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Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter! We hope everyone is having a great start to the semester. In this newsletter learn about the updated giving page for ACDIS, upcoming security events, our upcoming North Korea Symposium, and information for scholarships and fellowships that you might be interested in.


The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security. Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for student access in our ACDIS library. Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

Gift transactions are confidential and secure. Please select the fund you would like to make a gift to, along with the amount, and you will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving form.

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Security Events

BESA: A Code of Honor: Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

  • Event related to physical security
  • January 24th - February 17th 5:00 pm - 7:00pm
  • Murphy Gallery. University YMCA

BESA: A Code of Honor is a traveling exhibit from Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Besa means “to keep the promise.”  It still serves as the highest ethical code in the country of Albania today. Following the German occupation in Albania in 1943, the Muslim-majority country of Albania protected their Jewish citizens and provided refuge to Jewish people from other parts of Europe. Almost all of the Jewish people living within Albanian borders during the war survived. Learn about the Albanians that went out of their way to save their Jewish community.

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Sponsor: University YMCA and REEEC


Tracking an Extremely Infections Vector Borne Disease in the Indian Continent: The Case of Kyasanur Forest Disease

  • Lecture related to biosecurity 
  • February 5th 12:00 pm
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge of the FLB

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



The North Korean Symposium, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula?, will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday, March 28th, 2018 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The program will cover topics such as a history of Korea, the Korean Peninsula Today, and Security Issues and the Korean Peninsula

  • Symposium on North Korea
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
  • Spurlock Museum in the Knight Auditorium 
  • Contact information, information regarding speakers, parking, and travel can be found in the hyperlink above 

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies 

Scholarships and Fellowships

Gilman Information Session 

  • January 31st from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Illini Union Book Store Room 514

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, students currently must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  The National and International Scholarships Program is willing to assist in reviewing your scholarship application material, in fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive!  As such, we are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship. January 30th from 3:30-4:30 is an informational session and alumni Q&A.  February 1st between 3:00-4:00 is a workshop on how to craft your application essays. 

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


Have a Great Week!