blog postsU. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am174 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.Final Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am173 views Krannert Art Museum will host its 25th – and final – Petals & Paintings fundraiser this spring, featuring floral designs created by two dozen florists and inspired by works of art on display at the museum.Marching Illini chosen to appear in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015May 2, 2014 9:00 am173 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 350 University of Illinois students got their 2015 holiday plans disrupted today - in the best possible way. The Marching Illini learned the band is one of 10 chosen to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants from around the country. The parade, a tradition since 1924, now draws more than 3.5 million live spectators and an estimated 50 million TV viewers.Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am162 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.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to show dance films from around the worldAug 28, 2015 9:15 am162 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen more than two dozen films about dance over three consecutive Tuesdays in September, including the Midwest premiere of a new film about hip-hop and break dancing.Bond ... James Bond ... turns 60 and is to be celebrated at IllinoisMar 25, 2013 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." That's the opening line of "Casino Royale," the novel that introduced secret agent James Bond to the world, launching a franchise of books and blockbuster movies that continues to this day. April 13 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of "Casino Royale," and the University of Illinois will recognize the event with a collaborative celebration hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.Krannert Art Museum to screen short films on World AIDS DayNov 27, 2017 9:45 am155 views Krannert Art Museum will show seven short films about the impact of the AIDS crisis in black communities as part of Day With(out) Art. It is the first year the museum is hosting the film program in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am152 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.'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am151 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.Professors, partners share passion for Argentine tangoMar 12, 2012 9:00 am150 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ask Claire Barker how she became a tango dancer and she tells a story that begins when she became a nun. Barker - a professor of internal medicine at the University of Illinois - had a friend who was staging a production of "The Sound of Music" at a local theater and needed more holy sisters for the abbey scenes. Barker auditioned, and was cast not only as a nun but also as a dancer in the ballroom scene. Dance coaches for the production noticed Barker's knack for the Viennese waltz and encouraged her to continue dancing. She enrolled at the Regent Ballroom in Savoy, Ill., and soon fell in love with the Argentine tango. For the past five years, she has been hosting monthly "milongas" (tango dance parties) at the Channing-Murray Foundation on the Illinois campus.School of Architecture honors 97 students for excellenceJun 14, 2000 9:00 am147 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ninety-seven undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Illinois School of Architecture were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2000 spring semester.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.School of Architecture honors excellenceJun 15, 2004 9:00 am145 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One hundred twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2004 spring semester. A total of $329,395 in prizes was awarded.George Inness' landscapes reveal more than portrayal of nature, author saysMar 24, 2005 9:00 am142 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To the casual 21st-century observer, 19th-century landscape paintings - with their pastoral scenes and idyllic, panoramic vistas - may appear to be little more than "pretty pictures" of bygone times.Krannert Art Museum to showcase art and design work by MFA studentsApr 4, 2017 9:00 am142 views Graduate students in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois will present their work at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.Report details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am141 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.Memorial to World War II veterans to be dedicated Dec. 4 in Springfield, IllinoisNov 24, 2004 9:00 am140 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., has memorials dedicated to Illinois citizens who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Incredibly, there was no similar monument honoring the contributions of the state's 987,000 World War II veterans.New teaching tools aid visually impaired students in learning mathMar 15, 2010 9:00 am139 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.Robert B. Graves named dean of U. of I. College of Fine and Applied ArtsMar 8, 2007 9:00 am137 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Robert B. Graves, the interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, has been selected to be the college's permanent dean, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees. The board will formally consider the appointment at its March 13 meeting in Urbana. The appointment is effective March 16.Blind U. of I. staff member creates Braille diploma for recent graduateAug 19, 2008 9:00 am131 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Christie Lynn Gilson recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a doctorate in special education. Because she is legally blind, she wouldn't have been able to read her own diploma without the assistance of some dedicated university staff members.New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am130 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.Hobson recital series to showcase all of Brahms' music for pianoSep 13, 2012 9:00 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Renowned pianist Ian Hobson will perform all of Brahms' solo and chamber music for piano in a series of 16 recitals at the University of Illinois beginning Wednesday (Sept. 19). Hobson, who has appeared as guest soloist with major orchestras around the world, recently performed the complete piano works of Schumann, and recorded the complete piano works of Chopin. Tackling their younger contemporary, Hobson said, is "a natural outgrowth."Noted conductor Andrew Megill to lead choral activities at IllinoisMar 31, 2014 9:00 am127 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Andrew Megill, considered one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, will join the University of Illinois in the fall as the director of choral activities and as a professor of conducting.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am122 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.Three Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 22, 2015 9:00 am119 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. Psychology professors J. Kathryn Bock and Gary S. Dell, and physics professor Taekjip Ha will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Daniel J. Perrino, beloved U. of I. educator, dies at 91Aug 18, 2012 11:45 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Daniel J. Perrino, professor emeritus of music and recipient of the Chancellor’s Medallion at the University of Illinois, died Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 91.Nathan Gunn chosen to lead new U. of I. Lyric Theatre programOct 30, 2013 9:00 am115 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Internationally renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn has been named general director of the University of Illinois' new Lyric Theatre program, which - like Gunn - will embrace a broad spectrum of vocal theater repertoire, from musicals to opera.Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands programApr 16, 2015 9:00 am112 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.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2015-16 seasonMay 12, 2015 9:00 am112 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the University of Illinois.African art gets new home in renovated gallery at Krannert Art MuseumOct 8, 2012 9:00 am111 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will display African art in a new light - literally and figuratively - beginning Thursday (Oct. 11), with an opening reception for the installation of about 70 artworks from the museum's holdings, including four new contemporary acquisitions, in the museum's freshly renovated gallery. The installation will include loans from the Smithsonian Institution, the art museums of the University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming, and the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois.Work of U. of I. 'Leonardo' to be highlighted in Chicago Da Vinci exhibitionApr 13, 2006 9:00 am109 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientific visualization artist-wizard Donna Cox is among a select, eclectic group of visionaries from a broad range of disciplines whose work will be spotlighted in a major new exhibition opening this week at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL classMay 17, 2013 9:00 am109 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.Artist's future forest anything but a tranquil woodsDec 3, 2007 9:00 am103 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mutant monkeys and bunnies and fungi ... oh my!Artist in-residence helping to create new theatrical workMay 1, 2015 9:00 am102 views Lisa Gaye Dixon moves deliberately across the floor of the rehearsal stage, throwing her arms wide, hunching her shoulders and extending her hand from her forehead like a feather. Her expression is sometimes questioning, sometimes intense. Her costume includes a floor-length skirt supported by a crinoline underneath and a white ruff around her neck, echoing a picture of a black Elizabeth I on a board at the edge of the stage.I space exhibition features small portraits by U. of I. artistNov 16, 2009 9:00 am99 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, opened its doors to the public 17 years ago, Jerry Savage curated the inaugural exhibition of works by photographer and U. of I. alumnus William Wegman.U. of I. carolers celebrating 50 years of good cheerDec 1, 2009 9:00 am97 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Most days of the year, Nicholas Temperley is a relativelyFilm festival to showcase new wave of Greek moviesFeb 14, 2012 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The best-known Greek-themed movie in recent memory had the words "big" and "fat" in the title, a $5 million filming budget and was shot in North America. These days, despite an economic crisis that has made the country a regular staple of the news, the film industry in Greece is experiencing such a surprising revitalization that Greek movies made on Spartan budgets are winning prizes and critical acclaim at international festivals.Parks and recreation play key role in promoting healthy living, study findsAug 28, 2008 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois professor has confirmed what parks and recreation professionals have long suspected: Nationwide, their agencies are serving as effective partners with community health-care providers in promoting healthy, active lifestyles among residents.Emeritus music professor Bruno Nettl honored as distinguished humanistOct 4, 2012 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and of anthropology at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Prize, presented annually to a distinguished humanist by the American Council of Learned Societies. This honor includes a cash award and asks the recipient to deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture reflecting on "a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder" at the Council of Learned Societies' annual meeting in May 2014.New source of horror at the Insect Fear Festival: female entomologistsFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am89 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether pursuing eternal youth or manipulating insects in the lab, female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in many science fiction movies and TV shows. Their roles have shifted over the decades, however, making them a worthy focus of the 2015 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois.Symbols, signs, icons and artifacts come together in new exhibition at I spaceJan 18, 2001 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Symbols, signs and other icons and artifacts of popular culture are being combined and reconfigured in a new exhibition on view Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Anti-discrimination exhibit, 'Boxes and Walls,' comes to UIApr 5, 2000 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After former University of Illinois student Benjamin Smith went on a hate-filled killing spree last July through Illinois and Indiana, UI students and staff members wanted to counter the negative message that Smith sent.New U. of I. dancer-choreographer focusing on environmental worksNov 5, 2008 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - You won't find Jennifer Monson on "Dancing With the Stars." However, the dancer-choreographer hailed by The New York Times as among that city's "downtown dance stars" has been testing the waters, reaching out and building new audiences in communities outside the mainstream dance world.NSF 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.Music education conference to address ignored content: LGBT issuesMay 17, 2010 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While high school music students may be able to identify Pyotr Tchaikovsky as the composer of the ballet "Swan Lake," and George Frederic Handel as the genius behind "Messiah," few, if any, students may be aware of how the composers' masterworks were influenced by their homosexuality and homophobia in the societies in which they lived.Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is focus of U. of I. scholar's latest bookMay 23, 2005 9:00 am76 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a new book documenting the work of contemporary Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Botond Bognar calls the 50-year-old Kuma "an architect to be watched."New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art MuseumJan 14, 2015 9:00 am75 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With its emphasis on function and utility, use of modern materials and manufacturing methods, and embrace of abstraction, modernist design was on the cutting edge of mid-20th century style, influencing architecture, art, the design of furniture and household objects, typography and graphic design.Krannert Art Museum to showcase student workMay 6, 2015 9:00 am75 views Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design will display the work of graduating seniors in art and design. The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens May 9, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the East and Gelvin Noel galleries through May 17.Is that guy on 'The Voice' really a good opera singer?May 7, 2012 9:00 am74 views A Minute With™... Nathan Gunn, a voice professor and operatic baritoneRare Book and Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian booksDec 22, 2014 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.