Category Archives: Getting to know Champaign-Urbana

Lex Tate is an adjunct lecturer in journalism and advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as associate director of the University of Illinois Office for University Relations. She recently answered some questions about her book An Illini Place: … Continue reading

Today marks the birthday of famed sculptor Lorado Taft, born in 1860 in Elmwood, Illinois. A graduate of the Illinois Industrial University—forerunner of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Taft studied in France before returning to Chicago to make his reputation and … Continue reading

December 4, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm Lorado Taft: The Sculptor’s Legacy Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL Lorado Taft is known to University of Illinois students and alumni worldwide for creating the revered Alma Mater statue.  Learn about … Continue reading

In September 2012 we will publish Picturing Illinois: Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo, an illustrated history of Illinois postcards edited by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle.  I have really enjoyed browsing the proof pages of this … Continue reading

To celebrate the 14th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place this week at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, our New Books section is highlighting the four latest titles in our Contemporary Film Directors Series. Philip Kaufman by Annette Insdorf Richard … Continue reading

Will Ridenour’s been the Press’s programmer for most of the past eleven years. “Programmer” doesn’t completely describe the variety of his duties, nor his wit and literary bonhomie. From Paul: In his very last bit of programming work for the … Continue reading

Hey there, check out UIP‘s winter wonderland decorations. It’s getting cold outside, and word is that there will be a dusting of snow tonight in our neck of the woods. So grab your scarves and mittens and take a peek … Continue reading

LASNews, the newsletter of the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, linked to this This Old Hall, a five-minute video detailing the restoration work currently in progress on Lincoln Hall. It gives a fascinating glimpse into the … Continue reading

Our local newspaper, The News-Gazette, reports today that the Champaign Public Library plans to charge patrons from two adjoining towns—Savoy (part of the Tolono Library district) and Mahomet—$200 per year to check out books. Also, CPL will no longer send books for … Continue reading

Woo hoo! University of Illinois Press Database Administrator Leslie DeLucia was featured yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered during its Summer Jobs feature. KFC, featuring Blue Swede!