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Sierra Leone on the map
“African Democracy and Socio-Economic Development through Sustainable Engineering” is the theme of a Study Abroad trip, scheduled from June 15 to June 30. This program will give students a first-hand experience of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced by people in Sierra Leone. Participants will be given an alternative perspective on poverty and race...
Lucien Stryk
The NIU community is mourning the loss of Lucien Stryk, an internationally acclaimed Zen poet and former star English professor who died Jan. 24, in London. He was 88. Stryk was born in Kolo, Poland, in 1924, and moved at a young age to Chicago with his family. After serving in the U.S. Army in...
Amy Levin
Amy K. Levin is no stranger to “firsts.” Among her many credits are “Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women’s Novels,” one of the first texts to study African influences in novels by African-American women. She also edited and wrote parts of “Gender, Sexuality and Museums,” the first major repository of key articles, new essays, and...
Mark Schuller
The Northern Illinois University Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) and the Department of Anthropology announced that Mark Schuller has accepted a joint appointment as an assistant professor. Schuller grew up in the Chicago area, graduating from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of...
Photo of purple-gloved hands conducting a scientific experiment.
Online registration for the fifth annual Graduate Student Research & Artistry Conference is now open. This year’s event will take place from8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Holmes Student Center. The conference is part of NIU’s two-week long celebration of excellence on campus. Currently enrolled NIU graduate students are encouraged to showcase their...
Valia Allori
Valia Allori, a professor in the NIU Department of Philosophy, will speak at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the next brown bag luncheon presented by the NIU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. The lunch takes place in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center. Bring a lunch; light snacks, such as cookies and chips,...
Vice + Virtue poster
In conjunction with its “Vice + Virtue” exhibition, the Northern Illinois University Art Museum has announced additional programming. This exhibition is currently on display in all four galleries of the NIU Art Museum, and will run through Saturday, Feb. 23, with a public reception scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Supplementary programming...
Leila Porter, an NIU professor of anthropology, is up to some serious monkey business. She spent last summer in a Bolivian rain forest, tracking and catching some very peculiar primates known as saddle-back tamarins, before releasing them back into the wild. The squirrel-sized monkeys, from the family Callitrichidae, are closely related to the more well-known...
Top 20 Christmas titles most often anthologized (With number of occurrences) 1. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (31) 2. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens (28) 3. “The Fir-Tree” by Hans Christian Andersen (24) 4. Excerpts from “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame (18) “Is There a Santa Claus?”...
Mary Quinlan
Mary Quinlan, a professor of art history in the NIU School of Art, has been awarded a full-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Quinlan’s fellowship will support the research and writing of a book on Leon Battista Alberti’s 1435-1436 “De pictura” (“On Painting”), and its impact on Renaissance art. Her project is...
Anthonie Tumpag
Anthropology graduate student Anthonie Tumpag grew up  in the rural South, but at a young age he became interested in cultural objects from Southeast Asia, Madagascar, Taiwan and the Pacific. “I have been collecting objects from this region since I was young as a means to find and connect with my identity as a Filipino...
Photo of a vintage toy robot
by David J. Gunkel,  NIU Professor of Communication Perhaps it is just coincidence, but there is an interesting convergence of apocalyptic thinking taking place in the final month of 2012. On the one hand, we are quickly approaching the “end of the world” as predicted by the Mayan calendar – December 21, 2012 to be...
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