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WGGP Events of the Week

Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days

WGGP Co-sponsored Events

The Past, Present, and Future of Our Water Lecture Poster 

iSEE Congress Spring 2021

Speaker: Peter Gleick
"The Past, Present, and Future of Our Water"

April 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm via Zoom

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. Registration is required for the event.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click here to see the full iSEE Congress Schedule.

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Adrianna Calcanhotto. Guest speaker for Lemann April 22nd event "Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today" 

The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies Presents: 

Music as Poetry: A Conversation with One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today

Thursday, April 22, 6:00-8:00pm CST via Zoom

Guest speaker: Adrianna Calcanhotto

Description: Certain poetic effects that seem new and contemporary to us have existed for a long time and have marked the western song. The Brazilian case is as complex as Brazil is, which encourages discussion about the extreme quality of popular poets, samba musicians, who in the vast majority, without further studies, left works of great poetic stature that are still sung and loved to this day. For me, as a singer and songwriter, through these studies of the archeology of the popular song every day I am more convinced that if there are two things that can change the world they are love and music.

Adriana Calcanhotto is a multi-platinum performer and Latin American Grammy Award winner.  She won the “Best Portuguese Language Song” for “Tua,” and the Best Children's Album with "Adriana Partimpim.” Her songs have a force of their own, broadcast on radios and picked up by television shows and exported all over the world. Composing widely popular ballads to conceptual art inspired by the greats in Literature and poetry, largely influenced by Brazilian modernism, her original songs continue to be re-recorded by great musicians.

Currently professor and ambassador at University of Coimbra, Adriana showed great devotion for words, books and poetry. She not only wrote melodies for some of her favorite poems, but worked together with important voices of contemporary poetry, performing with Augusto de Campos, Antonio Cicero, Waly Salomão and Ferreira Gullar. Adriana also published poetry anthologies for adults and children, who best know her for her heteronym Adriana Partimpim.

Click here to register for Lemann "Music as Poetry" event


"From Polio to COVID: Environmental Virology at its Best" lecture poster 

iSEE Congress Spring 2021

Speaker: Joan B. Rose
"From Polio to COVID: Environmental Virology at its Best"

April 23, 2021 @ 12:00pm via Zoom

Description: Since the era of waterborne jaundice and polio, environmental virology has attempted to understand disease risk through the monitoring of viruses in wastewater, and fresh and marine waters. More recently, the advent of molecular tools coupled with metagenomics has offered the opportunity to identify human viral pathogens including the global spread of diseases such COVID-19. We now have the ability to monitor community health via the surveillance of our wastewater, helping to meet global grand challenges in public health including the implementation of world-wide vaccination programs. Registration is required for the event.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click here to see the full iSEE Congress Schedule.

Click here to register for the "From Polio to COVID: Environmental Virology at its Best" lecture

Upcoming Campus Events

A Great Conversation Poster 
A Great Conversation: Higher Education Leadership in a Complex Global 21st

April 19, 2021 10:30am CST

Chancellor Jones along with Vice-Chancellors Kupe and Marwala will discuss the changing landscape for higher education as it is impacted by major global trends including demographic changes, aging populations, political shifts, and national education policies. These global trends coupled with national concerns regarding education access, affordability, changing student and faculty profiles, and declining financial support for institutions of higher education, challenge university leaders to collaborate and explore innovative solutions that transcend geo-political boundaries, and which seek to address UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to widening access, reducing inequality, improving gender equality, and pursuing peace and social justice.

The captioned conversation will be archived and available to re-watch after the live event.

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BTAA Global Film Series Event "I Am Greta". Documentary viewing and discussion on April 21st. 

BTAA Global Film Series: I Am Greta

April 21, 2021 @ 6:00pm CDT

Description: The Big Ten Academic Alliance international programming team invites YOU to our Global Film series on April 21st at 6pm CDT (Champaign-Urbana time). International students and others from the 14 research universities of the Big Ten will watch and discuss I Am Greta in celebration of Earth Day. Please email Nick Dunn (nickdunn@illinois.edu) with any questions.

