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History professor Antoinette Burton is one of five Illinois professors awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015.

Five Illinois scholars awarded NEH Fellowships

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 9, 2014

Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.

Published Date: December 9, 2014


Michael Rothberg (left) and Marcus Keller, professors and department heads in English and French, respectively, are co-coordinators of The Great War, a cross-campus initiative at the University of Illinois commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I.

Illinois campus commemorates the centenary of WWI with community events

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor; Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 19, 2014

The University of Illinois will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a cross-campus initiative that includes theater productions, a film series, concerts, lectures, symposiums, an art exhibition and a general education course. “The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects” is designed for Illinois students and the local community to gain a new understanding about the first industrialized conflict carried out on a global scale.

Published Date: August 19, 2014


Gilbert Witte poses with some of the thousands of items included in the collection of needlecraft books and ephemera he donated to the University of Illinois Library.

Exhibition to showcase cataloger's extraordinary collection of crochet-related arts

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 26, 2014

In 1989, when Gilbert Witte started working full-time at the University of Illinois library, he discovered that his new job had a strange effect on his leisure time: After spending eight hours surrounded by books, the last thing he wanted to do at home was read. Consequently, Witte took up a hobby – he taught himself to crochet.

Published Date: June 26, 2014


Valerie Hotchkiss, the director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, holds the only known copy of a childrens book printed in 1536. The book is one of hundreds that have been scanned and made available online in Project Unica.

U. of I. Library's Project Unica preserves books so rare they exist in only one copy

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2014

Among librarians and booksellers, hymnals and children’s books are infamous for their low survival rate, as a result of overuse and abuse. So when the staff at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library found an eight-page unbound copy of the ABCs and common prayers published in 1536 – more than 450 years ago – they immediately ran the title through several international databases to see if any other libraries had a copy. None did.

Published Date: April 29, 2014


Expert on 'Global Hinduism' to deliver this year's Thulin Lecture at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 2, 2014

The religious tradition that brought us yoga, meditation and the concepts of karma and reincarnation will be the topic of this year’s Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion, an annual event sponsored by the University of Illinois department of religion. Vasudha Narayanan, the distinguished professor of religion at the University of Florida and author of “Hinduism” and “The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation and Ritual,” will deliver the lecture at 8 p.m. April 9 (Wednesday) at Spurlock Museum. Her topic, “Global Hinduism,” will touch on Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.

Published Date: April 2, 2014