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ACDIS Newsletter February 10, 2020

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter  you will Meet the ACDIS Team, and you'll learn about: the 2020 Doomsday Clock Statement,  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,  The George A. Miller Program Opportunites, and how to Give to ACDIS. 


The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) is an interdisciplinary venture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that facilitates objective research, academics, and outreach about international security issues within the academic and policymaking communities.

ACDIS integrates insights generated by scholars from engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to produce comprehensive analyses that do not reduce security issues to singular and simplifying explanations. International security challenges are approached as complex phenomena that can only be understood through examination of multiple causes and impacts.

Areas of Specialization among the Team and Affiliates at ACDIS include, but not limited to:

  1. Biosecurity:  includes overlap between detection of and defense against man-made and natural infectious agents and toxins and the biological effects of chemical weapons and large-scale releases of hazardous industrial chemicals.
  1. Energy Security: includes aspects of the reliable delivery of energy supplies as affected by the type of energy technologies in use, man-made and natural interruptions of energy supplies, and the robustness of systems to prevention of and response to interruptions of energy supplies.
  1. Environment Security: includes persistent environmental effects of human activities, including subject areas such as climate change, deforestation, and soil degradation. There is overlap between this area and other Specialization Areas, but there are aspects of Environmental Security that bring in a different perspective and are thus suitable for development of a focused course list.
  1. Information Security:  includes not only what is usually called cyber security but also the role of information and communications technologies in shedding light on issues such as vulnerability of children and adults to domestic violence, oppression, and/or exploitation.
  1. Food Security: meaning universal access to adequate nutrition, involves crop and animal sciences and agricultural engineering technology, as well as food transportation, storage, and distribution, and effects of interruption of food supplies resulting from natural disasters and conflicts.
  1. Nuclear Security: includes technology relevant to nuclear weapons, security aspects of commercial use of nuclear energy, and unintended and intentionally caused exposures to radiological hazards.
  1. Physical Security: includes study of the unfolding and consequences of violent conflict, including hazards from exploding and unexploded munitions and land mines and from small arms. It can also deal with weapons delivery systems, forensic technology in national and international contexts, and use of remotely operated devices and robotics in surveillance, attacks, and explosives detection and disposal.
  1. Water Security: includes study of the interaction of technology and social organization in the delivery and quality of water at the household, community, national, and regional levels.
  1. Other
    • Ethics, morality and culture of war
    • Ethnic conflict
    • Evolution of global security regime
    • Inter and intra-state conflict
    • Historically-based reexamination of war
    • Regional security and peacekeeping
    • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    • Weapons systems
  1. Climate Action Gaming Experiment (CAGE): is a simulation of environmental policy interactions between different countries and geographic regions of the world and provides estimates of resulting environmental and economic impacts. CAGE facilitates examination of how countries weigh their environmental policy decisions based on interactions with others and how policies have affected regional well-being.
ACDIS Certificate in Global Security 2020 Spring Course List
ACDIS Security Studies Group: SSG Event

Security Simulation

Ever wonder what negotiating at the precipice of war, or responding to a disease outbreak would be like?  Come test how you'd fair, as we run another State Department security simulation.

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...   

  • Exhibition on View to March 21, 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

CLACS Lecture Series. "Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants in the Settler Capitalist State"

In this talk, I will depart from the oral histories of indigenous women migrants from Central America and Mexico who I met in immigration detention centers of Central Texas to explore the structural nature of the violence to which they are subjected, seemingly at every step. This exploration moves with the women migrants through space, considering how ideologies of gender, race, class and nationality function in conjunction with neoliberal market logics in the violence they experience at home, on their journey, and in the US through policing, detention, and human trafficking... 


The Man Who Built Cambodia

This film explores the life of Vann Molyvann, an architect whose work came to represent a new identity for a country emerging from independence, and whose incredible story encompasses Cambodia's turbulent journey as a modern nation.


