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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Opportunities for Students and Faculty

K-12 Teacher Opportunities and Resources

Events This Week
February 22
Zsuzsa Gille: "Politics and Materiality: European Capitalism with a Human Face?"
Lincoln Hall Room 1090
Regulation and the proliferation of voluntary standards prescribing detailed physical attributes in fresh produce in Europe have long been ridiculed and pointed to as the symbol of everything that is wrong with the European Union. Former President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso, in his 2013 State of the Union address declared that the European Union “needs to be big on big things and smaller on small things” (Barroso 2013). Political pundits have also connected 'sweating the small stuff’ to the EU’s failure to stop the rise of the extreme right wing all over the continent--which ironically was a key raison d’être for a unified Europe in the first place. In this talk, I will show that the political relationship between ‘small’ and ‘big’ issues is much more structured, complex, and multi-dimensional than the above zero-sum assumption suggests.
Sponsor: Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
February 24
912 West Illinois Street, Urbana
Professor Giorgio Mariani is a leading scholar of American literature in Italy, and teaches American literature at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. His latest book, Waging War on War: Peacefighting in American Literature, was just published in December 2015 by the University of Illinois Press. This talk will include a discussion of poetry and protest by Iraq War veterans.
Sponsor: Center for Advanced Studies, Department of Anthropology, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois Press
February 24
Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking
Illini Union Bookstore, 2nd Floor
Professor Miraftab examines the global cost of producing a cheap labor force in the U.S., and of local development in Beardstown, a small Illinois town.
Sponsor: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Center for Global Studies
La Casa Cultural Latina
1203 W Nevada St
Students are welcome to learn about our minor and major, fellowship opportunities, and meet our professors and students! All are welcome to attend.
Sponsor: Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Room 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge), Foreign Languages Building (FLB),
707 South Matthews Avenue, Urbana, IL
Stefanos is a man at his 40's who has inherited a fortune from his mother's aunt. One day Manolis, his schoolmate, calls him and invites him to a party featuring an old friends' reunion. Surprised and delighted to hear his old friend's voice, Stefanos travels back in time, to his childhood and his youth, and remembers his extraordinary relationship with his cousin Marina, his best friend and first love. In a great long flashback, he remembers the utmost detail of his childhood, the family reunions, travels, acquaintances, and most importantly cousin Marina. By the coming of age, the dimension of the close friendship between Stefanos and Marina goes out of hand, and reaches its peak at a party when both are at their 20's. That party, that house, Marina... It won't be the last turn in Stefanos' life involving the very same trio...
Sponsor: Modern Greek Studies 
February 25
101 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth St., Champaign IL
Alexandra Balod will speak about political risks and concentration of power, the framework under which businesses and local and regional governments operate in Russia. She will question the risks and trends for investing in Russia, and the economic outlook for the next couple of years in light of rapidly decreasing commodity prices. Balod will be speaking on behalf of herself and not Standard & Poor.
Sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
February 25
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
In the narrative of black empowerment in the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, the concept of healing is transformational. The questions of coping, which W.E.B. DuBois wrestled with in his 1903 work, The Souls of Black Folk, are disturbingly familiar today. Examining African migration to Brazil and the Caribbean, Kim Butler explores the ways young people create a powerful language of healing through Carnival, Mandinga, and hoodoo bag, and how they grapple with white supremacy, dwindling educational opportunity, police violence, poor housing, and income disparities.

European Union Center (UIUC), Office of the Chancellor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The Center for Advanced Study, The Council of Deans, and The Graduate College
February 25
1002 Lincoln Hall
How do states respond to civil war violence in a neighboring state? The neighbors of civil war states are both uniquely vulnerable to the external consequences of civil war and uniquely capable of responding with a diverse range of policy choices. These policy choices are not limited to direct military intervention into the ongoing conflict, and I present a theory of leadership survival and threat perception that seeks to explain both external and internal policy responses to ongoing violence. 
Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS)
 Upcoming Events
February 29


March 1
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB
707 S Mathews Ave
Sponsor: Center for Global Studies, Department of Religion 


