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Happy This Wednesday, it’s all about Suja Thomas who joined UIUC’s College of Law in 2008. We really were able to see her shine at our latest event, hashtagMeToo⁠ ⁠ and Academia. Here’s more info about Suja,….

Spring 2019 WGGP 581
Events This Week
Women in Film Middle East Film Series



Thursday November 1st 2018, 7pm

1090 Lincoln Hall

Discussant: Raghad Aldulaijan, Chemical Engineering Student

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Co-sponsor: WGGP, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, and European Union Center

Friday, Nov. 2nd 12pm Rally to Celebrate Women's Right to Vote
Upcoming Events
Thursday November 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbna

In 2003, Mrs. B. left her husband and two sons behind in North Korea and was sold into marriage. A decade later, she's running a robust trafficking business from a small farm in northern China. This film is a closely observed verite portrait of a world-weary woman who finds herself between countries, worlds, and families. The result is a powerful look at the mundane realities of life for both trafficker and trafficked, overturning cliched notions about a mysterious trade.

View a trailer of the film here.

Distributed by Icarus Films.

Sponsor: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Co-sponsor: WGGP


Dr. Esther Ngumbi
, Distinguished Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Entomology, UIUC
Wed, Nov 14, 12:00 p.m.
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street

Achieving food security continues to be a daunting challenge for the African continent. But, while the challenge is enormous, so are the opportunities. With the right investments, strategies, policies, and the launch of programs and initiatives that take into consideration Africa’s smallholder farmer’s knowledge and wisdom while incorporating recent science-based and other technological innovations from Africa and around the world, Africa can indeed feed its growing population and achieve food security. This talk will cover the innovations and initiatives that stand to be most beneficial to the African continent as it strives to meet the challenge of feeding its growing population.

Co-sponsored by: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

Beinecke Foundation

If you are a high-achieving junior and plan to attend graduate school after graduation in the arts, humanities or social sciences, but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship.

The University of Illinois is one of a select few institutions that may endorse a candidate for the Beinecke Scholarship, and the National and International Scholarships Program has planned two sessions to assist students interested in earning this $34,000 award. The campus deadline for nomination is January 22, 2019. Additional information about the award may be found at:

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 

Bienecke Scholarship Information Session
Thursday, November 1st, 3:30-4:30 pm
14 Illini Union Bookstore

Bienecke Scholarship Writing Workshop
Friday, November 2nd, 3:00-4:00 pm
514 Illini Union Bookstore

For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit our website at 


Women Veterans: Health, Community, & Legacy
Veterans Day Celebration- RSVP by Nov. 1

Dear community friends and partners of the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois:

We would like to cordially invite you to our Veterans Day celebration!

As women are the fastest growing cohort in the Veteran community, this event explores specific needs and challenges of women Veterans while simultaneously honoring and celebrating their service. A line up of experts will speak to women Veteran's healthcare, community, and legacy. ALL are welcome to this event!

Lunch will be served. 
Nov. 29th 8:30am-1pm
Venue TBA in Champaign-Urbana area after Nov. 1
RSVP required by November 1:



The Women's Resources Center offers two unique scholarships for students. Applications are currently open and must be submitted by Monday, November 26th at 5pm for full consideration. Apply, or learn more, here.


The Verdell Frazier Young Award. was established to assist women who have had an interruption in pursuing a college degree. Awards are available for Fall, Spring and Summer. Individual applicants can be awarded for two semesters within a given degree program. 


The $500 Philip Monypenny Scholarship. was established in the name of Philip Monypenny, who was head of the department of Political Science from 1967 to 1972. The scholarship may be taken in any semester after being awarded.

Additional questions can be directed to the Women's Resources Center at or (217) 333-3137.


CFP 2nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Memory Studies- Deadline Dec. 7

The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies (HGMS) invites abstracts from graduate students at UIUC for a one-day symposium to take place on campus on Friday March 1, 2019 from 9am-5pm in Levis 210 (4-5pm will be a reception with snacks and drinks, lunch will be provided for all conference participants). The first annual symposium was wonderful and we hope that this second conference will continue to showcase the diverse and brilliant work within memory studies (broadly conceived) that students are doing here. It will be an opportunity to share ideas and resources, to schmooze and connect. This will also be a great time to practice conference papers and receive invaluable feedback from faculty and other graduate students.

We invite applications from graduate students working in different fields and with diverse interests across the UIUC campus. These aspects of memory studies might include (but are not limited to): racial aspects of memory, neuroscience, disability studies, how societies remember, the construction of national narratives, cultural and/or religious practices of memory, museums, archiving, representation and art, sciences of memory (or science and memory), technological aspects of memory, politics of memory, forgetting, erasing, and oversaturating.

Please send a brief abstract (not more than 200 words) that includes the title of your paper, your email, and your department to the director, Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan at by Friday, December 7, 2018.

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.

WGGP Spring 2019 Course List Available

The WGGP Spring 2019 Course Electives List is available at




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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