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ACDIS Newsletter October 21, 2019

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter you will learn about upcoming Security Events, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, an Essay Contest, a Student-Participant Competition, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

Security Events

CLACS Lecture Series. "Protecting Democracy in the Age of Polarization: Lessons from Latin America"

Conventional wisdom holds that, in Latin America, conflict between the president and the opposition is a recurrent source of democratic instability. This presentation shows instead that dysfunctional institutions can help us protect democracy in times of political polarization. A comparative study of 18 Latin American countries between 1925 and 2016 yields important lessons to understand contemporary cases like Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, but also illuminates challenges to democracy in the United States.




Some Limits of Democracy in Améfrica Ladina

This conversation takes a point of reference Lélia Gonzalez’s reinterpretation of the historico-political processes that constituted the societies on the continent that she denominated as Ladin Amefrica to recenter the debates that regard violences and inequalities experienced here. Its main objective is to racialize so as to politicize gender as an empirical, analytical, and normative category.  In these ways, it aims to grapple with the conceptual and political field that structures the (im)possibilities of exercising one’s full humanity. It is ultimately an exercise in recentering, which allows us to recognize the limits of the racial and sexual pacts (re)produced in coloniality, and the complicities of the constitutional democratic state instituted in Brazillian territories through such hierarchies of humanity. To this end, we take the prison system as a mirror of a society whose terms and conditions of citizenship reflect century-old processes of dehumanization.

Thula Pires, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Works about the epistemological limits of law from an afrodiasporic perspective. She also coordinates the Interdisciplinary Center for Reflection and Afrodescendent Memory (NIREMA, PUC-Rio).

  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
  • Thula de Oliveira Pires, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • 2:00 - 3:30 PM
  • 101 International Studies Building
  • 910 S 5th St., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Supporting Practitioners and Analysts in Making Decisions about Data Analytics to Study Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations

Using computational methods, such as techniques from AI, machine learning and natural language processing, to study, support, and plan for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, requires practitioners and analysts to make a plethora of decisions. These unavoidable decisions include choices related to sampling and data collection, preparing or pre-processing data for analysis, implementing algorithms, measuring effects, and validating results. What is the impact of these choices on the resulting findings and derived implications, and how can we avoid introducing biases into our findings? In this talk, I address these questions by presenting findings from our work on assessing the impact of choices that analysts and end users of software solutions have to make when collecting and analyzing large-scale text data related to emergency management situations. I highlight best practices for selection data sources, methods and algorithms, explain causes for potential biases, and suggest strategies for mitigating these biases.  


Climate Action Game Experiment (CAGE)

 - Part of the CGS Global Migration Series - 

  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
  • Cliff Singer
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Main Library, Room 106
  • 1408 W. Gregory Dr. 
  • Hosted by: Center for Global Studies

The Geopolitics of Northeast Asia: continuing conflicts, popular memory, and economic-cultural interdependence

What do we talk about when we talk about East Asia? Breaking news and newspaper headlines, or blogs and tweets, transmit sensational stories of a turbulent region full of storm and stress. But the same stories appear and reappear in these scripts, with surprising uniformity. We are worried about China’s emergence as an economic giant and military power. Much more mercurial, however, and therefore more frightening, is that riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma known as North Korea. And what has happened to Japan, that once mighty economic engine now reduced to a source of bleak news about stagnation and stagflation? Then there is South Korea, manufacturer of such technologically advanced products as smartphones, and lately a generator of transnational fads ranging from snail cream to K-pop. This lecture is a compressed but wide-ranging introduction to and interpretation of the political, economic, and cultural dynamics of contemporary Northeast Asia.

Internship Information

It's never too late to begin thinking about obtaining some internship experiences.  Here are a few internship opportunities to take into consideration. 

Scholarship Information

The following are some scholarship opportunities to take into consideration: 

Fellowship Information

The following are some fellowship opportunities to take into consideration. If you miss this year's deadline, and then keep an eye out for the next opportunity.   

Essay Contest


Essays are due no later than Friday,

November 1st

Student-Participant Competition
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