blog posts Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speaker Apr 25, 2017 3:30 pm9761 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13. A green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance, study finds Jan 22, 2016 10:15 am7422 views High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture. Marching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov 20, 2015 10:45 am6445 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus. Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 15, 2015 1:00 pm5133 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution. Marching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance Oct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4833 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route. Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campus Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am4444 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does. Marching Illini director provides guidance on band safety protocols Nov 6, 2020 11:45 am3710 views Marching Illini director Barry Houser helped develop public health guidelines for music classes and designed a face covering that can be used while playing any wind instrument. New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age Jan 14, 2019 2:30 pm3588 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age. Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH Fellowships Dec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3497 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. Illinois architecture professor designs transformable, adaptive structures Apr 11, 2018 8:30 am3270 views University of Illinois architecture professor Sudarshan Krishnan designs lightweight and transformable structures that can expand and collapse to adapt to a user’s needs. 'Ebertfest' full schedule announced, with actresses Gershon, Madsen, Tilly as guests Mar 21, 2019 9:00 am3192 views This year’s Ebert Film Fest will include “Almost Famous” and “Sideways,” documentaries on Maya Angelou and Fred Rogers, and guest actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly. BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industry Feb 11, 2013 9:00 am2758 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies. Illinois dance professor awarded United States Artists Fellowship Feb 3, 2021 9:00 am2596 views Dance professor Cynthia Oliver has been selected as a 2021 United States Artists Fellow. Illinois music student part of Grammy-nominated ensemble Mar 5, 2021 8:45 am2458 views Sophia Byrd, a University of Illinois senior studying lyric theatre, performed in the oratorio “Place,” nominated for two Grammy Awards. Universal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s message Jun 3, 2016 8:45 am2359 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users. Campus to host communal crochet coral reef project Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am2194 views Community members can help crochet a coral reef, part of a project to bring attention to climate change and demonstrate applied mathematics. Ancient and modern intersect in 'Hive' exhibition at Krannert Art Museum Jan 21, 2020 9:00 am2178 views “Hive” – a combination of 18-foot-tall inflatable sculptures and an immersive sound installation – is on view for the coming year at Krannert Art Musem. Transgender bathrooms: An architectural perspective May 26, 2016 11:00 am2150 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architecture Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers find Jul 18, 2018 8:45 am2127 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois. Virtual reality provides new tool for fashion design class Dec 21, 2020 10:00 am2100 views Illinois students created dress designs on a mannequin in the virtual world. AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heard Sep 15, 2015 9:45 am2079 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy. Illinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizer Jan 27, 2017 8:45 am1954 views Skot Wiedmann, an electronics technician and art instructor at the University of Illinois, built his Hyve Touch Synthesizer to inspire interdisciplinary work between engineers and musicians, and to allow people to explore music in a creative and fun way. Japanese architectural trends reflect unique realities, scholar says Mar 9, 2009 9:00 am1862 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Japan was hit with a major economic downturn in the 1990s, it affected architectural and construction practices in Japan. Those seeking lessons applicable to related industry practices in the U.S. during the current recession won't necessarily find exact parallels, says University of Illinois architecture professor Botond Bognar. Illinois researcher generates random ‘reactions’ to consider how Facebook uses our information Feb 9, 2017 8:30 am1815 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser has created a web browser extension he calls Go Rando that randomly chooses one of Facebook’s six reactions whenever you click “like.” His intention is to obfuscate your recorded feelings to Facebook. Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork May 9, 2017 9:00 am1813 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, “Provenance: A Forensic History of Art,” shows the challenges of provenance research and the efforts to document the history of ownership of several of the museum’s works. Parents' role key in child becoming accomplished musician, scholar says Nov 13, 2008 9:00 am1780 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thinking of buying a guitar for little Jim or Kim this holiday season, but afraid to spend too much for an instrument that might ultimately spend too much time in its case? Research looks at white working-class views on identity, race and immigration Oct 10, 2017 9:00 am1719 views A new research study presents a perspective on the social and political views of white working-class communities. First film and guests announced for 21st annual ‘Ebertfest’ Feb 11, 2019 10:30 am1614 views A post-World War II romance is the first film announced for this year’s “Ebertfest,” coming April 10-13 to downtown Champaign and the U. of I. The film will be shown in memory of its co-star, Scott Wilson, a frequent past festival guest. Organizers also announced an added role in this year’s festival for film critic Richard Roeper. 