blog posts Illinois researchers awarded grants through new NEH-UK joint digital scholarship program Mar 19, 2021 9:00 am1006 views The projects aim to advance digital scholarship and find new ways of sharing culture. Author looks at portrayals of slavery beyond questions of freedom Mar 2, 2021 9:30 am534 views Scholars should look at the complexity of slaves’ relationships and the meaning they created through artistic expression, rather than just their acts of political resistance. Rediscovered journal brings unique perspective on Atlantic slave trade Feb 24, 2021 11:00 am1668 views The trade that brought enslaved Africans to the New World was not just a story of slave ship captains and their human cargo. Many others were part of the machinery, among them a young German barber-surgeon who kept a journal. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign history professor Craig Koslofsky and co-author Roberto Zaugg of the University of Zurich translated his account and put it in context. How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Alexsei Navalny affect opposition to Putin? Feb 10, 2021 8:45 am521 views Aleksei Navalny likely will be able to maintain his public profile from prison, but his agenda needs to include economic issues to mobilize mass public support, said Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest. New history of photography focuses on presidents Feb 9, 2021 12:00 pm602 views From the advent of photography to the age of social media, U.S. presidents have been among the most common subjects for the camera. So what better way to tell a story of the medium’s evolution than through those historical figures. Cara Finnegan, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign communication professor, does just that in “Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital,” publishing this spring. Children's literature scholar examines how 'production stories' minimized slave labor Feb 8, 2021 8:45 am1152 views Information sciences professor Elizabeth Hoiem created a digital resource to evaluate 19th-century children’s stories that taught about how commodities such as sugar were made. From A to Z: New volume examines animals' role in the British Empire, racial politics Feb 1, 2021 8:00 am2530 views “Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary for Our Times,” co-edited by Illinois history professor Antoinette Burton, examines the roles that animals played in the British Empire – both in advancing and in disrupting British imperial power. Two Illinois professors awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 17, 2020 3:00 pm2704 views Illinois professors Bobby Smith II and Eduardo Ledesma have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2021. Today's catastrophic concerns shaped by past interactions between science, culture Nov 19, 2020 12:15 pm614 views A global pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes have made 2020 a year of catastrophes. David Sepkoski’s new book “Catastrophic Thinking” looks at how current-day concerns about threats to both the planet and the human race came to be. Sepkoski is a history professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in the history of science. Corporations directing our attention online more than we realize Oct 29, 2020 10:15 am1072 views We don’t have the control we think we do in browsing the internet. Our notion of empowerment to see and find what we choose is “an illusion,” say the authors of a study – including Illinois media professor Harsh Taneja – that analyzed browsing data on a million people over one month of internet use. Corporations are “nudging” the flow of our online attention more than we realize, and often in ways that are hidden or beyond our control. Rare Book and Manuscript Library event explores history of witchcraft Oct 27, 2020 9:30 am3236 views An Oct. 29 webinar that has drawn a huge response will explore the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s collection with many materials related to European witchcraft, including an account of the 1612 Lancashire witch trials in England. Illinois professor part of Latino baseball project and book for Smithsonian Oct 12, 2020 10:00 am673 views Baseball is as central to Latino culture as it is to the broader American culture, and Adrian Burgos Jr. helps document that history as a co-author of a book for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Burgos is a history professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who specializes in the history of sports, in particular the role of Latinos and African Americans in baseball. Today's immigration policies rooted in long history, author says Sep 22, 2020 11:45 am1287 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 am1139 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 am1284 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 am718 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 am715 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 pm539 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 am1661 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 am543 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 am3771 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 am934 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 am3416 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 pm2645 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 am2110 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 am1609 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 am800 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 am3728 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 am1140 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 am3259 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 am3051 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 am2234 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 am7916 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 am763 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 am902 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 pm1848 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 am1811 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 pm493 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 pm634 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 pm1721 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 am2010 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 am514 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 pm4937 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 pm1267 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 pm1411 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 pm946 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 am6039 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 pm1309 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 pm680 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 pm553 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.