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Events This Week

Monday, September 23rd
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Stage 5)

On behalf of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Faculty in the College of FAA and beyond will (briefly) present on the exciting creative work they are engaged in. There will be time for socializing and informal networking—connect with colleagues and perhaps meet a new collaborator!

Presenters include:

Lisa Dixon, Theatre
Rochelle Sennet, Music
Patrick Hammie, Art + Design
Abby Zbikowski, Dance
Valleri Robinson, Theatre
Courtney Becks, University Library
Adam Kruse, Music Education
Amy Powell, Krannert Art Museum

Food, drink, and DJ KamauMau (aka Kamau Grantham) spinning funky tunes will make this an event you do not want to miss! Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for more information.


Krannert Art Museum Exhibit
“Revealing Presence: Women in Architecture at the University of Illinois, 1874-2019”

Exhibition on view September 26-October 12, 2019, Main Level, East Gallery

Revealing Presence illuminates the scale and breadth of architectural work by women and its enduring contribution to the built environment.

Exhibition and events supported in part by the Office of the Chancellor, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Illinois School of Architecture, Gensler, RATIO, and Krannert Art Museum. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Full details available at the Krannert Art Museum site


September 27, 2019, 12:00pm
From Athlete to Activist: One Person’s Story on Finding Their Voice

Speaker: Mia Ives-Rublee, MSW, Athlete and Activist, Women’s March

Location: University YMCA, Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright St. Champaign

Sponsor: University YMCA
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others



October 1, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm
A Murder Mystery! A "Whodunnit" of Global Amphibian Declines

Speaker: Mark Wainwright, Tropical Ecologist, Wildlife Artist and Author, and President of the Children's Eternal Rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Location: Room D, College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue

Sponsor: Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


October 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Weapons of Mass Destruction Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Challenges, Opportunites and Careers in Preventing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Speaker: Sarah Bidgood and Dave Schmerler, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Location: 1002 Lincoln Hall
Sponsor: LAS Global Studies


October 2, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm
Migration & Game Design Working Group

Speaker: Lauren Aronson, College of Law

Location: Informatics, Room 210A, Tech Plaza, 616 E. Green, Suite 210

Sponsor: WGGP, Playful by Design: Illinois Interdisciplinary Game Studies (PbD), and the Siebel Center for Design (SCD)

Lunch provided with RSVP by September 29th


October 2, 2019, 7:30-9:00pm
Gandhi, King, and Our World Today
a two-part evening to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi

Staged reading of "Unexpected Contact" by Rajmohan Gandhi followed by

"Is the Dream Alive?" Panel Discussion

Panel participants: Dean James Anderson (Education), Professor Ronald Bailey (African American Studies), Professor Cynthia Oliver (Dance and Associate Vice-Chancellor), Moderator Rajmohan Gandhi (College of Education)

Location: Spurlock Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana

Sponsors: College of Education and Illinois Theatre


October 4, 2019, 12:00pm
Sexual Violence: Why They Won't Face the Facts

Speaker: Gail Stern, Catharsis Productions

Location: University YMCA, Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright St. Champaign

Sponsor: University YMCA
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

Renee Heiken Slone graduated from the University of Illinois in 1993 and then became the head coach for the women’s golf team at the University in 2006. Throughout her career as a student athlete, Renee was a three-time All-American, claiming three straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. She also was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, two-time Big Ten Championship Medalist, and two-time U of I Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year. After her stellar Illini career, Renee continued playing golf as a member of the LPGA Tour and also spent time on the Futures Tour and the Ladies Asian Tour.

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

Alumni Spotlight: Aida Orgocka

Aida Orgocka
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna
GRID Minor, 2002
PhD in Human and Community Development, 2003

Current Position
Gender and Development Specialist, Education Cannot Wait

What is the focus of your current work and/or subject of your current research?

As the Gender and Development Specialist for Education Cannot Wait, I provide strategic advice and technical support on gender equality in education programming and policy. I support the development, implementation and monitoring of ECW gender investments delivered through First Emergency Response, Multi-Year Resilience Programs, and Acceleration Facility in various crisis-affected settings including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. I work with colleagues in various entities including United Nations Girls Education Initiative to strengthen collaboration and coordination in delivering gender responsive impacts on education in emergencies. For some reflections from the field, please go to https://www.educationcannotwait.org/?s=aida+orgocka)

Full full story at the WGGP Alumni Spotlight page


Symposium on Women and Gender
March 19-20, 2020
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The symposium is a multi-disciplinary event that will focus on women, genders and sexualities, both past and present. It will investiagethe interplay between gender and the social, cultural, and legal norms that shape it, both in the United States and in other countries around the globe.  Deadline for abstracts: November 2, 2019

Full details available athttp://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/swg/


"The Global and Its Worlds"

IPRH is pleased to announce that its theme for the 2020–21 Fellowship year will be “The Global and Its Worlds.”

IPRH is pleased to partner with the International Area Studies Centers and Thematic Programs (IASCTP) in shaping the call for IPRH Fellows.

IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts.

Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2020–21 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to IPRH Deputy Director Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).  


Department of Gender and Women's Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR- Closing date October 15th


The Department of Gender and Women's Studies invites applications and nominations for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Latinx gender studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. We welcome applicants with research and teaching interests in one or more of the following: border and migration studies, transgender studies, feminist geography, indigenous studies, and/or carceral studies.

The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to publish interdisciplinary research and preparation to teach foundational courses in Gender and Women's Studies.  Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university and the profession.  

Complete details available at GWS


New Campus Lactation Space Guide Available

For a list of available lactation spaces across the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, please visit the Campus lactation space guide located at the Women's Resources Center's webpage. 

Photo of Solar Farm 2.0 from Facilities 

Solar Farm 2.0 to Nearly Triple on Campus Renewable Energy Production

Facilities and Services announced construction of a new 54-acre solar farm.  Solar Farm 2.0 will generate the equivalent electricity use of more than 2,000 average American homes.

Full information available on Facilities website

WGGP Courses and 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 2019, 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.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2019

Certificate Description

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.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here

Campus Courses of Interest

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