Corn was crop that powered rise of Peruvian civilization 5,000 years ago, new study finds

A new study by a team of archaeologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Winifred Creamer provides convincing evidence that the earliest civilization of South America relied heavily on agriculture – specifically the large-scale production of corn. For decades, researchers have debated

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Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper elected to board of directors of International Reading Association, sets goals

Laurie Elish-Piper is a model of multi-dimensional success. At NIU, she is a Presidential Teaching Professor of Literacy Education, director of the Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. She also was recently elected

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Part of a map of the Andes Mountains

Archaeologists to gather this weekend at NIU for forum on Andean, Amazonian ethnohistory

NIU will host the 41st annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory this weekend. The meeting will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, in Cole Hall, recently remodeled to include the NIU Anthropology Museum. In conjunction

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Jessica Reyman

English professor wins award from NCTE/CCCC for original essays in technical communication

The National Council of Teachers of English/Council on College Composition and Communication (NCTE/CCCC) has awarded associate professor of English Jessica Reyman its 2013 Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication.

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Top: Mark Schuller and Sue Russell. Bottom: Alicia Schatteman and Abu Bah.

NGOLD to launch research-themed brown bag series Feb. 27, Mark Schuller plans talk on Haiti

The Northern Illinois University Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) is offering a research-related brown bag series that will kick off this month. Presenters are NGOLD faculty associates from departments across campus. “As an interdisciplinary center, one of NGOLD’s focal

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Tomis Kapitan

Kapitan to employ ‘Platonic Socratic Dialogue for Our Time’ to explore modern ‘war on terror’

When one considers what the practice of philosophy involves, one thing that springs to mind is its employment of the Socratic method of instruction, so brilliantly illustrated in Plato’s dialogues. Many people have a rudimentary notion that this method is intended to

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