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Fall 2015

Nov 2-8 Issue 

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Events This Week

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Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

November 3
12:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Pavlos Kavouras, Professor and Head, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Visiting Professor, Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This presentation opens with a critical reflection on the relationship between religion and politics from the perspective of culture. Dr Kavouras argues that as there is a politics of religion, there is also a religion, so to speak, of politics nowadays. To cope with this question, he deals with religious and political discourse as distinct aspects of cultural expression and focus on the cultural dynamics of differentiation and integration. The main thesis of this presentation concerns the usage of culture as a mediating element towards a reintegration of the differentiated discourses of religion and politics. Special attention is given to the issue of religious tolerance in relation to Islam and Islamism by drawing information from my ethnographic research among the Egyptian migrants in contemporary Greece. 

Video-Life Stories of Migrants in Greece

November 4
4:00 pm
Illini Union room 209
1401 W Green St, Urbana

Video life stories of migrants is the product of a collaboration between migrants and Greeks. It consists of 20 short films which present the everyday reality in Greece in a way that combines the actually lived experience and the perceptions of both migrants and Greeks. By following the methodology of participatory video, migrants and Greeks contributed actively to the design and execution of the project throughout the stages of its production. After being trained to use modern equipment for audiovisual recording and to the theory of film narrative, with an emphasis placed on life stories and observational documentary, 20 migrants and 20 Greeks working in pairs (a migrant and a Greek) filmed the life stories of 5 migrant groups (Egyptians in Thessaloniki, Albanians in Crete, Indians in Attica, Nigerians and Ukrainians in Athens). The film narratives are focused on 4 fundamental aspects of daily life (family, work, art and the idea of “here and there”).

November 5
12:00 pm
Seminar Room, Center for Advanced Study
912 W. Illinois Street, Urbana
Speaker: Dr. Don Brenneis, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Cruz and Past President, American Anthropological Association

Audit culture” has become a common – and extremely useful – rubric for capturing an ensemble of emergent ideologies, languages, documents, measures, and consequences within our academic worlds. I’ll be exploring the mutual entanglement of neoliberal styles in academic administration, new technologies of assessment, production, circulation, and search, ongoing practices of peer evaluation within highly hierarchical institutions, and the careers of both scholars and works of scholarship.

November 5
4:00 pm 
101 International Studies Building 
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign
Speaker: Padraic Kenney, Professor of History and International Studies, Indiana University
What is a political prisoner, and how do we recognize such a figure? One medium through which we approach the political prisoner - movements that support or publicize them. Using the cases of Poland, Ireland, and South Africa over the course of the 20th century, Prof. Kenney will examine how the political prisoner has variously been the object of general humanitarian concern, a martyr used to rally political movements, and a neutralized symbol of the cause of human rights. Key movements to be examined will be Red Help, the International Committee for Political Prisoners, and Amnesty International.
November 5
5:00-6:00 pm
1060 Lincoln Hall
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign
Speaker: William R. Roy, Adjunct Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Roy’s talk will review hazardous chemical and release incidents, radioactive substances such as wastes and dirty bombs, and some policy related to these issues such as regulations and preparedness plans. 

November 5
4:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

Speaker: Dr. Matthew J. Marr, University of Virginia, specialist on Spanish Cinema

This public lecture will contextualize specific topics relating to Spanish Cinema.

November 6
1:00 - 5:00 pm
101 International Studies Building

910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

1:00-1:20 Opening Remarks Elizabeth Oyler (Director, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

1:20-2:00 Allison Alexy - Family, Nation, and "Abduction" in Contemporary Japan

2:00-2:40 Sharon R. Wesoky - Knowing as Organizing, Critiquing as Acting: Reflections on Two Decades of Feminist Resistances in Globalizing China

2:40-2:50 Coffee Break 

2:50-3:30 Ellen Prusinski - Transnational Labor Migration, Nonformal Education, and the (Re)definion of Women’s Roles in Indonesia

3:30-4:10 Alex Jong-Seok Lee - World-Class Worker: Labor, Gender and (Im)mobility within the Flight Attendant Occupation in South Korea

4:10-5:00 Discussion led by Colleen Murphy (Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) Program, Associate Professor of Law, Philosophy and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Co-Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS)Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

November 7
Oswego East High School

1525 Harvey Rd, Oswego, IL 60543

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.

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

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.


Co-Sponsors: Center for Global StudiesProgram in Arms Control & Domestic and International SecurityCelebration 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
12:00 pm
Foreign Language Building Room 1080, Lucy Ellis Lounge

November 9
Mind and Murals: The Buddhist Cave Paintings of the Mogao Grottoes in China
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory Drive, Urbana
Co-Sponsors: Spurlock MuseumCenter for Advanced Study 

November 10
Globalization at Illinois: A Faculty Dialogue
12:00 pm
Room 104 Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana

November 10
Problems and Possibilities for International Service-Learning
12:00 pm
School of Social Work, 1010 W. Nevada St., Room 2015
Co-sponsors: The School of Social WorkCenter for Global StudiesEuropean Union Center; Center for African Studies

November 10
Asia Lens Video Series: "Bitter Seeds"
7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Sponsors: Spurlock Museum, Asian Education Media Service

ACES Library; 1101 S. Goodwin Ave.; Urbana, IL 61801
2:00 pm
101 International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St. Champaign
Sponsor: Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
 Opportunities for Students and Faculty

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 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

Archeology Field School in Belize, Central America

Students interested in learning about Archeology are invited to the summer course Anthropology 454/455!  

The six-week UIUC field school provides students with hands on experience in the techniques of archaeological survey and excavation in the context of a large research project in central Belize. The course will consist of field and lab work and weekly lectures while in Belize. The project will focus on excavating Maya houses near Yalbac.

Non-Anthropology students are welcome.  Application deadline March 1, 2016.

Questions? Contact Dr. Lucero: jlucero@illinois.edu

Information Session: Portuguese Major/Minor

November 17, 11 am - 12:00 pm
Foreign Language Building, Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

A major or minor in Portuguese opens doors for your personal and professional development during and after your time in Illinois. We are here to assist you in gaining a strategic advantage and preparing for a global career!

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/

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session

If you are a high-achieving junior and are planning to attend graduate school after graduation, but have concerns about being able to afford it, consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship. The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school.

On November 6, a Beinecke workshop will be held from 3:30-4:30 in IUB room 514 to help students get started on their actual applications.

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.

Global Competence Certificate for K-12 Teachers

The Global Competence Certificate is accepting applications for the January 2016 cohort through December 13, 2015. The 15-month, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education was created by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are highly effective in teaching global competencies. Interested teachers can learn more about the Online Academic Coursework, Global Fieldwork  and Capstone Project/Collaborative Practice Groups by visiting the GCC website or registering for an upcoming Information Session.

Global Education Conference

The sixth annual Global Education Conference, a free four-day online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19, 2015 (November 20th in some time zones). We invite all to attend!

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Last year’s conference featured more than 260 general sessions and 35 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 7,500 participants.

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.

  Contact Us
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