• 2024-02-12 - English professors John Levi Barnard and John Gallagher have been named 2024 Conrad Humanities Scholars by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The two were honored with the appointment alongside Maryam Kashani (gender and women’s studies, ...
  • 2024-02-07 - Perusing a used bookstore was nothing out of the ordinary for David Obuchowski (BA, ’01, English) and his wife, Sarah Pedry, but the excursion was anything but typical the day that they found “Birds Asleep,” a 1989 scientific and comprehensive survey of bird sleeping habits written by naturalist Alexander Skutch. The discovery began a creative...
  • 2024-02-02 - Annah Freudenburg, Julie Price, and Hina Nazar have earned undergraduate teaching awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The three were among just 14 instructors and advisors selected by the College as recipients of the extremely competitive awards. “We are proud to have such an impressive group of people advancing our vital teaching and advising goals,” said Venetria K. Patton...
  • 2024-01-15 - Professor Christopher Freeburg was selected as one of the inaugural Presidential Humanities and Social Science Chairs, along with along with D. Fairchild Ruggles (landscape architecture). The endowment, with funds invested by the University of Illinois System president, is intended to support humanities and...
  • 2023-12-14 - A new book by Phillip B. Williams has its roots in his days at Illinois. The book, his first novel, stems from a story that Williams wrote for a short story writing contest while he was a student.
  • 2023-12-11 - Professor Kimberly Mack has been awarded a prestigious Public Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • 2023-12-07 - In a joint ceremony held earlier this fall, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences celebrated the investitures of Tim Dean as James M. Benson Professor in English and Robert Dale Parker as Frank Hodgins Chair in American Literature.
  • 2023-10-13 - Professor Janice Harrington hopes that book on pioneering Black botanist inspires young readers to overcome obstacles and pay attention to the world around them.
  • 2023-08-18 - The whaling industry helped drive industrialization in the 19th century, with whale oil used to light lamps and lubricate machinery. Even after petroleum replaced whale oil as an energy source in the U.S., whaling continued to be part of our cultural imagination and helped develop the idea of an energy industry, said University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ...
  • 2023-07-12 - There are things we’ve trained to do, and then there are the things we change for. Professor John Levi Barnard describes how his scholarship and teaching add perspective to current crises.
  • 2023-06-14 - The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences awarded Corey van Landingham, Andrea Stevens, and Justine Murison of the Department of English with named scholar positions.   The College of LAS announced 26 appointments recognizing professors for their contributions to education and research at the University of Illinois.  Van Landingham was named a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant...
  • 2023-06-07 - Jonathan Phalen, who graduated in May with degrees in English and secondary education, has accepted a Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation English teaching assistant award. The program aims to improve the quality of English education in Bulgaria by placing U.S. students in public high schools across 25 Bulgarian cities. The 10-month grant will support Phalen and other recipients while they...
  • 2023-04-14 - The Office of the Provost announced that professor Janice Harrington and senior lecturer Michael Hurley were among those honored for excellence and innovation in teaching undergraduate students.
  • English professor Justine Murison researches and teaches 19th century American literature. She’s fascinated by what she calls "the meeting place of the material and the immaterial: the boundaries between, for instance, psychological emotion and physiological response, spiritual striving and bodily care, and imaginative reading and social consequences." “My method is interdisciplinary,...
  • Susan Koshy is the guest editor with Christopher Cannon of the latest issue of PMLA (137.5) on “Monolingualism and Its Discontents.” The introduction offers an incisive recontextualization of monolingualism as a "a category assumed more than it is named and named more than it is examined." Featuring essays by Taoufik Ben Amor, Eric Calderwood, Susan Choi, Rey Chow, Sarah Dowling, Juliet Fleming,...