blog postsHumanitiesArtsFive Illinois faculty awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2015 1:00 pm4854 views Five University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2016 – the second year in a row that the Urbana campus has garnered more of these awards than any single institution.Expert ViewpointsHealthHumanitiesWhat does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am3859 views With its easy-to-miss symptoms and link to birth defects, the Zika virus is very similar to German measles (rubella), according to history professor Leslie ReaganSocial SciencesHumanitiesPolice Training Institute challenges police recruits' racial biasesAug 1, 2016 9:15 am3349 views In early 2014, months before the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement got its start, Michael Schlosser, the director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, began offering police recruits classes that challenged their views about race and racism, introduced them to critical race theory and instructed them in methods to de-escalate potentially volatile encounters with members of minority groups.HumanitiesOnline interactions have positive effects for real-life communitiesApr 5, 2010 9:00 am2915 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.CampusHumanitiesThe back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2501 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.CampusHumanitiesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesSix Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2475 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.AnnouncementsHonorsHumanitiesSocial SciencesTwo Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1665 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Humanities$1 million Mellon grant to help humanities scholars explore digital publishing optionsOct 1, 2015 2:15 pm1593 views A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.CampusHonorsHumanitiesLife SciencesUrbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1578 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.HumanitiesRole of religious faith in World War I examined in new bookApr 21, 2010 9:00 am1498 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HumanitiesHumanities Without Walls initiative receives $4.2 million Mellon grant renewalDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1368 views The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $4.2 million grant renewal from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its Humanities Without Walls initiative.HumanitiesBiography of Queen Victoria refutes longstanding misconceptionsDec 23, 2003 9:00 am1284 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesAgricultureHumanitiesStudy rewrites early history of corn in corn countryFeb 14, 2017 8:15 am1210 views A new study contradicts decades of thought, research and teaching on the history of corn cultivation in the American Bottom, a floodplain of the Mississippi River in Illinois. The study refutes the notion that Indian corn, or maize, was cultivated in this region hundreds of years before its widespread adoption at about 1000 A.D.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball documentary ‘Playing America’s Game’ to premiere May 21 on BTNMay 11, 2016 11:45 am1136 views The history of Latinos in baseball is the subject of a new documentary, “Playing America’s Game,” which premieres Saturday, May 21, on the Big Ten Network. A production of BTN and the University of Illinois, the film profiles U. of I. history professor Adrian Burgos Jr., a leading expert on Latino baseball history.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesHow has Twitter changed news coverage?Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am1097 views A Minute With...™ Alecia Swasy, professor of business journalismHumanitiesProject will help researchers explore big data in HathiTrust digitized libraryFeb 23, 2016 9:45 am1089 views A project of the HathiTrust Research Center – a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University – aims to find new ways to use computational tools and allow humanities scholars to analyze large numbers of books while still respecting copyright laws.Social SciencesHumanitiesBritish Empire was a world of trouble, says historian in a new bookSep 28, 2015 11:15 am1078 views The British Empire was not the model of peace and stability, the “Pax Britannica,” as it’s often portrayed. Dissent and disruption were the rule, not the exception, according to Antoinette Burton, in her new book "The Trouble With Empire."HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian’s new book tells neglected history of black gay menMar 15, 2016 9:45 am1052 views Black gay men were largely missing in both black and gay history, so Kevin Mumford, who specializes in both, set out to tell their story. “I wanted to reclaim a history that had been washed over, that had been overlooked,” said Mumford, a University of Illinois history professor. He wanted to show how “black gay lives matter.”Social SciencesHumanitiesIllinois Indians made a bid for power in early America, based on bison and slaveryDec 22, 2015 10:00 am1024 views Most historical accounts describe the Illinois Indians of the late 1600s as a weak and beleaguered people, taking refuge in a settlement 80 miles southwest of present-day Chicago. The reality, however, is quite different, argues University of Illinois history professor Robert Morrissey, in the December issue of the Journal of American History. The Illinois, he says, were making “perhaps the most remarkable bid for power in 17th century native North America.”HumanitiesUniversity of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing networkMar 13, 2017 10:30 am871 views The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet. The publishing network is a network of open-access scholarly publications and publishing infrastructure and resources.HumanitiesCampusSocial SciencesBrazilian studies gets broad attention at IllinoisJul 29, 2016 3:45 pm854 views Think Brazil and you might think beaches, rain forest, the 2016 Olympics – all far removed from central Illinois. Yet the University of Illinois is perhaps the most comprehensive center of Brazilian studies in the U.S.HumanitiesIllinois Data Bank provides storage, access to research data of Illinois facultyAug 30, 2016 10:45 am849 views The University of Illinois has developed a repository that stores the data of Illinois researchers and provides access to it for other researchers who want to use the data in their own analyses.ArtsHumanitiesBAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am839 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HumanitiesIllinois religion professor looks at Jewish theology of protest in new bookSep 23, 2016 10:00 am812 views A new book, “Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism,” by University of Illinois religion professor Dov Weiss, is the first comprehensive academic look at the Jewish tradition of protes.HumanitiesFor improving early literacy, reading comics is no child's playNov 5, 2009 9:00 am772 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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 children's literature, critics should stop tugging on Superman's cape and start giving him and his superhero friends their due.Social SciencesEducationHumanitiesWebsite promotes global democracy education with insights from prominent peace activistsJan 25, 2016 11:15 am722 views The Egyptian protesters of the Arab Spring had numbers, excitement and social media, but they could not make democracy happen. Linda Herrera thinks one reason is that they did not know how. She’s hoping to help change that with a new educational website in five languages, featuring two prominent peace activists: Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi.HumanitiesU.