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CGS Announcements

Joint Area Centers Symposium on Governing Globalization - Call for Undergraduate Research Presentation and Poster Proposals

LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present their work at the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) on Governing Globalization to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2017, organized by the Center for Global Studies (CGS).


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to be part of a four speaker panel on governing globalization. Themes could include global markets, migration and human rights, climate change, conflict and diplomacy. We encourage submissions that incorporate a focus on gender, communities of color and under-represented groups. Panel presentations will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.


LAS Global Studies invites proposals from students who would like to present posters on governing globalization. Themes could include, but are not limited to, armed conflict, terrorism, global markets, economy, role of superpowers, climate change, sustainability, social change, technology, gender, youth and migration. Poster presentations will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Submit your proposals as a pdf document by February 28, 2017 to Submissions should include the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Major and year
  3. Institutional affiliation
  4. Email address
  5. Title of presentation/poster
  6. Abstract (no more than 250 words)
Events This Week

“The Soybean Innovation Lab: Communicating Research for Development”

February 1
1:00 - 2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Mr. Dan Boomgarden will discuss the ongoing work of the Soybean Innovation Lab, their communications strategy, and his role as a communications specialist. 

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


Expert Roundtable - "State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or Reinforcing Contentious Border Regions"

February 2
4:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 1002

How do states, as actors, seek to maintain internal control and stability when facing threats to their territorial integrity? Examining four post-Soviet countries (Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine), the panelists assess two new functional areas of state capacity analysis, elections (regenerative) and healthcare (distributional) in addressing this question.

This interdisciplinary roundtable explores empirical approaches to the assessment of internal diversity in state capacity, illustrating how variation in internal capacity is linked to the vulnerability to destabilization, separatist movements or incursions by adversarial neighbors across these four cases. They explore how assessments of distributional and regenerative processes within and between states can contribute to literatures in the areas of governance, conflict, legitimacy and state stability, deepening our conceptualization of state capacity in this region and elsewhere.

Sponsor: European Union Center


Save the Date: 
China and Globalization from the Perspective of Sino - Arab Economic and Trade Cooperation

February 6
12:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Please join CGS in welcoming Visiting Scholar Dr. Li She.  Dr. She is an Associate Professor of Arabic at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.  Dr. She is interested in the economic development of Saudi Arabia and the influence of China on that development.  

China’s economic and trade cooperation with Arab countries has evolved over the past several decades and has influenced its economic development and globalization processes. More than 30 years ago, China conducted a low volume of trade with a limited number of Arab countries, and focused mainly on trading traditional commodities. Today, China trades with all Arab countries, and has become one of their most important trading

Dr. Li She will discuss China’s shifting role in being the recipient of development expertise to being the provider of advanced equipment, technology and management experience in various Arab nations such as Kuwait, Iraq and Egypt.

Sponsor: Center for Global Studies

Upcoming Events
February 8
CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: "Terrorism and South Asia: How to Win the Lost War"
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
February 17
EUC Lecture: "Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union"
12:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
February 22 - February 23
International Science Film Festival
7:00 pm
Location TBA

February 23
CLACS Lecture Series. A New Epoch in US-Cuban Relations: What Comes Next?
12:00 pm

101 International Studies Building – 910 S Fifth St, Champaign
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Main Library, Library 314.

March 3
CEAPS Brown Bag - Future at the periphery: Young adult urban-to-rural migration in South Korea
12:00 pm

Davenport Hall 109A, 607 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
April 1
Worldfest at the Spurlock Museum
12:30 - 4:00 pm

Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

April 5
CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: “A Seat at the Table? – Muslim Acts in the American Political Landscape”
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

April 25
Lemann Institute Lecture Series:
Racial Inequalities in Brazil and Affirmative Action: What Has Changed?
2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Summer 2017 and Academic Year 17-18 FLAS Fellowships (Application Deadline February 3)
FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

Academic Year FLAS
- Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school.

- Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000.

Summer FLAS
- Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Title VIII Fellowships for Study in the Summer Language Workshop at Indiana University (Application Deadline February 3)
Competitively awarded Title VIII Fellowships are available through the Summer Language Workshop to U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars to pursue their language and culture studies in Workshop languages including Azerbaijani, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Russian, and Ukrainian in summer 2017.

Fred S. Bailey Scholarship (Application Deadline February 16)

The Fred S. Bailey Scholarship awards $3000 and $5000 scholarships to University of Illinois undergraduates making a difference in their communities. To learn more or to submit an application for a Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Bailey Scholarship, visit: Applicants will be evaluated based on their commitment to service, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. Applications are due February 16. 

Slavic Graduate Student Conference 2017 - Call for Papers

Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People
April 7-8, 2017

College of Education Spring Break Study Trip to France
Spend spring break in local K-12 schools and a university in Lyon, get a glimpse inside the lives of Lyon residents through a home stay, and spend the weekend before you return to the states in Paris!

Please email Jenn at or Jacob at with any questions. 

Information Sessions: Major/Minor in Global Studies
Global Studies majors develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and intercultural skills necessary to analyze and solve contemporary world problems. The Global Studies major fosters respect for diverse ways of living and commitment to sustainability through coursework, advanced language acquisition and study abroad.  The competencies established through the major prepare students for careers in business, communications, education, immigration, international affairs, law, public health and sustainable development.

L.A.S. Global Studies Information sessions for Minor In Global Markets And Society, Certificate In International Development, and Certificate In Global Health
The Minor in Global Markets & Society teaches about interdependent relationship between businesses, governments & individuals. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, fair trade, global supply chains, and sustainable business practices, among others.

The Certificate in International Development is ideal for students interested in careers in development & poverty reduction. You will complete courses on development theory and poverty interventions.

The Certificate in Global Health is ideal for students interested in health professions. You will study courses on global provision and global health interventions.

Onassis International Scholarships For Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Economics And Finance In Greece 2017/2018 (Application Deadline February 28)
In 1995 the Foundation established an annual program of grants and scholarships for research, study and artistic endeavour within Greece. The educational program is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers and doctoral candidates. Exceptionally and on a case-by-case basis, the program may accept Greeks of the Diaspora, second generation Greeks, and Greeks who permanently reside abroad and have been studying or have been employed in foreign Universities for over 10 or 15 years, depending on the type of scholarship.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships: Now Accepting Applications 
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Opportunities for K-12 Students and Teachers

Teacher Professional Development Workshops 

K-12 Latin American Teachers Workshop: The African Presence in Mexico
February 4

4:15 pm–6:15 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 

Spurlock Museum Teacher Workshop: Guiding Challenging Discussions with Objects
February 8
4:15 pm–6:15 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Join us in this interactive workshop where we will explore ways to use object-based learning as a method for engaging in challenging conversations about implicit or structural bias. This workshop, while aimed at teachers, is also appropriate for educators and group leaders in other settings. Information for further reading will be provided, as well as information on borrowing objects from the Spurlock Museum’s teaching collection for use as classroom aids.

China: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
March 3, 2017, The Field Museum
March 4, 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Illinois, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Global Studies, is offering a two-day seminar for current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. This two-day seminar will focus on Chinese history and the role of China in contemporary society. 

The first day will be spent at The Field Museum in Chicago, exploring the Cyrus Tang Hall of China and learning inquiry-based instructional approaches using artifacts from museum collections. This session will be lead by educational professionals at The Field Museum. The second day will be spent on the University of Illinois campus learning about China's place on the contemporary world stage. Teachers will be trained in how to use the Choices curriculum program from Brown University.