blog posts Site of integrated Illinois town founded by former slave is newest national park Jan 30, 2023 11:00 am337 views The New Philadelphia National Historic Site in western Illinois, commemorating the first U.S. town to be legally founded by African Americans, is the nation’s newest national park. Several University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors were among those leading the effort seeking national park status for the site. What led to the attempted coup in Brazil, what comes next? Jan 19, 2023 8:00 am830 views The Jan. 8 insurrection in Brazil’s seat of government was styled after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, says Jerry Dávila, the Lemann Chair in Brazilian History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and executive director of the Illinois Global Institute. Illinois anthropology professor awarded NEH Fellowship Jan 17, 2023 3:00 pm606 views Anthropology professor Erin Riggs has been awarded a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. New website compiles ocean data from landmark 19th-century scientific voyage Jan 10, 2023 10:30 am764 views English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood’s Oceans 1876 project makes a treasure trove of 19th-century marine data accessible to help scientists better understand how our oceans have changed and how to protect them. Why was the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol considered an 'auto-coup d’état'? Jan 4, 2023 8:00 am762 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research’s Coup d’État Project initially categorized the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as an “attempted dissident coup.” But that classification has evolved to include the additional classification “attempted auto-coup d’état,” said Scott Althaus, the center’s director and a professor of both political science and communication at Illinois. Book examines tallgrass prairies' ecological history, effects on Indigenous cultures Dec 14, 2022 11:00 am742 views History professor Robert Morrissey wrote in his new book, “People of the Ecotone,” about how the ecology of the tallgrass prairie shaped the culture and created unique opportunities for the Indigenous people who lived there. Architecture professor's book examines cultural tourism that began in Depression-era Mississippi Nov 30, 2022 8:30 am835 views Architecture professor Paul Hardin Kapp writes about how the women of Natchez, Miss., preserved their city’s antebellum architecture and created our image of the Old South. Paper: Neurotic personality trait a key risk factor for stress perception Nov 29, 2022 8:00 am636 views While all of the “Big Five” personality traits – agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism and openness – are related to experiencing stress, neuroticism showed the strongest link, according to research co-written by Bo Zhang, a professor of labor and employment relations and of psychology at Illinois. What message did voters send this midterm election? Nov 17, 2022 8:00 am746 views The message sent by voters this midterm election? Candidates matter, since most voters assess candidates in multiple ways, not only according to party label, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines. Project to reconnect Native American tribes with historic hide painting, artistic tradition Nov 16, 2022 8:30 am1017 views The “Reclaiming Stories” project aims to reconnect members of the Miami and Peoria tribes with their artistic tradition of hide painting and to center Indigenous knowledge in interpreting the practice. Why do we love horror films? Oct 25, 2022 9:15 am864 views Horror films let us “choose the shape of our fears and then to face up to those fears,” said English professor Jim Hansen. Illinois journal highlights new findings on the Black Death's timeline, origin Oct 24, 2022 9:30 am759 views The Black Death was killing people in Asia more than a century before it was seen in Europe, according to new evidence put forth in a special issue of “The Medieval Globe.” New database catalogs police shootings in Illinois to improve accountability Oct 7, 2022 11:00 am1598 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and an interdisciplinary team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts have developed a statewide registry on the use of lethal force by police officers in Illinois. What's the future of drones in counterterrorism operations and the Ukraine war? Aug 8, 2022 12:00 pm805 views Counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine underscore the importance of unmanned aircraft to future military capabilities, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist Nicholas Grossman, the author of “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” Will the Jan. 6 committee hearings affect public opinion? Jun 20, 2022 11:00 am1511 views It’s unlikely that the ongoing Jan. 6 committee hearings will resonate with the public as much as the Watergate hearings did 50 years ago, says University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political science professor Brian Gaines. What are the global security implications of Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Jun 15, 2022 8:00 am2821 views The Russian invasion of Ukraine directly challenges the security order established by the Western democracies