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Louis Corsino is a professor of sociology at North Central College. He recently answered some questions about his book The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights. Q: Who were the “Chicago Heights boys” and what was their role in the … Continue reading

On January 6, 1955 contralto Marian Anderson became the first African American soloist to sing at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She appeared in the role of Ulrica (a Creole fortuneteller medium) in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Born in 1897, Anderson’s parents moved to … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press was honored with seven books named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality, by Alice P. Julier Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, Edited by Khyati Y. Joshi … Continue reading

Alan Guebert’s book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey may have been inspired by a little homemade wine. Guebert, has been writing his nationally syndicated column “The Farm and Food File” since 1993. The first seed of what would become … Continue reading

Shilpa Davé writes about the “brown voice” of South Asian characters in tv and on film in her book Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film. Featured on the cover of that book is actor Kal Penn … Continue reading

Inspired by Twitter’s #FollowFriday meme, the final day of the University Press Week Blog Tour is dedicated to things we follow: sub-fields, scholars, new research, popular discussions, etc.  Please read our submission below and check out today’s other University Press Week … Continue reading

On November 6, 1814 Adophe Sax was born in Wallonia, Belgium. Sax invented many musical instruments but the one for which he is best known (and has immortalized his name) is the saxophone. Somewhere along the line musical enthusiasts declared … Continue reading

Ruth Nicole Brown’s book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood examines how Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths, or SOLHOT, a radical youth intervention, provides a space for the creative performance and expression of Black girlhood and … Continue reading

Steve Cushing’s book Pioneers of the Blues Revival is a treasure trove for blues fans who want to learn the stories behind such roots music giants as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Bukka White. As host of the award-winning … Continue reading

Many a high school English student has turned to a video of the 1950s film adaptation of Moby-Dick when faced with writing a report on lengthy sea tale. The plot details may remain mostly the same, but the movie version … Continue reading