Category Archives: Research

Illini Everywhere: Japanese and Illinois Baseball, 1911-1931

For over twenty years, from 1911 through 1931, Japanese university baseball teams came to schools like Illinois (and our peers across the U.S.) for friendly competitions and international community building through baseball. Over the course of two decades, many Japanese athletes, coaches, educators, writers, and future baseball legends would include Illinois in their successive U.S […]

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Illini Everywhere: Romanian Illini, Since 1905

Since at least 1905, Romanian students have been attending the University of Illinois. Early Romanian Illini have included agronomists, architects, authors, editors, electrical engineers, medical doctors, multilingual scholars, musicians, and writers too. Read on to learn more about early Romanian Illini!

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Illini Everywhere: Vietnamese Illini, Since 1952

Since at least 1952, Vietnamese students have been attending the University of Illinois. Early Vietnamese Illini have included agronomists, ceramics engineers, chemical engineers, chemists, civil engineers, computer scientists, educators, electrical and computer engineers, historians, industrial engineers, materials scientists, mechanical engineers, metallurgical engineers, nuclear engineers, physicists, psychologists, student leaders, and veterinarians too. Read on to learn […]

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Illini Everywhere: Puerto Rican Illini, Since 1908

Since at least 1908, Puerto Rican students have been attending the University of Illinois. Some early Puerto Rican Illini have included actors, civil engineers, dancers, educators, lecturers, librarians, literary critics, mechanical engineers, medical doctors, municipal and sanitary engineers, musicians, student leaders, translators, university professors, and writers too. Read on to learn more about early Puerto […]

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The “Wind, Motion, and Freedom” of Lillian Gatlin, UIUC’s Pioneering Aviatrix

This guest post was written by Nathan Tye. Nathan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Illinois and the Assistant Book Review Editor of Middle West Review. The early history of aviation is filled with pioneers and “firsts” whose accomplishments were quickly overshadowed by more impressive feats. Lillian Gatlin, […]

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