Click here to register for the Global Film Series event
Rana Hogarth 
Rana Hogarth 
LAS Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

April 29, 2021, 4:00pm CST

Slavery, Science, and the Eugenic Impulse: Re-Examining Charles B. Davenport’s Race-Crossing Studies

Presented by Rana Hogarth (Associate Professor, Department of History)

Race mixing—particularly between Blacks and whites—alarmed American eugenicists in the early 20th century. Charles B. Davenport, one of the nation’s leading eugenicists, was so preoccupied by race mixing that he published two studies on people of Black and white ancestry—a class of people he concluded was “badly put together” and “ineffective.” These two studies serve as points of entry for examining early 20th-century efforts to define people of African descent as inherently unfit.

During this presentation, Rana Hogarth will draw attention to the ways anti-Blackness and slavery-era ideas about race informed scientific knowledge production. Rana Hogarth will demonstrate how early 20th century attempts to measure, objectify, and pathologize mixed race individuals with Black and white ancestry rendered Blackness an unfavorable trait in white eugenic discourses and beyond.

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Women In History Wednesday

Jill Wine-Banks 
Jill Wine-Banks 

Jill Wine-Banks graduated from the U of I in 1964 with a degree in Journalism. While a student, she was involved in various activities and societies, such as Shi Ai, the Daily Illini, Panhellenic Council, Iota Alpha Pi, and Kappa Tau Alpha. After graduating, she went on to receive her J.D. from Columbia Law School. After receiving her law degree, Jill joined the United States Department of Justice as one of the first female attorneys in the organized crime section. She was the only female prosecutor during the Watergate trial. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated Jill to serve as General Counsel of the Army, a position she held until 1980. In 1987, she became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Bar Association, the first woman to hold this position.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News

Emily E. LB. Twarog. See Emily's Faculty Affiliate profile. 
Emily E. LB. Twarog 
Faculty Affiliate: Emily E. LB. Twarog

Professor Emily E. LB. Twarog from the Department of Labor and Employment Relations was recently named a Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Campus Fellow for 2021-2022 for “Hands Off: A History of Sexual Harassment Resistance in the US Service Industry, 1936-2020”.

Click here to learn more about the HRI Campus Fellows for 2021-2022


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

Atyeh Ashtari. See Atyeh's GRID Student Profile. 
Atyeh Ashtari 
GRID Student: Atyeh Ashtari

GRID Student, Atyeh Asthari, was awarded the 2021-2022 Evelyne Accad and Paul Vieille International Award.  Atyeh is a GRID student and a Doctoral Student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Click here to learn more about the Evelyne Accad and Paul Vieille International Award

GRID Alumni Spotlight

Tutin Aryanti 
Tutin Aryanti 
Alumni Spotlight: Tutin Aryanti

Tutin Aryanti
, GRID Alumna, is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Universitas Pendidkan in Indonesia.  She recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and Disasters.  Her talk, “Women in Disaster Mitigation” is available now on Media Space.

Click here and go to 3:06:45 mark in the recording to watch Tutin's presentation



2021-22 HRI-Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to WGGP Director Collen Murphy and GRID Student Claire Branigan!

Legal Humanities Research Group

The Legal Humanities fellows and interns will pursue their own research projects and participate in all activities of the Mellon Legal Humanities Research Group. The Mellon Research Group is funded by a grant of $2,050,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to HRI to support the development of emerging areas in the humanities.  

Faculty Fellow/Director
Colleen Murphy (Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy & Political Science, Director of Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program)

Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Claire Branigan (Anthropology), “Ineffective Laws, Active Citizens: Creating Justice in the aftermath of Femicidio in Argentina”

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LER 199 Poster 
Fall 2021 Course Offering: LER 199 - Women Workers in the 21st Century

In Fall 2021, the Labor Education Program is offering a course called Women Workers in the 21st Century - LER 199. It is an introductory course exploring the evolution of the social, political, and economic construction of the woman worker globally. The course will be delivered synchronusly online on Tuesday and Thursday at 2-3:30PM.


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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Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
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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