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“There have always been terrible social anxieties about the transition from girlhood to adolescence. That’s why Judy Blume’s books were so controversial. They realistically engaged with the complexities of that age.”

Meenakshi Gigi Durham, associate professor of journalism and mass communication and women’s studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Durham’s comment was part of a discussion about how Hollywood struggles to capture the tween market that finds continued success in bookstores. (New York Times, June 3)


“There will be people who will say there was never a slave in Illinois. Whether you call them ‘indentured’ or whatever, one of the more amazing discoveries is that virtually every one of the early Illinois governors and most lawyers had what you would consider slaves, what I would consider slaves, whether they called them that or ‘indentured servants for 99 years.’”

Lea VanderVelde, professor in the College of Law. VanderVelde, author of Slaves on the Frontier: The Background Story of the Dred Scott Case and Redemption Songs: How Slaves Sued for Freedom in St. Louis Courts, is writing a book on slaves in Illinois. (State Journal-Register, June 4)


“We live in a very global world, so a lot of food supplies are easily transported through the world. And because we don’t know what causes this, we need to be on our guard.”

Michael Pentella, clinical associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health. Pentella says people should comply with efforts to prevent E. coli outbreaks, even if that makes them uncomfortable. (Daily Iowan, June 10)


“His work was extremely careful. He was a consummate professional who took great care and passion in his work. He was just an amazing researcher.”

Bill Hines, professor and former dean of the College of Law. Hines is referring to David Baldus, a UI law professor who died June 13 at age 75. Baldus was best known for his research on the death penalty. (The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette, June 14)