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2017 Global Studies Summer Workshops

The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides exceptional high school students an opportunity to have an enriching college experience before or immediately after their high school graduation. These intensive summer courses offer college-level interdisciplinary foundations on global studies topics designed to introduce analytical skills and methods for addressing issues from a global perspective.

2017 programs:

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights

Each of our programs is taught by faculty and instructors on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Participating students engage in rigorous academic studies, meet with college advisors to discuss their college plans, and stay in University Residence Halls throughout the program. Students that successfully complete a course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

Program Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Global Intersections - Student Research and Project Grants

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 (Application Deadline February 28)

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 ACES in Sierra Leone Program, the Office of International Programs, and the ACES Alumni Association are hosting a panel discussion on issues and engagements in the agricultural sector in Sierra Leone. Special guest, Mr. Alfred SamForay, College of ACES alum and social entrepreneur will speak, along with ACES faculty and students. Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this panel discussion event which will allow people interested in Sierra Leone and West African agricultural and rural development to meet and share ideas.

Speakers include:

1) Mr. Alfred SamForay, University of Illinois Agricultural Engineering (BS) Alum and farmer in Sierra Leone and social entrepreneur, will speak about his organization Villages Youth and Family Services using agriculture and community development approaches to strengthen education and health care in rural Sierra Leone.

2) Dr. Richard Cooke, University of Illinois, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engieering, will speak on research conducted jointly with colleagues at Njala University in Sierra Leone.

3) Dr. Paul McNamara, University of Illinois, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Director, AgReach, will speak on USAID-funded INGENAES project activities in Sierra Leone and other aspects of the academic partnership in the agricultural development area.

Sponsor: College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)


CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture
Reconstructing the Countryside: Labor Migration and Social Change in Rural Maharashtra, India

February 21
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies invites you to join their “Reconstructing the Countryside: Labor Migration and Social Change in Rural Maharashtra, India” brown bag lecture. PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography Pronoy Rai will speak about labor and migration.

Sponsor: Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies


In Response to Executive Order 9066: A Day of Remembrance

February 21
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 1066

Featuring a screening of the film The Cats of Mirikitani and a discussion of the Japanese American internment in light of the current climate regarding immigration, citizenship, race, and imprisonment.

Sponsor: Asian American Studies


Brown Bag
Archival Absence in Portrait of a Women

February 22
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

The speaker will show how a photo can productively disrupt Western practices of archiving, most notably through the absence of information about the photograph’s provenance.

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


Global Career Opportunity: Careers in Japan

February 22
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Career Center Interview Suite, Rm 213

Are you interested in working in Japan, the world’s third largest economy? Come learn about the job market in Japan! Open to all students. Japanese students will learn about their home country’s job search strategies and non-Japanese students will explore career opportunities in Japan, as well as Japanese companies located in the U.S. Panelists who previously worked in Japan are invited.

Sponsor: The Career Center


Afro-Latinos: An Untaught History

February 22
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Foellinger Auditorium

Free screening followed by a Q&A with Emmy award winning director Renzo Davia.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; in-conjunction with: University of Illinois’ Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of African American Studies, Department of Latino/a Studies, La Casa Cultural Latina, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Music, Department of Art History, Urban & Regional Planning, Office of the Dean of Students, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Office of Minority Students Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity and Access, Parkland College


International Science Film Festival

February 22 - February 23
Lincoln Hall, Theatre

Organized by Joe Lenkart, Robert Cagle, David Ward, Kirsten Feist, and Kelli Trei (all employees of the University Library), the festival is linked to ongoing courses, and it will feature some interesting films and surprise shorts that you might not have seen before. Participants can hear commentary from local campus experts. Come and join us!

February 22, 2017, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm: District 9 (South Africa); Casshern (Japan)
February 23, 2017, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm: The Mermaid (China); A Werewolf Boy (South Korea)

Sponsor: University Library


CLACS Lecture Series
A New Epoch in US-Cuban Relations: What Comes Next?