after World War II, said Edward A. Kolodziej, Emeritus Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. Why are so many states trying to limit transgender rights? Jun 14, 2022 8:15 am2333 views The increasing number of bills aimed at limiting transgender rights is part of the rise in authoritarianism in the U.S., said Toby Beauchamp, a professor of gender and women’s studies. History professor's book examines racism in Russia May 10, 2022 7:00 am2614 views History professor Eugene Avrutin explores the history of racism in Russia over the past 150 years, from a society that was relatively free of racial violence to the elevation of whiteness under President Vladimir Putin’s rule. How does history suggest that work will change following the COVID-19 pandemic? May 6, 2022 7:00 am724 views Following a pandemic, workers historically have recognized the value of their labor and become unwilling to accept poor wages and working conditions, said Carol Symes, a history professor who specializes in medieval studies. Two Illinois faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Apr 29, 2022 8:30 am1167 views University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos and history professor Maria Todorova have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest honor societies in the nation. They are among 261 new members elected to the academy this year in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. Illinois information sciences alumnae, professor preserving Ukrainian cultural heritage online Apr 28, 2022 8:45 am1030 views The Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online project aims to preserve digital records when web servers and physical records and objects are at risk of being destroyed by Russian attacks on Ukraine. Professor's novel weaves clues to a mysterious disappearance with whales trying to save the planet Apr 19, 2022 10:15 am509 views “Rare Stuff,” the debut novel of comparative and world literature professor Brett Ashely Kaplan, features themes of Jewish identity and loss. Paper: COVID-19 outcomes not consistently explained by race, social vulnerability Apr 14, 2022 8:00 am827 views The racial health disparities experienced by minority populations in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic ought to be concerning for everyone, said Wendy K. Tam Cho, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist who’s an expert in data-driven social research. Illinois researchers make Deseret Alphabet texts available for study Apr 5, 2022 8:15 am922 views Linguistics professor Ryan Shosted and computer science professor Neal Davis are providing resources that they hope can shed light on the dialect and culture of late 19th-century Utah, as well as help answer other research questions. How does Russian invasion exacerbate Ukraine's humanitarian crisis? Mar 29, 2022 11:45 am559 views The damage sustained by Ukraine will require years of rebuilding efforts, says Illinois sociology professor and demographer Cynthia Buckley. Can historical racism in medicine help explain current racial differences in medical care? Mar 22, 2022 8:00 am1090 views Acquiring new medical knowledge and assessing health are not as objective as people think, said history professor Rana Hogarth, who is the adviser for a new series of podcasts by the Science History Institute in Philadelphia to explore issues of racism in science and medicine. Book examines history of Mexico City's public square, evolution of Mexican spatial identities Mar 9, 2022 1:45 pm601 views Benjamin Bross used the public square and historic events that took place there to explain the emergence and evolution of Mexican identities over time. Private investment in California's solar energy industry increases climate vulnerabilities, study finds Mar 9, 2022 10:30 am1773 views The large-scale infrastructure needed to attract private investment in solar energy makes it more vulnerable to climate extremes, said urban and regional planning professor Sean Kennedy. Directors del Toro, Zwigoff join 'Ebertfest' slate Mar 8, 2022 9:00 am1655 views Director Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Kim Morgan will screen a black-and-white version of their Oscar-nominated movie “Nightmare Alley” at the 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest.” Director Terry Zwigoff also will attend with his cult classic film “Ghost World.” Previously announced participants are directors Azazel Jacobs and Ramin Bahrani. English professor's novel tells of Black Civil War soldiers' fight for freedom Mar 3, 2022 8:30 am454 views The novel is a retelling of the Civil War story of brother against brother, only this time one is the former slave of the other. What are the consequences for US interests in Russia-Ukraine conflict? Feb 1, 2022 8:00 am1568 views The brewing Russia-Ukraine conflict will have significant consequences for U.S. interests in Eastern Europe, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman. Climate adaptation increases vulnerability of cocoa farmers, study shows Jan 13, 2022 1:00 pm1755 views Sean Kennedy, a professor of urban and regional planning, found that strategies to keep cocoa farmers in place transferred climate-related risks from chocolate manufacturers to the farmers. How do we define what happened on Jan. 6, 2021? Jan 5, 2022 8:00 am1400 views