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Spring 2020 | April 19 - April 25 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
CGS Announcements
Dear CGS students and affiliates, despite the harsh conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, CGS continues its mission and seeks to work with you during this difficult time.  If you have ideas, projects, or community/online resources (blogs, videos) that would be of interest to our audience and can benefit from our assistance, we are eager to work with you. As we transition to life in the midst of a global pandemic, we intend to remain active and engaged. Please consider partnering with us for your own projects and stay in touch with us on our website, social media, and Eweekly for future announcements and online events. CGS has also created a webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provides global perspectives of the pandemic. Find it HERE.
Contact us at: global-studies@illinois.edu

Additional Resources from CGS: 

Global Currents

The Center for Global Studies and the Global Studies Collections and Services from the University Library support a blog titled Global Currents.  The blog attempts to provide up-to-date information on the happenings of the Center, as well as some more broad overviews of global studies.  Currently, we are running a series of essays by individuals from the information world related to how they and their areas are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have something you would like to see added to the blog, please contact Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) or Nathan Sonnenschein (ncs8@illinois.edu) with your ideas.

Global Studies Custom Search Engine

The Center for Global Studies and its library collections and services has supported a Google “Custom Search” engine for many years now.  We were happy to see the number and depth of articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The search engine searches sources that have been selected by the CGS staff for focus on data sources, methodologies, policy, program descriptions and other information drawing from a pool of research centers, intergovernmental organizations and governmental organizations as well as civic service organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world. We hope you will take a few minutes to explore the resources there.

Virtual Events

On the Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States: A Conversation with Anthony Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the EU 2014-17
April 20, 3-4pm CDT

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2014 to 2017, will speak about his new book, Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States, with Emanuel Rota, director of the EU Center. Gardner was previously the Director for European Affairs in the National Security Council in 1994-95, and his book provides an insider look at how the U.S. and EU have worked together to address economic, political, and security challenges. 

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/174168148?pwd=MnluMi9zenNKUFpibUJJbTVDVjZVdz09

Meeting ID: 174-168-148
Password: EUCENTER


EUC Virtual Lecture Series - Living Through the Plague: Lessons From Medieval Europe 

Life After [the Black] Death
Carol Symes, Associate Professor of History
Wednesday, April 22, 4:00-4:45pm CDT

Meeting ID: 599-114-7274
Password: EUCENTER


Global Voices on the Pandemic

The University of Illinois is part of a global community including students, scholars, and artists. All of us are experiencing the pandemic in different ways shaped by culture, the situations of our societies, and our economic and political realities.  At the centers and programs in the IGI, we have reached out to friends and colleagues around the world to ask them to share their experiences with us. Read their stories HERE.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign teams are designing Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare facilities. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health teamed up to design and produce face shield for health care workers. To read more about their efforts to support healthcare workers click HERE

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

The National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting online information sessions and workshops about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 22, 2020

Fulbright Information Session
Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:30-9:30 a.m. CST
Link to attend the webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd:

English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop
Thursday, April 24th, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Link to attend the ETA Application Writing Workshop on April 24th:

Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop
Thursday, May 1st, 3:00-4:00 pm
Link to attend the Research Proposal Writing Workshop on May 1st:

All sessions will be held online.


The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

Interested in learning a new language this summer? The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is offering online courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof! More details here: https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world



Summer 2020: LAST 170 - Introduction to Latin America
Online course. 3 credit hours. Meets 06/15-08/06/2020.

Interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries.

Satisfies the General Education Criteria:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci


LAS Global Studies is looking for a 67% graduate Teaching Assistant for two courses in the Fall 2020 semester.

GLBL 100: Introduction to Global Studies. This course is the introduction to our major, and the TA will two independent sections (capped at 30 students) to offer a broad survey of the seven thematic areas that comprise the Global Studies major. This role will consist of acting as the instructor of record for two sections of GLBL 100, day and time to be determined. The classes meet for 80 minutes twice a week, there is no discussion section. These classes are planned to be offered in an in-person format, but will be moved online if necessary due to stay-at-home orders. The syllabus, course readings, and assignments are standardized across all sections. Weekly team meetings take place for teaching and administrative support. Shared office space will be provided in Lincoln Hall. The ideal candidate will have successful teaching experience, research interests that coincide with course content, and experience with interdisciplinary teaching/research.

Interested applications should send a letter of interest indicating teaching experience and interdisciplinary background, a resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references to Valerie Paceley (vpaceley@illinois.edu) by May 7.


Graduate College Grants & Fellowships: 2019-20 Competition Schedule

Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)