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Symposium at Illinois to feature science fiction authors and music

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 18, 2013

Best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson will deliver the keynote lecture at “Writing Another Future,” a symposium on science fiction, the arts and humanities, Sept. 25-27 (Wednesday-Friday) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the event will include several concerts. Organizers hope the symposium will spark interest in science fiction writing as part of the university’s ongoing explorations of science, technology and society.

Published Date: September 18, 2013


Silvina Montrul was one of six Urbana professors named University Scholars for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Urbana campus faculty members named University Scholars

Author: Jeff Unger

Published Date:September 10, 2013

Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars. The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members will be honored at a campus reception Tuesday (Sept. 10) from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.

Published Date: September 10, 2013


University of Michigan associate librarian to lead U. of I. libraries

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 10, 2013

John P. Wilkin has been named university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.

Published Date: June 10, 2013


Volunteers from the U. of I. pose at Danville Correctional Center with the Education Justice Project students they trained to teach ESL to other prisoners.

Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL class

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 17, 2013

Students in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project have received the Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. The students project, Language Partners, was one of three entries honored last week from among 188 submitted by organizations in 23 nations. The $30,000 award will be split with two other social justice organizations.

Published Date: May 17, 2013


Ted Underwood, an English professor, says he 'stumbled over' the surprising linguistic divide between literary and non-literary prose through data-mining.

Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English language

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2013

University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, hes now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.

Published Date: May 15, 2013