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WGGP Weekly News

October 4 ♦ Fall 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  
Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  

Solidarity and Feminism: Histories Threaded
Through Race and Empire

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya
Purdue University

Friday, October 15

12:00 PM CST
via Zoom

Click to Register

Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and the editor of the now classic study, Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto Press, 2017).  Her recent coauthored book includes the popular Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019) which has been translated in over 25 languages. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com, The Nation, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and Spectre.

Click here for a complete list of WGGP Fall 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

Umm Kulthum  

Living Music
Middle East Documentary Film Series
Music, Musicians and Daily Life in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Presented by
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES)

Thursday, October 7
Film: Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like 

Screenings on Zoom at 7:00 PM, followed by a discussion with
Dr. Virginia Danielson, ethnomusicologist and author of The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthūm

Click to register
YMCA Friday Forum Fall 2021 event dates and list of co-sponsors  

Fall 2021 YMCA Friday Forum Lecture Series | Unpacking Racism: What Are We Carrying?

Friday, October 8 @ 12:00pm CST
In-person at Latzer Hall or online via Zoom

Speaker: Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History

Description: As we are hearing about and experiencing continual accounts of local, national, and global racism – it weighs heavy on our communities. Join the University YMCA and DiversityEd in addressing the legacies of racism. Engage in dialogue with activists, academics, and artists as they share perspectives on the intersections of racism, and reimagine solutions to move forward.

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

*FREE meal ticket from the Y Eatery available upon registration*

Click to register for Friday Forum lecture

 Webinar ID:  839 1878 3990  |   Passcode: 074617

Guests speakers for CGS event titled "Resilience in the Times of Covid-19: Swataleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls"  

Resilience in the Times of COVID-19: SwaTaleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls

Presented by Center for Global Studies (CGS) as part of the Global Intersections project series

Monday, October 11
9-10am CST
via Zoom

Description: An estimated 10 million girls in India may not return to school when they reopen after the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year. Furthermore, there will be an increase of more than 30 million child brides in the next decade globally, due to COVID-19 (UNESCO, 2020). Girls aged 12-17 are at particular risk of dropping out of school (India Education Diary, 2021).

In this seminar we speak directly with girls from rural India, their teachers to understand how COVID-19 affected India and in particular girl's education which has been at the forefront in the Global South. We will also understand how girls and other stakeholders like their teachers responded at this time.

In addition to this, from a grassroots team member and co-founder of the non-profit SwaTaleem, we discuss the role of, and challenges faced by SwaTaleem during this time working with the community.

Click to register for CGS event


Dr. Patricia Gregg  
Dr. Patricia Gregg  

Women in Science - October Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Gregg

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

October 12th guest speaker Dr. Patricia Gregg is an Associate Professor of Geology. Dr. Gregg will discuss her research on volcanic systems and volcano evolution on land, on the seafloor and on other worlds.

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.  This lecture series will take place over Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00pm CST.

Click to view upcoming Women in Science lectures.

Click here to register for the October Women in Science Lecture

Illinois Global Institute 2021-2022 Lecture Series


The 2021-2022 Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives Series presented by the Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

Ezequiel González Ocantos  
Ezequiel González Ocantos  

"Transitional Justice in Latin America: Lessons for the United States"

October Speaker

Ezequiel González Ocantos
University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College

Thursday, October 21

12pm CST via Zoom

   Click here to register


This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Additional support is provided by the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Upcoming Campus Events

CLACS Lecture Poster. Shows a castle surrounded by a body of water.  

The Paradise Performs: Tax-Haven and Corruption in the Wake of the Puerto Rican Economic Crisis

Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies as part of the CLACS Lecture Series

Dr. Jose Atiles
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Monday, October 4
3 pm In-person at 2043 Lincoln Hall or via Zoom

Click to Register on Zoom


Taunya Saunders as guest speaker for Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect  

Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect

Presented by Gender and Women's Studies as part of the Black Feminist Theory Lectures

Tanya Saunders
University of Florida

Friday, October 8
12pm CST
via Zoom

Click to register for GWS event


Flyer for WMD Nonproliferation and Arms Control event. Features nuclear explosion in the background.  

WMD Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Challenges, Opportunities, and Careers

Sarah Bidgood and Dave Schmerler
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

October 12
5 pm 
                                                                                 Via Zoom

The international community faces no shortage of challenges when it comes to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. The crisis in US-Russia relations, the slow pace of nuclear disarmament, the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and the emergence of new technologies with military applications–these are just a few of the issues that nuclear policy professionals are working to address today. Each of these problems will require creative ideas and novel methodologies to surmount.

In this talk, Sarah Bidgood and Dave Schmerler (UIUC 2012) will highlight different opportunities and approaches to contribute to this process.  They will focus in particular on the need for greater diversity, including gender diversity, among experts and practitioners in this field. All students, regardless of their prior knowledge of nonproliferation, disarmament, or arms control, are welcome to attend.

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Women in History Wednesday

Wilma Vaught  
Wilma Vaught  

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

Wilma Vaught graduated with a Business degree in 1952. As an alum, she became the first female Air Force Officer to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She joined the military when there were strict restrictions on women in the military. She is now “Brigadier General” Wilma Vaught, chairperson of NATO Women in the Allied Forces Committee, and the first and only woman selected for the promotion to Brigadier General.

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

Women featured in our weekly series are part of the 150 for 150 website Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The website was created by the Gender Equity Council and the University Library to highlight women who have made significant achievements during their time at the University either as students, staff, faculty, or alumni.

Click here for 150 for 150 website

Faculty Affiliate News

Jessica Li  
Jessica Li  

Jessica Li is a professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she also serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Bureau of Educational Research. See more

See Jessica Li's Faculty Affiliate Profile


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



Faculty and Student Announcements
  • Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Murphy, the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for 2021-2022, who will be invested as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law on October 6, 2021.

If you have news to share, please let us know at wggp@illinois.edu.

Book discussion  

FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO | Book Giveway and Book Club Discussions

Pick up a copy of Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya's book FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO when you sign up for a book discussion session. Ikenberry and ISR Libraries are open M-F from noon to 6:30 for pick-up. Book discussions will be held at the following times/locations:

-Tuesday, Oct 5th @ 7pm (Zoom)
-Wednesday, Oct 6th @ 7pm (SDRP Room 2005)

If you already have a copy of the book and just want to sign up for one of the discussions, please email Laura Poulosky at l-poulo@illinois.edu.

Group of females holding green signs at the Women's Resources Center. One female is holding a sign that says, "You Are Enough."  

The Women’s Resources Center is hiring for Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator (Advocate):

An Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator (Advocate) who will create and foster communities that support survivors of sexual misconduct. The Coordinator serves as a Confidential Advisor, providing advocacy and support services to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual misconduct. This position will have a partial embedded placement in the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center as a part of our Embedded Confidential Advisor Model which aims to better serve students of color at Illinois.

*Application portal closes Sunday, October 10*

Click here to apply

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Dear Illini who want to change the world: 

Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. 

Click here for more details


If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend one of our informational sessions: 

October 7 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
In-person at 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

October 8 from 9:00 am-10:00 am via Zoom 
Click here for Zoom Registration

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu 

Humanities Research Institute annual newsletter is now available.  

 The Humanities Research Institute's (HRI) annual newsletter is here! In it HRI introduces the year ahead in humanities research at Illinois; the brilliant slate of speakers, performers, and programs planned; and a look back at a year unlike any other.  


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 2021, GRID Alumni have come from 41 departments across campus and 52 different countries.

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

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


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.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate


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