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Cline Center News and Events

The Cline Center is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of politics to advance societal well-being through research, symposia/conferences, and student activities.


<p>The Cline Center is very pleased to be hosting the first Collaborative Research on Extreme Scale Text Analytics (CRESTA) Workshop this Thursday (February 1st), starting at 9:00 AM.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dozens of scientists, engineers, and data scientists from around the world will be joining us in our Research Park location to discuss large-scale Natural Language Processing methods for understanding contentious processes ranging from non-violent civil disobedience to full-scale civil war.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can find the conference agenda here:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>And our location is on Google Maps:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>The <a href="">Cline Center</a> is pleased to announce that the Illinois Board of Higher Education has officially made us a permanent part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Board also approved a new name for the Center that aligns what we do with what we are called: the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research.</p> <p>Even though our name has changed, our mission remains the same: transforming information into knowledge that advances human flourishing. While our commitment to this mission is unwavering, our methods of pursuing it have greatly evolved since the Center&rsquo;s founding 13 years ago. Our new name does a better job of reflecting the breadth of our supported research agenda and the Center&rsquo;s use of innovative computational methods to analyze unstructured textual data.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Cline Center began in 2004 as the <a href="">Center for the Study of Democratic Governance</a>. In 2007, we became the <a href="">Cline Center for Democracy</a>. That name reflected both the generosity of Carole and Richard G. Cline&rsquo;s founding endowment and our agenda of research and public engagement activities focused on the institutions and practices that enable democratic governance around the world. This work yielded impressive results, including widely-used datasets on <a href="">democratic</a> and <a href="">autocratic</a> regimes, as well as a project on constitutional development that eventually became the independent non-profit <a href="">Comparative Constitutions Project</a>.</p> <p>Eventually, the Center&rsquo;s faculty and staff came to realize that understanding the history and future prospects of democratic governance required developing entirely new data streams for documenting complex processes of social, economic, demographic, and political change. Taking on that challenge moved us into the world of extreme-scale data analysis.</p> <p>To that end, the Center&rsquo;s research activities have increasingly centered on developing our Global News Archive, which now contains more than 100 million documents published over the past 100 years by news organizations from almost every country on earth. The Archive expands by the second as we collect online news nearly as fast as it is published. With help from the <a href="">National Center for Supercomputing Applications</a>, we have developed specialized software to identify, extract, and analyze the billions of people, places, events, and organizations in this content.</p> <p>These advanced computational methods enhance and anchor, rather than replace, our existing programs. We continue to support and host events that engage students, members of the public, and scholars on important social issues. We also continue to support research on conflict processes, religious and ethnic groups around the world, as well as economic development and governance. These technologies enhance these efforts, enabling Cline Center supported scholarship to push the boundaries of academic research and also inform decision-making that improves societal well-being around the world.</p> <p>Finally, our new name also better reflects the diverse stakeholders we now serve. Ten years ago, we were a small operation built around the vision of a single faculty member. We now do our work through a network of more than 75 <a href="">Affiliates</a> across five continents and more than a dozen departments in six colleges across the University of Illinois. Our list of collaborators still includes pre-eminent experts on democratic governance, but has grown to encompass a variety of social scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and humanists concerned with many kinds of societal and technological challenges. &nbsp;</p> <p>We also have more than a hundred student alumni and employ dozens of interns and student researchers each year. Our internship, fellowship and student employment opportunities enable undergraduate and graduate students to participate in cutting-edge data science, engineering and social science projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are very excited for this new chapter in the history of the Cline Center and we look forward to what the future has to offer. If you are interested in joining our Affiliates program or would like to collaborate with the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research on some of the biggest political, economic, and societal challenges facing our world, please <a href="">email us</a> directly. To receive regular updates on our work, sponsored events and programs, you can follow us on <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p>
<p>The Cline Center is very pleased to announce the details of the 2017 Cline Symposium Keynote Address.</p> <p>The theme for the Symposium is &ldquo;American Grand Strategy and the Changing Global Order&rdquo; and the keynote is entitled: &ldquo;The Big Stick: Military Power and American Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump.&rdquo; It will be given by Professor Eliot A. Cohen, the Osgood Professor and Director of the <a href="">Strategic Studies Program</a> at the Johns Hopkins University&rsquo;s School of Advanced International Studies (<a href="">SAIS</a>). Dr. Cohen has served in a number of senior roles at the Departments of Defense and State, and is a US Army veteran.</p> <p>&nbsp;The talk is open to the public and will take place on November 9, 2017 at 7:30PM in the&nbsp;<a href="">Alice Campbell Alumni Center</a>&nbsp;Ballroom.&nbsp; We will also live-stream the talk from <a href="">our Facebook page</a>&mdash;just &lsquo;like&rsquo; us to follow and receive a notification when it comes online.</p> <p>&nbsp;To learn more about Professor Cohen, the Symposium and his upcoming talk, see: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;If you have questions about the event, please <a href="">email us</a>.</p>
