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ACDIS Newsletter November 11, 2019

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter you will learn about upcoming Security Events, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, Student Research and Project Grants, an International Business Program, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

Security Events

CLACS Lecture Series. The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America

The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America

At the crossroads between international relations and anthropology, The Migrant Passage (Cornell University Press 2018) analyzes how people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala navigate the dangerous and uncertain clandestine journey across Mexico to the United States. 


Challenges of Water Security in Myanmar

The Myanmar water sector faces challenges, including rapid socioeconomic development, uneven rainfall, flooding and drought due to climate change, and lack of coordination among agencies. The talk will focus on Myanmar's water potential, water use and challenges, opportunities and threats in water resources development, water quality protection & government actions.

  • Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
  • Seinn Lei Aye, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, University of Yangon, Myanmar
  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Natural Resources Building, Room 101
  • 615 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Illinois Water Resources Center

CSAMES Brown Bag series talk--The Evolution of Iran’s Judicial System Under the Islamic Republic

  • Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
  • Dr. Milad Azizi, visiting scholar
  • 12:00 PM
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge
  • 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
  • Hosted by: CSAMES

Food for Thought: Study Abroad Panel

Food for Thought, part of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relation's Lunch on Us series, is a weekly noontime discussion focused on topics relevant to the Asian American community. Past discussions include topics such as nutrition, mental health, sexual health, and media representation of Asian Americans.

Brooke Baslee from the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Office will present a brief presentation followed by an open question and answer panel for undergraduate students to learn about returnee students’ international experiences abroad. This presentation aims to provide an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the concept of Global Citizenship. Connecting to recent news developments of detention camps, we want to encourage attendees to consider lived experiences of individuals born outside of the United States and inform them about societal circumstances that may cause individuals to want immigrate from one country to another.
  • Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
  • Brooke Baslee from the Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange Office Milad Azizi, visiting scholar
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Asian American Cultural Center
  • 1210 W. Nevada, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Asian American Cultural Center

Migration & Game Design Working Group

Over the next two academic years, the Migration & Game Design Working Group will explore the potentials of games and gamelike simulations to increase public understanding of and empathy for the experiences of migrants from Latin America who leave their home countries to seek asylum.


Observing the Dawn of Time from Above the Clouds

This talk will introduce the quest to understand the universe’s birth with SPIDER, an ambitious instrument to observe the oldest light in the cosmos from a balloon high above Antarctica. Professor Filippini will discuss SPIDER’s first adventure in Antarctic ballooning, the new cameras developed for its second flight, and prospects for the future.

  • Thursday, November 14th, 2019
  • Jeffrey Filippini
  • 12:00 PM
  • Levis Faculty Center, Music Room 208
  • 919 W. Illinois, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Center for Advanced Study

"The Growing Militarization of US Foreign Policy." 2019 Richard G. & Carole J. Cline Symposium Featuring:  Ambassador Karl Eikenberry

Ambassador Eikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-directs the Academy’s project on civil wars, violence, and international responses. Until 2019, he was Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and Professor of Practice at Stanford University. From 2009 to 2011, he served as ambassador to Afghanistan following his retirement from the US Army with the rank of Lieutenant General. 

Keynote Address:

  • Thursday, November 14th, 2019
  • Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Lieutenant General, US Army, (ret.), and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative and Professor of Practice at Stanford University. 
  • 7:30 PM
  • The Alice Cambell Ballroom
  • 601 S. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hosted by: Cline Center for Advanced Social Research


  • Thursday, November 14th, 2019
  • Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Scott Althaus, Xinyuan Dai, Alyssa Prorok, and John A. Vasquez.
  • 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Illini Union Room 314
  • 1401 West Green Street
  • Hosted by: Cline Center for Advanced Social Research

Anti-Semitism: Historical Perspectives

Belén Albornoz is a research professor at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO). Her research focuses on the relationships between science, technology and society and in the analysis of public policies on science and technology. She has studied inclusion/exclusion in educational digital programs, privacy, and policies for closing the digital divide. She has also been an advisor on Science Policy in Latin America with the UN, currently is a Council Member for the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), and board member of The Society for the Studies of New and Emerging Technologies (SNET).


Editing Nature: Governance Hurdles and Ethical Holes in Genetic Engineering

Professor Kofler will argue how scientific and value-based knowledge can inform technology decision-making in ways that are both context-dependent and global in scope. The inadequacy of dominant theories in environmental ethics to support such decision-making will also be presented and an alternative ethos proposed: one that respects the interconnectedness of human and environmental health and invites technology into that relationship to augment the flourishing of both.


"The evolving library profession and education driving social justice: a perspective from the Global South"

Please join us for the 29th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture on "The evolving library profession and education driving social justice: a perspective from the Global South"

Reception to follow

For livestreaming and to RSVP, visit: www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/lectures

This event is in conjunction with the "Why Libraries, Why Librarians?" iSchool Indaba. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/whylibraries

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.   

Student Research and Project Grants

Global Intersections: Student Research and Project Grants

Application Due November 22, 2019

International Business Immersion Program (IBIP)
Give to ACDIS

The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.  

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security.  Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for students access in our ACDIS library.  Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

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