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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


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

Gender and Migration: Maternal & Reproductive Health in Portugal During the Crisis

April 3
12:00 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 3057

WGGP will host this noon talk by Alumna of WGGP GRID Minor and Department of Sociology Transnational Sociology.

Sponsors: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives; In-conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, European Union Center, Department of Sociology, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities


The State of Transatlantic and International Trade: A European Perspective

April 3
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Business Instructional Facility, Rm 3039

Jennifer Riccardi, Senior Advisor on Trade at the EU Delegation to the US, will speak at this lecture. The event will be followed by a student meeting led by Ms. Riccardi on international/transatlantic careers from 2:30-3:20 pm in 3039 BIF, 515 E Gregory Dr.

Sponsors: European Union Center, College of Business; In-conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives


The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa

April 3
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ACES Library, Heritage Room

The campus community is invited to attend a lecture sponsored by International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI): “The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa” by Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Research Professor of Tropical Soils, University of Florida.

Sponsor: International Food Security at Illinois


Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt

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

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center invites you to join them for their 11th Annual Turkish Studies Symposium; the event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, European Union Center; In-conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities


Race Relation in Brazilian Racial Democracy

April 4
2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

For a long time, Brazil was celebrated as a country successful in the construction of race relations, whose main trait was racial harmony. Due to the strong miscegenation process that has occurred since colonial times, the social perception that prevailed was that Brazil had social inequalities and not racial problems. This presentation questions the idea of racial democracy built from the 1930s until the 1970s. Angela Randolpho Paiva, from the Department of Social Sciences and CCCI, will argue that the re-democratization of the country brought issues of racial prejudice and inequality to the fore as black social movements came to the public sphere denouncing racism and the structural inequality. Scholarship produced in the social sciences the 1970s supported the emergence of a racial identity and demands that were vital for the organization of the black social movements in the early 1980s.

Sponsor: The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies


CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture
“A Seat at the Table? – Muslim Acts in the American Political Landscape”

April 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

Maryam Kashani, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies & Asian American Studies, will present a lecture exploring Islam and Muslim societies and U.S. culture and society. 

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


China–U.S. Relations: Mutual Benefits through Collaboration

2017 CEAPS Consulate Talk: - Consul General Hong Lei lecture: "China–U.S. Relations: Mutual Benefits through Collaboration"
April 7
2:00 - 3:30 pm
GSLIS room 126

The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago, Mr. Hong Lei, will present a public lecture hosted by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, April 7 at 2 pm at 126 School of Information Sciences. Consul General Hong will share his perspectives on China–US relations and propose strategies for mutually beneficial collaboration between the two countries. The program will also include a question and answer session.

Mr. Hong Lei is the 10th Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago, a post he has held since 2016. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson from 2010 to 2016 and held the positions of Deputy Director General, First Secretary, Division Director, Counsellor and Third Secretary at the Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1997 to 2010. He also served as an Attaché and Third Secretary at the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands (1994-1997) and a Second, First Secretary and Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco.

Sponsor: The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)


A Century of Revolution: Culture, Politics, and People

April 7 – April 8
Various times
Bevier Hall, Rm 249

A graduate student conference in Slavic Studies at the University with a keynote lecture by Professor Jessica Greenberg

Sponsor: European Union Center

Upcoming Events
April 13
The War on Facts: Costs and Casualties
5:00 pm
Gregory Hall, Rm 223

April 24
Youth & Sustainable Development Goals
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edward Madigan Lab, Rm 350b
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

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, 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