blog postsBook Corner: Parallels between individual and collective memory examinedSep 6, 2012 9:00 am10 views Memories are essential to our personal identities, and to understanding life and our surroundings. The book, "Individual and Collective Memory Consolidation" (MIT Press), co-written by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UI, explores the process by which we organize and retain memories.Should we care about the national political conventions?Aug 24, 2012 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... communication professor John MurphyToward a better understanding of SikhismAug 23, 2012 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... Pradeep Dhillon, a scholar of global aesthetics and ethicsHow to encourage the reluctant child readerJun 27, 2012 9:00 am15 views A Minute With™... Carol Tilley a professor of library and information scienceHBO's "The Newroom': Will journalists be portrayed as heroes or goats?Jun 18, 2012 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... journalism professor and former radio reporter Matthew EhrlichShould Illinois charge a user fee at state parks?May 1, 2012 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Robin Hall, the director of the U. of I. Office of Recreation and Park ResourcesPeacekeeping forces often barrier to lasting peace, research showsApr 19, 2012 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Could peacekeepers actually be a detriment to ending a war and finding long-term peace?What can be discovered by mining 'big data'Apr 10, 2012 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Carole Palmer, who directs the library school's Center for Informatics Research in Science and ScholarshipMartin E. Marty, renowned scholar of religion, to lecture at IllinoisApr 2, 2012 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Martin E. Marty - religion scholar, the author of more than 60 books and recipient of the National Humanities Medal - will deliver the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois on April 12 (Thursday). He will speak on the topic, "Because I Am a Citizen: Religion and the Common Good in Today's America."Two-week intensive foreign language program to be offered in MayApr 2, 2012 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics will offer its Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program this summer.Noted journalist to speak at colloquium on Asia role in U.S. economyMar 27, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tom Easton, an award-winning journalist and the Asia business editor of The Economist, will give the keynote address April 5 (Thursday) at a colloquium on the role Japan and China play in the American economy.Workshop looks at the Indian roots of a high-tech agribusiness cropMar 20, 2012 9:00 am59 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 7,000 years ago, indigenous peoples in Mexico domesticated corn. What was once a commodity for barter among indigenous tribes and empires is now one of the most important crops in the world. On March 27 (Tuesday), the Center for Advanced Study will host Corn and Indigenous Communities in the Americas, a daylong workshop examining the ancient relationship between indigenous cultures and maize, as well as the modern challenges of GMO cultivation, NAFTA and global price pressures now facing indigenous farming communities.Toi Derricotte opens Carr Reading Series April 4Mar 15, 2012 9:00 am16 views Award-winning poet and memoirist Toi Derricotte will visit the UI campus to open the spring semester Carr Reading Series on April 4.Project, conference attuned to changing demographics in collegesFeb 29, 2012 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At its Feb. 22 meeting, the University of Illinois Student Senate passed a resolution encouraging Facebook users to avoid posting racially insensitive material on a memes page associated with the school. The page administrators voluntarily removed the posts deemed offensive, but the debate continued in the Opinions section of the Daily Illini, a student newspaper. Few of the racially charged memes referred to African-Americans or Latinos; most referred to students of Asian heritage.If candidates for public office must be fluent in English, who decides what 'fluent' means?Feb 7, 2012 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... linguistics professor Randall Sadler'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am195 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesA linguist's analysis of the State of the UnionJan 25, 2012 9:00 am16 views A Minute With™... English and linguistics professor Dennis Baron'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' a window into modern SwedenDec 14, 2011 9:00 am33 views A Minute With™... Professor Anna Westerstahl StenportBook Corner: Exploring the history of the written pageNov 17, 2011 9:00 am0 views Within the past two decades, technological advances have changed the way readers consume text, from online blogs to e-readers. Some critics and scholars have suggested that we were embarking on a radically new age of information.Hospital tests reveal the secrets of an Egyptian mummyNov 2, 2011 9:00 am100 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - An ancient Egyptian mummy has had quite an afterlife, traveling more than 6,000 miles, spending six decades in private hands, and finally, in 1989, finding a home at the World Heritage Museum (now the Spurlock Museum) at the University of Illinois. The mummy's travels did not end there, however. It has made two trips to a local hospital - once in 1990 and again this year - for some not-so-routine medical exams.Experts reveal new images, analyses of Spurlock Museum mummyOct 18, 2011 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - In 1990, a team of researchers and medical experts placed an ancient Egyptian mummy into a computed tomography (CT) scanner at a hospital in Central Illinois, hoping to learn what they could about the individual shrouded inside its linen cocoon. Those scans, along with X-rays and analyses of fragments collected from the fraying base of the mummy, revealed that it was a child from a wealthy family, likely from the Roman period of ancient Egypt.Before you buy that new device, think about e-waste issuesOct 11, 2011 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Willie Cade, an adjunct professor in industrial designInitiative to explore perspectives on history, culture of Western HemisphereSep 8, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - The Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois will explore the impact of indigenous poetry on the expressive cultures of the Western Hemisphere with a poetry reading featuring Inés Hernández-Avila and Heid Erdrich on Tuesday (Sept. 13).Acclaimed University of Texas writer to open reading series at IllinoisAug 30, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - An author described by The New York Times Book Review as "a writer for all readers" will open the annual Carr Reading Series. