Category Archives: Education

A Faculty Union at UIUC Part 1

The UI Chicago faculty union signed its first contract in April 2014. In Urbana the Campus Faculty Association (CFA) submitted in mid-May the necessary number of cards to create a full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty union (part-time NTT’s are excluded … Continue reading

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Remembering Manni Brun

In January, this community lost a woman to whom it owes a great deal. Marianne (Manni) Brun passed away on January 6th. Manni and her husband Herbert, who was a professor of music composition, came to the university in 1963. … Continue reading

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University of Illinois at Chicago Faculty Union Goes on Strike: What Are the Stakes?

On February 18-19, 2014 the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty union staged a strike joined by more than 1000 faculty, students, and other supporters, and that received widespread media attention locally and nationally. With no appreciable progress made on … Continue reading

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Why Tenured Professors Need Unions

I once got stuck in an airplane sitting next to an off-duty pilot. As we sat on the runway for an hour, only to find that we had to change flight crews and pilots because of the long delay, a … Continue reading

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The Community Saturday School and the Ongoing Campaign for Literacy

“History has shown that, up to the present time, revolutionary regimes have been the only ones capable of organizing successful mass literacy campaigns. From the Soviet Union to China, from Vietnam to Cuba, all revolutionary governments have given high priority … Continue reading

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The Economic and Political Context of Student Debt

Alan Collinge, author of “The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back,” recently spoke to students at Lincoln Hall on the UI campus. His argument is detailed, persuasive, and heartbreaking; it … Continue reading

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What is a nüz/böx?

What is a nüz/böx? First, it’s spelled with an X, a Z, two ümlaüts and a slash/. Even the name calls your attention. The pronunciation of nüz/böx is intentionally ambiguous. How do you pronounce it? Pronunciation, like many aspects of … Continue reading

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Summer Classes at Common Ground’s Flatlander Classroom

Visit Urban Bees! Led by Maggie Wachter $10 owners/$15 non-owners Saturday, July 27th, 1-3pm Min 4/Max 12 Local beekeeper Maggie Wachter will take you on a thrilling journey in her teaching apiary located just a few blocks from the Common … Continue reading

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“What’s in a Name? Two C-U Buildings Named After African American Women”

As a new building on campus is being named after Maudelle Bousfield, the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois, a public housing complex named after Joann Dorsey, black community activist in Champaign during the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Motivating High School Students to Become Future Builders

In 2007, I met Tanya Parker, now the publisher of the local magazine, Unity in Action, at a demonstration in front of the County Court House in Urbana.  We were both protesting what we felt was racial inequality in the … Continue reading

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Photos of GEO’s “Let Us Work” Rally

On November 8, a “Let Us Work: Work With Us” rally was held by the GEO on the plaza of the Undergraduate Library.                        

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Campus Support Grows for GEO’s Efforts to Protect Public Education

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) at the University of Illinois is in the midst of an important fight to protect access to public higher-education. On campus support has been growing for the GEO in this struggle. The GEO represents about … Continue reading

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Chicago Teachers Union Forum in Urbana

On Saturday, August 25, approximately fifty people attended a forum in support of the struggles of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) against the actions of the mayor and the Board of Education that he appoints.  They are fighting against the … Continue reading

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New Program for Donations to Illinois Prison Libraries in Makes Progress

The 3 R’s Program (Reading Reduces Recidivism) was established in the 2010 as a direct service to recycle books from peoples’ homes to state prison libraries. Providing books to people in prison appeals as prisoners generally have the time and … Continue reading

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Odyssey Project Offers Classes on Literature, Philosophy, History and Art

Residents in Urbana-Champaign are invited to apply to be part of a unique program offering a free college liberal arts course to adults living on low-incomes, complete with college credit. The Odyssey Project, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council … Continue reading

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Wherefore Cultural Centers at UIUC? A New Way Forward

On February 20, 1969, J.W. Peltason, the first Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana (UIUC) and the Faculty Senate began the process to establish the Black Cultural Program-commonly referred to as the Black Cultural Center. Three major factors … Continue reading

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Upcoming Documentary Screening: The Invisible War: Sexual Trauma in the Military

The Invisible War: Sexual Trauma in the Military Presented by the Central Illinois Civillian-Soldier Alliance Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Sexual assault … Continue reading

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Pre-1968 Foundations of African American Recruitment at the U of I

(767 words)   Pre-1968 Foundations of African American Student Recruitment at the U of I (edited)   Joseph H. Smith   Joseph H. Smith served the U of I as an administrator and English professor from 1964 to 1994.  He … Continue reading

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Crisis for U of I President Hogan

U of I President Michael Hogan had little reason to enjoy his winter vacation. Not even his $600,000 plus salary could buy him a break.  Sometime around mid-semester, Hogan probably thought he was on a roll. His Enrollment Management Plan … Continue reading

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GEO Victory! Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers have long been an important issue for graduate employees at the University of Illinois. As such, the recent arbitration victory for the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) against the UIUC administration marks the beginning of another long battle regarding … Continue reading

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