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Fall 2015

Oct 26 - Nov 1  Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week
Monday, October 26
4:00 pm
126 Graduate School of Library & Information Science
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign
Speaker: Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
In the current Russian media environment, commentators of all political stripes are on the lookout for propaganda and its effects. The war in Ukraine, for example, has prompted accusations that the Russian, Ukrainian, and Western media are brainwashing their audiences. The Russian term most frequently invoked is “zombification”: the transformation of otherwise potentially rational TV viewers into unthinking husks due to the pernicious effects of the “зомбоящик” (the “zombie box,” which is the Russian equivalent to “boob tube”). The casual but pervasive discourse of zombification, while completely inconsistent with the frameworks of modern media studies, has itself exerted a powerful hold on the Russian consciousness.
Sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)

October 27
2:00 pm 
101 International Studies Building 
 910 S. Fifth St. Champaign
CLACS/Lemann Institute Lecture Series

Speaker: Antonio Carlos Lessa, Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia. 

October 27
4:00 pm
126 Graduate School of Library & Information Science
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign
Speaker: Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg is a programme specialist working at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Communication and Information Sector, Knowledge Societies Division in Paris, France. She coordinates UNESCO’s projects related to access to information and knowledge for Persons with Disabilities as contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
As one of the leading United Nations system organizations, the goal of the presentation is to provide insight into the concrete actions taken by UNESCO to ensure that the right to accessible information for persons with disabilities is respected around the world and to contribute to the full empowerment of persons with disabilities. The presentation will also include introduction of key initiatives, research results, policy and capacity building tools developed by UNESCO as well as future plans within the context of building inclusive knowledge societies. 
October 27
5:30 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Language Building
707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana

This fun event will feature Oud performance and games. Food will be served, including pizza, Arabic sweets, and drinks.

Sponsor: The Arabic ProgramThe Center for Global Studies 

October 29
4:30 pm 
1065 Lincoln Hall
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign

Speaker: Michael McGowan, former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and British Journalist

Former MEP Michael McGowan of the UK was the president of the Committee on Development and Cooperation, and is an expert on the international relations of the European Union. He is also a former journalist and broadcaster with BBC television and radio.  

Mr. McGowan will give a brief introduction to the EU, discuss current events such as the refugee crisis, and then take questions on any topics relating to the EU or his work as a journalist. 

Sponsor: The European Union Center 

October 30
3:00 - 4:30  pm
Illini Union, Room 407
401 West Green Street in Urbana

Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies; University of Illinois
Benjamin Lough, Social Work, University of Illinois
Michael McGowan, Former MEP (Member of the European Parliament) and British Journalist
Kolja Raube, Visiting Scholar, European Union Center, University of Illinois; Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU-Leuven
Marina Terkourafi, Linguistics, University of Illinois

Moderator: Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Director of the European Union Center; University of Illinois


Celebration of Persian Poetry

October 30
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Illini Union Room 210
401 West Green Street in Urbana

A celebration of Rumi and other Persian poets, featuring US and international scholars of Persian languague and literature.

Sponsor: The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

  Upcoming Events

November 3
REEEC Lecture: "The Political Prisoner as a Global Figure"

12:00 to 1:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street  Champaign, IL
Sponsors: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the European Union Center

November 6
Gender Symposium: Gender and Transnational Identities in Contemporary Asia

1:00 - 5:00 pm
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth St., Chamapign
Co-Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

 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)

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

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/.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship - Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

Thu, Oct 29, 3.30 pm: Information Session and discussion with former Boren Scholar

Fri, Oct 30, 3.30 pm: Workshop on how to craft a competitive Boren Application

Campus deadline is January 19, 2016. 

For more information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries visit the website. For more information on the scholarship click here.

CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship - The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. This listing has information on all the different SI sites offering affiliations. Fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700 and additional fringe benefits. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. These fields include art history, astrophysics, conservation studies, world area studies, and many more.  Deadline: December 1

For more information please visit the website

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.

Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate International Scholarship Program - The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Further information can be found on thier website.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange - The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a fully-funded scholarship opportunity funded by the US and German governments, is currently accepting applications from students. 

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a year-long fellowship that gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to study and work in Germany. CBYX is open to students in all fields of study and at all levels of study, including graduating students who can participate after receiving their degrees. Prior German langugae knowledge is not required. Students in the fields of agriculture, business, STEM, and vocational fields are especially encouraged to apply!

The CBYX program annually provides up to 75 participants with two months intensive German language training, one semester of study at a German University, homestays with German host families, and much more.

Deadline (for the 2016-2017 program): December 1, 2015

For more information and online application please visit the website.

 K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

GlobalFest 2015! 

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.

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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The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant