blog posts100 years ago: The Christmas Truce of World War IDec 22, 2014 9:00 am135 views A Minute With™... Tamara Chaplin, a University of Illinois historian of modern France150 year anniversary of the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxApr 6, 2015 10:00 am161 views Bruce Levine, professor of history and expert on the Civil War150 years after the Confederate surrender at AppomattoxMar 2, 2015 9:00 am25 views The American Civil War came to an end 150 years ago with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. What role did slavery play in the Confederate defeat? And how might history have been different if Lincoln had lived? University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine (pronounced La-VEEN) has written extensively about the war and its consequences. His 2013 book, "The Fall of the House of Dixie," traced how fighting the war transformed the South from within. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.1986 law helped lay foundation for 'governing immigration through crime'Apr 22, 2013 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three key issues were at the center of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act: money for border enforcement, a pathway to citizenship and making it illegal to hire undocumented workers.30 years after the Challenger disaster: A 'Where were you when...' eventJan 14, 2016 9:30 am407 views A Minute With...™ communication professor Ned O'Gorman50 years after the Cuban missile crisisOct 8, 2012 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Ned O'Gorman, a professor of communication affiliated with the U. of I. Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security60 years ago this month, Emmett Till's death sparked a movementAug 17, 2015 10:30 am1214 views A Minute With...™ Christopher Benson, author and professor of journalism75 years later, why did Germans follow the Nazis into Holocaust?Aug 26, 2014 9:00 am6938 views A Minute With™... Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern GermanyA better bet? Wagering on teams coming off a bye weekDec 11, 2012 9:00 am111 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Think your simple wagering strategy for professional football - such as always picking the home team or the underdog - is going to pay off in the long run? Don't bet on it, say sports economists Scott Tainsky and Yoon Tae Sung.Ability grouping in elementary school hampers minority students' literacyApr 21, 2009 9:00 am216 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - African-American and Hispanic students placed in ability groups for reading instruction learned less compared to demographically similar minority students who weren't grouped by ability, a new study by a University of Illinois expert in the sociology of education found.Ability to finish college - especially for blacks - affected by family debt, new study suggestsMay 22, 2014 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Family debt diminishes students' prospects of graduating from college, and is particularly detrimental to black students' chances of earning degrees, suggests a new study by social work professor Min Zhan and doctoral student Deirdre Lanesskog, both at the University of Illinois.Access to legal aid depends a lot on where you live, report saysOct 26, 2011 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - According to one estimate, half of Americans are confronting a civil legal problem at any one time.Ads effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies findJan 26, 2015 9:00 am163 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you're really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher.Advertising and its methods put 'on trial' in the 1930s, author saysJun 26, 2006 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the current world of product placement, cross-promotion, pop-up ads, and ad-driven politics, it's hard to imagine there was ever a time when advertising as an institution was severely challenged.Advertising's next big event: the OlympicsFeb 10, 2010 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... advertising professor Michael GiardinaA fledgling democracy in Egypt: Electing a president, writing a constitutionMay 30, 2012 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Kenneth Cuno, a professor of Middle Eastern historyAfrica is changing. Does it still need our charity?Dec 19, 2012 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... sociologist Brian DillAfrican American studies in the U.S. 'is alive and well,' new report saysAug 29, 2013 9:00 am151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The field of African American studies in U.S. higher education "is alive and well, and, in fact, growing and maturing," despite some reports to the contrary, says a new study published online this week by the department of African American studies at the University of Illinois.Albania must enact reforms to combat sex trafficking, study urgesOct 15, 2012 9:00 am192 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite a number of measures undertaken by the government in Albania to curb sex trafficking, rigorous comprehensive legal and social reforms are needed to address the practices that perpetuate it, a new study led by a University of Illinois researcher indicates.America has been horrified by the shootings at Ft. Hood. How do military counsellors deal with the stress – both the soldiers' and their own?Nov 6, 2009 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... medical historian Mark MicaleAnxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accuratelyJul 7, 2006 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adults who are highly anxious can perceive changes in facial expressions more quickly than adults who are less anxious, a new study shows. By jumping to emotional conclusions, however, highly anxious adults may make more errors in judgment and perpetuate a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships.As Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?Apr 24, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Richard Tempest, the director of Illinois' Russian, East European, and Eurasian CenterAs Medvedev assumes Russia's presidency, are great changes imminent?Oct 24, 2007 9:00 am2 views What's going on in Russia and what does its president, Vladimir Putin, have in mind for the nation and for himself? Richard Tempest, a professor of Slavic literature and the head of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center who was in Russia in June, is an expert on Putin and Putin's Russia. In an interview with News Bureau writer Andrea Lynn, Tempest offered his assessments of the nation and its leader.As other Arab dictators fall, how is Assad holding on in Syria?Nov 16, 2011 9:00 am42 views A Minute With™... political scientist Milan SvolikAspiring scientists learning to translate their research into language public understandsApr 3, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Communicating the relevance of one's scientific research to general audiences and developing educational outreach programs are critical to the career success of college professors and researchers, but graduate curricula often fail to help students cultivate these essential skills.Assessment of online divorce education programs finds weaknessesNov 8, 2011 9:00 am98 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In many states, including Illinois, married couples with children who want to untie the knot must complete court-mandated educational programs - either in group settings or through online classes - before judges will finalize their divorces.As U.S. troops withdraw, what's next for Afghanistan?Apr 9, 2009 9:00 am1 views A Minute With™... political scientist Paul DiehlAs U.S. troops withdraw, what's next