blog postsWestern media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am28402 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureOnline interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am18752 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.Did news coverage turn Americans against the Vietnam War?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am16841 views News coverage of the Vietnam War did not have the effect on popular support that many believe, says a University of Illinois researcher. Germany transformed under Nazis in 100 days. Do we understand why?Aug 20, 2019 10:00 am16703 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.Beschloss Family Media Design Center to be dedicated Sept. 22Aug 31, 2000 9:00 am14791 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new bookApr 21, 2010 9:00 am10237 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 pm7026 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.”What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference?Mar 12, 2020 10:15 am6692 views Russia is trying to sow disruption and division around the U.S. presidential election in order to promote its own geopolitical interests.What are the guiding principles of 'environmental sustainability'?Apr 14, 2008 9:00 am5753 views A Minute With™... William C. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architectureRare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscriptApr 30, 2018 12:45 pm5602 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.Hittite class offers glimpse of Bronze Age language, technologyDec 9, 2019 9:00 am5517 views Illinois students in a Hittite class learn to write the ancient language in clay using cuneiform symbols.How has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am5438 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismFive Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm5128 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.Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, SandburgJun 12, 2019 9:00 am5099 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones.How does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am5072 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workOur brains process irony in emojis, words in the same waySep 5, 2018 12:45 pm4659 views The brain processes ironic or sarcastic emojis in the same way it does ironic or sarcastic words.Police Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am4642 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.The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm4603 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.What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am4269 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 ReaganJFK's inaugural speech still stirring, memorable at 50Jan 18, 2011 9:00 am4149 views A Minute With™... John Murphy, a professor of communicationHistorian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am3609 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.”Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am3595 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.Vietnam War at 50: What has been the legacy of Agent Orange?Sep 5, 2017 11:30 am3491 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.Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 13, 2017 3:00 pm3491 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.New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear ageJan 14, 2019 2:30 pm3399 views Two Illinois professors tell the story of a secret Hollywood studio at the heart of the Cold War and the early nuclear age.How are anthropological studies of witchcraft relevant today?Oct 27, 2008 9:00 am3354 views A Minute With™... anthropology professor Alma GottliebUniversity of Illinois alumna to head Rare Book and Manuscript LibraryJul 25, 2017 11:45 am3307 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 am3221 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.Biography of Queen Victoria refutes longstanding misconceptionsDec 23, 2003 9:00 am3010 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.Two Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsApr 10, 2020 10:45 am2998 views Illinois professors Janice N. Harrington, English, and David Sepkoski, history, received 2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships.For improving early literacy, reading comics is no child's playNov 5, 2009 9:00 am2941 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.How will public spaces change as result of the COVID-19 pandemic?Jun 17, 2020 8:45 am2902 views Pandemics have changed our physical spaces throughout history, but changes made as a result of COVID-19 may not be long-lasting, says Illinois architecture professor Benjamin Bross.BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am2719 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.Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2673 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.Charles Yerkes, telescope benefactor, a stellar scoundrel, author saysJul 25, 2006 9:00 am2671 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.Why the calls for defunding police?Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm2577 views Calls for defunding or even abolishing the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death may sound radical to many, but the idea is not new, says A. Naomi Paik, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.What drives us to blame the marginalized for epidemics?Apr 16, 2020 9:15 am2560 views There’s a long history of scapegoating marginalized people in epidemics, and of seeing difference in the way those of different races respond to disease, says Rana Hogarth, a U. of I. professor who studies the history of both medicine and race, and the connections between.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 17, 2020 3:00 pm2552 views Illinois professors Bobby Smith II and Eduardo Ledesma have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2021.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2535 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.Why are familiar brands with Black images getting a rethink?Jun 29, 2020 8:00 am2513 views At least one familiar brand is being retired and others are getting a rethink due to their use of Black images. Illinois advertising professor Jason Chambers explains why.British Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am2451 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."How does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm2403 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureWhat's new with the plague? More than you might thinkApr 23, 2020 10:00 am2345 views Pandemics of the past are getting new attention, among them the plague of the 14th century. Known as the Black Death, it was medieval, European, bubonic and spread by rats – at least that’s what most of us think. Much of that needs adjustment, however, in large part due to discoveries of the past decade, says Carol Symes, a professor of medieval history at Illinois.How has the portrayal of African Americans in advertising changed over the last century?Feb 26, 2008 9:00 am2326 views A Minute With™... Jason Chambers, a professor of advertisingWhat was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm2256 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.University of Illinois librarian to help Puerto Rican libraries with disaster recoveryDec 21, 2017 4:15 pm2249 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.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am2123 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am2120 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 am2112 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.Egypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we thinkJun 15, 2015 9:00 am2102 views Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.