2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceled Mar 12, 2020 5:00 pm1611 views This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. 2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September Aug 10, 2020 1:45 pm1609 views The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19. 100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived Nov 4, 2019 8:00 am1594 views A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education. Will movie theaters survive COVID-19? May 27, 2020 9:30 am1562 views Summer is normally a season for blockbusters, but movie theaters will have special challenges this year, starting with a gamble on a few July releases. Derek Long, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, looks at the present and future of the business. Matsuri Festival at Japan House incorporates Indian culture Aug 28, 2019 9:30 am1553 views Matsuri Festival at Japan House celebrates the end of summer with Asian food, art and musical performances. This website is watching you. Are you OK with that? Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1532 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance. Will hiding 'like' counts and other numbers improve social media? Oct 31, 2019 8:00 am1519 views Social media companies are experimenting with hiding metrics on their platforms – something University of Illinois art professor Ben Grosser has been exploring since 2012 with his Demetricator projects. Work by Illinois dance student performed at national festival Jul 6, 2018 9:30 am1487 views University of Illinois dance student Krystal Collins choreographed a dance that celebrates black girlhood. It was performed at the National College Dance Festival in June. Japan House festival shares Japanese culture Aug 17, 2017 8:45 am1480 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is preparing for its third Matsuri Festival on Aug. 27. It has become the organization's biggest event. Illinois graphic design professor fights human trafficking with app, education Feb 19, 2018 9:00 am1477 views A University of Illinois graphic design professor has developed a cellphone app that enables users to report suspected cases of human trafficking anonymously. Illinois performing arts adapt teaching for fall classes Aug 24, 2020 2:45 pm1476 views The University of Illinois dance, music and theatre departments have found creative solutions to offer in-person classes in safe ways. Museum curator, art historian named Krannert Art Museum director Dec 8, 2017 1:30 pm1459 views Jon Seydl, an art historian and currently the senior director of collections and programs and curator of European art at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, has been named the new director of Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Renowned banjo player with U. of I. roots to play ELLNORA with Punch Brothers Sep 3, 2015 9:30 am1456 views When Noam Pikelny came to the University of Illinois as a student, he planned to study computer engineering. Although he’d been playing the banjo since he was a child and he deeply loved music, computer engineering seemed the more secure career path. He thought music would be a serious lifelong hobby. Japan House celebrating 20th anniversary of permanent home with Krannert Center event Jun 25, 2018 8:45 am1418 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is celebrating 20 years in its permanent location with a day of Japanese performances. Black girls create a space of their own in 'Homemade, With Love' exhibition at KAM Aug 25, 2020 11:30 am1398 views A Krannert Art Museum exhibition includes artwork by local middle school girls as well as prominent Black female artists. Jazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humans Oct 14, 2015 9:30 am1386 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. 'Parks and Recreation' star to co-host Japan House fundraiser Sep 19, 2013 9:00 am1355 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the hit NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will bring his "American Ham Tour" to the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26 (Saturday) as a benefit for Japan House. He also will co-host an "East Meets Midwest" fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm in Champaign on Oct. 27 (Sunday) with Shozo Sato and his wife, Alice. Shozo Sato is the founder of Japan House and a professor emeritus of art and design. U. of I. Library acquires archives of acclaimed writer Gwendolyn Brooks Oct 17, 2013 9:00 am1326 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career. University of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residency Oct 30, 2015 9:45 am1326 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award. Anti-racist framework created by Illinois art professor helps identify racialized design Apr 29, 2021 8:45 am1318 views The Racism Untaught framework is used in the classroom and in workshops for universities and corporations to identify design that perpetuates racism. Nathan Gunn to make directorial debut, sing lead with Lyric Theatre at Illinois’ ‘Don Giovanni’ Jan 17, 2018 10:00 am1290 views Opera singer and University of Illinois School of Music alumnus Nathan Gunn will make his directorial debut at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts with Lyric Theatre at Illinois’ production of “Don Giovanni,” in addition to singing the title role. Illinois Architecture reveals presence and progress of women in the profession Sep 19, 2019 8:45 am1290 views A Women’s Reunion and Symposium at the School of Architecture will recognize the contributions of female architecture graduates.