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Oct 12-18 Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

Ethnic Diversity and Inter-Ethnic Trust in Turkey

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Brown Bag Lecture by Dr. Avital Livny
Monday, October 12
12:00 -1:00 pm
1080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Sponsor: Center for Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (CSAMES),

October 13
12:00 -1:00 pm
Illinos Union Ballroom

1401 W Green St, Urbana

Join Illinois International for a panel presentation followed by an open dialogue. This event is the first in a three part series of panel discussions with faculty, students, and staff. Students attending will have the opportunity to voice their experiences and offer input to srengthen UIUC campus as a preeminent global university. The next sessions for faculty and staff will be held in November and December.

If you were unable to attend a session or would like to provide further commentary on the questions posed during the open discussion portion of the student session, please fill out the following survey online:https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5156286.

Andrea Burniske, International Extension Program Coordinator, International Programs in Agriculture, Purdue University

Part of the Women and Development Focal Point Monthly Brownbag Series
Optional readings are available at https://publish.illinois.edu/womenanddevelopment  

Libraries and Literary Culture: An Inside View of Cuba’s Information Revolution

October 15
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium - Spurlock Museum

600 S. Gregory, Urbana

Hear from a leading protagonist in Cuba’s ongoing transformations: from a primarily oral culture, through a 1961 leap in literacy, to a literary culture where ordinary Cubans read—and write—books, essays, stories, poetry, and more. Cubans built literary institutions to their own specifications, libraries in particular. A digital culture got underway. All while a US blockade separated Cuba from most trade and cultural contacts, and while Cuba took aim at its own racism. What might happen next? Why?

October 15
4:00 pm
Women's Resources Center
703 South Wright Street (2nd floor), Champaign

Speaker: Ellen Billard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Road to Mafraq

It's being called the greatest humanitarian disaster since World War II. The war in Syria has left over 250,000 people dead and another 4 million as refugees. The disturbing images emerging of Syrian refugees risking -- and losing -- their lives to reach safety inside Europe have awakened the world to the to the plight of the Syrian people. But who are these people? What are their stories? And how can we help? Join us on Thursday, October 15 as we discuss this and more with Ellen Billard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Road to Mafraq, a humanitarian organization working to support Syrian refugee families in crisis by increasing access to education and healthcare. 

Organized by the Humanitarian Association for the Displaced, a University of Illinois RSO, and the Road to Mafraq, a humanitarian organization working to support Syrian refugee families in crisis by increasing access to education and healthcare.

Co-sponsor: European Union Center

  Upcoming Events
October 14
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana
Sponsor: Center for Advanced Study (CAS) 
October 16
Global Studies Graduate Minor Student Information Session
12:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street  Champaign, IL

Sponsor: The Center for Global Studies

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

November 7
International Humanitarian Law Workshop
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
College of Law
504 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Champaign, IL

 Opportunities for Students and Faculty

International Humanitarian Law Workshop

This workshop features lectures and hands-on exercises that guide participants through an intensive examination of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. Sessions will be led by legal professionals from the American Red Cross. 

Eligibility: This workshop is suggested for law students, graduate students, and professionals. Students are expected to attend all of the sessions in the program. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion for the IHL training from the American Red Cross.  Contact the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Unit at ihlaw@redcross.org to apply and for more information.  (Registration Deadline October 30, 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


What is GlobalFest? 
GlobalFest is a celebration of world languages and culture, where participants immerse themselves into authentic world cultural experiences, languages and competitions. Middle and secondary school students make new forward thinking connections useful in our global society. 

Who can Participate? 
All middle, junior high, and high School students and teachers of world languages and international studies throughout Illinois are welcomed at GlobalFest Illinois. Private Clubs, Organizations and Groups such as 4-H, Girl & Boy Scouts of America are also welcome. All Groups must be accompanied by Authorized Personnel.

What does GlobalFest offer? 
Immersion Language Rooms, Cultural Discovery Rooms, Cultural Stage Performances, Global Connections Quiz Bowl, Krazy Olympiks, Global Market, Arts and Crafts Competition.

Who are the presenters?
Teachers, professional performers and presenters, authentic native speakers, student organizations and clubs.

Where is GlobalFest?
GlobalFest 2015 will be hosted by Oswego East High School, located at 1525 Harvey Rd. Oswego, Illinois 60543.

When is GlobalFest?
GlobalFest will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Where do I find more information and register?
Additional information and the GlobalFest Manual and Registration forms can be found at http://www.globalfestillinois.com.

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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