Alumni & Campus Stories

Russell Wigginton in front of all that is a large picture from a crowd of civil rights protesters.

His Dream Job

When Russell Wigginton, PHD ’01 LAS, walks into the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, he sees history. Not just the history of African Americans and the struggle

Portrait of Luis with his book

Donut Dollies

Luis Alberto Urrea’s harrowing and adventure-filled new novel, Good Night, Irene (Little, Brown, 2023), centers on the World War II experiences of women in the American Red Cross Clubmobile Service,

Colorful mural of a female student holding books among plants with a rainbow and "vote" sign.

La Casa Cultural Latina

When she came to Illinois from Puerto Rico in 1984, Nancy Nieves Muñoz, PHD ’87 ED, discovered the meaning of culture shock. “When I arrived, I was scared because I