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Fall 2020 | November 9 - November 16 | View Past Newsletters

Event Series: COVID-19 & Water

Syndemics: Theory & Application

Date: November 11, 2020

Time : 12-1PM (cst)


Emily Mendenhall (Georgetown, School of Foreign Service)

Bayla Ostrach (Boston University, Department of Family Medicine)

Rebecca Smith (UIUC, Department of Pathobiology and NCSA)

Caitlin Clarke (UIUC, Department of Sociology)

Syndemics refers to complex epidemics involving two types of adverse interaction – the clustering and interactions of two or more diseases or health conditions (the biological–biological interface)and social environmental factors (the biological–social interface). The theory has been widely applied in the fields of medicine, public health and anthropology. CGS and WGGP are proud to welcome four scholars who have been active in this new field of research.

Zoom Webinar (Registration Required): https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CE8N0x2bR1qv-8AnjoQxFQ

Upcoming Virtual Events

Online Viewing of Hiroshima Nagasaki Download

Online Viewing:
Friday, Nov 6, 2020, 5 pm CT - Friday, Nov 13, 2020, 5 pm CT
Please make sure to click on the “CC” link to get the English subtitles.

Online discussion with filmmaker Shinpei Takeda:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 4 pm CT (registration required)
Registration Link

About the Film
Visual artist and filmmaker Shinpei Takeda’s wide-ranging work focuses on memory and history. In his first feature documentary, Takeda sets out on a North American road trip with a former high school friend to collect stories of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Traveling from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border in the Spring of 2009, the stories shared in “Hiroshima Nagasaki Download” are transformative and emotional reminders of how strongly past trauma resonates in the present, seventy-five years after these harrowing events. 

Based between Tijuana, Mexico, and Düsseldorf, Germany, Osaka, Japan-born Takeda has followed atomic bomb survivors living in North and South America since 2005.  Through multi-media installations, sound interventions, documentary films, large-scale photography installations, and collaborative community projects in various public contexts, Takeda visualizes and amplifies voices of marginalized communities, which too often go unheard. 

Takeda’s most recent work is “Memory Undertow”, an augmented reality project installed at Nagasaki Hypocenter Park in July / August 2020 that transmitted and visualized survivor stories through the AR App “Ground Zero” and through a performance event on August 9th. Our online discussion with Shinpei Takeda on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, will include a conversation on the multi-disciplinary aspects of creating work centered on issues of trauma, immigration and social justice, and the importance of carrying the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forward. 


2020 U.S. Elections: Where Do We Go From Here? Global and Local Perspectives

Date: Nov. 10th, 2020, 12:00 PM CT

Link to register: https://tinyurl.com/y5rmkxka


75 Years After Hiroshima: A New Nuclear Arms Race?

New Challenges in Nuclear Arms Control
Keynote speakers: former Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemueller and Prof. Michael Nacht
(Nov. 11th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM)

Future of the Nuclear Triad
Keynote speaker: Prof. Margaret Kosal
(Nov. 18th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM)

On August 6 and 9, 1945, over 120,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Decade by decade, the billions of people at risk from direct and indirect effects of nuclear war continue to grow. The recent U.S. withdrawal from arms control treaties and the pursuit of new nuclear weapons capabilities by nuclear weapon states suggest we may be facing a renewed nuclear arms race. In this symposium, we will delve into the resurgent role of sea-based nuclear capabilities in national security strategies and the factors that undermine the generally recognized strategic stabilizing effect of submarine-launched ballistic missiles


The New Speed of Politics: Technology and Sustainability in the EU

Date: Thursday, Nov. 12th, 12 PM CT

Register at https://tinyurl.com/yxd6lka2

Please join this online panel that brings together two Former Members of the European Parliament, Hans-Olaf Henkel, and Benedek Javor, to discuss the EU's role in the use of technology for local and planetary sustainability. 


Free online workshop open to all language educators: "Motivate Your Students with Real-Life Tasks and Scenarios"

Date: Thursday November 12, 4:00-5:30 pm (Central)

Beginning with the novice level, giving learners the opportunity to see how their language skills can be used in the real world is an important element of motivation. In this session, participants will be introduced to examples of scenarios used in the beginning and intermediate Russian classes, including a simulated day in St. Petersburg, a lesson in which students imagine themselves working in a clothing store in Russia, and a lesson in which they learn to go shopping in Russia. The session will include practical ideas for finding and modifying authentic materials as well as creating visuals for scenario lessons. Participants will also see behind the scenes of how to create these scenarios with H5P, a free tool.

Registration is required. Please register here: 


30th Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture with BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Author and Presenter Mike Thomson

Date & Time: 16 November 2020; 12:00-1:30 pm CT

Mike Thomson is one of the BBC’s most distinguished and experienced World Affairs correspondents. During his career, he has interviewed many military and political leaders including Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Joseph Kabila, King Hussein, Meles Zenawi and most recently the Liberian President, George Weah. His agenda-setting reporting has taken him to many of the world’s biggest trouble spots. These range from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia, Eastern DR Congo, Darfur and the FARC controlled jungles of Colombia.

FREE Online Event - Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/distinguishedlecture


Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Injustice and Ways of Knowing

"Knowledge Creation Amidst Biased and Entrenched Systems of Academic Publishing"

Date: November 17th, 2020 (4-5 pm) 

Zoom link: https://go.illinois.edu/ChaiWai3

Join the International and Area Studies Library for a panel discussion about systems of bias within academic publishing. The panelists will discuss how scholars struggle to create knowledge amidst global structures of inequality and racial bias. Audience questions and participation are encouraged. This online event is free and open to the public. 


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Info Sessions

<Undergraduate Information Session>

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 4:00pm to 5:00pm CT

Register here

<Graduate Information Session>

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 4:00pm to 5:00pm CT

Register here

Application opens Wednesday, November 18.

Deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2021

Please visit their website for more information http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/ 

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

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

Deadline to apply: December 18, 2020

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities with opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each thematic seminar features educational lectures and interactive, cultural activities specifically designed for K-16 educators, including visits to local schools and organizations and meetings with education administrators, government officials, policymakers, teachers, and students. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new or to enhance cross-cultural curricula for use in their U.S. classrooms and school systems.

In 2021, summer programs will be offered in Iceland, Morocco, and Mexico. Each seminar will have 16 participants. The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $650.

• Elementary (grades K-8) – Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice: An Exploration of a Small State in the High North
• Secondary (grades 9-12) – Education in Morocco: An Evolving Landscape
• Postsecondary – The Third Root: Exploring African Heritage in Mexico

For more information and to apply, please visit the Seminars Abroad website at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/applicant.html.
If you have any questions, please email seminarsabroad@ed.gov.


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)