Inside Scoop Events

Inside Scoop events bring University of Illinois undergraduates from any major into close conversation about humanities and arts-related topics with distinguished Illinois faculty and visiting scholars.

By creating opportunities for the exchange of ideas in a casual setting, scholars and artists can share with students the great moments of discovery, creativity, and excitement that fuel their research and their ongoing commitment to their work at the university and in the outside world. Intended for students from across the campus, Inside Scoop conversations invite Illinois undergraduates to engage with the vibrant developments and exciting work conducted by scholars whose work helps us understand what it means to be human in a world of rapidly shifting global complexities.

Spring 2022 Inside Scoop Events

Wednesday, March 9 at Noon  |  Location: Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL)

At this edition of Food for the Soul/Inside Scoop, enjoy lunch and conversation with Dr. Lerone A. Martin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Chair and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. For UIUC undergraduate students of all majors!

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Professional photo of Lerone Martin


About the Speaker

Lerone A. Martin is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Chair and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Previously, he was a member of the faculty in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and Director of American Culture Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Martin is the author of the award-winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The book received the 2015 first book award by the American Society of Church History.
 

 

Fall 2021 Inside Scoop

Friday, November 12 at Noon  |  Levis Faculty Center, Room 210

Update (11/8/2021): We have reached maximum capacity for this event. Be sure to check out the full Festival of Writers schedule!

Enjoy lunch and conversation with Tracy K. Smith, award-winning poet and past U.S. poet laureate. For UIUC undergraduate students of all majors! Registration is required.
 

About the Speaker

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Headshot of Tracy K. Smith

 

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate in 2017. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry, including her most recent Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Part of A Year of Creative Writers at Illinois. Supported by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.