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Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational and global perspectives in student research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across multiple disciplines that promote understanding and solving global problems. Projects provide opportunities for students to engage directly in the process of developing new research directions in areas of global import. 

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. One of the globalizing missions of the Center is to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
How to Submit a Project Proposal (RFP)
·       The Request for Proposals (RFP) is for projects beginning the following academic year.
·       The deadline for 2017-2018 projects is March 3, 2017.
·       If you have questions about Global Intersections, please contact Donna Tonini at
Award Information:  
Proposals may request up to $3,000 for project activities within the grant year (5/16/17-5/16/18). Global Intersections grants may provide funding for the following project components:
a) A campus event (e.g., workshop, conference, reading group, hackathon) focused on global studies; 
b) Travel funding for external speakers with an emphasis on global studies; 

c) A student publication with a focus on global studies.
Funded projects must begin no earlier than May 16, 2017 and end no later than May 16, 2018

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)

2017 Joint Area Center Symposium: Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society

March 31 - February 1, 2017
Symposium Website

As the world has grown increasingly interdependent, populations have been forced into a closer web of relationships that require cooperation on a scale unprecedented in the history of humanity. Structures of governance around the globe are being called into question and the paradoxical relationship between increasing interdependence and the need for cooperation on one hand, and the rising sentiments of isolationism and xenophobia on the other, are being studied, analyzed and debated.

This symposium is focused on bringing together leading scholars to explore the pressing topic of Governing Globalization and enrich students interested in scholarship and careers in fields related to international cooperation and global governance.

Events This Week

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


February 7
1:00 pm
Latzer Hall, University YMCA
1001 S. Wright St.

The Center for African Studies and The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies invite you to a panel to discuss the recent signing of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” an Executive Order targeting immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Libya, Somalia, and Sudan.


Democratization and State Dissolution in the Communist Federations

February 7
4:00 pm
Talbot, Rm 103

Carol Skalnik Leff, an Associate Professor of Political Science, will lead the “Democratization and State Dissolution in the Communist Federations” lecture.

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS)


Brown Bag: Know your Plant Medicine: Exploring Essential Oils

February 8

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Do you like using essential oils? What do you know about essential oils? Come find out at the Center for African Studies’ brown bag with Dr. Bernadette Montanari.

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


Brown Bag:
Terrorism and South Asia: How to Win the Lost War

February 8

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

The Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies invites you to their brown bag event that will discuss terrorism in South Asia.

Sponsor: Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Upcoming Events
February 17
EUC Lecture
"Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel Learned to Love the European Union"
12:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Foreign Languages Building, Rm 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

International Studies Building, Rm 101
February 23
New Directions Lecture
“17 Reasons to get Along with the Secret Police"
4:00 pm

International Studies Building, Rm 101

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, Rm 109A
April 1
Worldfest at the Spurlock Museum
12:30 - 4:00 pm

Spurlock Museum

April 4

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt
Time TBA
Location TBA

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, Rm 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

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. 

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 endeavor 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.

Global Studies Association of North America 2017 Conference (Application Deadline May 10)

The “Global Social Movements: Left and Right” discussion will occur June 14-16, 2017, with key speakers: Carl Boggs, Doug Kellner and William I. Robinson.

Now accepting 100-word abstracts by May 10, 2017 on all topics examining aspects of globalization. Send your abstract, full name, affiliation, and current email address in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at

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.

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 

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 led 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.