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WGGP Weekly News

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WGGP Upcoming Events

Hood Feminism Book Club

February 15, 2021 6:00pm CST

Virtual Book club via Zoom for Illinois Alumna Mikki Kendall’s book Hood Feminism. Limited complimentary copies of book are still available by contacting Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu

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RBG Documentary Film Screening

February 16, 2021 4pm-February 18, 2021 4pm

Virtual viewing link (password: uiucrbg221): vimeo.com/showcase/rbg-univofillinois-private

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Julie Cohen and Best West, RBG Documentary Filmmakers 
Julie Cohen and Best West, RBG Documentary Filmmakers 
RBG: Virtual Conversation with the Filmmakers

February 17, 2021 4:00pm CST

Join a virtual conversation with the film’s directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Angela Aguayo, Associate Professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, Dr. Cara Finnegan, Professor in the Department of Communication, and Dr. Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law in the College of Law. Full details are available here

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WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium, Mar. 4

10:00 am            Opening Remarks
10:10am             Panel 1: Gender and the Built Infrastructure
                           Chair: Isabel Scarborough, Parkland College, and GRID Alumna
Cherub Antwi-Nsiah      Millennium Development Authority, Ghana
 “Improving the Reliability and Stability of Electricity Service Delivery in Ghana: What has Gender Got to Do with It?”
Grace Malindi                  Mgom’mera Seeds, Malawi
“The Evolution of Participatory Packaging of: Integrated Technologies with Information, Education, Communication Modes (Paitiec) Within the Four Decades”
Saket Sarraf                     ps Collective
“Gender dimensions in climate-related adaptation policies” 
11:30am             Panel 2: REFLECTION ON THE PAST 40TH Years
                             Chair: Flavia Andrade, WGGP
                            Earl Kellogg, Brenda Eheart, Gale Summerfield, Noreen Sugrue, and Colleen Murphy
12:40pm             Panel 3: Gender and Disasters
Chair: Angharad Valdivia, Institute of Communications Research and GRID Alumna
Tutin Aryanti                   Department of Architecture, Universitas Pendidkan, Indonesia
“Women in Disaster Mitigation”
Khalida Malik                  UN World Food Programme (Retired), Pakistan
"Disasters and Women's Vulnerabilities"
1:40pm               Panel 4: Gender and Societies
                           Chair: Suzana Palaska-Nicholson, ACES International Programs and GRID Alumna
Koeli Goel          Writer, Researcher, Community Organizer and filmmaker
                             Founder-Director of the non-profit Dharitree Ecosphere
“Wings of Fire: #MeTooIndia marks Historic Face-off with entrenched patriarchal Order.”
Bala Saho           Department of History, University of Oklahoma
“Ritualizing the Womb: Kañeleng Women’s Resolve to Counter Infertility in the Senegambia”
2:40pm               Panel 5: Gender and Global Perspectives
                           Chair: Vernita Pearl Fort, WGGP and Center for African Studies
Katherine Roth                Contributing Writer, The Associated Press
"Global Perspectives: Things aren’t always what they seem"
Annie Contractor            Executive Director, Africa’s Tomorrow; Founder & CEO of Workplace Equity Partners
 “How a global gender perspective is an asset to a domestic career and US stakeholders”
3:30pm               Closing Remarks and conversation

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WGGP Graduate Forum Poster 
WGGP Graduate Forum

March 5, 2021 1:00-4:00pm CST

WGGP Graduate Forum will bring together WGGP Fellowship and Award Recipients to discuss their research projects. 

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International Women's Day 2021, March 8th, 3:30-5:00pm CST

“13 Women Who Changed The World: Untold Stories”

The Humanities Research Institute and The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program co-host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of the woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

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WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Disrupting Disinformation Event Flyer 

YMCA Friday Forum Series:
The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World – Spring 2021

Disrupting Disinformation

Friday, February 19 @ 12:00pm CST
Online via Zoom

Speaker: Miriam Larson, Independent Media Center

Description: In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, many of us are using technology more than ever before. The world of technology opens many doors for global connection, but does it also come with consequences? With growing digital interactions, there is a greater need to more deeply understand the intersections between technology and race, class, privacy, education, faith and public health. How these intersections impact our everyday experiences, as well as what might happen within these intersections looking forward, are critical for us to consider. Join us as we take a look into how technology is not only shaping but also misshaping our world.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

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Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007  |  Passcode: friday
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Author Talk with Mikki Kendall

March 2, 2021 6:00pm CST

Join the WRC, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center for a virtual author talk by Mikki Kendall.  She will discuss her book, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, and what led her to write it.  In addition to being an author, Mikki Kendall is an activist and Illinois alumna.

