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CGS Announcements

Our Spring 2021 Lecture Schedule

Event Series: COVID-19

Remote teaching in times of COVID-19

Date: February 2, 2021 @ 12pm-1pm CST

COVID-19 presented the university educators with a unique set of academic challenges. Please join the CGS-funded faculty and instructors for a discussion of the issues they faced and the insights they gained while converting and adapting their classes for online teaching. The presenters will address their pedagogical methods, as well as the future possibilities for online teaching.

Registration link (registration required):



Global Intersection Series: When Corona Virus Meets the City

Date: Feb 9, 2021  

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm  

Climate migrations are often characterized as moving people from low to higher income countries, or from rural to urban areas (particularly into slums or low-income neighborhoods). However, climate change will endanger cities across the globe. Is this a realistic concern and what impact could it have on migratory flows? What role will cities play in climate migrations (for good or for bad)?

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Just Infrastructures Inaugural Lecture: Joan Donovan - “What is Media Manipulation”

Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, will be presenting “What is Media Manipulation?” on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. The event will take place on Zoom from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Central time.

Just Infrastructures was launched by researchers in the Computer Science Department, the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media to interrogate the complex interactions between people, algorithms, and AI-driven systems. Find more information and register for the event by going to just-infras.illinois.edu or contacting just-infras@mx.uillinois.edu.

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Global Classrooms - Call for Proposals

Global Classrooms, or virtual global collaborations, are not new, however, in the wake of COVID-19, the interest has accelerated. The joint Study Abroad Offices, with support from some of our International Programs the European Union Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and the Center for Global Studies, have identified Global Classrooms as a priority to extending and expanding our global learning reach, both while mobility is suspended and beyond.

We are seeking proposals from faculty interested in developing a collaborative online international learning opportunity for undergraduate students (some colleges may give preference for first-year experience courses). Preference will be given to courses that are already on the books and are a part of a degree program. Courses will be selected based on the variety of topics and partnerships with different areas of the world. For this first round, we are looking for faculty who already have partners abroad with whom they would like to work. However, in the future, we hope to open up possibilities for those who are seeking out partners to have assistance in that process.

Applications are due February 1st for a Fall 2021 course offering.

Questions? Please reach out to Ali Freter -ACES (freter1@illinois.edu), Nicole Lamers -Gies (lamers@illinois.edu) Meredith Blumthal-Grainger (mblumtha@illinois.edu), Elly Hanauer - LAS (ehanauer@illinois.edu), Joy Phaphouvaninh -all other colleges (joypha@illinois.edu).


United Nations Summer Study (UNSS)

The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) provides graduate and undergraduate students and continuing education professionals with knowledge and skills for understanding the United Nations system, and offers preparation for international careers.

  • UN Practicum (Option 2) Final Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021.
  • UN Course for credit or no credit (Options 1 and 3) Final Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Application is found HERE


Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development

The Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development at Indiana University is hosting a virtual workshop entitled “Innovative Practices and Pedagogies for Teaching Undergraduate International Development Studies.” The workshop will be held on June 7-8, 2021 from 10am-3pm ET.

Workshop participants are expected to both present at the workshop and attend all sessions, and they will receive a stipend of $750.00 for their participation. Participation will be capped at 20 people.

Please see the attached for more information about the workshop. To apply, complete this application by March 31, 2021. Please contact ellcohen@iu.edu with any questions.


Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation

Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation just uploaded "GJ #2021, 2, CALL FOR PAPERS: "The Glocal World of Historical Archives", Deadline May 30, 2021

Download PDF HERE

GLBL 296: Seminar in Global Studies

Course for Spring 2021

Prof. Helaine Silverman, Department of Anthropology

This course considers the role of “global cultural governance” in the resolution as well as exacerbation of conflicts that occur because of heritage claims. These conflicts may be bloody and lethal, as when ethnic groups war with each other within a country or when countries attack each other over claims to a site that each considers as “their heritage.” Other conflicts may be vigorous but enacted through international lawsuits, for instance over objects in museums that each side professes to own. Thus, “global cultural governance” can be applied to European museums with artifacts from societies that were subjugated through colonialism. Moreover, “global cultural heritage governance” may be implicated in local contexts – as with current controversies over statues of people who were involved in historic events of global resonance. In this course, we consider a range of cases of cultural heritage conflicts and how they have been or might be or won’t be resolved.

GLBL 501: Perspectives on Global Studies

Course for Spring 2021
Prof. Steve Witt, Director of CGS

Global Studies is an emerging and rapidly changing field. It is well on the way to becoming a new field of study among the major research universities in the United States and abroad. It is also more than a discipline. Today it is increasingly expected that holders of graduate degrees—whether professional degrees in Medicine, Law or Business, Masters or Ph.D.—also acquire an understanding of key global concepts and debates along with training in their primary disciplines. This course provides that much-needed analytical and methodological understanding.



Courses for Spring 2021

Dr. Anna Tosato

This seminar is a journey into the body disciplines of ancient India- yoga, dance, theatre- and their relationship with the Hindu temple. During the course, we will make use of textual, epigraphical, and visual materials to investigate the role of the ancient Hindu temple as a space where these practices were performed and also represented in the temple sculptures. We will explore the theoretical foundations behind the “moving body” of yoga, dance, and theatre with a special focus on the concepts of āsana, mudrā, nāṭya, abhinaya, and rasa and we will discuss the form and the function of their representations in the temple sculptures. The seminar will feature a wide range of visual materials. A series of guest speakers will contribute to teaching.


EPSY 471: Evaluation Methods

Courses for Spring 2021

Prof. Melissa Rae Goodnight

This 15-week online course provides opportunities to analyze and experience the practical and methodological aspects of conducting evaluations in real-world contexts. It introduces students to the craft of program evaluation, and specifically, to the practices that distinctively characterize evaluation in the field by constructing plans for an organization in need of evaluation. These practices include determining which evaluation approach to use; negotiating evaluation contracts or agreements with clients; figuring out one’s role as an evaluator, as well as one’s relationship with stakeholders; understanding the political dynamics of an evaluation context and situating the evaluation accordingly; and, establishing ongoing communication and reporting processes with stakeholders.


EPSY 590: Ethnographic Methods

Courses for Spring 2021

Prof. Melissa Rae Goodnight

This 8-week online course provides the opportunity to learn about the application of ethnographic methods in various formal and informal educational settings (e.g., schools, homes, churches, and non-profit programs). In addition to introducing students to the methodological approach of ethnography, the course will grapple with the current moment: What does ethnography look like in the era of COVID19? How can students rethink data collection strategies and ways of “being in the field” while preserving the ethnographic approach of their work? We will read contemporary ethnographies, brainstorm and share adapted strategies, and explore the avenues of historical ethnography, autoethnography, and digital ethnography.


CWL 571: Cultures of Climate Change

Courses for Spring 2021

Professor John Levi Barnard (jbarnard@Illinois.edu)

Tuesday 4-6 / Seminar via Zoom

This course will consider the ways literary and cultural production can help us understand the emergence—and the emergency—of climate change. Through the study of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film, we will investigate the historical development, present crises, and possible futures of a warming world. Authors might include: Jesmyn Ward, Ben Lerner, Amitav Ghosh, and Anja Kampmann.




Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)

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 inquiries, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquiries, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquiries about the CGS website