Guests-in-Residence

The In-Residence Program at Unit One is a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Many guests have chosen paths that are unusual, and they are passionate about their work and lives, as well as fun, interesting people. Guests live in Allen Hall for 1-2 weeks, interacting with residents in a variety of non-academic programs, workshops, and informal discussions.

Guests typically give introductory presentations on the first evening of their residency and hold nightly events after that in the South Rec Room, the Main Lounge, or the Walless Lounge. The bulletin board in the cafeteria foyer or the Unit One page is the best place to look for information about each guest and their upcoming programs.

In-Residence guests live in room 145, across from the Allen Hall Office, and are usually available for meetings with individuals, floor groups, organizations, and classes. They are also often available for "drop-in" discussions in room 145 or over meals in the cafeteria. In-Residence guests are living in your "home" and you are their "host." Guests generally appreciate it when students stop by to introduce themselves, say hello, invite them to go out for coffee, ask them lots of questions, and otherwise make them feel welcome and useful.

Each spring, applicants for the Guest-in-Residence program are solicited with the input of Allen Hall residents and Unit One staff. From the applications received, a ballot of possible guests is constructed and residents vote for their preferences. The committee determines its final candidates based on the hall vote, guest availability, and the desire to have a high quality and diverse slate of guests for the year.  If you have ideas for prospective guests, contact Laura Haber in Allen Room 68, 244-2317, or e-mail, lhaber@illinois.edu.