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Spring 2017 | March 26 - April 1   View Past Newsletters

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

March 31 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
April 1
The Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street in Urbana

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.

Sponsors: Center for Global StudiesCenter for African StudiesCenter for East Asian and Pacific StudiesCenter for Latin American and Caribbean StudiesCenter for South Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesEuropean Union CenterRussian, East European, and Eurasian Studies CenterThe Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International SecurityWomen and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)Illinois International ProgramsBradley University Institute of International Studies


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

Journey to My Mother’s Land: Extending the Gates’ Effect into Africa

March 27
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Art Theatre Coop

This is an Auto-Ethnography by Janice Marie Collins, PhD. Take a journey with me back to my maternal ancestral land and people of Sierra Leone, West Africa. 

Sponsors: Department of Journalism, College of Media, Center for African Studies


Partitioning the United States: Who Won the Civil War?

March 28
4:00 pm
Talbot, Rm 103

John Lynn, Professor of History at the University and the 2017 Recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, will present this lecture.

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security


Cultures Fair

March 30
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parkland College, Student Union

The Cultures Fair will host musical performances, food stations and activities.

Sponsors: Center for Global Studies, U.S. Department of Education's Title VI NRC program, Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Division of Arts and Sciences, Counseling and Advising, Student Government at Parkland College


WorldFest at the Spurlock Museum

April 1
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Spurlock Museum

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone.

Sponsor: Spurlock Museum

Upcoming Events
April 3
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
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Levis Faculty Center, 4th Floor

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! 

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.
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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International Studies Research Lab (Application Deadline May 1)
The Center for Global StudiesInternational and Area Studies Library, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will host an International Studies Research Lab (ISRL) this summer for community college faculty interested in expanding global studies curricular and library offerings at their home institutions.  This summer research opportunity is open to all community college instructors and administrators who wish to spend time on the University of Illinois campus during the designated workshop dates to update and create curricular materials.  Community college librarians interested in creating curricular support materials and bibliographies are also encouraged to apply.

Participants have the opportunity to access the world-class International and Area Studies library resources and to work one-on-one with international reference specialists during their time on the Illinois campus.  The Lab will run from July 16 – July 29, 2017. Participants may spend any amount of time during these dates on campus. Housing and parking will be available as is the possibility of a $1,000 honorarium for participants.  For more information go to: or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to drop us a note at