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In Class: Royal Thespian

I teach acting. Beginning acting, contemporary scene work, classical plays. I regard teaching as my life’s calling—helping my students to find their own voice. Because getting a degree in theatre is about learning how...

Chess King

Although the most cerebral of games, chess is lodged in the physical world: the site of the match, the pieces, the players squaring off across a board. But apart from a handful of unobtrusive...

Birds of a Feather

In his first picture book, Mr. Watson’s Chickens (Chronicle Books), Jarrett Dapier, ’01 LAS, MSLIS ’15, tells the story of a same-sex couple whose love can survive anything—even a house overrun by 456 singing,...

Dr. Nicole Williams

Taboo Buster

Dr. Nicole Williams, ’97 LAS, ’97 LAS, doesn’t get mad—she gets motivated. When a guidance counselor suggested that she consider becoming a nurse instead of a doctor, Williams doubled down on her studies, earned...

Alumni Interview: Ronald S. Urick

In the 1995 movie Mr. Holland’s Opus, Richard Dreyfuss plays a classical composer who begrudgingly accepts a high school music teaching job to pay the bills. As the film unfolds, though, his outlook transforms,...

FIRST CLASS

To understand what has happened at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CIMED), it’s helpful to begin on a scale that goes from titanic to tiny. Within the mighty University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, more...