blog postsLife SciencesAgricultureHumanitiesStudy rewrites early history of corn in corn countryFeb 14, 2017 8:15 am964 views A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the notion that Indian corn, or maize, was cultivated in this region hundreds of years before its widespread adoption at about 1000 A.D.HumanitiesIllinois library and information sciences professor writes textbook on diversity issues for librariansFeb 2, 2017 8:45 am253 views Nicole Cooke, a University of Illinois professor of library and information sciences, wrote a recently published textbook to help librarians and library students better understand the importance of serving diverse groups of people.ArtsHumanitiesIllinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm604 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1635 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.HumanitiesGuide to children’s books offers a diverse range of suggestions for gift giversDec 14, 2016 1:15 pm242 views Books are great gifts, and the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois can help gift givers find the right book for the young people on their lists.HumanitiesLife SciencesAn informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am250 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm342 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.CampusAnnouncementsArtsHumanitiesBox office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am573 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.CampusHumanitiesThe back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2483 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am524 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.HumanitiesArtsPoet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am466 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.HumanitiesIllinois religion professor looks at Jewish theology of protest in new bookSep 23, 2016 10:00 am808 views A new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,” by University of Illinois religion professor Dov Weiss, is the first comprehensive academic look at the Jewish tradition of protes.HumanitiesArtsReproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am341 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.HumanitiesCampusHuman Library offers an opportunity for conversations to challenge stereotypesSep 16, 2016 9:15 am227 views A project called the Human Library is designed to challenge stereotypes by bringing people together to talk. A newly formed Champaign-Urbana chapter of the Human Library will hold its first event Sept. 22 as part of the Pygmalion Festival.HumanitiesSocial SciencesProfessor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm477 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.HumanitiesIllinois Data Bank provides storage, access to research data of Illinois facultyAug 30, 2016 10:45 am835 views The University of Illinois has developed a repository that stores the data of Illinois researchers and provides access to it for other researchers who want to use the data in their own analyses.Expert ViewpointsHealthHumanitiesWhat does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am3848 views With its easy-to-miss symptoms and link to birth defects, the Zika virus is very similar to German measles (rubella), according to history professor Leslie ReaganSocial SciencesHumanitiesPolice Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am3290 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.HumanitiesCampusSocial SciencesBrazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm848 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.HumanitiesLawSocial SciencesU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am534 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTNMay 11, 2016 11:45 am1127 views The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am565 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.CampusHumanitiesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesSix Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2457 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.HumanitiesResearch group tells the stories of hidden histories on the University of Illinois campusApr 21, 2016 11:15 am513 views A public history project at the University of Illinois is exploring the hidden and forgotten stories of social movements on campus and in the community.HumanitiesU.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to visit campusApr 19, 2016 9:00 am701 views Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate and the first Latino to receive the country’s highest honor in poetry, will speak at the University of Illinois on April 28.Campus LifeHumanitiesIPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announcedApr 18, 2016 10:45 am71 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its inaugural 2016-18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities and its 2016–17 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesHow Sweden took the lead on gender equity in filmApr 14, 2016 12:00 pm323 views A Minute With...™ Theo Malekin, a lecturer in Scandinavian studiesHumanitiesPulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 13, 2016 8:30 am545 views Garry Wills, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian, will examine the role of human beings on the planet when he delivers the Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on April 21.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am1035 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”Campus LifeHumanitiesIPRH’s ‘Cell Phone Slam!’ rescheduled for March 9Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm295 views IPRH has rescheduled its "Cell Phone Slam!" for 4 p.m. March 9 in the IPRH Lecture Hall at the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.HumanitiesU. of I. librarian, historian examines Puerto Rico’s route to becoming an Olympic nationMar 2, 2016 11:15 am504 views Puerto Rico fields a team of athletes for the Olympic Games, even though it is not a sovereign nation. Antonio Sotomayor, a professor and librarian for the University of Illinois International and Areas Studies Library, uses Puerto Rico's history of Olympic participation to study the Olympic Games and colonialism in his new book, “The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico.” HumanitiesProject will help researchers explore big data in HathiTrust digitized libraryFeb 23, 2016 9:45 am1076 views A project of the HathiTrust Research Center – a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University – aims to find new ways to use computational tools and allow humanities scholars to analyze large numbers of books while still respecting copyright laws.Social SciencesEducationHumanitiesWebsite promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am720 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesLife SciencesNurturing a market for waste CO2Jan 20, 2016 9:30 am295 views A Minute With...™ Kevin O'Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology CenterSocial SciencesHumanitiesIllinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1014 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”HumanitiesHumanities Without Walls initiative receives $4.2 million Mellon grant renewalDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1364 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $4.2 million grant renewal from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Humanities Without Walls initiative.HumanitiesArtsFive Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4839 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesWhat the true story of the Essex - the inspiration for 'Moby-Dick' - teaches us todayDec 9, 2015 9:30 am499 views A Minute With...™ Jamie Jones, who is writing a book on the literature, art and culture surrounding the whaling industryExpert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am1019 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismHumanitiesNEH Chairman William Adams coming to campus as part of 50th anniversary of NEHOct 22, 2015 10:00 am610 views The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, will speak on the University of Illinois campus on Oct. 29 as part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the NEH.Humanities$1 million Mellon grant to help humanities scholars explore digital publishing optionsOct 1, 2015 2:15 pm1581 views A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.Social SciencesHumanitiesBritish Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1057 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."CampusHonorsHumanitiesLife SciencesUrbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1577 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesHow will Pope Francis be received by the U.S. Congress?Sep 22, 2015 9:30 am253 views A Minute With...™ Valerie Hotchkiss, expert on religion and medieval studiesHumanitiesLocal development often at odds with regional land use plans, experts sayAug 21, 2015 9:00 am253 views A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl. But the plan did little to check growth on the fringes of cities, and local governments continued to make development decisions based on their own economic self-interests, said University of Illinois researchers Dustin Allred and Arnab Chakraborty.ArtsCampusHumanitiesNew art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am121 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.HumanitiesLegacy of Katrina, 10 years later: More citizen involvement, says U. of I. urban planner Robert OlshanskyAug 13, 2015 9:00 am56 views The end of this month will mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans. Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois professor, head of the department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, closely followed the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the first few years following the hurricane.HumanitiesPhysical SciencesAccess to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professorJul 10, 2015 9:00 am147 views Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesIllinois' county fairs generate revenue, face challengesJun 29, 2015 12:00 pm69 views A Minute With...™ Alex Norr, graduate student in urban and regional planningSocial SciencesHumanitiesEgypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am159 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.