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Upcoming Campus Events

CAS #BlackLivesMatter Event Flyer 
#BlackLivesMatter: From the Frontlines of Criminal Justice Reform

February 14, 2021 4:00pm CST

Join the Center for Advanced Study for a conversation with Los Angeles-based artist, activist, educator, and public speaker Patrisse Cullors. Ms. Cullors is the Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of the LA-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. For the last 20 years, she has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led the Reform LA Jails “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative voted on in March 2020.

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International Dissertation Research During the Pandemic: A Forum

February 18, 2021 12:00pm CST

What pressures have graduate students faced while trying to conduct their international research in the past year? How can universities respond, and what lessons can we save for the future? Join us as graduate students and faculty reflect on these important questions, based on their experiences in the past year.


  • Elizabeth Abosch (PhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Illinois)
  • Sanghoon Kim (PhD Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, Illinois)
  • Professor Alison K. Smith (Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Toronto)
  • Moderator: John Randolph (Director, REEEC)
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Europe’s New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland Poster 
Europe’s New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland

February 18, 2021 4:00pm CST

This talk by Kim Lane Scheppele is part of the REEEC Critical Methods Series in Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the European Union Center. 

A week in advance of the talk, professor Jessica Greenberg will lead a discussion for faculty and students on authoritarianism and rule of law. If you are interested in participating, please email Tabbey Cochran (tabithac@illinois.edu).

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world.

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Graduate Student Leaders Gathering

February 26, 2021 1:00-5:00pm CST

Are you a student leader? Are you interested in learning more about cultivating your own leadership skills?

Join discussions with peers and alumni who have taken on leadership roles and learn how to put the grit-growth mindset into action at the Graduate Student Leaders Gathering. 

The Graduate College is organizing a half-day event on Leadership as part of the upcoming Professional Development Week, to connect graduate student leaders at UIUC. This event will be on February 26, 2021 from 1:00-5:00pm CST. This is a free virtual event for all graduate students interested in professional development, skill-sharing and networking with other fellow graduate students. There will be a series of different sessions in the event.

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Spurlock Sunday Family Program: Eastern European International Women's Day Celebration
February 28, 2021 2:00pm CST

The spurlock Museum and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois are hosting this free, family-friendly Zoom program. There will be crafts and short lessons on the Russian language, along with highlights from the Museum's collection and a Russian story told by Spurlock's resident storyteller and assistant director of education, Kim Sheahan Sanford.

The first 25 families to register for the program will receive a goodie bag that contains instructions and materials for making paper flowers, a page with all of the Russian phrases taught at the program, materials to make International Women's Day cards, and a sample of traditional Russian chocolates, which are eaten on the holiday. Though the program is free, registration is required.

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Women In History Wednesday

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Nina Baym 

Happy #WomeninHistoryWednesday! Nina Baym joined the English Department’s faculty in the 1960s and remained a professor for over 40 years. Nina helped expand the field of American literature to include women writers. She was named a Swanlund Endowed Chair, a Jubilee Professor in the College of LAS, and a Center for Advanced Study Professor of English. She has also held several positions outside of the university and won many prizes, such as the 2000 Jay B. Hubbell Award for lifetime achievement in American literary studies.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News

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Lesley Wexler 
Faculty Affiliate: Lesley Wexler

WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Lesley Wexler, will be moderating the RBG Conversation with the filmmakers this Wednesday, Feb. 17th starting at 4pm.  Professor Wexler is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the College of Law.  To learn more about Professor Wexler’s work, please visit here

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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GRID Student News

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Ananya Tiwari 
GRID Student: Ananya Tiwari

Ananya Tiwari is a GRID student and a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology.  She will be presenting at the upcoming WGGP Graduate Forum on March 5th.  Her presentation is “COVID19, Education and Child Marriage: Investigating socio-cultural challenges and navigating gendered access to technology in India”.  For more information on the upcoming forum schedule and registration, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/WGGPGraduateForum

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GRID Alumni Spotlight

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Bala Saho 
Alumni Spotlight: Bala Saho

Bala Saho
is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Saho received his MA in African Studies and the GRID Minor in 2007 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He received his PhD in History from Michigan State University.

He will be participating in the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on March 4, 2021 with his talk entitled, "Ritualizing the Womb: Kañeleng Women’s Resolve to Counter Infertility in the Senegambia"

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WGGP Fellowships & Award Application Due Feb. 23

The application for 2021-2022 Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship, Barbara A. Yates Fellowship along with other WGGP Awards is now available.  The application deadline has been extended to February 23rd at 11:59pm.

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Jean Due and Marianne Ferber Graduate Research Award, Due Mar. 15

The Jean Due and Marianne Ferber International Award for 2021-2022 is now open for applications.  The award is intended to provide financial support for women from developing countries conducting dissertation research on gender and development issues, especially research that promises to make a significant contribution to the improvement of women’s lives and gender equity in the developing world.

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2021 Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative Mentorship Program

The CNS Young Women in Nonproliferation Initiative aims to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers in WMD nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament. As part of this initiative, they offer a mentorship program that enables undergraduate women to work directly with leading experts in their areas of professional interest.  

The program is open to undergraduate women from any major, and no prior professional experience in the field is required. 

This spring, we will be holding several virtual information sessions for prospective mentees. If you are interested in this program, attend one of these events as a first step. The first information session will take place on February 26th from 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific/1:00-2:00 PM Eastern over Zoom. Click here to register.

If you can’t attend the event on Feb. 26th, you can sign up to be notified about subsequent information sessions here: https://forms.gle/YR4uo6jikiBW3cny6

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Bidgood at sbidgood@middlebury.edu.

Summer Research Laboratory Poster 
Virtual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

June 14 – August 8, 2021 
Priority Application Deadline: March 3, 2021 

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois are excited to announce a Call for Applications for the 48th annual Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) program. Traditionally, the SRL is an in-person event, with scholars receiving support to travel to Champaign-Urbana.  Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s SRL will be held as a Virtual SRL (VSRL), with REEEC and SRS working to support scholars through remote research assistance, virtual programming, professional development opportunities, and collections and database access. 

This year’s VSRL is made possible by generous support from the US Department of State, through its Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). 

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International/Foreign-Born Students, Scholars, and Staff Needed for Survey

Survey from the Research Cluster "Cross-Cultural Understandings of Power Harassment in Higher Education: Awareness and Actions"

Scholars don’t yet have a good understanding of how international and foreign-born scholars, students, and staff members perceive power harassment (including sexual misconduct, gender discrimination, and non-sexual forms of power abuse). We want to change that—and you can help!

Participation in this study involves completing a one-time online survey. Your answers will help us better understand how to improve prevention of and responses to power harassment for international people on college campuses. Students, staff, and all university-affiliated scholars are welcome to participate. 25 participants will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

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ACDIS Summer 2021 Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

Description: Paid ACDIS Director’s Fund 2021 Summer Support. ACDIS has funds available to support summer study. 

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

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Resources for the Future 2021 Summer Research Internship Program

Application Deadline: March 8, 2021

Are you interested in policy research aimed at improving environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions? Resources for the Future is accepting applications for interns to work on five projects this summer: control of industrial greenhouse gas emissions; energy transition policy; wildfire, climate adaptation, and rural communities; parks, green space, and environmental justice; and developing U.S. and Canadian electric power transmission network models electric power transmission network models.

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Today's Story From Inside Higher Ed

"Women in Economics, Interrupted" (Colleen Flaherty, February 9, 2021)

Women in economics get asked significantly more questions than men when presenting – mostly by men. Researchers say this is part of deeper gender issues within the field.

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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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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.

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