blog postsWhat explains the persistence of Hong Kong protest?Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm1018 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 pm580 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 pm460 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 am2133 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 am603 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 am2255 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 am487 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 am473 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 am1139 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 pm288 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 pm2133 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 pm6419 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 am691 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 am429 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 am356 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 pm736 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 pm790 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 am720 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 am467 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 am254 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 am585 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 pm2285 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 pm994 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 am269 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 am1467 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 am1488 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 am687 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 pm217 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 am461 views Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1398 views A new book by Illinois information sciences professors Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter tells how a former slave founded an integrated town in western Illinois that became a station on the Underground Railroad.Anderson to discuss 14th Amendment, citizenship, national identity in CAS Annual LectureOct 11, 2018 8:00 am506 views Illinois education scholar and dean James Anderson will deliver the Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture on the 14th Amendment and citizenship, immigration and national identity.Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author saysOct 1, 2018 11:45 am704 views An American Indian studies professor tells a story of Hopi runners who ran with and often beat the world’s best.Archives exhibit documents role of Albert Lee, early advocate for African-American studentsSep 6, 2018 11:00 am735 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.Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same waySep 5, 2018 12:45 pm2542 views The brain processes ironic or sarcastic emojis in the same way it does ironic or sarcastic words.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am995 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am1256 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.Illinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptationJul 31, 2018 9:15 am837 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.Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am2028 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2268 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.Book recounts pillaging of rare illustrations from university librariesJun 18, 2018 9:45 am2914 views An expert on rare-book crimes tells the story of a thief who plundered libraries across the country, cutting irreplaceable antique illustrations from rare books.Book examines development of Hinduism, literary and social culture in NepalJun 14, 2018 10:00 am648 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.Illinois research maps extreme-heat vulnerability in ChicagoMay 11, 2018 1:15 pm1467 views Two Illinois urban planning professors say responding to extreme heat waves has become more difficult in Chicago, as the most vulnerable residents have become more dispersed throughout the area.Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential ScholarMay 4, 2018 8:00 am309 views Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscriptApr 30, 2018 12:45 pm5438 views The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a manuscript written by Sir Isaac Newton that includes instructions for making the philosopher’s stone.Professor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its wayApr 25, 2018 10:45 am389 views U. of I. historian Winton Solberg tells the story of the Big Ten’s first half-century, focusing on the organizers and issues rather than on-the-field action.Washington University expert on religion, politics to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2018 8:15 am351 views R. Marie Griffith, the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will talk about political and religious disagreements surrounding sex when she delivers the annual Majorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors findMar 6, 2018 10:30 am732 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."Illinois professor uses big data to research history of gender in fictionFeb 27, 2018 9:00 am726 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.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am652 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.Emancipated blacks often targeted for relocation to the tropicsFeb 19, 2018 10:45 am495 views Every significant emancipation of black enslaved people in North America came with plans to relocate them to tropical areas, says a U. of I. historian.