blog postsHow did Chicago's Willis Tower lose its title as the 'nation's tallest building'?Nov 20, 2013 9:00 am89 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 am48 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 am17 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 am266 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 am12 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 am9 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 am325 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 am154 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 am172 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 am23 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 am212 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 am55 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 am13 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 am1860 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 am21 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 am36 views A Minute With™... John Lynn, an emeritus professor of historyPreviously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am842 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 am5 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 am44 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 am77 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 am26 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 am3 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 am88 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.Book Corner: Parallels between individual and collective memory examinedSep 6, 2012 9:00 am40 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 am13 views A Minute With™... communication professor John MurphyToward a better understanding of SikhismAug 23, 2012 9:00 am82 views A Minute With™... Pradeep Dhillon, a scholar of global aesthetics and ethicsHow to encourage the reluctant child readerJun 27, 2012 9:00 am16 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 am8 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 am15 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 am16 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 am13 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 am86 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 am22 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 am22 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 am10 views A Minute With™... linguistics professor Randall Sadler'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am654 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 am19 views A Minute With™... English and linguistics professor Dennis Baron'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' a window into modern SwedenDec 14, 2011 9:00 am40 views A Minute With™... Professor Anna Westerstahl StenportBook Corner: Exploring the history of the written pageNov 17, 2011 9:00 am1 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 am138 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.