March 7
April 5
"India's Daughter" Film Screening
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL

Sponsor: International and Area Studies Library
April 7
April 12
Noontime Scholars Lecture--Katerina Capkova, "The Construction of Jewish Identities in Stalinist Poland and Czechoslovakia"
101 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Sponsor: The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)
April 12
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Linguistics, Department of Religion, Iranian Cultural Association, Program in Comparative and World Literature, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University Library, 
Center for Global Studies, Center for Translation Studies, Department of Comparative and World Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Spurlock Museum, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive TheoryOffice of the Chancellor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The Center for Advanced Study, The Council of Deans, and The Graduate College
April 18

April 21

Miller/Comm Lecture: "Putin’s Russia: The Past and Future of Kleptocracy"

4:00 pm

 Opportunities for Students and Faculty
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) Grant Opportunities
  • The ASMEA Research Grants program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five broad areas that can be found on our website, and constitutes new and original research. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

  • The Moroccan Studies Research Grants program will offer research support for those whose research focuses on the Kingdom of Morocco. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

  • The Conference Travel Grant offers funds to assist ASMEA Members whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference. 
Successful grant applicants are required to present their research at the Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

For more information David Silverstein at 202-429-8860 or info@asmeascholars.org.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The award expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide. Ion Ratiu (1917-2000) was one of the most outspoken and consistent voices of opposition to Nicolae Ceausescu, whose regime he opposed for years from London as the democratically elected leader of the World Union of Free Romanians. After fifty years in exile he returned to his homeland in 1990 to contest the presidency, became a member of the Romanian Parliament, and later served as both Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies as well as Romania's roving ambassador to NATO.
The Ion Ratiu Democracy Award was established in 2005 as a way to recognize the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. Since 2006, the Award ceremony has been hosted at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Ideal candidates will be thoughtful practitioners and engaged thinkers, with the primary focus being on civil society leaders who are either established or emerging, though current or former government officials will be considered.
The recipient of the award will be hosted in Washington, D.C., by the Wilson Center for up to one month to allow for broad and in-depth interaction with representatives of Washington¹s policy, NGO and academic communities. The awardee will present the results of his/her experience at a workshop at the Wilson Center. The award workshop will take place in early December 2016. The Center plans to publish the proceedings. The awardee will receive a stipend to cover travel, housing and living expenses, as well as local travel and book allowance.
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016

Climate Change and Its Impact: Risks and Inequalities

I Hotel and Conference Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 10-11, 2016

Climate change is one of the most important and most pressing global challenges for the international community. The premise of this workshop is that climate change adaptation and mitigation policy must be technically viable as well as socially and culturally acceptable, economically reasonable, environmentally sustainable, and ethically justifiable. Thus climate change policy should draw on the technical expertise of scientists, engineers, architects and urban planners; the legal, cultural, political, environmental, and economic expertise of social scientists and legal scholars; and the ethical expertise of philosophers. Workshop participants come from these diverse disciplinary backgrounds.  The overarching goal for the workshop is to develop a better understanding of the ways that climate change is affecting society by altering weather patterns, modifying the likelihoods and magnitudes of natural hazards, and exacerbating inequalities as well as creating new inequalities among individuals around the world.
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2016

Undergraduate International Area Studies Research Workshop

  • Do you have a research paper on an international, global, or regionally focused topic you’d like to develop further?
  • Or are you planning or working on a thesis on a topic involving a foreign country or region?

APPLY today to join the Undergraduate International Area Studies Workshop, May 16-20, 2016

What you’ll get:
- Close mentoring by an Illinois faculty member and librarians.
- An insider’s view of scholarly publishing.
- An introduction to interdisciplinary area studies research, which means,
- Access to new sources and data from other disciplines to address your research problem,

- A broader and more diverse perspective on your research,
- The chance to advance your project and make it appeal to a wider audience,
- Enhanced research skills and experience with vernacular language sources.
- The opportunity to produce a better writing sample for grad school or a thesis that stands out from the crowd.

