Illini Loyalty: The University of Illinois

Illini Loyalty: The University of Illinois


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Illini Loyalty: The University of Illinois by Larry Kanfer

Acclaimed Prairiescapes photographer Larry Kanfer presents his alma mater in his newest book as only he can. Through the eyes of an artist attuned to the details of place and space, Kanfer reveals the familiar vistas and landmarks that make the University of Illinois a special place for tens of thousands of students and alumni each year. A proud graduate of the University of Illinois himself, Kanfer shows the Urbana-Champaign campus from the North Quad to the South Farms, capturing campus events, iconic buildings, and architectural details from inside and outside. Crowds roar as they cheer on the Fighting Illini in Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall, and undergrads share a quiet moment between classes at the Illini Union. The images illustrate the splendor of the university's academic buildings and the grandeur of its libraries, its intimate corners and vaulted lecture halls, its museums and residence halls. Accompanying text by Alaina Kanfer provides the history and lore of landmarks such as Lorado Taft's Alma Mater sculpture and the venerable Morrow Plots. A must-have for students, graduates, parents, and fans, Illini Loyalty memorably conveys Larry Kanfer's fierce devotion to the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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ISBN-13: 9780252083624
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 04/15/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,216,539
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Larry Kanfer is an award-winning photographic artist who operates a gallery in Champaign and online at His previous books include Barns of Illinois, On Firm Ground, Prairiescapes, and On Second Glance: Midwest Photographs. His original artwork is featured in public and private collections nationally. Alaina Kanfer, a former research scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, grew up in Chicago and received her doctorate from the University of California, Irvine. Larry and Alaina were married at the Illini Union at the University of Illinois, and they have since collaborated on Barns of Illinois. They live in Champaign with their two children.

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By Alaina Kanfer


Copyright © 2011 Larry Kanfer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-252-03500-5

Chapter One



When you step onto the campus of the University of Illinois, the outstretched arms of the Alma Mater statue beckon you to join the rich tradition of the campus, which dates back to 1868. Sculptor Lorado Taft designed this quintessential icon of the University of Illinois as a physical representation of the University motto: "Learning and Labor." He was inspired to create the bronze group for the university in 1883, and it was dedicated in 1929, the fiftieth anniversary of Taft's graduation from the University of Illinois. Alma mater literally means "nourishing mother," and Taft felt it important that his work be cordial and inviting to reflect its midwestern heritage. In 1962, amid controversy, the Alma Mater was moved from behind Foellinger Auditorium to its present location at the central intersection of Wright and Green streets. It seems to watch over people, connecting them to the past and reminding them of the university's stability, tradition, and potential.


Gateways across campus greet visitors and remind them that they are entering a place of history, dedication, knowledge, and inquiry. One of the most impressive, the Hallene Gateway, rivals the Alma Mater in visual identity and historical significance. It originally adorned University Hall, the primary university building just south of the current Illini Union along Green Street from 1871 to 1938. After University Hall was razed in 1938, its beautiful sandstone portal was saved but somehow misplaced and forgotten until it was stumbled upon almost sixty years later, half buried in brush near maintenance sheds at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois. The exciting discovery was excavated, cleaned, and given a fitting location. It became the formal entry onto the northeastern part of campus, an ever-present link to the past.


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Table of Contents


Preface Larry Kanfer....................ix
CAMPUS OVERVIEW I....................28
CAMPUS OVERVIEW II....................76
THE ILLINI EXPERIENCE....................92

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