February 23
12:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Dr. Soraya Castro Marino, from the Center of Research for International Politics in Cuba, will present at the “A New Epoch in the US-Cuban Relations: What Comes Next?” lecture. Dr. Castro Marino’s research includes U.S. Cuban relations, U.S. foreign policy and U.S. foreign policymaking process. She is the author of many scholarly articles and co-author of several books. Dr. Castro Marino’s talk assess how far both countries have come, and how far they still have to go in the process toward “normal” relations. Dr. Castro Marino will discuss what policy priorities might lead to a stop, deceleration, or derailment of the normalization process or, on the other hand, play a positive role in the process.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; in-conjunction with: International Forum for U.S. Studies


17 Reasons to Get Along with the Secret Police: Tatyana Lioznova’s “Seventeen Moments of Spring” from the Soviet 1970s to the Putin Era

February 23
4:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

The most iconic television mini-series of the 1970s, and allegedly Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite film, Seventeen Moments of Spring (dir. Tatiana Lioznova,1973) remains an important cultural touchstone in contemporary Russia. This talk will contextualize “Seventeen Moments” in debates during the Soviet 1970s about the role of mass media in shaping political beliefs and offer a fresh interpretation of the film’s politics and reception, which continues to shape the present. Seventeen Moments of Spring generated public conversations about moral complexity, the need for new, post-Stalin heroes who could repair the damage of the Stalin cult, and the role of television in making visible the superiority of the Soviet system and its people. Together with the film itself, these conversations outlined a new deal based on patriotic values, the acceptance of police and bureaucratic authority, and the promotion of new heroes like the film’s protagonist, Soviet spy Maxim Isaev.

Sponsors: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; in-conjunction with: European Union Center, Center for Global Studies and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies


International Fieldwork 101: IRB and Beyond

February 27
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library, Library 314

This workshop provides practical tips to get you ready for your first international fieldwork experience. We’ll start with an overview of the “pre-search” you should do before proposing a study. This will include looking for country and travel information about your destination, as well as which library services would be useful to you in the preparatory phase and when you’re abroad. Next, we’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of submitting an IRB application that involves international research and the related ethical issues. Bring your questions, sign up for an appointment with an IRB specialist, or begin working on your form. This workshop is appropriate for people in the early and intermediate phases of applying to do international fieldwork.

Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons

Upcoming Events

March 3
Women’s and Gender History Symposium
Time TBA
Location TBA

March 5
A Classic Malaysian Tale of Tuah Jebat: For the Sake of Our Brotherhood!
8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Lincoln Hall, Theatre
April 1
Worldfest at the Spurlock Museum12:30 pm - 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 pm - 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.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program (Application Deadline March 14)

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides fellowship funding to doctoral students looking to perform research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies in order to complete their dissertation research. Recipients are encouraged to pursue teaching or public service careers upon completion of their doctoral programs.

Arabic, Persian and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (Application Deadline March 18)

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer - in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Each 8-week language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework. In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.

Move-in: Saturday, June 17
Orientation: Sunday, June 18 
Classes begin Monday, June 19

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 

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.

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century (Application Deadline March 1)

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century offers K-12 educators new perspectives for the study of U.S. identities and foreign interactions across the twentieth century - a century that forged the interconnected world our students inhabit today. Our course of study both complements and challenges traditional diplomatic history to bolster teachers' abilities to present a more thorough and nuanced account of American foreign relations, with a particular focus on the regions of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Here we address traditional topics (e.g. immigration and progressivism, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, etc.) reimagined in vital new ways through a transnational lens. Teachers in the institute will look at the various levels, modes, and structures through which ideas of the "foreign" were constructed and consumed by Americans in the twentieth century, and the consequences of those ideas. Teachers will gain fluency with the richly creative literature of twentieth century transnational U.S. history and learn from some of the field's leading scholars and practitioners.

The U.S. and the Wider World is designed for teachers of U.S. and world history, English language arts, music/art, world languages, and some social sciences. With an emphasis on foreign relations post-1898, the institute asks these enduring questions about the United States and the world: How have Americans defined, debated, and carried out their role in the world? How does the world shape or act upon the United States? How has interacting in the world influenced how Americans think about themselves? How does the United States look when viewed from other regions of the world at different moments in time? The institute will illuminate points of entry in the curriculum where these issues may be addressed and invite teachers to identify others.

We welcome you to learn more about this opportunity through this website or by contacting Ann Marie Gleeson at Primary Source via email or phone (617) 923-9933 ext. 133.

Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program (Application Deadline March 7)

The GPA program supports groups of K-12 teachers, college students, and faculty as they engage in short-term and long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. Short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. Long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.