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WGGP Weekly News


April 12 ♦ Spring 2021 ♦ View Past Newsletters


WGGP Events of the Week

From Here Poster 
From Here Events - The Global and Its Worlds

3:00-4:30 p.m. CST Screening
4:30-5:30 p.m. CST Live Q & A 

2:00-4:30 pm CST From Here Workshop: "Reimagine Belonging - Storytelling for immigrant justice and multiracial democracy"

*UPDATE: Screening access will be available from April11th-April 18th at 12pm CST via Vimeo*

Illinois Global Institute and Humanities Research Institute are proud to sponsor a screening of the documentary film From Here, a hopeful story of four young artists and activists from immigrant families redefining belonging in an era of rising nationalism globally.

Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny, and Akim—artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.

Click here for the full information on the From Here Events

Part of The Global and Its Worlds series, by Illinois Global Institute and Humanities Research Institute. Co-sponsored by Women and Gender in Global Perspectives.

Women at the Frontlines Poster 

Women at the Frontlines Against COVID-19: Leadership from Informal Settlements in South Africa, Iran and Argentina
April 16, 2021 10:00am CST

Representatives from Hoda House & EDF (Iran), La Poderosa (Argentina), and House Assembly (South Africa) will share their experience in times of COVID-19 and how their organizations showed resiliency in dealing with the hardships caused by COVID-19 and supported their community.

Language live interpretation available in Spanish and Farsi

Cosponsored by: Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Illinois Global Institute; Iranian Cultural Association (ICA); Urban and Regional Planning; Women's Resources Center

Click here to register for the Women at the Frontlines Panel

WGGP Co-sponsored Events of the Week

"Waste: One Woman's Fight against America's Dirty Secret" Poster 

iSEE Congress Spring 2021

Book talk with Catherine Coleman Flowers
"Waste: One Woman's Fight against America's Dirty Secret"

April 14 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

Participate in a round table with the author, Catherine Coleman Flowers, and other experts. All participants are encouraged to read the book beforehand for a more lively discussion

Coleman Flowers, an environmental health researcher and writer, is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) and a Senior Fellow for Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. An environmental activist bringing attention to the largely invisible problem of inadequate waste and water sanitation infrastructure in U.S. rural communities, she was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2020.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click here to see the full iSEE Congress Schedule.

Click here to register for the book talk with Catherine Coleman Flowers

WGGP Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days" Banner
Panel Discussion - "President Biden: First 100 Days"

April 23, 2021 12:00pm CST via Zoom

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Center for Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Illinois, are hosting a panel presentation on “President Biden: First 100 Days”, with a focus on how social issues, particularly those related to women and gender, are developing/progressing.

Click here to register for the Panel Discussion on the President's First 100 Days


Click here for complete list of WGGP Spring 2021 events



Upcoming Campus Events

CAS: Developing African Landscapes: The Development Industry and Environmental Change in Southern Africa Poster 

CAS: Developing African Landscapes: The Development Industry and Environmental Change in Southern Africa
April 14, 2021 12:00pm CST

Professor Charles Fogelman discusses how gas tge international development industry changed the landscapes of Lesotho in both its material and symbolic forms.

Click here to register for the CAS: Developing African Landscapes webinar
Gender in Modern Hebrew Lecture Poster 
Gender in Modern Hebrew

April 15, 2021, 7:00pm CST

With examples from social networks and from the Tel Aviv linguistic landscape, we'll talk about how Hebrew speakers look for new ways to make their language more inclusive. We'll check gender marked words on websites of different companies, and look at the language of Israeli apps.

Guy Sharett teaches Hebrew in the Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. He has a B.A in Linguistics of Hebrew Language from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A from the University of London. Guy, who was born in Ashdod, Israel, speaks seven languages, and is the presenter of the Streetwise Hebrew podcast, where he teaches Hebrew using music and pop culture, talking about slang, intonation, grammar and identity.

Click here to register for the Gender in Modern Hebrew Lecture
European Union Center's 11th Illinois EU Studies Conference Opening Panel

"Refugees between Africa and Europe: Comparative Perspectives on Greece and Uganda"
April 15, 2021 12:00-1:00pm CST

Dimitris Parsanoglou, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean
"(Not So) New Actors / New Configurations of the EU Border Regime: Control and Solidarity in Greek Refugee Camps Since the 2015-16 'Refugee Crisis'"

Rocco Nuri, Senior External Relations Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
"The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown Measures on Refugees in Uganda"

Emanuel Rota, Director, European Union Center

Click here to register for the EU Studies Conference Opening Panel

Women In History Wednesday

Karol Kahrs 
Karol Kahrs 

Karol Kahrs began at Illinois in 1966 as an instructor in the College of Physical Education and spent many years coaching women’s sports. In 1974, she moved up to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics to develop the University’s women’s intercollegiate athletics program. After 36 years of service, the last 30 years in athletics, Karol retired from the University in 2000. Karol served as President of the National Association of College Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) in 1998-99, and she has been a member of numerous committees of the NCAA and was on the Executive Board of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. She also served as the first chairman of the Big Ten Women’s Athletic Administrators from 1974 to 1976, and was a member of the committee that submitted the initial proposal to add women’s athletics to the conference in 1981. In 2014, Karol was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by NACWAA, awarded to administrators who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport.

This series is displayed every Wednesday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Faculty Affiliate News

Charles Fogelman. See Charles Fogelman's Affiliate profile. 
Charles Fogelman 
Faculty Affiliate: Charles Fogelman

WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Charles Fogelman, will be presenting on April 14th with the Center for African Studies titled, “CAS: Developing African Landscapes: The Development Industry and Environmental Change in Southern Africa”

Click here to register for the Developing African Landscapes event

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.

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GRID Student News

Widya A. Ramadhani. See Widya's GRID profile. 
Widya A. Ramadhai 
GRID Student: Widya A. Ramadhani

GRID Student, Widya A. Ramadhani, was awarded the 2021-2022 Barbara A. Yates Fellowship.  Widya is a GRID student and a Doctoral Student in the School of Architecture. 

Click here to learn more about the Barbara Yates Fellowship



GRID Alumni Spotlight

Katherine Roth 
Katherine Roth 
Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Roth

Katherine Roth
, GRID Alumna, is contributing writer for The Associated Press.   She recently presented at the WGGP Symposium as part of the panel on Gender and Global Perspectives.  Her talk, “Global Perspectives: Things aren’t always what they seem” is available now on Media Space.

Click here and go to 4:42:00 mark in the recording to watch Katherine's lecture


Illinois Global Institute Spring 2021 Newsletter

Illinois Global Institute welcomes you to the first edition of the IGI newsletter. They are excited to share news of the ongoing work of our area and global studies centers and thematic programs. 

Click here to read the Illinois Global Institute Spring 2021 Newsletter

WGGP Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2020, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

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Poster for Certificate in Global Health. See information page. 
Certificate in Global Health 
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate



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