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WGGP Upcoming Events
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Roukiatou B 

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

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WGGP Co-Sponsored Events
Illinois Global Institute Career Day 

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

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

BRIDGE Fellows Seminar Series: Population Dynamics and Women’s Health 

BRIDGE Fellows Virtual Seminar Series: Population Dynamics and Women’s Health

Online via zoom

October 20, @ 11:30am-12:30pm

The distinctive BRIDGE Fellowship programme brings together international research teams in the UK and the US and paves the way to institutionalised faculty links. The jointly recruited cohort of high-potential early-career researchers have gone onto tenure-track positions in education, neuroscience, psychology, maternal health, and cultural heritage. Fellows work across Birmingham and Illinois on key global challenges and act as a bridge to cultivate broader engagement between transatlantic research teams.

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Dish It Up, Healthy Relationships in the Time of COVID-19

Online via zoom

October 26 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jaya Kolisetty and Emily Barnum will use their expertise to facilitate a discussion about maintaining healthy relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics will include healthy boundaries, online dating safety, and more.

Click here to register and learn more.


Town Hall “Food for Justice | Food for Thought”

Event Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93665760934?pwd=SzNIWWhzaWN4SWYvS1dEcVNMc1AvQT09

Artist Seitu Jones' life work has been grounded in the civil rights movement and the Black Arts movement, so the impacts of structural and systemic racism frame his approach. The pandemic, as we know, has revealed injustices that have been there all along, as well as the generous spirits that rise to fulfill various needs. Jones will join a panel of Champaign-Urbana residents, including several University of Illinois faculty, to think together about what lies beneath local food insecurities and to illuminate the needs, desires and hopes of the community. Mr. Jones is interested in improvisational approaches that work with the materials at hand: land, plants, water, soil, air and the humans who live alongside and in these environments. This informal discussion, moderated by Urbana arts and culture coordinator, Rachel Storm, will feature Dawn Blackman, Ruby Mendenhall, Jennifer Monson, Magdalena Novoa, and Bobby Smith II, in conversation with Seitu Jones.

Barbara A. Yates 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday!

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday, we are so excited to celebrate the founder and first director of Women and Gender in Global Perspectives program Barbara A. Yates! 

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

Faculty Affiliate

Flavia Andrade LinkedIn Interview

Learn more about Faculty Affiliate Flavia Andrade in this month's LinkedIn interview. 

Click here to read more!

GRID Alumni
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Katherine Roth (MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies) GRID Alumna (1989) is currently working with the Associated Press.  
To learn more about where GRID Alumni are today, visit our Alumni Spotlight page at https://wggp.illinois.edu/academics/alumni/spotlight
If you would like your story shared, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
Event Reflections

In case you missed the events below, they are now on Media Space!

Volatile Market For Globalization - a presentation by Prof. Arjun Appadurai for The Global and Its Worlds

October 2, 2020

Click here to watch. 


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"Intellectual Property Issues in New Media Art" a presentation by Silvia Beltrametti, Ph.D.

September 24, 2020

Click here to watch.

Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Impact 

Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Impact

Online via zoom

Oct 21, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Nearly every state in the U.S. permits marriage of boys and girls under age 18. Little known fact: there were over 200,000 youth married across the country between 2000-2015.

In light of mounting evidence, many states have moved to address the issue. Yet legal loopholes and lack of data on the prevalence and impacts of the practice continue to leave young girls - and in some cases boys - vulnerable. Marrying early has universally detrimental effects over a range of outcomes, including educational attainment; earnings; physical, reproductive, and mental health; experiences of violence; and likelihood of divorce.

Join us to learn more about the prevalence of child marriage in the U.S. and the broader implications for youth and their families.

Click here to register. 

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Nicaragua: Lessons Learnt from 30 years of Research and Activism 

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in Nicaragua: Lessons Learnt from 30 years of Research and Activism

Oct 28, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Speakers include:
Mary Ellsberg, Director, Global Women's Institute
William Ugarte, Medical Epidemiologist and Teacher, Global Health at Uppsala University
Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Head of the Unit for Addressing Vulnerable Populations, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH), WHO
Violeta Delgado, Feminist, Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres
Representative from Red de Mujeres

Click here to register.  


Portraits Of Resilience: How 19 Women Around The Globe Face The Pandemic

"Life is hard for everyone during a pandemic. But in a global crisis, it is women who carry extra burdens, says Raquel Lagunas, director of the gender team at the United Nations Development Programme. 'Because of their reproductive role in society, they are ones taking care of the kids, the house, the food, the survival of families.'" 

Click here to read the full story!


The Boren provides study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on a language-intensive study abroad program. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards.

Click here for more information. 


Study Tips and Strategies to Help Your Students Succeed in Online Instruction

Early in the Spring, CITL launched a series of Student Resources aimed at helping students perform better in their online courses. We are continuing to update these resources to meet the changing needs of students during the pandemic. Please make your students aware of these tips by sharing this link - https://go.citl.illinois.edu/student_success.

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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