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Fall 2015

Sept 14-20 Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

Less Commonly Taught Languages Film Series: "Bashu, the Little Stranger" (Persian)

Wednesday, September 16
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foriegn Language Building, 7707 S. MAthews Ave, Urbana, IL

This touching, thought-provoking Iranian children's drama has a simple story, but complex undertones as it is simultaneously a quiet plea for peace and tolerance, an entertaining story and a sly, metaphorical criticism of Moslem fundamentalist thinking. It also presents a view of Iranian rural life seldom seen by Westerners. Though the Iranian government sponsored the film, they banned it for the above reasons.  (1989, run time of 2 hours, 87% among audiences on rottentomatoes.com)

 All films are shown with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

CSAMES Lecture: Time, Conscience, History: Ghulam Husain Tabatabai and the Rise of British Rule in India

Friday, September 18
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Gregory Hall Room 223, 
810 South Wright Street Urbana, IL

Free and open to the public. 
Sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (CSAMES)
Co-sponsored by European Union Center.

WGGP Lecture: "Gender, Enterprise Ownership, and Labor Allocation: The Role of Religion, Resource Rents, and Government Policies"

Friday, September 18
12:00 to 1:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL

Speaker: Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics and WGGP Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Free and open to the public. 
Sponsor: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives

2015 Latin American Film Festival

Friday, September 18 - Thursday, September 24
Art Theatre Co-op, 126 W. Church Street, Champaign, IL

For the last eight years the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois organizes a one-week Latin American film festival for the community.

This year festival, Sept. 18-Sept. 24 will screen six recent fiction films and one documentary from different countries of the region. This year line-up includes: 

  • The Film Critic (Argentina)
  • The Invisible Collection (Brazil)
  • I’m not Lorena (Chile)
  • Behavior (Cuba)
  • His Wedding Dress (Cuba-Spain)
  • Zanahoria (Uruguay)
  • All of me (Mexico)
  Upcoming Events

September 22
Teach-in: The European Refugee Crisis
Time and location TBD 

Co-sponsors: Center for Global Studies, and the European Union Center

September 30
Chai Wai Series: Around the World in 2D: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Cartooning

3:00 - 4:30 pm
321 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL
Sponsor: International and Area Studies Library 

September 30
Teach-in: SAWBO - Science and Animations in the Heartland Impact Global Change and Development

5:00 - 6:30 PM
Lincoln Hall Room 1065, 702 S. Wright Street Urbana, IL
Co-sponsors: Center for Global Studies, Center for African Studies, and the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

October 9
Symposium: "The Ganga, National River of India: Its Heritage and Future"
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Heritage Room, ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL.

Sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (CSAMES), Department of Landscape Architecture, and Department of Religion

November 3
REEEC Lecture: "The Political Prisoner as a Global Figure"

12:00 to 1:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 10 S. Fifth Street  Champaign, IL
Sponsors: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the European Union Center

 Opportunities for Students and Faculty

Faculty-Led Course Abroad, GLBL 298: Amman, Jordan – Application Deadline Sept. 15

On-campus course: 
Begin 2nd 8 weeks of Fall 2015 semester, Wednesdays 4-6 pm, FLB

Program dates abroad: 
December 30, 2015 - January 13, 2016

Illinois International Grants Program

Illinois International is currently accepting proposals for the IIP International Grants Program. Each year, Illinois International offers funding to sponsor international conferences on the Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty. Proposal details and requirements can be found online: International Conference Grants | International Research Travel Grants

Proposals should be submitted electronically at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3145498 (travel) and https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/239060 (conference). The deadline for proposals is November 2, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Misa, Executive Director for Administration and Management, at (217) 333-9192 or jmisa@illinois.edu.

FLAS Fellowships

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

Academic Year FLAS
* Graduate students: may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year.
* Undergraduate students: may receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees to study at the University of Illinois and a stipend of $5,000. 

Summer FLAS
* Graduate and undergraduate students: The awards carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Upcoming Faculty and Academic Advisor Information Sessions:
Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Monday, November 2, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street  Champaign, IL

Upcoming Student Information Sessions:
Thursday, December 3, 4:00 to 5:00 pm and Friday, December 4, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

126 Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), 501 E Daniel St, Champaign, IL

Graduate Minor in Global Studies

The Graduate Minor in Global Studies enables MA, PhD and professional school students to gain a deeper understanding of the processes of globalization. The Minor builds on students’ disciplinary and professional knowledge base to integrate their specialized skills within the broader intellectual, and public policy demands of the challenges confronting the world’s populations today.

Upcoming Student Information Sessions:
Monday, October 19th, 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Monday, October 26th, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street  Champaign, IL

 K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

Free Choices workshops provided by the Center For Global Studies 

The Center for Global Studies is excited to announce our new partnership with the Choices Program, a non-profit organization based at Brown University. The Choices Program develops curricula on current and historical issues and offers professional development for educators.

Choices materials incorporate the latest scholarship from Brown University and beyond to draw connections between historical events and contemporary international issues. In each unit, a central activity challenges students to consider multiple viewpoints on a contested issue. Students examine the historical, cultural, and political background of the issue to prepare a coherent presentation. Follow-up discussion demands analysis, and evaluation of conflicting values, interests, and priorities. Ultimately, students are expected to formulate persuasive arguments and express their own views

If you are interested in scheduling a Choices Program Professional Development for your department or district, please contact the CGS Outreach Coordinator, Jeremie Smith (smith193@illinois.edu).  We will provide these workshops for free and will even come out to your school at a time convenient for you.

Students, teachers, and organizations will celebrate global collaboration on September 17th! On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today. 

Summer 2016 Program to Omar and Zanzibar for K-12 Educators

University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) has received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant for a summer 2016 program to Oman and Zanzibar. Full-time K-12 teachers, curriculum supervisors (administrators), and pre-service teachers in their last year of a teacher preparation program (senior year, MA, etc.) are invited to apply. The cost share is $1100, but selected educators get to spend a month traveling in Oman and Zanzibar, earning at least 90 professional development hours. Included are: the round-trip airfares from New York to Muscat, from Muscat to Zanzibar, and from Muscat to Salalah; housing in air-conditioned hotels or apartments; a stipend for food costs; cultural, language, and historical programs with renowned speakers; entrance to museums, festivals, and tourist sites; a stipend toward the purchase of classroom materials; and more. The application deadline is October 16, 2015

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching is a fantastic opportunity for experienced, full-time K-12 teachers (who are U.S. citizens) that want to spend 3-6 months abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year. You can study/observe/develop projects in one of the following countries: Botswana, Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. For a lot more info and the application, go to: http://fulbrightteacherexchange.orgDeadline: November 4.

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