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Fall 2020 | November 16 - November 23 | View Past Newsletters

Upcoming Virtual Events

30th Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture with BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Author and Presenter Mike Thomson

Date & Time: 16 November 2020; 12:00-1:30 pm CT

Mike Thomson is one of the BBC’s most distinguished and experienced World Affairs correspondents. During his career, he has interviewed many military and political leaders including Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Joseph Kabila, King Hussein, Meles Zenawi and most recently the Liberian President, George Weah. His agenda-setting reporting has taken him to many of the world’s biggest trouble spots. These range from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia, Eastern DR Congo, Darfur and the FARC controlled jungles of Colombia.

FREE Online Event - Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/distinguishedlecture


Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Department of Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign


The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies:

“Gender Apartheid and Micropolitics of Liberating Space in Urban and Peri-Urban Iran”

Date: Tuesday, November 17 @ 12:00pm CST 

About the speaker: Atyeh Ashtari is a GRID student, PhD candidate in the Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, and a GA at CGS. Click here to view Atyeh's GRID Student Profile.

Register Here


Chai Wai Series: Race, Social Injustice and Ways of Knowing

"Knowledge Creation Amidst Biased and Entrenched Systems of Academic Publishing"
Moderator: Steve Witt, Director of CGS

Date: November 17th, 2020 (4-5 pm) 

Zoom link: https://go.illinois.edu/ChaiWai3

Join the International and Area Studies Library for a panel discussion about systems of bias within academic publishing. The panelists will discuss how scholars struggle to create knowledge amidst global structures of inequality and racial bias. Audience questions and participation are encouraged. This online event is free and open to the public. 


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Info Sessions

<Undergraduate Information Session>

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 4:00pm to 5:00pm CT

Register here

<Graduate Information Session>

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 4:00pm to 5:00pm CT

Register here

Application opens Wednesday, November 18.

Deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2021

Please visit their website for more information http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/ 


Global Korea: An Evening with Tiger JK

Date: Nov 17, 2020   8:00 - 9:00 pm CT 

Register Here: https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HyKXxNZoS7Sy_UFrtJarkg 

In the age of social distancing, music continues to prove its vital role in connecting people, cultures, and histories. We invite you to join us in an exciting conversation with Tiger JK. In 1999, Drunken Tiger—a duo consisting of Tiger JK and DJ Shine—debuted in South Korea with their album, Year of the Tiger. In 2005, DJ Shine left the group and Tiger JK would continue alone as Drunken Tiger until 2018. Creating ten full-length albums under the name Drunken Tiger, Tiger JK has led a trailblazing career as one of the most influential and important figures in Korean popular music. Often credited as the “Godfather of Korean hip hop,” he continues to expand and transcend artistic horizons not only with his solo work but also as a member of MFBTY (a trio with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy). In an engaging discussion moderated by Professor Myoung-Sun Song (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Tiger JK will share his experiences and thoughts on various themes including the travel of hip hop from America to Korea, hip hop as a global culture and art form, the transnational power of Korean popular culture, and many more.

Tiger JK (Birth name: Seo Jung-Kwon) is a South Korean-American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur best known as a founding member of the Korean hip hop group Drunken Tiger. He has also founded two record labels, Jungle Entertainment and Feel Ghood Music. He is currently a member of hip hop trio MFBTY. He is considered a highly influential figure in the development of Korean hip-hop and is credited with helping bring the genre into the Korean mainstream. The Los Angeles Times referred to him in 2011 as "perhaps the most popular Korean rapper in America, Asia, and the world."

This event is part of our 2020 Global Korea series on the globalization and impact of South Korean popular culture.

Please click this URL to join


75 Years After Hiroshima: A New Nuclear Arms Race?

Future of the Nuclear Triad
Keynote speaker: Prof. Margaret Kosal
(Nov. 18th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM)

On August 6 and 9, 1945, over 120,000 people were killed by the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Decade by decade, the billions of people at risk from direct and indirect effects of nuclear war continue to grow. The recent U.S. withdrawal from arms control treaties and the pursuit of new nuclear weapons capabilities by nuclear weapon states suggest we may be facing a renewed nuclear arms race. In this symposium, we will delve into the resurgent role of sea-based nuclear capabilities in national security strategies and the factors that undermine the generally recognized strategic stabilizing effect of submarine-launched ballistic missiles


Area Studies Showcase Lecture Series: Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin), "Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: Revisiting the International Military Tribunal on its 75th Anniversary"

Date: Nov 19, 2020   4:00 pm  

Francine Hirsch is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Livestream available at https://www.facebook.com/events/338856327180422/

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world region. The series is sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University; the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin - Madison; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at The University of Chicago; and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at The Ohio State University.

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

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.

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)