Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign, IL 61820

Join the College of Media at our second annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium, "Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem," featuring panel discussions on diversity in film, diversity in journalism, and diversity in advertising and communication. See full details at

Each year the Roger Ebert Symposium focuses on a topical theme and brings together luminaries in the field to engage in discussion at a public-oriented academic event. The Ebert Symposium 2019 examines diversity in media, celebrates our differences, and brings them forward into the light of communal discourse. The symposium recognizes that the media industry needs a diversity of voices, of faces, of experiences, in order to flourish in the diverse communication ecology of today and tomorrow.

Roger Ebert said that media can be "the most powerful empathy machine” and we hope our focus on diversity in this year's symposium will allow us to creatively engage our public and prepare the field for positive change.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is now open and is highly encouraged to reserve your spot.