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Dear WGGP Friends,

As the academic year comes to a close, I write to thank you for your continued support.

We had an exciting and busy year at WGGP.  The fall started with the announcement of the generous estate provision by founding Director Barbara A. Yates, which will endow the WGGP Barbara A. Yates Program Series and Barbara A. Yates Fellowship.  You can learn more about Barbara and her impact through the WILL interview I did with Brian Moline on August 16th here

Our Fall Reception brought together students, faculty affiliates, and campus supporters.  In September, our Student Research Symposium showcased the research findings of WGGP Awardees.  This year we began hosting our new monthly Afternoon Coffee Hour featuring a different faculty affiliate each month.   We brought outside scholars to campus, including Steven L.B. Jensen to discuss international human rights and Nadira Sultana to discuss cyclone disasters in Bangladesh. In addition to our hosted events, WGGP co-sponsored several events across campus including the YMCA Friday Forum and the 10th Latin American Film Festival.

Our Spring semester included our annual Faculty Affiliate Lecture, delivered this year by Faye Harrison, and our inaugural International Women’s Day Event  co-hosted with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.  April included a celebration of the life of Paul Vieille as well as a co-hosted a symposium on Teaching Transitional Justice with the Center for African Studies.  If you missed the W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture by Allan Boesak as part of the Teaching Transitional Justice symposium or the April MillerComm talk by Sally Engle Merry, follow the links to watch the videos.  We co-sponsored events throughout the spring semester hosted by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Center for Global Studies, Department of Sociology, and AgReach.

We congratulate our 2018-19 WGGP Award Winners and look forward to following these wonderful graduate students as they move forward on their research.  Our GRID students and Faculty Affiliates from across campus are what make WGGP flourish as a unit.

If you would like a visual overview of the year’s events, watch our “Year in Review” presentation from our Spring Reception.

This year we updated our web address to  Please make sure to bookmark the new page.  Also, feel free to “Like” us on Facebook  as well as “Follow” us on Twitter  and Instagram to learn about happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity.  

Finally, always feel free to contact us if you have any program ideas or questions about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.

We wish you the best for the summer and look forward to re-connecting in the fall.

Warm regards,

Colleen Murphy
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Political Science