blog posts Today's immigration policies rooted in long history, author says Sep 22, 2020 11:45 am1264 views No matter how one feels about current U.S. immigration policies, they did not come out of the blue but are based in a long history, says A. Naomi Paik, an Asian American studies professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lays out aspects of that history in a new book. Illinois professor's stories address race, complicated family relationships Sep 15, 2020 8:30 am1132 views Illinois English professor David Wright’s short story about a boy confronting his paternity and his future beyond slavery is featured in The New Yorker. Illinois archivist's prize-winning essay reveals Jewish origins of Viennese cuisine Sep 9, 2020 8:45 am1223 views University of Illinois archivist Susanne Belovari won the 2020 Sophie Coe Prize for her work on the forgotten history of Viennese cuisine. Have we gone too far trashing politics? Sep 8, 2020 10:00 am711 views We’ve gone too far in trashing politics, no matter how much the campaign season may prompt us to do so, says Ned O’Gorman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Politics is a good thing, but our views of politics have become “twisted.” His recent book “Politics for Everybody” argues for “authentic politics” that focus on different people getting along and working things out, not winner-take-all. Illinois professor uses LGBTQ voices in Beirut to understand daily violence, disruption Sep 3, 2020 8:00 am706 views Ghassan Moussawi, a professor of gender and women’s studies and of sociology, examines the daily survival strategies of Beirut’s LGBTQ residents in his new book “Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut.” What’s different about recent athlete protests? Sep 1, 2020 1:45 pm533 views In the history of protest in sports, the recent strikes by professional athletes in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are unprecedented, says Adrian Burgos Jr., a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign who specializes in the history of sports. The resumption of pro sports during a pandemic has made the players’ platform even more prominent, he says, and some have used it to try to communicate their lived reality beyond their role as athletes. Why is the NFL team in Washington, D.C., changing its name? Jul 21, 2020 9:00 am1650 views The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. It’s the highest-profile retirement of an American Indian name by a sports team in decades, says Jay Rosenstein, an Illinois professor of media and cinema studies. His documentary on the use of American Indian mascots in sports aired in 1997 and he has closely followed the issue since. Two Illinois communication scholars elected ICA Fellows Jul 10, 2020 9:15 am537 views Leanne Knobloch and Angharad Valdivia, both professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been elected Fellows of the International Communication Association, in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Two other Illinois faculty members received the same honor last year. Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink? Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am3589 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why. Illinois professor proposes guide for developing common data science approaches Jun 25, 2020 9:00 am920 views University of Illinois information sciences professor Victoria Stodden proposes a way to develop recognized data science processes for research. How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am3328 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross. Why the calls for defunding police? Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2634 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Humanities research program elevated to institute status Jun 11, 2020 8:15 am2098 views The Humanities Research Institute – previously known as the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities – is now one of nine campuswide interdisciplinary research institutes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Will movie theaters survive COVID-19? May 27, 2020 9:30 am1607 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business. New book shows how ancient Greek writing helps us understand today’s environmental crises May 5, 2020 8:00 am778 views University of Illinois classics professor Clara Bosak-Schroeder writes about how the ancient Greeks thought about natural resources. What's new with the plague? More than you might think Apr 23, 2020 10:00 am3095 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois. Illinois professor examines storytelling artistry of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Apr 21, 2020 8:00 am1112 views Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest has written a new book about the literary artistry of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics? Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am3112 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between. Two Illinois professors named Guggenheim Fellows Apr 10, 2020 10:45 am3044 views Illinois professors Janice N. Harrington, English, and David Sepkoski, history, received 2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. Survey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responses Mar 27, 2020 11:30 am2222 views An online survey is tracking the responses of academic libraries to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing data on their actions in real time. What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference? Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am7716 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests. Author makes case for politics to those who've lost faith Mar 4, 2020 9:45 am748 views It may seem incredible in an age of polarized division, but Ned O’Gorman is making a positive case for politics for those who’ve lost faith. The communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues in “Politics for Everybody” that politics is a necessity, not an option – and we know from everyday experience how to do it better, in ways not fundamentally “us versus them.” New book tells of early Antarctic explorations, continent's connection to climate Mar 2, 2020 8:00 am857 views A new book illustrates the environmental history of Antarctica through stories of 19th-century expeditions. Yearlong series brings prominent authors to campus Feb 17, 2020 1:15 pm1836 views A U.S. poet laureate, best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize winners are among the writers coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for “A Year of Creative Writers.” Book examines dangers of reading for young men in late 19th-century France Feb 11, 2020 9:00 am1612 views Excessive reading by young men was seen as a cause of declining virility and of the perceived national decline in fin-de-siècle France. Immigration justice talk part of CAS Abolition Initiative Feb 5, 2020 12:00 pm483 views Activist organizers will talk about their work opposing detentions, deportations and criminalization of immigrant communities in a panel discussion. It is part of the Center for Advanced Study’s Abolition Initiative. Book examines pope’s environmental encyclical, how religion can address climate change Feb 3, 2020 12:45 pm621 views Robert McKim, a professor emeritus of religion, edited a book of essays examining the issues raised by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical calling for protection of Earth and its environment. Are there alternatives to declining, disappearing newspapers? Jan 30, 2020 2:00 pm1702 views As many newspapers decline and disappear – highlighted by two Chicago Tribune reporters recently sounding the alarm about a perceived threat to the Trib – a journalism professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign touts the growth and viability of nonprofits and other alternatives. Targeted ads are coming to mainstream media. Should we care? Jan 27, 2020 10:30 am1988 views Targeted advertising is coming to mainstream media, says an Illinois professor of digital media, bringing concerns about equality, division and “total surveillance.” Illinois professor emerita, former professor awarded NEA translation fellowships Jan 24, 2020 9:00 am508 views Elizabeth Lowe, the founding director of the University of Illinois’ Center for Translation Studies, and Armine Kotin Mortimer, a professor emerita of French literature, will translate works that are not available in English. Book chronicles history of gender-neutral pronouns, from Shakespeare to email Jan 22, 2020 12:00 pm3752 views Dennis Baron (he/him/his), a University of Illinois professor emeritus of English, writes about the history of pronoun use and how we adapt the language to fit our circumstances. Illinois music professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1256 views Music professor Christina Bashford was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain. Book looks at how landscape design helps solve water issues Dec 20, 2019 1:15 pm1372 views Landscape design research can help solve environmental problems related to water systems. Classics course uses Greek tragedies to provide war insights Dec 19, 2019 2:15 pm933 views A new course in classics uses Greek tragedies to study issues of war, trauma and displacement. Hittite class offers glimpse of Bronze Age language, technology Dec 9, 2019 9:00 am5885 views Illinois students in a Hittite class learn to write the ancient language in clay using cuneiform symbols. What explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest? Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1299 views Hong Kong’s nearly four-month protest is only the latest in a series, all centered on concerns about retaining freedoms and gaining the right to choose the city’s leadership, says University of Illinois history professor Poshek Fu, a Hong Kong native and specialist on modern China. The current protest movement is notable, however, for its social media-driven, guerrillalike tactics, its longevity and the international attention it has received. Ebert Symposium to feature film director Gregory Nava Sep 19, 2019 1:45 pm673 views Gregory Nava, director of Latino films such as “El Norte,” “My Family” and “Selena,” will discuss his career and challenges, as well as diversity in the movie industry, as part of the Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium coming Sept. 27 to the University of Illinois. Ebert Symposium to focus on inclusion in movies and media Sep 9, 2019 1:45 pm551 views This year’s Ebert Symposium will focus on inclusion and diversity in the media industry, with a keynote address provided by Stacy Smith, director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why? Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am18838 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days. Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its history Jul 17, 2019 9:30 am685 views Responding to terrorists requires reasoning rather than outrage, said an Illinois historian who has written a new book on terrorism and its history. Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, Sandburg Jun 12, 2019 9:00 am5481 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones. What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter? Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am1523 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights. Digital publishing projects examine Jay-Z's music, Edward P. Jones' fiction May 28, 2019 9:00 am578 views Analyses of Jay-Z’s music and Edward P. Jones’ fiction are among the first projects of Publishing Without Walls, a University of Illinois digital publishing initiative for humanities scholars. Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalization May 6, 2019 10:15 am1714 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book. IPRH bringing poet Claudia Rankine to campus for reading Apr 22, 2019 1:30 pm327 views Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine will visit the University of Illinois this week to give a reading and meet with students. What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire? Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2298 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire. Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 'The Overstory' Apr 15, 2019 4:45 pm7201 views Author Richard Powers, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel “The Overstory.” The heartland always a place of global connection, not isolation, author says Apr 10, 2019 10:00 am766 views An Illinois historian dug into the history of the Midwest and found it’s never been the insular place of heartland myth, but full of global connections. University Library’s Small Press Fest celebrates small press and DIY publications Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am563 views The University of Illinois Library is sponsoring a Small Press Fest to celebrate small press publications and self-published media. Illinois history professor awarded ACLS Fellowship Apr 3, 2019 10:30 am426 views University of Illinois history professor Marsha Barrett has been awarded a prestigious ACLS Fellowship.