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Eternal Flame

The eternal flame, a gift from the class of 1912, glows at night.
(Photo by Jongbum Kwon.)



Miss Possible

A New Award for Student Entrepreneurship Is Generating Results

A little bit of support can go a long way, as demonstrated by a pair of exciting student success stories coming out of campus this fall. Both recipients of the first annual College of LAS Cook Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, awarded last spring, are taking their products and ideas to the marketplace—and one of them has already gained nationwide press.


Ted Underwood

New Partnership Looks to Deepen Our Understanding of Literature through Big Data

Computers and quantitative analysis have revolutionized the study of science. What can they do for the study of literature? Investigators have high hopes as a new multi-institutional partnership involving the University of Illinois turns to big data to better understand the vast history of novels and what they say about society.


Peter Fritzsche

The Shocking Rise of the Third Reich Continues to Spark Passions in Germany

All of Germany was riveted last year by a three-part television miniseries, Generation War—the story of five Germans swept up in the titanic upheaval of World War II. Roughly 7 million viewers tuned in for each episode, sparking national debate in a country that has been grappling with the legacy of World War II for almost 70 years now.


Ripan Malhi

U of I Lab Probes Ancient DNA, Tracks Movement of Native Americans 

The oldest person on the University of Illinois campus hails from Alaska and can be found in Davenport Hall, but don’t expect him to be roaming the Quad anytime soon. This particular man is over 10,300 years old.


May Berenbaum

Two from College of LAS Win National Medal of Science

University of Illinois professor of entomology May Berenbaum has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the field of science, according to an announcement from the White House Press Office. The late mathematician David Blackwell, an alumnus of the College of LAS, also received the prestigious award.





LAS Homecoming Open House

Saturday, October 25
Illini Union 

Come back to the University of Illinois campus this fall and celebrate Homecoming with LAS! We have a fun day planned featuring college-related exhibits, tours of Lincoln Hall and the Observatory, a photo booth, games for kids, and more!





The Lincoln Hall Project

The Lincoln Hall Fund for Scholarships

Engrave your name—or that of someone you wish to honor—on a paver, bench, theater chair, or even a room in Lincoln Hall. All proceeds support student scholarships!

Goal: $10 million. Your gift to the Lincoln Hall Fund for Scholarships will help create a permanent means of filling the gap between a family’s unmet financial need and the cost of an excellent education.



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