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In This Issue
CGS Announcements
New Research by CGS-Affiliated Faculty

Research by CGS-affiliate, Professor Madhu Khanna, has been featured in The Guardian: "Alarm as pesticides spur rapid decline of US bird species." In her study, Prof. Khanna measures the continuing decline of populations of grassland birds – including sparrows and owls – by 4% annually, and insect-eating birds fell 3% annually because of neonicotinoids.

Event Series: COVID-19

Save this date: September 15th, 2020, 12-1 PM

Rajmohan Gandhi, "Inequalities, ethnonationalism and the pandemic: An attempt to understand current trends in the U.S. and in India."

In his upcoming talk for CGS, Prof. Gandhi will examine how the pandemic influenced inequalities in the world’s largest democracies, the U.S. and India. What is the pandemic’s impact on ethnonationalism’s appeal in the two countries? How has it affected their relations with China and with each other?

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Meeting ID: 916 4749 6056
Password: 259765

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Professor Arjun Appadurai
"The Volatile Market for Globalization"
October 2nd, 2020
Zoom Conference from 11AM-Noon

In this presentation, Prof. Appadurai will address the recent debates about the rebirth of the nation-state in the era of pandemic disease, and about whether globalization is about to be rolled-back or marginalized. Professor Appadurai argues that globalization remains irreversible but that the markets dominated by globalization are now facing the resurgence of other models of sovereignty, alliance and identity. We are now entering a new period of volatility in which global norms and strategies are in a deep struggle with the nation-state model on the one hand and planetary anxieties on the other.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Rawi Abdelal (Harvard University), “Imagining the Next Global Economy”

Date: Sep 15, 2020, 1:00 pm  

Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert E. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School and Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.

Hosted on Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies' YouTube page: https://youtu.be/1F1pyyDvF-4

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world regions. The series is sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin - Madison; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago; and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University.

CGS Resources
Pandemics in Historical Context
Webpage consisting of a selection of public talks by innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provide global perspectives of the pandemic. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 for K-12 Educators.
Global Currents
Blog that is currently running a series of essays by individuals from the information world related to how they and their areas are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Global Studies Custom Search Engine
Use it to search articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic!
If you have suggestions of additions we can make to these pages, please email global-studies@illinois.edu for general inquiries, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquiries, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquiries about the CGS website
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

The Churchill Scholarship

Dear students and recent alumni,

Are you a STEM student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in a STEM field or in Public Policy at Cambridge University?

The Churchill Scholarship requires one year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a master's) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England. U.S. citizens in their last year of undergraduate studies or who graduated with their undergraduate degree within the last 12 months are eligible to apply. A Kanders Churchill Scholarship is also available for a STEM student who wishes to pursue an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge.

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to seniors and will provide an overview of the Churchill Scholarship. We will discuss basic eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for this award. The latter portion of the event is designed to introduce some of the application components for the scholarship and help participants start to develop content for them.  This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your personal statement and other written portions of the application.

Churchill Scholarship Information Session 

Time: Sep 11, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 945 9183 6638

Password: churchill


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