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.
Kathleen Graber -- a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip -- will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.
In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled A Revolver, the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburgs archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Holiday shoppers hoping to please the youngsters on their gift lists can turn to the Guide Book to Gift Books published by the Center for Childrens Books at the University of Illinois.
Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University in Beijing and Duke University Press.