for Afghanistan?Jul 5, 2011 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... political scientist Paul DiehlAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am311 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact.Bad news for Obama: Getting elected was the easy part. Here's what he should expect...Dec 8, 2008 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... former Illinois Gov. Jim EdgarBeckman researchers study communication part of languageJan 19, 2006 9:00 am2 views Researchers can get their inspiration from a mentor, or colleague, or perhaps even a lecture that strikes a chord. Psychology researcher Kara Federmeier got hers from her younger brother when she was still in high school.Better response plans needed for children exposed to domestic violenceMay 24, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Each year, millions of children are exposed to domestic violence, a traumatic experience that has been associated with cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional problems in childhood as well as a higher incidence of depression and premature death in adulthood. Numerous studies over the past two decades also have indicated that exposure to domestic violence (EDV) places children at higher risk of abuse and neglect.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1853 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. Bilingual family liaisons increasingly important service for schoolsMar 24, 2010 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even during tough economic times, a school district's decision to cut support services aimed at helping Hispanic students and their families navigate through the public school system will prove to be a sighted one, especially given long-term demographic trends and the need for a highly educated workforce, says a University of Illinois expert in social services for vulnerable populations.Black and brilliant? A female genius? Not according to RateMyProfessors, study findsMar 3, 2016 1:00 pm586 views An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words “brilliant” and “genius” to describe male professors and in academic disciplines in which women and African-Americans are underrepresented.Book addresses need for more infrastructure for Latino mental healthDec 13, 2011 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was an alarming message: A Spanish speaking woman in the Champaign area was on the brink of suicide, and a bilingual mental health professional was urgently needed for crisis intervention, but none could be found. Could anyone help?Book Corner: A closer look at East St. Louis, Ill., a city in perilNov 17, 2011 9:00 am113 views Political corruption, minimal policing and firefighting resources, limited transportation, public works deficiencies and condemned buildings. It's not the backdrop for a prime-time cop show - this is a city three hours from Champaign.Book Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am455 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.Book Corner: A look into the past of UrbanaJan 21, 2010 9:00 am9 views Champaign County, Urbana has a rich and dynamic history. Today, Urbana counts nationally known film critic Roger Ebert and several Nobel Prize laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners as current or former residents. Yet, there was no book on the history of Urbana still available in print until "Images of America: Urbana" (Arcadia Publishing), by Ilona Matkovszki and Dennis Roberts.Book Corner: Collection of essays addresses researchers' challenges when changing field sitesAug 2, 2012 9:00 am2 views The daunting challenge of leaving an anthropological field site and moving to another halfway across the globe may be a situation most familiar to anthropologists, but the intellectual and emotional challenges of uprooting one's life for one's field of study are something that many scholars can relate to, says Alma Gottlieb, a UI professor of anthropology.Book Corner: Colonial black women: What is freedom?Oct 21, 2010 9:00 am6 views They baked New England's Thanksgiving pies, preached their faith to crowds of worshippers, spied for the patriots during the American Revolution, wrote that human bondage was a sin, and demanded reparations for slavery.Book Corner: Comparing the lives of black Canadian and Caribbean women in the diasporaSep 20, 2012 9:00 am8 views Oral history is a powerful historical tool, one that can illuminate the often-overlooked individual voices behind a historical event.Book Corner: Exploring human mobility and its cultural, political and social effectsSep 6, 2012 9:00 am17 views Historians have long been interested in patterns of human movement. Throughout history, people have had to move to survive, either through regular circuits that bring them to communities and resources or through occasional, long-distance migrations, in search of new ways of life.Book Corner: Exploring the Chicano/a family and its political and cultural historyNov 19, 2009 9:00 am7 views As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of Chicano/a cultural politics since the Mexican American civil rights movement emerged in the late 1960s. In "Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics" (Duke University Press, 2009), Richard T. Rodríguez, a professor of English and of Latina/Latino Studies at Illinois, explores the competing notions of la familia found in movement-inspired literature, film, video, music, painting and other forms of cultural expression created by Chicano men.Book Corner: Hidden history of male nervous illness exploredMar 19, 2009 9:00 am11 views Over the course of several centuries, Western masculinity has successfully established itself as the voice of reason, knowledge and sanity - the basis for patriarchal rule - in the face of massive testimony to the contrary. In a new book, "Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness" (Harvard University Press, 2008), Mark S. Micale challenges this vision of the stable and secure male by examining the central role played by modern science and medicine in constructing and sustaining it.Book Corner: Historian traces the making of samba in BrazilMar 19, 2015 9:00 am23 views The U.S. and Brazil have a few things in common. Both are continent-spanning nations that began as European colonies. Both have a history of African slavery. And both developed iconic music with strong roots in their respective black communities.Book Corner: Intimate profile of the Beng people reveals relationships, connectionsNov 1, 2012 9:00 am8 views Travel authors often showcase the foreign lands they visit with colorful descriptions of the food and tourist attractions they encounter. Books of this genre depict abbreviated and relaxing trips.Book Corner: Latinos and the MediaAug 19, 2010 9:00 am7 views The U.S. media features Latina stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria, but that same media often reinforces the image of Latinos as eternal foreigners, always having to prove they belong.Book Corner: Living along the flood-prone Mississippi RiverSep 16, 2010 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Nearly every year, areas of the Midwest are subjected to massive flooding. Sandbags are filled and stacked, FEMA arrives and there is a discussion of whether this is a 500-year flood, a 1,000-year flood, or just another flood typical of the summer season.Book Corner: Notion of lovesickness in Russian literature exploredNov 19, 2009 9:00 am33 views The idea that love - especially the unrequited variety - and the passion associated with it could render one physically ill goes way back on the cultural-historical timeline. According to Valeria Sobol, a UI professor of Slavic languages and literatures, scholars have traced the concept of "lovesickness" all the way back to the Greeks.