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Fall 2017 ♦  October 23, 2017 ♦  View Past Newsletters


TODAY @ Noon



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)


Events This Week

"Famine in a Time of Declining Global Hunger: Why is famine recurring in the 21st Century?"

Speaker: Dan Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Wednesday, October 25
Monsanto Studio, ACES Library

Sponsored by: College of ACES Office of International Programs International Food Security at Illinois and the Division of Nutritional Sciences


YMCA Friday Forum:
Environmental Changes and Indigenous Peoples

Speaker: Dr. Shanondora Billiot, School of Social Work, University of Illinois

Friday, Oct. 27
University YMCA Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, C.
Free lunch

More information here
Co-sponsored by WGGP

Upcoming Events


November Speaker
Professor Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela
Vice Provost for International Affairs & Global Strategies

Wednesday, Nov. 1
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.



Speculative Futures @ Illinois


November 3 & 4, 2017

Full schedule available at


Co-organized by the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others


"Natural Disasters, Governmental Duties and Food Emergencies"

Speaker: Hilal Elver, S.J.D., United Nations Special Rapporteur

Tuesday, November 7
Monsanto Room, ACES Library

Hilal Elver, S.J.D. is a professor of law and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food since June 2014. She is a Research Professor, at the UC Santa Barbara, and global distin-guished fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnicks Food Law and Policy Center. She started her teaching career at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law, then she was appointed UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. Since then she has been teaching various Universities in Europe and the United States. Besides her teaching career, she has done extensive work with governmental and international organiza-tions, as well as human rights and environmental NGOs. Her publications have focused mainly on international environmental law, international human rights law, particularly women’s rights and right to food. Among her publications Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Euphrates and Tigris River Basins published in (2002); The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion pub-lished in 2012 by the Oxford University Press, and her most recent Co-edited book with Paul Wapner, Reimagining Climate Change was published in 2016.

Part of the Fall 2017 "Right to Food, Food Assistance, and the Biological Consequences of Malnutrition" Seminar Series

Co-sponsored by the Division of Nutritional Sciences and International Food Security at Illinois


"The Uncondemned" Film Screening

Wednesday, November 8
114 David Kinley Hall

Sponsored by: Department of Political Science
Co-sponsored by WGGP

"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity. A courtroom thriller and personal human drama, "The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever. 





"Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh" Film Screening

Wednesday, November 8
The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St.

Sponsored by: The Land Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy
Co-sponsored by WGGP

Faculty Affiliate News

WGGP welcome our newest Faculty Affiliate, Shanondora Billiot, School of Social Work

Professor Billiot will be talking on Environmental Changes and Indigenous People this Friday, October 27th at noon as part of the YMCA Friday Forum

Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation) has a PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.  She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan and both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Billiot had 10+ years of experience working in the field from crisis intervention and post-disaster grassroots community development to implementing and analyzing federal and international health and mental health policies. Her current research uses mixed methods to explore indigenous-specific factors, like connection to land, historical trauma and discrimination, and their relationship to global environmental change exposure and health outcomes among members of her tribal community currently located along the Gulf Coast of southeast Louisiana.

To learn more about Professor Billiot, visit webpage


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

Spring 2018 Courses
WGGP Courses

WGGP 581 Gender Relations & International Development (64395) credit: 4 hours.

Interdisciplinary seminar examining theoretical and empirical research on gender and the transformation of social and economic structures. Students will develop a comparative perspective on issues of women and public policy by contrasting and comparing such policies in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Same as GWS 512 and SOCW 581.

Course will be held Thursdays 2:00-4:50pm

For more information about the GRID Course or the GRID Minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at


GLBL 340 Global Health: Policy & Governance credit: 3 hours.
Identifies central and emerging global health issues and analyzes them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. Focuses on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Prerequisite: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

63807 Lecture-Discussion
A 11:00 AM- 12:15 PM   Tuesday/Thursday                 330 - Armory               Sugrue, N

In this course, we use a set of interdisciplinary readings and discussions to identify central and emerging issues in the study of global health and analyze them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. We focus on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Pre-req: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

Other Courses of Interest
WGGP Graduate Minor and Undergraduate Certificate

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 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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