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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)

Foreign Language Book Sale

March 1 – March 17
Illini Union Bookstore

There will be hundreds of titles to choose from, all marked down 50%. The sale will be on the Main Level of the Illini Union Bookstore.

Events This Week

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


Partition of the Ottoman Empire and Current Issues in the Middle East

February 28
4:00 pm
Talbot, Rm 103

Oner Akgul, Department of International Relations Faculty at the Ahi Evran University of Kirsehir, will present at this lecture.

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security


Relocating Innovation: Places and Practices of Future Making

March 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
NCSA, Auditorium

Lucy Suchman holds a Chair in the Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University and was Principal Scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where she spent twenty years and was manager of the Work Practice and Technology research group. Her books, Human-Machine Reconfigurations (2007) and Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication (1987), both published by Cambridge University Press, provide intellectual foundations for the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and artificial intelligence. In 2002 she received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Sciences and the 2010 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award.

Sponsors: Prairie Futures; in-conjunction with: College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Science, School of Social Work, Center for Advanced Study, Center for Digital Inclusion, Center for Global Studies, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for People and Infrastructures, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Gender and Women’s Studies, Human and Dynamics Laboratory, Illinois Public Media, Illinois Informatics Institute, Institute of Communications Research, Product Design Laboratory, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering Department, Social Innovation at Illinois, Spurlock Museum, Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative, College of Business, African American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Comparative and World Literature, Department of History, Department of Latino/a Studies, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Sociology, Allen Hall/Unit One LLC, Critical Technologies Lab, Innovation LLC, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of Undergraduate Research, University Library, Makerspace Urbana


Brown Bag
Toward a Comparative History of Racial Thought in Africa: Historicism, Barbarism, Autochthony

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

Northwestern University Professor Glassman’s paper will explore the racialization of African discourses of difference, including those that can be traced to the continent’s deep intellectual histories, and by doing so challenge some conventional assumptions about the nature of racial thought.

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


CEAPS Brown Bag
Future at the Periphery: Young Adult Urban-to-Rural Migration in South Korea

March 3
12:00 pm

Davenport Hall, Rm 109A

Since 2012, Jeju Island has had the highest percentage of increase in population of any region in South Korea. This trend is part of a larger reversal of migration patterns in South Korea in recent years. South Korea’s rapid development from a war-torn country to an advanced industrial nation was accompanied by forty years of uninterrupted net-migration from the rural areas to the nation’s capital, Seoul. 2013 was the first year in forty that there was a net out-migration from the Seoul metropolitan area to the regional areas. Jeju Island has been the destination of much of this new out-migration, particularly for young adults, the focus of this presentation. The exodus of young people from Seoul to Jeju Island, from the corporate and professional world to slow living and self-employment marks a profound shift in the aspirations and sensibilities of the young generation in South Korea. This study finds that, ironically, this return to the countryside and to the local community allows young adult migrants to embrace a downshift and even downward social mobility while at the same time holding onto their global aspirations.

Sponsor: Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies


Women’s and Gender History Symposium

March 3
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Levis Faculty Center, Room 300

Now in its 17th year, the graduate Women’s and Gender History Symposium at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showcases graduate research
that foregrounds histories of women, gender, and sexuality. This year’s symposium
theme is: Migration and Movement in Women’s and Gender History.

Sponsor: Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Upcoming Events
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
March 6
34th Annual International Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
University YMCA, Latzer Hall
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

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. 

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.

Tuesday, February 28, 1pm - 2pm
Wednesday, March 8, 2pm - 3pm
Thursday, March 16, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday, March 29, 10am – 11am
Tuesday, April 11, 2pm – 3pm
Friday, April 21, 1pm – 2pm

All information sessions are held at LAS Global Studies, 703 S. Wright Street, 3rd floor (above Women's Resources Center)

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.