blog postsU. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am165 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a building and another breathing what appears to be green fire.New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art MuseumJan 14, 2015 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With its emphasis on function and utility, use of modern materials and manufacturing methods, and embrace of abstraction, modernist design was on the cutting edge of mid-20th century style, influencing architecture, art, the design of furniture and household objects, typography and graphic design.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am118 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crimeJan 7, 2015 9:00 am283 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you're watching national TV news - not because those things are true.NSF grant to help with application to teach music theoryJan 5, 2015 9:00 am78 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.U. of I. has three of top 100 scholarly articles receiving the most attention online in 2014Dec 22, 2014 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.Rare Book and Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian booksDec 22, 2014 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.Five Illinois scholars awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 9, 2014 9:00 am194 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.New journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am279 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.Conduct your own investigation into candidates' funding sourcesOct 21, 2014 9:00 am37 views A Minute With™... journalism professor Brant Houston, who holds the Knight chair in investigative and enterprise reporting at IllinoisIllinois campus commemorates the centenary of WWI with events for the entire communityAug 19, 2014 10:45 am59 views The University of Illinois will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a cross-campus initiative that includes theater productions, a film series, concerts, lectures, symposiums, an art exhibition and a general education course. “The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects” is designed for Illinois students and the local community to gain a new understanding about the first industrialized conflict carried out on a global scale.U. of I. Library exhibition to showcase cataloger's extraordinary collection of crochet-related artsJun 26, 2014 11:15 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In 1989, when Gilbert Witte started working full-time at the University of Illinois Library, he discovered that his new job had a strange effect on his leisure time: After spending eight hours surrounded by books, the last thing he wanted to do at home was read. Consequently, Witte took up a hobby – he taught himself to crochet.Camp teaches children to write in the lost art of cursiveJun 19, 2014 9:00 am53 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library recently hosted 13 children ages 8 to 11 for a daylong camp that ended with a cursing contest. These were Elizabethan curses ("Thou craven, milk-livered flax-wench" was the winner), judged primarily on penmanship. It was part of Valerie Hotchkiss' campaign to save the art of cursive writing and, equally important, the ability to read cursive writing.A cricket player's take on Disney's "Million Dollar Arm"May 14, 2014 9:00 am15 views A Minute With™... Safdar Khan, an expert batsman and bowler for the Cricket Club of IllinoisU. of I. Library's Project Unica preserves books so rare they exist in only one copyApr 29, 2014 9:15 am130 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Among librarians and booksellers, hymnals and children’s books are infamous for their low survival rate, as a result of overuse and abuse. So when the staff at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library found an eight-page unbound copy of the ABCs and common prayers published in 1536 – more than 450 years ago – they immediately ran the title through several international databases to see if any other libraries had a copy. None did.Expert on 'Global Hinduism' to deliver this year's Thulin Lecture at IllinoisApr 2, 2014 9:15 am58 views The religious tradition that brought us yoga, meditation and the concepts of karma and reincarnation will be the topic of this year’s Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion, an annual event sponsored by the University of Illinois department ofreligion. Vasudha Narayanan, the distinguished professor of religion at the University of Florida and author of “Hinduism” and “The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation and Ritual,” will deliver the lecture at 8 p.m. April 9 (Wednesday) at Spurlock Museum. Her topic, “Global Hinduism,” will touch on Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.How the massive mudslide in Oso, Washington, might have been preventedMar 28, 2014 9:00 am122 views A Minute With™... Rob Olshansky, a professor of urban and regional planningNew book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am123 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora - a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.$4 million for one thirty second Super Bowl ad: Money well spent?Jan 29, 2014 9:00 am18 views A Minute With™... Jan Slater, an advertising professor and the dean of the College of MediaMellon grant to involve 15 schools and focus on 'Global Midwest'Jan 14, 2014 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a consortium of 15 humanities institutes.How did Chicago's Willis Tower lose its title as the 'nation's tallest building'?Nov 20, 2013 9:00 am28 views A Minute With™... Mir Ali, a UI professor emeritus of architectureU. of I. English professor and team document life in Chicago's public housingNov 13, 2013 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Growing up in Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, Audrey Petty lived about two miles from the Chicago Housing Authority's Robert Taylor Homes. Those 28 high-rises, arranged in horseshoe clusters along the Dan Ryan Expressway, contained more than 4,400 apartments, giving the complex the dubious title of largest public housing development in the nation. But though she could practically see the drab concrete towers from her doorstep, Petty regarded the Robert Taylor Homes as a foreign, mysterious and impenetrable enclave.Fast food jobs: 'Degraded' work, or just low-pay?Oct 15, 2013 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... Marc Doussard, a professor of urban and regional planningOrgan donor promotion at DMV brings increase in registrationsOct 9, 2013 9:00 am210 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 90 percent of the public supports organ donation, yet less than half the population registers as donors, surveys show.Pygmalion Literary Festival reading series starts Sept. 27 in UrbanaSep 18, 2013 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The popular Pygmalion Music Festival, held annually at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in Urbana-Champaign, has added a two-day literary festival this year. Among the writers who will be reading from their works: Matt Bell, the author of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods"; Dan Chaon, the author of "Among the Missing" and "You Remind Me of Me"; and James Greer, the author of "Artifical Light," "The Failure" and "Guided By Voices: A Brief History."Symposium at Illinois to feature science fiction authors and musicSep 