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Regional planning for residential development is successful only to the extent it aligns with local development priorities, say Arnab Chakraborty and Dustin Allred, University of Illinois researchers in urban and regional planning.

Local development often at odds with regional land use plans, experts say

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 21, 2015

A land use plan adopted for the Sacramento, California, region aimed to get local governments to plan together for development in a way that discouraged sprawl.

Published Date: August 21, 2015


Photo courtesy W. P. Eberhard Eggers Something Beyond, ca. 1972 Lithography Gift of Lloyd E. Rigler 1981-16-78 ' W. P. Eberhard Eggers

New art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 19, 2015

Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27.

Published Date: August 19, 2015


Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor and expert in post-disaster recovery planning, said one positive outcome of the rebuilding process in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago is greater citizen involvement in how decisions are made for the city.

Legacy of Katrina, 10 years later: More citizen involvement in decision-making

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 13, 2015

Robert Olshansky, a University of Illinois professor, head of the department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, closely followed the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the first few years following the hurricane.

Published Date: August 13, 2015


Victoria Stodden, a University of Illinois professor of library and information science, says access to data and computer code used in computational science research will provide credibility for the results and lead to better quality work.

Access to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 10, 2015

Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or her findings, which will eventually form the basis for a scientific paper.

Published Date: July 10, 2015


University of Illinois dance teacher Kemal Nance works with students in his African dance class.

African dance expert uses dance technique to tell the stories of African-American men

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

The dance piece choreographed by Kemal Nance, a lecturer in the University of Illinois Department of Dance, imagines a mythical scenario in which trees are dancing from communal joy. The work – “SHADE! (The Secret Dance of Trees)” – also serves as a metaphor of African-American culture.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


Modernizing Marriage was published in March by Syracuse University Press.

Egypt historical study shows 'traditional' marriage more modern than we think

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 15, 2015

Mention traditional marriage and family and it’s easy to think you’re talking about age-old customs. Those “traditional” ideals and practices, however, are more likely a product of the last two centuries, says a University of Illinois history professor.

Published Date: June 15, 2015


Monster of the Twentieth Century: Ktoku Shsui and Japans First Anti-Imperialist Movement, by Robert Tierney, a University of Illinois professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, includes the first English translation of a work by a Japanese journalist and anarchist who opposed Japans colonialism in the early 20th century.

Book on anti-imperialism in Japan includes first English translation of work by Japanese activist

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 8, 2015

Japan entered a period of colonial expansion in the late 19th century, starting with its annexation of Taiwan in 1895. Within just a few years of this colonial conquest, an anti-imperialism movement began in Japan. One of the key figures in the movement was Kōtoku Shūsui, a journalist and anarchist who wrote a book opposing imperialism and who was executed by the Japanese government in 1911.

Published Date: June 8, 2015


BFA Candidate in Photography Jayme Eng. Rose, 2015. Color photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Krannert Art Museum to showcase student work

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 6, 2015

Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design will display the work of graduating seniors in art and design. The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens May 9, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the East and Gelvin Noel galleries through May 17.

Published Date: May 6, 2015


The co-authors of a report on racism in the classroom at the University of Illinois are, from left, Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of African American studies; Margaret Browne Huntt, a research development specialist, Interdisciplinary Health Wellness Initiative; Stacy Harwood, a professor of urban and regional planning; Moises Orozco, associate director, recruitment and admissions, College of LAS; and Shinwoo Choi, a doctoral student in the School of Social Work.

Report details episodes of racial stereotyping, offers recommendations

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


The murals inside the former site of the U. of I.'s Department of Latina/Latino Studies and the La Casa Cultural Latina, a converted house at 510 E. Chalmers St., Champaign, reflect themes of heritage, social justice and strength. Created in 1974 by alumnus and artist Oscar Martinez and fellow students, the murals will be conserved before the building is razed.

U. of I. campus to support La Casa mural restoration

Author: Mike Helenthal, News Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

The effort to save a group of historic campus murals received a boost last week after officials agreed to help fund the project.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


Grammy Award winners Los Lobos will perform at this years ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

ELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar music

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 20, 2015

The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.

Published Date: April 20, 2015


Stephen Peterson, director of bands at Ithaca College, has been appointed the new director of bands for the University of Illinois. Peterson will oversee all the concert and athletic bands.

Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands program

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 16, 2015

The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.

Published Date: April 16, 2015


U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awards

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2015

Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.

Published Date: April 13, 2015


Researchers found an ancient human skull, left, with modern characteristics, and a human jaw, right, with modern and archaic traits, in the same cave in northern Laos. Both artifacts date to 46,000 to 63,000 years ago.

Two ancient human fossils from Laos reveal early human diversity

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2015

An ancient human skull and a jawbone found a few meters apart in a cave in northern Laos add to the evidence that early modern humans were physically quite diverse, researchers report in PLOS ONE.

Published Date: April 8, 2015


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


Artist William Wegman, a University of Illinois alumnus, works in his studio. Wegmans work includes painting, drawing, photography and video. Hell visit the U. of I. campus on March 5, when hell speak at Krannert Art Museum.

Artist, alumnus William Wegman returns to KAM

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 27, 2015

Artist William Wegman is best known for his photographs of his Weimaraners, but his work also includes painting, drawing and video. Wegman received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1967, and he’ll return to campus next week to speak at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, at 5:30 p.m. March 5.

Published Date: February 27, 2015


Book challengers who seek to restrict access to books in public schools and libraries share many common ideas about how they understand reading and its effect on young people, says library and information science professor Emily Knox.

Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, libraries

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 13, 2015

While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.

Published Date: February 13, 2015


University of Illinois architecture professor Lynne Dearborn is leading a team of researchers considering how aspects of design can lead to a less stressful environment for the occupants of a building. The U. of I. School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, looking at issues of design and health.

U. of I. architecture school joins new consortium on design and health research

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 11, 2015

The University of Illinois School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.

Published Date: February 11, 2015


Christos Tsitsaros, a University of Illinois professor of piano pedagogy, was named 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.

Professor of piano pedagogy wins national composition award

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 2, 2015

Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.

Published Date: February 2, 2015


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


U. of I. has three of top 100 scholarly articles receiving the most attention online in 2014

Author: Jodi Heckel, Arts & Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 22, 2014

In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.

Published Date: December 22, 2014


The title page and engraved portrait from a book from the Rare Book & Manuscript Librarys Cavagna Collection. The book, from 1750, is one of only two known copies. It describes a famous Italian medical malpractice case of the time.

Rare Book & Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian books

Author: The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.

Published Date:December 22, 2014

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.

Published Date: December 22, 2014


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


Gillen DArcy Wood, a professor of English, is the author of Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World, that documents the aftereffects of an 1815 volcanic eruption, the largest in recorded history. In his book, Wood describes the broad-ranging consequences, including climatic cooling, a worldwide cholera pandemic, a boom in opium production and an economic depression in the U.S.

New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impact

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 20, 2014

The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you’re wrong. Wood’s focus is Tambora – a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as “super colossal” on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora’s destructive power.

Published Date: March 20, 2014


Dianne Harris, the director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, will lead a new initiative called Humanities Without Walls, which just received a $3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mellon grant to involve 15 schools and focus on 'Global Midwest'

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 14, 2014

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a consortium of 15 humanities institutes.

Published Date: January 14, 2014


University of Illinois English professor Audrey Petty is the author of High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing.

U. of I. English professor and team document life in Chicago's public housing

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 13, 2013

Growing up in Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, Audrey Petty lived about two miles from the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes. Those 28 high-rises, arranged in horseshoe clusters along the Dan Ryan Expressway, contained more than 4,400 apartments, giving the complex the dubious title of largest public housing development in the nation. But though she could practically see the drab concrete towers from her doorstep, Petty regarded the Robert Taylor Homes as a foreign, mysterious and impenetrable enclave.

Published Date: November 13, 2013


Dan Chaon

Pygmalion Literary Festival reading series starts Sept. 27 in Urbana

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 18, 2013

The popular Pygmalion Music Festival, held annually at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum and other venues in Urbana-Champaign, has added a two-day literary festival this year. Among the writers who will be reading from their works: Matt Bell, the author of “In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods”; Dan Chaon, the author of “Among the Missing” and “You Remind Me of Me”; and James Greer, the author of “Artifical Light,” “The Failure” and “Guided By Voices: A Brief History.”

Published Date: September 18, 2013


Kim Stanley Robinson

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


Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.'s Center for Translation Studies, says the program will offer a new master's program for translators and interpreters.

New master's program at Illinois will train translators and interpreters

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2013

The demand for translators and interpreters is projected to increase by at least 20 percent by the year 2020, and a new program at the University of Illinois will offer a masters degree to equip graduates to fill those jobs. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the U. of I.s Center for Translation Studies, says the program offers both on-campus and online options, and is accepting applications now for courses that will begin in the fall.

Published Date: April 29, 2013


Carol Tilley, a professor of library and information sciences, has found evidence that an anti-comics crusading psychiatrist in the 1950s 'played fast and loose with the data.'

BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industry

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 11, 2013

Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book Seduction of the Innocent, by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.

Published Date: February 11, 2013


Kathleen Graber -- a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip -- will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.

Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poets

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 29, 2013

Kathleen Graber -- a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip -- will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.

Published Date: January 29, 2013


An apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem by Carl Sandburg that addresses the topic of guns has been discovered at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Previously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gun

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 18, 2013

In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled A Revolver, the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburgs archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: January 18, 2013


Guide makes it easier to find the right books to give children

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 27, 2012

Holiday shoppers hoping to please the youngsters on their gift lists can turn to the Guide Book to Gift Books published by the Center for Childrens Books at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 27, 2012


Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University and Duke University Press.

Collaborative journal to be first focused on pre-modern Chinese culture

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 12, 2012

Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University in Beijing and Duke University Press.

Published Date: November 12, 2012


Eleonora Stoppino, a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature, has organized a Dante marathon for Oct. 23. The entire 'Divine Comedy' will be read aloud.

Multilingual 'Divine Comedy' marathon to take place Tuesday at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 19, 2012

England, Greece, heaven, hell, Portugal, Poland, purgatory and Russia all these locales will be on the itinerary Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the Italian studies program at the University of Illinois hosts a Dante marathon. Beginning at 9 a.m., Dantes Divine Comedy will be read aloud, in its entirety, following a tradition that dates back to the first circulation of the 14th-century text in Florence, Italy. In a gesture meant to engage the broader campus community, the reading will involve speakers of more than a dozen languages, ranging from the texts original Italian to Arabic, Catalan, Czech, English, French, Galician, German, modern Greek, Hungarian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Published Date: October 19, 2012


Lecture series at Illinois to explore 'digital divide'

Author: Madeline Ley, News Bureau intern

Published Date:September 13, 2012

Overcoming the disparity of the "digital divide" -- the gap between people who have access to modern technology and those who do not -- is the subject of a lecture series sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: September 13, 2012


Poetry, fiction, global security among topics on MillerComm docket

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 13, 2012

This fall's Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures will look back to the poetry of Yeats and forward to the future of Chinese fiction and the role of engineers and scientists in international security.

Published Date: September 13, 2012


The war and military necessity are what prompted Lincoln to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, says historian Bruce Levine, but the Civil War itself was by then already working to dismantle slavery and upend the southern society built around it.

Emancipation proclamation only one piece in ending slavery, historian says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 12, 2012

The war and military necessity are what prompted Lincoln to issue his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago, says historian Bruce Levine, but the Civil War itself was by then already working to dismantle slavery and upend the southern society built around it.

Published Date: September 12, 2012


Martin E. Marty will deliver the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on April 12.

Martin E. Marty, renowned scholar of religion, to lecture at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes

Published Date:April 2, 2012

Martin E. Marty religion scholar, the author of more than 60 books and recipient of the National Humanities Medal will deliver the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois on April 12 (Thursday). He will speak on the topic, Because I Am a Citizen: Religion and the Common Good in Today's America.

Published Date: April 2, 2012


Two-week intensive foreign language program to be offered in May

Author: Dusty Rhodes

Published Date:April 2, 2012

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics will offer its Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program this summer.

Published Date: April 2, 2012


Tom Easton

Noted journalist to speak at colloquium on Asia role in U.S. economy

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 27, 2012

Tom Easton, an award-winning journalist and the Asia business editor of The Economist, will give the keynote address April 5 (Thursday) at a colloquium on the role Japan and China play in the American economy.

Published Date: March 27, 2012


The American University Meets the Pacific Century Project, a social science research laboratory guided by U. of I. professors, from left, Nancy Abelmann, Soo Ah Kwon, Tim F. Liao and Adrienne Lo.

Project, conference attuned to changing demographics in colleges

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 29, 2012

The memes controversy exemplifies the type of issues that are the focus of the American University Meets the Pacific Century Project a social science research laboratory guided by U. of I. professors Nancy Abelmann (anthropology, Asian American studies, East Asian languages and cultures), Soo Ah Kwon (Asian American studies, human and community development), Tim F. Liao (sociology, statistics) and Adrienne Lo (anthropology).

Published Date: February 29, 2012


Hospital tests reveal the secrets of an Egyptian mummy

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 2, 2011

An ancient Egyptian mummy has had quite an afterlife, traveling more than 6,000 miles, spending six decades in private hands, and finally, in 1989, finding a home at the World Heritage Museum (now the Spurlock Museum) at the University of Illinois. The mummys travels did not end there, however. It has made two trips to a local hospital once in 1990 and again this year for some not-so-routine medical exams.

Published Date: November 2, 2011


A team of medical experts and researchers will present new findings on the Spurlock Museum mummy at a symposium at the museum on Nov. 2. Sarah Wisseman, the director of the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and the author of The Virtual Mummy, led the effort and will introduce the event.

Experts reveal new images, analyses of Spurlock Museum mummy

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2011

The Return of the Mummy: New Imaging Results on the Spurlock Museums Egyptian Mummy will be the most thorough public presentation yet of the many types of evidence collected in 1990 and again in 2011. The symposium will begin at 4 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium of the museum at 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana.

Published Date: October 18, 2011


Initiative to explore perspectives on history, culture of Western Hemisphere

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 8, 2011

The Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois will explore the impact of indigenous poetry on the expressive cultures of the Western Hemisphere with a poetry reading featuring Ins Hernndez-Avila and Heid Erdrich on Tuesday (Sept. 13).

Published Date: September 8, 2011


Rolando Hinojosa-Smith wll be the first writer in the Carr Reading Series, which begins Sept. 14.

Acclaimed University of Texas writer to open reading series at Illinois

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 30, 2011

An author described by The New York Times Book Review as a writer for all readers will open the annual Carr Reading Series. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith who earned his doctorate at the U. of I. in 1969 and is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas in Austin is best known for Klail City Death Trip, which tells the stories of the residents of a fictional Lower Rio Grande Valley county in a series that so far numbers 15 volumes.

Published Date: August 30, 2011


Novelist's 'Luminarium' lighting up the literary atmosphere

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 22, 2011

Luminarium a novel by University of Illinois creative writing professor Alex Shakar already is garnering glowing reviews. It will be released Tuesday (Aug. 23).

Published Date: August 22, 2011


Hola! U. of I. course offers Spanish to young children

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 9, 2011

Parents considering enrolling their young children in after-school piano lessons, ballet classes, gymnastics or martial arts now have another option for enriching their future a Spanish language course. Taught by native or near-native Spanish speakers, the curriculum presents Spanish to children ages 4 through 8 using games, crafts, stories and songs.

Published Date: August 9, 2011


Digitization project yielding searchable texts, preserving original books

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 8, 2011

A large-scale project designed to bring old and often obscure books into the digital age has yielded a surprising bonus at University of Illinois: Not only will the text of the books become fully searchable online, but the original versions the old-fashioned kind a reader can hold are being rescued from the library stacks, repaired and preserved.

Published Date: August 8, 2011


Collaborative Center to make it easier to access knowledge on computers

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 16, 2011

A new research center created by the University of Illinois and Indiana University, along with HathiTrust Digital Repository, will develop software to foster computer access to the growing digital record of knowledge.

Published Date: May 16, 2011


Summer language academy is new option for 4- to 8-year-olds

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 9, 2011

Many parents enroll their young children in piano lessons, ballet class, gymnastics or martial arts, figuring that getting a jump-start on these skills will serve their children later in life. Silvina Montrul suggests that parents consider another option a foreign language course.

Published Date: May 9, 2011


Expert on Islam to deliver annual Thulin lecture April 14

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 29, 2011

John L. Esposito, the author of more than 30 books on the politics of Islam, will speak on The Future of Islam and Muslim-West Relations at the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: March 29, 2011


Early Spring Literary Festival to feature Illinois Poet Laureate

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 3, 2011

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will be among the writers featured at the Early Spring Literary Festival at the University of Illinois March 13-16.

Published Date: March 3, 2011


Collection edited by U. of I. scholar focuses on poetry by American Indians

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 28, 2011

A few years ago, Robert Dale Parker was in a basement library reading microfilm he had ordered from the Library of Congress when he found a trove of poems written by an Ojibwe Indian. The fact that the poems were literate and lyrical pleased Parker, a literary critic, but the fact that they were from 1815 made him ecstatic.

Published Date: February 28, 2011


Full-text search capability not without problems, scholars say

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2011

The ability to search full-text sources is not the magical tool some scholars, laypersons and even some librarians would have us believe, say Kathryn LaBarre and Carol L. Tilley, professors of library and information science at Illinois.

Published Date: February 24, 2011


Events to examine use of films to develop, justify nuclear weapons

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 14, 2011

Atomic Light in the Public Light, is a series of lectures and film screenings beginning Tuesday (Feb. 15) sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. The series examines the use of film as a tool of science and propaganda in national efforts to develop and justify the world's most powerful nuclear weapons.

