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Fall 2020 | October 12 - October 19 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
Event Series: Water

Water, Community, and the Culture of Owning

speaker: Eric T. Freyfogle

Date: October 14, 2020

Time : 12-1PM (cst)

Professor Freyfogle is the author or editor of a dozen books dealing with issues of humans and nature, some focused on legal aspects, others reaching to larger cultural and social issues. In this talk he will explore why American legal and cultural systems of water use and ownership make it so difficult to face climate change and other environmental challenges.

Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/88653305225?pwd=U3djajVNOGs1a0h6bnNMZlZWSFJ6UT09

Meeting ID: 886 5330 5225

Password: 079267

Upcoming Virtual Events

Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University), "Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood"

Date: Oct 14, 2020 1:00 pm  

Speaker: Jessica Robbins (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University)

Active aging programs that encourage older adults to practice health-promoting behaviors are proliferating worldwide. In Poland, the meanings and ideals of these programs have become caught up in the sociocultural and political-economic changes that have occurred during the lifetimes of the oldest generations—most visibly, the transition from socialism to capitalism. Yet practices of active aging resonate with older forms of activity in late life in ways that exceed these narratives of progress. Moreover, some older Poles come to live valued, meaningful lives in old age despite threats to respect and dignity posed by illness and debility. Drawing on almost two years of ethnographic research with older Poles in a range of contexts, this talk shows that everyday practices of remembering and relatedness shape how older Poles come to be seen by themselves and by others as living worthy, valued lives. This talk shows how memories and understandings of the Polish nation intersect with ideals and experiences of late life to produce forms of life that are not reducible to binary categories of health or illness, independence or dependence, or socialism or capitalism.

Jessica Robbins is an assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her B.A. in anthropology and music from Williams College. Her research explores aging, memory, kinship, and personhood in historical political-economic perspective, in both Poland and Michigan. Her research has been published in journals such as Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Ageing & Society, Journal of Aging Studies, and East European Politics, Societies & Cultures. Her first book, Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood, is forthcoming later this year with Rutgers University Press. She has received funding from organizations such as the NSF, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, IREX, and the Wilson Center.

Register to attend at http://myumi.ch/dOD7V


Taste of Language

Can anyone learn a language in 5 minutes?  NO!  But you could convince your roommate YOU DID in 2 minutes. 

But in all seriousness, join ISSS for our very fun and approachable event entitled Taste of Language.  Learn from fluent speakers of over 12 languages including Quechua, Siswati, and Icelandic.  Come to learn how to say simple greetings and phrases such as Hello, How are you?, Where are you going?, or Where did you go for lunch?

Join on Monday, October 19 @ 9 AM-10:30 AM for Taste of Language.


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.

Deadline to enter - October 16 at 5 p.m.


Goldwater Scholarship Informational Events 10/15 & 10/16

Are you a sophomore or junior in a STEM discipline that aims to pursue a Ph.D. in your field?  Do you already have research experience and strong academic performance? 

If so, you may be interested in applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  

The National and International Scholarships program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. At our information session, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as have a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipient from Illinois.  At the writing workshop, the Scholarships Program will offer tips on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  We encourage you to attend both events:

Goldwater Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Goldwater recipient

Time: Oct 15, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 970 7330 4903

Password: Goldwater

Goldwater Writing Workshop

Time: Oct 16, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/98678186946?pwd=SGhvWUFTSExQcm9kS2EzSk13YXZCUT09

Meeting ID: 986 7818 6946

Password: Goldwater

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)