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WGGP Events This Week

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Talk with Dr. Dara Goldman

Lunch w/ RSVP by Feb. 3 https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1111805

dara goldman event poster
WGGP Co-sponsored Events
CSAMES event poster feb 6 2020 

February 6, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm
"Revival fo Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa" Interdisciplinary Conference

Location: 4th Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois, Urbana

Sponsors: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Center for African Studies
Co-sponsors: WGGP and others

poster for reeec summer workshop 

Call for Applications due February 10, 2020

"A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Female Life and Labor across the Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras"

Workshop dates: June 24-25, 2020

Co-moderators: Colleen Lucey (University of Arizona) and Alexis Peri (Boston University)

Upcoming WGGP Events
WGGP Fellowships & Awards Deadline- Feb. 17th


The application for 2020-21 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Barbara A. Yates Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available.  

Complete details available at:

2020-21 application deadline is February 17, 2020 at 11:59pm

Online application available at

Link for referees to complete letter of recommendation https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/4574957



International Women's Day 2020

"12 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories"

Monday, March 9th

 Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor

12 Illinois faculty tell the 5 minute story of a woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

IWD 2020
Upcoming Campus Events
Retika Desai Feb 3 

February 3, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Refugee Passage: The Spectacle of Magnanimity and the Politics of Nepali-Bhutanese Arrival in the United States

Speaker: Dr. Retika A. Desai, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow

Location: Department of Asian American Studies Conference Room, 1208 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Sponsor: Department of Asian American Studies

clacs fellowship workshop 



Join CLACS for our annual Summer Graduate Research Fellows workshop on February 7th and 8th!  Graduate students from the departments of anthropology, animal biology, art education, education policy, economics, history, ICR, Latin American studies, musicology, natural resources, and environmental sciences, nutritional sciences, and plant biology will be presenting on their research.  Refreshments will be served.  Please click here for the full schedule.


Abolition | Spring 2020 Events Calendar

Of the "Abolition" Initiative at CAS

Abolition examines the interconnected power dynamics across prisons, police, immigration, gendered and sexual violence, environmental justice, disability justice, and more, in order to propose an abolitionist democratic present and future.

Professors Toby Beauchamp (Gender and Women’s Studies) and Naomi Paik (Asian American Studies) have been appointed CAS Resident Associates for AY2019-20 in charge of this initiative which includes a public events series and a seminar in Spring 2020 among other activities.




MARCH 31 & APRIL 1, 2020 

International Extension: Learning from Comparative Models and Perspectives 

All sessions will convene at the College of ACES Library on the University of Illinois campus.

Program sessions will include:

  1. Effective Extension Learning Strategies
  2. Developing Collaborative Networks with nonprofits and NGOs
  3. Delivering Impactful programming in the Digital Age
  4. 4-H and Youth Programs


photo of joan huber 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This week we celebrate Joan Huber!  

Joan Huber came to the University of Illinois in 1971, teaching a range of sociology courses as well as Introduction to Women’s Studies in the Social Sciences. She was director of the Women’s Studies Office, which is now the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and also was head of the Department of Sociology from 1979 to 1983.

Read more: https://gec150.web.illinois.edu/1970s/joan-huber/


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

poster of Eugenia Cheng's event 

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program – 2020 Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good through two-year fellowship placements in the fields of policy, community development, arts and culture, media, and international affairs. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, by 9pm EDT.

Fellows receive stipends of $70,000 per year and have access to employer-based health insurance through the host organizations. In addition, ACLS provides funds for relocation and professional development. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2016, and June 19, 2020, and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2020. Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States.

Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/ for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information. This program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

 The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies is seeking applications from UIUC graduate students for teaching positions in Summer, Fall and Spring 2020-21.   Position announcements and guidelines can be found at the links below, and on the GWS website at: https://gws.illinois.edu/news/2020-01-27/apply-be-teaching-assistant-gws

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. 

 TA Positions:

 GWS 100: Introduction to Gender Studies, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

 GWS 275: The Politics of Fashion, Fall 2020

 GWS 202: Sexualities, Spring 2021

 Instructor Positions:

 GWS 201: Race, Gender and Power, Summer I 2020

 GWS 378: Fairy Tales and Gender Formation, Summer I 2020

 Applicants are encouraged to attend the upcoming workshop on February 13 on Applying for Graduate Teaching Positions in GWS prior to submitting their applications. 


Graduate Students:  Interested in teaching for Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) this summer or next year?

Join us for a workshop on
Applying for Graduate Teaching Positions in GWS

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Gender and Women’s Studies
1205 W. Nevada, Urbana

Snacks provided!

The workshop will provide practical information on how to prepare a job letter, c.v., and other application materials for graduate teaching positions in the GWS Department.  We’ll discuss what information is most useful to the selection committee and how to foreground your strengths.


Professor Ghassan Moussawi
Dr. Jacque Kahn
Professor Mimi Nguyen
Professor Siobhan Somerville

 For more information, please contact Dr. Jacque Kahn at jskahn@illinois.edu.


The Cargill Global Scholars Program annually awards ten scholarships to students in fields including:   Agriculture (and related fields), Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, and International Relations.  Last year, three of the ten nationally-selected Cargill Scholars were Illini! 

Cargill Global Scholars receive an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years, participate in a fully-funded three-day leadership seminar during the first year of the program and a fully funded Global Leadership Seminar to be held at one of Cargill’s global locations during the second year of the program, and are paired with a Cargill leader who will serve as a mentor.

On February 13th, the National and International Scholarship Program will be holding an information session from 2:00-3:00 pm to share more about this opportunity.

Cargill Global Scholars Program Information Session

Thursday, February 13th, 2:00-3:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore

Suzanna Challen, Ph.D. | Scholarships Coordinator
University of Illinois National and International Scholarships Program
Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, MC-317 | (217) 333-4710 | topscholars.illinois.edu

WGGP 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 340 is offered each Spring

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


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