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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 October 4, 2021
Built on Coal
We visited Gillespie, Illinois to get a feel for what happens to a town when the mines close and the plants shut down.
Alumna Dawn Turner's striking new memoir is an homage to the power of sisterhood and to the ways in which fate plays a role in our lives.
Resiliency on the Mother Road
Two alumnae shed light on the Black experience on Route 66.
Curiosities: Series 6
In this sixth installment of Curiosities, we try our hand at games of chance, fortune, and skill.
Time Will Tell
Campus Historic Preservation Officer Dennis Craig answers the Proust Questionnaire.
Inside Nature's Fury
Sometimes the only way to understand the storm is to get inside it.
Found in Translation
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.
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.