CAS Brown Bag: How to Improve Extension Services for More than 2 Million Malawian Farmers: Results, Evidence and Lessons from the USAID Strengthening Agricultural and Nutrition Extension (SANE) Activity

  • Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
  • Professor Paul E. McNamara (Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics)
  • 12:00 PM 
  • Internal Science Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Center for African Studies

VASP Brown Bag: Shengyang Xu "Can Moral Education Guide People's Lives?"

Society tends to put morality in the first place, and also tends to think that moral education can guide people's life. To answer the question of whether moral education can guide people's lives, we need to clarify the relationship between moral education, education, and life. First, it is difficult for moral education to solve the problem of the transition between school and community, the problem of human survival, and the problems beyond the moral field. Therefore, moral education cannot guide the life outside of education. Second, moral education can't meet the special requirements of school systems and the needs of human nature, so it cannot guide people's educational life. Third, the function of moral education under the framework of "great moral education" is weakened, so it cannot guide itself. Furthermore, the scholarly responses to "the theory of satisfying needs" and "the theory of sources of happiness" also aim to further illustrate the limitation of moral education.

  • Thursday, February 13th, 2020
  • Shengyang Xu (South China Normal University, China)
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM 
  • Internal Science Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

CEAPS Brown Bag: Jerome L. Packard “Out of Africa II and the Proto-Chinese Urheimat”

This presentation is divided into two parts. In part one I will talk about the origin and evolution of language leading to the Out of Africa I exodus by Homo Erectus around 2.0 million years ago. In part two I will talk about the more recent Out of Africa II exodus by Homo Sapiens around 0.2 million years ago, leading eventually to the establishment of a Proto-Chinese homeland along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River around the year 6,000 BCE...


YMCA Friday Forum: "We Poor Not Stupid! Lessons Learned in the Political Schools of the Urban Poor in Cape Town"

“Praxis” comes from the Greek word, “prattein” which means “to do.” It is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. Paulo Freire asserts that praxis is a cycle of learning, reflecting, and acting in order to protect ourselves and our communities from oppressive systems...

  • Friday, February 14th, 2020
  • Dr. Ken Salo, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois and Danielle Chynoweth, Cunningham Township Supervisor
  • 12:00  PM 
  • Latzer Hall of the University YMCA
  • 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign
  • Cosponsors: University YMCA Co-sponsored by WGGP and others
Next Week

CLACS Lecture Series. "Class, gender and ethnicity in Andean anarchism, first half of 20th century"

In this talk, we consider the forms of anarchist organization and struggle that developed in Peru and Bolivia during the first half of the 20th century. We argue that class, ethnicity, and gender are instructive concepts for addressing this phenomenon since, in their complex intersections, these three categories gave life to the anarchist movements in both countries. At the same time, more than simply defining Peruvian and Bolivian anarchisms, these concepts also constituted oppressive modalities that converged among the diverse actors at the helm of various Andean power structures. Taking into consideration these matters, we will analyze both the collective expressions of the Peruvian and Bolivian libertarian movements during this time, as well as the conceptual vocabularies posed by some of their most prominent intellectuals. The conclusions to which we arrive allow us to begin formulating a response to the question of whether or not we can speak of the existence of a uniquely “Andean anarchism.”

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. 


    • Wednesday, February 19 at noon (pizza will be served!)*
    • 1232 CSL Studio (1206 W. Clark St., Urbana, IL)

In this info session, we will start with a broad overview of LLNL, and then specifically focus on Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience Program. We will highlight our capabilities ranging from network security and software assurance to wildfire detection and mitigation and high-performance computing enhanced modeling and simulation. In addition to the exciting research and  projects we will provide insight into the Lab’s culture, advantages of working in a National Lab and we will also provide information on existing internship and full time employment opportunities. 

One-on-one interviews with the LLNL team will be conducted on February 20, contact Theron Seckington to set up a time slot.

*A head count for the February 19 info session lunch is needed to ensure there is enough food, please RSVP to Theron at therons@illinois.edu.  

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

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.

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.

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