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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