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Fall 2015

Dec 7 - 13 Issue 

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

  Events This Week
December 7
12:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews, Urbana

December 8
12:00 pm
Room 104, Illini Union
1401 W Green Street, Urbana

Illinois International invites staff to join us in the Illini Union Room 104 on Tuesday, December 8, at 12pm for the final town-hall style conversation about globalization at the University of Illinois. Students, faculty, and staff panelists from across campus will share their experiences followed by facilitated discussion between the panelists and the audience. Staff attending will have the opportunity to voice their input about how we can strengthen our campus as a preeminent global university.
December 9
12:00 pm
Women's Resource Center
702 S. Wright St. 2nd Floor

Speaker: Susan Pick, Professor Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and President of the Mexican Institute for Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)


Part of the Women and Development Focal Point Monthly Brownbag Series

Optional readings are available at https://publish.illinois.edu/womenanddevelopment 

SponsorWomen and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

December 11
11:00 am
Room 411, International Programs and Studies Building
507 E. Green St., Champaign, IL

Prof. Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University
Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Research Fellow, European Energy Policy, Jacques Delors Institute

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21 / CMP 11) taking place in Paris November 30-December 11, 2015 seeks to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2⁰C.  This will not be an easy goal to reach, as many scientists say the gases we have already emitted into the atmosphere will inevitably lead to a 2 degree increase.  Therefore, the largest emitters (the U.S. and China) must commit to both significant reductions and subsidizing developing countries’ commitment to sustainable energy sources.  Expectations are high on all sides – with optimists and pessimists alike touting this as our last chance to avert catastrophe.  This month’s session of our Conversations on Europe series of virtual roundtables will assemble a panel of experts to provide their views of what was accomplished and what was lost in the negotiations.  Are the dire prognostications reasonable?  And what are the next steps?

Sponsors: European Union Center (UIUC), European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

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

  Upcoming Events
 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 5

More Information available at the Illinois FLAS Website

Join LAS Student Advisory Group On Career Development!

The LAS Career Development Specialist, Melissa Schoeplein, is creating a student advisory group to get student input on career development initiatives in the College of LAS. Students will be asked to share their perspectives during meetings. There may also be opportunities for students to volunteer to help at events.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 8. Students will be notified the first week of spring semester if they have been selected to participated in the spring 2016 student advisory group.

To apply, please click here
For questions Please email Melissa Schoeplein.

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

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.

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.

 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.

This seminar will provide a unique opportunity to U.S. secondary school educators to explore issues, challenges and strategies related to India’s developmental goals and to better understand the impact on local communities and on Indian society at large. The seminar will also help the educators to broaden their knowledge of India’s past, present and future socio-economic developmental strategies. It will put participants in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. The seminar will also expose the participants to the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country.

Eligible Particpants - U.S. school teachers, librarians, media resource specialists, and administrators at the secondary level (9th through 12th grade)

Application Deadline: December 9, 2015

Fullbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad - Exploring the Indigenous Heritage of Peru

The program will provide participants the opportunity to appreciate first-hand realities of present day Peru through a guided exploration of the country’s history. It will include a cultural, political and social visit to southern Peru including a visit to Arequipa, Cusco, Madre de Dios and Puno, and Peru, the region where the most vibrant expressions of the country’s heritage is found. The participants will invest their time visiting monumental sites, both in the urban areas and in nearby historical towns, and interacting with Peruvian specialists in education, history, art, architecture, economic and public policy to acquire an adequate insight of the challenges facing Peruvian culture in the third millennium.

Eligible Particpants - U.S. school teachers, administrators, and media resource specialists at the elementary/middle level (Kindergarten through 8th grade)

Application Deadline: December 9, 2015

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.

Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2016

Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer "KKC Study Tour to Japan 2016" for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.   

Program Schedule: June 28 - July 7, 2016 (tentative)

Application Due: February 15, 2016

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Museum Teacher Fellowship

The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.

The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students' critical thinking about their roles in society.

Application Due: February 1, 2016

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.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

This is a full year program for high school students born between Mar. 2, 1998 and Sept. 9, 2001. It’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department, so it will open the doors to future opportunities (scholarships, job possibilities, etc.). YES offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.

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