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WGGP Weekly News

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WGGP Upcoming Events
Hood Feminism Book Club, Feb. 15

February 15th

Virtual Book club via Zoom for Illinois Alumna Mikki Kendall’s book Hood Feminism.

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RBG Documentary Film Screening

February 16, 2021 4pm-February 18, 2021 4pm

Virtual viewing link (password: uiucrbg221): vimeo.com/showcase/rbg-univofillinois-private

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Julie Cohen and Best West, RBG Documentary Filmmakers 
Julie Cohen and Best West, RBG Documentary Filmmakers 
RBG: Virtual Conversation with the Filmmakers

February 17, 2021 4:00pm CST

Join a virtual conversation with the film’s directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Angela Aguayo, Associate Professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, Dr. Cara Finnegan, Professor in the Department of Communication, and Dr. Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law in the College of Law. Full details are available here

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International Women's Day Informational Poster 
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International Women's Day 2021, March 8th, 3:30-5:00pm CST

“13 Women Who Changed The World: Untold Stories”

The Humanities Research Institute and The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program co-host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of the woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

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WGGP Co-sponsored Events
Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores 
Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores 
Women in Science - February Lecture | Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores

February 9, 2021 12:00pm via Zoom

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. The lecture series seeks to highlight the important innovations and contributions of women in the sciences at the University of Illinois, and center the importance of documenting women scientists and engineers to create a diverse and inclusive archival record.

February 9th guest speaker Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores is Senior Plant Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History survey part of the Prairie Research Institute and will speak about her research on plant reproductive ecology, conservation biology and plant-insect interactions.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click for Women in Science Lectures Series schedule.

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Dr. Sable Manson YMCA Friday Forum 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World – Spring 2021

 #DigitalFaith – Keeping the Faith Remotely

Friday, February 12 @ 12:00 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Sable Manson, The University of Southern California

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

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Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007  |  Passcode: friday

Upcoming Campus Events
Michele Guerra 
Michele Guerra 

 Women@NCSA's Wellness-To-Go Series

Wednesday, February 10,  2:00 - 3:00 P.M. CST

Stress Management Part 2: Learning to Relax

    • Understand how stress affects you physically
    • Learn what the relaxation response is and how it works
    • Practice a variety of relaxation techniques
    • Learn to select a relaxation technique that works for you

This webinar will engage the audience with multiple handouts and worksheets that participants will need to download and bring to the discussion. Click here to access and download all stress management handouts and worksheets.

Featured speaker: Michele Guerra, Director of Campus Wellbeing Services

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Meeting ID: 875 8734 9607  |  Password: 713224

19th Annual EU Day Flyer 

The European Union Center is excited to announce the schedule of events for its 19th Annual European Union Day celebrations on February 25-26 and March 5, 2021. This year, we are honored to be joined by Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, who will give the keynote address ("Rights, Representation, and Resources: Gender Equality in Sweden and the EU") on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12 P.M. CST. Ambassador Olofsdotter will outline Sweden’s approach to gender equality; how generous childcare and gender-neutral parental leave have benefitted the GDP of Nordic countries; and why women’s equal access to rights, resources, and representation should be hard foreign policy concerns.

In addition, on Thursday, February 25 at 3 P.M. CST, we will host a moderated discussion with Swedish hip hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité about his music, his recent memoir (A Drop of Midnight), and his current podcast project which he produces with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson ("This Moment"). On Friday, March 5 at 2 P.M. CST, the innovative and acclaimed Out of Chaos Theatre in the U.K. will give a reading of Aeschylus's "The Suppliants," a tragedy about immigration and asylum.

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Women In History Wednesday
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Patsy Parker 

For this week's #WomeninHistoryWednesday, we have Patsy Parker. She graduated from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 1968. During her junior year in the spring semester of 1967, she became the first female to be elected student body president at the University of Illinois.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News
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Brian G. Ogolsky 
New Faculty Affiliate: Dr. Brian G. Ogolsky

Dr. Brian G. Ogolsky is the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies.  He examines how relational partners maintain healthy romantic relationships across the life course. His work has the potential to inform practitioners and promote policy initiatives designed to enhance family dynamics. To view Dr. Brian G. Ogolsky’s Faculty Affiliate profile, click here.

