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Event Series: COVID-19 & Water

Syndemics: Theory & Application

Date: November 11, 2020

Time : 12-1PM (cst)


Emily Mendenhall (Georgetown, School of Foreign Service)

Bayla Ostrach (Boston University, Department of Family Medicine)

Rebecca Smith (UIUC, Department of Pathobiology and NCSA)

Caitlin Clarke (UIUC, Department of Sociology)

Syndemics refers to complex epidemics involving two types of adverse interaction – the clustering and interactions of two or more diseases or health conditions (the biological–biological interface)and social environmental factors (the biological–social interface). The theory has been widely applied in the fields of medicine, public health and anthropology. CGS and WGGP are proud to welcome four scholars who have been active in this new field of research.

Zoom Webinar (Registration Required): https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CE8N0x2bR1qv-8AnjoQxFQ

Upcoming Virtual Events

Graduate Student Workshop "Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals"

Date: November 6, 2020 

Please register at:



“But what did she really say?” –Speech Therapy, Accuracy, and the Problem of Interpreter Invisibility

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020, 3:00 pm


Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, MA (Translation and Interpreting, UIUC)

Edie Babbitt, PhD (Speech and Hearing Science, UIUC) 

Zoom information: translation@illinois.edu

Theoreticians of translation and interpreting studies have consistently emphasized the deficiency of simplistic notions of "fidelity," "accuracy," and "equivalence" when dealing with the complexities of bridging linguistic and cultural worlds. Nowhere is it more important to contest and complicate these notions than in interpreting for speech-language pathology assessments.

What should an interpreter do, for instance, when the patient produces a word whose meaning is "wrong," but whose phonetic features are very close to the expected word?

UIUC alumnae Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, MA, CHI and Edie Babbitt, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS have piloted a research initiative that trains medical interpreters to reconceive normative understandings of fidelity and interpreter invisibility, with the aim of providing SLPs a fuller understanding of not just the content but the form of a patient’s speech. In a controlled study, the researchers measured the enhancements in reliability of interpreter-mediated aphasia assessments with and without this training.

Come find out what they learned, and the implications for the fields of interpreting and translation, linguistics and speech and hearing studies.


Free online workshop open to all language educators: "Motivate Your Students with Real-Life Tasks and Scenarios"

Date: Thursday November 12, 4:00-5:30 pm (Central)

Beginning with the novice level, giving learners the opportunity to see how their language skills can be used in the real world is an important element of motivation. In this session, participants will be introduced to examples of scenarios used in the beginning and intermediate Russian classes, including a simulated day in St. Petersburg, a lesson in which students imagine themselves working in a clothing store in Russia, and a lesson in which they learn to go shopping in Russia. The session will include practical ideas for finding and modifying authentic materials as well as creating visuals for scenario lessons. Participants will also see behind the scenes of how to create these scenarios with H5P, a free tool.

Registration is required. Please register here: 

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 inquiries, Steve Witt (swwitt@illinois.edu) for blog inquiries, or Timur Pollack (tpollack@illinois.edu) for inquiries about the CGS website
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

Boren Fellowships for Overseas Language Study & Research

Information Session Date: Wednesday, November 4th (12 PM - 1 PM)

Online Registration: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1822383400 

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships invites graduate students to an information session on the Boren Fellowships. Offered by the US National Security Education Program, Boren Fellowships allow students to develop proficiency in a foreign language, immerse themselves in another culture, and launch a career in public service.

Specifically, Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for students to study less-commonly-taught languages in world regions critical to US national security interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition to language study, graduate students are encouraged to simultaneously pursue research relevant to their degrees. In return, fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least a year after graduation.

The fellowship is open only to US citizens. 

The information session will feature Jeff Cary, Outreach & Recruitment Manager for the Institute of International Education, which manages the Boren Fellowship program. Mr. Cary will present an overview of the fellowship and offer guidance on how to prepare a strong application.

For additional information on the fellowship, see this flyer and visit the Boren listing in our Fellowship Finder database.

Contact: Dana Johnson, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, at dnj@illinois.edu.




Bailey Global Scholars is a 7-month program designed to help the University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in-person) capstone experience during Summer 2021.

Participants will receive a $1000 scholarship for Spring '21. 

Applications accepted October 5 - November 8


Got Questions?  We've got answers.  Attend our upcoming info session or stop by our virtual office hours. 


Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program

Deadline to apply: December 18, 2020

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities with opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each thematic seminar features educational lectures and interactive, cultural activities specifically designed for K-16 educators, including visits to local schools and organizations and meetings with education administrators, government officials, policymakers, teachers, and students. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new or to enhance cross-cultural curricula for use in their U.S. classrooms and school systems.

In 2021, summer programs will be offered in Iceland, Morocco, and Mexico. Each seminar will have 16 participants. The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $650.

• Elementary (grades K-8) – Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice: An Exploration of a Small State in the High North
• Secondary (grades 9-12) – Education in Morocco: An Evolving Landscape
• Postsecondary – The Third Root: Exploring African Heritage in Mexico

For more information and to apply, please visit the Seminars Abroad website at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/applicant.html.
If you have any questions, please email seminarsabroad@ed.gov.


Remote Internships Available with Vote From Home 2020

The remote internship program at Vote From Home 2020 is designed to allow students to learn about and participate in grassroots civic and political activism across the country. Throughout the course of their work, interns will learn valuable organizing, advocacy, and community engagement skills which will help their future career prospects while also empowering them to become more informed and active citizens.

Intern with Vote From Home 2020. We are now accepting applications for our remote internship and fellowship programs – we are looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a first-class political operation works.

To apply, please visit https://forms.gle/1WvvhFSqANKo9oWt9.


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)