The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research’s categorization of the events of Jan. 6, 2021, as an “attempted dissident coup” could evolve if ongoing investigations reveal additional credible evidence that other types of actors were involved, said Scott Althaus, the center’s director and a professor of both political science and communication at Illinois. Project explores Octavia E. Butler novel through discussions, art, music Nov 11, 2021 1:30 pm1159 views The project includes a community read, book discussions, an art exhibition and an opera based on the novel. Canadian historian, writer Michael Ignatieff to speak Nov. 18 as part of EU Day at Illinois Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am162 views The 20th annual EU Day at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will feature an online talk by former Canadian political leader turned academic Michael Ignatieff about threats to intellectual freedom in Europe. What are the geopolitical implications of US nuclear submarine deal with Australia? Nov 11, 2021 8:00 am964 views The U.S.-U.K. sale of nuclear submarines to Australia is a response to China’s military ambitions in the South China Sea, said Edward A. Kolodziej, an emeritus research professor of political science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an expert in international relations and global politics. Paper: 'Affective polarization' increasingly leaks into social situations Oct 28, 2021 8:00 am1984 views A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign expert in political psychology shows political polarization has increasingly seeped into nonpolitical social situations. Story of tragic love triangle illustrates women's struggles at end of the Gilded Age Oct 27, 2021 8:45 am607 views Catherine Prendergast included the challenges she faced in researching the lives of the women involved in a tragic love triangle at the turn of the 20th century, when the historical record of the time was dominated by men. Center for Children's Books examines Newbery Medal's history, legacy Oct 8, 2021 9:15 am713 views A book of scholarly essays and a symposium consider what Newbery books reveal about attitudes toward children’s literature. Paper: 'Autonomous help-seeking' on the job pays dividends for workers Oct 6, 2021 8:00 am891 views Different types of help-seeking at work have disparate interpersonal costs and benefits for competency measures on the job, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts. Center for Advanced Study initiative looks at 'infodemic,' how to combat misinformation Sep 22, 2021 8:30 am714 views The CAS initiative will bring together experts to discuss misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and conspiracy theories. What has been the impact of the Washington Football Team's name change? Sep 20, 2021 11:00 am3494 views The changes in the past year in the use of Native American imagery in sports and elsewhere have been unprecedented, said Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies. Illinois history professor examines Japan's relationships with its rivers Aug 18, 2021 9:15 am604 views History professor Roderick Wilson looks at how the interactions between rivers, society and government helped shape Japan’s modern transformation. What's next for Afghanistan? Aug 17, 2021 8:00 am783 views As the military withdraws from Afghanistan nearly two decades after 9/11, the U.S. public should carefully consider the costs and benefits of the effort, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign political scientist and international relations expert Nicholas Grossman. Why has violence erupted now between Israelis and Palestinians? May 20, 2021 9:15 am1324 views A leadership vacuum and political maneuvering by both Israel and the Palestinians are fueling the violence between the two, said Rachel S. Harris, a professor in the Program in World and Comparative Literature and in The Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Illinois scholar's book describes Black struggle for land rights, reparations in Brazil May 11, 2021 9:00 am626 views African American studies professor Merle Bowen argues that rural Black residents in Brazil deserve land reparations for the ongoing appropriation of their land by the Brazilian government and private interests. Illinois English professor awarded Carnegie Fellowship Apr 28, 2021 9:00 am724 views Gillen D’Arcy Wood, whose work is in environmental humanities, has been awarded a 2021 Carnegie Fellowship. Three Illinois researchers receive ACLS Fellowships Apr 12, 2021 2:45 pm1344 views Bobby Smith II, a professor of African American studies; Retika Adhikari Desai, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies; and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore, a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies, are 2021 ACLS Fellows. Illinois history professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Apr 9, 2021 1:15 pm733 views History professor Kevin Mumford has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Mumford studies race, politics and sexuality in America. Illinois poet's new work uses Gettysburg battlefield to reflect on race, national identity Mar 29, 2021 9:15 am436 views English professor Christopher Kempf examines how history gets remembered and reproduced through art.