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

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GRID Student News
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Claire Branigan 
GRID Student: Claire Branigan

Claire Branigan is a GRID student and a Doctoral Student in the Department of Anthropology.  She will be presenting at the upcoming WGGP Graduate Forum on March 5th.  Her presentation is “The Horror of Grief and the Wounded Family: Reclaiming the Murdered Woman Story in Argentina”.  For more information on the upcoming forum schedule and registration, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/WGGPGraduateForum

Click here for more information about the Graduate Minor
GRID Alumni Spotlight
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Katherine Roth 
Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Roth

Katherine Roth
is a Contributing Writer for The Associated Press.   

Katherine received her MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies along with the GRID Minor in 1989.   

She will be participating in the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on March 4, 2021 with her talk entitled, "Global Perspectives: Things aren’t always what they seem”

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WGGP Fellowships & Award Application Due Feb. 23

The application for 2021-2022 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Barbara A. Yates Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available.  The application deadline has been extended to February 23rd at 11:59pm

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Colors of Faith Spring 2021 Flyer 
Colors of Faith Virtual Clinics, Feb. 11

If you are interested in diversity and inclusion, dancing for fun, and learning about other faiths, then Colors of Faith hopes to have you!

Colors of Faith is an interfaith dance team that celebrates religious diversity and unity through their art. They dance to devotional and cultural songs of various religions. Having danced to Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Hindu songs in the past, they hope to continue their celebration of faith as they grow. Students and community members of all identities are welcome! No prior dance experience is required to join.

Virtual clinics will be on Thursday, February 11 from 9-10pm CST. During clinics, you will have a chance to learn the dance and meet the current team members! RSVP for clinics at bit.ly/COFrsvp

Mia Pia Gratton International Award Infographic 
Mia Pia Gratton International Award Due Feb. 15

This award is intended to assist female international graduate student to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, though all genders are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to a student who has had a limited opportunity to travel outside of their home country. The Gratton Award provides a tuition waiver* and a monthly stipend totaling $10,000 for the academic year.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as graduate students at Illinois with at least one academic year (i.e., two semesters) of graduate school remaining or if not currently enrolled as graduate students at Illinois, applicants must be applying to begin graduate study at the university in the upcoming Fall semester. Applicants who have not yet been admitted to the university must follow regular academic admission procedures.

Applications will be accepted for the Maria Pia Gratton International Award from mid-November until February 15 of each year. Apply by filling out the application on iSTART located under the Insurance and Finances tab. If you do not have access to iSTART, please contact Laura Reiter.

*Please note that some Colleges and/or programs do not accept tuition waivers. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the availability of a waiver in their department before applying. If the student’s department cannot accept a tuition waiver, the student is not eligible to receive the award.

Graduate Student Leaders Gathering, Feb. 26

The Graduate College is organizing a half-day event on Leadership as part of the upcoming Professional Development Week, to connect graduate student leaders at UIUC. This event will be on February 26, 2021 from 1 pm – 5 pm. This is a free virtual event for all graduate students interested in professional development, skill-sharing and networking with other fellow graduate students. There will be a series of different sessions in the event.

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International/Foreign-Born Students, Scholars, and Staff Needed for Survey

Survey from the Research Cluster "Cross-Cultural Understandings of Power Harassment in Higher Education: Awareness and Actions"

Scholars don’t yet have a good understanding of how international and foreign-born scholars, students, and staff members perceive power harassment (including sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and non-sexual forms of power abuse). We want to change that—and you can help!

Participation in this study involves completing a one-time online survey. Your answers will help us better understand how to improve prevention of and responses to power harassment for international people on college campuses. Students, staff, and all university-affiliated scholars are welcome to participate. 25 participants will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

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WGGP Programs
WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

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Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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