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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

Youth & Sustainable Development Goals

April 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Edward Madigan Lab, Rm 350b

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What are young people and students doing about them? Do you want to learn about the most pressing global issues today?

Come and find out how to become more involved! Made up of seventeen goals, the SDGs are the new global framework passed by United Nations General Assembly to tackle a host of social, environmental, and economic challenges including ending poverty and hunger, providing access to clean water and sanitation, and addressing climate change.

Sponsor: ACES Office of International Programs


CLACS Lecture Series. Towards a New Colombia?

April 25
12:00 pm
Illini Union, Rm 209

Professor Lesley Gill from Vanderbilt University’s Department of Anthropology will lead the event's discussion.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Lemann Institute Lecture Series
Racial Inequalities in Brazil and Affirmative Action: What Has Changed?

April 25
2:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Marcia Lima from the University of São Paulo's Department of Sociology will speak at this lecture.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)


The Missing Middle: Local Governing, International Biodviersity Aid, and the Politics of Property Around Benin’s W. National Park

April 26
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Professor Miller will examine the interaction of an international conversation aid project, the national parks agency, and meso-level political elites around Benin’s W. National Park.

Sponsor: Center for African Studies


CLACS Lecture Series
Cultural Heritage, Economic Development, and Urban Revitalization in Havana, Cuba

April 27
12:00 pm
International Studies Building, Rm 101

Mathew Hill, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will lead this CLACS Lecture Series event. 

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)


Searching for Putin: An Exploration of Sources and Perspectives

April 27
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
International and Area Studies Library, Rm 321

Vladimir Putin, as a political and cultural figure, seems to be everywhere – U.S elections, Syria, Central Asia, Ukraine, Republic of Tuva, with Steven Seagal, on Saturday Night Live, and on various social media platforms. Russia and Putin are becoming synonymous in the media. Has this individual eclipsed the Russian state? What historical and current factors are contributing to his mythical presence on the world stage? Come join us for a lively panel discussion on sources and academic perspectives on this subject matter. Four faculty members will be presenting their thoughts on this larger than life figure.

Sponsors: International and Area Studies Library and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


Conference: Spaces of Remembering the Armenian Genocide

April 28
9 AM - 2:30 PM
Foreign Languages Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
English Building, Rm 304

This event aims to foster interdisciplinary and transnational discussions on remembering the Armenian Genocide across time, space, and place. It will address how memories of this genocide travel across media and form (film, literature, art, and photography) and how they are referenced across intersectional lines to also bring to the fore other histories of collective violence.

Sponsor: Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies Initiative and Future of Trauma and Memory Studies reading group; in conjunction with: LAS Conference Support Program, School of Literatures, Cultures, Linguistics Small Colloquia, Center for African Studies, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Beckman Institute, Department of Comparative Literature, German Department, Department of English, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Department of History, Graduate College, European Union Center


CEAPS Speaker and CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series
Migratory Surveillance and Strategic Resistance in Hong Kong

April 28
3:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium

Drawing from ethnographic research conducted in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016, this talk explores the meaning of new forms of migratory surveillance and their impact on the lives of Southeast Asian migrant workers. Professor Constable asks how particular forms of surveillance—such as the minutia of the new electronic passport system introduced by the Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong in 2015—are linked to the state’s commitment to modernize, rationalize, and create what James Scott calls “legibility” of its citizens, on the one hand. Yet they also reveal an array of fundamental social tensions, cultural misunderstandings, and the precarity, as well as the profound and strategic agency, of migrant workers, on the other hand.

Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; in conjunction with: Center for Global Studies, College of Law, Department of Anthropology, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of GeographyDepartment of History, Department of Sociology, Illinois Program for Research in the HumanitiesSchool of Labor and Employment RelationsSchool of Social WorkSpurlock MuseumWomen and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

LAS Global Studies Job Opportunity: GLBL100 Graduate Teaching Assistants
LAS Global Studies is seeking two graduate Teaching Assistants for fall 2017.   One of the TAs (66% appointment) will teach two sections of GLBL 100: Introduction to Global Studies in both fall and spring, while the second TA (33% appointment) will teach one section of GLBL 100 in the fall (spring TBD).  These TAs will be part of a faculty team for class prep but will have primary responsibility for their own sections including lectures, classroom activities, and grading.  GLBL 100 sections are capped at 30 students.

Interested applications should send a letter of interest indicating teaching experience and interdisciplinary background, a resume/CV, and contact information for 2-3 references by Wednesday, April 26.  Interviews will take place the week of May 1.

Please send materials to: Valerie Paceley,

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

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.

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

Course Highlight: Honduras Water Project
Enroll in this two-semester course (Fa17 and Sp18) and you will help design a working drinking water system that serves a rural Honduran community while addressing political, cultural, and technical considerations. You’ll work closely with professional advisors, alumni mentors and Honduran technicians as you learn what makes international engineering projects successful. Optional travel to Honduras to conduct field investigations will take place during Winter Break 2018.

The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 - 12:20 pm and list co-listed as ENG40 for engineering undergrads, LAST400 for non-engineering undergrads and LAST500 for all graduate students.

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Volunteer Opportunity with the Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation
The Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation is seeking volunteers to plan the upcoming annual Panhellenic Gala on June 17th at the Hilton in downtown Chicago. Dinner will be provided at the gala and will be a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow Greeks while helping out the Scholarship Foundations. Please contact Christina Pougas at 312-357-6432.