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WGGP Weekly News

September 20 ♦ Fall 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Upcoming Events

WGGP Library Exhibit  
WGGP Main Library Exhibit  
WGGP September Main Library Exhibit
Main Library 1st Floor North-South Corridor

Through the month of September, the WGGP exhibit will be on display in the Main Library 1st floor North-South Corridor. 

Don't forget to take a picture in front of one of the displays, post on social media, and tag us!  #WGGPIllinois #WGGP40Strong

Laura McCloskey  
Dr. Laura McCloskey, Indiana University Bloomington  

Gender, Power and HIV in South Africa: Disparities in risk for girls and women

Friday, September 24
via Zoom

Dr. McCloskey's interdisciplinary research program focuses on the role of gender-based abuse in women’s health and well-being, with her most recent empirical project based in South Africa.   

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Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  

The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years after 9/11

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, September 30

7:00 PM CST
via Zoom

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Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  
Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  

Solidarity and Feminism: Histories Threaded
Through Race and Empire

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya
Purdue University

Friday, October 15

12:00 PM CST
via Zoom

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Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and the editor of the now classic study, Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto Press, 2017).  Her recent coauthored book includes the popular Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019) which has been translated in over 25 languages. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com, The Nation, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and Spectre.

Click here for a complete list of WGGP Fall 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Friday Forum Fall 2021 event dates and list of co-sponsors  

YMCA Friday Forum Series | Unpacking Racism: What Are We Carrying? – Fall 2021

Friday, September 24 @ 12:00pm CST
In-person at Latzer Hall or online via Zoom

Speaker: Rebecca Ginsburg, Executive Director at the Education Justice Project

Description: As we are hearing about and experiencing continual accounts of local, national, and global racism – it weighs heavy on our communities. Join the University YMCA and DiversityEd in addressing the legacies of racism. Engage in dialogue with activists, academics, and artists as they share perspectives on the intersections of racism, and reimagine solutions to move forward.

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

Click to register for Friday Forum Zoom webinar

 Webinar ID:  839 1878 3990  |   Passcode: 074617

Sam Moyn  
Samuel Moyn, Law and History, Yale University  
"The Coming of Humane War"

Samuel Moyn
Law and History, Yale University

September 28, 2021 7:30pm CST

Join us for a discussion of Moyn's new book Humane followed by commentary from respondents Avital Livny (Political Science) and Patrick Kennan (Law).

Click for more information and to register
Dr. Patricia Gregg  
Dr. Patricia Gregg  

Women in Science - October Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Gregg

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

October 12th guest speaker Dr. Patricia Gregg is an Associate Professor of Geology. Dr. Gregg will discuss her research on volcanic systems and volcano evolution on land, on the seafloor and on other worlds.

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.  This lecture series will take place over Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00pm CST.

Click to view upcoming Women in Science lectures.

Click here to register for the October Women in Science Lecture

Illinois Global Institute 2021-2022 Lecture Series


The 2021-2022 Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives Series presented by the Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  

September Speaker

The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years after 9/11

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, September 30

via Zoom

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This lecture will address the challenges and relevance of transitional justice twenty years after the events of 9/11 and in the context of the return of the Taliban to territorial control of Afghanistan.  Lessons learnt over the past twenty years, and in particular the relevance of accountability, truth, justice and reparations to the 'war on terror' will be examined.

This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Additional support is provided by the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Upcoming Campus Events

To Survive on this shore  

To Survive on This Shore: A CAS Special Presentation

Monday, September 20
4pm CST

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory, Urbana

In-person and also available via Zoom

Click to register for Virtual Attendance
CLACS Sep 20 Talk  

Trans Aesthetics of Negative Performance: Black Hemispheric Latinx Americas

Presented by the Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies

Dr. Xiomara Verenice Cervantes-Gómez
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UIUC

Monday, September 20
3pm CST

*UPDATE*: The talk will be held in person in Lincoln Hall 2043. Zoom stream will also be available for those who prefer to attend remotely.

Click to register for CLACS Zoom stream
Taunya Saunders as guest speaker for Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect  

Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect

Presented by Gender and Women's Studies as part of the Black Feminist Theory Lectures

Tanya Saunders
University of Florida

Friday, October 8
12pm CST
via Zoom

Click to register for GWS event



Panel on "Solidarity with Afghan Women" Recording and Resources Now Available

Solidarity with Afghan Women  

Panel on "Solidarity with Afghan Women: Imperial Wars and Struggles in Afghanistan"

September 7, 2021

Recording now available on WGGP's MediaSpace Channel

Click to view recording


Additional Resources Below


Reading Resource for the Panel on "Solidarity with Afghan Women"

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Article by panelist Lima Ahmad discussing recent events in Afghanistan

Click here to read article by Lima Ahmad



Faculty Affiliate News

Dr. Samantha Lindgren  
Dr. Samantha Lindgren  

Dr. Samantha Lindgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership.  Dr. Lindgren’s work focuses on youth-oriented Education for Sustainability and its impact on decision-making in the home, both in the United States and abroad. See more

See Samantha Lindgren's Faculty Affiliate Profile

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



Faculty and Student Announcements
  • Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Murphy, the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for 2021-2022, who will be invested as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law on October 6, 2021.
  • WGGP Faculty Affiliate Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith discusses benefits of saliva test for COVID-19 detection.

If you have news to share, please let us know at wggp@illinois.edu.


The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) will submit its first-ever application for the U.S. Department of Education Title VI as a National Resource Center in International Studies for the AY 2022-2026 period.  We invite University of Illinois faculty and graduate students to submit proposals for possible inclusion in our Title VI application.

WGGP encourages submission for research, teaching, and/or outreach activities that advance innovative approaches to international studies, with an emphasis on the global south and gender.

If you have any questions or wish to talk about proposal ideas, please reach out to WGGP Associate Director, Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu.

Click for submission details


Angharad Valdivia  
Professor Angharad Valdivia at the WGGP Library Exhibit  
Show Us Your Photo: WGGP September Exhibit
Join WGGP in celebrating 40 years at the Main Library Exhibit in the north-south corridor on 1st Floor. Take a picture in front of one of the WGGP displays and tag us on Social Media @WGGPIllinois.
#WGGP40Strong #WGGPIllinois
Tithi Bhattacharya's book titled Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. Book discussion on Oct 1st, 5th, and 6th.  

FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO | Book Giveway and Book Club Discussions

Pick up a copy of Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya's book FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO when you sign up for a book discussion session. Ikenberry and ISR Libraries are open M-F from noon to 6:30 for pick-up. Book discussions will be held at the following times/locations:

-Friday, Oct 1st @ 4pm (ISR Room 0050B)
-Tuesday, Oct 5th @ 7pm (Zoom)
-Wednesday, Oct 6th @ 7pm (SDRP Room 2005)

If you already have a copy of the book and just want to sign up for one of the discussions, please email Laura Poulosky at l-poulo@illinois.edu.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session - October 1st, 3-4pm
National and International Scholarships Program

Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit the CLS website.

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit www.topscholars.illinois.edu.


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 2021, GRID Alumni have come from 41 departments across campus and 52 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


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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