blog postsHistorian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am195 views Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders. What’s missing in that, however, is a surprising history of European and native cooperation, interracial marriage and mixed-race communities, according to a University of Illinois history professor.How does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm722 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar musicApr 20, 2015 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands programApr 16, 2015 9:00 am124 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awardsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am64 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversityApr 8, 2015 9:00 am467 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters apart in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, researchers report in PLOS ONE.How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him, says scholar of photo historyApr 2, 2015 9:00 am174 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln - on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It's easy to think we know the guy.Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am196 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The End of the Tour," a new film about a journalist's five insightful days with "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.The new 'Cinderella' movie: Another fairy tale success for Disney?Mar 13, 2015 9:00 am142 views Disney's new live-action film of the classic fairy tale "Cinderella" opens this weekend. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James (of "Downton Abbey") as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother. The storytelling has been described as traditional and safe, alongside lavish costumes and dazzling special effects of Cinderella's rags being transformed into a ball gown and a pumpkin becoming a carriage. Kate Quealy-Gainer, assistant editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, talked with News Bureau arts and humanities editor Jodi Heckel about the appeal of fairy tales and the success Disney has had in telling them.Multimedia show coming to Krannert Center tells story of impact of war on Marines, familiesMar 12, 2015 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A multimedia production tells the story of U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan - not just the stresses they face from fighting a war, but also the emotional toll on their families and the struggles to readjust when veterans return home. "BASETRACK Live," a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families, will come to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 18.The historical context behind the FCC's 'net neutrality' decisionMar 3, 2015 9:00 am107 views The Federal Communications Commission voted on Feb. 26 to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility. The "net neutrality" rules aim to ensure open Internet access. Dan Schiller, an emeritus professor of library and information science and communication at the University of Illinois, talked with News Bureau arts and humanities editor Jodi Heckel about the decision and its historical context.Symposium looks at music and the Great WarMar 2, 2015 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A two-day symposium hosted by the University of Illinois School of Music will look at creative responses to World War I, starting with the musical interpretations of the iconic poem "In Flanders Fields."Artist, alumnus William Wegman returns to KAMFeb 27, 2015 9:00 am77 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Artist William Wegman is best known for his photographs of his Weimaraners, but his work also includes painting, drawing and video. Wegman received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1967, and he'll return to campus next week to speak at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, at 5:30 p.m. March 5.Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am224 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.U. of I. architecture school joins new consortium on design and health researchFeb 11, 2015 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.Professor of piano pedagogy wins national composition awardFeb 2, 2015 9:00 am60 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am194 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 am81 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 am148 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 am303 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 am85 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 am15 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 am77 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 am212 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 am351 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 am38 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 am65 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 am54 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 am74 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 am166 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 am66 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 am211 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 am154 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 am28 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 am57 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 am39 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 am12 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 am242 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 am9 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 am8 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 am14 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 am19 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 am287 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 am35 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 am133 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 am166 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.