Allen Hall Guest in Residence

Coscolluela Eileene ecoscoll at
Mon Feb 19 11:15:59 EST 1996

Dear group readers,

We are looking for interesting people to act as 
speakers/instructors/workshop leaders  in a residency  program at the 
University of Illinois, and we are hoping you can help.  The program is 
called In-Residence at Unit One/Allen Hall.  Each year we invite 6-8 people 
from a variety of fields and walks of life to live in an undergraduate 
residence hall and offer students non-credit programs on a wide range of 
topics.  We are looking for outgoing people with multiple areas of 
expertise, who can present themselves and their ideas in ways that would 
interest undergraduates (i.e., people whose personality and ways of 
interacting are attractive to 18-21 year olds).  If you, or someone you know 
(personally or by reputation) seems appropriate for the position (and likely 
to fit within our budget--see below), please let us know.  Feel free to 
forward this message to others.  Send e-mail correspondence to : Lorin 
BLewett (lblewett at LAR.URH.UIUC.EDU).  Or call Ms. Blewett at (217)333-8351. 
Or write to:

	URBANA, IL 61801

Below is a more detailed description of the program, renumeration, and 
application information.


To be In-Residence at Unit One is a demanding position.  The purpose of 
In-Residence visits is to bring students in contact with people whose work, 
ideas, or lives are somewhat unusual.  People, in other words, who have 
avoided fitting into one of society+s ready-made molds.  A residency such as 
we offer will appeal to you only if you enjoy initiating interaction with 
undergraduate students, and if you are capable of working with students who 
may know little, or nothing, about the subject matter you choose to present. 

Guests conduct at least one event (1-3 hours) per day.   Students are not 
required to attend any event nor do they receive college credit for 
participating.  Because getting students to commit to long-term projects can 
be difficult, most events are self-contained programs, with possible 
follow-up.  These programs (workshops, exercises, discussions, films, field 
trips, etc.) take place weekday evenings and sometimes on weekends. If you 
need to be gone during a weekend, we will work around your schedule.

As visitors live in the residence hall, they can bring about additional 
meetings during meals and at odd hours with individual students or with 
small groups.  Such meetings have proved to be an important part of the 
residency, and  students frequently report that they learn most from guests 
in these informal interactions.  Guests are also sometimes invited to take 
part in ongoing courses at Unit One or elsewhere in the University.  These 
courses meet during the day or early evening.  Radio interviews and lectures 
outside the hall are also possible.  These activities are all optional parts 
of the residency.

Attracting and holding students+ attention (and fitting their schedules) is 
not always easy.  Although the coordinator of the program is there to help, 
guests usually end up doing a good deal of self-promoting (e.g., introducing 
themselves to students, encouraging students to attend workshops, inviting 
students to stop by and talk further about a subject, etc).  Guests who have 
been most satisfied with their visits seem to be those who both engage 
students at their current level of awareness (social, political, emotional, 
artistic, etc.) and prod, provoke, challenge, and entice students to new 

Transportation within the U.S., an honorarium of $500 per week, plus room 
and board are available for this position.  Visitors live in the guest suite 
at Allen Hall.  Meals are provided in the dining room.  In some cases, 
additional funding for a residency can be obtained from other University 
departments. If you require a larger honorarium, please include a note 
indicating which University departments you think might be interested in 
cosponsoring your visit.  Inform us as soon as possible if you are intrigued 
by the program but require additional compensation. We need time to solicit 
additional funds from the resources available.


Each year this program features six to eight guests whose two-week 
residencies engage students in many different content areas and in a wide 
variety of formats.   A sample of past visitors includes:

	John B. Anderson, congressman & Presidential candidate
	Michael LeRoy, dispute arbitrator
	Laurie Dunphy, prize-winning film maker
	David Dellinger, peace activist, Chicago 7
	Conrad Lynn, civil rights lawyer
	Harry Edwards, sports sociologist, University of California
	Michael Colgrass, composer
	Ellen Willis, film & music critic for Rolling Stone
	Steven Carothers, environmental biologist
	The Otrabanda Theatre Co., theatre performance
	Edwin Schlossberg, environmental design
	Norman Soloman, journalist, media critic
	Patch Adams, M.D., free health care advocate
	Vernon Bellecort, Native American activist
	Nancy Thies Marshall, Olympian/TV commentator
	Roscoe Mitchell, jazz musician/composer
	Robert Schrum, journalist, speech writer for Jimmy Carter
	Sylvia Woods, union organizer, Union Maids film
	Mark Rogovin, muralist, Director, Chicago Peace Museum
	Jerry Mander, television critic
	Bernard Second, Mescalaro Apache spiritual leader
	Fred Marx, film maker, Hoop Dreams
	Jean Redpath, Scottish folksinger
	Sheila Tobias, women+s issues in math & technology
	Erwin Knoll, Editor, The Progressive
	Cindy Patton, politics of AIDS
	David Feldman, author, Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise?
	Karl Hess, political commentator, speech writer
	Barbara Trent, film maker, The Panama Deception


If you are interested in being In-Residence at Unit One sometime during the 
upcoming academic year, you should apply by sending, no later than March 
15th, the following:

1.  A proposal of ideas and envisioned activities for such a visit.  (Your 
proposal should indicate the variety of themes or issues you would like to 
address while you are here and a variety of possible formats for sharing 
those ideas. You do not need to be an expert on a subject to include it in 
your proposal, as long as you are able and willing to guide students through 
a discussion or experiment related to that subject.)

2.  Materials about yourself and your previous activities (a resume and/or 
documentation of your work).

3.  A one-paragraph summary of your life/work of 80 words or less written in 
third person (i.e., a publicity blurb).

4.  Any questions, comments or special requests that you have.

Please send all of the above items and any other information you feel is 
relevant to:

	Lori Blewett
	In-Residence Coordinator
	Unit One/Allen Hall
	1005 W. Gregory Drive
	Urbana, IL  61801
	(217) 244-2317
Your proposal will be best understood by our students if you acknowledge the 
program+s settings, restrictions and potentials in your description of your 
abilities and proposed activities.

Please feel free to call Lori Blewett before applying if you have questions. 
 Past applicants have found it helpful to talk to someone from our program 
before solidifying their proposals.

Each spring semester a committee of Unit One students and staff decide who 
will be In-Residence for the entire upcoming year. This committee bases its 
decisions on an all-hall advisory vote, careful reading of applications, and 
a desire to have a wide variety of subject matter addressed during the year. 
 Invitations will be made in late April.

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