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Event Series: Global Intersections


Impact of COVID-19 on Travel and Study Abroad in West Africa

Date: Feb. 25, 2021

Time: 12 PM - 1 pm CST

The world is experiencing new COVID-19 waves and lockdowns. West Africa, however, is open to most travelers and remains a world leader in fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Join us for a conversation on how to prepare to travel abroad and study in West Africa in 2021. Fred Benneh, school founder and community developer, will join us from Ghana to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on his community and their international volunteers.

Registration LInk (registration required):

https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RP4tpKk GS4OmK4QKotL6gw 


Upcoming Virtual Events


The Story of Turkish Coffee

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm cst

Join us for an enriching conversation on Turkish coffee culture and tradition along with its journey from past to present. You will also learn how to prepare delicious Turkish through a live demonstration. Our expert guests will talk you through the process while you observe the coffee-making experience. Bon appetit! Afiyet Olsun!

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/965ocsok


International Cooking Show

Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:30pm Central Time for the second International Cooking Show of the semester! The International and Area Studies Library will be hosting the event on Zoom.

Kuldeepa Vartak-Mehta will be making multiple varieties of traditional chai tea for us! The recipe will be shared with all attendees after the event so that all of you can make it at home as well!

To attend this cooking show, please fill out the form linked here


YMCA The Digital Mis(shaping) of the World 

"Technology and Data for Positive Social Impact" (Lauren Haynes, Code for America)

Date: Feb 26th, 2021

Time: 12 pm 

Please click the link below to register for this series:

Webinar ID: 832 8923 8007    |   Passcode: friday


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


Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty


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 


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