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith - who earned his doctorate at the U. of I. in 1969 and is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas in Austin - is best known for "Klail City Death Trip," which tells the stories of the residents of a fictional Lower Rio Grande Valley county in a series that so far numbers 15 volumes.Novelist's 'Luminarium' lighting up the literary atmosphereAug 22, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "Luminarium" - a novel by University of Illinois creative writing professor Alex Shakar - already is garnering glowing reviews. It will be released Tuesday (Aug. 23).Se habla Espaol? U. of I. course offers Spanish to young childrenAug 9, 2011 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Parents considering enrolling their young children in after-school piano lessons, ballet classes, gymnastics or martial arts now have another option for enriching their future - a Spanish language course. Taught by native or near-native Spanish speakers, the curriculum presents Spanish to children ages 4 through 8 using games, crafts, stories and songs.Digitization project yielding searchable texts, preserving original booksAug 8, 2011 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A large-scale project designed to bring old and often obscure books into the digital age has yielded a surprising bonus at the University of Illinois: Not only will the text of the books become fully searchable online, but the original versions - the old-fashioned kind a reader can hold - are being rescued from the library stacks, repaired and preserved.Where is the line between journalism and crime in the British phone-hacking scandal?Jul 18, 2011 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... investigative journalist Brant HoustonAs U.S. troops withdraw, what's next for Afghanistan?Jul 5, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... political scientist Paul DiehlDon't forget portion control when filling MyPlateJun 14, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... nutrition professor Karen Chapman-NovakofskiWhat does 'fair' mean when it comes to redistricting?Jun 1, 2011 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... political scientist Brian GainesCollaborative center to make it easier to access knowledge on computersMay 16, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - A new research center created by the University of Illinois and Indiana University, along with HathiTrust Digital Repository, will develop software to foster computer access to the growing digital record of knowledge.Summer language academy is new option for 4- to 8-year-oldsMay 9, 2011 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many parents enroll their young children in piano lessons, ballet class, gymnastics or martial arts, figuring that getting a jump-start on these skills will serve their children later in life.The Middle East, post-bin LadenMay 7, 2011 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... sociologist Asef BayatHow can Japan begin to recover from the March earthquake, tsunami?May 2, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Rob Olshansky, a professor of urban and regional planningBusiness law expert: Legal education must respond to market forcesApr 25, 2011 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dire predictions of impending doom for the future of legal education should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a University of Illinois business law expert.Student videos look at a world without humanities and the artsApr 21, 2011 9:00 am3 views Just as the fall 2010 semester was winding down, junior Andrew McFadden got an email from a friend, alerting him to a video contest. The challenge: Make a short film showing what the world might be like devoid of humanities and the arts.Myths about the Civil War persist, 150 years after the Fort Sumter battleApr 8, 2011 9:00 am120 views A Minute With™... historian Bruce LevineNew details revealed during CT scan of Egyptian mummyApr 7, 2011 9:00 am9 views New details are already arising from last week's CT scan of the Spurlock Museum's nearly 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, according to museum director Wayne Pitard. The scanning took a little more than an hour and was done free of charge March 29 by Dr. Joseph Barkmeier of Carle Foundation Hospital. Spurlock's collections management team spent a year planning the five-minute trek to Carle and constructed a specially designed case to keep out the elements and reduce impact on the mummy from any movements.Jay Rosenstein film receives Peabody AwardApr 7, 2011 9:00 am9 views “The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today,” a documentary produced by UI journalism professor Jay Rosenstein, in partnership with WILL-TV, was one of the winners of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, announced last week.The long history of Latinos in Major League BaseballApr 4, 2011 9:00 am164 views A Minute With™... history professor Adrian Burgos Jr.Why hunger, proverty would deepen if Ivory Coast collapses into civil warMar 31, 2011 9:00 am11 views A Minute With™... geography professor Thomas BassettExpert on Islam to deliver annual Thulin lecture April 14Mar 29, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John L. Esposito, the author of more than 30 books on the politics of Islam, will speak on "The Future of Islam and Muslim-West Relations" at the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Early Spring Literary Festival to feature Illinois Poet LaureateMar 3, 2011 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will be among the writers featured at the Early Spring Literary Festival at the University of Illinois March 13-16.Collection edited by U. of I. scholar focuses on poetry by American IndiansFeb 28, 2011 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A few years ago, Robert Dale Parker was in a basement library reading microfilm he had ordered from the Library of Congress when he found a trove of poems written by an Ojibwe Indian. The fact that the poems were literate and lyrical pleased Parker, a literary critic, but the fact that they were from 1815 made him ecstatic.Full-text search capability not without problems, scholars sayFeb 24, 2011 9:00 am82 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While full-text resources have become ubiquitous in the seemingly infinite library of book digitization projects, the ability to search full-text sources is not the magical tool some scholars, laypersons and even some librarians would have us believe, say two University of Illinois experts in information science.Events to examine use of films to develop, justify nuclear weaponsFeb 14, 2011 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Marilyn Monroe is poolside in a lawn chair, wearing a bathing suit and sipping a cocktail. She sets her drink down, turns toward the camera, and says, "I always hated careless men." Thus ends an obscure Air Force training film, one of several that conclude with the actress encouraging military recruits to keep working, and to keep their work under wraps.Protests in Egypt: What happened, why, and what's at stake now?Feb 1, 2011 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Kenneth Cuno, a professor of historyDalkey Archive Press honored by National Book Critics CircleJan 24, 2011 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A nonprofit publishing enterprise once described by its founder as "a hopelessly quixotic venture" has been named recipient of the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.USDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hungerJan 20, 2011 9:00 am25 views The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $5.5 million to fund research that will help alleviate childhood hunger in the United States. Craig Gundersen, a UI professor of nutritional sciences in the department of agricultural and consumer economics, and James Ziliak, of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will coordinate a research program on childhood hunger.