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Fall 2020 | August 31 - September 6 | View Past Newsletters

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CGS Announcements

Dear Members of the Illinois Global Studies community,

On behalf of the staff and faculty advisory board of CGS, I’d like to welcome you to the new academic year.  CGS looks forward to continuing to engage the campus community in important dialogue and discussion about our global condition.  Although the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted each of our lives, its impacts on individuals, national politics in almost every country, international trade, and systems of global governance that attempt to regulate international order evidence the importance of the global as a unit of analysis and global studies as a means for better understanding the interconnected nature of our lives at multiple levels. 

Because of and despite the pandemic, CGS continued work on important programs over the summer, organizing a series of online events for the fall and spring semesters, collaborating with faculty across campus to update global studies courses for online instruction, and submitting a joint Master’s in Global Studies proposal with the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Program in Arms Control, Domestic, and International Security, and the LAS Global Studies Program.  This eWeekly provides a description of these activities and invites you to join CGS in its plans for the academic year.


Master's in Global Studies Proposal

The Center for Global Studies (CGS), Program for Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS), Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) and LAS Global Studies together propose to establish a Master’s of Global Studies (MGS) degree. This master’s degree builds upon the successful Global Studies Graduate Minor, WGGP Gender Relations in International Development (GRID) Graduate Minor, and graduate level courses developed across campus through support from CGS, ACDIS, and WGGP. This master’s provides a professionally oriented graduate degree track that is complimentary to the LAS Global Studies BA degree and Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security. This degree will prepare students for leadership in international and domestic careers in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, business, and transnational organizations. Interdisciplinary coursework combined with domestic and international practicum opportunities will prepare graduates to meet the intellectual and practical challenges facing global governance and civil society organizations.

The Master's curriculum will feature four newly developed graduate courses in Global Studies that will be open to all graduate students on campus.  In addition, students will be able to select one of three concentration areas: 1) Global Security; 2) Gender and Public Policy; and 3) Global Governance. Students will complete coursework in their chosen area of concentration, in addition to focusing on a specific topical area, such as Global Health or Sustainable Development.


Online Course Development

CGS was pleased to join the IGI in providing funding to faculty to re-develop courses over the summer for online instruction.  Overall the IGI supported 34 courses, of which CGS directly supported the following through joint IGI and Title VI NRC funding:

ARCH 321 – Environment, Architecture, and Global Health: Christina Bollo

EURO 199 – Smart Cities: Walther Glodstaf, Emanuel Rota

GLBL 100 – Introduction to Global Studies: Timothy Wedig, Charles Fogelman, Valeria Bonatti, David Schrag, and Alyssa Bralower

GLBL 240 – Global Health: Valeria Bonatti

MUS 133 – Introduction to World Music: Donna A. Buchanan

PSYC 235 (AL1, AB1, AB2) – Introduction to Statistics: Michelle Y. Wang

RST 150 – Foundations of Tourism: Carla Santos

SOC 162 – International Health Policy: Caitlin Vitosky Clarke

UP 423 – Community Development in Global South: Faranak Miraftab

VCM 547 – Global One Health: Will Sander

Courses by CGS Affiliates

If you are still looking to add exciting courses with global studies content to your fall schedule, please consider some of these options by CGS-affiliated faculty (for fuller descriptions, please follow the following LINK to the CGS website).






CGS Programming for 2020-21

This year CGS programming will focus on two themes.  The first theme will be water and water scarcity, which was long planned as the topic for the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) for 2020-21 and on which CGS will be taking the lead.  This series of talks and panel discussions will culminate in the joint JACS-iSEE two-day conference, “The Future of Water,” to be held starting on Earth Day 2021 (by which time we all hope that on-campus events might once again be feasible). However, the impact of the COVID-19 has been so omnipresent that it became essential for CGS to focus some of our programming this year on gaining a better understanding of the pandemic’s impact and on formulating better ideas and policies to contain it.  We are gratified at how many scholars have answered our call to investigate a global event nearly in real time and share their work (over Zoom) with the campus community, our friends, and affiliates.  We will pursue both themes vigorously throughout the year and from a range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives.  A full schedule of talks and events for this semester will be posted shortly, to our website, the eWeekly, and over our listserv.  Finally, CGS will be working with IGI and HRI on “The Global and Its Worlds” series, as part of which we are very happy to announce:

Arjun Appadurai will give a talk on October 2nd, titled “The Volatile Market for Globalization.”


Save this date: September 15th, 2020, 12-1 PM

Rajmohan Gandhi, "Inequalities, ethnonationalism and the pandemic: An attempt to understand current trends in the U.S. and in India."

In his upcoming talk for CGS, Prof. Gandhi will examine how the pandemic influenced inequalities in the world’s largest democracies, the U.S. and India. What is the pandemic’s impact on ethnonationalism’s appeal in the two countries? How has it affected their relations with China and with each other?

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 916 4749 6056
Password: 259765

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
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Gilman International Scholarships Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  

Gilman International Scholarship Information Session

September 3, 2020   3:30 - 4:30 pm 

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99487287069

Password:  gilman

Gilman International Scholarship Writing Workshop

September 4, 2020   3:00 - 4:00 pm   

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93901013751

Password:  gilman


The Churchill Scholarship

Dear students and recent alumni,

Are you a STEM student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in a STEM field or in Public Policy at Cambridge University?

The Churchill Scholarship requires one year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a master's) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England. U.S. citizens in their last year of undergraduate studies or who graduated with their undergraduate degree within the last 12 months are eligible to apply. A Kanders Churchill Scholarship is also available for a STEM student who wishes to pursue an MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge.

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to seniors and will provide an overview of the Churchill Scholarship. We will discuss basic eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for this award. The latter portion of the event is designed to introduce some of the application components for the scholarship and help participants start to develop content for them.  This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your personal statement and other written portions of the application.

Churchill Scholarship Information Session 

Time: Sep 11, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 945 9183 6638

Password: churchill


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)