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WGGP Upcoming Events
Gender and Family Issues in Public Restroom Design 

Gender and Family Issues in Public Restroom Design
A Local and Global Perspective

Friday, October 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

online via zoom

More information on the speaker: Kathryn Anthony is a longtime University of Illinois School of Architecture faculty member who has devoted much of her career to teaching, researching, publishing, and advocating for gender equity in public restroom design at the local, national, and international level. Click here to register

Roukiatou Ba photo 

The place and role of the Storyteller in the transmission of knowledge in Africa

October 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. CST

Zoom Presentation

Speaker: Roukiatou BÂ, Founding Director of the Amadou Hampâté BÂ Foundation

Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies

For more information and pre-registration details click here

WGGP Co-Sponsored Events
Women in Science Lecture Series 
Women in Science Lecture Series 

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise.

October 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m. CST

Speaker: Dr. Carla Desi-Ann Hunter
Associate Professor of Psychology
*Registration link coming soon!*

Click for registration and more series information

Series co-sponsored by WGGP and others

Illinois Global Institute Career Day poster 

Illinois Global Institute Career Day 

October 23, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST

online via Zoom

Registration is required for an informational interview with a Career Day speaker.

Registration ends at 5:00pm on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Click here to register



Upcoming Campus Events

Kitchen Conversations: Food Stories for Change

Tuesday, October 13 @ 5:30pm CST
Online via zoom

Click to register for Oct 13 event

Thursday, October 15 @ 5:30pm CST
Online via zoom

Click to register for Oct 15 event

Listen in online to one-on-one sharing of stories at kitchen tables in Champaign-Urbana and St. Paul. Artist Seitu Jones will visit virtually with Champaign-Urbana food and environmental justice activists (Dawn Blackman and Jennifer Monson) to discuss local issues related to access and affordability of food, as well as caring for the earth that nurtures us.


Legal Humanities Film Discussion—The Infiltrators

October 15 @ 7:00 p.m. CST

online via Zoom

"The Infiltrators" is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, "The Infiltrators" tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language. Click here to register.

Ashager Araro poster 

Roots and Routes: History and Heritage of Ethiopian Jews and Cultural Diversity in Israel

Monday, October 19 @ 3:00 p.m. CST

online via Zoom

Meet the woman breaking down barriers in Israel: Ashager Araro helped lead a movement which culminated in the founding of Ethiopian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv. She will speak about the work that the Center has engaged in, both before and during the pandemic, and its struggle to survive in the face of increasing COVID-related pressures. Araro has also been involved in the Black Lives Matter and social justice movements in Israel, and we will ask her to share her perspective on those experiences.

Click here to pre-register

photo of Arlene Torres 
Arlene Torres 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we are so excited to celebrate Arlene Torres who was a leading advocate for the interdisciplinary scholarship of many students, faculty, and staff while at Illinois. 

Learn more about Arlene at WGGP's 150 for 150!

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

Faculty Affiliate
 Hadi Esfahani photo

Longtime WGGP supporter and Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Hadi Esfahani, will retire from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after 34 years. We thank him for his support of WGGP over the years and wish him the best in the future. CSAMES will host a virtual reception on Friday, October 30th at 4pm.

More information coming soon!

GRID Alumni
 Khalida Malik photo

GRID Alumna, Dr. Khalida Malik (PhD in Sociology), will participate in the upcoming Illinois Global Institute Career Day on October 23rd. Dr. Malik is a consultant and Retired Program Officer with the UN World Food Program. To learn more about the upcoming career fair, click here.

Barbara Yates photo 
Barbara Yates 

Happy Birthday Barbara Yates!

This week we remember and celebrate Dr. Barbara A. Yates, WGGP Founding Director, whose birthday is this Wednesday, October 14th.  To learn more, click here. 

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies 

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies
Deadline: November 2, 2020 8:00pm CST

Program Summary: The American Council of Learned Societies is inviting applications for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, which seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in North America through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. According to the council, studies on and in China have developed over the last thirty years in the United States and Canada into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and after the dissertation. 

To help address the issue, the program awards Early Career Fellowships of up to $50,000 to scholars in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences who are preparing their PhD dissertations for publication or embarking on a new research project.   Click here to learn more


Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. Click here to learn more. 


Goldwater Scholarship Information

The National and International Scholarships Program is offering a two-day informational event about the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship offers $7,500 to either sophomores or juniors in STEM disciplines who aim to pursue a Ph.D. in their field.  Click here to learn more.

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

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 and upcoming information sessions is available here


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