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Spring 2019 | April 21 - April 27 View Past Newsletters

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CGS Announcements

Joint Area Centers  Lecture:  “The Politicization of Discipline in Central and Southeastern Europe: Humanities under Siege”
April 22, 4pm
Music Room, 208 Levis Faculty Center


Understanding Oman: A Unique Player in the Gulf Region
April 22-23, All day
Levis Faculty Center

Events This Week

Borderland Narratives on the Bengal Partition
April 25, 4-5pm 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

India's Independence & Partition saw horrific violence unsettling the entire region. Bengal was divided into West Bengal (India) and East Pakistan based on territorial religious majority. The forced migration, trauma and displacement of millions call for postcolonial interventions. Academic discourses on partition of a fragmented Bengal has been few and far between.


Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY): Acts of Identity 2019
April 25, All Day
Illini Union, 4th Floor

Identity construction, as performative acts in the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and institutional membership, presents opportunities for us to theorize on language as the quintessential human-social activity. This session invites abstracts that focus on various semiotic practices —including but not limited to codeswitching, stance-taking, lexical choice, script choice, and phonetic variation—of identity-construction/meaning-making in different modalities (spoken, written, visual).


The Big Dry: New Drought Projections for the Southwest, the Great Lakes, and Beyond
April 26, 3:30pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

A new approach in the study of climate and hydrologic change integrating the examination of temperature, precipitation and drought risk indicate that Colorado River flows, sustainable water supplies, and ecosystems in the Southwest are already being seriously affected by warming, and that continued warming could result in much larger impacts than widely thought, even if mean precipitation increases. 


11th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society
April 26-28, all day 
Illini Union

Theme: Language, Learning, and Technology: Linguistics in the 21st Century

Register HERE

Upcoming Events

Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements in the Decolonizing Pacific
April 29, 4-6pm
1090 Lincoln Hall

In the decades after World War II, tens of thousands of soldiers and civilian contractors across Asia and the Pacific found work through the U.S. military. Recently liberated from colonial rule, these workers were drawn to the opportunities the military offered and became active participants of the U.S. empire, most centrally during the U.S. war in Vietnam. In this talk, Simeon Man tells the histories of Asians and Asian Americans who fought in Vietnam, revealing how U.S. empire was sustained through overalapping projects of colonialism and race making.


Historians in Action: How and Why We Reclaim an Armenian Feminist Past
April 30, 7pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Professor Bilal will first provide an overall introduction to Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive, a collaborative project with Lerna Ekmekçio─člu (MIT) that aims to end the ever-present invisibility of activist women in Armenian historiography and collective memory. She will then focus on one of the authors featured in this project, namely Yelbis Gesaratsian (1830 - ?) editor of the first Armenian women’s journal in the Ottoman Empire.

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop
April 26, 2019 from 3:30-5:00pm - 514 IUB

Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP)
Languages offered: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish 
May 13 - 31, 2019

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World
Intensive courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof
June 10, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)