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Fall 2015

Sept 21-27 Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

Teach-in: The European Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, September 22
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Bevier Hall room 180, 905 S. Goodwin, Urbana

You are invited to join Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center we welcome Herbert Quelle, Consul General of Germany in Chicago, to our campus.  He will join three members of the UIUC faculty for a panel discussion that will look at the diplomatic, political, social, and humanitarian law implications of the influx of large populations of refugees into Europe. The speakers will also shed light on the situation in Germany, Greece and Hungary and discuss the EU policies that address (or fail to address) the crisis.

Herbert Quelle, Consul General of the German Consulate in Chicago

Dr. Zsuzsa Gille (Department of Sociology)
Dr. Kostas Kourtikakis (Department of Political Science)
Lesley Wexler, J.D. (College of Law)

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)

Brownbag: International Service Learning in Greece

Thursday, September 24
12:00 pm
School of Social Work (Room 2015), 1010 W Nevada, Urbana
Prof. Hellen MacDonald-Gerolymatos, School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is giving a brown bag presentation on her very interesting study abroad course that will be offered in spring 2016: SOCW 330/561 “International Service Learning in Greece”. The course aims to explore how the current economic crisis in Greece impacts on refugee settlement and unaccompanied minors in Athens.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2015/ Celebremos el mes de la herencia hispana!

Saturday, September 26
12:00 to 3:00 pm
Orchard Downs Community Center

510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana IL 61801

Enjoy Hispanic music, art, food, dance presentation, story time for kids, piñata and much more! 

Program organized by Family and Graduate Housing (FGH), the Family Housing Council (FHC) the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and La Casa Cultural Latina.

  Upcoming Events
September 28
CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture: Journeys in the Cultural Landscapes of Okhamandal, Gujarat -India
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lucy Elis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
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 
101 International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St. Champaign.
Sponsor: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
12:00 pm
Women's Resources Center, 702 S. Wright, 2nd Floor

Sponsor: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana

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

23rd International Conference of Europeanists

The proposal deadline for the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists is October 1st! The conference, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, 2016, will focus on the theme of "Resilience" within European cultures, politics and society. The Council invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and papers that examine Europe’s capacity for resilience and related issues. Read the full Call for Proposals.

To submit a proposal, please go to the conference website, choose the type of proposal you wish to submit, and click the appropriate button. All proposals must be submitted no later than October 1st, 2015, 11:59pm EST.  You will be notified of the status of your proposal on or before December 10, 2015.

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.

Call for Applications & Nominations for Global Teacher Prize

Application/Nomination Deadline: October 10, 2015 

The Varkey Foundation is now accepting applications and nominations for the annual Global Teacher Prize, a one million dollar award given to an outstanding K-12 teacher who makes a profound impact on students and community.  

Learn more about how to apply for the Global Teacher Prize

Learn more about how to nominate a teacher for the Global Teacher Prize 

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.

Enrichment Grants Available for U.S. Secondary Level Teachers

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015 | Application Information

The IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants Program recognizes U.S. secondary level teachers (grades 6-12) who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. The program is a professional development opportunity for those teachers who have taken the Generation Study Abroad pledge and taken innovative actions in preparing their students for global citizenship and study abroad.  

Fifty (50) enrichment grants of $1,000 each are available to teachers to conduct any learning activity in the U.S. or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience. Through their experiences, they will be able to further internationalize their classroom and advance their role as global educators to positively impact student learning.  

Discover Campfire: A Virtual Exchange Program by Global Nomads Group

Campfire, a program of Global Nomads Group, is a global citizenship program that pairs classrooms with international partners to meet on a weekly basis through an online collaboration platform. In this program, students will engage in intercultural dialogue, explore media bias, and build essential leadership skills to take positive action in their local and global communities.

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