The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce the launch of the Bruno Nettl Fund for Ethnomusicology. The fund honors UIUC professor emeritus Bruno Nettl, internationally renowned musicologist, co-founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and longtime editor of the journal Ethnomusicology.

We hNettl Fund graphicave some great titles in ethnomusicology this season that represent the breadth and excellence of ethno scholarship published by UIP:

  • Richard Jones-Bamman’s book on builders of old-time banjos
  • Robin Harris’s research on storytelling in Siberia
  • Stefan Fiol’s analysis of music, media, and social mobility in the Himalayas
  • Lee Bidgood’s ethnography of bluegrass music in the Czech Republic

We are also excited about forthcoming titles in 2018, which include Sarah Weiss’s comparative study of women’s rituals in world religions and Margaret Sarkissian and Ted Solis’s long-anticipated, ambitious, and comprehensive ethnography of the field of ethnomusicology. Two other 2018 books will add to the growing scholarship in eco-musicology. Michael Silvers’s book explores relationships between popular music, the environmental and social costs of drought, and the politics of culture and climate vulnerability in the Northeast region of Brazil. And Timothy Cooley and Gregory Barz’s edited collection brings together top voices in the field to provide a broad overview of how social, economic, and environmental changes impact the sustainability of cultural practices.

The Bruno Nettl Fund will help ensure the future of publishing groundbreaking, exceptional scholarship that continues to diversify the field.

To find out more go to // Or contact Julie Laut, PhD., Outreach & Development Coordinator, at or 217-300-4126.

It would be easy to call a significant part of the NCAA basketball landscape a cesspool of cheating, money, and other sins. Indeed, an oft-alleged mariner on those dark waters was told to hit the showers just this morning and takes with him a towering, and entwined, reputation for coaching defense and practicing cartoonishly unethical behavior.

But that job dismissal is just an early rockslide in the avalanche of scandal sure to result from the recent bombshell FBI revelations about a handful of NCAA basketball programs—and by implication, a great many more of the programs that compete with them for recruits.

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Here are 5 new African American Studies books to keep an eye out for at ASALH this year. Make sure to stop by the UIP booth and check them out!

1.The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press By Gerald Horne

“An immersive read, a welcome contribution to our understanding of the evolving relationship between African Americans and the media during Jim Crow and its demise. . . . Highly recommended.”–People’s World




BedingfieldF172. Newspaper Wars By Sid Bedingfield

“Very well written and enjoyable to read. Journalists, Sid Bedingfield persuasively demonstrates, did not just document the civil rights movement in South Carolina, but rather they actively influenced its course and outcomes.”–Michael Stamm, author of Sound Business: Newspapers, Radio, and the Politics of New Media 





CaseF173. Leaders of Their Race By Sarah H. Case

“Case has beautifully written a strong argument about the central purpose of these schools and how they compare, with emphasis on both similarities and differences. . . . Case has a strong sense of changes over time, even as she documents continuity.”–Joan Marie Johnson, author of Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism, 1875–1915





WeemsF174. Building the Black Metropolis Edited By Robert E. Weems Jr. and Jason P. Chambers

“A work that examines history in its own skin. At a time when scholarship is praising immigrant entrepreneurship in America, it is great to see a book that says, ‘Black America has been there, done that, and got the T-Shirt.’ A work that should bind the past with the future because it recreates a model of business success that holds the key to the future. An American Story well done.”–John Sibley Butler, author of Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics 



WolfskillF175. Archibald Motley Jr. and Racial Reinvention By Phoebe Wolfskill

“In this engaging and well-researched book, Phoebe Wolfskill enlists the career of early 20th century Chicago painter Archibald Motley as a paradigm for considering the difficulties facing African American artists who have lived with cultural stereotypes their whole lives. Through a judicious balancing of insights derived from the careful analysis of individual paintings with a wide range of cultural, artistic, social, and theoretical references, Wolfskill honors the complex underpinnings of Motley’s works and explains the contradictions within them. As a whole, the book both provides an internal coherence to Motley’s career and successfully demonstrates his relation to other American artists of the period who similarly concerned themselves with questions of identity and representation during the interwar decades.”–Mary Ann Calo, author of Distinction and Denial: Race, Nation, and the Critical Construction of the African American Artist, 1920-1940 

Don’t forget to grab free issues of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and The Journal of Civil and Human Rights too!

