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Spring 2020 | May 3 - May 9 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
CGS Announcements

As the Spring semester draws to an end, we want to celebrate three members of the CGS team that will be retiring and graduating. 

Lynne Rudasill - Global Studies Librarian
Lynne has been an active member of the CGS team for nearly 20 years and is now retiring. She has remained integral to the success of CGS and the creation of global studies as a field of study and research.  As the first global studies librarian in the world, she innovated what would become a common way for academic libraries to support interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Lynne supported activities that ranged from gathering data for and editing grant proposals, helping to develop the campus’ global studies major, and creating a global studies collection that included traditional books while integrating grey literature through the development of the Global Studies search engine of NGOs. She’s also been central to the launch and success of the International Studies Research Lab, which funds community college faculty to do research at the University of Illinois to develop global and area studies courses, study abroad programs, and new programs for community colleges across the country. Lynne was a mentor to many of the graduate students that worked within CGS.  Her thoughtful supervision allowed students to work on meaningful projects, contribute to the center, and grow in ways that helped so many graduates land their first professional jobs. We want to thank Lynne for her years of dedication to the campus’ global studies community and wish her the happiest of retirements. Read more about Lynne HERE

Mia Adams - Graduate Assistant 
Mia Adams is a fourth-year graduate student. This semester she will graduate with a M.A. in African Studies, a M.S. in Library and Information Science, and a graduate minor in Global Studies. In addition to pursuing these degrees, Mia has also taken part in rigorous volunteer work, both locally and internationally. Mia is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, a three-time Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship recipient, and a one-time Language and Area Studies (LAS) fellowship recipient. This semester, she received Special Recognition from the Graduate Student Leadership Award and will graduate with honors. Mia has worked with the International and Area Studies Library and the Center for Global Studies as a Pre-Professional Graduate Student under the supervision of Lynne Rudasill. After taking a year to rest and work, Mia will continue her education at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Bansari Patel - Undergraduate Assistant 
Bansari Patel is a senior graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Marketing from the Gies College of Business. At her time at the University of Illinois, she has been on the Gies College of Business Dean's List for 2 semesters. She has received three scholarships, the Leiby S. Hall Scholarship, the McMillan Family Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Alpha Phi Omega John Mack Scholarship, for academic excellence and campus/community involvement. She has served as the Undergraduate Student Assistant at CGS for the past 2 years, aiding with the center's outreach and marketing efforts. After graduation, she will be working as a Data Analyst for a global healthcare company.

CGS Resources
Pandemics in Historical Context
Webpage consisting of a selection of public talks by innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provide global perspectives of the pandemic. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 for K-12 Educators.
Global Currents
Blog that is currently running a series of essays by individuals from the information world related to how they and their areas are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Global Studies Custom Search Engine
Use it to search articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic!
If you have suggestions of additions we can make to these pages, please email global-studies@illinois.edu for general inquires, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquires, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquires about the CGS website

Call for Proposals: Online Course Development Funds in Area and Global Studies

University of Illinois faculty are invited to submit proposals to the Illinois Global Institute and its ten centers and programs for Summer 2020 course development grants. These grants are intended to foster improved online instruction of global themes and world areas. Funds may be used to help faculty transition currently offered courses to online formats for the next semester (as needed), as well as to sponsor the development of new online courses. To learn more visit, https://igi.illinois.edu/Summer2020CallForProposals

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 11, 2020 but no later than June 1, 2020.


Save the Date
iSEE Congress 2020, "The Future of Water"
Part of the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)
October 5-6, 2020, All Day
 National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Auditorium

This year, this modified “teach-in” event will introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge thinking from highly influential scholars on topics ranging from drought, to the global politics of water, to pollution, public health and biodiversity. Read more and register HERE

Virtual Events

New Schools of Thought: Innovative Models for Delivering Higher Education
May 4, 2:00pm (London time; 8am CST)

Higher-education institutions are under pressure. Now, more than ever, they must adapt to rapid, social, political, economic and technological change, including unprecedented challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This moderated panel  will discuss the future of higher-education in a post-COVID-19 world, as well as the findings from our latest report "New Schools of Thought: Innovative models for delivering higher education".


Global Voices on the Pandemic

The University of Illinois is part of a global community including students, scholars, and artists. All of us are experiencing the pandemic in different ways shaped by culture, the situations of our societies, and our economic and political realities.  At the centers and programs in the IGI, we have reached out to friends and colleagues around the world to ask them to share their experiences with us. Read their stories HERE.


National Security Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build State Capacity

CGS faculty affiliate, Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois), along with her colleagues Ralph Clem (Emeritus Professor of Geography and Senior Fellow at the Stephen J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University) and Erik Herron (Eberly Family Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University), has recently published "National Security Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build State Capacity" on the Minerva Research Initiative's blog, Owl in the Olive Tree. Read it HERE

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

UK and Ireland Scholarship Information Session for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates
Thursday, May 7, 2:00-3:00 pm
Online webinar link: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/80712172e2814d8f80ae03df4d322664


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

Interested in learning a new language this summer? The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is offering online courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof! More details here: https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world



The Program in Jewish Culture & Society is looking for someone to teach beginning and intermediate Hebrew.



LAS Global Studies is looking for a 67% graduate Teaching Assistant for two courses in the Fall 2020 semester.

GLBL 100: Introduction to Global Studies. This course is the introduction to our major, and the TA will two independent sections (capped at 30 students) to offer a broad survey of the seven thematic areas that comprise the Global Studies major. This role will consist of acting as the instructor of record for two sections of GLBL 100, day and time to be determined. The classes meet for 80 minutes twice a week, there is no discussion section. These classes are planned to be offered in an in-person format, but will be moved online if necessary due to stay-at-home orders. The syllabus, course readings, and assignments are standardized across all sections. Weekly team meetings take place for teaching and administrative support. Shared office space will be provided in Lincoln Hall. The ideal candidate will have successful teaching experience, research interests that coincide with course content, and experience with interdisciplinary teaching/research.

Interested applications should send a letter of interest indicating teaching experience and interdisciplinary background, a resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references to Valerie Paceley (vpaceley@illinois.edu) by May 7.


Graduate College Grants & Fellowships: 2019-20 Competition Schedule

Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)