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  Events This Week

Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean

Speaker: Karla Mallette, Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Speaker bio and abstract 

Monday, October 19
5:00 pm
1060 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright St, Urbana
Sponsor: School of Literatures, Cultures, and LinguisticsEuropean Union Center

October 20
11:00 am 
International Programs and Studies Building room 411
507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL


* Gunther Jikeli, Indiana University, author of Muslim Antisemitism in Europe

* Andrew Srulevitch, Director of European Affairs and Assistant Director of International Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League

* Ben Judah, author and journalist, who has written on Britain’s Jews for Politico and Tablet

David Weinberg, Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University and author of Recovering a Voice: West European Jewish Communities after the Holocaust

By all accounts, the number of anti-Semitic incidences—including violent attacks on synagogues, businesses and individuals—has reached a postwar high across Europe. Official responses and those of community leaders have varied, as have explanations. Some point to the re-emergence of age-old European attitudes or populist political parties while others suggest a link to Europe’s changing demographic or a reflection of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This Conversation will explore the current situation of Jewish communities in light of Europe’s past and with a view toward the future.

Co-Sponsors: European Union CenterCenter for Global StudiesCenter for African StudiesCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences Global Studies ProgramEuropean Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of PittsburghFlorida International University/University of Miami
October 22
12:00 pm
101 International Studies Bldg
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign.
The subject of this presentations is violence against women (VAW) in Mexico. Its purpose is to broaden the outlook concerning the context of feminicide and to analyze trends in Mexico, taking account of the various ways in which the integrity, freedom, health and lives of women are affected and about which there is statistical evidence: from violence inflicted by a partner, occurring in the family and in the community, to institutional violence and homicide and feminicide. Based upon vital statistics (the deaths by aggression in the period 1985-2013), we argue the need for a gender-specific analysis and public policies and programs, that takes into account the particularities of VAW, We also analyze the growing burden of violence-related injuries in hospital admissions, the screening and treatment of several types of VAW in public health services, and evaluate the madatory reporting of thos cases of VAW.
Sponsor: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

ACDIS: New Directions in Security

October 22
5:00 pm
1090 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright St, Urbana

Dr. Clifford Singer, ACDIS Director will discuss the new direction and vision for the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security.

October 23
12:00 pm
101 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL

Prof. Michelle Wibbelsman, Assistant Professor. Department Of Spanish And Portuguese. The Ohio State University 

  Upcoming Events
October 27
October 30
Testing the Limits of the EU: Greece, the Economy, and Refugee Crises
3:00 pm
Illini Union, Room 407

1401 West Green Street Urbana
Sponsors: The European Union Center

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/.

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Study Abroad Scholarship for South Asia

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) believes that foreign language study and study abroad are essential components of international education. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Education and Foreign Language program (Title VIa), CSAMES will offer up to nine scholarships of $1,000- $1,500 each to University of Illinois undergraduate students, to be used for intensive summer study of a language of South Asia, or to be used for study abroad in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan or the Republic of the Maldives). It is anticipated that students who are offered these scholarships will use them for study abroad or intensive language study between December 2015 and December 2016. These grants are available to undergraduate students from any college or discipline. Because these scholarships come from federal funds, air travel conducted on these scholarships must comply with the Fly America Act (see http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/103191).

To apply for a summer language study or study abroad scholarship, fill out the CSAMES Undergraduate Scholarship Application form and submit it electronically by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23, to csames@illinois.edu, with a copy to aswillms@illinois.edu. Applications will be reviewed by the CSAMES Executive Committee, an elected body consisting of CSAMES faculty drawn from diverse disciplines. 

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend of $95,000. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually. The online application deadline is October 31, 2015.
CFR 2016–2017 International Affairs Fellowship

The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., provides a selected group of mid
-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While the IAF-J is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. The application online deadline is October 31, 2015.
CFR 2016–2017 International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.

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

 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 

Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom - Student & Teacher Institute

Middle school or high school teachers: Do you and one of your students share a deep interest in World War II? Then, you might want to apply for the “Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom” program, which takes student-teacher pairs for an intensive program – including travel in FRANCE – from June 18-30, 2016. For a lot more information and an application, go to: http://www.nhd.org/classroom-connection/normandy-sacrifice-for-freedom/ Deadline: Nov. 30

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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National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant