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WGGP Upcoming Events
Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals 

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals

November 6, 2020

online via Zoom

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. "Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals" 

4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tips for Applying for Fellowships

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Arab Feminisms: A History of Contestation and Negotiation 

Arab Feminisms: A History of Contestation and Negotiation

Friday, November 13 @ 12:00pm CST

online via zoom

Speaker: Hoda Elsadda is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University, Chair and founding member of the Women and Memory Forum.

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WGGP Co-Sponsored Events
The State of Democracy YMCA series flyer, includes white stars and red stripes 

YMCA Friday Forum Series: The State of Democracy (Oct 30 and Nov 6)

"Fraud, Error and Snafus in the 2020 Election: A Final Preview"
Friday, October 30 @ 12:00 p.m. CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Brian Gaines, Professor of Political Science, UIUC

Description: For months, commentators have been warning about various scenarios for major problems in implementation of the 2020 election, under the shadow of a pandemic. Arguments about whether voting by mail is safe and secure or a recipe for disaster have spun in circles, and more detail-oriented types have emphasized the many challenges faced by administrators when so many voters are shifting their mode of ballot casting. This talk will offer a final pre-election review of some of the key issues related to election administration. Click for more info about speaker Brian Gaines and this event.

Dr. Susan Martinis photo 
Dr. Susan Martinis 

Women in Science Lecture Series: November Lecture

November 10, 2020
12:00pm-1:00pm. CST

online via Zoom

Registrations will close at 11am CST on November 10th. All registrants will receive a video recording of Dr. Martinis's talk, so please register even if you are unable to make the lecture.

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Upcoming Campus Events
HGMS Event--Book Launch with Rini Mehta 

HGMS Event--Book Launch with Rini Mehta

Monday, October 26 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm CST

online via Zoom

RINI BHATTACHARYA MEHTA is an assistant professor of comparative and world literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a coeditor of Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora.

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Dish It Up, Healthy Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

Online via zoom

October 26 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jaya Kolisetty and Emily Barnum will use their expertise to facilitate a discussion about maintaining healthy relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include healthy boundaries, online dating safety, and more.

Click here to register and learn more
Altgeld Chimes photo 
Altgeld Chimes 

Altgeld Chimes Centennial Concert

The Altgeld Chimes are turning 100! Join the Marching Illini and the chimes players for a live concert to celebrate the occasion at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30. We ask that you enjoy this event remotely via live stream at go.illinois.edu/chimes100. The concert will be followed by a webinar exploring the history and impact of Altgeld Hall, and plans for its future.

"Food for Justice | Food for Thought" poster 
"Food for Justice | Food for Thought" 

Town Hall “Food for Justice | Food for Thought”

Monday, October 26, 5:30-7:30 PM (there will be a virtual town hall with Seitu and Dawn and Jennifer and several other UI faculty members)

Artist Seitu Jones' life work has been grounded in the civil rights movement and the Black Arts movement, so the impacts of structural and systemic racism frame his approach. The pandemic, as we know, has revealed injustices that have been there all along, as well as the generous spirits that rise to fulfill various needs. Jones will join a panel of Champaign-Urbana residents, including several University of Illinois faculty, to think together about what lies beneath local food insecurities and to illuminate the needs, desires and hopes of the community. Click here to learn more about Seitu Jones and this event.

Click to join Zoom event


LAS Student Researchers: Lunchtime Lightning Talks 

LAS Student Researchers: Lunchtime Lightning Talks

Oct 28, 2020 @12:00 p.m. CST

online via Zoom

It isn't an exaggeration to say that LAS students are changing the world! In this virtual lightning talk event, hear about the impact that students from a variety of disciplines across LAS are making through their research. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the student researchers after each presentation. We hope you can join us to learn more from this next-generation of LAS alumni!

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Halloween Speech Friending Poster of Full Moon, Trees, and Pumpkin Patch 

Speed Friending: October 28th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. CST

Join the WRC Interns for a spooky edition of Speed Friending, co-sponsored by International Education! Make new friends, play some games, and get in the Halloween spirit! Register by October 27.

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Iris Chang 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we celebrate UIUC alum Iris Chang! While in undergrad, she was on staff at the Daily Illini. As an alum, she wrote for the New York Times producing six front-page articles in one year. 

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

Faculty Affiliate
Dr. Hadi Salehi Esfahani 

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Hadi Salehi Esfahani

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. CST

Online via Zoom

Click to register for event


GRID Alumni
Pronoy Rai 
Dr. Pronoy Rai (Ph.D. Geography, 2018) GRID Alumnus and 2015 Recipient of the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship is currently an assistant professor at Portland State University.  His research interests include human-environment geographies, development and labor migration, gender and masculinities, agro-ecological change and South Asia.  
To learn more about where GRID Alumni are today, visit our Alumni Spotlight page at https://wggp.illinois.edu/academics/alumni/spotlight
If you would like your story shared, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
Event Reflections

In case you missed the events below, they are now on Media Space!

Volatile Market For Globalization - a presentation by Prof. Arjun Appadurai for The Global and Its Worlds

October 2, 2020

Click to watch webinar


Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Nicaragua: Lessons Learnt from 30 years of Research and Activism 

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Nicaragua: Lessons Learnt from 30 years of Research and Activism

Oct 28, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Speakers include:
Mary Ellsberg, Director, Global Women's Institute
William Ugarte, Medical Epidemiologist and Teacher, Global Health at Uppsala University
Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Head of the Unit for Addressing Vulnerable Populations, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH), WHO
Violeta Delgado, Feminist, Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres
Representative from Red de Mujeres

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Portraits Of Resilience: How 19 Women Around The Globe Face The Pandemic

"Life is hard for everyone during a pandemic. But in a global crisis, it is women who carry extra burdens, says Raquel Lagunas, director of the gender team at the United Nations Development Programme. 'Because of their reproductive role in society, they are ones taking care of the kids, the house, the food, the survival of families.'" 

Click here to read the full story!


"Women Are Falling Behind"

Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19.

Click here to read to the full story. 


Beinecke Scholarship Informational Events 10/29 & 10/30

The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors to pursue graduate studies for scholarly research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school.

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Study Tips and Strategies to Help Your Students Succeed in Online Instruction

Early in the Spring, CITL launched a series of Student Resources aimed at helping students perform better in their online courses. We are continuing to update these resources to meet the changing needs of students during the pandemic. Please make your students aware of these tips by sharing this link - https://go.citl.illinois.edu/student_success.

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 2019, 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 arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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 and upcoming information sessions is available here


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