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Spring 2019 | January 13 - January 19 View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
CGS Announcements

Global Trends in Higher Education
January 22nd

A panel discussion featuring Walter W. McMahon,
Helaine Silverman, & Allison Witt. 


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

Application due Friday, January 25, 2019 (11:59pm CST)
Letters of Recommendation due Friday, February 1, 2019 (11:59pm CST)

Events This Week

Abraham's Luggage: A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World 
January 15, 5pm
100 Gregory Hall 

In the 12th century, a Jewish merchant made a list of his possessions – those he had brought from Cairo & those he had acquired over years as a trader in India. The story of this remarkable document & its contents is told in a new book from Cambridge University Press. Its author, Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, will discuss how she discovered Abraham’s list & what it reveals about the dynamic commercial & social activities, cross-cultural contacts, domestic habits, & shared foodways that joined the medieval Mediterranean to South Asia.


Islam's Forgotten Frontier: Sind, Hind, and the Indian Ocean Warlord (7th-11th Centuries CE) ~ a workshop with Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn
January 16, 3-6pm
Music Room, Levis Faculty Center

Elizabeth A. Lambourn is a historian specializing in cultural exchanges among India, North Africa, & the Judeo-Islamicate Mediterranean prior to 1500. This is a workshop for interested faculty and graduate students on her new project, which is devoted to the events and processes that shaped Islam’s largely neglected eastern maritime frontier.  Space is limited, so interested participants should contact Carol Symes ( to reserve a seat at the table.

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Call For Abstracts: "New Perspectives of Cultural Contact and Exchange"
Deadline: January 20, 2019

Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Temporary Lecturer Position, Department of Global Studies - UC Santa Barbara
Deadline: October 31, 2019

Study Abroad & Global Fieldwork for K-12 Teachers 

Global Intersection Fellowship for K-12 Teachers

Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)