Entoloma salmoneum (Peck) Saccardo 

Entoloma salmoneum can be found growing alone or scattered in leaf litter under hardwoods, or in moss under conifers; frequently on rotting, moss-covered conifer logs.

When thumbing through Mushrooms of the Midwest, you see Entoloma salmoneum among the 500 featured shrooms and think, “That is an attractive fungus.” Also known as the unicorn mushroom, E. salmoneum‘s appearance suggests the fantastical. Colored a vivid salmon orange and in its early growth shaped like a gnome’s hat, E. salmoneum appears in the summer and fall. The cap is sticky at first. That aspect of the texture fades with age, as does the color.

Though the effects of many Entolomas remain unknown, experts caution against eating E. salmoneum. Its relative E. rhodopolium, the wood pinkgill, contains muscarine, a toxin known to cause gastrointestinal distress. In general, the Entolomas require more research into their status as foodstuffs.

The German priest-mycologist Paul Kummer did pioneering work with the Entolomas and other mushrooms. His 1871 book Der Führer in die Pilzkunde established Entolomasamong othersas a separate genus, and the abbreviation P. Kumm remains prevalent in the mycological literature. Kummer later published a mushroom hunting guide and, having looked down for years already, wrote another for lichen enthusiasts.

Photo: Noah Siegel

VonGlahnF17Denise Von Glahn is the Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University, where she is also the coordinator of the Musicology Area and director of the Center for Music of the Americas. She recently answered some questions about Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

Q: What makes Larsen stand out from other composers or musicians?

Von Glahn: Libby Larsen has made a mark on American music culture in multiple ways. She is first and foremost a remarkably productive and performed composer. Her works are heard around the world and beloved by amateurs and professionals alike. Beyond her primary work as a composer, however, she is also responsible for having co-founded the American Composer’s Forum, originally the Minnesota Composers’ Forum. This organization continues in 2017, more than 40 years after Larsen and Stephen Paulus created it as graduate students at the University of Minnesota.  Today Larsen is one of the nation’s greatest advocates for American music and American composers. Her participation on numerous arts’ boards and her tireless efforts on behalf of American music culture in its myriad forms makes her stand out from other composers whose energies are turned more inward. In dozens of interviews with her collaborators each spoke of her tirelessness and generosity. She is among the most selfless people I have ever encountered.

Q: Describe your personal experiences upon hearing a piece of Larsen’s music.  Does it tell you a story, convey an emotion or transport you somewhere?

Von Glahn: Depending upon the piece I’m listening to, I can be focused exclusively on the sound world Larsen has created, with no thought to extra-musical programs or imagery, or upon a scene she is capturing and musicalizing, or follow her through a highly pictorial work. There is no single way to listen to Larsen’s music, and no single way to listen to a single piece of her music!  Each work invites multiple engagements, and that is what makes it worthwhile listening to in the first place. I can listen to a flute solo with no knowledge of its title and luxuriate in the sounds, or I can acknowledge the title and reflect upon how the piece is an “aubade.”  Like the best art, Larsen’s music invites and rewards multiple engagements.

Q: When did you first become interested in Libby Larsen as a composer and as a subject for writing?

Von Glahn: I can’t remember the first time I heard Larsen’s music; it has been a part of my sound world for a very long time. Interviewing her for the first time in 2009, however, and discovering the depth of her personal integrity and musical being convinced me that I wanted to include her as one of nine composers in a book I wrote on women who composed the natural world.  Her investment in her upper Midwest environs and the ways her fidelity to place informs her music struck me as needing to be explored. Her appearing to be the model I never had for how a woman musician negotiates the gendered world of professional music composition and music making made me want to learn more about her.

Q: How was writing this biography different from your experiences writing other books?

Von Glahn: In the process of writing Libby Larsen’s biography, I realized that I was writing the book I had wanted to read when I was a young girl looking for models of people who looked like me and did what I thought I wanted to do. It became so clear how desperately we all need models!  I’ve written 3 books previously and while each taught me lessons I didn’t realize I needed to learn, this book has been epiphanic; I’m still learning from Libby Larsen’s life.  I appreciate the many lives we all lead. Although I had initially worried about writing a book on a living subject, and one with whom I had much in common, I quickly realized there was no issue with my confusing my subject with myself. My close-in position provided me with empathy and understanding, but it also clarified who my subject was.

Q: What were some of Larsen’s greatest obstacles as woman in this field?

Von Glahn: The book provides numerous answers to this question. When Larsen entered the field of music composition, there were not a lot of models for her to emulate. She was not taken seriously by many of her faculty and colleagues. As she persevered she encountered subtle behaviors intended to discourage or prevent her from continuing. She was dismissed by some and diminished by others. She felt she was not supported by her university. She was questioned whether she composed something because it was too good. But Larsen never questioned her talents when it came to composing.  She thinks in music. She composes. Perhaps the greatest obstacle Larsen had to contend with was what she characterizes as “false choices.”  And the most devastating of those choices was “You can be a professional composer or a mother.” Libby Larsen dismissed the false choice and elected to be both. In this regard, she has demonstrated that no one needs to be limited by the imaginations or rules of others who can’t fathom what you are capable of doing or being.  Her greatest obstacle as a woman in this field is the same obstacle that all people face who are not in positions of power face: how to show that unfathomable things can be done every day!  Limitations are in the minds of those who are themselves limited. Libby Larsen rejects false choices and encourages others to do the same.


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 bluegrass put down roots and looks at its performance as a uniquely Czech musical practice. He also reflects on Americanist musical projects and the ways Czech musicians use them to construct personal and social identities. Bidgood sees these acts of construction as a response to Czech Republic’s postsocialist environment but also to US cultural prominence within our global mediascape.

Czech Bluegrass by Lee Bidgood will be available October 2017.

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 13 books about politics, race, and class in American culture. Check out the other posts in our series here. 


HughesF041. Myths America Lives By by Richard T. Hughes

In this book Richard T. Hughes identifies the five key myths that lie at the heart of the American experience–the myths of the Chosen Nation, of Nature’s Nation, of the Christian Nation, of the Millennial Nation, and of the Innocent Nation. Drawing on a range of dissenting voices, Hughes shows that by canonizing these seemingly harmless myths of national identity as absolute truths, America risks undermining the sweepingly egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence.




SchultzF042. The Rural Face of White Supremacy: Beyond Jim Crow by Mark Schultz

The Rural Face of White Supremacy is a detailed study of the daily experiences of ordinary people in rural Hancock County, Georgia. Drawing on his own interviews with over two hundred black and white residents, Schultz depicts the rhythms of work, social interaction, violence, power, and paternalism in a setting much different from the more widely studied postbellum urban South.






PrideF023. The Political Use of Racial Narratives by Richard A. Pride

Exploring who benefits and who pays when different narratives are accepted as true, Pride offers a step-by-step account of how Mobile’s culture changed each time a new and more forceful narrative was used to justify inequality. More than a retelling of Mobile’s story of desegregation, The Political Use of Racial Narratives promotes the value of rhetorical and narrative analysis in the social sciences and history.



YoungF054. Race and the Foundations of Knowledge edited by Joseph Young and Jana Evans Braziel

This anthology demonstrates the longstanding, multifarious, and major role that race has played in the formation of knowledge. The authors demonstrate how race theory intersects with other bodies of knowledge by examining discursive records such as travelogues, literature, and historiography; theoretical structures such as common sense, pseudoscientific racism, and Eurocentrism; social structures of class, advancement, and identity; and politico-economic structures of capitalism, colonialism, and law.



