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ACDIS Newsletter February 17, 2020
Welcome to the ACDIS Newsletter!

In this newsletter you'll learn about: Lesley Wexler's Op-Ed in the LA Times,  the ACDIS Event with Paul Diehl, the NEREC Summer Fellows Program, the Spring 2020 Certificate in Global Security Courses,  Security Related Events, Employment Opportunities, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, Graduate Student Workshops, Summer Research Laboratory,  The George A. Miller Program Opportunites, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

ACDIS Faculty Affiliate: Lesley Wexler
A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter looks out over a neighborhood on the outskirts of Raqqah, Syria, on Oct. 30, 2017. The city became a ghost town after it was sealed off to civilians because land mines had been planted throughout it. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

Trump Expansion of U.S. Land Mine Use May Cause More Civilian Casualties, Alienate Allies

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed - A Contribution by Lesley Wexler:

Before the global land mine ban in 1997, as many as 25,000 civilians lost their lives each year because of the explosive devices and thousands more were permanently injured. Far too often, those victims were innocent children walking to school, retrieving water, playing near these silent sentinels...



Lesley Wexler is a professor and an associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has published scholarly articles on the land mine ban and teaches a course on the laws of war.

NEREC 2020 Summer Fellows Program

Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center, NEREC:  To train and nurture next generation international leaders in nuclear nonproliferation.  

Graduate and Undergraduate oportunities in KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea that covers lodging and meals for non-resident students, all all costs related to field trips, cultural events and conference participation.  

Application Deadline:  March 6th, 2020

ACDIS Certificate in Global Security 2020 Spring Course List
ACDIS Security Studies Group: SSG Event

Captain Timothy Cencer

Captain Timothy Cencer is stationed with U of I's Airfoce ROTC, and can speak to his service in Afghanistan as an Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer. We are lucky to have him speak with us about his service, and expertise in aerospace engineering, so don't miss out.

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

WEBINAR: "Opportunities for Technology and Innovation in Africa"

A keynote address from the annual retreat of the USAID-funded Soybean Innovation Lab, based at Illinois, is available by webinar. Please register in advance.

  • Monday, February 17th, 2020
  • Todd DeGooyer, Soybean Crop Strategy Implementation Manager and Kiru Pillay, Crop Science's North America Varietal Breeding Lead of Bayer
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM 
  • Webinar
  • Please Register Here
  • Hosted by: Soybean Innovation Lab

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.”


WEBINAR: "Roger Thurow: Universities and Development Impact"

A keynote address from the USAID-funded, Illinois based Soybean Innovation Lab's annual retreat will be available via webinar. Roger Thurow will speak about how universities can make an impact in the development world.


CAS Brown Bag: Small Fish Meets Big Industry: Fishmeal Factory in Sanyang Village, The Gambia

  • Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
  • Fatou Jobe (African Studies)
  • 12:00 PM 
  • International Science Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Center for African Studies

2020 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Deep concern for the dignity and rights of all people was central to Professor Baum’s character and activities. After receiving his undergraduate and legal education at Harvard University, Professor Baum served as law clerk for Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1959-60. He then practiced law with the Chicago firm of Ross, McGowan, Hardies and O’Keefe until he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law in 1963...

  • Thursday, February 20th, 2020
  • James E. Pfander - Owen L. Coon Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • 12:00 -1:00 PM 
  • Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
  • 504 East Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign
  • Free and open to the public.  Lunch provided to lecture attendees.
  • Hosted by: University of Illinois College of Law

CEAPS Speaker: Matthieu Felt "Creating Antiquity: Periodization in the History of Japanese Literature"

At present, pre-1600 Japanese literature is customarily divided into three periods: an ancient period ending in 794, a classical period ending in the twelfth century, and a medieval period extending until around 1600. On the surface, this model appears to derive from political changes: the capital moved to Kyoto in 794, to Kamakura in 1185, and to Edo in 1603. However, the creation of an unusually short “ancient” period—less than 100 years between the first work of Japanese literature Kojiki in 712 and the move to Heian in 794—was in fact a late nineteenth-century development designed to ensure that vernacular Japanese literature would exist during Japanese antiquity. About half of the many histories of Japanese literature published between 1890 and 1912 use this model and end the ancient period in 794. Conversely, the other half group the eighth century together with the following period of “classical” literature, and end the ancient period prior to the 710 founding of Nara...


YMCA Friday Forum: "What would I consider a desirable society?"

“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...

Next Week

CLACS Lecture Series. “Satellites and Scandal: The Politics of Telehealth in Bolivia”

Evo Morales made healthcare reform one of the central features of his administration. One of the most highly publicized projects was a nationwide telehealth network, administered via Bolivia’s first communications satellite. From the outset, the telehealth project was accused of being a vehicle for corruption by many urban, middle-class Bolivians.  Many Bolivians express doubts that telehealth even functions at all. However, after the removal of Morales on November 10th, 2019, the new Minister of Health expressed support for the telehealth project and indicated that telehealth stations were being utilized nationwide. How and why did telehealth become a political issue in Bolivia? And how can we understand the skepticism about telehealth by many urban Bolivians? 

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 19th 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 20th, contact Theron Seckington to set up a time slot.

*A head count for the February 19th 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
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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