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Fall 2015

Nov 2-8 Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

November 16
2:00 pm
101 International Studies Building 
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign

The presentation will explore the trajectory of a group of physicians and scientists affiliated both to the field of medical parasitology and to the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB) during the Brazilian democratic experience of 1945-64, deeply marked by the Cold War. In particular, it will address the group’s agenda for medical science and public health based on a unique combination of parasitology and socialism that was forged under the leadership of Samuel Barnsley Pessoa (1898-1976), Professor of the School of Medicine, University of São Paulo. An internationalist and communist militant, Samuel Pessoa had formed a generation of scientists and physicians highly recognized (and many times persecuted) in Brazil and abroad. Pessoa and his group were prioritized targets of the first wave of persecutions, imprisonments and suspension of political rights following the 1964 military coup. The trajectory of this group is an important and less known chapter of the Brazilian public health and science in the context of the developmentalism, democracy and the Cold War.

The Partnership: Past Experiences, Present Issues, Future Initiatives

November 17
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
I-Hotel and Conference Center
Illinois Ballroom B/C
1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820

Please join the Global Health Initiative and visiting Njala University scholars for an interactive day of roundtable discussions, presentations, and the introduction of the Interdisciplinary Global Health Certificate, a cooperative program for Illinois and Njala students being launched this year.  Come hear about the work at Njala around the West Africa Ebola epidemic, and learn out the future of the partnership activities. 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Alpha Lakoh, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Njala University

Sponsors: Center for Global Studies, Global Health Initiative, Njala University

November 17
11:00 am
411 International Programs and Studies Building

507 E Green St, Champaign


Joanna Kakissis, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio. She has also written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and the New York Times.

Andrea Segre, sociologist and documentary filmmaker. He is the director of the film Closed Sea/Mare Chiuso.

Martin Xuereb, director of Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a humanitarian search and rescue operation assisting vessels in distress in the Mediterranean Sea.

Alessandro Bertani, vice president of Emergency, an organization that provides free, high-quality medical and surgical treatment to the victims of war, landmines and poverty.

As hundreds of thousands of migrants flee conflicts in their home countries, Europe has become their goal at any cost. The flood of migrants crossing Europe’s land and sea borders has left the EU member states with no consensus on how to handle the crisis.  Hear from a panel of journalists, filmmakers and aid agency workers with in-depth understanding of how Europe’s migration crisis is playing out. With pressure shifting from the sea route to land borders, are there lessons that Balkan nations can learn from their Italian and Greek counterparts? How are aid agencies responding?

November 17
11:00 am
Lucy Ellis Lounge,
1080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S Mathews Ave., Urbana

The Portuguese/Brazilian Studies Program (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) will be holding an info session for its major and minor courses. This session will be of interest for any student thinking about international business, agriculture, engineering, African diaspora, history, or Latin American affairs and so on, in addition to area/cultural/language studies. 

The U of I is a recipient of FLAS (Foreign Languages and Area Studies grant for Portuguese).  Every year, a number of undergraduate and graduate students receive tuition funding to study Portuguese and Brazil. The FLAS coordinator will be at our meeting, presenting first hand information to students. The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies also offers various opportunities for students with a Portuguese or Brazil focus. This is an amazing time to consider adding Portuguese/ Brazilian Studies to students' profiles. 

November 17
11:00 am
College of Law, Room D 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign, Il 61820

Speaker: Professor Amos Guiora - S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah 

November 17
5:00 pm 
1090 Lincoln Hall
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign
Speaker: Duu Renn, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science
Elections are increasingly common - almost universal - occurrences following civil wars. Researchers and policy makers see these post-war elections as an alternative to violence where issues of rule and authority are settled through voting instead of violence. The actual record of post-war elections is not as optimistic. Using an original dataset of post-war elections from 1980 to 2015, I find that post-war elections rarely represent the belligerents of a conflict. The consequence of this type of non-participatory election is twofold. First, it undermines previous evidence that elections are effective in resolving conflict and second, it may lead to an ineffective democratic process as electoral victories in these post-war environments simply reflect military strength. 

November 20
2:00-3:00 pm
101 International Studies Building 
910 S. Fifth St. Champaign

The First Steps Info Session will encourage you to think about important things to consider before choosing a study abroad program. This includes academics, housing, duration, location, and cost. You will learn how to research a program, understand costs (there is information about scholarships and Financial Aid), and even how to apply!

Sponsors: Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

  Upcoming Events
December 2
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana
 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. 


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

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.

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