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Fall 2015

Sept 28-Oct 4 Issue 

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                                                      In This Issue:

Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week
September 28
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lucy Elis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Speaker: Heena Gajjar, Doctoral Student, Department of Landscape Architecture

Islam Around the World: the Framework, Appeal, and Growth of Islam

September 29
7 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W Nevada St, Urbana
Speaker: Kaiser Aslam

The lecture will be given as part of the Islam Awareness Week: "Hyphenating the Gap Between Muslim and American". 

September 30
3:00 - 4:30 pm
321 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL

Sponsor: International and Area Studies Library 

October 1
12:00 pm
101 International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St. Champaign

Sponsor: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Study Abroad First Steps Info Meeting

October 2

101 International Studies Building

The First Steps Info Session will encourage you to think about important things to consider before choosing a study abroad program. This includes academics, housing, duration, location, and cost. There is information about how to research a program, understand costs,  scholarships and Financial Aid, and how to apply.

  Upcoming Events
October 8
Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
3:30-4:30 pm
Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore (807 S. Wright St., Entrance near Coble Hall)
October 8
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.

Critical Language Scholarship - Intensive Summer Language Study

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  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. 

Languages Offered

No previous study required: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu

1 year of study required: Arabic, Persian

2 years of study required: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/.

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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