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February 22 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium Poster 
WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium

March 4, 2021 10:00am-4:00pm CST

WGGP will host its 40th Anniversary Symposium via zoom bringing together various alumni to discuss their research. The symposium will also include a reflection panel with look at WGGP contributions over the years. All are welcome.

Click here for full details and registration for Symposium
WGGP Graduate Forum Poster. Event schedule. 
WGGP Graduate Forum

March 5, 2021 1:00-4:00pm CST

WGGP Graduate Forum will bring together WGGP Fellowship and Award Recipients to discuss their research projects.

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International Women's Day Banner
International Women's Day Poster of Speakers. See list of speakers. 
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International Women's Day 2021, March 8th, 3:30-5:00pm CST

“13 Women Who Changed The World: Untold Stories”

The Humanities Research Institute and The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program co-host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of the woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

Click here to register for International Women's Day event


Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact Poster. Speaker Lauren Haynes. 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World –
Spring 2021

Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact

Friday, February 26 @ 12:00pm
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Lauren Haynes, Code for America

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

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

Click to register for YMCA Friday Forum

Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007    |   Passcode: friday

Mikki Kendall Author Event Poster 
Author Talk with Mikki Kendall March 2, 6:00pm CST

March 2, 2021 6:00pm CST

Join the WRC, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center for a virtual author talk by Mikki Kendall.  She will discuss her book, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, and what led her to write it.  In addition to being an author, Mikki Kendall is an activist and Illinois alumna.

Click to register for Author Talk with Mikki Kendall

Upcoming Campus Events

EU Day Poster. Speaker Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the U.S. 
Karin Olofsdotter 
19th Annual European Union Day

February 25 - 26, 2021 and March 5, 2021

The European Union Center is excited to announce the schedule of events for its 19th Annual European Union Day celebrations on February 25-26 and March 5, 2021. This year, we are honored to be joined by Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, who will give the keynote address ("Rights, Representation, and Resources: Gender Equality in Sweden and the EU") on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12 P.M. CST. Ambassador Olofsdotter will outline Sweden’s approach to gender equality; how generous childcare and gender-neutral parental leave have benefitted the GDP of Nordic countries; and why women’s equal access to rights, resources, and representation should be hard foreign policy concerns.

In addition, on Thursday, February 25 at 3 P.M. CST, we will host a moderated discussion with Swedish hip hop artist Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité about his music, his recent memoir (A Drop of Midnight), and his current podcast project which he produces with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson ("This Moment"). On Friday, March 5 at 2 P.M. CST, the innovative and acclaimed Out of Chaos Theatre in the U.K. will give a reading of Aeschylus's "The Suppliants," a tragedy about immigration and asylum.

Click here to learn more and register for EU Day
#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia Forum Poster 
#BLM: Reception in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia Forum

February 26, 2021 1:00-2:30pm CST

While the Black Lives Matter Movement has revived global conversations about racism and systemic inequality, its reception in our region manifested not only in anti-racist solidarity protests but also in pro-nationalist activism, most notably in Russia. Join the REEEC and University of Pittsburgh's ASEEES to discuss whether the Black Lives Matter movement will have a lasting impact on the struggle against racism and for civil rights and social equality in our region.

Click here to learn more and register
Graduate Student Leaders Gathering

February 26, 2021 1:00-5:00pm CST

Are you a student leader? Are you interested in learning more about cultivating your own leadership skills?

Join discussions with peers and alumni who have taken on leadership roles and learn how to put the grit-growth mindset into action at the Graduate Student Leaders Gathering. 

The Graduate College is organizing a half-day event on Leadership as part of the upcoming Professional Development Week, to connect graduate student leaders at UIUC. This event will be on February 26, 2021 from 1:00-5:00pm CST. This is a free virtual event for all graduate students interested in professional development, skill-sharing and networking with other fellow graduate students. There will be a series of different sessions in the event.

