‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌

Fall 2020 | September 28 - October 5 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
Event Series: COVID-19

WHO, The Center for Health Informatics, and COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, September 29th

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Speaker: Ian Brooks

This presentation will describe the Center for Health Informatics, what it means to be the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Information Systems for Health and how the center is helping WHO respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and infodemic.

Professor Brooks is the Director of the Center for Health Informatics at UIUC, and a Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Information Systems for Health. He is also a Research Scientist at the iSchool at UIUC.

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 945 2985 2367
Password: 079267

Upcoming Virtual Events

The Uneasy Relationship Between Science and Politics

Roundtable discussion led by José Andino Martinez, Department of Chemistry

Date: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Join us for a roundtable discussion led by José Andino Martinez, Department of Chemistry focused on the uneasy relationship between science and politics and how that relationship currently plays out across our world. The panelists include Don Wuebbles, Prebble Professor in Atmospheric Sciences; David Sekposki, Siebel Chair in History of Science; and Juliana Fedoce, Physics, and Chemistry, Federal University of Itajubá, Brazil. This event is the first in our “Global STEAM in an Age of Crisis” roundtable discussion series. For more information and to see future events schedule, please visit our website at igi.illinois.edu/globalstem


Professor Arjun Appadurai "The Volatile Market for Globalization"

October 2nd, 2020
Zoom Conference from 11AM-Noon

In this presentation, Prof. Appadurai will address the recent debates about the rebirth of the nation-state in the era of pandemic disease, and about whether globalization is about to be rolled-back or marginalized. Professor Appadurai argues that globalization remains irreversible but that the markets dominated by globalization are now facing the resurgence of other models of sovereignty, alliance and identity. We are now entering a new period of volatility in which global norms and strategies are in a deep struggle with the nation-state model on the one hand and planetary anxieties on the other.

Registration required: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xmnqv6B_RCOYbohevgT1Eg


American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR

Date: October 7, 2020, 1:00 pm  

Speaker: Sarah Phillips (Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University))

Sarah Phillips is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.

Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9CgNTgIB8&feature=youtu.be

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world region. The series is sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin - Madison; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago; and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University.


Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World"
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4 pm CDT

Please join us on Thursday, October 8 at 4 pm CDT for a virtual roundtable discussion, "Global Spread: COVID in the World," on the effects of COVID around the world.

Speakers include Professors Maimouna Barro (African Studies), Rini Bhattachyra (Comparative and World Literature), Shao Dan (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Jerry Davila (Illinois Global Institute), Linda Herrera (Education Policy), Emanuel Rota (European Union Center), Valeria Sobol (Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Robert Tierney (East Asian Languages and Cultures). For registration, please contact Professor Stephanie Hilger at hilger@illinois.edu.

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
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

The National and International Scholarships Program - Critical Language Scholarship 

The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit http://www.clscholarship.org/.  

If you would like to learn more, please join us:

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

Time: Oct 2, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 921 7421 7157

Password: CLS


Truman Scholarship Information Session

Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. 

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities.

Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. 

The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship.  If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Oct 8, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 941 6443 5841

Password: Truman

Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop

Oct 9, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 945 9880 5025

Password: Truman

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu  

Job Posting - University of California
The Global Studies Department at University of California, Irvine, is advertising two positions at the assistant professor level. One position is in Global Racial Studies, and the other in Global Indigenous Studies.

The deadline for both positions is 1 November, 2020 and further information can be found at our department website: www.globalstudies.uci.edu.  For more information, please contact edarian@uci.edu.

Remote Internships Available with Vote From Home 2020

The remote internship program at Vote From Home 2020 is designed to allow students to learn about and participate in grassroots civic and political activism across the country. Throughout the course of their work, interns will learn valuable organizing, advocacy, and community engagement skills which will help their future career prospects while also empowering them to become more informed and active citizens.

Intern with Vote From Home 2020. We are now accepting applications for our remote internship and fellowship programs – we are looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a first-class political operation works.

To apply, please visit https://forms.gle/1WvvhFSqANKo9oWt9.


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)