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217 Today: Music, physics and theater professors at UIUC are launching a new art and science collective

Illinois physics professor Gina Lorenz, center, playing a quantum sage, uses poetry to explain concepts of light in the in the first iteration of “Quantum Voyages" in 2018.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Today’s headlines:

  • The Illinois State Board of Education is asking state lawmakers for billions of dollars for the next school year and a chunk of that would go for migrant students.
  • Madison County voters in the Metro East are one step closer to taking a symbolic vote on seceding from Illinois. 
  • The Fighting Illini men’s basketball team has seen many changes over the past couple of days.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about a new project led by three professors at the University of Illinois that aims to inspire work between artists and scientists.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Will Bauer, Colin Hislope and Stephanie Mosqueda.

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