UI seeking public input on ideas from 'critical conversation' on Chief

UI seeking public input on ideas from 'critical conversation' on Chief

CHAMPAIGN — The general public will have a chance to weigh in on ideas generated by the recent conversation on Chief Illiniwek and Native American imagery at an event on campus Tuesday.

It's scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. in the South Lounge of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

No formal program will be presented, but participants can review ideas suggested at the April 10 event and ask questions or offer input for moving forward, officials said.

A video of guest speakers from the April 10 event — which was limited to registered participants — will be shown at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. The event featured Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and UI alumnus and former Chief Illiniwek portrayer Dan Maloney. It was moderated by the Rev. Allan Boesak, a visiting scholar at the UI and a leader in the drive to end apartheid and embrace reconciliation in South Africa.

The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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