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Event Series: COVID-19 & Water

Water Scarcity & COVID-19 at the Navajo Nation

Speaker: Emma Robbins (Director, Navajo Water Project, DigDeep Water; Diné Artist)

Date: Dec 2, 2020

Time : 12:00 PM (cst)

Clean running water on the Navajo Nation has been an ongoing challenge for decades, and even today one in three families still do not have a sink and a toilet. The Navajo Water Project was started in 2014 to address these problems, but the COVID-19 pandemic has severally compounded the health consequences faced by native communities, which have been enduring some of the highest infection rates in the US. Emma Robbins, Director of the Navajo Water Project, will discuss the challenges of accessing clean water on the Navajo Nation during the global pandemic.

Zoom Webinar: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_62u3CQfQRzCqSZj7FZPKVA 

For More information: https://www.navajowaterproject.org/ 


Upcoming Virtual Events

Center for African Studies: Brown Bag Series

"Creative Destruction, Pentecostalism, and the Spectacle of Ghana’s National Cathedral"

Presented by Alexander Kwame Adovor Tsikudo, Ph.D Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science

Date: December 2, 2020, noon

Register in advance for this meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdCvqzwsGtFbvLTX5auc4ngOlZKQ7HNe%C2%A0 

For more information see www.afrst.illinois.edu or contact tgitler@illinois.edu 


FLAS Information Session (Virtual Session II for Graduate Students)

Dec 2, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 pm  

Information session for students interested in applying for 2021-2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Virtual Session II for Graduate Students will be held on Wednesday, December 2, from 4:00pm to 5:00 p.m. The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend at the appropriate time.

Topics of discussion include eligibility and requirements, walking through the application, and answering questions about the application process and the fellowship. FLAS Coordinators from individual Centers will be in attendance and available to the students for questions and discussion in break-out sessions after the main presentation.

Please register at https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqf-morTorEtBel8PWUQwJqdvF8OGSyZtE  

Participating Centers: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; European Union Center; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

For more information, please see http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/  


Ms. Madina Thiam, UCLA “Seeking Freedom In The Sahel: Transnational Politics and Islamic Networks in Colonial Mali”

<Center for African Studies: Timbuktu Talks>

Date: Friday, Dec. 4 2:00pm CST

Hosted by Prof. Mauro Nobili, UIUC History Dept. and CAS '

To register please use this link: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mCypoMsiQna8kzqwsm3vqA 

For more information see www.afrst.illinois.edu

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

LAS International Programs and the European Union Center Job Posting

Title: 25% GA

Primary Position Function/Summary:

To provide programmatic support for European study programs administered through LAS International Programs (LAS) and the European Union Center (EUC). The GA will help coordinate joint projects between Illinois’ European study abroad centers, and develop promotional materials and campus resources including courses for undergraduate students interested in the study of Europe and international affairs. The GA will also run info and advising sessions on opportunities administered by LAS International Programs and contribute to the EU Center’s undergraduate outreach. This GA position offers a student the opportunity to develop a range of skills fundamental to the administration of international programs. Critical financial support for this position is provided by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI area studies grant to the European Union Center.

Contact: Elly Hanauer (ehanauer@illinois.edu) or Jonathan Larson (larsonjl@illinois.edu) with any questions. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to eucenter@illinois.edu. Priority will be given to applications received by noon on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020


Intensive Foreign Language courses (including Spanish, French, and Italian) - Open to UI and public (Jan. 4-15th)

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering a unique learning opportunity in the form of the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) for Winter 2021.

Classes in Winter 2021 will be held online.

Courses are held daily for two weeks (except Saturday and Sunday), from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 15, for three hours a day.  They are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty at the U. of I.  

Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills.  There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit.  Each class must have a minimum of 12 participants, or it is cancelled. 

Participants can place themselves based on the following guidelines:

  • Elementary - for those with little or no prior experience or formal training in the language
  •  Intermediate - for those with the equivalent of one year of college-level instruction in the language
  • Advanced - for those with the equivalent of two or more years of college-level instruction in the language

Registration by Tuesday, Dec. 1, is strongly encouraged.  

For online registration and payment, or for more information please visit:  https://slcl.illinois.edu/engagement/iflip.

Or, for more information, contact slcl@illinois.edu


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.


Master of Arts in European Union Studies

Priority admission deadlines for our MA in European Union Studies are January 1st for international students and January 15th for US citizens and permanent residents. 

Interested? Please visit our application process page for more information about admission into the program.

For more details, please see the European Union Studies Graduate Handbook and Mentoring Guidelines and get in touch with Lucas Henry  (lhenry3@illinois.edu), Coordinator of Academic Programs. 

GLBL 501: Perspectives on Global Studies

Course for Spring 2021
Prof. Steve Witt, Director of CGS

Global Studies is an emerging and rapidly changing field. It is well on the way to becoming a new field of study among the major research universities in the United States and abroad. It is also more than a discipline. Today it is increasingly expected that holders of graduate degrees—whether professional degrees in Medicine, Law or Business, Masters or Ph.D.—also acquire an understanding of key global concepts and debates along with training in their primary disciplines. This course provides that much-needed analytical and methodological understanding.


Graduate Minor in Global Studies (Ongoing)