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ACDIS Newsletter November 18, 2019

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter ACDIS Salutes Stephen P. Cohen, and you will learn about the Spring 2020 Certificate in Global Security Courses, upcoming Security Events, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, Student Research and Project Grants, the DOE Scholars Program, and how to Give to ACDIS. 


Salute to Professor Stephen P. Cohen

by Ed Kolodziej

Let us suppose that Stephen P. Cohen had pursued a different academic career than that as a Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Illinois for thirty years and, later, as a distinguished Fellow at the Bookings Institution in Washington D. C.

It is not farfetched to say that, absent Steve Cohen, ACDIS might never have been created, nor would that South Asian studies enjoy today its elevated status in academia and in policy circles around the globe.           

The death of Stephen P. Cohen has deprived us of a beloved colleague, an esteemed scholar, a leading influence in South Asian security studies and policy-making, and mentor of scores of students and public servants — and a mensch to all who knew him. 

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Security Events

CHINA Town Hall

CHINA Town Hall invites communities across the United States in a national conversation on China featuring an interactive webcast with four speakers, moderated by George Stephanopoulos (Chief Anchor, ABC News), and an on-site discussion facilitated by Dr. Xinyuan Dai (Associate Professor, Political Science, UIUC). Webcast speakers include Melanie Hart (Senior Fellow/Director of China Policy, Center for American Progress); Steve Orlins (President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations); Yasheng Huang (Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan School of Management); and Ely Ratner (Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security).

  • Monday, November 18th, 2019
  • Interactive webcast with four speakers, moderated by George Stephanopoulos, and faciliated by Professor Xinyuan Dai of Political Science
  • 3:00 PM 
  • International Studies Building, Room 101
  • 910 S Fifth St., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

CSAMES Brown Bag series talk--Remote Sensing Religiosity in the Muslim World: The Case of Turkey

  • Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
  • Professor Professor Avital Livny, Department of Political Science
  • 12:00 PM
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge
  • 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
  • Hosted by: CSAMES

Migration & Game Design Working Group "Glory to Trumpland!  Critically Playing Border Games"

This project examines the critical play of a variety of games about immigrant and refugee experience. These "border games" take place within fictional or actual borderlands and follow characters either in transit or trapped in detainment centers between nations. Spanning a range of genres, each deals differently with the major problem posed by their content—how to create a sensitive procedural rhetoric around migration. Drawing from Flanagan's conceptualization of critical play and Mukherjee's work on the ambivalence of postcolonial "playing back," I explore the possibilities of critically playing border games and the extent to which each game's design (dis)allows for certain forms of play and protest...


Metropolization and Its Territorial Consequences in Brazil

  • Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
  • Clelio Campolina Diniz, Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Metropolization and Its Territorial Consequences in Brazil
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Numford Hall, Room 426
  • 1301 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana
  • Hosted by: Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies & REAL (Contact for more info.)

"Housing Regimes in the Middle East: National Politics and International Connections of a Global Crisis"

  • Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
  • Dr. Azam Khatam, York University
  • 6:00 PM
  • Gregory Hall, Room 11
  • 819 S. Wright Street, Ubana
  • Hosted by: CSAMES

Revolutionary Islam Makes its Capital Global Tehran, Iran

The presentation concerns the dynamics of urban politics in shaping the relations of power in contemporary Iran.  Iranian politics tend to be analyzed through the lens of state institutions, ruling elites, and political Islam; yet urban politics, social frictions, and popular agency within rapidly changing cities have been at the center of shifting relations of power in contemporary Iran.  Dr. Khatam analyzes the urban and spatial transformations of Tehran since the 1979 revolution. The aim is to shed light on  how the economic, political, and cultural relations of power in Iran are being negotiated and fought over in a major city like Tehran by a wide range of social actors; and the manner in which the changing built environment of the city reflects and shapes these struggles. 

  • Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
  • Azam Khatam, visiting scholar at the City Institute, York University
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Gregory Hall, Room 111
  • 810 S. Wright St., Urbana
  • Hosted by: CSAMES; Iranian Cultural Association
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

DOE Scholars Program

Now accepting applications for: 

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts


  • Be a U.S. citizenship
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission. 

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-Scholars-2020

Application deadline

January 3, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

For more information: Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Questions? doescholars@orise.orau.gov

Please share this information with friends and colleagues who might be interested in opportunities with DOE.

DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

Give to ACDIS

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