21ST Century Scientists Working Group

October 6th 2017

Story Collider is Coming to UIUC–Oct 19 and 20!


October 19, 2017, 7-9 PM,  Blackbird at 119 W. Main St., Urbana IL

Get swept up in a hurricane and laugh at some monkey business–join us for five true, personal stories about the deeply human side of science. This special show is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor, 21st Century Scientists Working Group, the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, the School of Integrative Biology, and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Stories by Alyssa Kealohl Loving, Dr. Deanna Hence, Dr. Felipe Menanteau, Dr. Laura Shackleford, and Dr. Michelle Rodrigues.

Please RSVP (free) so we know you’re coming!


Public talk and reception by Liz Neeley, Executive Director of Story Collider

October 20, 3-5 PM, Beckman Auditorium/Atrium (talk at 3 pm in the Beckman Auditorium, reception to follow at 4 pm in the Atrium).

Storytelling is among the most hyped and least appreciated concepts in public engagement. For many audiences, stories are more interesting, understandable, convincing, and memorable than evidence-focused communications – and these qualities are often highlighted in science communication discussions. But stories are too often approached simply as convenient vehicles for educational content. They are not merely products, but also processes for humans to collectively resolve ambiguity and construct meaning, They change their listeners and their tellers. This talk will explore research on storytelling and persuasion, highlight the value of personal stories in science, and critically consider how and why busy researchers might approach adding something like “narrative competency” to their repertoire.