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Archives exhibit documents role of Albert Lee, early advocate for African-American students

An exhibit at the University of Illinois Archives commemorates the contributions of Albert Lee, who is considered the unofficial first dean for African-American students.

Our brains process irony in emojis, words in the same way

The brain processes ironic or sarcastic emojis in the same way it does ironic or sarcastic words.

What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?

A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?

Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.

Illinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptation

University of Illinois lecturer and alumnus Damian Duffy won an Eisner Award for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel “Kindred” that he created with U. of I. alumnus John Jennings.

Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers find

Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.

Book examines development of Hinduism, literary and social culture in Nepal

University of Illinois religion professor Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz writes about Nepal’s best-known Hindu narrative in her new book and what it tells us about the country’s culture and the history of Hinduism there.

Illinois research maps extreme-heat vulnerability in Chicago

Two Illinois urban planning professors say responding to extreme heat waves has become more difficult in Chicago, as the most vulnerable residents have become more dispersed throughout the area.

Germanic languages and literatures professor named Getty Residential Scholar

Illinois professor Mara Wade has been awarded a Getty Residential Scholar Grant. She’ll use the residency to work on her book on the relationship between public monuments and cultural politics in the city of Nuernberg.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Illinois acquires Isaac Newton manuscript

The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a manuscript written by Sir Isaac Newton that includes instructions for making the philosopher’s stone.