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Fall 2020 | October 19 - October 26 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
Event Series: COVID-19

China's Responsibility for COVID-19: Are Lawsuits the Answer?

Speaker: Chimène Keitner  (Professor of International Law, UC Hastings Law))

Respondent/discussant: Patrick Keenan (Professor at the College of Law, UIUC)

October 21, 12-1 PM

The U.S. response to the global pandemic has been distinctly unilateral, from its announced intention to withdraw from the World Health Organization to its decision not to participate in a WHO-led effort to collaborate on vaccine development. Among other strategies, some members of Congress have suggested that China should be held liable in U.S. courts for all of the harms caused in the United States by the continued spread of COVID-19. Multiple private plaintiffs, and two state attorneys general, have already filed suit, and argue that existing law permits their claims to go forward. Chimene Keitner, Professor of International Law and former Counselor on International Law at the U.S. Department of State, will join Professor Patrick Keenan to discuss these lawsuits and their implications for questions of state responsibility and state sovereignty in the contemporary international system.

Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/85240825834?pwd=ZTY3c3JHQUZiNElncFlOTzJMZy90dz09 

Password: 842195

Upcoming Virtual Events

Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Chelsi Oheuri West (UT Austin), "Outsiders, Others, and Outcasts: Examining antiziganism and race-making in Albania"

Date & Time: Oct 21, 2020   1:00 pm 

In this lecture, Professor Oheuri West explores the contours of antiziganism, conceptualized as racism and prejudice against Romani people groups, in Albania and the Balkan region. Part one of the presentation considers the theoretical framings of antiziganism and asks how analyses of antiblackness can allow scholars to think through contemporary manifestations of antiziganism in the Balkan region. Part two of the presentation explores whiteness in relation to antiziganism and antiblackness. In doing so, Professor Oheuri West draws attention to the ways that Albanians have been racialized and othered as outcasts and outsiders both within Europe and the Balkans, and asks how this broadly shapes our understandings of whiteness and regional racialization.  

Chelsi Oheuri West is Assistant Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


The lecture will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-hGLeKJIsg&feature=youtu.be


Illinois International Week 2020: "IGI International Music & Dance"

Monday, Oct 19th, 2020
2:00- 3:00 PM (CDT)
Via Zoom

The performers will be:

  1. Luciano Antonio, Brazilian musician. Luciano's performance takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with his own originals. In his performance, Luciano contrasts songs that have rich and complex harmonies and melodies with simple rhythms against songs that have simple harmonies and melodies with very complex rhythms, and the dynamics range from pure solo guitar and voice to the full sound of the rich Brazilian percussion in a fascinating musical way. Luciano released two albums of original music "Vida De Artista - An Artist's Life" in 2011 and “Sem Palavras – Without Words” in 2015. Make no mistake; Luciano has placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago.
  2. The Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Collective (IFJC). The Illinois Flamenco-Jazz Collective (IFJC) will be presenting pre-recorded videos of Sevillanas de Triana and Tangos de Graná. Our guest artists guitarist David Chiriboga and dancer Mia Angela de Lourdes “La Malou” will be featured thanks to the Global Intersections Grant funded by the Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center. The music will be followed by a brief informational and Q&A session with IFJC student leaders Alyssa Teijeiro-Ficht (dance) and Brian Stark (music)

Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Date: October 23, 2020

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign languages, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come and join us for this online event to learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff at the networking reception!

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

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Family Art Show

Graduate students at the University of Illinois are incredible! They can solve complex problems faster than a supercomputer. They can leap multiple projects in a single bound. And their creativity is a marvel to behold. To us, and to their families, grad students are superheroes!

To celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the Graduate College and the Krannert Art Museum are partnering to host a Family Art Show. We are encouraging family members (children, siblings, nieces/nephews, etc.) to create artwork about our Illinois Graduate Student Superheroes.

Artwork will be showcased on the Krannert Art Museum website, shared on social media, and highlighted in a Facebook Premier video at 7 p.m., Friday, October 30.  

Be creative! Use a variety of mediums. Share with us your drawings, paintings, collages, and sculptures.


IC Spotlight Series: Intercultural Spotlight: Understanding Students & Scholars from Lebanon, Colombia, Cameroon

Date & Time: Oct 21, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020   3:00 pm  

This program offers insight into the lives of international students, scholars, faculty/staff and their families whom we serve and work with here at the University of Illinois.  Panelists will share their personal stories about life in their home country, coming to Illinois and what their experiences have been like since arriving. Panelists will also share their vision for how they wish to apply their Illinois experiences in their lives once they depart “Chambana” community. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are welcome to this Virtual Experience!

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)