Cline Center News and Announcements

Cline Center News and Announcements

  • Cline Center Awarded Digging Into Data Challenge Grant

    The Cline Center is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging Into Data (DiD) Challenge grant.  The American portion of our work will be funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and European organizations will be supporting our partners at the Free University of Amsterdam and Mannheim University.

    Our project is called Responsible Terrorism Coverage (or ResTeCo), and aims to address a fundamental dilemma facing 21st century societies: journalists struggle to give citizens the information they need without giving terrorists the kind of attention they want. Defined as ‘propaganda of the deed,’ terrorism involves spectacular acts that enable small numbers of radicals to affect millions of lives by sowing intense fear and hatred. Although they seek widespread publicity, terrorists also target journalists—precisely because they fear a responsible, free media and a well-informed public.

    ResTeCo aims to inform best practices by using extreme-scale text analytic methods to extract knowledge from more than 70 years of terrorism-related media coverage from all around the world and in 5 languages. It will dramatically expand the available data on the way media ecologies respond to terrorism, and enable us to develop empirically-validated models for socially responsible and effective news organizations. 

    The Transatlantic Platform’s announcement is here, and you can download a more detailed list of the 14 winning Digging into Data Challenge projects here. To learn more about the DiD program, see:

    And to find out more about the US-based projects supported by NEH, see:

  • Celebrating Professor David F. Linowes

    Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor David F. Linowes (1917-2007), who was an invaluable contributor to the Cline Center, a distinguished alumnus (Honors, ’41), and inspiring public intellectual.

    In addition to serving as the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and as Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business, Professor Linowes was a highly-successful accountant and a dedicated public servant under Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

    Best known for leading a highly-influential post-Watergate commission on the future of privacy law, he also led three other presidential commissions and State Department and UN missions to countries in South America and Asia to disseminate best practices for privatization programs. A veteran of WWII, he authored more than a dozen books and was known as the “father of socio-economic accounting” — a method of incorporating social and environmental impacts into decision-making. 

    Thanks to the generosity of the Linowes family, this legacy of service and scholarship lives on at the U of I. Since 2012, Linowes Faculty Fellows at the Cline Center have pursued projects that bring cutting-edge methods and data to bear on pressing social and political problems. They also select a distinguished speaker for the annual Linowes Lecture on Public Policy and Management.

    This year’s talk, scheduled for April 26th, will tackle analytical problems similar to the ones that Prof. Linowes studied. Professor Scott E. Page, Hurwicz Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, will describe novel ways to inform cost-benefit analysis using ensembles of many quantitative models simultaneously. Integrating ideas from physics, computer science, economics and statistics, Professor Page’s proposed method echoes Linowes’ own interdisciplinary approach to policymaking by—in the words of David Linowes—taking “into account more points of view than would normally be considered” and enabling “all relevant sources of expertise, and all affected interests to be brought together for sustained, focused, and creative analysis of issues.”

    The public is welcome to attend, and a livestream video will be available on our Facebook page — just ‘like’ us and stay tuned. To learn more about the Linowes Lectures or watch them online, see:

     And to learn more about Professor Linowes’ life and legacy, check out today’s commemorative announcement from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • 3/1/2017

    The Cline Center is seeking U of I graduate students in political science to join our team as 2017 Schroeder Summer Graduate Fellows.  Supported by a generous gift from William A. and the late Paul W. Schroeder, the Schroeder Fellowships support rigorous research on topics related to the Cline Center’s research agenda. It provides a stipend, office space, and access to data. Please help us get the word out.

    To learn more or to apply, see the Schroeder program page, or email us at:

  • 3/1/2017

    Award-winning journalism scholar Prof. Jay Rosen of NYU will be presenting "Winter is Coming: The Trump Regime and the American Press" on March 8th at Lincoln Hall 1092.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Cline Center and organized by the Unit for Criticism as part of its Theory in Critical Times lecture series. More information is  available on their website here:

  • Announcing the 2017 Cline Symposium Guest Speaker: Eliot Cohen

    SAVE THE DATE:  Prof. Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins will deliver the keynote at the 2017 Cline Symposium on November 9th, 2017. As Director of the Strategic Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Prof. Cohen is eminently qualified to address our theme: “American Grand Strategy and the Changing Global Order.”

     An award-winning SAIS professor since 1990, he is also US Army veteran, and has served in senior advisory roles at the State Department, the Department of Defense, as well as the National Security Advisory Panel of the National Intelligence Council.

     To get event details and updates as soon as possible, ‘like’ the Cline Center on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @CCD_Illinois

     Interested friends can find Prof. Cohen’s regular column in the American Interest here: or follow him on Twitter @EliotACohen. You can read a review of his recent book, “The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force,” in the Washington Post.