<p>Today the Illinois News Bureau <a href="">published an interview</a> with Cline Center Director Professor Scott Althaus about our work on the ways media coverage can affect American politics.</p> <p>His ongoing research finds that media coverage had a minimal effect on the public&rsquo;s view of the Vietnam War. This finding weakens the basis for a factual claim about &lsquo;casualty sensitivity&rsquo; that has had a profound impact on public dialogue about war, as well as debates within the US government and national security establishment for more than 40 years.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Professors <a href="">Avital Livny</a> and <a href="">Stephen Chaudoin</a> of the <a href="">Department of Political Science</a> have been selected as our 2017-2018 <a href="">Linowes Fellows</a>. These two outstanding scholars were selected from a very competitive field to work at the Cline Center with our data, research staff, and interns.</p> <p>&nbsp;Professor Livny will continue work on the Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups (<a href="">CREG</a>) project. Her team is integrating dozens of censuses and thousands of surveys into a high-quality dynamic global dataset of religious and ethnic populations. Her work will also enrich with existing datasets on the political and socio-economic status of these groups.</p> <p>&nbsp;Professor Chaudoin will be using our <a href="">Global News Archive</a> and text-analytic technologies from our <a href="">event data projects</a> to analyze the dynamics of international law in nearly real time. His initial effort will focus on actors contending over the Filipino &lsquo;war on drugs.&rsquo; Ultimately, he aims to develop real-time &lsquo;seismographs&rsquo; that track events, media coverage, and citizen reactions related to international law and human rights.</p> <p>&nbsp;Linowes Fellows are supported by the generosity of Prof. David F. Linowes (1917-2007) and his family.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>The Cline Center is pleased to announce the release of our <a href="">Historical Phoenix Event Data</a>.&nbsp; Parsing nearly 14 million news stories, we documented the agents, locations, and issues at stake in around 5 million conflict, cooperation, and communicative events from all around the world between 1945 and 2015 using the CAMEO ontology. This is the first state-of-the-art open-access political event dataset to cover 70 years of history, and it is useful for researching topics ranging from trade to civil and international conflict processes, peace-making, predicting asset values, and political forecasting.</p> <p>With the help of academic and private-sector collaborators in the Open Event Data Alliance (<a href="">OEDA</a>), and with generous support from <a href="">Linowes Fellow</a> Prof. <a href="">Dov Cohen</a>, we used <a href="">PETRARCH-2</a> software to process stories from the New York Times (1945-2005) as well as translated media from BBC Monitoring&rsquo;s Summary of World Broadcasts (1979-2015) and the CIA&rsquo;s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1995-2004).</p> <p>This data describes the behavior of hundreds of agents &mdash; &nbsp;including governments, businesses, political factions, international organizations and ordinary citizens &mdash; and identifies dozens of event types ranging from threats and promises to protests, riots, and violent attacks.</p> <p>We plan to update and enhance these data, and we are working on a paper to more formally introduce the dataset. In addition, we&rsquo;re processing additional sources for the 1945-2015 period, and are developing new improvements to provide richer and more accurate geolocation, issue, and event categorization.</p> <p>The dataset is accessible via our website, along with a variable description document: <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at: <a href=""></a></p>
<p>We&rsquo;re very proud to announce that three Cline Center alumni have received prestigious Fulbright and Boren Scholarships.</p> <p><a href="">Two of the 14 Illini who received Fulbrights</a> this year worked at the Cline Center: Britney Nadler was a <a href="">Nerad Student Researcher</a> working on the<a href=""> SPEED civil unrest monitoring</a> program. Alexandra Turcios was a Social Science Intern working on our <a href="">Coup d&rsquo;etat Project</a>. Derek Hoot was the only U of I student to receive a Boren Scholarship this year, and served as a Nerad Student Researcher.</p> <p>The US government&rsquo;s flagship educational exchange program, <a href="">Fulbright Student</a> awards recognize academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. <a href="">Boren Scholarships</a> provide funding for exceptional U.S. students who study languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. After graduation, Boren recipients work for the US Government for at least one year.</p> <p>All three students were James Scholars. Ms. Nadler and Ms. Turcios will work as teachers in Thailand and Indonesia respectively. Mr. Hoot will be studying in Jordan.</p> <p>The <a href="">Illinois News Bureau</a> has more information about the Fulbright recipients and you can read about Mr. Hoot&rsquo;s scholarship <a href="">here</a>. Students interested following in their footsteps and joining the Cline Center should email: <a href=""></a></p>
