blog postsNew book shows how ancient Greek writing helps us understand today’s environmental crisesMay 5, 2020 8:00 am521 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 am1759 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 am473 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 am1630 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 am2842 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 am1323 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 am789 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 am597 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 am435 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 pm1777 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 am779 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 pm370 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 pm477 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 pm1448 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 am1035 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 am442 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 pm1266 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 pm1126 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 pm940 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 pm777 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 am5028 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 pm1245 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 pm605 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 pm492 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 am2935 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 am636 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 am3440 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 am559 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 am526 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 am1232 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 pm304 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 pm2199 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.Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 'The Overstory'Apr 15, 2019 4:45 pm6795 views Author Richard Powers, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel “The Overstory.”The heartland always a place of global connection, not isolation, author saysApr 10, 2019 10:00 am729 views An Illinois historian dug into the history of the Midwest and found it’s never been the insular place of heartland myth, but full of global connections.University Library’s Small Press Fest celebrates small press and DIY publicationsApr 5, 2019 8:00 am470 views The University of Illinois Library is sponsoring a Small Press Fest to celebrate small press publications and self-published media.Illinois history professor awarded ACLS FellowshipApr 3, 2019 10:30 am385 views University of Illinois history professor Marsha Barrett has been awarded a prestigious ACLS Fellowship.Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires celebrated 18th-century Mount Vesuvius bookMar 5, 2019 4:00 pm870 views The Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a significant scientific treatise known for its beautiful illustrations of Mount Vesuvius.Illinois library, disability services part of project to improve availability of accessible materialsFeb 21, 2019 1:30 pm827 views The University of Illinois is part of a project that will establish a network of repositories of accessible books for people with print disabilities.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit tells of the making of a gentlemanFeb 18, 2019 9:00 am765 views “Making Mr. Darcy,” an exhibit at the Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library, looks at the environment in which Jane Austen created her literary gentlemen.University librarian recognized for achievements in library automationFeb 6, 2019 11:15 am513 views University of Illinois Librarian and Dean of Libraries John Wilkin is being honored for his innovation in library technology, including online publishing and providing access to digital content.Germanic languages and literatures professor receives Humboldt Foundation research prizeFeb 4, 2019 9:00 am282 views University of Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded an international research prize for her work on emblems and the culture of Nuremberg, Germany.What can we learn from JFK about presidential speechmaking?Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am644 views An Illinois professor looks at presidential speechmaking through one of its more-eloquent practitioners, John F. Kennedy.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2443 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Illinois, French partners digitizing Proust's lettersDec 6, 2018 1:30 pm1055 views Illinois researchers and their French partners have created a website to make thousands of letters written by Marcel Proust available to the public.Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?Dec 6, 2018 10:30 am313 views With the “Land of Lincoln” celebrating its bicentennial, a historian looks at the influence of four Illinois-connected presidents.English professor's first book tells stories of contemporary lives of black AmericansDec 4, 2018 8:00 am1502 views Illinois author Nafissa Thompson-Spires has received national recognition for her first book, “Heads of the Colored People,” which uses humor and satire to tell the stories of black Americans.Historian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1552 views An Illinois historian tells a new story about England’s famous “Domesday Book” and what it tells us about the trauma of the Norman conquest.Communities with less variety in housing types have higher foreclosure rates, say Illinois researchersNov 6, 2018 8:45 am722 views Illinois researchers find that less variety in housing types leads to less stability and higher rates of foreclosures.Illinois slavery book author to speak Nov. 8 as part of bicentennial seriesNov 1, 2018 1:45 pm226 views Slavery in Illinois and the move to freedom will be the subject of a Nov. 8 lecture at the U. of I., part of a series commemorating the state’s bicentennial.What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?Nov 1, 2018 10:15 am513 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.