Click to register for Graduate Student Leaders Gathering

Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration
February 28, 2021 2:00pm CST

The spurlock Museum and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois are hosting this free, family-friendly Zoom program. There will be crafts and short lessons on the Russian language, along with highlights from the Museum's collection and a Russian story told by Spurlock's resident storyteller and assistant director of education, Kim Sheahan Sanford.

The first 25 families to register for the program will receive a goodie bag that contains instructions and materials for making paper flowers, a page with all of the Russian phrases taught at the program, materials to make International Women's Day cards, and a sample of traditional Russian chocolates, which are eaten on the holiday. Though the program is free, registration is required.

Click to register for Spurlock Sunday Family Program

Women In History Wednesday

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Nicole Hollander 

Nicole Hollander graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1960 and is known for her daily comic strip titled Sylvia. She is also known for her graphic design work in the feminist publication, The Spokeswoman, where she had the opportunity to transform the newsletter into a monthly magazine. She also created a comic strip called The Feminist Funnies, which was extremely successful, and illustrated several other works. Today, she continues to draw and teach.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News

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Photo of Kate Clancy by Scott Johnson 
Faculty Affiliate: Kate Clancy

WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Kate Clancy, recently talked with North Caroline Public Radio WUNC culture and equity in menstruation. Click here to hear the interview.  

Professor Clancy also hosts the PERIOD Podcast.  More information available here. 

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

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GRID Student News

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Atyeh Ashtari 
GRID Student: Atyeh Ashtari

Atyeh Ashtari
is a GRID student and a Doctoral Student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  She will be presenting at the upcoming WGGP Graduate Forum on March 5th.  Her presentation is “Feminist Analysis of Social and Solidarity Economy: Minority Women, Community-based Microfinance and Grassroots Community Development in Peri-Urban Iran”.  Click here for more information on the upcoming Graduate Forum schedule and registration.

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GRID Alumni Spotlight

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Tutin Aryanti 
Alumni Spotlight: Tutin Aryanti

Tutin Aryanti
 is a Professor and Chair of the Architecture at Universitas Pendidkan in Indonesia.  

Dr. Aryanti received her PhD in Architecture and the GRID Minor in 2010.

She will be participating in the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on March 4, 2021 with her talk entitled, "Women in Disaster Mitigation”

Click here to learn more and register for the Symposium


2021 Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative Mentorship Program

The CNS Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative aims to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers in WMD nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament. As part of this initiative, they offer a mentorship program that enables undergraduate women to work directly with leading experts in their areas of professional interest.  

The program is open to undergraduate women from any major, and no prior professional experience in the field is required. 

This spring, we will be holding several virtual information sessions for prospective mentees. If you are interested in this program, attend one of these events as a first step. The first information session will take place on February 26th from 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern over Zoom. Click here to register for mentorship information session.

If you can’t attend the event on Feb. 26th, you can sign up to be notified about subsequent information sessions.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Bidgood at sbidgood@middlebury.edu.

ACDIS Summer 2021 Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

Description: Paid ACDIS Director’s Fund 2021 Summer Support. ACDIS has funds available to support summer study. 

The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) is an interdisciplinary venture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that facilitates objective research, academics, and outreach about international security issues within the academic and policymaking communities. 

ACDIS integrates insights generated by scholars from engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to produce comprehensive analyses that do not reduce security issues to singular and simplifying explanations. International security challenges are approached as complex phenomena that can only be understood through examination of multiple causes and impacts.

Click here to learn more about ACDIS Summer Fellowship
International/Foreign-Born Students, Scholars, and Staff Needed for Survey

Survey from the Research Cluster "Cross-Cultural Understandings of Power Harassment in Higher Education: Awareness and Actions"

Scholars don’t yet have a good understanding of how international and foreign-born scholars, students, and staff members perceive power harassment (including sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and non-sexual forms of power abuse). We want to change that—and you can help!

Participation in this study involves completing a one-time online survey. Your answers will help us better understand how to improve prevention of and responses to power harassment for international people on college campuses. Students, staff, and all university-affiliated scholars are welcome to participate. 25 participants will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Click here to learn more and participate in survey

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 2020, 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.

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Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
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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