CHAMPAIGN — The fall 2013 MillerComm lectures series at the University of Illinois is set to begin later this month with a talk by Gunther Schuller, the Pulitzer Prize winning musician, composer, conductor, educator, historian and publisher.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
— The first event will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, and will feature Schuller, who has received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and three Grammy awards. He has composed more than 180 works from symphonic to operatic to jazz, founded publishing and recording companies and served as president of the New England Conservatory for a decade.
Instead of delivering a lecture, Schuller will be interviewed by Bernhard Scully, a UI French horn professor. Scully will perform Schuller's Quintet for Horn and Strings on Sept. 19 at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello.
— Martha Crenshaw, author of the book, "Explaining Terrorism: Causes, Processes and Consequences," will deliver a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. It will focus on her current research into how governments respond to terrorist attacks and include an evaluation of their effectiveness.
— At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, Subra Suresh will address "Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Lives: Engineering, Cell Biology and Medicine." Suresh, the president of Carnegie Mellon University, will share examples of cross-disciplinary developments in understanding human diseases.
— Susan Goldin-Meadow, a University of Chicago psychology professor, will deliver a lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, called "Talking With Our Hands: Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language."
— Deborah Brautigam, professor of international development and comparative politics at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, about "China in Africa: Stripping Away the Myths." The author of "The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa" will talk about Chinese aid and investment in Africa and assess whether China's presence in Africa is a threat to U.S. interests.
— At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, musician and author Stephen Wade will use live music and images to explain how American music reinvents itself when people reshape the songs of a shared repertoire. His talk is called, "Getting Their Hands on the Tune: From the Front Porch to the Library of Congress and Back Again."
— Kevin Featherstone, a professor of contemporary Greek studies and European politics at the European Institute, will discuss problems in Greek government and the challenges they present not only for Greece but also for the European Union. His talk will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
Goldin-Meadow will speak in the ballroom at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U.
All other MillerComm lectures take place in Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Drive, U.