We tell stories that
Meet Illini who travel the world in service to humankind, and help communities prosper and thrive. Who dive deep into the oceans and set their sights on the moon. These individual stories compose our collective one.
Our storytelling shows a fresh side of Illinois, one where different viewpoints and perspectives teach us something new every day. Unafraid to push boundaries, Illini embrace change and innovation.
At the core of the Illinois experience is compassion and strength. Our stories acknowledge and show gratitude for Illini voices and experiences—whether on campus or around the world.
Updated June 7, 2021
Found in Translation
How the University of Illinois and the local Q’anjob’al-speaking Mayan community are discovering ways to communicate.
An Illinois Storytellers by Valerie Chen (CARLE '22).
Writing Comedic Gold
Mort Nathan (MEDIA '75), executive writer and producer of The Golden Girls, was kind enough to answer this fangirl's questions about the iconic show.
Illinois Storytellers: Andy Sima
Andy Sima (LAS '21) takes us to a burn zone in New Mexico, scarred land created by the 2019 Ute Park Wildfire.
2020 Blue Ribbon Awards: Blowing the lid off nice
The staff at The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books have announced the 2020 Blue Ribbons, their choices for the best of children's and young adult literature for the year.
Choreographing an Illusion
Jessica Steinrock (MEDIA '14, FAA '17, '20) and Zev Steinrock (FAA '08) help actors on stage and screen perform authentically, safely, and with consent.
Q&A with Nina Mitchell, GIES ’24
Universities all over the country clamored for first-year Stamps Scholar Nina Mitchell. Nina knew all along Illinois was where she belonged.
Land of Wondrous Cold
In his newest book of environmental history, English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood explores the race to Antarctica, the continent’s influence on climate change, and Alice in Wonderland.
Curiosities: Series 5
These treasures have been amassed through the hard work and generous philanthropy of countless students, researchers, professors, alumni, and friends.
Revisiting our familiar stories
English Professor David Wright answers the Proust Questionnaire.
History will record the grief the coronavirus pandemic has caused. One day we will look back at the enormous loss and our complicated response, as well as the joyful and hopeful moments when we came together with compassion. Over centuries, other pandemics have swept across the globe and changed our lives forever. These stories take us back.
1918: The year without a Homecoming
On the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, we look back at a campus that prepared soldiers for war, tended to the sick, and came together in a spirit of selflessness and compassion.
Pandemics and fear
Historians and anthropologists see parallels between past outbreaks and today's crisis.
Chasing the flu
One hundred years after the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic, scientists are still trying to understand the virus.