University of Illinois

The Myth of Black Confederates

My two worlds converged recently. In my world as a writer for the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I recently did a story about the "Myth of Black Confederates"--a subject that...

The School of Rock

What in the world does the University of Illinois have to do with REO Speedwagon, Dan Fogelberg, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Billboard magazine's most powerful person in music, and the most prolific Grammy-winner...

Why Do Students Today Have Problems With Old Movies?

Pat Gill teaches some of the most popular film classes on the University of Illinois campus. But over the years she has noticed that an increasing number of students have problems with old movies--and...

Finding a More Complicated Lincoln

Edna Greene Medford became a historian at a time when the legacy of Abraham Lincoln had lost some of its luster in the African American community. So she said she never had any plans to...

Way of the Sensei

Every Sunday morning, before church, I go running with my youngest son along the paths winding through the University of Illinois Arboretum. Along the route, we pass Japan House. So it was only fitting...

How Did the Nazis Become So Popular?

It seems hard to imagine today, but the Nazis rose to power because they were considered a populist movement at one time, working for the common good. But how could people come to believe...