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Lost in the USA

American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

Deborah Gray White

Global Lynching and Collective Violence

Volume 1: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Edited by Michael J. Pfeifer

Zombies, Migrants, and Queers

Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture

Camilla Fojas

The University of Illinois

Engine of Innovation

Edited by Frederick E. Hoxie

Peggy Seeger

A Life of Music, Love, and Politics

Jean R. Freedman

Local Vino

The Winery Boom in the Heartland

James R. Pennell

Of G-Men and Eggheads

The FBI and the New York Intellectuals

John Rodden

Bloomer Girls

Women Baseball Pioneers

Debra A. Shattuck

Cristi Puiu

Monica Filimon

Media Localism

The Policies of Place

Christopher Ali

Framing the Black Panthers

The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon

Jane Rhodes

The Red and the Black

American Film Noir in the 1950s

Robert Miklitsch

Networking China

The Digital Transformation of the Chinese Economy

Yu Hong

Six Minutes in Berlin

Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics

Michael J. Socolow

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Backlist Bop: Rockmore, not less You can’t have Women’s History Month without musician-genius Clara Rockmore (left in the photo). The appropriately named Rockmore was a master of the theremin, that haunting/creepy sound-maker that entered our consciousness through 1950s science fiction films, “Good Vibrations,” twentieth-century electronica, and by inspiring the Moog synthesizer. The … Continue reading

200 Years of Illinois: Archaea, the third kind of life on earth Today we turn over the 200 Years of Illinois feature to Steven Lenz and Nicholas Hopkins, authors of an essay (reprinted below) in the new UIP book The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation. Lenz and Hopkins look into the life and … Continue reading

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