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South Asian Studies librarian Mara Thacker holds some of the comics from the Undergraduate Librarys collection of Indian comic books.

U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic books

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 28, 2015

The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. The comic book – written in Hindi and published by Raj Comics – is one of about 1,000 Indian comic books in the University of Illinois library system. South Asian Studies librarian Mara Thacker began collecting the comics for the University of Illinois in 2012, and its libraries now have what she believes is the largest collection of Indian comics in North America.

Published Date: January 28, 2015


In the Bauhaus, by William Wegman. 1999 Color Polaroid.

New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 14, 2015

Modernism has ignited a new passion among designers and collectors, who value the movement’s objects as historical icons. It also has inspired artists who are using modernist design objects in their own work to comment on the movement’s cultural significance. That artwork forms the exhibition “MetaModern,” opening at Krannert Art Museum on Jan. 29.

Published Date: January 14, 2015


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2 million to the IPRH to create three new research groups. Dianne Harris, director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, said the groups will study issues related to the humanities and medicine, the environment and law.

$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groups

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 9, 2015

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.

Published Date: January 9, 2015


Travis Dixon found that Muslims and Latinos were significantly overrepresented, and African-Americans largely missing, in crime stories aired over five years on prominent network and cable breaking news programs.

Muslims and Latinos much more prominent in TV crime news than in real-life crime

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2015

If it seems as if most terrorists are Muslims and almost all immigrant lawbreakers are Latinos, it may be because you’re watching national TV news – not because those things are true. That’s one implication of a study of five years of network and cable crime news led by University of Illinois communication professor Travis Dixon.

Published Date: January 7, 2015


Music professor Heinrich Taubes Harmonia application could improve how music theory is taught. A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow him to test the program in a classroom in fall 2015.

NSF grant to help with application to teach music theory

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 5, 2015

A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.

Published Date: January 5, 2015