CHICAGO (AP) — Efforts are underway to create a center named for late film critic Roger Ebert in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, and the school made the announcement on Thursday. The Ebert Center’s goal would be to combine the studies of film and ethics to encourage writers and filmmakers to think critically about film.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dangerous Subzero Temps, Lake Effect Snow In Some Areas
Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times who graduated from the University of Illinois. He died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.READ MORE: Body Camera Video Shows Shootout With University Of Chicago Police Officer That Left Man Critically Wounded In Hyde Park
It takes $5 million to establish a center at the university. So far about $2.5 million has been raised, including an endowment from the Eberts. That leaves about $2.5 million more needed to create The Ebert Center.MORE NEWS: Can Restaurants And Other Businesses Confiscate Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards? Officials Advise Against It
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