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Fall 2017 ♦  September 18, 2017 ♦  View Past Newsletters


Events This Week

J. Jayalalitha: Movie Star to Political Queen

Speaker: Author Vaasanthi Sundaram

Tuesday, Sep. 19
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Matthews, U.

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP




WGGP Student Research Symposium
Wednesday, Sep. 20

314B Illini Union
Lunch available starting at 12:45pm

Complete details here


Global Issues Form: Health in Smart Urban Environments

September 21 & 22

Program & registration here


YMCA Friday Forum:
A Half Century of Protecting and Restoring the Waters of the United States

Speaker: David Ullrich, The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Friday, Sep 22
University YMCA Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, C.
Free lunch

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP

Upcoming Events


September 22 - 28, 2017
at The Art Theatre, 126 W. Church St, Champaign, IL 61820

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


Click on poster for full details


Brazil, the United States, and Transnational Struggles Against Racial Discrimination

Speaker: Jerry Dávila, CAS History Associate 2016-17
Director of Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

Thursday, Sep 28
Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

Presentation details here


Shifting Iran-US Relations
Return to Status Quo Ante or
New Alignments in the Middle East Region?

Friday, Sep 29
Conference Room 210 (2nd floor), Levis Faculty Center,
919 W. Illinois Street, U.

Keynote Speaker: Trita Parsi, Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council

Outside speakers:
Shireen Hunter, Research Professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Kevan Harris, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles

Full Program with complete list of speakers and schedule available here

Co-sponsored by WGGP



October Speaker
Professor Wynne Korr
School of Social Work

Wednesday, Oct. 4
345 Armory Building,
505 E. Armory Avenue, C.
Light refreshments will be served




Each monthly event will offer a short presentation from our featured speaker about his/her research and work and then allow time to visit with faculty and graduate student to share ideas and meet others from across campus.

WGGP Fall Calendar of Events
Faculty Affiliate News


WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Robert Pahre, talks about the National Park System.  Article available here.

Professor Pahre will talk as part of the YMCA Friday Forum on Oct. 6th at noon. Event details available here.


To learn more about our faculty affiliates, please visit here

If you are a WGGP Faculty Affiliate and you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at or (217) 333-6221.

Alumni Spotlight

Varsha Venugopal
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2002
Master's in Urban Planning, 2002

Current Position

My current position is Assistant Director of Programmes at Options, Consulting Firm focused on Maternal and Child Health in developing countries located in London, UK

See full interview here


Varsha was the first recipient of the Barbara A. Yates International Award


WGGP will host monthly Coffee Hour starting on October 4th. 

Each month will bring a featured speaker and will allow time for faculty members and graduate students to talk about research and current events.


Services I offer as the Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian.

 I can help with any and all of the following:

  • Orientation to library resources for students in your classes. I can come for 5 minutes to introduce myself; meet with your class during a regular session; create an online guide for the class.  Please feel free to put my contact information in your syllabi 333-7998  100 Main Library
  • Consultation to support your research and teaching needs
  • Purchasing resources for the collections
  • Individual assistance to your undergraduate and graduate students

I will hold office hours on Tuesdays 3:30- 5:00 pm in Gender and Women’s Studies (1205 West Nevada Street).  Note: Please contact me via email or phone anytime.

Cindy Ingold

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 global human security and gender equity issues in research and policy analysis, as well as daily life. In this age of global economic transformation, it is especially necessary for researchers and practitioners to examine who gains and who loses from new policies, to assess the disparities in the impacts of reforms on women, men, and children, and to study the successful strategies and policies that appear.

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



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2017

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health beginning Fall 2015. 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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