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Campus Events This Week

October 29, 2019, 12:00pm
"Negotiating Motherhood and Communism: Tonia Lechtman and the World of Letters, 1937-1945"

Speaker: Anna Müller, Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Location: 101 International Studies Building

Sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

More information available at https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/2750?eventId=33357735




October 29, 2019, 4:00-5:30pm

Trump, Ukraine, Impeachment: How Does the World Talk About It?

Location: David Kinley Hall Room 114, 1407 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

Sponsors: European Union Center and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


October 30, 2019, 7:00pm
"Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the United States: the Journey and the Destination"

Speaker: Lauren Aronson, Associate clinical professor of Law and the Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law

Location: Champaign Public Library, Room A

To read more on this topic, see new bureau article


October 31, 2019, 4:00pm
Gendered Innovations in Biomedicine, Machine Learning, and Robotics

Speaker: Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University

Location: IPRH Lecture Hall, 4th Floor

Sponsors: The Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Arts and Humanities, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Department of History


November 7, 2019, 4:00pm
"Technology and Transitional Justice: Making Visible the Information Infrastructure for War Victims"

Speaker: Maria Belen Albornoz, Department of Public Affairs, Research Professor at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO)

Location: 210 Levis Faculty Center

Sponsors: Center for Global Studies
WGGP and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


November 13, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm
Migration & Game Design Working Group

Speaker: Siebel Center for Design Group

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)


November 13, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Distinguished Alum Speaker Series: Dr. Jungmin Kwon
Author of "Straight Korean Female Fans and Their Gay Fantasies"

Speaker: Dr. Jungmin Kwon, Portland State University

Location: 336 Greg Hall

Sponsor: Institute of Communications Research
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others


Click for full list of Fall 2019 Events


Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This week we celebrate Iris Chang!  

Alumni Iris Chang earned her degree in Journalism. She later moved on to becoming a successful writer for the New York Times and a sensational author. Her book, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II was placed on the New York Times Bestseller list for 10 weeks, making her a public figure.

More details at: https://wggp.illinois.edu/spotlight/women-history/iris-chang

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

Faculty Affiliate News

The Graduate College is pleased to announce Lissette Piedra as the Graduate Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Piedra is an associate professor of Social Work and a faculty affiliate of the Latina/Latino Studies Program and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives. Read full story.



The Spring 2020 GRID Elective List
is now available. 
Please visit the courses page.


Request for Applications


Deadline: 5:00 p.m., December 6, 2019
Application system now open.

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

The global is practically a ubiquitous referent now. It’s used as a descriptive term, as a perspectival mode, as a scalar standard, as a valorization technique and, of course, as an indicator of the condition of the present. But what is the plurality of worlds which constitute the global? What kinds of world-making do events, communities, legal regimes, performative modes, memory work, languages, regions, mediascapes, imaginative practices, and ordinary people produce? Who is for the global, who is against the global, with what consequences and under what conditions? How do the meanings of the global change when we approach it from perspectives outside of the United States?

To pose the global in the context of multiple worlds is to acknowledge its power but also to suggest that it is not totalizing or universal -- or that if and when it is, it operates in tense and tender relationship with forces both from and beyond its ambit. We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines whose research critically engages both the global as on object of inquiry and worlds and world-making as dynamic processes across time, space and place.

IPRH is pleased to partner with the International Area Studies Centers and Thematic Programs (IASCTP) in shaping the call for IPRH Fellows. The IPRH seminar will be open to affiliates of these centers and programs who want to attend on a first come, first served basis. We will share information on the sign-up process once the Fellows have been chosen. In addition, IPRH will be partnering with IASCTP and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory on programming around “The Global and its Worlds” theme over the course of AY 2020–21.

Fellowship proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: the scholarly excellence and promise of the project, the applicant’s preparation/readiness to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the relationship to the annual theme, the case made for how the IPRH experience/seminar would be beneficial to the project, and the letters of support.

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.

All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

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).

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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Spring 2020


The GRID Elective Course List is now available







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