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Spring 2017 | March 12 - March 18   View Past Newsletters

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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 17, 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

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


Experience campus life, learn a new language, and earn college credit!

In June 2017, the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will open its doors to motivated high school students. During this 2-week intensive and immersive course, students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills in Arabic and take part in a variety of fun cultural and language activities, all while living in a residence hall located on the UIUC campus with Arabic-speaking support staff. At the end of this exciting course, students earn 2 college credits.

  • 2 week intensive college course in elementary Arabic on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
  • 2 college credit hours
  • Small class size and supportive environment
  • Immersion in the Arabic language and cultures


Apply online at:

Events This Week

Lemann Institute Lecture Series
Implementing Affirmative Action in Higher Education: African and Native Brazilians in an Elite University

March 14
2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

This Lemann Institute Lecture Series will explore how affirmative action impacts African and Native Brazilians in an elite university.

Sponsor: Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies


Nuclear Weapons and the Partition and Possible Eventual Reunification of Korea

March 14
4:00 pm
Talbot, Rm 103

ACDIS Director Cliff Singer will speak about how the use and threat of nuclear weapons facilitated the origin and defense of Korean partition, and how construction of nuclear weapons in South Korea could either cement partition or help catalyze eventual reunification.

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security


EU Day 2017: 15th Annual European Union Day

March 15
10:00 am
Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Ballroom

The European Union Center is pleased to announce its 15th annual European Union Day on March 15, 2017. 

European Union Day at the University of Illinois is a celebration of transatlantic relations and strives to promote a better understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union. The highlight of the celebration is the “State of the European Union Address.” This year, the annual “State of the European Union” address will be delivered by David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States.

EU Day is open to the public and provides our citizens with the opportunity to learn about the importance of the European Union to the United States and its role in promoting international relations. Invited guests and dignitaries will include members of the Diplomatic Corps from Washington, DC, members of the Consular Corps from Chicago, business leaders, state and local government officials, and faculty and students from universities and high schools throughout Illinois.

Sponsor: European Union Center


CLACS Lecture Series
Mechanisms of Ecological Success and Global Patterns of Invasion of New World Tropical Ants

March 16
12:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Andy Suarez with the Department of Animal Biology will present on the New World tropical ants.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


"The State of Water in Illinois"

March 17
12:00 pm
University YMCA, Latzer Hall

Carol hays and Andrew Rhen of the Prairie Rivers Network will present about the state of water in Illinois. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsor: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Upcoming Events
March 27
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Theatre Coop
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parkland College, Student Union
Various Locations
Various Times
April 1
Worldfest at the Spurlock Museum
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Spurlock Museum
April 3
WGCP Lecture
12:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 3057
April 3
The State of Transatlantic and International Trade: A European Perspective
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Business Instructional Facility, Rm 3039
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

April 3

The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ACES Library, Heritage Room

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

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

SILMW is an annual intensive language institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that focuses specifically on teaching critical languages spoken in the Muslim World.

At SILMW 2016 we are offering the following languages:

  • Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, Wolof

SILMW is an eight-week program divided into two four-week semesters. The institute is designed to provide students with a holistic language learning experience complete with instruction, cultural activities and opportunities for language practice. Students enrolled in the entire eight weeks of SILMW will receive the equivalent of two semesters of instruction, up to 10 credits over the course of the summer! 

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.

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.

Music and Class - Call for Papers

This symposium will be hosted by the Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars (ISAMS) and will explore how class in all its various cross-cultural manifestations, music, and related expressive culture are intrinsically intertwined in such a way that a critical look at one can tell us more about the others.

The call for papers encourages proposals from graduate students across the nation on a variety of creative mediums including music, visual art, performance art, dance, film, poetry and literature. Topics can include but are not limited to issues surrounding gender, race, ethnicity, and other markers of social identity as they intersect with class.

The symposium will be held over a day and a half in the Music Building and will include a keynote address by Dr. Gillian Rodger (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) in Smith Hall. ISAMS hopes to raise funds to help defray the cost of this exciting endeavor. As a registered organization, we will be applying for funding help from SORF; however, this aid will only cover a portion of the expenses, which include travel and accommodations for Dr. Rodger, programs, and other such incidentals.

April 21- 22

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