blog postsNina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am423 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 am931 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 am210 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 pm504 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 am236 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 pm3901 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 am305 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 am290 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 am601 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 am555 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 am430 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 am372 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 am741 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 pm1977 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 pm3140 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 am1045 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 pm787 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 am566 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 am642 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 am1406 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 pm793 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 am461 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.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am1046 views A historian looks at the Vietnam War herbicide Agent Orange and how it changed ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3488 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Book of essays considers how religions view other faithsSep 5, 2017 9:15 am567 views University of Illinois religion professor Robert McKim edited a new book, “Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity,” that explores how members of various religions view those outside of their faiths.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am608 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.Illinois historian receives NEH Public Scholar award, career prize for military historyAug 3, 2017 9:45 am988 views John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois, has received a selective NEH Public Scholar award less than six months after receiving the highest career award in the field of military history.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am481 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster. University of Illinois alumna to head Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryJul 25, 2017 11:45 am3206 views Lynne M. Thomas, who earned her master’s degree in library and information sciences at the University of Illinois, has been selected as the new head of the U. of I. Rare Book and Manuscript Library.Illinois information sciences professor edits book about trigger warningsJul 21, 2017 8:00 am496 views Emily Knox, a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, is the editor of a book that looks at the controversial topic of the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. University of Illinois hosting inaugural human-animal studies instituteJul 5, 2017 9:30 am508 views The University of Illinois is hosting a Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute -- the first of its kind in the emerging interdisciplinary field.Chancellor’s Medallion awarded to three who have preserved University of Illinois historyJun 23, 2017 9:15 am1155 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will award the Chancellor’s Medallion -- the highest campus honor -- to three men who have dedicated their professional lives to preserving the history of the university.Illinois Library celebrates poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth centennial with interactive websiteJun 7, 2017 10:00 am685 views In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has created an interactive website featuring memories of Brooks and items from her papers housed at the U. of I.1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:00 am773 views University of Illinois library professor Nicole Cooke wrote about the history of the Carnegie Scholars program -- an early 1970s effort to increase the diversity of Illinois' graduate library school.Historian wants readers to experience the Russian RevolutionMay 3, 2017 10:30 am459 views This year marks a century since the Russian Revolution that “shook the world,” and a U. of I. history professor’s new book aims to chronicle the experience of living through it.Illinois religion professor awarded Guggenheim FellowshipApr 10, 2017 10:15 am870 views University of Illinois professor of religion Jonathan Ebel has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.Illinois professor awarded ACLS fellowshipApr 5, 2017 10:45 am642 views University of Illinois professor Erik S. McDuffie is the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.Princeton professor of religion and African American Studies Eddie Glaude to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 5, 2017 9:00 am226 views Eddie Glaude, a professor of religion and African American Studies of Princeton University, will speak about W.E.B. Du Bois’ views on religion in the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.University of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing networkMar 13, 2017 10:30 am1126 views The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet. The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources.Latino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am661 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.App Authors gives elementary students programming experienceFeb 28, 2017 9:30 am336 views A program designed by researchers at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences gives students experience in coding and in using technology to solve problems through building their own phone apps. Study rewrites early history of corn in corn countryFeb 14, 2017 8:15 am1600 views A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the notion that Indian corn, or maize, was cultivated in this region hundreds of years before its widespread adoption at about 1000 A.D.Illinois library and information sciences professor writes textbook on diversity issues for librariansFeb 2, 2017 8:45 am1073 views Nicole Cooke, a University of Illinois professor of library and information sciences, wrote a recently published textbook to help librarians and library students better understand the importance of serving diverse groups of people.Illinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm693 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1770 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Guide to children’s books offers a diverse range of suggestions for gift giversDec 14, 2016 1:15 pm295 views Books are great gifts, and the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois can help gift givers find the right book for the young people on their lists.An informatics approach helps better identify chemical combinations in consumer productsDec 12, 2016 9:15 am293 views An informatics approach can help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.Is Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm422 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am608 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2759 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.