blog postsWomen have played major role in history -- from the start, authors assertFeb 5, 2007 9:00 am244 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hold on to your bearskin hats and your macramé snoods, readers: You are in for a wild verbal ride through your deep, deep past.Volume collects lost stories of underground railroadFeb 13, 2004 9:00 am228 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Long-lost stories about one of the most complex, secretive, dangerous and successful collaborations among black freemen, slaves and white abolitionists are told in a new book, "Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad" (Ivan R. Dee).Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am222 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.Famed Stradivari instruments coming to U. of I. for display and performancesOct 11, 2006 9:00 am215 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When a University of Illinois alumna returns to her alma mater later this month, her executive jet will reach what musicians might call stradospheric heights.Organ donor promotion at DMV brings increase in registrationsOct 9, 2013 9:00 am210 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 90 percent of the public supports organ donation, yet less than half the population registers as donors, surveys show.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 am200 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.Five Illinois scholars awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 9, 2014 9:00 am193 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am187 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesMany new immigrants to U.S. change diet -- and not for the betterFeb 9, 2006 9:00 am182 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Coming to the land of milk and honey can be hazardous to new immigrants' diet and health.Princeton professor of religion and African American Studies Eddie Glaude to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2017 9:00 am182 views Eddie Glaude, a professor of religion and African American Studies of Princeton University, will speak about W.E.B. Du Bois’ views on religion in the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Industrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am181 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.U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am164 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a building and another breathing what appears to be green fire.The long history of Latinos in Major League BaseballApr 4, 2011 9:00 am164 views A Minute With™... history professor Adrian Burgos Jr.Researchers posit new ideas about human migration from Asia to AmericasOct 25, 2007 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Questions about human migration from Asia to the Americas have perplexed anthropologists for decades, but as scenarios about the peopling of the New World come and go, the big questions have remained. Do the ancestors of Native Americans derive from only a small number of "founders" who trekked to the Americas via the Bering land bridge? How did their migration to the New World proceed? What, if anything, did the climate have to do with their migration? And what took them so long?Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am153 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.Historian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquestApr 23, 2015 9:15 am150 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.'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am147 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.New art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am146 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.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am143 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.New book examines savagery in colonial Japanese literary worksSep 13, 2010 9:00 am142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sometimes depicted as "noble savages" to be revered, other times as murderous brutes to be subdued or eradicated, indigenous peoples were the foils against which colonial powers defined modern, civilized society, and which they used to legitimize military conquest, political control and financial exploitation during periods of imperial expansion.IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Bio-Humanities Fellowships, new research group announcedApr 18, 2016 10:45 am141 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.Book Corner: Exploring the future of cities: Tall buildings and urban designMay 2, 2013 9:00 am139 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 biography on H.G. Wells focuses on late-life lovesDec 20, 2001 9:00 am135 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. That H.G. Wells' intelligence was rivaled only by his appetite for women has never been a secret.How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him, says scholar of photo historyApr 2, 2015 9:00 am134 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.Report details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am130 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.Schools failing to accommodate teens who are pregnant or new mothersApr 23, 2004 9:00 am129 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Title IX legislation of 1972 has been celebrated for the dramatic benefits it brought to girls in school sports.U. of I. Library's Project Unica preserves books so rare they exist in only one copyApr 29, 2014 9:15 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Among librarians and booksellers, hymnals and children’s books are infamous for their low survival rate, as a result of overuse and abuse. So when the staff at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library found an eight-page unbound copy of the ABCs and common prayers published in 1536 – more than 450 years ago – they immediately ran the title through several international databases to see if any other libraries had a copy. None did.New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am122 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora - a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.How the massive mudslide in Oso, Washington, might have been preventedMar 28, 2014 9:00 am122 views A Minute With™... Rob Olshansky, a professor of urban and regional planningParents need to listen to their teens before the teens will listen to themMar 18, 2004 9:00 am120 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those public service ads that advise parents to "just talk to their teenagers about drugs - they'll listen" should come with a warning label, says the author of a new and path-breaking study.Myths about the Civil War persist, 150 years after the Fort Sumter battleApr 8, 2011 9:00 am120 views A Minute With™... historian Bruce LevineHow has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am118 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingLatino ballplayers played key role in overcoming game's racial barriersJul 6, 2007 9:00 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the wealth of information available to them, baseball writers, historians and aficionados somehow have managed to bench one of the game's greatest stories.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am113 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.Strindberg frustrated by 19th-century gender conventions, scholar saysDec 7, 2006 9:00 am103 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Misunderstood genius or misogynist? Playwright or novelist? Alchemist or artist? Beyond being the unquestioned father of modern prose drama, who was the real August Strindberg and what was he really trying to communicate?Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands programApr 16, 2015 9:00 am101 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.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.Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL classMay 17, 2013 9:00 am98 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.Research project spotlights African-American architects from U. of I.Feb 9, 2006 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After Rodney Howlett graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a master's degree in architecture, he hopes to return to his home base near St. Louis to design churches.Poet's latest collection inspired by paintings of three Caribbean artistsFeb 2, 2005 9:00 am89 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like the mangoes that splash across his beloved spiritual home in the islands of the Caribbean, the poems in Laurence Lieberman's latest collection are colorful, lush, seductive and rich with cultural and restorative qualities.The historical context behind the FCC's 'net neutrality' decisionMar 3, 2015 9:00 am89 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.How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am89 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workExhibition focuses on Japanese artists' depictions of foreignersJan 17, 2007 9:00 am87 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Art Institute of Chicago and a University of Illinois historian have teamed up to create an unusual exhibition focusing on the idea of "otherness."Remains of St. Louis founder's home believed to have been locatedOct 2, 2006 9:00 am83 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Archaeologists believe they have found the Illinois home of the founder of St. Louis.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.Health 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.Journalism professor, students identify 'Deep Throat'Apr 22, 2003 9:00 am80 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The identity of "Deep Throat" is no longer a mystery, at least not for one investigative journalism class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Illinois' county fairs generate revenue, face challengesJun 29, 2015 12:00 pm79 views A Minute With...™ Alex Norr, graduate student in urban and regional planningNSF grant to help with application to teach music theoryJan 5, 2015 9:00 am78 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.U. of I. magazine named 'Best New Literary Journal'Jan 25, 2006 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The young and highly experimental literary magazine produced at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has won a prestigious literary award.