of the Portraits Project will give a presentation.

Gifted students and world-class musicians featured at DoCha Festival

CHAMPAIGN — The fourth annual DoCha Festival featuring world-class musicians as well as gifted students will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St.

DoCha events are free, and most are open to the public.

Central Illinois Daily Life: April 1- April 8


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Crop, Stock & Ledger: Time for planning and planting trees and shrubs


Winterlike weather has probably kept most people from thinking about planting trees and shrubs in their yards, but warmer weather will get us thinking about those planting projects.

Tom Kacich: Legislators use trivial issues to prove their autonomy

For some members of Congress, especially those in "swing" districts that are neither overwhelmingly Republican nor Democratic, it's important to show their independence from their party leadership.

Law grads' job prospects improve

CHAMPAIGN — The latest employment figures for law school graduates show hiring has improved in the last year, including at the University of Illinois College of Law.

The American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released employment data Friday on employment for the class of 2012 as of Feb. 15, nine months after graduation.

UI staff counter attack on campus email system

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois staff have been working this week to counter an attack on the campus email system.

Mike Corn, chief privacy and security officer for the Urbana campus, said the campus' email system receives some so-called "phishing" attacks every day, but staff noticed a significant uptick in attacks on UI accounts beginning in February.