blog postsIllinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am622 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2550 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Research group tells the stories of hidden histories on the University of Illinois campusApr 21, 2016 11:15 am596 views A public history project at the University of Illinois is exploring the hidden and forgotten stories of social movements on campus and in the community.U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to visit campusApr 19, 2016 9:00 am712 views Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate and the first Latino to receive the country’s highest honor in poetry, will speak at the University of Illinois on April 28.IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announcedApr 18, 2016 10:45 am144 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its inaugural 2016-18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities and its 2016–17 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Bio-Humanities.How Sweden took the lead on gender equity in filmApr 14, 2016 12:00 pm372 views A Minute With...™ Theo Malekin, a lecturer in Scandinavian studiesPulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 13, 2016 8:30 am596 views Garry Wills, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian, will examine the role of human beings on the planet when he delivers the Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on April 21.Historian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am1449 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”IPRH’s ‘Cell Phone Slam!’ rescheduled for March 9Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm296 views IPRH has rescheduled its "Cell Phone Slam!" for 4 p.m. March 9 in the IPRH Lecture Hall at the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.U. of I. librarian, historian examines Puerto Rico’s route to becoming an Olympic nationMar 2, 2016 11:15 am538 views Puerto Rico fields a team of athletes for the Olympic Games, even though it is not a sovereign nation. Antonio Sotomayor, a professor and librarian for the University of Illinois International and Areas Studies Library, uses Puerto Rico's history of Olympic participation to study the Olympic Games and colonialism in his new book, “The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico.” Project will help researchers explore big data in HathiTrust digitized libraryFeb 23, 2016 9:45 am1181 views A project of the HathiTrust Research Center – a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University – aims to find new ways to use computational tools and allow humanities scholars to analyze large numbers of books while still respecting copyright laws.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am741 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.Nurturing a market for waste CO2Jan 20, 2016 9:30 am338 views A Minute With...™ Kevin O'Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology CenterIllinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1109 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”Humanities Without Walls initiative receives $4.2 million Mellon grant renewalDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1387 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $4.2 million grant renewal from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Humanities Without Walls initiative.Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4991 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.What the true story of the Essex - the inspiration for 'Moby-Dick' - teaches us todayDec 9, 2015 9:30 am633 views A Minute With...™ Jamie Jones, who is writing a book on the literature, art and culture surrounding the whaling industryHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am2013 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismNEH Chairman William Adams coming to campus as part of 50th anniversary of NEHOct 22, 2015 10:00 am621 views The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, will speak on the University of Illinois campus on Oct. 29 as part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the NEH.$1 million Mellon grant to help humanities scholars explore digital publishing optionsOct 1, 2015 2:15 pm1724 views A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1192 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1603 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.How will Pope Francis be received by the U.S. Congress?Sep 22, 2015 9:30 am260 views A Minute With...™ Valerie Hotchkiss, expert on religion and medieval studiesLocal development often at odds with regional land use plans, experts sayAug 21, 2015 9:00 am274 views A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl. But the plan did little to check growth on the fringes of cities, and local governments continued to make development decisions based on their own economic self-interests, said University of Illinois researchers Dustin Allred and Arnab Chakraborty.New art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am147 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.Legacy of Katrina, 10 years later: More citizen involvement, says U. of I. urban planner Robert OlshanskyAug 13, 2015 9:00 am71 views The end of this month will mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans. Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois professor, head of the department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, closely followed the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the first few years following the hurricane.Access to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings, says U. of I. library and information science professorJul 10, 2015 9:00 am201 views Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.Illinois' county fairs generate revenue, face challengesJun 29, 2015 12:00 pm80 views A Minute With...™ Alex Norr, graduate student in urban and regional planningEgypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am251 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.Book on anti-imperialism in Japan includes first English translation of work by Japanese activistJun 8, 2015 9:00 am330 views Japan entered a period of colonial expansion in the late 19th century, starting with its annexation of Taiwan in 1895. Within just a few years of this colonial conquest, an anti-imperialism movement began in Japan. One of the key figures in the movement was Kōtoku Shūsui, a journalist and anarchist who wrote a book opposing imperialism and who was executed by the Japanese government in 1911.Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am502 views Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. One immediate result of the controversy: There would be no mention of relativity in Einstein’s Nobel Prize. One long-term result: a split between science and the humanities. Science historian Jimena Canales tells the tale of that day and the debate that followed in a new book.What can we learn from the earthquake in Nepal?May 5, 2015 12:15 pm406 views A Minute With™ Rob Olshansky, expert on post-disaster recovery planningHealth issues in Africa to be focus of conferenceMay 4, 2015 12:45 pm81 views Infectious disease expert Mosoka P. Fallah, one of five “Ebola fighters” honored as a Person of the Year by Time in 2014, will be among the speakers at an upcoming symposium at the University of Illinois. “Health in Africa and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda,” May 20-22, will explore the health threats and opportunities facing sub-Saharan Africa.Report details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am134 views Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.Historian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am152 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 pm500 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar musicApr 20, 2015 9:00 am72 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 am106 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 am63 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 am389 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 am136 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 am155 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 am148 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 am78 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 am47 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 am101 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 am16 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 am72 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 am223 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 am44 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.