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Fall 2018 ♦  September 10, 2018 ♦  View Past Newsletters


WGGP Reception kicked off the semester



It was great to see so many faculty and students at our fall reception last week. We look forward to seeing more of you as the semester continues. 



Upcoming Events

This installation is based on the University of Kansas' recent art exhibition entitled “What Were You Wearing?” that centered the narratives of campus survivors of sexual violence. The installation was created by Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert (University of Arkansas) and Jen Brockman (University of Kansas) and challenged participants to engage with the universal connection we have with clothing and reflect on what gives this specific rape culture myth so much power.  To put clothing on is so basic and common, to take that action and conflate it with pain and suffering taints not only the  individual outfit for the survivor; but also, calls in to question all simplistic and normal behaviors as dangerous.

The University of Illinois “What Were You Wearing?” exhibition will include stories from student and alum of our institution. The installation challenges the pervasive rape myth that sexual assault is the result of wearing "revealing" clothes, rather than a choice made by the person who assaults another. 


Conference on "Unnatural Disasters: Climate Change and the Limits of Knowledge"

September 13-15, 2018
Please see program for specific times and locations
More information here

Sponsored by: The Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory

Co-sponsored by WGGP


The Constitution Day Tolerance Means Dialogue will take place on September 17, 2018 at 7 PM at the Lincoln Hall Theater in Urbana, Illinois on the question of: Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights:  Can University Students Make a Difference? Along with hopefully joining us at the event, we are hoping that you might be willing to spread word of the event and the corresponding $750 scholarship opportunity to your colleagues and students on campus. 

The Tolerance Means Dialogues engage people of different perspectives to find solutions to problems at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and families. You can read more about the project here:

As a part of each Dialogue, undergraduate and graduate students compete for two $750 Tolerance Scholarships by submitting a 500-word essay on what tolerance means to them. This is an excellent opportunity for Millennials, who have grown up with unprecedented diversity, to add their voices and ideas for solutions to the public debate. Prior winners have gone on to Yale Law School and other great things. You can read about past winners in Forbes, here.

Students who want to submit essays can do so on the webpage

The winning essayists take center stage at the Dialogue and present alongside the experts who act as catalysts for the Dialogue. The event will feature Dialogue Catalysts Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois College of Law. The event will be moderated by Gretchen Winter, University of Illinois Gies College of Business.  Chancellor Robert Jones will open the Dialogue with brief remarks.

All students who attend the Dialogue can join in the discussion by tweeting questions and comments to @ToleranceMeans. One student will be randomly selected to receive a Social Engagement Prize of $250 for adding to the Dialogue.


"100 Years of Women's Suffrage: Women in Europe Today"
Thursday, September 18, 2018
Room 345 Armory Building
Light refreshments will be served.

A videoconference series from the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by: European Union Center
Co-sponsored by: WGGP and Women's Resources Center



The Legacy of Project 500 at 50

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Project 500 with a weekend of commemorative events

Sep. 27-29, 2018

For more information and registration, please visit


Churchill Scholarship Information Session  Friday, Sep. 14th, 3:00-4:00 pm

Are you a STEM student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in a STEM field or in Public Policy at Cambridge University?

The Churchill Scholarship requires one year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a master's) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England. U.S. citizens in their last year of undergraduate studies or who graduated with their undergraduate degree within the last 12 months are eligible to apply. A Kanders Churchill Scholarship is also available for a STEM student who wishes to pursue an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge. 

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to seniors and will provide an overview of the Churchill Scholarship. We will discuss basic eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for this award. The latter portion of the event is designed to introduce some of the application components for the scholarship and help participants start to develop content for them.  This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your personal statement and other written portions of the application. 

Information regarding the Churchill Scholarship can be found at:

Churchill Scholarship Information Session

Friday, September 14th, 3:00-4:00 pm
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at or visit our website at



Mary Ramier Grant for Undergraduate Women; Deadline Oct. 1

The Mary Ramier Grant is set up to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals.  Mary Ramier, a 1923 graduate of the University of Illinois, was an attorney and activist from Indianapolis, IN.   She was remembered for tackling problems in her Irvington neighborhood, including a petition drive that led to much-needed urban renovation.  She also worked at the national level as an attorney and officer for the Mortar Board National Senior Women’s Honorary.

The grant will be awarded competitively and can be used to

  • Support research
    • research travel
    • research materials such as books, recording equipment, etc.
    • conference travel
  • Creative projects such as, but not limited to
    • zines
    • films
    • plays
  • Field trips that are related to gender and women’s studies
  • Other activities that promote the advancement of women 

Awards are usually between $50 and $500.  The Gender and Women’s Studies awards committee will determine the amount and number of awards per year based on the merit of individual proposals and financial need.  Money will not be awarded for tuition costs or living expenses.   

Requirements: All undergraduate women in good standing are eligible to apply.  Applicants should fill out an application form, and include the name of a faculty member who might be called for reference. 

Fall Semester Deadline:                    October 1

The application form can also be accessed at:


IPRH Faculty & Graduate Student Fellowships, 2019-20
Info Session for Graduate Students: Sep. 17 12:00pm

Deadline: 5:00 p.m., November 30, 2018

Application system now open.

INFO SESSION for GRADUATE STUDENTS: September 17, 2018, 12 p.m.

IPRH is pleased to announce that its 2019–20 Fellowship year will be a themeless one. IPRH occasionally suspends its fellowship theme, as was the case for the 2014–15 academic year. 

The projects proposed to IPRH for 2019–20 Fellowships may investigate any subject. The proposals will be evaluated on the scholarly excellence and promise of the project, the applicant’s preparation/readiness to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the case made for how the IPRH experience/seminar would be beneficial to the project, and the letters of support.

IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts.

All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

Applying for an IPRH Graduate Fellowship Brown Bag
September 17, 2018, 12 pm
IPRH Seminar Room, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor
(919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2019–20 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to IPRH Deputy Director Nancy Castro (

For more information, visit
Alumni Spotlight

Isabel Scarborough
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2012
PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, 2012

Current Position

My current position is Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Program Director of Anthropology and Sociology, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois

See full interview here



Faculty Affiliate News

Faculty Affiliates and GRID Students are welcome to send award and
publication updates to be included in future newsletters.


If you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at
or (217) 333-6221.

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

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 and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2018, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.


To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at or by phone at 333-6221.



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2018

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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