Published Date: February 14, 2011


Dalkey Archive Press honored by National Book Critics Circle

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 24, 2011

A nonprofit publishing enterprise once described by its founder as a hopelessly quixotic venture has been named recipient of the National Book Critics Circles Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Published Date: January 24, 2011


Spurlock Museum adds to its holdings with major new collection

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 9, 2010

The Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois has made a major addition to its collections with a gift of more than 1,000 artifacts from Africa, Asia and Central America.

Published Date: December 9, 2010


Poet, two authors to lecture during Carr Reading Series at Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 6, 2010

A celebrated poet who spent five years living and working among the Amish and two authors whose work has explored topics ranging from the workings of historical figures' minds to circus life will be the speakers during the Fall 2010 Carr Reading Series on the University of Illinois campus.

Published Date: October 6, 2010


U. of I. scholar chosen to lead Chicago Humanities Festival

Author: Sharita Forrest, Arts Editor

Published Date:October 5, 2010

Matti Bunzl, the director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at Illinois, has been appointed as the next artistic director of The Chicago Humanities Festival, the largest humanities festival in the U.S.

Published Date: October 5, 2010


International conference to focus on translation and humanities

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 30, 2010

About 70 noted scholars and practitioners from around the world will convene at the University of Illinois Oct. 14-16 for an international conference about translation and its effect on the humanities.

Published Date: September 30, 2010


Small sciences could benefit from better data-sharing practices

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:September 20, 2010

The proliferation of scientific research data is creating an urgent situation for organizations and professionals charged with data handling and stewardship, according to new research published by Melissa Cragin, a University of Illinois expert in information science.

Published Date: September 20, 2010


New book examines savagery in colonial Japanese literary works

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 13, 2010

Robert Tierney's new book, Tropics of Savagery: The Culture of Japanese Empire in Comparative Frame (University of California Press), explores the theme of savagery in Japanese literary works during Japans colonial period (1895-1945).

Published Date: September 13, 2010


In memoriam: Dale E. Brashers, communication department head at Illinois

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 8, 2010

Dale E. Brashers, the head of the department of communication at the University of Illinois, died July 5 in his campus office. He was 50 years old.

Published Date: July 8, 2010


Role of religious faith in World War I examined in new book

Author: Sharita Forrest, Arts Editor

Published Date:April 21, 2010

Although World War I has faded from cultural memory, overshadowed by more dramatic and unambiguous conflicts that both preceded and followed it, the Great War continues to shape Americans interpretations of their nation, its war-craft and its soldiers today.

Published Date: April 21, 2010


Online interactions have positive effects for real-life communities

Published Date:April 5, 2010

If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet.

Published Date: April 5, 2010


Deluge of scientific data needs to be curated for long-term use

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2010

With the world awash in information, curating all the scientifically relevant bits and bytes is an important task, especially given digital datas increasing importance as the raw materials for new scientific discoveries, an expert in information science at the University of Illinois says.

Published Date: February 24, 2010


Texting, tweeting ought to be viewed as GR8 teaching tools

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:December 10, 2009

he impact of text messaging on the decline of formal writing among teens has been debated in pedagogical circles ever since cell-phone ownership became an adolescent rite of passage in the mid-2000s. But according to a University of Illinois expert in media literacy, not only are critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation wrong, they also often overlook the bigger role that texting and its distant cousin, tweeting, could play in education and research.

Published Date: December 10, 2009


U. of I. children's book guide offers help to holiday book shoppers

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2009

You dont need to be a bibliophile to know that a book is quite possibly the perfect holiday gift for a child. As any lover of literature knows, books are just as immersive and entertaining as video games, they dont require batteries and wont crash while theyre being used.

Published Date: November 20, 2009


For improving early literacy, reading comics is no child's play

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2009

Although comics have been published in newspapers since the 1890s, they still get no respect from some teachers and librarians, despite their current popularity among adults. But according to a University of Illinois expert in childrens literature, critics should stop tugging on Supermans cape and start giving him and his superhero friends their due.

Published Date: November 5, 2009


English faculty's book output leads department head to blog

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:October 13, 2009

Its harvest time in Illinois. But at the University of Illinois, members of the English faculty have been hard at work in their own field cultivating words and growing the departments reputation all year long.

Published Date: October 13, 2009


New initiative at Illinois to focus on genocide, racism, memory and trauma

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 12, 2009

A new initiative at the University of Illinois will bring together scholars from many disciplines to explore the Holocaust and other genocides as well as racism, memory and trauma. Shimon Attie, a Brooklyn artist famous for his work on Holocaust-related themes, and James E. Young, a leading scholar of Holocaust memorials, will stay at the U. of I. campus as the Krouse Family Visiting Scholars to help kick off the new Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies.

Published Date: October 12, 2009


Visual cultures expert to discuss how arts are influencing globalization

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:October 7, 2009

Irit Rogoff, a professor of visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, will discuss how the arts are influencing globalization and are producing unexpected cultural phenomena and new knowledge during a lecture Thursday (Oct. 8) at Levis Faculty Center at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 7, 2009


Geeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor says

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:March 3, 2009

Despite the increased popularity of geek culture and the ubiquity of computers, the geek’s close cousin, the nerd, still suffers from a negative stereotype in popular culture. This may help explain why women and minorities are increasingly shying away from careers in information technology, says Lori Kendall, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Published Date: March 3, 2009


U. of I. children's books guide offers help to holiday book shoppers

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 20, 2008

Whether you’re looking for a picture book, an age-appropriate nonfiction title or a page-turning thriller, let the 2008 edition of the Guide Book to Gift Books, now available as a downloadable PDF file be your book-buying guide.

Published Date: November 20, 2008


'Digital Dark Age' may doom some data

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:October 27, 2008

What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer’s hard drive? The framed photograph will inevitably fade and yellow over time, but the digital photo file may be unreadable to future computers – an unintended consequence of our rapidly digitizing world that may ultimately lead to a “digital dark age.”

Published Date: October 27, 2008


Obama's success not a sign U.S. has overcome race issue, historian says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 11, 2008

Many have speculated that the election of a black president would signal the arrival of a “post-racial” America, a country moving past its problems of race. But we’ve been here before, says University of Illinois historian David Roediger, the author of several books about race in U.S. history, including one published this month. Many previous events and forces have likewise promised and failed to resolve issues of race in the U.S.

Published Date: September 11, 2008


Language expert's blog gaining -notoriety- popularity as 'go-to site'

Author: Melissa Mitchell

Published Date:June 24, 2008

It may not have the circulation of the Huffington Post – yet – but University of Illinois English and linguistics professor Dennis Baron’s “The Web of Language” is the best-read blog published using software created by the university’s Web Services.

Published Date: June 24, 2008


Book, exhibition explore how English language came into print

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:June 17, 2008

This summer, a new book co-written by a University of Illinois librarian and faculty member is the foundation for an exhibition that explores the early history of the English language and the role that printing played in its development.

Published Date: June 17, 2008


Book focuses on how people of color, women use internet, digital media

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2008

Scholars who study visual culture on the Internet always see more than meets the eye, but one professor has widened her scope even more, trying to adjust the ways the rest of us look at race and gender on the Web – and off.

Published Date: April 23, 2008


Geography students map origin of their own clothes in research project

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 17, 2007

Geography students at the University of Illinois have literally mapped the clothes on their backs to examine regional patterns in apparel manufacturing.

Published Date: December 17, 2007


Bush's public remarks have led to 'post-rhetorical presidency,' scholars say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 17, 2007

As a cautionary tale, the latest issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly could not make better reading for the '08 presidential candidates, blue and red.

Published Date: December 17, 2007


Translation of book about gay life in Europe goes into second printing

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 11, 2007

Within only a few months of its release in English, a university press's exposé of the hidden "queer world" of Europe in the 1920s is going into a second printing.

Published Date: December 11, 2007


U. of I. guide book offers tips on buying books to give to children

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 4, 2007

If the part of your brain that controls gift-book-shopping for children hasn't clicked into gear yet, fear not. Experts in children's literature at the University of Illinois can jump-start the process with a comprehensive list of warm and fuzzy, cool and hip books for any kid on your list.

Published Date: December 4, 2007


Baseball novel explores role of the game in American Indian life

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 8, 2007

The World Series may be over, but the echo of baseball's deep past is very much in the air in LeAnne Howe's new novel, "Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story" (Aunt Lute Books).

Published Date: November 8, 2007


Conference at Illinois to explore African films, filmmaking

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 29, 2007

African films and filmmaking, including Nollywood, the burgeoning film industry in Nigeria, will be the focus of an international conference at the University of Illinois Nov. 8-10.

Published Date: October 29, 2007


New school at Illinois focuses on literatures, cultures and linguistics

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 29, 2007

The University of Illinois has reshaped the study of language, literature and culture on campus by creating a new administrative unit, the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

Published Date: October 29, 2007


Cline Center for Democracy dedication takes place Monday

Author: Roxana Ryan, News Bureau intern

Published Date:October 26, 2007

The dedication of the Cline Center for Democracy will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 29) at the center's new home, 2001 S. First St., Suite 207. The center previously was known as The Center for the Study of Democratic Governance.

