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WGGP Weekly News

October 11 ♦ Fall 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


Happening TODAY at 9:00am CST

Guests speakers for CGS event titled "Resilience in the Times of Covid-19: Swataleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls"  

Resilience in the Times of COVID-19: SwaTaleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls

Presented by Center for Global Studies (CGS) as part of the Global Intersections project series

Monday, October 11
9-10am CST
via Zoom

Description: An estimated 10 million girls in India may not return to school when they reopen after the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year. Furthermore, there will be an increase of more than 30 million child brides in the next decade globally, due to COVID-19 (UNESCO, 2020). Girls aged 12-17 are at particular risk of dropping out of school (India Education Diary, 2021).

In this seminar we speak directly with girls from rural India, their teachers to understand how COVID-19 affected India and in particular girl's education which has been at the forefront in the Global South. We will also understand how girls and other stakeholders like their teachers responded at this time.

In addition to this, from a grassroots team member and co-founder of the non-profit SwaTaleem, we discuss the role of, and challenges faced by SwaTaleem during this time working with the community.

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WGGP Upcoming Events

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  
Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  

Solidarity and Feminism: Histories Threaded
Through Race and Empire

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya
Purdue University

Friday, October 15

12:00 PM CST
via Zoom

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Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and the editor of the now classic study, Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto Press, 2017).  Her recent coauthored book includes the popular Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019) which has been translated in over 25 languages. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com, The Nation, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and Spectre.

Click here for a complete list of WGGP Fall 2021 events



Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness event listing

For more information on events for Domestic Violence Awarness Month, go to 



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

Flyer for Patricia Gregg Women in Science Lecture Series. Features smoke, an exploding volcano, and Patricia Gregg working in the field.  

Women in Science - October Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Gregg

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

October 12th guest speaker Dr. Patricia Gregg is an Associate Professor of Geology. Dr. Gregg will discuss her research on volcanic systems and volcano evolution on land, on the seafloor and on other worlds.

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise.  This lecture series will take place over Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00pm CST.

Click to view upcoming Women in Science lectures.

Click here to register for the October Women in Science Lecture
Karen Simms  

Fall 2021 YMCA Friday Forum Lecture Series | Unpacking Racism: What Are We Carrying?

Friday, October 15 @ 12:00pm CST
In-person at Latzer Hall or online via Zoom

Speaker: Karen Simms, Founding Director of CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative

Description: As we are hearing about and experiencing continual accounts of local, national, and global racism – it weighs heavy on our communities. Join the University YMCA and DiversityEd in addressing the legacies of racism. Engage in dialogue with activists, academics, and artists as they share perspectives on the intersections of racism, and reimagine solutions to move forward.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum lectures.

*FREE meal ticket from the Y Eatery available upon registration*

Click to register for Friday Forum lecture

 Webinar ID:  839 1878 3990  |   Passcode: 074617


Illinois Global Institute 2021-2022 Lecture Series


The 2021-2022 Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives Series presented by the Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

Ezequiel González Ocantos  
Ezequiel González Ocantos  

"Transitional Justice in Latin America: Lessons for the United States"

October Speaker

Ezequiel González Ocantos
University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College

Thursday, October 21

12pm CST via Zoom

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This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Additional support is provided by the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Upcoming Campus Events

Flyer for WMD Nonproliferation and Arms Control event. Features nuclear explosion in the background.  

WMD Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Challenges, Opportunities, and Careers

Sarah Bidgood and Dave Schmerler
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

October 12
5 pm via Zoom

The international community faces no shortage of challenges when it comes to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. The crisis in US-Russia relations, the slow pace of nuclear disarmament, the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and the emergence of new technologies with military applications–these are just a few of the issues that nuclear policy professionals are working to address today. Each of these problems will require creative ideas and novel methodologies to surmount.

In this talk, Sarah Bidgood and Dave Schmerler (UIUC 2012) will highlight different opportunities and approaches to contribute to this process.  They will focus in particular on the need for greater diversity, including gender diversity, among experts and practitioners in this field. All students, regardless of their prior knowledge of nonproliferation, disarmament, or arms control, are welcome to attend.

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Flyer for Language Careers Workshop  

Turn Your Passion for Languages Into a Career
Presented by the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, European Union Center, Humanities Professional Resource Center, LAS Global Studies, and National and International Scholarships Program

October 21
4 pm via Zoom

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Women in History Wednesday

Phyllis Hill  
Phyllis Hill  

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

Phyllis Hill joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1952, and eventually began working on her PhD. During her time at the U of I, she served as Professor, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean of the College of Applied Life Studies (now Applied Health Sciences). Dr. Hill led the college through the tumultuous years of merging the men’s and women’s athletic/physical education programs which in turn required major restructuring of the academic programs, degree requirements, and standards for student academic life. Read more 

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

Women featured in our weekly series are part of the 150 for 150 website Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The website was created by the Gender Equity Council and the University Library to highlight women who have made significant achievements during their time at the University either as students, staff, faculty, or alumni.

Click here for 150 for 150 website

Recordings Now Available

Poster for Laura McCloskey's talk  

"Gender, power, and HIV in South Africa: Disparities in risk for girls and women"
Laura McCloskey
September 24, 2021

Recording now available on WGGP's Mediaspace channel

Click to view recording
Flyer for Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's Talk  

"The Relevance of Transitional Justice 20 Years After 9/11"
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
September 30, 2021

Recording now available on WGGP's Mediaspace Channel

Click to view recording

Faculty Affiliate News

Helga Varden  
Helga Varden  

Helga Varden obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 2006. Since then, her permanent academic home—now as a professor—has been philosophy and, later also women and gender studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See more

See Helga Varden's Faculty Affiliate Profile


To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Associate Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.



Dr. Colleen Murphy standing on a podium during her investment at the College of Law.  

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Murphy, the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for 2021-2022, on being invested as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law.



Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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. Last year, U of I had four recipients of this nationally prestigious award.

Click here for more details


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

October 14 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
In-person at 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

October 15 from 9:00 am-10:00 am via Zoom 
Click here for Zoom Registration

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu 

Graphic of the number "45" along with the acronym "ICRW" in green block letters. International Center for Research on Women.  

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

Deadline: Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

ICRW is now accepting applications for the 2021- 2022 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award, which honors the legacy of Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain, a visionary who founded Re:Gender – formerly the National Council for Research on Women – in 1981.

The $10,000 award will support a first-generation doctoral student as they work on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over one academic year. Of the award total, the student will receive $8,500, and the advisor(s) will receive a total of $1,500. The graduate student’s dissertation must be related to ICRW's mission to advance gender equity, inclusion and shared prosperity worldwide.

Submit an online application here



WGGP Programs

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 2021, GRID Alumni have come from 41 departments across campus and 52 different countries.

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

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


Certificate in Global Health  
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate


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