blog postsWhat was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm709 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 pm2392 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 am430 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 am256 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 am288 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 pm628 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 pm724 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 am649 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 am388 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 am229 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 am544 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 pm2117 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 pm903 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 am239 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 am1386 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 am1416 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 am632 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 pm177 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 am324 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 am1265 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 am476 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 am630 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 am657 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 pm1577 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 am980 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 am766 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 am789 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 am1924 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 am2147 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 am2775 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 am586 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 pm1394 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 am290 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 pm5338 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 am352 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 am326 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 am679 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 am661 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 am556 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 am452 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.Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differencesFeb 6, 2018 9:45 am818 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.University of Illinois librarian to help Puerto Rican libraries with disaster recoveryDec 21, 2017 4:15 pm2094 views Miriam Centeno, the collections care coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, will spend two weeks in January in Puerto Rico helping librarians assess and repair damage to their collections from Hurricane Maria.Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3301 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.U. of I. students propose designs to rehab Chicago industrial areaDec 13, 2017 8:00 am1151 views University of Illinois students developed ideas to revitalize an industrial area in Chicago, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.Library adds 14 millionth book, will create display recognizing millionth volumesDec 11, 2017 3:00 pm808 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. New book explores housewives, food and consumer protests in 20th-century AmericaDec 4, 2017 9:00 am608 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.Events explore how technology, creativity interact to imagine the futureOct 25, 2017 8:45 am710 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.Research looks at white working-class views on identity, race and immigrationOct 10, 2017 9:00 am1568 views A new research study presents a perspective on the social and political views of white working-class communities.Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires papers of poet Haki Madhubuti and Third World PressSep 25, 2017 1:30 pm831 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.Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Mortenson Distinguished LectureSep 11, 2017 9:00 am470 views Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will talk about war, forced migration and refugees when he gives the 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois.