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ACDIS Newsletter February 24, 2020
Welcome to the ACDIS Newsletter!

In this newsletter you'll learn about: the new ACDIS graduate student affiliate Jinwon Lee,  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, The George A. Miller Program Opportunites, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

ACDIS Graduate Student Affiliate: Jinwon Lee

ACDIS welcomes Jinwon Lee as a new graduate student affiliate. 

Jinwon Lee (jinwonl3@illinois.edu) is a PhD student studying International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to starting the PhD, she has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea for the three years. She holds her B.A. in political science and an M.A. in international peace and security from Korea University, where she wrote a thesis on bandwagoning, balancing, and hedging strategies among Southeast Asian states in the dispute over the South China Sea. She delivered poster and oral presentations dealing with security issues such as maritime security and non-proliferation at conferences. Jinwon received the Nuclear Non-proliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) Research Fellowship (KAIST, 2017) and She also has published an article on the nuclear suppliers group: ‘Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Nuclear Suppliers Group: A Functionalist Perspective on the Regime’. She is interested in studying alliance politics, nuclear strategy, and nuclear proliferation.

ACDIS EVENT: Thursday, February 27th.
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
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
  • Sponsored by: Krannert Art Museum

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? 


Cultural Activism and Public Policies: Notes on Carimbó, Brazil

Drawing from the case of carimbó, this lecture discusses the connections and complex relations between activism, public policies, and the state. An integrated form of song, music, dance, and socialization typical of the state of Pará, Northern Brazil, carimbó was recognized as a Brazilian intangible heritage in 2014 during the Labor Party/PT government after almost ten years of research and political mobilization...



  • Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
  • Lorena Avellar de Muniagurria, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • 2:00 - 3:30 PM 
  • International Studies Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Sponsored by: The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Reconceptualizing citizenship and civic engagement from the perspectives of newcomer immigrant and refugee youth

This presentation will draw on qualitative research with Central African immigrant and refugee U.S. high school students that focused on their language and literacy development and civic engagement, including their responses to anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies during a year and a half period following the Trump election. This research offers a robust conceptualization of the dynamic relationship between global mobility, displacement and identity formation among immigrant and refugee youths in resettlement contexts.

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Liv Thorstensson Davila
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM 
  • Main Library, Room 101
  • 1408 W Gregory Dr, Urbana
  • Sponsored by: Center for Global Studies

CAS Brown Bag: "Soft Power" and the Impact of the Bui Hydropower Dam on China-Ghana Relationship

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Kwame A. Adovor Tsikudo (Visiting Assistant Professor, GGIS)
  • 12:00 PM 
  • International Studies Building, Room 101
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Sponsored by: Center for African Studies

Research Spotlight Series - Time is Running Out for Sand

Sand is a key ingredient of modern life. Sand is all around us and we rely on sand resources every day - we use sand in building construction, roads, glass and microchips. On a global scale, sand is the most mined mineral but, with an increasing global population and host of anthropogenic impacts, it is becoming a scarce resource. So scarce, that the global demand for sand will exceed natural renewal rates within the next 20 years. Sand has thus become big business and a profitable industry in many developed and developing countries. This has placed increasing burdens upon the regions in which sand is mined, with illegal operations and unregulated mining activities having potentially enormous implications for humans and nature.

  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Dr. Jim Best
  • 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Main Library, Room 106
  • 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
  • Sponsored by: Department of Geology

ACDIS Security Event Series 2020: 

Paul F. Diehl, University of Texas-Dallas

4:00 PM:  Managing the Dual Faces of Internationalized Civil Conflict

Internationalized civil conflict (e.g., Syria, Yemen) represents the most common and dangerous form of global conflict in the 21st century.  This is a report on the latest results from a project sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace to document and assess the impact of all conflict management efforts (from intervention to sanctions to mediation and more) in international civil conflict from 1946-2010.

4:30 PM: Measuring the Compatibility of UN Peacekeeping Missions

Whereas traditional peacekeeping operations during the Cold War period largely carried out cease-fire and related monitoring missions, peace operations are now tasked with a wide range of missions, including such peacebuilding ones as delivering humanitarian assistance, promoting the rule of law, and rebuilding infrastructure.  Part of a bigger project to understand the how different missions intersect with one another, this presentation provides a methodology for calculating compatibility scores across missions and for UN peace operations as a whole, with the underlying assumption that peacekeeping is more effective when it performs related tasks.

5:00 PM: ACDIS Student Chat Session

All are welcome to participate in this informative chat session with Dr. Diehl. 


PAUL F. DIEHL is Associate Provost, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas-Dallas.  He is also Henning Larsen Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is past President of the Peace Science Society (International) and past President of the International Studies Association respectively.  His areas of expertise include the causes of war, UN peacekeeping, and international law.

  • Thursday, February 27th, 2020
  • Dr. Paul F. Diehl, University of Texas-Dallas
  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM 
  • Lincoln Hall, Room 1092
  • 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
  • Free and open to the public.  
  • Sponsored by: ACDIS and Political Science

Environmental Humanities Lecture | Kate Brown: The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

What do we know about the Chernobyl disaster? Working through Soviet archives, Brown encountered many contradictory accounts of the catastrophe and its effects. Local doctors reported “a public health disaster” among people exposed to Chernobyl fallout. International experts refuted that claim. Realizing that though people and archives lie, trees probably don’t, Brown turned to scientists—biologists, foresters, physicians, and physicists—to help her understand the ecology of the greater Chernobyl territories.  She learned that contaminants saturated local eco-systems long before the Chernobyl accident and continued long after the 1986 event. Brown argues that to call Chernobyl an “accident” is to sweep aside the decades of radiation exposure that rained down on the globe during the period of nuclear testing. Instead of a one-off accident, Brown argues that Chernobyl was a point of acceleration on a timeline of radioactive contamination that continues to this day.


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. "Acoustic Surveillance in Brazil"

In this talk, I discuss two case studies related to my second book project. First, I consider the adoption of ShotSpotter, a device that detects and locates impulsive sounds to alert the police whenever gunshots are fired. In the early 2010s, ShotSpotter was installed in two urban areas in Brazil with high rates of gun violence. Public officials and private companies involved with the project stated that the technology would revolutionize crime control in the country... 



Panel | Race, Place and the Politics of Census 2020

Census 2020 will be the most controversial decennial census in decades, as the current administration has politicized the Census with the proposal to add a highly contested question on citizenship during an already politically polarized time. This event includes scholars who are studying this particular political moment and how different racial groups understand the government generally and the census more specifically, with broad implications for how we comprehend government trust and political divides as they impact racial groups across urban and rural communities. 

  • Monday, March 2nd, 2020
  • Julie A. Dowling (Latino/a Studies); G. Cristina Mora (Sociology, University of California Berkeley); Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Sociology and Latino/a Studies, Northwestern University); Anita Banerji (Director, Democracy Initiative for Forefront); Griselda Vega Samuel (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF]).
  • 4:00 PM 
  • Levis Faculty Center Room 210.
  • 919 West Illinois Street, Urbana
  • Sponsored by: Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and Department of Latina/o Studies

At the Heart of Islamic Empire: The Jews of Abbasid Iraq

In the early tenth century, a small coterie of Jewish financiers rose to prominence at the Abbasid court in Baghdad and came to play a central role in the administration of the traditional rabbinic institutions of leadership (the Babylonian yeshivot) in Iraq. In this talk, I reconsider the evidence for these figures, long described as presiding over a central state bank, in light of new insights about court cultures and institutions in the medieval Islamicate world. Then, using documents preserved in the Cairo Geniza, I discuss the ways in which the proximity of these figures to the government transformed the exercise of Babylonian rabbinic authority, both in Iraq and throughout the Mediterranean...

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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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