Published Date: October 26, 2007


Researchers posit new ideas about human migration from Asia to Americas

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 25, 2007

Questions about human migration from Asia to the Americas have perplexed anthropologists for decades, but as scenarios about the peopling of the New World come and go, the big questions have remained. Do the ancestors of Native Americans derive from only a small number of "founders" who trekked to the Americas via the Bering land bridge? How did their migration to the New World proceed? What, if anything, did the climate have to do with their migration? And what took them so long?

Published Date: October 25, 2007


Speaker series, reading group focus on indigeneity issues

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 4, 2007

Jeff Corntassel will be the next speaker in the "Indigeneity as a Category of Critical Analysis Speaker Series" at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: October 4, 2007


Writers to read from and talk about their work

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 4, 2007

Three award-winning fiction writers - Susan Power, Roy Kesey and Katharine Min - will visit the University of Illinois on Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7, respectively, to read from and talk about their work.

Published Date: October 4, 2007


Award-winning French author to lecture about Proust's mother

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 27, 2007

Evelyne Bloch-Dano, the author of "Madame Proust: A Biography," will give a lecture about her new book Oct. 15 on the U. of I. campus.

Published Date: September 27, 2007


Film looks at librarians as seen through Hollywood's sometimes unfair eyes

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 26, 2007

Hollywood doesn't give librarians much of a break.

Published Date: September 26, 2007


C-Span 2's Book TV Bus to visit U. of I.; book show also taking place

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 18, 2007

The University of Illinois Press is hosting a book show and a book TV bus this month.

Published Date: September 18, 2007


New U. of I. professor to lead nation's premier anthropologists' group

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 7, 2007

Virginia R. Dominguez, recruited as an "excellence hire" by the University of Illinois anthropology department in January, has been elected president-elect of the American Anthropological Association. Her term as president-elect begins Dec. 2; she becomes president in two years.

Published Date: September 7, 2007


'Archaeological Heritage of Illinois' showcases 10,000 years of native life

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 29, 2007

Spectacular items of material culture - some going back more than 10,000 years and all of them made by the Native Peoples who lived on the land that became Illinois - will be on display in an exhibition at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 29, 2007


Library school to lead team that will preserve virtual worlds

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 21, 2007

Who will rescue digital granddaddies such as "Pac-Man" and "Mario" and hundreds of other digital game superheroes from oblivion? Who ultimately will save the creative and popular virtual worlds from (self) destruction?

Published Date: August 21, 2007


Scholars look to Plato's masterpiece for direction in 21st century

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 14, 2007

Overwhelmed by all the chaos - personal or planetary? Then dust off your Plato and put a little cosmology in your life. That's what some top thinkers are doing.

Published Date: August 14, 2007


Restoring, preserving home movies a key goal of 'Home Movie Day'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2007

Those old 8 mm, Super 8 or 16 mm home movies collecting dust in attics and basements across Champaign-Urbana could be valuable sources of history, if they were restored to first-rate condition or preserved.

Published Date: August 2, 2007


U. of I. library blog offers free access to complete works of history

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2007

Blogged your way through the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair lately? How about the history of the Spanish American War in Cuba as seen through the eyes of an African-American physician from Illinois?

Published Date: August 2, 2007


Relational uncertainty sparks negativity in marital conversations

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 25, 2007

Spouses who experience doubts about their marriage, even weak doubts, make pessimistic judgments about their partner's behavior in conversation.

Published Date: July 25, 2007


Latino ballplayers played key role in overcoming game's racial barriers

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 6, 2007

Despite the wealth of information available to them, baseball writers, historians and aficionados somehow have managed to bench one of the game's greatest stories.

Published Date: July 6, 2007


Center for Translation Studies to be established at Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 19, 2007

The University of Illinois is gearing up to build hundreds of new bridges to other countries and cultures - but it won't be using any of the traditional materials of construction.

Published Date: June 19, 2007


Nine languages to be offered during summer African language institute

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 19, 2007

For students of African languages who want an immersive learning experience that also emphasizes the rich, diverse cultures of the African continent, this summer the University of Illinois is where it's at.

Published Date: June 19, 2007


'Up and coming star' librarian to catalog Westminster Abbey books

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 12, 2007

Although he's not yet 25 and has only just entered the profession, Christopher Cook already is regarded as an expert in his trade.

Published Date: June 12, 2007


Wife of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to deliver keynote at U. of I. Summer Lab

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:May 31, 2007

The wife of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn will be the featured speaker at a University of Illinois conference devoted to her husband's contributions to modern Russian literature, history and political life.

Published Date: May 31, 2007


Digital humanities experts from around the world to meet at U. of I.

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 30, 2007

An international who's who of pioneers and practitioners in the field of digital humanities will gather at the University of Illinois for a major conference.

Published Date: May 30, 2007


U. of I. intends to play key role in nationwide digital humanities effort

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 9, 2007

The University of Illinois, home to one of the world's biggest libraries, the nation's top-ranked library and information school, a nascent Center for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, a supercomputing center and key scholars, is poised to become a leader in the effort to "digitize the humanities."

Published Date: May 9, 2007


Conference to explore colorful facets of life in 15th-century England

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 30, 2007

Scholars will gather at the University of Illinois for a conference that will explore some of the spicier aspects of 15th-century England, including saints, sexualities, sieges and sins.

Published Date: April 30, 2007


Exhibit, conference showcase Victorian amusements

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 17, 2007

Despite their reputations for being prudes and their Queen's famous comment to the contrary, Victorian folks could be amused. Quite, in fact.

Published Date: April 17, 2007


Book is first to examine how information age affected Mark Twain

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2007

As many Americans know, Sam Clemens led a rich and complex life - sometimes as Mark Twain, sometimes not. He usually is remembered as a journalist, stand-up comic, world traveler, philosopher, and literary giant.

Published Date: March 15, 2007


U. of I. joins group creating digital book archive accessible to public

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2007

The University of Illinois has joined an alliance of educational institutions, Internet companies and other groups in the U.S. and abroad that is building a massive digital archive of public domain books for universal and free public access.

Published Date: February 20, 2007


Center for Children's Books names Gryphon winner, three 'honor books'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 5, 2007

"The True Story of Stellina,"written and illustrated by Matteo Pericoli, has won the 2007 Gryphon Award for Children's Literature.

Published Date: February 5, 2007


Women have played major role in history -- from the start, authors assert

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 5, 2007

Hold on to your bearskin hats and your macramé snoods, readers: You are in for a wild verbal ride through your deep, deep past.

Published Date: February 5, 2007


New book pays homage to long-neglected American Indian author

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 18, 2007

American literary history is about to change. An early Native American writer who has been a largely forgotten figure is entering the canon and getting the recognition she has long deserved.

Published Date: January 18, 2007


Study finds gender differences related to eating and body image

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 13, 2006

Researchers have discovered a subtle new difference between men and women - this one occurring in the realm of eating.

Published Date: December 13, 2006


Strindberg frustrated by 19th-century gender conventions, scholar says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 7, 2006

Misunderstood genius or misogynist? Playwright or novelist? Alchemist or artist? Beyond being the unquestioned father of modern prose drama, who was the real August Strindberg and what was he really trying to communicate?

Published Date: December 7, 2006


U. of I. guide offers help in choosing gift books for the young

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 5, 2006

If children's books are on your holiday shopping list, but you're already snowed under with shopping, or worse yet, paralyzed by the avalanche of books out there, professional help is on the way.

Published Date: December 5, 2006


Publisher specializing in translations moving to University of Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2006

The leading independent publisher specializing in literary translations of contemporary international titles, mostly fiction, will make its new home at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: December 1, 2006


Assets of recent Mexican immigrants to Chicago detailed in study

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Ediitor

Published Date:November 9, 2006

A new study finds that recent Mexican immigrants in Chicago possess a wealth of artistic, cultural, and networking assets and that those assets contribute to the social, cultural and economic well being of many Chicagoland neighborhoods, organizations and institutions.

Published Date: November 9, 2006


U. of I. conference to examine 'departmentalization' of former colonies

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2006

On the 60th anniversary of the "departmentalization" of four of France's overseas colonies, scholars from across the United States and from abroad are coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore the consequences of this rare form of colonialization.

Published Date: November 1, 2006


U. of I., USC students collaborating on unique archaeology project

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2006

Six students at the University of Illinois are wearing white gloves in class this semester. They're learning to handle issues of age and fragility with aplomb and to make excellent first impressions.

Published Date: November 1, 2006


U. of I.'s top-ranked library school wins distance-learning award

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 16, 2006

The University of Illinois' top-rated library school has won another award for its excellence in online teaching and learning.

Published Date: October 16, 2006


Remains of St. Louis founder's home believed to have been located

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 2, 2006

Archaeologists believe they have found the Illinois home of the founder of St. Louis.

Published Date: October 2, 2006


U. of I. scholar's documentary on American Indians to reach broad audience

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 14, 2006

A professor of American Indian Studies and of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is taking her show on the road quite literally this fall, shifting her venue, if only temporarily, from the classroom to television and movie theaters.

