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BTN LiveBIG: Black history and the Big Ten

The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor shows how music universally bridges cultural divides

It’s a genre of music invented by former African slaves and their descendants just a few decades after emancipation. Though novel, the rhythms and melodies were the result of a fusion between the native musical forms they brought over from their home continent and instrumentation they encountered in their new country. As it evolved and grew more popular, it became an emblem of national pride, unity and ingenuity.

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BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten well represented among Fulbright Scholars, Students this year

For nearly 70 years now, the Fulbright Program has given scholarships, international exposure and professional opportunities to some of the brightest minds among university students and faculty the world over.

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BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten cancer centers springing into action

Spring Break has slowed down activities on many university campuses recently, but members of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC), an organization that unites the cancer centers and medical schools of all the universities in the conference, haven’t slowed down in their fight against this destructive disease.

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BTN LiveBIG: 6 Big Ten students and alums flying high after receiving aviation awards

Big Ten universities have a reputation for innovation. The conference’s status as a leader in this area was recently affirmed by Aviation Week magazine, a provider of global news and information for the aerospace and defense industries, which selected six students from five Big Ten schools for its “Twenty20s” awards.

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