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This photo of a 30-something Abraham Lincoln, the earliest portrait of the future president, brought a flood of letters to the magazine that first published it, three decades after Lincolns death. Communication professor Cara Finnegan explores their responses, and what they say about how we interpret photos, as part of a new book.

Expert: How we view Lincoln may say more about us than him

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 2, 2015

Americans see a lot of Abraham Lincoln – on our money, in advertising, in photos and films. It’s easy to think we know the guy. But what we see in Lincoln may say more about us and our times than about him, said University of Illinois communication professor Cara Finnegan.

Published Date: April 2, 2015


The colors in a painting of parakeets inspired this floral arrangement at the 2009 Petals & Paintings exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.

Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiser

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2015

Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.

Published Date: April 1, 2015


Opening night also will include a tribute to the late Harold Ramis, comedy film writer and director.

'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, Jason Segel as guest

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 26, 2015

“The End of the Tour,” a new film about a journalist’s five insightful days with “Infinite Jest” author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.

Published Date: March 26, 2015


BASETRACK Live tells the story of Marines stationed in Afghanistan and the impact of their deployment and return home on them and their families. The multimedia theatrical production comes to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 18.

Multimedia show coming to Krannert Center tells story of impact of war on Marines, families

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2015

A multimedia production tells the story of U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan – not just the stresses they face from fighting a war, but also the emotional toll on their families and the struggles to readjust when veterans return home. “BASETRACK Live,” a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families, will come to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 18.

Published Date: March 12, 2015


The Dumbells, Third Canadian Divisional Concert Party, rehearsing in a field in France in 1917.

Symposium looks at music and the Great War

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 2, 2015

A two-day symposium hosted by the University of Illinois School of Music will look at creative responses to World War I, starting with the musical interpretations of the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Published Date: March 2, 2015