Published Date: September 14, 2006


Some online video games found to promote 'sociability,' researchers say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 16, 2006

Hang in there, parents. There is some hopeful news on the video-gaming front.

Published Date: August 16, 2006


U. of I. Library online users can access booksellers to buy books

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2006

The Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has added a new service.

Published Date: August 1, 2006


Charles Yerkes, telescope benefactor, a stellar scoundrel, author says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 25, 2006

Robber barons apparently didn't come by their titles easily. Just how hard they had to work - on both sides of the law - to hold on to their empires is revealed in a new book about one particularly ingenious and controversial tycoon.

Published Date: July 25, 2006


Grant will improve access to U. of I. Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 21, 2006

A top U.S. rare book and manuscript library has begun taking the embarrassment out of its embarrassment of riches by making all of its collection accessible.

Published Date: June 21, 2006


Chinese librarians coming to U. of I. to study 'library futures'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 13, 2006

There still are many realms where communications between the United States and China are strained or non-existent, but the realm that includes libraries, librarians and librarianship is not among them.

Published Date: June 13, 2006


H.G. Wells' cartoons, a window on his second marriage, focus of new book

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 31, 2006

How does an imaginative but irascible writer - the future author of 100 books and the grandfather of science fiction - thank his literary partner and wife for her steady, selfless and sterling contributions to his career?

Published Date: May 31, 2006


White House rhetoric runs counter to policy realities, speech experts say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2006

President George W. Bush frequently has been criticized for being verbally challenged, but a new rhetorical analysis of the Bush White House, based on the public record, argues that the president and his colleagues have demonstrated an impressive facility with the language.

Published Date: May 15, 2006


U. of I. poet's new collection fetes islands' artists, musicians, shamans

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 28, 2006

In his new volume of poetry, Laurence Lieberman again beckons readers to explore the islands that have bewitched him for more than 40 years.

Published Date: April 28, 2006


Latest mystery novel by archaeologist draws from experiences in Israel

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 7, 2006

A race to find early Christian writings before fanatical groups discover and destroy them, sinister Bedouins and spirited archaeologists, papyrus writings by a "Deborah of Damanhur," one of 12 female apostles of Christ.

Published Date: April 7, 2006


Hit film adaptations for young audiences a 'mixed blessing' expert says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 2, 2006

What's not to like about today's youth films, titles like "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?"

Published Date: March 2, 2006


Research on minority stars for Baseball Hall of Fame a revelatory process

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 21, 2006

One of the 12 people who will vote in a historic special election for Negro League inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 27 says that the research involved in choosing the candidates changed history.

Published Date: February 21, 2006


Grant, gifts enable U. of I. Library to preserve endangered materials

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2006

Thousands of endangered materials spanning at least seven centuries will be rescued at the Library of the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: February 20, 2006


Grant to benefit four Nigerian university libraries

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 6, 2006

Nigerian librarians are wrestling with serious problems - insufficient bandwidth, unstable power and limited access to research materials, but they are about to receive some help thanks to a new grant to the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: February 6, 2006


'Stinky Stern Forever' wins 2006 Gryphon Award for children's literature

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 20, 2006

The winner of the 2006 Gryphon Award for Children's Literature is Michelle Edwards for her easy-to-read book, "Stinky Stern Forever." Edwards also illustrated the book, published last year by Harcourt.

Published Date: January 20, 2006


U. of I. renames rare collection library, creates book-collectors' club

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 17, 2006

The New Year has brought two changes for the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - a name change and the creation of a bibliophiles' club.

Published Date: January 17, 2006


U. of I. guide recommends best children's books

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 14, 2005

Creatures ugly, endearing and dangerously curious, including a monster named "Bobo," a legendary "She" sea spirit and a "Traction Man," are among hundreds of protagonists book experts are recommending kids get to know this year, and they all appear in the 2005 edition of the "Guide Book to Gift Books."

Published Date: December 14, 2005


Priceless baseball volumes returned to U. of I. Library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 7, 2005

The University of Illinois Library got the scholarly equivalent of a grand slam late Tuesday night.

Published Date: December 7, 2005


Priceless 'Black Sox' scandal book missing from library at Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 5, 2005

The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would like to say it ain't so, but it is.

Published Date: December 5, 2005


Technology contributes to scholar's reinterpretation of ancient tablets

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 10, 2005

With the benefit of computer imaging and macro-photography, a scholar who has spent two years studying six fragmented clay tablets from the ancient Canaanite civilization is proposing some new interpretations of the tablets.

Published Date: November 10, 2005


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor gives papers to U. of I. Library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 25, 2005

An author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has given his professional papers to the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: October 25, 2005


Lewis and Clark exhibition examines 'other half of the story,' historian says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 27, 2005

Lewis and Clark traveled 4,000 miles over more than two years on their epic journey west. But, says the curator of a new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of their odyssey, they weren't often blazing trails. Far from it.

Published Date: September 27, 2005


U. of I. granted affiliate status by Smithsonian Institution

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 20, 2005

The 159-year-old Smithsonian Institution has opened its doors - and collections - to a slightly younger cousin across the country.

Published Date: September 20, 2005


Web site provides forum for discussion of Katrina aftemath, how to help

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 9, 2005

Acting out of a sense of both personal trauma and political distress at the scope of the Katrina Hurricane catastrophe and what he calls the "failure of the response," a professor who taught at Tulane University in New Orleans has set up a public online forum to address the disaster.

Published Date: September 9, 2005


TV ads market junk food to kids, new study finds

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 24, 2005

For young Americans, the "food landscape" in television advertising is packed with junk food, according to a new study.

Published Date: August 24, 2005


No strong link seen between violent video games and aggression

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 9, 2005

Results from the first long-term study of online videogame playing may be surprising.

Published Date: August 9, 2005


Teens' use of Internet and online services documented in new book

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 27, 2005

What adults don't know about teens' use of the Internet and other high-tech services could fill a book.

Published Date: July 27, 2005


Trip aims to discover how Russia deals with information-access issues

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 12, 2005

On Friday (July 15) a dozen or so Americans are going to Russia, openly in search of "Soviet secrets and Russian revelations."

Published Date: July 12, 2005


Archaeologist's new mystery novel dug out of real-life work

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 7, 2005

Little did the ancient Egyptians know that the afterlife they were preparing one mummy for would be as a key character in a new mystery novel.

Published Date: July 7, 2005


TV confuses children about which foods are healthy, new study finds

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 6, 2005

Despite - or perhaps because of - the barrage of information about food that they consume while watching television, kids are getting the wrong message about healthy eating.

Published Date: June 6, 2005


Medieval studies librarian to head rare books library at Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2005

Valerie Hotchkiss has been selected to head the Rare Book and Special Collections Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: June 1, 2005


Summer Research Lab to draw scholars from around the world

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2005

As they have each summer since 1973, scholars soon will converge on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from all compass points to participate in the annual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Published Date: June 1, 2005


Writer Andrei Codrescu donates literary works to U. of I. Library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 20, 2005

If it's possible to know a person by the books he reads, patrons of one of the world's largest libraries soon could be on a first-name basis with an award-winning author, commentator and observer-provocateur.

Published Date: May 20, 2005


Scholar: Tourists should reflect on themselves, tourism experience

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 11, 2005

This summer, millions of Americans will morph overnight.

Published Date: May 11, 2005


Excusing military elite in Abu Ghraib scandal part of 'shameful pattern'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 2, 2005

A scholar working on a book about the war in Iraq agrees with a recent Human Rights Watch report that described Abu Ghraib as only the "tip of the iceberg" in terms of U.S. involvement in prisoner abuse.

Published Date: May 2, 2005


Grant will help Mortenson Center at Illinois assist African librarians

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 21, 2005

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a grant that will, through the development of automated systems, assist it in helping African librarians to better serve the research needs of their users.

Published Date: April 21, 2005


Teachers, administrators urging middle schoolers to turn off TV for a week

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2005

Students at Urbana Middle School are being encouraged to turn off their televisions for one week at the end of April. They're also learning how to be wiser about what they watch, with help from teachers, administrators and the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: April 13, 2005


'Little Rat Rides' wins 2005 Gryphon Award for children's literature

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 4, 2005

The winner of the 2005 Gryphon Award for Children's Literature is Monika Bang-Campbell, for her easy-to-read book, "Little Rat Rides" (Harcourt, 2004). Molly Bang illustrated the book.

Published Date: February 4, 2005


Poet's latest collection inspired by paintings of three Caribbean artists

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 2, 2005

Like the mangoes that splash across his beloved spiritual home in the islands of the Caribbean, the poems in Laurence Lieberman's latest collection are colorful, lush, seductive and rich with cultural and restorative qualities.

Published Date: February 2, 2005


Biography of Queen Victoria refutes longstanding misconceptions

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 23, 2004

On the eve of the 103rd anniversary of her death on Jan. 22, the woman whose name defined an age - arguably the most famous woman of modern times - comes to life in a new and myth-shattering biography.