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to visit campusApr 19, 2016 9:00 am704 views Juan Felipe Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate and the first Latino to receive the country’s highest honor in poetry, will speak at the University of Illinois on April 28.HumanitiesH.G. Wells' cartoons, a window on his second marriage, focus of new bookMay 31, 2006 9:00 am671 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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?ArtsHumanitiesIllinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm615 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.HumanitiesNEH Chairman William Adams coming to campus as part of 50th anniversary of NEHOct 22, 2015 10:00 am611 views The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, will speak on the University of Illinois campus on Oct. 29 as part of events marking the 50th anniversary of the NEH.CampusAnnouncementsArtsHumanitiesBox office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am590 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.CampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am568 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.HumanitiesPulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills to give Thulin Lecture in ReligionApr 13, 2016 8:30 am547 views Garry Wills, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian, will examine the role of human beings on the planet when he delivers the Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on April 21.HumanitiesLawSocial SciencesU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am537 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.HumanitiesSocial SciencesHistorian finds a frail humanity in personal accounts of life under Nazi occupationOct 17, 2016 10:45 am534 views World War II in Europe was an assault on civilians even more than a clash of arms. Civilians were uprooted, enslaved and massacred under a long Nazi occupation. So how did these civilians come to grips with the cruelty and violence all around them? University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche “listened in” on their wartime talk by way of diaries, letters and other first-person accounts and describes what he found in a new book.HumanitiesResearch group tells the stories of hidden histories on the University of Illinois campusApr 21, 2016 11:15 am517 views A public history project at the University of Illinois is exploring the hidden and forgotten stories of social movements on campus and in the community.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesWhat the true story of the Essex - the inspiration for 'Moby-Dick' - teaches us todayDec 9, 2015 9:30 am508 views A Minute With...™ Jamie Jones, who is writing a book on the literature, art and culture surrounding the whaling industryHumanitiesU. of I. librarian, historian examines Puerto Rico’s route to becoming an Olympic nationMar 2, 2016 11:15 am506 views Puerto Rico fields a team of athletes for the Olympic Games, even though it is not a sovereign nation. Antonio Sotomayor, a professor and librarian for the University of Illinois International and Areas Studies Library, uses Puerto Rico's history of Olympic participation to study the Olympic Games and colonialism in his new book, “The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico.” HumanitiesArtsPoet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am488 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.HumanitiesCharles Yerkes, telescope benefactor, a stellar scoundrel, author saysJul 25, 2006 9:00 am484 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HumanitiesSocial SciencesProfessor reflects on death row experience in post-revolutionary IranSep 12, 2016 2:00 pm484 views A University of Illinois professor who lived through the Iranian Revolution, included three years on death row in an infamous prison, reflects on the experience in a new autobiographic novel.Social SciencesHumanitiesGeeks may be chic, but negative nerd stereotype still exists, professor saysMar 3, 2009 9:00 am467 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Despite the increased popularity of geek culture - movies based on comic books, video games, virtual worlds - 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 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesWestern media's stereotypes of Indian cultureSep 1, 2010 9:00 am460 views A Minute With™... Rini B. Mehta, a professor of comparative and world literatureHumanitiesFeminism has suffered because of its views on beauty and fashion, author saysDec 14, 2004 9:00 am444 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Feminism needs to end its long obsession with the politics of personal appearance, and get past its dim view of beauty, says author Linda Scott, who describes herself as a feminist.HumanitiesNo strong link seen between violent video games and aggressionAug 9, 2005 9:00 am411 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Results from the first long-term study of online videogame playing may be surprising.HumanitiesSocial SciencesLatino baseball website launches with U. of I. historian as editor-in-chiefMar 1, 2017 9:45 am378 views The National Baseball Hall of Fame has launched a new online platform to celebrate Latino baseball, and University of Illinois history professor Adrian Burgos Jr. is its editor-in-chief.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesWhat can we learn from the earthquake in Nepal?May 5, 2015 12:15 pm369 views A Minute With™ Rob Olshansky, expert on post-disaster recovery planningArtsHumanitiesPreviously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am362 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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 Sandburg's archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Expert ViewpointsHumanitiesHow does 'Mad Men' help us understand '60s culture?Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm358 views Robert Rushing, an Illinois professor of comparative and world literatureExpert ViewpointsHumanitiesSocial SciencesIs Standing Rock a milestone for American Indian activism?Dec 8, 2016 1:00 pm352 views The Standing Rock protest has been a significant event in the 200-year history of American Indian activism, says recently retired Illinois professor Frederick Hoxie.