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ACDIS Newsletter February 03, 2020

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter  you will learn about the Spring 2020 Certificate in Global Security Courses,  Security Related Events, Employment Opportunities, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, Travel Grants, Graduate Student Workshops, Summer Research Laboratory, Collarborative Research Funding,  The George A. Miller Program Opportunites, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

ACDIS Certificate in Global Security 2020 Spring Course List
ACDIS Security Studies Group: SSG Event
(Photo: Heaven Lake on Mount Paektu, North Korea)

After Six Trips, Ray Cunningham Still Never Tires Of Visiting North Korea

Ray Cunningham is the mayor of Homer, Illinois and a photographer who has secretly smuggled out thousands of photographs from inside North Korea! Join us as he talks about his experiences and shares some of the photographs he captured from his numerous trips to one of the most secret places on Earth.

  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
  • Ray Cunningham
  • 6:00 PM 
  • Armory, Room 345
  • 505 E. Armory AVE., Champaign
  • Hosted by: ACDIS Security Studies Group
Reoccurring Event

KAM Exhibition | Hot Spots: Radioactivity and the Landscape

Hot Spots brings together international contemporary artists and art collectives who examine the environmental impact of the production, use, and disposal of radioactive materials by military and commercial industries. The exhibition scrutinizes the nuclear industry, including its everyday functions and long-term impact, with an emphasis on issues surrounding radioactive waste. Artists examine this expansive subject through themes that include rendering the invisible visible, art as a tool of information disclosure and disruption, and developing the complex language necessary to communicate thousands of years into the future...   

  • Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
  • Co-curated at KAM by Lilah Leopold, graduate curatorial intern, and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • All Day
  • Krannert Art Museum, West, Light Court, Contemporary Galleries
  • 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign
  • Hosted by: Krannert Art Museum

Refugee Passage: The Spectacle of Magnanimity and the Politics of Nepali-Bhutanese Arrival in the United States

In late 2015, the US Embassy in Nepal circulated a press release titled “United States Resettles 100,000th Bhutanese Refugee from Nepal,” celebrating the occasion in a ceremony attended by representatives of the UNHCR, IOM, and the US Ambassador to Nepal. Touting the Nepali-Bhutanese example as “the most successful program of its kind,” festive events like this struck a self-congratulatory tone that emphasized how increasing resettlement numbers of Nepali-Bhutanese refugees had become routine towards the tail end of the resettlement process that began in 2007...   


  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020
  • Dr. Retika A. Desia
  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
  • Asian American Studies Conference Room
  • 1208 W. Nevada St., Urbana
  • Hosted by: Asian American Studies

Nine Days of the One Year: Soviet 1960s Cinema and the Nuclear Catastrophe

This presentation focuses on Soviet cinema of the 1960s and the question of memory (specifically, traumatic memory, the memory of the war) and its relationship to the generation that came after, the generation that did not live through Stalinism or the Second World War, but that nevertheless felt itself to be responsible for the events of the past. The new generation of filmmakers that came into prominence during the Thaw period (approximately, 1956-1967) addressed something that we might call, following Marianne Hirsch, “postmemory”: a working through of a trauma that was not their own, that “belonged” to the previous generation, but that nevertheless continued to haunt the present. Soviet sixties’ cinema, on the surface, appears at first to be located entirely in the present. Its most representative films are not “historical,” but rather depict daily life, seemingly caught up in the contemporaneity of the present. Indeed, the films are so “unsaturated” by history, that they project a kind of anomie – a feeling that the characters live lives unconnected to the outside world, to history, or to the previous generation: “yes, we are cut off, and the link with the outside world is broken,” one character tells another in the 1967 film July Rain..


Managing Foreign Influence

  • Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
  • David Richardson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research; Kathy Gentry, Export Compliance Officer; Chyvonne Gibson, Deputy Export Compliance Officer; Sponsored Programs Administration, University of Illinois
  • 12:00 PM 
  • Carl R. Woose Institute for Genomic Biology, IGB 607
  • 1206 W, Gregory Dr., Urbana
  • Hosted by: Carl R. Woose Institute for Genomic Biology

Revival of Uprisings in the Middle East and North America

Political developments in the Arab countries in the past decades have had significant social and economic consequences well beyond their borders. The uprisings that erupted in early 2011 in the Arab world reflected broad and deep-rooted demands in the population for change in the authoritarian regimes that had come to dominate the region. Though in the subsequent years those movements had little success in establishing new political systems, in the sense that they either stalled or led to civil wars, they did have widespread negative economic effects on many countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as on countries elsewhere. Perhaps more visibly for other regions, the turbulence caused by the internal tensions led to major refugee crises that affected a host of countries, especially in the Middle East and Europe.

Scholars will present the cases of Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Iran, Egypt and Tunisia and place the developments in these countries in the broader context of the developments in the Middle East, Africa, and other regions.


Abolition and Immigrant Justice: An Activist Roundtable

In this roundtable discussion, activist organizers will discuss their work in immigrant justice movements in both national and local contexts, particularly in Chicago. The panelists will speak to their personal experiences in becoming grassroots organizers against detentions, deportations, and the criminalization of immigrant and other targeted communities. Providing examples from past and current campaigns, they will also speak to the range of strategies they use to build strong collaborative coalitions and resist racist, xenophobic oppression, including policy work, legal activism, strategic communications, and civil disobedience.

Employment Opportunities
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.   

Graduate Student Workshops
Summer Research laboratory


Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Collaborative Research Funding
George A. Miller Visiting Professors & Scholars

The George A. Miller Programs Committee accepts applications for partial funding of visiting faculty appointments, offering a means for bringing to our campus men and women of outstanding achievement in academic or public life to participate in scholarly, professional, or creative programs.  Deadline: March 10, 2020.

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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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