To apply, send the following information and materials to reec@illinois.edu:

  • A completed copy of the application cover sheet.
  • Proposal. A description (200-400 words) of the project you will work on at the workshop: title, topic, discipline (history, sociology, literary studies, etc.), methodology if relevant, course original paper was written for and instructor (if you are revising a course paper), major and advisor for thesis (if the project is a thesis project), and an indication of the current state of the project and any ideas for its further development.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor (sent directly by the instructor).
  • An unofficial copy of your UIUC transcript.

Deadline: 5 pm CT, Friday, March 25, 2016.

The Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America (ILCLA), organized in conjunction to the third Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STLILLA 2016) brings together instructors, practitioners, activists, indigenous leaders, scholars and learners who study indigenous languages and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.
This international symposium engages participants in a hemispheric dialogue and also serves as a permanent forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on methodological, theoretical, pedagogical, and practical issues from inter and trans-disciplinary perspectives. This forum will enable professionals from around the world to interact with leading experts in the fields of education, language policy and planning, linguistics, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, informatics, and other disciplines. Through different venues such as keynotes presentations, panels, round tables, interactive workshops, poster sessions, and technological tool showcases, this symposium will contribute to the teaching and learning, dissemination and preservation, study and advancement of indigenous languages and cultures of the region. A peer-reviewed selection of the symposium proceedings will be published in alter/nativas, journal of latin american cultural studies.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (UT, Austin), and Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino (PUCP, Perú).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 29, 2016
The Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarships in International Relations are awarded to outstanding University of Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research abroad. Preference is given to students studying international relations, although students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, provided that their research includes an international dimension. These $2,000 scholarships enable doctoral students to conduct field research outside of the U.S. Funds are administered to the recipient's student account through the Office of Financial Aid and may be used for travel and other research-related expenses. The scholarships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor.
Students must apply by Friday, March 4, 2016 for funding consideration for research conducted in Summer 2016 or at any time during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/NelleMSignor or contact Caroline Ewing at caewing@illinois.edu.

National Council Summer Internship Program: Washington, DC Summer Internship Program


The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations'Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation's Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

  • Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.
  • Site visits: Interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

Program Dates: May 23 – July 29, 2016.

Cost & Fellowship Stipend: A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. Internships are unpaid. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.

Application Deadline: Friday Feburary 26

Summer Institute for Langauges of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is an intensive language institute that takes place over the summer (June 13 - August 6, 2016) on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This summer, we will be offering UzbekArabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish,  and Wolof. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language. We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives, and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages have been designated by the US government as critical to U.S. National Security, and can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development and academic sectors.

Join us, and over the short span of 8 weeks, you can earn up to 10 credits and go from never having heard of a language to holding a conversation in it.

Program Registration Deadline: April 30, 2016

For more information, please go to http://silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu

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

Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges.

Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand.

To learn more about the program, applicants are encouraged to visit the Rotary Peace Center's website.

Application deadline: May 31 2016

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.

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.

Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia

May 30 – July 9, 2016

University of Alberta Anthropology Department offers a 6-week, 6-credit Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia in the Summer of 2016. Hone your ethnographic sensibility through sensorium training methods developed in visual arts, performance, music and mindfulness. Break your perceptual habits and develop acute receptivity to the nuances of the ways people move and interact, use things and spaces, organize their time, mix smells and tastes, sit in a bus, or hail a taxi. Become a sensitive instrument for registering surprises and noting patterns in order to ultimately transpose them into ethnographic writing, film, photography, sound, or performance. In its second year, the Field School is aimed at anthropologists and other social scientists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and others interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. This is a highly innovative and unique intensive field training in cross-cultural communication not offered anywhere else. Accommodation in hostel and local families. Two field trips outside Belgrade. No knowledge of Serbian required. Undergraduates should register for ANTHR 396. An alternative course number (ANTHR 573) may be available for graduate students. 

Please contact Marko Zivkovic,
zivkovic@ualberta.ca for more information.
Website: ethnosense.com

Study Abroad in Cuba Summer 2016 
Havana, June 6-26
The course will be taught in Spanish, so 4 semesters of college level Spanish (or equivalent) is a pre-requesite for participation. This flyer has some additional information. Interested students should also visit the study abroad website for information and application procedures.

Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights Undergraduate Opportunity


The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announces The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights, a summer fellowship in Prague for undergraduate students studying in the United States. Founded as part of Havel@80, the annual fellowship program will offer students a two week, fully-funded opportunity to learn from and engage with organizations in the Czech Republic working to carry forward Havel’s legacy in the field of human rights. 


Fellowship Details:
Following his Presidency, Havel emerged as a champion of human rights and freedom around the world, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire individuals in the fight for justice and democracy. In its first year, the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights will be awarded to an undergraduate student who embodies the qualities associated with Havel: leadership, creative dissent, and a commitment to the global advancement of human rights. The recipient will have the opportunity to spend two weeks in Prague, where she or he will work with Czech organizations engaged in pressing human rights issues both domestically and worldwide, including the developing Syrian refuge crisis. Over the course of the two weeks, the fellowship recipient will also collaborate with local nonprofits to create a project that she or he will introduce to her/his home university in conjunction with the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation. 
The main partner in Prague is the Vaclav Havel Library that collects, researches, disseminates, promotes and advocates the spiritual, literary, and political legacy of Vaclav Havel through archival work, historical research, publications, and public events. One of its main aims is to educate about and present to the public the historical significance of the fight for human rights and freedoms in the totalitarian period and the formation of civil society during the establishment of democracy. Participating organizations include People in Need, organizers of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, a Czech nonprofit, non-governmental organization that implements humanitarian relief and long term projects and educational and human rights programs all over the world. 
A round trip air ticket to Prague, accommodation, and a stipend will be provided. The fellow will be hosted between June 1 and June 15. The itinerary in Prague will be prepared individually according to the fellow’s interests.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2016 

Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a new campus wide undergraduate minor that prepares students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and environmental advocacy groups. Open to students of all majors, this multidisciplinary program teaches a systems-level approach to the ecological, societal, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Environmental stewardship is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation and world today, and students interested in working on these challenges will need to understand the trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers of sustainable decision making.

Students are encouraged to apply for the program in the spring semester of their freshman year and start the coursework for the SEE FP in the fall of their sophomore year, though more advanced students will be considered. The Minor requires 16-18 credits to be obtained by selecting from a specified list of courses in consultation with an adviser from iSEE.

Applications for enrollment in Fall 2016 are due Tuesday, March 1.

Project GO - Language Training Scholarships for ROTC Students


Applications are due soon for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students interested in participating in the Project Global Officer (GO) program.  Project GO is a Department of Defense initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study for ROTC students.  The U.S. military needs future military officers who possess the necessary critical language and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st century operational environment.  Project GO provides scholarships in the following languages and locations via a network of 25 participating universities nationwide.
Arabic: Jordan, Morocco, Oman, USA
Chinese: China, Taiwan, USA
Hindi: India, USA
Indonesian: Indonesia, USA
Japanese: Japan, USA
Korean: South Korea, USA
Persian: USA
Portuguese: USA
Russian: Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, USA
Swahili: Kenya, Tanzania
Turkish: Turkey, USA
Urdu: USA
Project GO is an initiative funded by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.
More information on programs, ROTC student eligibility, and application requirements can be found on the national Project GO website, www.ROTCprojectGO.org.  Project GO staff can be contacted at ROTC@iie.org or 1-800-618-6737.
 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.


CGS is sponsoring three Pre-College programs that will take place during the Summer of 2016.

Sustainable Futures – June 5-10
Global Health – June 12-17
Intensive Arabic Language Program – June 12-June 25


Each of these programs provides students an opportunity to have an immersive learning experience on the University of Illinois campus prior to graduating from high school.  These courses are taught by University of Illinois Faculty and all students will receive transferable UIUC credit upon successful completion of their program.

These programs are designed to give students a short sampling of the experience of being a University student.  In addition to rigorous academic content, students will participate in field trips that will reveal real-world connections to concepts explored in the classroom. Students will also spend their time on campus living in a University of Illinois Residence Hall, making use of campus facilities, and meeting with advisors from the academic departments that interest them.


Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

Dar al Islam Teachers Institute

The Dar Al Islam program, held in rural Abiquiu, New Mexico, July 10-23, is a reputable and fully-funded program for secondary school teachers from public, private and parochial institutions of North America. The workshop provides and discusses available resources and tools to help the participants in teaching about Islam more effectively.  Instructors consist of scholars with strong academic and traditional credentials, as well as experience in interacting with diverse groups of educators in North America.

Preference is given to those who apply before Mar. 1.

For more information and an application, go to: http://daralislam.org/programs/education/teachers-institutes.aspx 

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.

2016 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

This is an annual week-long, intensive summer workshop for high school English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum.

Following the workshop, each participant develops a complete lesson plan for at least one of the pieces covered in the workshop. Those who turn in their lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.

The workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program, a national provider for professional development on East Asia to K-12 teachers.


Application Deadline: March 7, 2016

Teachers’ Professional Development Workshop on “Utopian Communities”

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9am - 5pm (with breakfast and lunch provided)

What: A professional development workshop for history and social science teachers (especially middle-school and high-school) bringing together university historians and pre-college educators to discuss classroom strategies and materials, and how to incorporate international thinking about utopia and its practices into the school curriculum. Last year’s workshop focused on “revolutions” as utopian visions and practices. This year, we focus on visions and practices of community as sites for creating alternatives to the present and for the future—across the world and the United States.

Where: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illini Union

Format: Five one-hour hands-on workshops for K-12 teachers on teaching with primary documents (texts, visual, music, etc.) in the US and world history curricula. Documents to be distributed in advance. Other teaching materials may be available at the workshop. There will be a final general session to share experiences in the classroom.  Details of the topics, and registration for the workshop, will be announced in early March.

PDH credits available: six contact hours.

We are offering Teacher Grants ($200) for teachers that are accepted to attend (unfortunately these grants are not available for current UIUC students or employees of the university). 

For more information, contact Mark Steinberg, steinb@illinois.edu

GlobalEd.Tv Presents "How Do We Define Competence in Global Education?"

Preparing students for participation in a global society is essential in the 21st century. What knowledge, attitudes and skills are necessary for navigating our cultural similarities and differences and how can educators promote competence? In Part I of this series, participants will explore Global and Cultural Competence, along with models for implementation.

This is a free webinar on Feburary 1st at 7pm EST. You must register to attend and will be sent the event link. Sign up HERE.

Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians English Program


Deadline approaching: LEAP (Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians) is a non-profit organization working with Palestinian refugee children in camps in Lebanon. The Lebanese school system requires an exam for students to enter high school (and college, of course), and many refugee children struggle with the foreign language portion. Therefore, the LEAP program seeks to help them – and their teachers – with English (or French) so that the children can get ahead in their education and their lives. The English program goes from July 11- August 12. Teachers pay their own flights to Beirut – and from there, everything is arranged. It’s safe – since they cancel the program if there is even a hint of danger – and you can really make a difference in the world. You don’t have speak Arabic or even be a teacher (often college students do it). For more information about LEAP, go to: http://www.leap-program.org/ Then, for specific information on Project SHINE (the English language program), go to: http://www.leap-program.org/about-us/leap-projects/  and http://www.leap-program.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/shine-faqs/. The application is located here: http://www.leap-program.org/get-involved/apply-shine/  


Application deadline: February 22

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.

Teachers for Global Classroom Program

The Teacher Exchange Branch is excited to announce a new application cycle for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program! 
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity designed to help U.S. teachers (K-12) who aspire to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are critical in empowering students to become global citizens.
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program has four main components:
  • Global Education Course: TGC Fellows complete an online eight-week graduate level course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum.
  • Global Education Symposium: TGC Fellows travel to Washington D.C. to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance world learning.
  • International Field Experience: TGC Fellows travel globally for two to three weeks to experience another country's culture and education system.
  • Capstone: TGC Fellows create a Global Education Guide that is a resource for their local community to enhance learning about the world. 

Application Due: March 17, 2016 (11:59pm EST)

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