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Events This Week


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


YMCA Friday Forum:
Neighborhood Approaches to Environmental Justice

Speakers: The Lierman Neighborhood Action committee and The 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign Group

Friday, Sep 29
University YMCA Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, C.
Free lunch

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP

Upcoming Events


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.


YMCA Friday Forum:
Threats to National Parks

Speaker: Dr. Robert Pahre, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, Oct. 6
University YMCA Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, C.
Free lunch

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP


One Book One Campus Author Lecture
Speaker: G. Willow Wilson
Author of Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal

Friday, Oct. 6
Illini Union Ballroom

This free public lecture will be hosted in the Illini Union Ballroom. An informal reception and book signing, including refreshments, will immediately follow the lecture.


From Allies to Comrades

Speaker: Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith)

Monday, Oct. 9
ACES Heritage Room, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave.


How should those on the same side of a political struggle relate to each other? This talk looks at the figure of the comrade in various languages and movements to find a model for political relation today. Anyone, but not everyone can be a comrade.

Jodi Dean is the Donald R. Harter '39 Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She is the author and editor of twelve books, including Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (2009), Blog Theory (2010), The Communist Horizon, and Crowds and Party(2016).

From Allies to Comrades is organized by the Collaborative for the Critical Study of Technology at the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. The event is co-sponsored by Anthropology, Center for Global Studies, English, Media and Cinema Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives. 





Lunch Symposium on Colleen Murphy's

The Conceptual Foundations of
Transitional Justice

(Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Monday, October 23
Max Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
(Lunch will be served to all participants beginning at 11:45am)


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

Bruna Romero-Melgar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2014
Master's in Economics, 2014

Current Position

My current position is Managing Director of Girls in Tech Bolivia located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

See full interview here


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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