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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). 


Upcoming iSEE & JACS Conference Events

Over a series of Zoom webinars (see schedule and speakers below), “The Future of Water” brings together a diverse group of researchers, educators, journalists, and activists to dive deeper into the topic. Our modified “teach-in” will introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge thinking from highly influential scholars on topics ranging from drought to the global politics of water to pollution, public health, and biodiversity.

Noon Tuesday, April 20: Peter Gleick (MillerComm Lecture)

Noon Friday, April 23: Joan Rose (MillerComm Lecture)


iSEE/JACS MillerComm Lecture: Peter Gleick, "The Past, Present, and Future of Our Water"

Date: Apr 20, 2021   12:00 pm  

Dr. Peter Gleick will share his innovative research on water conservation and the steps that can be taken by governments, corporations, and private citizens to ensure that water remains a readily available resource in the future.

Registration Link HERE


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


The Literary Qurʾan

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Prior registration required: https://tinyurl.com/4v5katzu


The End of Policing: Why Police Reform Won't Make Us Safer, and What Will

Date: Apr 20, 2021 03:30 PM

Join this lecture by Alex Vitale on the failures of police reform and the alternatives that can make us safer. 

Zoom Registration HERE


Conceptualizing Migration, Memory and Place Through Art

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm CDT

In conversation with University of Illinois graduate student Helen Makhdoumian, Syrian-born Armenian artist Kevork Mourad will discuss how he conceptualizes migration, memory and place-making through his paintings and visual performances. Mourad depicts the Syrian refugee crisis and co-existence in cities like Qamishli, Aleppo and Damascus. He will elucidate how his and his ancestors’ memories of the Syrian Civil War and the Armenian genocide inform his representations of upheaval and survival.

For Zoom Registration: http://cas.illinois.edu/node/2494 


Chi Lung Kang Endowed Lecture Series "China and the Conditions of Spatial Revolution: The Birth of the Twentieth Century"

Date: Apr 21, 2021   7:30 pm  

Through a look back at the birth of the category of the Twentieth century and its complex relation to Chinese intellectuals’ analyses of imperialism around the year 1900, this talk establishes the intimate link between modern China’s conception of “century” and the twentieth century. 

Zoom Registration HERE


Legal Humanities Lecture | Leti Volpp

Date: April 22, 2021 07:30 PM

In January, 2018, then-President Donald Trump derided the idea of protecting immigrants from what he referred to as “shithole countries.” This talk will examine the immigration policy context in which this term was uttered, analyze how the term was invoked in litigation challenging the Trump administration, and then consider what the term tells us about relationships between waste, racism, and immigration.

Zoom Registration Link HERE.


The Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Addressing Systemic Racism Through Justice and Equity: The Role of Faculty at a Community-Engaged, Empowered University

Date: April 23rd, 2021

Time: 11:00 am to noon

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Patricia Perez, Professor in the Department of Chicanx/a/o Studies and inaugural Coordinator of the H&SS Collective for Justice, Equity and Transformation at California State University, Fullerton.

The speaker series aims to facilitate a short dialogue/conversation with preeminent scholars in education on the speaker series topic. Considering our historic and current University of Illinois efforts related to community engagement and our role as faculty in this current (inter)national moment where issues of racial and social inequality are so very present, the speaker series aims to engage the role of faculty on the series topic.

Registration Required: https://go.illinois.edu/dds-perez


2021 Illinois Global Food Security Summit "Technology Innovation in the Fight Against Hunger"

hosted by the University of Illinois

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 9 - 11 am CST

The virtual summit, featuring university and state of Illinois leadership, will highlight University of Illinois programs working in the area of food security. 

Registration 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

 UCLA Williams

Global LGBTI Small Grants Program, UCLA School of Law, Williams Institute

The Global LGBTI Small Grants Program, is designed to encourage new empirical research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex populations in the Global South and East (Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands) as well as amplify voices of researchers from those regions.

Details and Application: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/programs/small-grants-program/
Proposals are due April 30, 2021.

 summer program

Artificial Intelligence in Data Science - UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER SCHOOL 

Priority Deadline: May 1st 

Do you know students looking for summer opportunities at UIUC? Invite them to apply for Global Education and Training’s 4-week, online summer school program – Artificial Intelligence in Data Science, taught by top university faculty from the Siebel Center for Computer Science and the School for Information Science. Students will perform hands-on-analysis of real-world datasets to analyze and discover the impact of the data. UIUC has the #5 computer science undergraduate program (U.S. World News and Report, 2020). 

All current undergraduate students from universities worldwide are eligible to apply. 

  • Program dates: July 19 – August 13, 2021
  • Program fees: $1000 per student (group rates available)
  • Apply here: https://bit.ly/30xebSY

Email Meng Liu (mengliu2@illinois.edu), GET Program Coordinator, with questions about the program.


7th International Scientific Congress “Topical Issues of Global Studies: Global Development and “Limits to Growth” in the 21st century”

June 15-18, 2021

The Conference will discuss topical issues of global studies and will provide the results of the work of the interdisciplinary scientific and educational school of Lomonosov Moscow State University “Mathematical methods of complex system analysis”.

To participate in the Conference you should submit the application form and abstracts by filling in the electronic form on the website https://www.globalistika.ru/problemi-globalnih-issledovanii.  Participation in the Conference is free of charge and does not require any registration fee. In the case of a possible face-to-face format participants bear their own expenses for arrival and accommodation.

Application forms are accepted until April, 30.

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