Author Archives: michael

Lee Bidgood offers a fascinating study of the Czech bluegrass phenomenon, merging intimate immersion in the music with on-the-ground fieldwork informed by his life as a working musician. Drawing on his own personal and professional interactions, Bidgood charts how Czech … Continue reading

Colleen Taylor Sen, co-editor of The Chicago Food Encyclopedia, appeared on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss Chicago’s food history and unique lesser known Chicago food items.

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 8 books and journals for understanding systemic racism. Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective by Michael A. Hallet … Continue reading

UI Press salutes Paul Oliver, pioneering blues collector, who passed away today. Oliver’s tremendous contributions are documented in his own writings, most notably Blues Fell This Morning, and his journey is recorded in his own words in Pioneers of the … Continue reading

While on the UI Chicago campus this week, we had the distinct pleasure of visiting the current Special Collections and University Archives exhibit at the library: “The Food’s The Story.” The compact exhibit space features the nearly 90-year history of … Continue reading

In early May 1953, my girlfriend Jean Armstrong suggested I apply in the coffee shop where she worked as a waitress at the Tulane Hotel in Nashville. The hotel was situated on the corner of Eighth Avenue North and Church … Continue reading

Headed to AEJMC next week? Here are five books to keep on your radar as you peruse the exhibit hall: 1. Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code By Nikki Usher “In Interactive Journalism, Nikki Usher skillfully answers three questions rarely addressed at the … Continue reading

It was my first day on the Falkland Islands, and our group of five headed to Volunteer Point. I felt as though I was not supposed to know the point’s location—and I didn’t—as we piled in the Range Rover at … Continue reading

In honor of the glorious season of summer reading, some of the UIP staff have provided recommendations to fill your beach bags! From graphic novels to books on 70s glam rock, we’ve got you covered for all of your summer … Continue reading

Hal Hassen is an archaeologist. He directed the Cultural Resource Management Program for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources from 1990 to 2015. He is coauthor, along with Dawn Cobb, of the Illinois Historic Cemetery Preservation Handbook. Dawn Cobb is … Continue reading