blog postsOnline interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am13956 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet.Western media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am13299 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureDid news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am9701 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new bookApr 21, 2010 9:00 am6976 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although World War I has faded from cultural memory, overshadowed by more dramatic and unambiguous conflicts that both preceded and followed it, the Great War continues to shape Americans' interpretations of their nation, its war-craft and its soldiers today.Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 'The Overstory'Apr 15, 2019 4:45 pm6419 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.”Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am6113 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscriptApr 30, 2018 12:45 pm5438 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.Five Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm5076 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.The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm4290 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.Police Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am4236 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am4079 views With its easy-to-miss symptoms and link to birth defects, the Zika virus is very similar to German measles (rubella), according to history professor Leslie ReaganHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am3866 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismSix Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3362 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.University of Illinois alumna to head Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryJul 25, 2017 11:45 am3275 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.Book recounts pillaging of rare illustrations from university librariesJun 18, 2018 9:45 am2914 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.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2636 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Biography of Queen Victoria refutes longstanding misconceptionsDec 23, 2003 9:00 am2624 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the eve of the 103rd anniversary of her death on Jan. 22, the woman whose name defined an age - arguably the most famous woman of modern times - comes to life in a new and myth-shattering biography.Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same waySep 5, 2018 12:45 pm2542 views The brain processes ironic or sarcastic emojis in the same way it does ironic or sarcastic words.For improving early literacy, reading comics is no child's playNov 5, 2009 9:00 am2458 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although comics have been published in newspapers since the 1890s, they still get no respect from some teachers and librarians, despite their current popularity among adults. But according to a University of Illinois expert in children's literature, critics should stop tugging on Superman's cape and start giving him and his superhero friends their due.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am2397 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.How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am2333 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workHistorian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am2315 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am2295 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.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm2285 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2268 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.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, SandburgJun 12, 2019 9:00 am2255 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones.University of Illinois librarian to help Puerto Rican libraries with disaster recoveryDec 21, 2017 4:15 pm2195 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.What was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2133 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.Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am2133 views With world leaders gathering Sept. 1 to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Europe, U. of I. history professor Peter Fritzsche describes how Germans came to embrace Nazi rule, especially in Hitler’s first 100 days.Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am2089 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - and the ubiquity of computers, the geek's close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am2028 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.Study rewrites early history of corn in corn countryFeb 14, 2017 8:15 am1969 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.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1967 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."$1 million Mellon grant to help humanities scholars explore digital publishing optionsOct 1, 2015 2:15 pm1956 views A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.What are the guiding principles of 'environmental sustainability'?Apr 14, 2008 9:00 am1879 views A Minute With™... William C. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architectureTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1838 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Charles Yerkes, telescope benefactor, a stellar scoundrel, author saysJul 25, 2006 9:00 am1805 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Robber barons apparently didn't come by their titles easily. Just how hard they had to work - on both sides of the law - to hold on to their empires is revealed in a new book about one particularly ingenious and controversial tycoon.JFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am1679 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationUrbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1670 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Research looks at white working-class views on identity, race and immigrationOct 10, 2017 9:00 am1628 views A new research study presents a perspective on the social and political views of white working-class communities.Historian tells new story about England’s venerated ‘Domesday Book’Nov 13, 2018 10:15 am1488 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.Illinois research maps extreme-heat vulnerability in ChicagoMay 11, 2018 1:15 pm1467 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.English professor's first book tells stories of contemporary lives of black AmericansDec 4, 2018 8:00 am1467 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.How does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm1463 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureHumanities Without Walls initiative receives $4.2 million Mellon grant renewalDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1410 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $4.2 million grant renewal from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Humanities Without Walls initiative.Book tells story of integrated Illinois town founded by former slaveOct 18, 2018 8:45 am1398 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.H.G. Wells' cartoons, a window on his second marriage, focus of new bookMay 31, 2006 9:00 am1373 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - How does an imaginative but irascible writer - the future author of 100 books and the grandfather of science fiction - thank his literary partner and wife for her steady, selfless and sterling contributions to his career?Illinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1351 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”Project will help researchers explore big data in HathiTrust digitized libraryFeb 23, 2016 9:45 am1341 views A project of the HathiTrust Research Center – a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University – aims to find new ways to use computational tools and allow humanities scholars to analyze large numbers of books while still respecting copyright laws.Latino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTNMay 11, 2016 11:45 am1315 views The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.