<p>The Cline Center recently organized&nbsp;the 2017 Boeschenstein Seminar on Public Policy&nbsp;which featured more than 20 academics, community advocates, researchers and law enforcement officers from around the country. &nbsp;</p> <p>They joined us&nbsp;to discuss the need for a Cline Center-built comprehensive database of police shootings and their aftermath.&nbsp;This diverse and capable group came together to help create&nbsp;data that enables citizens, scholars and law enforcement agencies to develop a better understanding of police shootings, community responses and paths towards a safer and more peaceful future.</p> <p>A video about the seminar is here:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>We also want to extend heartfelt thanks to our distinguished guests and new friends from&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=105584955947&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">International Association of Chiefs of Police</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=593130797446134&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">Fatal Encounters</a>.org, the&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=6476528946&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">NAACP</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=6709500997&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">ACLU of Illinois</a>, the Police Executive Research Forum (<a href="">PERF</a>), the&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=842768705779918&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">Invisible Institute</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=269768717748&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">Dixon, Illinois Police Department</a>, <a href="">Charleston, Illinois Police Department</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=382624408505481&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22fref%22%3A%22mentions%22%7D" data-hovercard-prefer-more-content-show="1">Streetcred Software, Inc</a>, the<a href="">&nbsp;Goldman School of Public Policy</a>&nbsp;at UC Berkeley, the <a href="">Center for Law &amp; Human Behavior</a> at UT El Paso, and the <a href="">Department of Criminal Justice</a> at the University of Louisville.</p>
<p>The Cline Center is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Trans-Atlantic Platform<a href=""> Digging Into Data</a> (DiD) Challenge grant.&nbsp; The American portion of our work will be funded by the <a href="">National Endowment for the Humanities</a>, and European organizations will be supporting our partners at the <a href="">Free University of Amsterdam</a> and <a href="">Mannheim University</a>.</p> <p>Our project is called Responsible Terrorism Coverage (or ResTeCo), and aims to address a fundamental dilemma facing 21<sup>st</sup> century societies: journalists struggle to give citizens the information they need without giving terrorists the kind of attention they want. Defined as &lsquo;propaganda of the deed,&rsquo; terrorism involves spectacular acts that enable small numbers of radicals to affect millions of lives by sowing intense fear and hatred. Although they seek widespread publicity, terrorists also target journalists&mdash;precisely because they fear a responsible, free media and a well-informed public.</p> <p>ResTeCo aims to inform best practices by using extreme-scale text analytic methods to extract knowledge from more than 70 years of terrorism-related media coverage from all around the world and in 5 languages. It will dramatically expand the available data on the way media ecologies respond to terrorism, and enable us to develop empirically-validated models for socially responsible and effective news organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Transatlantic Platform&rsquo;s announcement is <a href="">here</a>, and you can download a more detailed list of the 14 winning Digging into Data Challenge projects <a href="">here</a>. To learn more about the DiD program, see: <a href=""></a></p> <p>And to find out more about the US-based projects supported by NEH, see: <a href=""></a></p>
<p>Today we celebrate the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the birth of Professor David F. Linowes (1917-2007), who was an invaluable contributor to the Cline Center, a distinguished alumnus (Honors, &rsquo;41), and inspiring public intellectual.</p> <p>In addition to serving as the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and as Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business, Professor Linowes was a highly-successful accountant and a dedicated public servant under Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.</p> <p>Best known for leading a highly-influential post-Watergate <a href="">commission on the future of privacy law</a>, he also led three other presidential commissions and State Department and UN missions to countries in South America and Asia to disseminate best practices for privatization programs. A veteran of WWII, he <a href=";btnG=&amp;hl=en&amp;as_sdt=0%2C14">authored more than a dozen books</a> and was known as the &ldquo;<a href="">father of socio-economic accounting</a>&rdquo; &mdash; a method of incorporating social and environmental impacts into decision-making.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to the generosity of the Linowes family, this legacy of service and scholarship lives on at the U of I. Since 2012, <a href="">Linowes Faculty Fellows</a> at the Cline Center have pursued projects that bring cutting-edge methods and data to bear on pressing social and political problems. They also select a distinguished speaker for the annual <a href="">Linowes Lecture on Public Policy and Management</a>.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s talk, scheduled for April 26<sup>th</sup>, will tackle analytical problems similar to the ones that Prof. Linowes studied. Professor Scott E. Page, Hurwicz Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, will describe novel ways to inform cost-benefit analysis using ensembles of many quantitative models simultaneously. Integrating ideas from physics, computer science, economics and statistics, Professor Page&rsquo;s proposed method echoes Linowes&rsquo; own interdisciplinary approach to policymaking by&mdash;in the words of David Linowes&mdash;taking &ldquo;into account more points of view than would normally be considered&rdquo; and enabling &ldquo;all relevant sources of expertise, and all affected interests to be brought together for sustained, focused, and creative analysis of issues.&rdquo;</p> <p>The public is welcome to attend, and a livestream video will be available on <a href="">our Facebook page</a>&nbsp;&mdash; just &lsquo;like&rsquo; us and stay tuned. To learn more about the Linowes Lectures or watch them online, see: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;And to learn more about Professor Linowes&rsquo; life and legacy, check out <a href=";/news//news/2017/davidlinowes17/">today&rsquo;s commemorative announcement</a> from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="411" height="259" /></p>


<p>Philip Tetlock, from University of Pennsylvania, will be the guest lecturer for the 2015 Linowes Lecture. &nbsp;His lecture will take place on April 13th 2015. &nbsp;The title of his talk is "The Power of Forecasting Tournaments to Answer Previously Unanswerable Questions: How Good is Political Judgement? How Good Can it Become?" &nbsp;To learn more about this talk please use the following (<a title="2015 Linowes Lecture" href="">link</a>).</p>