blog posts History professor's book examines racism in Russia May 10, 2022 7:00 am428 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 am498 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 am1017 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 am689 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 am409 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 am739 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 am807 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 am518 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 am792 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 pm522 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 am1276 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 am1554 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 am373 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 am1424 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 pm1109 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 am1253 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 pm937 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 am150 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 am889 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 am1157 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 am502 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 am661 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 am867 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 am651 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 am3192 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 am461 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 am764 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 am1308 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 am588 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 am709 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 pm1313 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 pm702 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 am415 views English professor Christopher Kempf examines how history gets remembered and reproduced through art. Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center events Mar 25, 2021 11:45 am979 views The digital scholarship project involving University of Illinois and U.K. researchers will work with materials from Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Illinois researchers awarded grants through new NEH-UK joint digital scholarship program Mar 19, 2021 9:00 am991 views The projects aim to advance digital scholarship and find new ways of sharing culture. Author looks at portrayals of slavery beyond questions of freedom Mar 2, 2021 9:30 am522 views Scholars should look at the complexity of slaves’ relationships and the meaning they created through artistic expression, rather than just their acts of political resistance. Rediscovered journal brings unique perspective on Atlantic slave trade Feb 24, 2021 11:00 am1214 views The trade that brought enslaved Africans to the New World was not just a story of slave ship captains and their human cargo. Many others were part of the machinery, among them a young German barber-surgeon who kept a journal. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign history professor Craig Koslofsky and co-author Roberto Zaugg of the University of Zurich translated his account and put it in context. How will imprisonment of Russian dissident Alexsei Navalny affect opposition to Putin? Feb 10, 2021 8:45 am496 views Aleksei Navalny likely will be able to maintain his public profile from prison, but his agenda needs to include economic issues to mobilize mass public support, said Illinois professor of Slavic languages and literatures Richard Tempest. New history of photography focuses on presidents Feb 9, 2021 12:00 pm536 views From the advent of photography to the age of social media, U.S. presidents have been among the most common subjects for the camera. So what better way to tell a story of the medium’s evolution than through those historical figures. Cara Finnegan, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign communication professor, does just that in “Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital,” publishing this spring. Children's literature scholar examines how 'production stories' minimized slave labor Feb 8, 2021 8:45 am1126 views Information sciences professor Elizabeth Hoiem created a digital resource to evaluate 19th-century children’s stories that taught about how commodities such as sugar were made. From A to Z: New volume examines animals' role in the British Empire, racial politics Feb 1, 2021 8:00 am1554 views “Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary for Our Times,” co-edited by Illinois history professor Antoinette Burton, examines the roles that animals played in the British Empire – both in advancing and in disrupting British imperial power. Two Illinois professors awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 17, 2020 3:00 pm2663 views Illinois professors Bobby Smith II and Eduardo Ledesma have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2021. Today's catastrophic concerns shaped by past interactions between science, culture Nov 19, 2020 12:15 pm597 views A global pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes have made 2020 a year of catastrophes. David Sepkoski’s new book “Catastrophic Thinking” looks at how current-day concerns about threats to both the planet and the human race came to be. Sepkoski is a history professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in the history of science. Corporations directing our attention online more than we realize Oct 29, 2020 10:15 am1043 views We don’t have the control we think we do in browsing the internet. Our notion of empowerment to see and find what we choose is “an illusion,” say the authors of a study – including Illinois media professor Harsh Taneja – that analyzed browsing data on a million people over one month of internet use. Corporations are “nudging” the flow of our online attention more than we realize, and often in ways that are hidden or beyond our control. Rare Book and Manuscript Library event explores history of witchcraft Oct 27, 2020 9:30 am2693 views An Oct. 29 webinar that has drawn a huge response will explore the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s collection with many materials related to European witchcraft, including an account of the 1612 Lancashire witch trials in England. Illinois professor part of Latino baseball project and book for Smithsonian Oct 12, 2020 10:00 am635 views Baseball is as central to Latino culture as it is to the broader American culture, and Adrian Burgos Jr. helps document that history as a co-author of a book for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Burgos is a history professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who specializes in the history of sports, in particular the role of Latinos and African Americans in baseball. Today's immigration policies rooted in long history, author says Sep 22, 2020 11:45 am1253 views No matter how one feels about current U.S. immigration policies, they did not come out of the blue but are based in a long history, says A. Naomi Paik, an Asian American studies professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lays out aspects of that history in a new book. Illinois professor's stories address race, complicated family relationships Sep 15, 2020 8:30 am1117 views Illinois English professor David Wright’s short story about a boy confronting his paternity and his future beyond slavery is featured in The New Yorker. Illinois archivist's prize-winning essay reveals Jewish origins of Viennese cuisine Sep 9, 2020 8:45 am1185 views University of Illinois archivist Susanne Belovari won the 2020 Sophie Coe Prize for her work on the forgotten history of Viennese cuisine. Have we gone too far trashing politics? Sep 8, 2020 10:00 am694 views We’ve gone too far in trashing politics, no matter how much the campaign season may prompt us to do so, says Ned O’Gorman, a communication professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Politics is a good thing, but our views of politics have become “twisted.” His recent book “Politics for Everybody” argues for “authentic politics” that focus on different people getting along and working things out, not winner-take-all.