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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

Houston-Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award Ceremony

May 1
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Lucy Ellis Lounge

Modern Greek Studies invites you to help congratulate the following awardees: Derick Fong, Sarah Allen, Agilda Dema, Benjamin Samuel, Dajia Ye and John Giletto.

Sponsor: Modern Greek Studies


Virtual Briefing: Transatlantic Relations After the First 100 Days

May 3
11:00 am
507 E Green St., Rm 411 

The referendum on Brexit and the new foreign policy priorities of American President Donald Trump hold the potential for significantly altering EU-US relations over the next few years. What are the prospects for a multi-lateral trade agreement? Have new security concerns changed traditional defense priorities? How does the current state of the Transatlantic relationship compare to other episodes in its history? What can American businesses and professionals expect moving forward?

This event is limited to the first 100 people/groups to register. Register or get more information:  

Sponsor: Jean Monnet European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh and Florida International University; in-conjunction with: University of Illinois European Union Center


Bate Papo: End of the Semester Party

May 3
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invite you to join in their party celebrating the end of the semester!

Sponsors: Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Finding Oscar Film Screening

May 4
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 1090

Join the Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of English, and Program in Comparative and World Literature for a special advance screening of FINDING OSCAR. In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team – from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor – to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible…by finding the missing boy named Oscar.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ryan Suffern, moderated by Brett Ashley Kaplan.

For more information about the film, visit

Sponsors: Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of English and Program in Comparative and World Literature

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.

Contact or for more information

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.

International Summer School for Philosophy of Immanuel Kant 
The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz ( is pleased to announce that it will host an annual international summer school focusing on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It will be directed by Prof. Dr. Eric Watkins (University of California, San Diego), who has been selected a Fellow of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg (, which will also fund the summer school for five years. It is being co-organized by Dr. Margit Ruffing and Patricia Schwab of the Kant Forschungsstelle ( and by the Philosophisches Seminar (, both at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The summer school is designed for advanced PhD students, post-docs, and early career faculty (i.e. those who are untenured) and will last one week. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and lodging will be provided. Details and application procedures can be found in the link: Summer School in Mainz