blog postsWhat the true story of the Essex - the inspiration for 'Moby-Dick' - teaches us todayDec 9, 2015 9:30 am620 views A Minute With...™ Jamie Jones, who is writing a book on the literature, art and culture surrounding the whaling industryIllinois Library celebrates poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth centennial with interactive websiteJun 7, 2017 10:00 am615 views In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has created an interactive website featuring memories of Brooks and items from her papers housed at the U. of I.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am607 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am606 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.No strong link seen between violent video games and aggressionAug 9, 2005 9:00 am606 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Results from the first long-term study of online videogame playing may be surprising.Events explore how technology, creativity interact to imagine the futureOct 25, 2017 8:45 am598 views A series of events at the University of Illinois called Speculative Futures will bring artists together with technology innovators with the goal of sparking new creative projects at the intersection of computer science and science fiction.Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 13, 2016 8:30 am592 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.Research group tells the stories of hidden histories on the University of Illinois campusApr 21, 2016 11:15 am590 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.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am582 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.U.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am575 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.Historian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am574 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.Poet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am572 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.Previously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am552 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled "A Revolver," the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburg's archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Feminism has suffered because of its views on beauty and fashion, author saysDec 14, 2004 9:00 am543 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Feminism needs to end its long obsession with the politics of personal appearance, and get past its dim view of beauty, says author Linda Scott, who describes herself as a feminist.U. of I. librarian, historian examines Puerto Rico’s route to becoming an Olympic nationMar 2, 2016 11:15 am535 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.” Professor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm525 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am509 views The rising cost of meat and the power of housewives to agitate for a more equitable standard of living is the focus of a new book by U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 9:15 am500 views University of Illinois religion professor Robert McKim edited a new book, “Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity,” that explores how members of various religions view those outside of their faiths.How does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm492 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureScience historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am492 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.University of Illinois hosting inaugural human-animal studies instituteJul 5, 2017 9:30 am480 views The University of Illinois is hosting a Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute -- the first of its kind in the emerging interdisciplinary field.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am473 views Emily Knox, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, is the editor of a book that looks at the controversial topic of the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. Baseball novel explores role of the game in American Indian lifeNov 8, 2007 9:00 am462 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The World Series may be over, but the echo of baseball's deep past is very much in the air in LeAnne Howe's new novel, "Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story" (Aunt Lute Books).Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am455 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster. Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Mortenson Distinguished LectureSep 11, 2017 9:00 am429 views Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will talk about war, forced migration and refugees when he gives the 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois.Historian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am427 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.Reproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am427 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.What can we learn from the earthquake in Nepal?May 5, 2015 12:15 pm405 views A Minute With™ Rob Olshansky, expert on post-disaster recovery planningIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm390 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversityApr 8, 2015 9:00 am384 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 Sweden took the lead on gender equity in filmApr 14, 2016 12:00 pm371 views A Minute With...™ Theo Malekin, a lecturer in Scandinavian studiesFocus of TV news on black lawbreakers creates stereotypes for viewersMay 24, 2007 9:00 am347 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new double study of TV viewers' perceptions of race and crime following exposure to "racialized crime news" provides more evidence of the negative long-term effects of news viewing that over-represents black lawbreakers.Nurturing a market for waste CO2Jan 20, 2016 9:30 am336 views A Minute With...™ Kevin O'Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology CenterApp Authors gives elementary students programming experienceFeb 28, 2017 9:30 am323 views A program designed by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences gives students experience in coding and in using technology to solve problems through building their own phone apps. Exercise may play role in reducing inflammation in damaged skin tissueNov 28, 2007 9:00 am317 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In recent years, researchers at the University of Illinois have uncovered a host of reasons for people to remain physically active as they age, ranging from better brain function to improved immune responses.Study finds gender differences related to eating and body imageDec 13, 2006 9:00 am313 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have discovered a subtle new difference between men and women - this one occurring in the realm of eating.Book on anti-imperialism in Japan includes first English translation of work by Japanese activistJun 8, 2015 9:00 am311 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.In memoriam: Dale E. Brashers, communication department head at IllinoisJul 8, 2010 9:00 am311 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dale E. Brashers, the head of the department of communication at the University of Illinois, died July 5 in his campus office. He was 50 years old.How did Little Golden Books revolutionize children's publishing?Sep 18, 2008 9:00 am304 views A Minute With™... Christine Jenkins, the director of the Center for Children's BooksOh, my goth - dark, cultural phenomenon thriving, scholars saySep 18, 2007 9:00 am298 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Occasional fashion-mag spreads aside, punk, as a subcultural phenomenon, is toast.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.An informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am284 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crimeJan 7, 2015 9:00 am283 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you're watching national TV news - not because those things are true.Guide to children’s books offers a diverse range of suggestions for gift giversDec 14, 2016 1:15 pm283 views Books are great gifts, and the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois can help gift givers find the right book for the young people on their lists.New journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am279 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.Local 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.Human Library offers an opportunity for conversations to challenge stereotypesSep 16, 2016 9:15 am263 views A project called the Human Library is designed to challenge stereotypes by bringing people together to talk. A newly formed Champaign-Urbana chapter of the Human Library will hold its first event Sept. 22 as part of the Pygmalion Festival.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 studiesSome online video games found to promote 'sociability,' researchers sayAug 16, 2006 9:00 am255 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hang in there, parents. There is some hopeful news on the video-gaming front.Women have played major role in history -- from the start, authors assertFeb 5, 2007 9:00 am248 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.