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Center for Global Studies

Winter 2016 | April 18 - April 24   View Past Newsletters

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Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
The past year has marked the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. In this presentation, the award-winning writer Peter Balakian will ask how literature can witness and commemorate historical trauma. He will begin by discussing the impact of the Armenian genocide on several major Armenian poets of the 1915 generation. Considering the genocide’s impact on his own poetry, Balakian will then reflect on how the trauma of 1915 has echoed across generations and emerged as a version of postmemory—the belated remembrance of the victims’ descendants.

Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Armenian Association, Department of French and Italian, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, European Union Center, Program in Jewish Culture and Society, The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies Reading Group,Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Religion, Program in Comparative and World Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Spurlock MuseumOffice 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

NCSA Auditorium

1205 W Clark St. Urbana, IL 


Anne Balsamo, dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School, has been selected to deliver the first lecture in the Design Dialogues Speakers Series at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. The series examines the transformative power of design in making our world a better place. Through provocative themes that vary each year, speakers address the question of how design can fulfill its potential in generating new conditions of economic, social, and technological possibility.


Sponsor: The College of Engineering; The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; The National Center for Supercomputing Applications; The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; The Recovering Prairie Futures IPRH Research Center


College of Education Room 162
1310 South 6th Street, Champaign, Illinois


What is Raid Cross?

Raid Cross is a role-playing simulation activity designed by the French and Belgian Red Cross to help young people explore:

  • The humanitarian issues involved in armed conflict situations.
  • The basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) that apply.
  • The importance of these rules in conflict situations, such as preventing harm to civilians.

Through Raid Cross, young people get to experience armed conflict scenarios in a uniquely direct way.

How does it work?

During Raid Cross, participants are sent to the fictional country of Haddar. Haddar has been attacked by the neighboring country of Deldar, resulting in an armed conflict that has lasted for 13 months. The participants take on the roles of civilians, soldiers, prisoners, and humanitarian workers in order to experience the different challenges that arise during the simulation.


Sponsor: Center for Global Studies, Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security

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