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April 5 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters

 
 
 

WGGP Event This Week

 
 
 
Lual Mayen 
Lual Mayen 
 
Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture: Lual Mayen

April 8, 2021 4:00pm CST

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

Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.

Click here to register for the Migration and Game Design Keynote Lecture
 
 
 

WGGP Co-sponsored This Events

 
 
 
Keynote with Rebecca Nagle Poster 
 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Keynote with Rebecca Nagle

April 5, 2021 6:00pm CST

Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee) is a two spirit community organizer and writer. As a Co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Quilt, Nagle has used art and culture jamming to advocate for a culture that is more supportive of survivors.

Click here to see the full schedule of events for Sexual Awareness Month 2021.

Click here to register for the Keynote with Rebecca Nagle
 
   
 
The Future of Water Event Poster 
 

iSEE Congress Spring 2021

Speaker: Marcus King
"The Weaponization of Water in the Middle East and Africa"

April 6, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

Overuse, population growth, and climate change are turning water into a tool for conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Violent Extremists Organizations (VEOs), among others, have seized upon this opportunity to weaponize water. Strategies and tactics for doing so vary widely according to the capabilities and goals of the group that wields it. Using examples from Syria and Iraq, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa, this lecture will elucidate emerging approaches toward — and categories of — weaponization, and suggest actions national governments and the international community can take to discourage water weaponization in modern conflicts.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click here to see the full iSEE Congress Schedule.

Click here to register for "The Weaponization of Water in the Middle East and Africa" Lecture
 
   
 
Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith 
Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith 
 

Women in Science - April Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith

April 6, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

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. The lecture series seeks to highlight the important innovations and contributions of women in the sciences at the University of Illinois, and center the importance of documenting women scientists and engineers to create a diverse and inclusive archival record.

April 6th guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology through the College of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Professor of Biomedical and Translational Science through the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Smith will discuss her work in epidemiology.

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Click here to register for the April Women in Science Lecture
 
   
 
Finding Yingying Film Screening Poster 
 
Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Virtual Screening: April 2 - April 9, 2021
Online Filmaker Discussion - April 6, 2021 5:00pm CST

An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Click here to register for the Finding Yingying Film Screening
 
   
 
Film Screening: The Dilemma of Desire Poster 
 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021 - Film Screening: The Dilemma of Desire

April 7, 2021  6:00-7:30pm CST

Join us for a viewing of the documentary “The Dilemma of Desire”, an exploration of “cliteracy,” and the clash between gender politics and the imperatives of female sexual desire. Followed by a discussion with staff from the Women's Resources Center, McKinley Health Center, and RACES to help answer questions and respond to reflections.

Click here to see the full schedule of events for Sexual Awareness Month 2021.

Click here to register for the Film Screening of "The Dilemma of Desire"
 
 
 

WGGP Upcoming Events

 
 
 
Women at the Frontlines Poster 
 

Women at the Frontlines Against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran and Argentina

April 16, 2021 10:00am CST

Representatives from Hoda House & EDF (Iran), La Poderosa (Argentina), and House Assembly (South Africa) will share their experience in times of COVID-19 and how their organizations showed resiliency in dealing with the hardships caused by COVID-19 and supported their community.

Language live interpretation available in Spanish and Farsi

Cosponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Illinois Global Institute; Iranian Cultural Association (ICA); Urban and Regional Planning; Women's Resources Center

Click here to register for the Women at the Frontlines Event
 
   
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
 
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days
 
   
 
Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events

 

 
 
 

Upcoming Campus Events

 
 
 
New Life: New Room Event Poster 
 
New Life: New Room - Making Homemade Space For/With Black Girls

April 7, 2021 2:30-4:00pm CST

During this talk, Blair Ebony Smith will interactively engage her current exhibition on view at the Krannert Art Museum, Homemade With Love: More Living Room, a multimedia publicly engaged installation exploring Black girls, women and femmes everyday interior life and creativity and what it means to make space for it, specifically in a museum context.

Click here to register for the New Life: New Room Event

 

 
   
 
Gender in Modern Hebrew Lecture Poster 
 
Gender in Modern Hebrew

April 15, 2021 7:00pm CST

With examples from social networks and from the Tel Aviv linguistic landscape, we'll talk about how Hebrew speakers look for new ways to make their language more inclusive. We'll check gender marked words on websites of different companies, and look at the language of Israeli apps.

Guy Sharett teaches Hebrew in the Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. He has a B.A in Linguistics of Hebrew Language from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A from the University of London. Guy, who was born in Ashdod, Israel, speaks seven languages, and is the presenter of the Streetwise Hebrew podcast, where he teaches Hebrew using music and pop culture, talking about slang, intonation, grammar and identity.

Click here to register for the Gender in Modern Hebrew Lecture
 
 
 

Women In History Wednesday

 
 
 
Lorella Jones 
Lorella Jones 
 


Lorella Margaret Jones joined the Physics faculty in 1968 and was the first woman in the College of Engineering to receive tenure. Lorella was a high-energy theoretical physicist and an early adopter and promoter of Illinois’ PLATO (later known as NovaNet), the first large-scale computer-assisted instructional system in the world. She became the director of the Computer-Based Education Research Lab (CERL) in 1992. Today, the Physics Department honors her by conferring the Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award on worthy students.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News

 
 
 
Magdalena Novoa 
Magdalena Novoa 
 
New Faculty Affiliate: Dr. Magdalena Novoa


Magdalena Novoa
is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Chile, her engaged scholarship focuses on the intersections of historic preservation and social justice, the politics of cultural heritage and memory, Latin American feminism, grassroots organizing, and alternative planning approaches in the Americas.

Click here to view Magdalena Novoa's full profile



To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

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Robin Fretwell Willis 
Robin Fretwell Willis 
 

WGGP Faculty Affiliate Robin Fretwell Wilson feature in National Catholic Reporter article
"For US bishops, LGBTQ 'anthropology' rules out Equality Act compromises" (Christopher White, March 24, 2021)

Robin Fretwell Wilson, a law professor at Illinois, says religious leaders such as Catholic bishops are “on their back heels,” faced with legislation they oppose without being willing to offer compromises. “You’ve got to quit waiting until you’re in a minoritarian position,” says Wilson, who is co-editor of Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights and the Prospects for Common Ground. “You need to lead and not try to control things from behind.”

Click here to read the National Catholic Reporter article
 
 
 

GRID Student News

 
 
 
Ananya Tiwari. See Ananya Tiwari's student profile. 
Ananya Tiwari 
 
GRID Student: Ananya Tiwari


GRID Student, Ananya Tiwari, was awarded the 2021-2022 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship.  Ananya Tiwari is a GRID student and a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Click here to learn more about the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship
 
 
 

GRID Alumni Spotlight

 
 
 
Tarnjeet Kang 
Tarnjeet Kang 
 
Alumni Spotlight: Tarnjeet Kang

WGGP GRID Alumna, Tarnjeet Kang, recently gave an interview on her work in South Sudan for the Center for African Studies Habari Newsletter.

Click here to read more about Tarnjeet's interview
 
 
 

Announcements

 
 
 
Fulbright Informational Events in April


The National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting information sessions (starting April 6th) for undergraduate students and recent alumni to provide an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including eligibility, grant types, and application advice. 

In addition to information sessions, we will be hosting in-depth workshops on each application component to help students get started in filling out the application. We will share samples of successful applications, provide helpful suggestions for essay writing, and answer questions.

Sessions are targeted to juniors, seniors, and recent alumni who wish to apply for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 21, 2021.

Click here to see the National & International Scholarships Program Calendar
 
 
 

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 2020, 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.

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Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
Certificate in Global Health 
 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
 
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

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.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate

 

 
 
  
 
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