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Upcoming Virtual Events


WGGP Graduate Forum

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 1-4pm CST via Zoom

Register HERE


Date: Friday, March 5 at 2 P.M. CST

Registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/EUDay2021Suppliants

"The Suppliants" by Aeschylus, performed in the late 460s B.C.E. at the Theater of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis, told the story of the Danaids who fled their native Egypt to escape forced marriage. Arriving as refugees in Greece, they supplicate the gods and the king of the city of Argos, seeking a refuge and a new home.

Mirroring closely the laws of Athens’ newly-minted democracy and its time-honored customs of hospitality, the story of the Danaids provokes reflection on how democratic societies deal with foreigners and on collective action to remedy the suffering of others.

Please join us for the performance of an ancient tragedy of migration and lend your voice to decide the fate of the refugees, when the king brings the question of granting asylum to vote before the citizens’ assembly.


On Contamination: An Extended Space for Sustaining Encounters through Art

"On-Contamination" is the platform for Ricardo Basbaum's semester-long residency at the University of Illinois. It functions as an art relational field that foregrounds the multiplicity of our forms of connection and mutual affectations. While originally conceived as an in-person residency, paradoxically, the COVID pandemic transformed "On Contamination" into this more elastic art-generated membrane composed of virtual projects for the spring and a shorter in-person visit in the fall of 2021.

Experience this space of generative contamination starting on March 11, 2021. Begin by attending the project's inaugural talk by Ricardo Basbaum. Then, stay tuned! As you read these lines, you are stepping into a field of connectivity. You may realize that you were already here, a long time ago. This space precedes you but depends on you to exist as something other than potential.

Register HERE

For more information, visit http://on-contamination.com


From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming

Date: APRIL 8, 2021 AT 4:00PM

REGISTER AT: go.illinois.edu/LualMayenTalk 



Monday, April 12th

6:00–7:30 p.m. Screening

Tuesday, April 13th

3:00–4:30 p.m. Screening

4:30–5:30 p.m. Live Q & A

with director Christina Antonakos-Wallace and activists featured in FROM HERE: Tania Mattos and Sonny Singh

Register: go.illinois.edu/FromHere


Workshop: Reimagine Belonging

Date: April 14th 2021, 2-4:30 pm (Online)

Register: go.illinois.edu/reimagine

The question of who belongs is at the heart of the political divide in the United States and the European Union. In this interactive workshop, participants will dig into the immigration history of Germany and the US, media representations of immigrants, and make connections to their own stories. Together, we will develop strategies to build solidarity for immigrant and racial justice, and work towards pluralistic democracy in our community. 


Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty



In keeping with the 2020–2021 research theme “The Global and Its Worlds,” the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) and Illinois Global Institute (IGI) are inviting students, faculty, and staff to submit short, inspirational videos reflecting on our theme: #GlobalAndItsWorlds. Show us your global world, whether you are currently in Urbana-Champaign, or you are in a place called home. We want to see how our community sees and celebrates our Global Worlds.

Videos can be in several formats—TikTok, YouTube, or directly uploaded to the Illinois Mediaspace. Please watch the informational video announcement below or here.  You must log on to Illinois Mediaspace once before subscribing to this channel. Please contact Rini B. Mehta (creator and manager for this channel, email: rbhttchr@illinois.edu) with your NetID AND “#GlobalAndItsWorlds” IN THE SUBJECT LINE if you have difficulty in posting your video.



ACDIS Summer 2021 Fellowship

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 the singular and simplifying explanations. International security challenges are approached as complex phenomena that can only be understood through an examination of multiple causes and impacts.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

For more information, visit https://acdis.illinois.edu/news/2021-01-30/acdis-summer-2021-fellowship 


GAM Proposals for MillerComm2022

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

University of Illinois faculty, students and staff are invited to submit proposals for visiting professors, artists and scholars to be included in the prestigous CAS/MillerComm series of public events or stay for a longer residency as a George A. Miller Visitor.

The George A. Miller Programs Committee will award partial funding to all proposals accepted. Production costs including publicity (print and digital) and auditorium fees are included in the CAS/MillerComm award. All CAS/MillerComm events are free and open to the public.

Details about these two programs as well as application materials are available at www.cas.illinois.edu.


2021 International Studies Research Lab (ISRL)

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is excited to announce the 2021 International Studies Research Lab (ISRL), an initiative that promotes the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. CGS invites applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global and area studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections, or international education programs at their home institutions. The Center is a National Resource Center supported by Title VI funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The lab will be held in a virtual format from May 17th through July 30th.

Applications are due March 16th. To learn more, please visit go.illinois.edu/ISRL2021 or contact the Center for Global Studies at global-studies@illinois.edu.


Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development

The Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development at Indiana University is hosting a virtual workshop entitled “Innovative Practices and Pedagogies for Teaching Undergraduate International Development Studies.” The workshop will be held on June 7-8, 2021 from 10am-3pm ET.

Workshop participants are expected to both present at the workshop and attend all sessions, and they will receive a stipend of $750.00 for their participation. Participation will be capped at 20 people.

Please see the attached for more information about the workshop. To apply, complete this application by March 31, 2021. Please contact ellcohen@iu.edu with any questions.


Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation

Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation just uploaded "GJ #2021, 2, CALL FOR PAPERS: "The Glocal World of Historical Archives", Deadline May 30, 2021

Download PDF HERE


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)


CGS Resources

Pandemics in Historical Context
Webpage consisting of a selection of public talks by innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provide global perspectives of the pandemic. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 for K-12 Educators.
Global Currents
Blog that is currently running a series of essays by individuals from the information world related to how they and their areas are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Global Studies Custom Search Engine
Use it to search articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic!
If you have suggestions of additions we can make to these pages, please email global-studies@illinois.edu for general inquiries, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquiries, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquiries about the CGS website