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WGGP Weekly News

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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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WGGP Upcoming Events
Hood Feminism Book Club, Feb. 15

February 15th

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

“12 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
Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores 
Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores 
Women in Science - February Lecture | Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores

February 9, 2021 12:00pm 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.

February 9th guest speaker Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores is Senior Plant Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History survey part of the Prairie Research Institute and will speak about her research on plant reproductive ecology, conservation biology and plant-insect interactions.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others.

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Upcoming Campus Events

COVID-19 presented the university educators with a unique set of academic challenges. Please join the CGS-funded faculty and instructors for a discussion of the issues they faced and the insights they gained while converting and adapting their classes for online teaching. The presenters will address their pedagogical methods, as well as the future possibilities for online teaching.

Joan Donovan 
Joan Donovan 
Joan Donovan “What is Media Manipulation”

Just Infrastructures was launched by researchers in the Computer Science Department, the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media to interrogate the complex interactions between people, algorithms, and AI-driven systems.

Feb 3, 2021  
12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Joan Donovan
Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

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Jonathan Inda 
Jonathan Inda 
"Infectious Detention: Migrants, COVID-19 & the Racial Politics of Health"
Jonathan Inda

February 3, 2021
4:00pm CST

Presented by Jonathan Inda (Department of Latina/Latino Studies, UIUC), this talk focuses on detention care and its deadly consequences in the United States. Between October 2003 and November 2020, there were at least 216 deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, many the result of grossly inadequate medical practices.  Focusing on deaths from COVID-19, this talk argues that, rather than being beneficiaries of care, noncitizens in detention are routinely victims of uncare—of a dearth or absence of both affective (concern about) and practical (providing for) care. The consequence of this uncare is that migrant lives are imperiled to the point of death.



Women In History Wednesday
photo of Rita Garman 
Rita Garman 

This #WomenInHistoryWednesday,
we celebrate UIUC alumna Justice Rita B. Garman.  Rita B. Garman graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1965. While a student, she graduated with highest honors and was also a Bronze Tablet graduate. She is now the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

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

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Faculty Affiliate News
Lynne Dearborn 
Lynne Dearborn 
Congratulations to Professor Lynne Dearborn

Congratulations to WGGP Faculty Affiliate Dr. Lynne Dearborn, Professor of Architecture, for being named as one of the Center for Advanced Study Associates for 2021-2022.  For more information about the Center for Advanced Study Associate Program, visit https://cas.illinois.edu/index.php/associates.


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

GRID Student News
Agnes Millimouno 
Agnes Millimouno 
GRID Student: Agnes Millimouno

Welcome to GRID Student, Agnes Millimouno.  Agnes is a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  Her research looks at small scale irrigation with women for agriculture specifically in Sierra Leone.

Click here to learn more about the GRID Graduate Minor



GRID Alumni Spotlight
Cherub Antwi-Nsiah 
Cherub Antwi-Nsiah 
Alumni Spotlight: Cherub Antwi-Nsiah

Cherub Antwi-Nsiah
is currently the Director of Gender and Social Inclusion at the Millennium Development Authority in Ghana.

Dr. Antwi-Nsiah received her PhD in Geography and the GRID Minor in 1991.

She will be participating in the upcoming WGGP 40th Anniversary Symposium on March 4, 2021 with her talk entitled, "Improving the Reliability and Stability of Electricity Service Delivery in Ghana: What has Gender Got to Do with It?"

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2021 Bailey Fellowship Due Feb. 15


The Fred S. Bailey Fellowship for Community Leadership, Service and Activism supports University of Illinois-Urbana campus graduate and professional students who have shown a commitment to community organizing, activism and/or service in one or more of the following areas: social justice, environment, global engagement and/or interfaith cooperation. Candidates must demonstrate how their efforts represent new and innovative ways to address issues and/or have significantly expanded existing efforts. Candidates working toward a Ph.D. or Master's Degree in all academic disciplines are eligible. The fellowship is a $12,900 (9 month) stipend. Tuition and fee waivers may be included.

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Graduate Student Leaders Gathering, Feb. 26

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 pm – 5 pm. 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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CHLH 126 course description 
CHLH 126 (Campus Acquaintance Rape Education) - Spring 2021

Are you passionate about social justice? CHLH 126 (formerly CHLH 199B) is a unique opportunity to learn about supporting survivors and challenging rape culture. This semester-long course will allow you to delve into the individual, relationship, community, and societal factors that contribute to the prevalence of sexual violence. CHLH 126 is taught by staff from the Women's Resources Center and is open to students of all genders. If you choose to, you may also apply to become a paid FYCARE (First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education) facilitator after completing this course.

Global South Languages Fellowship-Due Feb. 26

The Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, through support from the Provost Office, are proud to announce a call for applications for the Global South Languages Fellowship. The goal of this fellowship program is to provide support for graduate students interested in the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages of the Global South, including Arabic, Hindi, Quechua, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu. These fellowships will offer academic year support (AY 2021-2021) to graduate students at the MA or Ph.D. level. Successful applicants will receive a $15,000 stipend and a waiver of tuition and some fees. As cultural and language training go hand in hand, fellows will be required to take one language course and one relevant area studies course each semester that they hold a fellowship. Additional requirements may be listed in award letters.  Academic advisors at each center will assist fellows in selecting the appropriate language and area studies courses.

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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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