All lectures are on Fridays at 12:00pm.

Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events. Friday Forum has been continuously running for over 90 years at the University YMCA, continually adapting to the times while remaining committed to providing talks that address topics of relevance and urgency in our society.



“Art + Activism: Transforming Silence into Action” – Spring 2018

Activism is often focused on responding to negative and oppressive institutions and societal practices. This series highlights the unique role art plays in asserting positive, creative visions of the future during times of strife. Artists confront social issues through innovative pathways, working on the level of emotional connection and impact rather than reiterating facts and arguments.


The University YMCA relies on contributions to cover costs associated with this program. Your tax-deductible donation to programs like Friday Forum benefit students and the wider community. You can donate online, in person, or by mail. Checks can be made out to “University YMCA” and sent to 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820.

This series was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners:

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The views expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of the University YMCA, co-sponsors, or the Friday Forum committee. A sign language interpreter is available with a 72 hours notice (contact Carol Nunn at 217-337-1500). All forums are radio broadcast at 6:00 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 the Monday following the lecture. Urbana Public Television also provides recordings of past Friday Forum lectures on their YouTube channel.

View our videos of the lectures on YouTube and photographs on Flickr.