Published Date: December 23, 2004


Literary magazine offers a kaleidoscope of ideas, images and innovations

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 8, 2004

If the second issue of Ninth Letter were candy, it would be a 10-pound box of assorted chocolates.

Published Date: December 8, 2004


Gift-book guide focuses on best books for those 18 years of age and younger

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 7, 2004

A lazy fat cat, a fragrant but soulful garbage truck and sin - in many of its incarnations - are just three of the intriguing subjects explored in the 2004 edition of the "Guide Book to Gift Books," an annual annotated list of recommended books for children.

Published Date: December 7, 2004


'Sex and the City' to be catalyst for study of Caribbean culture, literature

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 4, 2004

First there was "Sex and the City," the television show - a hit and hip cable comedy celebrating women's sexuality and the urban experience. And soon there will be "Sex and the City," the college course - arguably a more cerebral incarnation of the racy and controversial show.

Published Date: December 4, 2004


Study to examine how Korean immigrant families overcome challenges

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 28, 2004

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a multi-year study to learn how Korean immigrant families achieve academic and economic success in the face of the challenges and struggles they encounter in the United States.

Published Date: October 28, 2004


Mellon grant to fund project to develop data-mining software for libraries

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 25, 2004

Using cutting edge "tools of discovery" and a diamond-sharp new process called data-mining, information scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are beginning work that eventually will help scholars carve out new literary knowledge in the works of writers across languages, cultures and time.

Published Date: October 25, 2004


Love for the library revealed in 10 millionth volume

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 3, 2004

A national treasure is adding another gem to its collection

Published Date: October 3, 2004


U. of I. to play lead role in project to preserve digital information

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2004

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been chosen as one of the lead institutions in a massive new Library of Congress project to save at-risk digital materials nationwide.

Published Date: October 1, 2004


Two new books examine history, meaning of roadside signs, parking lots

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2004

Professor John Jakle continues to be a fearless Roads Scholar.

Published Date: September 1, 2004


Journal of Women's History finds new home at University of Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 30, 2004

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the new editorial home of the prestigious Journal of Women's History (JWH).

Published Date: August 30, 2004


Poetry anthology celebrates work of social critic Aaron Kramer

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 23, 2004

Although frequently ignored by the literary establishment during his lifetime, a self-described "peoples' poet" and outspoken-but-loyal critic of the United States is celebrated posthumously in a new anthology of his work.

Published Date: August 23, 2004


Spanish Civil War journalist's papers featured in new library exhibit

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 22, 2004

The Spanish Civil War explodes to life again - in all its heroics and horror - in a new acquisition and exhibit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: July 22, 2004


Library at Illinois working to preserve 125 years of agricultural history

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 19, 2004

Page by page, America's rich agricultural history is being ravaged, not by boll weevils, not by locusts, not by critters of any kind, but by time.

Published Date: July 19, 2004


Grant will save pages of railroad journals in U. of I. library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2004

As most librarians know, time has a way of destroying history. Age can yellow and stain the paper history is written on; it can dry it out and embrittle it; it can tear it, and ultimately reduce it to powder.

Published Date: July 14, 2004


Archaeologists unearthing life of early integrated town in Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2004

Independence Day has taken on new layers of meaning for a team of archaeologists who've been digging in western Illinois this summer.

Published Date: July 1, 2004


Anthology traces life of poet who inspired Harlem renaissance writers

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 16, 2004

Despite his roving bohemian soul, his penchant for abandoning people and places, and his radical politics, which kept him one step ahead of intelligence agents, Claude McKay could not outrun one thing: fame.

Published Date: June 16, 2004


Roger Ebert to donate papers to library at Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2004

Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, will give his papers to his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: April 29, 2004


Writing program at Illinois publishes inaugural issue of literary magazine

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 21, 2004

In the trade, they're often called "little" literary magazines.

Published Date: April 21, 2004


New Sousa archivist revitalizing collection, planning monthlong musicfest

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2004

The John Philip Sousa collection at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is marching to the beat of a different drummer, and by all appearances, it is a quick march.

Published Date: April 13, 2004


Philosophers' new book reflects on Wagner's 'Ring' cycle

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:April 7, 2004

In today's landscape of popular culture - in which Michael Jackson and sister Janet, Britney Spears, and cast members from the latest reality-TV show are the gods and goddesses of the moment - the name Richard Wagner appears on few billboards or marquees.

Published Date: April 7, 2004


History students on last leg of journey to the Middle Ages

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 6, 2004

At a time of year when people are firming up their summer plans, students in a college history course are wrapping up a three-month journey.

Published Date: April 6, 2004


Historian Ira Berlin named Mellon Distinguished Fellow at Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 19, 2004

Ira Berlin, a historian and the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, has been named a Mellon Distinguished Senior Fellow for the spring semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 19, 2004


Author-illustrator wins first Gryphon Award for children's literature

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 19, 2004

The first winner of the new Gryphon Award for Children's Literature is Douglas Florian, for his collection of poetry, "bow wow meow meow: it's rhyming cats and dogs" (Harcourt, 2003).

Published Date: March 19, 2004


Grant to provide for assessment of seven university libraries in Africa

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 17, 2004

International library experts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been awarded a grant that will allow them to work with seven African university libraries.

Published Date: February 17, 2004


Human evolution at the crossroads: Integrating genetics and paleontology

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 16, 2004

Advances in genetics during the last decade not only have influenced modern medicine, they also have changed how human evolution is studied, says an anthropologist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: February 16, 2004


Volume collects lost stories of underground railroad

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 13, 2004

Long-lost stories about one of the most complex, secretive, dangerous and successful collaborations among black freemen, slaves and white abolitionists are told in a new book, "Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad" (Ivan R. Dee).

Published Date: February 13, 2004


Annual annotated guide recommends best books for children

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 4, 2003

Two chatty critters and one very verbal vehicle - that is, a wolf who cried "boy," a worm who kept a diary and a garbage truck who talked and talked and talked - are among the protagonists, probable and less so, who made it into this year's "Guide Book to Gift Books," an annual annotated list of recommended books for children.

Published Date: November 4, 2003


Where do you put 10 million books? Construction of library warehouse under way

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 14, 2003

One would expect the library of the future to look moderately, perhaps even extremely, different from its current incarnation.

Published Date: October 14, 2003


Conference to focus on path-breaking Chinese filmmakers

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 26, 2003

A conference focusing on the Shaw Brothers Studio, a path-breaking filmmaking enterprise that was founded in Shanghai, and later based in Singapore and Hong Kong, runs Oct. 2-4 (Thursday through Saturday) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: September 26, 2003


'Death course' to study memorials at World Trade Center, elsewhere

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2003

Professor Helaine Silverman's "death course" will have a new twist this semester.

Published Date: September 1, 2003


Web site covers roots of war, its aftermath and political fallout

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

What began in April as a simple Web site to provide background information for a campus forum on the war in Iraq, is today a rich blueprint for tracing the war, the peace and the complex aftermath, including the basis for those "16 words" about uranium and Africa that President Bush and the world have been buzzing about.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


Holocaust book examines theoretical responses to Nazi genocide

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

A giant of a book has just joined a crowded field - a field that already enjoys, according to its editors, "a vast range and profound depth of contributions that continues to grow exponentially."

Published Date: August 1, 2003


Letters between Sandburg and sailor inspired both men's writing

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

Certainly few literary correspondences more movingly trace the friendship between a mentor and a protégé than that of Carl Sandburg and Kenneth MacKenzie Dodson. The letters glow with the details of a quick, deep relationship set against the backdrop of World War II and based on mutual awe for each other-s work - and code of ethics.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


New technique helps solve mystery of ancient figurines

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

Thanks in part to new spectroscopic technology, researchers have solved a great mystery concerning some of North America's oldest pieces of sculpture.

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Priceless documents from Italian collection 'going home'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

As scholars know so well, special collections have a funny way of winding up half a world away from where they originated. Which is why, for example, the papers of the late British novelist Rebecca West are at the University of Tulsa, and those of her fellow countryman and lover, the late novelist H.G. Wells, are at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: June 1, 2003


Book revisits Watergate, Nixon and his effort to control media

Author: Craig Chamberlain, News Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

Thirty years ago this month, the nation's attention was riveted on the Watergate hearings in the U.S. Senate, and the testimony there would help bring down a president.

Published Date: June 1, 2003


Historian rejects notion that technology is paramount in war

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

In his new book about battle, a military historian may surprise, even shock, some readers - including top members of the military and the Bush administration - with some of his claims and rejections. It is fair to say that he goes into battle against some current sacred cows.

Published Date: June 1, 2003


Grant allows Library to identify, save historical newspapers

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2003

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is both finding and making news.

Published Date: May 1, 2003


New prize to recognize best books for 'transitional readers'

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2003

Like the fictional ugly ducking, there is an area of literature for children that has been overlooked. In the trade, that area is called "transitional reading."

Published Date: May 1, 2003


Newspapers fanned national tensions fueling Civil War

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2003

Historians keep an assortment of theories in their toolboxes to explain the causes of major events - Marxism, the "Cyclical Theory," the "Great Man Theory," among them.

