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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week

December 2
4:00 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S Gregory St, Urbana

Speaker: Dr. Verena Höfig, Post-Doc Research Associate in Scnadinavian Studies, University of Illinois

As a part of the "North of the Northern Lights" Exhibit, Dr. Verena Hofig will present a lecture based on her research.

In 1913, the University of Illinois co-sponsored a scientific expedition to Northern Greenland. Presented a century later, archival photographs and ethnographic artifacts document the intersection of the lives of the Polar Inuit and the American scientists. The Museum invites visitors to consider how aspects of this encounter fit into our current understanding of the study and representation of indigenous peoples.

North of the Northern Lights and its associated events are sponsored by the Dr. Allan C. Campbell Family Distinguished Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the European Union Center. The Spurlock Museum's changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

December 3 & 4 
4:00 pm
GSLIS 126, 501 East Daniel St, Champaign

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.

December 3
1:15 pm
2269 Beckman Institute
405 N Mathews Avenue, Urbana

Please join Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson in welcoming Dr. Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice Principal of the University of Birmingham, to formally announce this year’s call for proposals for the BRIDGE collaborative seed fund, the initiation of the new Birmingham-Illinois BRIDGE Fellowships program, and the launch of the collaborative website biriminghamillinoisBRIDGE.org.

The inter-institutional partnership between the Illinois campus and the University of Birmingham: the Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, enGagement and Education (BRIDGE), was formally launched in March 2014, during a visit by their chief executive officer, Vice-Chancellor Sir David Eastwood. The partnership is the second initiative in the Illinois Strategic International Partnership (ISIP) program, managed through the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies. The elevation of the partnership to the level of campus-wide strategic significance came after more than three years during which Birmingham unilaterally invested institutional funding to foster and expand upon faculty-to-faculty linkages and increase their engagement in the greater Chicago region through interactions with the British Consulate General.

At the March 2014 BRIDGE launch event, both institutions agreed to establish matching seed funds to stimulate new faculty connection, issue joint RFP open to all faculty on both campuses, jointly evaluate the submissions, and jointly determine the supported projects and funding to be allocated to each. To date, an estimated 55 individual faculty-driven collaborations in progress, that have arisen through the impetus of the BRIDGE initiative, involving more than 60 Illinois faculty spread across six colleges and two inter-disciplinary research institutes.

Sponsors: Illinois International

Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 

Speakers: Susan Neill, exhibition’s project manager; Ioanna Efthymiadou, Consul General of Greece in Chicago

We are excited to offer this amazing opportunity to our alumni and friends. Please join us for an evening of culture, fun, and firendship and experience an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture to explore The Field Museum’s limited-time exhibition, The Greeks from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. Enjoy a private viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition featuring over 500 priceless treasures from 21 Greek museums —many of which never have been displayed outside of Greece.

At this exclusive event you will not only experience a private viewing of rare Greek antiquities; but also, you will explore the museum’s Egyptian exhibit, enjoy Greek hors d’oeuvres, beverages, meet fellow alumni and enthusiasts of Greek culture, and learn about the College of LAS Modern Greek Studies program. One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation by the exhibition’s project manager, Susan Neill, and remarks by Consul General of Greece in Chicago, Ms. Ioanna Efthymiadou. Registration is required. Registration Fee is $75 per person.

  Upcoming Events
12:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana

December 8
Globalization at Illinois: A Staff Dialogue
12:00 pm

Illini Union - Room 104
1401 W Green Street, Urbana
Sponsor: Illinois International

December 9
Women's Empowerment & International Development Focal Point Series: "Operationalizing Empowerment"
12:00 pm

Women's Resources Center, 702 S. Wright, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

December 11
Dialogue on Europe Videoconference Series: The Climate for Climate Change Negotiations
11:00 am
Room 411, International Programs and Studies Building
507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL
Sponsors: European Union Center (UIUC), European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

February 3
Celebrating Latin Amerian Carnivals!
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign IL
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

December 11
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

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

Tinker Pre-Dissertation Fellowships For Graduate Students In Latin America

Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America during the summer  of 2016?

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline who haven’t pass their prelims or qualifying exams yet.

Information Meeting: Friday January 29 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building

Information and requirements about the fellowship: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/academics/fellowships/tinker.aspx

Deadline: MONDAY February 29, 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/

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.

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

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.

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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