Portrait of Erik McDuffie
U of I Department of African-American Studies
May 11, 2016

Campus Groups Use ‘Freedom Forum’ To Respond To Recent Racial Incidents

Swastikas spray-painted on three campus buildings.  A white groundskeeper tossing a noose on a worktable used by a black co-worker.  Chalk messages saying “Build the Wall” and “Trump Deportation Force” written on sidewalks in front of the building that houses the Department of Latina/Latino Studies.  Associate Professor of African-American Studies Erik McDuffie discusses these University of Illinois Urbana campus incidents and the "Freedom Forum" his department hosted in response with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.


Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


Brian Bauer/Daily Illini
April 07, 2016

Anti-Immigrant Chalk Messages Cause Concern On Campus

Chalk messages supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump and criticizing undocumented immigrants raised concerns when they were found on sidewalks outside the building housing the Dept. of Latina/Latino Studies on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


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