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Spring 2020 | April 26 - May 2 | View Past Newsletters

In This Issue
CGS Announcements
CGS Resources
Pandemics in Historical Context
Webpage consisting of a selection of public talks by innovative historians working on plagues and pandemics. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 that provide global perspectives of the pandemic. 
Webpage dedicated to resources related to COVID-19 for K-12 Educators.
Global Currents
Blog that is currently 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. 
Global Studies Custom Search Engine
Use it to search articles and essays related to the COVID-19 pandemic!
If you have suggestions of additions we can make to these pages, please email global-studies@illinois.edu for general inquires, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquires, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquires about the CGS website

Call for Proposals: Online Course Development Funds in Area and Global Studies

University of Illinois faculty are invited to submit proposals to the Illinois Global Institute and its ten centers and programs for Summer 2020 course development grants. These grants are intended to foster improved online instruction of global themes and world areas. Funds may be used to help faculty transition currently offered courses to online formats for the next semester (as needed), as well as to sponsor the development of new online courses. To learn more visit, https://igi.illinois.edu/Summer2020CallForProposals

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning May 11, 2020 but no later than June 1, 2020.

Virtual Events

Trolls at Play: Teaching Propaganda, Media Manipulation and Election Interference through Role-play (Online)
April 27, 4pm CDT

In this lecture, Judith Pintar, Teaching Associate Professor of Information Sciences, will discuss the online transformation of her Global Informatics Seminar: “Narrative AI, Media Manipulation and Election Interference” (developed with the support of the EUC and the REEEC). The course was intended to be an active learning course incorporating a semester-long table-top role-playing game in which imaginary countries trade and compete while interfering in each other’s elections through media manipulations. 


Meeting ID: 975 3154 7909
Password: 071988


Plague, Politics, and Napoleonic Propaganda c. 1800
April 29, 4:00-4:45pm CDT

In 1799, plague broke out in the French army during its invasion and occupation of Egypt and Syria under the leadership of General Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte’s reaction to the contagion, and the representations of the disease he commissioned after his return to France, imbricate politics, medicine, and morality in complex ways and suggest interesting comparisons with contemporary debates about governmental responses to COVID-19. This lecture will be presented by David O'Brien, Professor of Art History.

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/5991147274?pwd=NEtqdTZ0MXVtQWtHdUllQ3NhbTRLdz09

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.


What's new with the plague? More than you might think.

Scholars and scientists have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death – for one thing, finding its source – says history professor and CGS Faculty Affiliate, Carol Symes, who specializes in medieval studies. Check out Carol Symes's interview with the Illinois News Bureau HERE

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

The National and International Scholarship Program is hosting workshops about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 22, 2020

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:

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)