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August 24 ♦  Fall 2020 ♦  View Past Newsletters

Director's Welcome
photo of Flavia Andrade, Acting Director WGGP 
Professor Flavia Andrade, Acting Director, WGGP 

On behalf of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at the University of Illinois, I would like to welcome you to the new semester. As you know, Prof. Murphy is on sabbatical this year, and I am looking forward to working with you in my role as acting director of WGGP.   

These are challenging times. The pandemic has modified how we live and how we interact with each other. It has also highlighted and deepened social inequalities globally. Women and social minorities have disproportionally been affected.  

Times are uncertain, but there is reason to hope. As we engage with each other, we can look for ideas and ways to ensure a more equitable world. We are looking forward to connecting with you this year. 

We have rescheduled the celebration of our 40th anniversary to spring 2021. Over these past 40 years, WGGP has encouraged and facilitated research, instruction, and service focused on gender equity and human development. Our 68 Faculty Affiliates from 12 Colleges and 33 Departments from across campus comprise a vibrant community of scholars with expertise in these areas.  The complete list of Faculty Affiliates is located on the People page of our website. We have many reasons to celebrate the accomplishments of the WGGP community.  

Over 150 graduate students have participated in WGGP through what was originally a certificate program and is now a graduate minor on Gender Relations in International Development (GRID).  For more information about our GRID minor, please look under the Academics page. Each year we highlight our GRID alums on our website, in our weekly newsletter, and on social media.   

You should also check our website and learn more about our faculty affiliates, our current GRID students, and our programming.  Please check out our website at https://wggp.illinois.edu  

Our program strives to engage students, faculty, as well as community members through lectures, brown bags, and symposia. On the Home page of our website, you will find upcoming events that we are hosting or co-sponsoring. This semester we will kick off with a zoom conversation on September 24th with Silvia  Beltrametti, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, who will be presenting on Intellectual Property Issues in New Media Art.   

Annually, we offer a competition for graduate student awards that includes two full-year fellowships (the Barbara A. Yates Fellowship and the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship) along with research awards (the Accad & Vielle and Due & Ferber International Research Awards).  The deadline for applying for funding for AY 2021-22 is February 16, 2021.  Complete details and a link to the application is on the Fellowship page.   

I encourage you to look over our website and learn more about our program.  I also invite you to “Like” us on Facebook  and “Follow” us on Twitter and Instagram to learn about happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity.   

We are happy to chat with you to discuss any questions you might have about our program or about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at fandrade@illinois.edu or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, atarkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.  

Finally, please stay safe and be well.  

Warm regards,  

Flavia Andrade  
Acting Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program  
Associate Professor, School of Social Work  

New People at WGGP
Allyson Magno

Allyson Magno joined the WGGP staff this month and will split her time between WGGP and the Illinois Global Institute. 

Allyson completed her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and then her Master’s in Speech Pathology at the University of Iowa. Her favorite hobbies include singing, watching movies, and trying out new food and restaurants with family and friends. Allyson is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the University of Illinois as an employee.  Please help us welcome her to WGGP.  Allyson's contact information is amagno2@illinois.edu 

Abbie Levitt joined WGGP over the summer as a communication specialist and will continue this semester. 

She is a senior majoring in Communication, minoring in Public Relations with a certificate in Leadership Studies. In her spare time she loves to read, listen to podcasts, and workout.  She is extremely passionate about empowering and advancing women.  

Campus Events of Interest


Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and the Illinois Global Institute partner for annual research theme, "The Global and Its Worlds"

The annual research theme, The Global and its Worlds, will start on September 17 with Tony Ballantyne speaking on COVID response and its links to white settler histories in New Zealand, followed by Arjun Appadurai on October 2 talking about the markets for globalization. For more information on events hosted by the Humanities Research Institute, please visit https://www.iprh.illinois.edu/events/hri-events-calendar


Register Now for Career Diversity
Virtual Roundtable and Info Session

HWW Alumni Panel and 2021 Predoctoral Career Diversity
Fellowship Session

Thursday, August 27
4–5:30 p.m. (CST)

Join us for a kickoff of Humanities Without Walls’ (HWW) 2020-21 career diversity programming! In this virtual roundtable, hear from three HWW fellowship alumni about their experiences post-fellowship and how the Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop informed their career exploration and development. 

This session will also launch the 2021 fellowship application season, with a Q&A to answer your questions about the fellowship application process and the switch to a virtual workshop in 2021.

Registration is required. A meeting link will be shared with registrants by email on the morning of August 27.

If you have any questions about the event or wish to submit your questions for the panelists in advance, contact Jason Mierek at HWW-DirectorOps@illinois.edu.


Program in Jewish Culture & Society

Krouse Family Visiting Scholars Event

On a Personal Note: A Conversation with Violinists Yulia Ziskel & Joe Deninzon

Monday, August 31, 7:30 PM CST

A conversation about their journey from their Russian-Jewish roots to current positions and  relationship with Jewishness/Judaism and how that has evolved over the years.

Co-sponsored by: Program in Jewish Culture & Society; Krouse Family Visiting Scholars in Judaism and Western Culture Fund; Illinois Humanities Research Institute; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation; Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity & Inclusion; Illini Hillel

This event will be recorded.

Free and open to the public.

Registration for the Zoom link here.

