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. (As you read this home page and all pages on CHAMP's website, please use your refresh button every time you visit so as to update the information you see.)

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Fall 2015 Events


September 10-11

"Heritage of Death"
Joint international conference with our Critical Heritage Studies Network partners
Stockholm University, Sweden

September 17

“The Lure of the Relic: Collecting the Holy Land”
Lecture by Dr. Morag Kersal (Department of Anthropology, DePaul University)
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 5:30 pm

September 18

“Serving the State: Artifacts, Archaeology and Diplomacy”
Lecture by Dr. Morag Kersal (Department of Anthropology, DePaul University)
Room 109, Davenport Hall, 4:00 pm

September 18

“The Ethics of Trusteeship and the Biography of Objects”
Lecture by Dr. Andreas Pantazatos (Department of Philosophy, Durham University)
Room 109, Davenport Hall, 5:00 pm

September 21

“Loss. The Restitution of Jewish Property in Austria after the Holocaust”
Lecture by Dr. Lisa Silverman (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)
Room 62, Krannert Art Museum, 5:30 pm

October 7

“Pirates of the Press. Case Studies in the Prehistory of Copyright”
Lecture by Lori Newcomb (English Department, UIUC) and Adam Doskey (Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, UIUC)
Rare Books Room of the Library, 3:00 pm

October 27

“Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship”
Lecture by Dr. Irmgarda Kassinskaite-Buddeberg (Program Specialist for UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division,Communication and Information Sector)
Room 126, GSLIS, 4:00 pm

November 9

“Mind and Murals: The Buddhist Cave Paintings of the Mogao Grottoes, China”
Lecture by Eugene Y. Wang (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University)
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 4:00 pm

November 10

“Neutralizing heritage? Evaluating UNESCO’s World Heritage Nomination Process through the Example of Santiniketan, India”
Lecture by Sonal Mithal Modi (PhD, Landscape Architecture, UIUC)
Room 109, Davenport Hall, 5:30 pm