Published Date: May 1, 2003


Newspaper Library's grand opening in new location set for Wednesday

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 28, 2003

After many decades of operating out of modest quarters in a remote, cramped, low-ceilinged part of a basement, one of the world's largest libraries of its kind is moving up in the world - into a large and totally remodeled space.

Published Date: April 28, 2003


Equipment allows patrons to examine rare materials safely

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2003

The problem has long vexed librarians: How do you give scholars and other patrons free reign to use old, precious and rare materials without taking the chance that they will damage them through use or, worse yet, carelessness?

Published Date: April 1, 2003


IBM's high-tech gift helps provide access to rare, fragile library materials

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 21, 2003

The problem has vexed librarians for centuries: How do you give patrons free reign to use precious and rare materials without taking the chance that they will damage them through normal use or carelessness?

Published Date: March 21, 2003


Authors detail first fully factual account of slaves' revolt

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

The often-mythologized tale of one slave's struggle for freedom has only now - 163 years later - been stripped of its many fictions.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


High-tech examination of mummy detailed in new book

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Now there was an autopsy - one even the clever medical examiners of "CSI," television's prime-time hit show, haven't yet attempted.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Long-lost antebellum novel of botched Cuba raid found

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

One of America's most disastrous - and unauthorized - military campaigns was chronicled, oddly enough, in a historical novel written by a femme fatale/Southern Belle.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


U.S., France assimilated Jews in different ways, book says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities & Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Consider two countries - both caught in the vise grip of revolution, both grappling with standards of citizenship and minority populations challenging those standards. One country has democratic/liberal pretensions, the other, authoritarian tendencies.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Book censorship is focus of library exhibit

Author: Andrea Lynn , Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 17, 2002

What do Madonna and the Bible have in common? What about the French poet Charles Baudelaire and the boxing legend Muhammad Ali?

Published Date: December 17, 2002


Examination of ancient Peruvian sites challenges current theories

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Sites once occupied by the ancient people who created some of the pre-Columbian world���s most exquisite art, largest ground drawings, most ingenious hydraulic engineering and most intense "trophy hunting" of human heads, are identified and explored in a new book.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Experts' online guide offers help in picking right book for a child

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Books make great gifts for kids, no doubt about it. But, how do you decide which book would be good for the child or children on your list?

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Experts' online guide offers help in picking right book for a child

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Books make great gifts for kids, no doubt about it. But, how do you decide which book would be good for the child or children on your list?

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Non-invasive tools key to first mapping of early Louisiana culture

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Archaeologists have hit pay dirt at Poverty Point, La.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Two-time Nobel winner not stereotypical 'genius,' biographers say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Americans take verbal shortcuts to say someone is intellectually underwhelming -- he's no brain surgeon ... no rocket scientist ...no Einstein.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Two-time Nobel winner not stereotypical 'genius,' biographers say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Americans take verbal shortcuts to say someone is intellectually underwhelming -- he's no brain surgeon ... no rocket scientist ...no Einstein.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Guide to children's books makes gift-giving easier

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 4, 2002

Books make great gifts for kids - no doubt about it.

Published Date: November 4, 2002


Essays examine enduring fascination with French novelist

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Although notoriously impenetrable to the common reader, the French novelist Marcel Proust has somehow managed to infiltrate many popular cultures over the decades since his death in 1922. He even got into a recent episode of the hit TV drama "The Sopranos."

Published Date: November 1, 2002


Innovative course to use technologies to study knowledge networks

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Talk about a trip!

Published Date: November 1, 2002


Writer once considered run for the presidency, document reveals

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

As many people learned in school, Carl Sandburg considered himself a "Poet of the People."

Published Date: November 1, 2002


Bush doctrine 'betrays America's ideology,' historian argues

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2002

Before the United States attacks Iraq, Americans should consider the principle the Bush administration is using as it moves closer to war, because "It is hard to grasp and impossible to exaggerate how novel, sweeping, dangerous, and subversive of world order and peace that principle is," a historian says.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


U.S. war with Iraq would come at a high price, scholars say

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2002

War with Iraq would be costly - in any number of ways, two historians say.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


Anthology focuses on American poetry about the Spanish Civil War

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2002

Why have so many American writers remained obsessed with a war that ended 60 years ago? And why does their story suddenly seem so relevant today? A new anthology gathers this history together and provides the answers.

Published Date: September 1, 2002


Anthology focuses on American poetry about the Spanish Civil War

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2002

Why have so many American writers remained obsessed with a war that ended 60 years ago? And why does their story suddenly seem so relevant today? A new anthology gathers this history together and provides the answers.

Published Date: September 1, 2002


Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2002

Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village. The discovery near Shiloh - about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis - challenges previous notions of the area's first people and adds a piece to the puzzle that was Cahokia, a huge "mother culture" that suddenly appeared, and just as suddenly vanished, leaving only traces of its majesty and meaning in the 11th century.

Published Date: September 1, 2002


Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2002

Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village. The discovery near Shiloh - about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis - challenges previous notions of the area's first people and adds a piece to the puzzle that was Cahokia, a huge "mother culture" that suddenly appeared, and just as suddenly vanished, leaving only traces of its majesty and meaning in the 11th century.

Published Date: September 1, 2002


Book explores concept of whiteness and racial complexion of America

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2002

Probing deep and wide, in original directions and in ideas drawn from the latest scholarship on "whiteness," the author of a new book explores the racial complexion of America.

Published Date: July 1, 2002


American household a 'point of global encounter,' scholar says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

The home has been imagined variously in modern times as everything from a castle to a money pit, a hat rack to a place where buffalo roam.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Origin of bipedalism seems most closely tied to environmental changes

Author: Andrea Lynn, HumanitiesEditor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

During the past 100 years, scientists have tossed around a great many hypotheses about the evolutionary route to bipedalism, and what inspired our prehuman ancestors to stand up straight and amble off on two feet.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Book looks at how female writers of 19th century promoted sciences

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2002

Coleridge must not have been paying attention, for in the 19th century, poetry actually promoted the sciences. Poetry by women, that is.

Published Date: April 1, 2002


Book looks at how female writers of 19th century promoted sciences

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2002

Coleridge must not have been paying attention, for in the 19th century, poetry actually promoted the sciences. Poetry by women, that is.

Published Date: April 1, 2002


Course has students, teachers re-examining cultural perspectives

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2002

A college literature course that rose from the ashes of Sept. 11 is sparking heated debate - not only about the unprecedented acts of terrorism on U.S. soil, but also about the current violence in the Middle East and about the response of the West, the media and historians.

Published Date: April 1, 2002


Book documents ordinary Russians' feelings during 1917 uprising

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2002

Rarely in history has the dissent of the lower classes been more vocal than in Russia in 1917. Yet that outrage has remained silent and inaccessible to successive generations.

Published Date: March 1, 2002


Book traces far-reaching influence of 18th century seamstresses

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2002

Conjure up an image of an 18th-century Frenchwoman, and what do you see? Marie Antoinette, perhaps, dressed in an elaborately pouffed and layered gown of silk, its edges embellished with ribbons and lace, both the bodice and hemline dangerously low.

Published Date: March 1, 2002


Rethinking the role of affiliation and aggression in primate groups

Author: Andrea Lynn, HumanitiesEditor

Published Date:February 15, 2002

One of the fundamental assumptions about primates is under attack.

Published Date: February 15, 2002


Book captures drama, tension underlying black rescue unit

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

It becomes clear early into "Fire on the Beach," the new history of the only all-black maritime lifesaving crew in the United States, that the "fire" in the title is a metaphor.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


Course studies 'Rings' trilogy, 'grandfather of modern fantasy writing's

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

It was "bound" to happen. Hobbits have hit the halls of ivy.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


Photographic exhibition an interpretation of Anasazi tribal life

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

To the casual observer, Robert Mooney's photographic exhibition at the University of Illinois' I space gallery in Chicago may appear to be a technically well-crafted set of images reflecting the pristine landscape of national-park lands in the American Southwest.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


Despite bizarre goings-on, writers' colony spawned successful authors

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2002

A new book of previously unpublished writings details daily life at one of the weirdest creative writers' colonies ever to operate in the United States - or perhaps anywhere.

Published Date: February 1, 2002


New biography on H.G. Wells focuses on late-life loves

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:December 20, 2001

That H.G. Wells' intelligence was rivaled only by his appetite for women has never been a secret.

Published Date: December 20, 2001


Abelard-Heloise letters written by the two lovers, scholar asserts

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

The ayes have won another vote in the hotly contested scholarly debate over the authorship of a set of medieval love letters.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Wine-botle shard provides long-sought proof of old French site

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities/Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

Finally. The site of a well-documented but long-lost 18th century French frontier village has been found in a former city neighborhood of Peoria, Ill.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


UI Arabic language program growing, now includes online component

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

Oddly enough, one of the fastest growing Arabic language programs in the United States isn't in a metropolis, but rather, at a university in the rural Midwest.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


UI Arabic language program growing, now includes online component

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

Oddly enough, one of the fastest growing Arabic language programs in the United States isn't in a metropolis, but rather, at a university in the rural Midwest.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Scholar: Fundamentalism results from clash of past and Western culture

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

Since Sept. 11, Americans have been inundated with images: the crumbling twin towers of the World Trade Center; the FBI's 22 most-wanted terrorists; Osama bin Laden on videotape.

