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Spring Semester Friday Forum Schedule

Friday Forum is in its 98th year at the University YMCA! In recent partnership with Conversation Café, the program is a weekly forum to learn about and discuss pressing public concerns while enjoying free lunch from the Y Thai Eatery. Our weekly events are held at noon in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign. All events are free and open to the public.

An audio recording of each program can be heard the following Wednesday at 6-7 pm on WEFT 90.1 FM community radio.

  • 2/2 Rev. Terrance Thomas, Pastor of Bethel AME Church
    • Exploring the Radical Black Church
  • 2/9 Keith Knight, nationally acclaimed political cartoonist and musician
    • Cartooning Can Save the World! A comic strip slideshow by Keith Knight
    • This FF+CC coincides with the Art @ the Y exhibition that will be on display.
  • 2/16 Carol Ammons, Illinois State Rep.
    • Good Ole Abe and Emancipation and Reparations
  • 2/23 Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran Pastor, NYT Bestselling Author,
    • Illinois Interfaith Conference Keynote Speaker in conversation with Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser from Community United Church of Christ
    • This FF+CC is the prelude to the Illinois Interfaith Conference that will take place on 2/23 and 2/24
  • 3/1 Ozge Yenigun, UIUC Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
    • Overcoming Inequalities and Barriers in Refugees’ Labor Market Participation in Germany
  • 3/22 Charlene Teters, artist and activist
    • The Education of Charlene Teters (Spokane Nation)
    • This FF+CC coincides with the Art @ the Y exhibition that will be on display from March 19-24.
  • 4/5 Jay Rosenstein, UIUC Dept. of Media and Cinema Studies
    • ‘In Whose Honor?’ 30 Years Battling Native Sports Mascots and Chief Illiniwek
  • 4/12 Awad Awad, UIUC Salaam MENA Cultural Center
    • The Mission and Vision of the Salaam MENA Cultural Center
  • 4/19 Samantha Auerbach, Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice
    • Envisioning Reproductive Justice in the Post-Dobbs Landscape
  • 4/26 McKenzie Johnson, UIUC Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
    • Earth Day and Environmental Justice: Allies or Enemies?
    • This FF+CC takes place during Earth Week

This semester’s sponsors are:

Center for Advanced Study, Center for Global Studies, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, College of ACES, Counseling Center, Department of Religion, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Education Justice Project, EU Center, First Presbyterian Church (Champaign), Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Humanities Research Institute, Latina/Latino Studies, League of Women Voters, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Office of the Provost, School of Social Work, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Women in Gender and Global Perspectives Program, Women’s Resources Center, Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting, Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice.

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