Faculty Affiliate News
Dr. Angharad Valdivia, WGGP Faculty Affiliate and Professor in the Institute of Communications Research 

Dr. Anghard Valdivia was elected as a fellow in the International Communication Association for her record of distinguished scholarly contributions to the field.  More information available at https://go.illinois.edu/ValdiviaICAFellow 

Dr. Kathryn Anthony, WGGP Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Architecture 

Dr. Kathryn Anthony received the Chicago Women in Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award.  More information available at https://cwarch.org/cwa-foundation/cwaf-lifetime-achievement-award-2020/

Dr. Denise Loyd, WGGP Faculty Affiliate and Professor of Business Administration 

Dr. Denise Loyd has been named the new associate dean for equity in the Gies College of Business.  More information available at https://giesbusiness.illinois.edu/news/2020/08/18/gies-business-names-associate-dean-for-equity


Three WGGP Faculty Affiliates receive the 2020 Public Voices Fellowship. 

Professor Margareth Etienne, College of Law
Professor Karen Flynn, Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of African American Studies
Professor Colleen Murphy, College of Law

Congratulations to our faculty affiliates and the other 17 faculty from the three campuses.  More inforamtion on the public voices fellowship is available at https://www.vpaa.uillinois.edu/academic_affairs_programs/public_voices_fellowship

Dr. Colleen Murphy, WGGP Director and Professor of Law 

Dr. Colleen Murphy has been named the Roger & Stephany Joslin Professor in the College of Law.

Dr. Ghassan Moussawi, WGGP Faculty affiliate and Professor in Sociology 

Dr. Ghassan Moussawi has new publication, "Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientatlism and Queer Strategies in Beirut".  More information is available at Template University Press http://tupress.temple.edu/book/20000000009954


Faculty Affiliates and GRID Students are welcome to send award and
publication updates to be included in future newsletters.

If you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
or (217) 333-6221.

Alumni Spotlight
Dr. Alice Iannantuoni, 2020 Graduate of Political Science with a GRID Minor 

Alice Iannantuoni has been selected as the 2020 winner of the Marvin G. Weinbaum Award for Excellence in Teaching as an Independent Instructor.

Alice will be a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva, Switzerland working with Simone Dietrich on a project studying the evolution of norms in international development and aid giving. 

Congratulations Alice!


Dear students and recent alumni,

Do you want to get experience living and working in Asia?  

If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Luce Scholars Program. The Luce is a one-year internship in your field after graduation in Asia or Southeast-Asia, and it is designed specifically for students and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens and who have spent less than 18 weeks in Asia since graduating from high school. For any candidate, even students who lived in Asia as a child or teenager, the Luce eligibility requirements would only count time in Asia since high school graduation toward the 18-week limit.

If you would like to learn more, please join us for one or both of the following events:

Luce Scholars Program Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Luce recipient

Thursday, August 27th, 3:30-4:30 pm

Online:  https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96778310067

Luce Scholars Program Personal Statement Writing Workshop

Friday, August 28th, 3:00-4:00 pm

Online:  https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97241087301

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu.


IL/IN East Asia Consortium
Virtual Dissertation Workshop on East Asia
Theme: Social and Racial Relations in East Asia Yesterday and Today
October 15, 2020 (in conjunction with the 2020 Virtual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) hosted by Indiana University, October 16-18, 2020)

Application Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020

Indiana University East Asian Studies Center and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies are pleased to announce the IL/IN Consortium National Dissertation Workshop on “Social and Racial Relations in East Asia Yesterday and Today” on October 15, 2020. The workshop is designed to enable students to present and engage in intensive discussions of their work in broader East Asian and multidisciplinary contexts. It will be led by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty mentors from the two universities.

All doctoral students whose area of research falls within East Asia are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in the United States and must have begun to draft a dissertation, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, September 4, 2020. 

Application must include: 

  1. Application Form
  2. A current CV
  3. A 4-6-page double-spaced dissertation/thesis proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied
  4. A letter of support from a faculty member to be uploaded by faculty here.

Contacts: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS - Yuchia Chang, yuchia@illinois.edu | INDIANA UNIVERSITY - Theresa Kang, kang43@indiana.edu

The IL/IN Consortium National Dissertation Workshop is a joint program of the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC), funded by the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center program. 


The European Union Center is seeking participants for an interdisciplinary reading group aimed at interrogating issues surrounding race and the Mediterranean. Prospective texts will feature predominantly primary sources, with a mixture of contemporary materials relevant to today's debate. In observing differing traditions across Sub-Saharan and North Africa in comparison with Southern Europe, this group will strive to draw a common narrative along evolving histories, shifting elements of alterity, and colonial impacts that define race relations among the Mediterranean.  

The group is open to all faculty, students, and community members interested in exploring the history of race and racism in the Mediterranean and will meet every other week to discuss each selected text. Details, such as date and time, as well as virtual or in-person gathering has yet to be decided. Please reply to pontone1@illinois.edu if you would be interested in participating in this reading group by Friday, September 9th


The class is the prerequisite for any students who are interested in becoming paid peer facilitators for the FYCARE (First Year Acquaintance Rape Education) program and it provides a solid foundation in facilitation skills, tools for supporting survivors of sexual violence, and an introduction to the field of sexual misconduct prevention. It is an interactive class that will be held through Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:50pm.

WGGP Courses and Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International

Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2019, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here


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