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CGS Announcements


For exciting projects and developments in Global Studies, both on campus and further afield, please check out the CGS blog! https://cgs.illinois.edu/blog

And if you're working on an interesting project relevant to Global Studies, please consider contributing to the blog.  Student submissions welcome!  Please contact Tim Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu). 


Featured Courses for Fall 2021

GLBL 500, Governing the Global Society, Professor Donna Tonini. Students will examine three propositions: (1) the existence of a global society; (2) the flaws of its principal, global institutions – the state, markets, and democracy; and (3) absent their reform, whether the global society is at risk.

GLBL 499, Global Information Society. Professor Steve Witt. This course examines the historical and contemporary transformations associated with globalization from the perspective of information as a core element of sociotechnical and political-economic processes. Drawing on themes of empire, industrialization, big science and data, and ubiquitous information systems, students will focus on questions such as: how and why global social developments came to be centered around information? What role have information organization and communications technologies (ICTs) played historically? What challenges does a globalized and informationally dominated society pose to contemporary life, social stability, and the planet? 


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)


Upcoming Virtual Events

Transformative Justice and the University--Panel discussion
Date: May 3, 2021 04:00 PM
As part of the historic uprisings for racial justice in Summer 2020, students, workers, and community members have called on universities and colleges to abolish campus cops, reallocate resources into life-affirming institutions, and rethink our broken approaches to communal safety and justice. Key to these shifts is the movement from punishment to transformative justice, which seeks to address harm and prevent violence by cultivating “healing accountability, resilience, and safety for all involved.”

This panel discussion brings together transformative justice activists and practitioners who work in university settings. What possibilities exist for transformative justice in the university? What new opportunities and horizons for justice emerge when transformative justice principles are given the types of institutional support and resources currently invested in cops? How can ordinary students, workers, and community members build transformative justice into their relationships with each other?

Zoom Registration Link HERE


European Union Supply Chains and Trade: Improving Worker Rights?

Date: May 4, 2021   10:00 am - 12:00 pm  

How might international economic ties help to improve working conditions and human rights in Global South countries? This panel focuses on how the European Union, as well as its member governments, might use economic relations to shift firms’ and governments’ practices. Panelists will discuss the inclusion of labor-related conditions in preferential trade agreements as well as unilateral trade preference programs (the Generalized System of Preferences); as well as the possible use of due diligence and transparency legislation to address a range of issues, including forced labor, in global supply chains.

Register here: https://europe.unc.edu/event/trade-global-supply-chains-worker-rights-eu.


Just Infrastructures: “Design Justice” by Sasha Costanza-Chock

Date: Wednesday, May 5 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Zoom (Registration Required): https://just-infras.illinois.edu/

Contact: Anita Chan | achan@illinois.edu<mailto:achan@illinois.edu>


Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Addressing Systemic Racism Through Justice and Equity: The Role of Faculty at a Community-Engaged, Empowered University

Speaker: Dr. David Stovall

Date: May 7, 2021 11:00AM — NOON CST

To register and participate via ZOOM: http://go.education.illinois.edu/ddss-stovall



Harāṭīn Reformist Intermediaries: Slavery, Islam, Gender, and Social Change in Colonial Mauritania, 1900-1960

Date: Friday, May 7 2:00pm CST

Hosted by Prof. Mauro Nobili, UIUC History Dept. and CAS All welcome; a free Zoom account is required (zoom.us/freesignup).

To register, please use this link HERE 


Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty


Building on the April 6th conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between Yossi Klein Halevi and Mohammad Darawshe, which was sponsored by the Office for the Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, you are invited to join a working group intended to promote productive and thoughtful conversations around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what it means on our campus and in our communities.

Any students, staff, or faculty members who might want to join this working group, please contact the Program in Jewish Culture & Society.


Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

This summer SILMW will take place from June 14 to August 7, 2021, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. 

For more general information, visit our website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at silmw@illinois.edu

global video


In keeping with the 2020–2021 research theme “The Global and Its Worlds,” the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Global Institute (IGI) are inviting students, faculty, and staff to submit short, inspirational videos reflecting on our theme: #GlobalAndItsWorlds. Show us your global world, whether you are currently in Urbana-Champaign, or you are in a place called home. We want to see how our community sees and celebrates our Global Worlds.

Videos can be in several formats—TikTok, YouTube, or directly uploaded to the Illinois Mediaspace. Please watch the informational video announcement below or here.  You must log on to Illinois Mediaspace once before subscribing to this channel. Please contact Rini B. Mehta (creator and manager for this channel, email: rbhttchr@illinois.edu) with your NetID AND “#GlobalAndItsWorlds” IN THE SUBJECT LINE if you have difficulty in posting your video.



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