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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


Websites geared toward older adults are providing this population with new opportunities to discuss and explore their sexuality, according to a netnography co-written by Liza Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.

Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sex

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:June 10, 2015

Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.

Published Date: June 10, 2015


A 1922 clash between Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson, both celebrated thinkers of the early 20th century, caused a split between science and the humanities that has never healed, says science historian Jimena Canales, in a new book.

Science historian writes about Einstein and his most dangerous critic

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 26, 2015

Two of the 20th century’s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. Their dispute, before a learned audience, was about the nature of time – mostly in connection with Einstein’s most famous work, the theory of relativity, which marks its centennial this year.

Published Date: May 26, 2015


Our images of journalists, both good and bad, likely come from portrayals in popular culture as much as from what journalists actually do, says University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich, who co-wrote a book on the subject with USC journalism professor Joe Saltzman

Popular images of journalists have changed little over a century, says new book

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2015

If you think reporters are scoundrels, you might point to popular culture. If you think they’re heroes, you might do the same.

Published Date: April 23, 2015


Illinois colonial history is a distinctive one, says University of Illinois historian Robert Morrissey in a new book. The French who settled there found a mutual self-interest with the Illinois Indians, forming not only alliances but mixed-race communities. They often worked against the goals of the French empire.

Historian's tale of colonial Illinois about collaboration rather than conquest

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2015

Illinois has an early colonial history that’s easily forgotten, or boiled down to just the explorers Marquette and Jolliet and a few French fur traders.

Published Date: April 23, 2015