BTN to air program on UI professor

BTN to air program on UI professor

URBANA — The Big Ten Network will air the new program, "Carol Tilley, Comic Book Crusader," produced by Alison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin, at 9 p.m. Friday.

Tilley, a professor in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has become well known in comic-book circles for her work researching the infamous Dr. Fredric Wertham, the man who tried to eliminate comic books in the 1950s, resulting in hundreds, if not thousands, of people losing their jobs.

Airing immediately afterward will be the short feature, "Augmented Alma: The New Image of an Illinois Icon," a six-minute program telling of how the UI virtually brought back the iconic Alma Mater statue for its 2013 graduates. The statue near Wright and Green streets is being renovated in Oak Park.

Many departments at the university worked together to create a smartphone application that projects a 360-degree model of the 13-foot tall "Alma" to allow graduates to continue the tradition of having their pictures taken with her.

"Augmented Reality" was produced by Kaitlin Dixon and Kevin Southworth.

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