Published Date: November 1, 2001


Standard Islamic teaching prohibits terrorism, scholar says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

When she meets her students in Religion 110 - a survey course on world religions - in mid-November, Valerie Hoffman, an authority on Islamic thought, will address issues raised by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But then Hoffman, a professor of religious studies at the University of Illinois, has "always addressed the linkage of Islam with violence - whether that linkage is real or imagined - in one form or another ever since I started teaching."

Published Date: November 1, 2001


attle in Afghanistan would be new kind of conflict, historian says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2001

Pearl Harbor has been invoked repeatedly as a parallel to the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center: It was a sneak attack on Americans and eventually will provoke a military response. But one historian sees another connection.

Published Date: October 1, 2001


Anthology highlights diversity of 20th century Illinois poets

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

A new book of poetry hopes to put Illinois on the map of 20th century poetry.

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Book focuses on poetry of American left and what can be learned from it

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

After a century of nearly complete scholarly silence about the poetry of the American left, scholars are now giving this revolutionary literature its due.

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Discovery of ax heads furthers understanding of Cahokian society

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

A team of archaeologists, including students, working under a blazing summer sun on a high hill near O'Fallon, Ill., have made a rare find.

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Six letters show French novelist to be an obsessive editory of own copy

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

To say that the French novelist Marcel Proust was attentive to every detail of publishing his great work, "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu" ("In Search of Time Lost"), is a bit of an understatement.

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Artifact analyses dispute assumptions about a prehistoric society

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2001

Fragments of red stone artifacts - bits of smoking pipes, decorative ear lobe spools and a figurine, all plucked out of rich prehistoric soil in the U.S. Midwest - used to tell one story about the complex culture and the ancient people who left them behind. Now they tell another.

Published Date: August 1, 2001


Soil suggests early humans lived in forests instead of grasslands

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 11, 2001

Carbon isotope evidence in almost 6-million-year-old soils suggests that the earliest humans already were evolving in - and likely preferred - humid forests rather than grasslands, report a team of scientists working in Ethiopia.

Published Date: July 11, 2001


Volume fetes historian, illuminates 19th & 20th century England

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

Thanks to a new book of essays in honor of a living eminent historian of Victorian Britain, readers can trace the modern department store to the expansive, elaborate and sometimes ethereal market halls of Liverpool and Leeds, built in 1822 and 1857, respectively.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


Russian librarians, government officials visit counterparts in Illinois

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2001

Library directors and regional government officials from across Russia currently are meeting with their U.S. counterparts in several Illinois towns and cities. The group's two-week immersion in U.S. library and local government management, which began May 11, is a first step in a major Russian-American effort to begin expanding Russia's book-oriented public libraries into active information centers.

Published Date: May 15, 2001


Book examines quirky writers' colony that nurtured James Jones

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2001

Perhaps the strangest creative writers' colony ever to operate in the lower 48 was more a prison than a haven, its director more a warden than a muse.

Published Date: May 1, 2001


Scholar says Indian reformers' outspokenness saved native cultures

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

Historian Frederick Hoxie introduces his new volume of writings from early American Indian reformers with a startling statement: "Of all the myths that distort our understanding of the Native American experience, none is more powerful than the belief that the rise of the modern United States caused the destruction of the Indians' culture."

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Three educator-scholars from Russia's Hermitage Museum to visit campus

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2001

Central Illinois residents will get a rare glimpse of the collections of Russia's Hermitage Museum this month, without having to travel halfway around the world to do so.

Published Date: March 12, 2001


Illinois establishes MFA in creative writing

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2001

An advanced creative writing program has been established in the American heartland. Rooted in the rich prairie soil - as is Iowa's famed writers' workshop, the new University of Illinois program will offer, its planners say, another first-rate opportunity for the nation's most promising writers.

Published Date: March 12, 2001


Expert proposes new ideas about technology and evolution

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2001

What distinguished near-modern humans from their predecessors 300,000 years ago, it is widely believed, was their ability to make and use complex tools, but there is no consensus among experts about how this dazzling leap in technology influenced human evolution.

Published Date: March 1, 2001


Literary wit -- its history, meaning and usage -- focus of new book

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2001

If wit is, as Mark Twain said, the poor cousin of humor, then that cousin is now in debtors' prison. Sure -- the quip is still revered in conversation, but in literature, wit gets no credit or respect.

Published Date: March 1, 2001


Internet site is exhaustive Web resource for modern U.S. poetry

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

Even if you're a castaway, you're not lost -- intellectually speaking. You now have MAPS -- a new aid for surveying and navigating the world of modern American poetry.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Oprah is course focus and jumping off point for study of race issues

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

She seems to be everywhere -- in magazines, on television, the silver screen, the Internet. She also seems to own everything -- her own television show, cable TV network, entertainment group, magazine, book club. And now she has yet another venue: the college classroom.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


People get more 'top' news in print than by computer, study shows

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

A new study confirms what many experts have long suspected about how people use Internet news sites: Online readers tend to avoid -- and insulate themselves from -- the goings-on in the larger world around them.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Holiday customs have been under attack for centuries, scholar says

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

A quick holiday quiz: Name one ancient yet abiding Christmas tradition. If you answered "attacking the institution of Christmas," you would be right.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


New book pairs slave-rebellion stories by Douglass, Melville

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2000

Perhaps one day the American slave ship Creole will become as famous as the Spanish ship Amistad, and Madison Washington, the African-American slave who led the rebellion on the Creole, will be as well known as Cinque, the African slave who led the revolt on the Amistad.

Published Date: August 1, 2000


No simple story behind American Indian on new dollar coin

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2000

The United States has a new dollar coin, and a hip George Washington is making the pitch for it on television.

Published Date: June 1, 2000


New volume intertwines Caribbean mythology and reality

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

In his new volume of poetry, "Flight From the Mother Stone," Laurence Lieberman turns once again to the rich mythology of his spiritual home, the Caribbean Islands -- an enchanted realm, indeed, where humans and beasts slip in and out of supernatural acts as if they're molting, and where even daily life offers myriad opportunities for magic, metamorphosis, rebirth.

Published Date: May 1, 2000


Students to live other nations' histories, from classical period to today

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

This summer, the history department at the University of Illinois won't just be teaching history, it will be making it, by sending four groups of professors and students abroad -- to Cuba, France, India and Russia --? and in the process doubling its typical summer overseas course offerings.

Published Date: May 1, 2000


UI Classics Library receives NEH grant to microfilm works

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 17, 2000

A collection of rare, priceless and perishable 19th century European dissertations and other short scholarly works on Latin and Greek literature, history and civilization, will get a new life - and a wider readership - thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the University of Illinois Classics Library.

Published Date: April 17, 2000


Proust symposium to draw scholars from around the world

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

When 60 scholars from around the world arrive in mid-April at what for them will be a new landscape -- the University of Illinois -- it's likely they'll know who once wrote, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Geological origins of ancient figures yield clues to Cahokian society

Author: James Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2000

Nearly 1,000 years before St. Louis became known as the Gateway to the West, another expanding culture had created a major ceremonial mound complex that is now called Cahokia. By all accounts, Cahokia was huge, consisting of hundreds of platform mounds, supported by a population numbering in the thousands. At issue, however, has been whether Cahokia was part of a regional trade network that stretched from the Great Plains to the South Atlantic.

Published Date: March 1, 2000


Soap-opera scripts, a window on 'cultural myths,' given to library

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2000

Showcases that typically display rare and priceless Bibles now are featuring scriptures of another kind -- the scripture according to daytime television.

Published Date: March 1, 2000


Factors controlling immigrants' second language ability identified

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

If 6-year old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez were to settle permanently in the United States, by the time he reached adulthood, he would relate his horrific ordeal in fluent English. Elian's fluency primarily would be a result of sociological opportunities (length of residence in the United States and educational attainment) and maturational constraints tied to age at onset of language learning -- in his case, as a young child.

Published Date: February 1, 2000


Ice Age clothing said to be more advanced than previously thought

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

Archaeologists have discovered what the well-dressed Ice Age woman wore on ritual occasions. Her outfit, however, including accessories, doesn't resemble anything Wilma Flintstone ever wore, or, for that matter, any of our carved-in-stone conceptions of "paleofashion."

Published Date: February 1, 2000


Modern poetry anthology features lesser known artists as well as icons

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

Cary Nelson expects to catch some flak for his new "Anthology of Modern American Poetry" (Oxford), but he doubts anyone will accuse him of taking the easy way out. Rather, the avowed maverick clearly has taken the road less traveled.

Published Date: February 1, 2000


Polynesia explorers created worldwide web of scientific knowledge

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 7, 0200

Scientific travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries led waves of daring expeditions into Polynesia, netting oceans of discoveries about its geography, flora and fauna and people.

Published Date: August 7, 0200