FormisanoF175. American Oligarchy by Ron Formisano

American Oligarchy demonstrates the way the corrupt culture of the permanent political class extends down to the state and local level. Ron Formisano breaks down the ways this class creates economic inequality and how its own endemic corruption infects our entire society. Formisano delves into the work of not just politicians but lobbyists, consultants, appointed bureaucrats, pollsters, celebrity journalists, behind-the-scenes billionaires, and others.




herringF036. Skin Deep edited by Cedric Herring, Verna M. Keith, and Hayward Derrick Horton

Written by some of the nation’s leading thinkers on race and colorism, these essays ask whether skin tone differentiation is imposed upon communities of color from the outside or is an internally-driven process aided and abetted by community members themselves. They also question whether the stratification process is the same for African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans.




reddingS037. Making Race and Making Power by Kent Redding

In this groundbreaking study, Kent Redding examines the fluid political landscape of the nineteenth-century South, revealing the complex interplay between the elite’s manipulation of political and racial identity and the innovative mobilizing strategies marginalized groups adopted in order to combat disfranchisement.






97802520228528. American Fuehrer by Frederick J. Simonelli

Frederick Simonelli’s biography of this powerful and enigmatic figure draws on primary sources of extraordinary depth, including declassified FBI files and manuscripts and other materials held by Rockwell’s family and associates. The first objective assessment of the American Nazi party and an authoritative study of the roots of neo-nazism, neo-fascism, and White Power extremism in postwar America, American Fuehrer is shocking and absorbing reading.





97802520656069. The Science and Politics of Racial Research by William H. Tucker

Unlike other critiques of the scientific literature on racial difference, The Science and Politics of Racial Research argues that there has been no scientific purpose or value to the study of innate differences in ability between groups. William Tucker shows how, for more than a century, scientific investigations of supposedly innate differences in ability between races have been used to rationalize social and political inequality as the unavoidable consequence of natural differences





tuckerf0210. The Funding of Scientific Racism by William H. Tucker

Although the Pioneer Fund denies its ties to any political agenda, this powerful and provocative volume reveals the truth behind their long history of clandestine activities. The Funding of Scientific Racism examines for the first time archival correspondence that incriminates the fund’s major players, revealing links to a Klansman’s crusade to repatriate blacks, as well as efforts to reverse the Brown decision, prevent passage of the Civil Rights Act, and implement a system of racially segregated private 





BellS1211. Making Sense of American Liberalism edited by Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley

This collection of thoughtful and timely essays offers refreshing and intelligent new perspectives on postwar American liberalism. Sophisticated yet accessible, Making Sense of American Liberalism challenges popular myths about liberalism in the United States. The volume presents the Democratic Party and liberal reform efforts such as civil rights, feminism, labor, and environmentalism as a more united, more radical force than has been depicted in scholarship and the media emphasizing the decline and disunity of the left.



HughesF1212. Christian America and the Kingdom of God by Richard T. Hughes

With conviction and careful consideration, Hughes reviews the myth of Christian America from its earliest history in the founding of the republic to the present day. Extensively analyzing the Old and New Testaments, Hughes provides a solid, scripturally-based explanation of the kingdom of God–a kingdom defined by love, peace, patience, and generosity. Throughout American history, however, this concept has been appropriated by religious and political leaders and distorted into a messianic nationalism that champions the United States as God’s “chosen nation” and bears little resemblance to the teachings of Jesus.



AllenS0513. Democracy Inc by David S. Allen

In Democracy, Inc., David S. Allen exposes the vested interests behind the U.S. slide toward conflating corporate values with public and democratic values. He argues that rather than being institutional protectors of democratic principles, the press and law perversely contribute to the destruction of public discourse in the United States today.


University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 10 books about protest and activism in America. Check out the other posts in our series here. 


1. Lost in the USA  by Deborah Gray White

Remembered as an era of peace and prosperity, turn-of-the-millennium America was also a time of mass protest. But the political demands of the marchers seemed secondary to an urgent desire for renewal and restoration felt by people from all walks of life.


williamsonS032. Black Power on Campus by Joy Ann Williamson

Promoting an understanding of the role of black youth in protest movements, Black Power on Campus is an important contribution to the literature on African American liberation movements and the reform of American higher education.






