CHAMP is the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at the University of Illinois. CHAMP is a strategic research center dedicated to the critical study of cultural heritage and museum practices on a worldwide scale in the context of globalization. CHAMP has extraordinary faculty strength with almost thirty faculty members teaching courses in our area of expertise. More than a dozen graduate students work with CHAMP, including by pursuing our Heritage Studies minor and Museum Studies minor. CHAMP sponsors lectures, conferences, film series and other events on campus. CHAMP faculty conduct projects around the world, the results of which are steadily published in fascinating books, articles, and technical reports. Since its creation in 2005, CHAMP has demonstrated a sustained commitment to generating and disseminating outstanding heritage education, heritage scholarship and heritage practice. Please explore the left hand menu items for further information about CHAMP. And look below the images on this page to see the events happening this semester at CHAMP.

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Fall 2014 Events


August 21-September 5

The Haiti Challenge
Exhibit curated by Lynne Dearborn (Architecture)
West Gallery of Temple Buell HaLL

September 2 and 3

Conference: "Sepharad as Imagined Community"
Illini Union, Room 210
(for information contact Prof. Mahir Saul:

September 17

"Goya and the Disasters of War"
Lecture by Guest Curator Robert La France (David Owsley Museum of Art)
Krannert Art Museum, Room 62, 5:30 p.m.

September 26

"The Map Thief"
Lecture by Michael Blanding (Journalist, Author)
Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (Library 3rd Floor), 3:00 p.m.

September 27

I-Heritage Meeting
GSLIS Building, Room 126, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
(for information contact Helaine Silverman:

September 29

"En Guerre: French Book Illustration and World War I"
Lecture by Teri Edelstein (former Deputy Director of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Krannert Art Museum, Room 62, 5 p.m.

October 1

"The French Poster and World War I"
Lecture by Ségolène Le Men (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense) 
Krannert Art Museum, Room 62, 5:30 p.m.

October 13

"Italian Food, Ethnicity and Globalization"
Lecture by Prof. Fabio Parasecoli (The New School and Gustolab, Rome)
English Building, Room 160, 4:00 p.m.

October 16

"Food, Heritage and Intellectual Property in Europe"
Lecture by Erica Farmer (Smithsonian Institution) 
Davenport Hall, Room 109A, 3:00 p.m.

October 17

"Negotiating the increase and diffusion of knowledge: Policy, practice, and values around cultural heritage at the Smithsonian Institution"
Lecture by Erica Farmer (Smithsonian Institution) 
Davenport Hall, Room 109A, 4:00 p.m.

October 21

CHAMP and UNESCO Center for Global Citizenship mini-conference
"Why UNESCO Matters: Destruction of Cultural Heritage"
Lectures by Helaine Silverman (Director, CHAMP), Lynne Dearborn (Architecture), Laila Moustafa (LIS), Kari Zobler (Anthropology)
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: LIS Building, Room 126

October 22

"Vikings in America? Swedes in the American Ethno-Racial Hierarchies in the 19th century"
Lecture by Dag Blanck (Stockholm University)
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB, 4 p.m.

October 27

"The Colonial Occupation of Piura: The Historical Archaeology of the First Spanish Settlement in Peru"
Lecture by Dr. Fernando Vela (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Lincoln Hall, Room 1064, 4:30 p.m.

Through December 23

Krannert Art Museum Exhibition
"La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I"
curated by Prof. David O'Brien

September 16-January 25

Maya Weavers of Guatemala: 90 Masterpieces
Exhibit at Spurlock Museum

Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum
Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Postwar Years
Curated by Prof. Anne Burkus (Art History)