blog postsToday's catastrophic concerns shaped by past interactions between science, cultureNov 19, 2020 12:15 pm455 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 realizeOct 29, 2020 10:15 am893 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 witchcraftOct 27, 2020 9:30 am1415 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 SmithsonianOct 12, 2020 10:00 am467 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 saysSep 22, 2020 11:45 am1065 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 relationshipsSep 15, 2020 8:30 am993 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 cuisineSep 9, 2020 8:45 am988 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 am624 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, disruptionSep 3, 2020 8:00 am509 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 pm473 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 am1297 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 FellowsJul 10, 2020 9:15 am474 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 am1604 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 approachesJun 25, 2020 9:00 am786 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 am2150 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 pm2169 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 statusJun 11, 2020 8:15 am1982 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 am1440 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 crisesMay 5, 2020 8:00 am623 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 thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am2002 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 SolzhenitsynApr 21, 2020 8:00 am834 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 am2061 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 FellowsApr 10, 2020 10:45 am2926 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 responsesMar 27, 2020 11:30 am1791 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 am5309 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 faithMar 4, 2020 9:45 am656 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 climateMar 2, 2020 8:00 am500 views A new book illustrates the environmental history of Antarctica through stories of 19th-century expeditions.Yearlong series brings prominent authors to campusFeb 17, 2020 1:15 pm1795 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 FranceFeb 11, 2020 9:00 am907 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 InitiativeFeb 5, 2020 12:00 pm424 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 changeFeb 3, 2020 12:45 pm544 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 pm1520 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 am1314 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 fellowshipsJan 24, 2020 9:00 am465 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 emailJan 22, 2020 12:00 pm1430 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 FellowshipJan 15, 2020 12:30 pm1181 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 issuesDec 20, 2019 1:15 pm1052 views Landscape design research can help solve environmental problems related to water systems.Classics course uses Greek tragedies to provide war insightsDec 19, 2019 2:15 pm822 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, technologyDec 9, 2019 9:00 am5283 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 pm1273 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 NavaSep 19, 2019 1:45 pm638 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 mediaSep 9, 2019 1:45 pm519 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.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am13950 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its historyJul 17, 2019 9:30 am648 views Responding to terrorists requires reasoning rather than outrage, said an Illinois historian who has written a new book on terrorism and its history.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, SandburgJun 12, 2019 9:00 am4270 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones.What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?Jun 11, 2019 10:30 am705 views An Illinois historian describes how everything changed for those involved in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago, and the event’s place in the history of gay rights.Digital publishing projects examine Jay-Z's music, Edward P. Jones' fictionMay 28, 2019 9:00 am554 views Analyses of Jay-Z’s music and Edward P. Jones’ fiction are among the first projects of Publishing Without Walls, a University of Illinois digital publishing initiative for humanities scholars.Professor’s history of Coca-Cola also tells larger story of globalizationMay 6, 2019 10:15 am1293 views Coca-Cola’s history is one of innovation in image-making, outsourcing and other now-common practices of global capitalism – and of adapting to challenges from activists and movements resisting its practices, says an Illinois professor in a new book.IPRH bringing poet Claudia Rankine to campus for readingApr 22, 2019 1:30 pm311 views Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine will visit the University of Illinois this week to give a reading and meet with students.What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2236 views Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged by fire this week, is widely understood as “the beating heart of France,” with global significance beyond that, says one University of Illinois historian in a Q&A. Another notes how a key aspect of music as we know it today was invented for the cathedral’s unique resonant space, a soundscape lost in the fire.