97802520095183. Race Riot at East St. Louis by Elliot Rudwick

“. . . a well-researched and thoughtful inquiry into the circumstances and social forces producing one of the most violent of twentieth-century American race riots.”
– American Historical Review







Eick.q (Page 1)4. Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest 1954-72  by Gretchen Cassel Eick

Based on interviews with over eighty participants and observers of this sit-in, Dissent in Wichita traces the contours of race relations and black activism in an unexpected locus of the civil rights movement, revealing that the movement was a national, not a Southern, phenomenon. 






BradleyF095. Harlem vs. Columbia University by Stefan M. Bradley

In this dynamic book, Stefan M. Bradley describes the impact of Black Power ideology on the Students’ Afro-American Society (SAS) at Columbia. While white students–led by Mark Rudd and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)–sought to radicalize the student body and restructure the university, black students focused on stopping the construction of the gym in Morningside Park.




WolfsonF146. Digital Rebellion by Todd Wolfson

Digital Rebellion examines the impact of new media and communication technologies on the spatial, strategic, and organizational fabric of social movements. Todd Wolfson reveals how aspects of the mid-1990s Zapatistas movement–network organizational structure, participatory democratic governance, and the use of communication tools as a binding agent–became essential parts of Indymedia and other Cyber Left organizations




TuttleRR7. Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 by William M. Tuttle, Jr.

“This book has more lives than a cat because its feet are firmly planted on the bedrock issues of race and class, its analysis goes to the quick of urban-industrial life in the early twentieth century, and its vivid narrative captures the tumultuous riot without ever losing scholarly balance. A quarter century after it was first published, it has still not been excelled.”–Alan Dawley, author of Struggles for Justice: Social Responsibility and the Liberal State 





8. Against Citizenship by Amy L. Brandzel

Against Citizenship provocatively shows that there is nothing redeemable about citizenship, nothing worth salvaging or sustaining in the name of “community,” practice, or belonging. According to Brandzel, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives seem commonsensical, logical, and even necessary.





CurransF179. Marching Dykes, Liberated Sluts, And Concerned Mothers by Elizabeth Currans

Elizabeth Currans blends feminist, queer, and critical race theory with performance studies, political theory, and geography to explore the outcomes and cultural relevance of public protest. Drawing on observation, interviews, and archival and published sources, Currans shows why and how women utilize public protest as a method of participating in contemporary political and cultural dialogues.

Available October 2017.




ChavezF1310. Queer Migration Politics by Karma R. Chavez

Advocating a politics of the present and drawing from women of color and queer of color theory, this book contends that coalition enables a vital understanding of how queerness and immigration, citizenship and belonging, and inclusion and exclusion are linked. Queer Migration Politics offers activists, queer scholars, feminists, and immigration scholars productive tools for theorizing political efficacy.


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.

The Boring Pizza? Oh ho, not at all! Cheese pizza is a godsend perfect for kids’ birthday parties and church meetings. An icebreaker. A hand across countless divides. A relatively cheap chow-down. Cheese pizza deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

With National Cheese Pizza Day once again upon us, we ponder the origins of this essential food. Chicago, of course, shares a long history with pizza. Though most famous for the deep-dish version, the city actually helped turned America into Ameri-za years before Pizzeria Riccardo brought its pioneering “thick crust” to Ohio Street and the world. Today, we turn to The Chicago Food Encyclopedia, the big pizza pie of reference books on the topic, to take us back even further:

By the middle of the eighteenth century, chewy thin-crusted pizza was a well-established street food in Naples. A wave of Italian immigrants brought the beloved concoction to American shores in the late nineteenth century, where it took hold in New York City. In Chicago, the first pizzeria was Granato’s (later called Pizzeria Napolitana) at 907 West Taylor Street, opened by the Neapolitan Granato family in the early 1930s. It survived until 1961 when the building was razed for the construction of the University of Illinois Circle Campus. But it wasn’t until American soldiers returned from World War II that pizza made serious footprints from coast to coast. And nowhere was it bigger than in Chicago, where deep-dish, the ultimate Chicago-style pizza, was born.