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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Spring 2015 Events


February 18

“Other Monumentalities: Race, Style and National Architecture”
Lecture by Dr. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University)
Knight Auditorium in Spurlock Museum, 4:30 p.m.

March 2

“Samizdat: Subversive Russian publishing in the 19th and 20th century”
Lecture by Jonathan McNamara
Room 321, International and Area Studies Library


Symposium: 1915-Music, Memory and the Great War
Website for information:

April 17

Cyber-Seminar with Stockholm University
Topic: "Heritage of Death"
Location: International Programs and Studies Building (507 E. Green St.), Conference Room, 4th Floor
Time: 9 a.m.
For more information, contact Helaine Silverman (

April 22

“Doing Ethics in an Imperfect World: The United Nations Experience” 
Lecture by Joan Elise Dubinsky (Chief Ethics Officer, United Nations)
Room 141, Wohlers Hall, 4 p.m.

April 23

CHAMP Conference: “Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy”
Location: Illini Union, Room 314A
Time: 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

April 23

“The Knowledge Economy and its Cultures: Neoliberalism, Heritage and the Proprietary Imagination” 
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Rosemary Coombe (University of Toronto)
Illini Union, Room 314A, 5:00 p.m.

May 14

Joint Event of CHAMP and UCGC: Heritage Issues in India
“Community, Heritage and the Appropriation of Natural Resources in the Indian Himalayas”
Lecture by Shikha Lakhanpal

May 14

“Processes of cultural exclusion and stakeholder tensions in UNESCO’s World Heritage nomination process: Santiniketan, India”
Lecture by Sonal Mithal Modi
Champaign Public Library,7:00 p.m.

July 13-16

CHAMP Joint International Conference with Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham)
Title: "Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage: Heritage, Tourism and Traditions"
Location: Liverpool, England