18, 2013 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture at "Writing Another Future," a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities, Sept. 25-27 (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include several concerts. Organizers hope the symposium will spark interest in science fiction writing as part of the university's ongoing explorations of science, technology and society.Novelists, poets to take part in Carr Reading SeriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am12 views Award-winning novelist Micheline Aharonian Marcom will read from her latest book, "A Brief History of Yes," to open the fall 2013 Carr Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Illini Union Bookstore.What should we make of Al Jazeera's arrival in America?Aug 17, 2013 9:00 am0 views A Minute With™... Illinois journalism professor Nancy BensonWhat does the sale of the Washington Post mean for the future of journalism?Aug 13, 2013 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... journalism professor Brant HoustonIndustrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am185 views Toward the end of her freshman year at the U. of I., Michelle Kwak found herself floundering. Having aced all her advanced placement classes at Lemont High School (in suburban Chicago), she was caught off-guard by the rigors of her engineering courses, and turned to one of her deans for guidance. He knew that Kwak considered art her main hobby, and suggested that she check out industrial design - a program she had never heard of.University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. librariesJun 10, 2013 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL classMay 17, 2013 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project have received the Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. The students' project, Language Partners, was one of three entries honored last week from among 188 submitted by organizations in 23 nations. The $30,000 award will be split with two other social justice organizations.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am146 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, he's now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books - almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.The chilling effect of the Justice Department's taking of AP phone recordsMay 15, 2013 9:00 am22 views A Minute With™... Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise ReportingBook Corner: Exploring the future of cities: Tall buildings and urban designMay 2, 2013 9:00 am139 views Five years ago, with a Fulbright Fellowship funding his summer study in Malta, U. of I. architecture professor Mir Ali agreed to assist the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority and the University of Malta in determining whether more skyscrapers should be built in the tiny island nation. As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Malta consists of a group of islands, the largest of which is the "rock" just off the toe of Italy. The Republic of Malta's government had received close to 50 proposals from developers wanting to build high-rise office buildings, hotels and condominiums.New master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpretersApr 29, 2013 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a master's degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall.What can be done about violence against women in India?Mar 29, 2013 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literature and of religionBAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am1311 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poetsJan 29, 2013 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.Why the time is right to allow women in combatJan 25, 2013 9:00 am34 views A Minute With™... John Lynn, an emeritus professor of historyPreviously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am552 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled "A Revolver," the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburg's archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Book Corner: Collection of plays focuses on Korean diasporic experienceNov 15, 2012 9:00 am4 views Korean diasporic theater takes center stage in a new collection of plays compiled by Esther Kim Lee, a professor of theater and of Asian American studies at the UI.Using science as evidence in setting government policiesNov 14, 2012 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Thomas Schwandt, a professor of educational psychologyCollaborative journal to be first focused on pre-modern Chinese cultureNov 12, 2012 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University in Beijing and Duke University Press. Titled the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, this biannual publication will be funded by Peking University during its first five years. It's the only journal wholly dedicated to the study of pre-modern Chinese culture, and the first instance of a Chinese university becoming directly involved with English-language scholarship outside of China, Cai said.200 years of American Indian persistence turned U.S. into 'Indian Country'Oct 22, 2012 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Frederick Hoxie starts each of his courses asking students to list three American Indians, and their answers are almost always the same: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Geronimo.Multilingual 'Divine Comedy' marathon to take place Tuesday at IllinoisOct 19, 2012 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - England, Greece, heaven, hell, Portugal, Poland, purgatory and Russia - all these locales will be on the itinerary Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the Italian studies program at the University of Illinois hosts a Dante marathon. Beginning at 9 a.m., Dante's "Divine Comedy" will be read aloud, in its entirety, following a tradition that dates back to the first circulation of the 14th-century text in Florence, Italy. In a gesture meant to engage the broader campus community, the reading will involve speakers of more than a dozen languages, ranging from the text's original Italian to Arabic, Catalan, Czech, English, French, Galician, German, modern Greek, Hungarian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.HathiTrust ruling puts legal boundaries on digitized booksOct 16, 2012 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Kyle Rimkus, preservation librarianLecture series at Illinois to explore 'digital divide'Sep 13, 2012 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Overcoming the disparity of the "digital divide" - the gap between people who have access to modern technology and those who do not - is the subject of a lecture series sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.Poetry, fiction, global security among topics on MillerComm docketSep 13, 2012 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - This fall's Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures will look back to the poetry of Yeats and forward to the future of Chinese fiction and the role of engineers and scientists in international security. The annual series, begun in 1973, is supported by the George A. Miller Endowment along with several University of Illinois units.Emancipation Proclamation only one piece in ending slavery, historian saysSep 12, 2012 11:15 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago this month, making the end of slavery a Union goal in the Civil War, then a year and a half old.