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In This Issue
Event Series: COVID-19 + Water

Toxic Water and Corroded Trust: Stress and Mental Health in the Flint Water Crisis

Speaker: Courtney Cuthbertson

Date: October 7th, 2020

Time: 12 - 1 pm

Using the sociological framing of the stress process model, this presentation will share findings from a mixed methods study of mental health among Flint residents during the water crisis. Sociological examination of the Flint water crisis demonstrates how mental health outcomes and the experience of stress are related to complex relationships between the management of everyday life, and incongruence between expectations about and observed actions to protect public health.

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 896 9968 7018

Password: 079267

Upcoming Virtual Events

American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR

Date: October 7, 2020, 1:00 pm  

Speaker: Sarah Phillips (Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University))

Sarah Phillips is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.

Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9CgNTgIB8&feature=youtu.be

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.


Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World"
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4 pm CDT

Please join us on Thursday, October 8 at 4 pm CDT for a virtual roundtable discussion, "Global Spread: COVID in the World," on the effects of COVID around the world.

Speakers include Professors Maimouna Barro (African Studies), Rini Bhattachyra (Comparative and World Literature), Shao Dan (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Jerry Davila (Illinois Global Institute), Linda Herrera (Education Policy), Emanuel Rota (European Union Center), Valeria Sobol (Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Robert Tierney (East Asian Languages and Cultures). For registration, please contact Professor Stephanie Hilger at hilger@illinois.edu.


Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Date: October 23, 2020

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign languages, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come and join us for this online event to learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff at the networking reception!

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

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus, or country, and are you actively working to make a change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for an academically strong student who has a passion for public service. 

Evaluators look for leadership ability, the potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and the potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities.

Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. 

The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship.  If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Oct 8, 2020, 03:30 PM Central Time (the US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 941 6443 5841

Password: Truman

Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop

Oct 9, 2020, 03:00 PM Central Time (the US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 945 9880 5025

Password: Truman

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu  

Job Posting - University of California
The Global Studies Department at University of California, Irvine, is advertising two positions at the assistant professor level. One position is in Global Racial Studies, and the other in Global Indigenous Studies.

The deadline for both positions is 1 November, 2020 and further information can be found at our department website: www.globalstudies.uci.edu.  For more information, please contact edarian@uci.edu.

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)