UI English professor and team document life in Chicago's public housing
Posted Thu, 14 Nov 2013
In 1999, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development required the Chicago Housing Authority to conduct an inventory and inspection of its projects. When most were labeled uninhabitable and scheduled for demolition, the city formulated a “Plan for Transformation” that promised the residents would be relocated to better housing in nicer neighborhoods. Audrey Petty, professor of English at UIUC, immediately decided to chronicle the stories of the high-rise diaspora. “It was the PFT that made me feel this urgent desire to become better informed about this plan and what was happening to people,” Petty said. That curiosity resulted in her book, “High-Rise Stories: Voices From Chicago Public Housing,” recently published by McSweeney’s as part of its oral history series, Voice of Witness.
Student survey: More than half experienced sexual coercion
Posted Thu, 07 Nov 2013
More than half (53 percent) of young women have experienced at least one incident of verbal, physical or substance-facilitated sexual coercion--and more than half of those incidents resulted in sexual intercourse, a recent study of high school and college students found. The study was conducted by Bryana H. French, a UI alumnus and faculty member at the University of Missouri, and Helen A. Neville, professor of African American studies and educational psychology at UIUC.
UI Library acquires archives of Gwendolyn Brooks
Posted Thu, 07 Nov 2013
The U. of I. Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the poet laureate of Illinois for the last 32 years of her life, until her death in 2000. The archives, which had been kept by Brooks' daughter Nora Brooks Blakely, comprise more than 150 boxes stuffed with manuscripts, drafts, revisions, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, homemade chapbooks in which Brooks neatly handwrote [sic] her earliest (unpublished) poems, and heavy bronze awards ensconced in velvet-lined boxes collected later in her career.
Ronald Bailey, expert on slavery and the slave trade, featured in "A Minute With..."
Posted Tue, 01 Oct 2013
"12 Years a Slave” opens in movie theaters nationwide Nov. 1 and already is generating Oscar buzz. Based on a slave narrative of the same name published in 1853, the film follows the story of Solomon Northup, a free black Northerner abducted into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Ronald Bailey is the head of the African American studies department at the University of Illinois and knows the “12 Years” narrative well; it’s used in a textbook he co-wrote. Bailey also teaches courses on slavery and is working on a book about slavery and the slave trade, cotton and the industrial revolution. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
Campus Insights: Professor Ruby Mendenhall
Posted Mon, 23 Sep 2013
On September 11, 2013, six faculty members from the Urbana-Champaign campus gave brief presentations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on their research and outreach activities. The presentations underscore the broad excellence of the campus, and give a keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois, and why they choose to stay. Professor Mendenhall's research has focused on social inequality, residential segregation and social mobility.
Flynn Receives Lavinia L. Dock Award
Posted Thu, 15 Aug 2013
Karen Flynn has received the Lavinia L Dock Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing for 2013 for her book, "Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black-Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora". The award is given by the American Association for the History of Nursing in recognition of outstanding research and writing produced by an experienced scholar in nursing history. Dr. Flynn is an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies.Back to Top