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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 80 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.


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.

Our generous sponsors include...

Center for Advanced Study, Channing Murray Foundation, The Chapel of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, College of Applied and Fine Arts, C-U AAUW, Department of African American Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Urban Planning, Education Justice Project, Faith in Place, First Mennonite Church, First Presbyterian Church, Friedman Law Group, Landscape Architecture, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Office of the Provost, School of Art + Design, School of Social Work, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting, Wesley Foundation, Wesley United Methodist Church

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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 Wednesday 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. We also live stream Friday Forum talks on our Facebook page.

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