blog postsBrazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm943 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.Illinois Data Bank provides storage, access to research data of Illinois facultyAug 30, 2016 10:45 am943 views The University of Illinois has developed a repository that stores the data of Illinois researchers and provides access to it for other researchers who want to use the data in their own analyses.Illinois religion professor looks at Jewish theology of protest in new bookSep 23, 2016 10:00 am891 views A new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,” by University of Illinois religion professor Dov Weiss, is the first comprehensive academic look at the Jewish tradition of protes.Illinois religion professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 10, 2017 10:15 am881 views University of Illinois professor of religion Jonathan Ebel has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Previously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am839 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 - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns.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.Illinois, French partners digitizing Proust's lettersDec 6, 2018 1:30 pm828 views Illinois researchers and their French partners have created a website to make thousands of letters written by Marcel Proust available to the public.Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires papers of poet Haki Madhubuti and Third World PressSep 25, 2017 1:30 pm820 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has acquired a collection of papers from poet Haki Madhubuti and from the Third World Press/Third World Press Foundation in Chicago – the oldest independent black-owned publisher in the U.S.What the true story of the Essex - the inspiration for 'Moby-Dick' - teaches us todayDec 9, 2015 9:30 am814 views A Minute With...™ Jamie Jones, who is writing a book on the literature, art and culture surrounding the whaling industryLibrary adds 14 millionth book, will create display recognizing millionth volumesDec 11, 2017 3:00 pm806 views The University of Illinois Library has added its 14 millionth volume to its collection -- “The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation” by Frederick E. Hoxie, a professor emeritus of history and American Indian studies, written to commemorate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial. The Library will create a new, permanent display to recognize all its millionth volumes. 1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:00 am805 views University of Illinois library professor Nicole Cooke wrote about the history of the Carnegie Scholars program -- an early 1970s effort to increase the diversity of Illinois' graduate library school.Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differencesFeb 6, 2018 9:45 am794 views Physicians played a key role in defining racial differences in the age of slavery, planting ideas that have carried to the present day, says a U. of I. historian in a new book.JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am762 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationIllinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptationJul 31, 2018 9:15 am762 views University of Illinois lecturer and alumnus Damian Duffy won an Eisner Award for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel “Kindred” that he created with U. of I. alumnus John Jennings.Illinois Library celebrates poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth centennial with interactive websiteJun 7, 2017 10:00 am752 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.Website promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am751 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.Book on anti-imperialism in Japan includes first English translation of work by Japanese activistJun 8, 2015 9:00 am731 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.Illinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm715 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to visit campusApr 19, 2016 9:00 am713 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.Feminism has suffered because of its views on beauty and fashion, author saysDec 14, 2004 9:00 am699 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.Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous criticMay 26, 2015 9:00 am689 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.Events explore how technology, creativity interact to imagine the futureOct 25, 2017 8:45 am680 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.How has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am677 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingIllinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am676 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.Latino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am668 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors findMar 6, 2018 10:30 am663 views The job of a Congress member is not one size fits all, say two U. of I. political scientists. In fact, there are five "legislative styles."Research group tells the stories of hidden histories on the University of Illinois campusApr 21, 2016 11:15 am650 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 historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am650 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.'Red Tails': Why the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is still importantFeb 1, 2012 9:00 am647 views A Minute With™... Sundiata Cha-Jua, a professor of history and of African American StudiesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am641 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.Illinois professor uses big data to research history of gender in fictionFeb 27, 2018 9:00 am634 views A big data research study by a University of Illinois professor shows a decline in the prominence of female characters in fiction and in the number of female authors from the 19th century to the 20th century.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am632 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.Poet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am628 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.Archives exhibit documents role of Albert Lee, early advocate for African-American studentsSep 6, 2018 11:00 am624 views An exhibit at the University of Illinois Archives commemorates the contributions of Albert Lee, who is considered the unofficial first dean for African-American students.NEH Chairman William Adams coming to campus as part of 50th anniversary of NEHOct 22, 2015 10:00 am624 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.Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 9:15 am621 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.Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 13, 2016 8:30 am614 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.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am612 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.U.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am609 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.Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author saysOct 1, 2018 11:45 am598 views An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am596 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.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am593 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Professor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm581 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.U. of I. librarian, historian examines Puerto Rico’s route to becoming an Olympic nationMar 2, 2016 11:15 am562 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.” Women have played major role in history -- from the start, authors assertFeb 5, 2007 9:00 am560 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.Book examines development of Hinduism, literary and social culture in NepalJun 14, 2018 10:00 am554 views University of Illinois religion professor Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz writes about Nepal’s best-known Hindu narrative in her new book and what it tells us about the country’s culture and the history of Hinduism there.University of Illinois hosting inaugural human-animal studies instituteJul 5, 2017 9:30 am553 views The University of Illinois is hosting a Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute -- the first of its kind in the emerging interdisciplinary field.Baseball novel explores role of the game in American Indian lifeNov 8, 2007 9:00 am545 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).Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am528 views Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversityApr 8, 2015 9:00 am528 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.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am524 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.