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Professor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its way

U. of I. historian Winton Solberg tells the story of the Big Ten’s first half-century, focusing on the organizers and issues rather than on-the-field action.

Washington University expert on religion, politics to give Thulin Lecture in Religion

R. Marie Griffith, the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will talk about political and religious disagreements surrounding sex when she delivers the annual Majorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.

Job of a Congress member not one size fits all, authors find

The job of a Congress member is not one size fits all, say two U. of I. political scientists. In fact, there are five "legislative styles."

Illinois professor uses big data to research history of gender in fiction

A big data research study by a University of Illinois professor shows a decline in the prominence of female characters in fiction and in the number of female authors from the 19th century to the 20th century.

Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuanced

Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.

Emancipated blacks often targeted for relocation to the tropics

Every significant emancipation of black enslaved people in North America came with plans to relocate them to tropical areas, says a U. of I. historian.

Doctors played a role in ideas about racial differences

Physicians played a key role in defining racial differences in the age of slavery, planting ideas that have carried to the present day, says a U. of I. historian in a new book.

University of Illinois librarian to help Puerto Rican libraries with disaster recovery

Miriam Centeno, the collections care coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, will spend two weeks in January in Puerto Rico helping librarians assess and repair damage to their collections from Hurricane Maria.

Six Illinois faculty members awarded NEH Fellowships

Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.

U. of I. students propose designs to rehab Chicago industrial area

University of Illinois students developed ideas to revitalize an industrial area in Chicago, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning.

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