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REEEC E-Weekly: April 5-9, 2021

 
 
 
 

In This Issue

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT: Marcus King (George Washington University), "The Weaponization of Water in the Middle East and Africa"
  • Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT: Alesia Sedziaka (Stetson University), “‘I am Doing This for the Sake of Love’: Citizen Mobilization for Fair Elections in Belarus"
  • Apr 6, 5:00 PM CDT: AsiaLENS: Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)
  • Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT: Hatice Özdemir Tulun, Turkish Gastronomy
  • Apr 12 and 13, 6:00-7:30 PM CDT and 3:00-5:30 PM CDT: From Here Film Screening and From Here Film Screening & Q&A
  • Apr 14, 12:00 PM CDT: Book Talk With Catherine Coleman Flowers: "Waste: One Woman's Fight against America's Dirty Secret"

Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University
  • Fulbright Informational Events in April
  • U of I Job Opening - Graduate Research Assistant for Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
  • Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events

 
 
 
 
 Marcus King
 

Marcus King (George Washington University), "The Weaponization of Water in the Middle East and Africa"

April 6, 12:00 PM CDT

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Overuse, population growth, and climate change are turning water into a tool for conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Violent Extremists Organizations (VEOs), among others, have seized upon this opportunity to weaponize water. Strategies and tactics for doing so vary widely according to the capabilities and goals of the group that wields it. Using examples from Syria and Iraq, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa, this lecture will elucidate emerging approaches toward — and categories of — weaponization, and suggest actions national governments and the international community can take to discourage water weaponization in modern conflicts.

Marcus King’s areas of expertise include environmental security, climate change, and security, environmental scarcity and fragile states, and energy security. He is Director of the Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Affairs Program.

This event is a part of the iSEE/JACS series, co-sponsored by REEEC.

 
   
 
Alesia Sedziaka 
 

Alesia Sedziaka (Stetson University), “‘I am Doing This for the Sake of Love’: Citizen Mobilization for Fair Elections in Belarus”

Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT

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The August 9, 2020 presidential election in Belarus was followed by mass protests and state terror. The electoral campaign led by women and bolstered by artificial intelligence technology saw unprecedented citizen mobilization despite extreme electoral manipulation. What conditions facilitated this uprising in a neo-Soviet authoritarian regime with strong control of the economy and society? Dr. Sedziaka will examine events, interviews, and campaign speeches collected over the course of the campaign to trace the process of civic mobilization.

Alesia Sedziaka is a Visiting Research Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stetson University and a Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate.

This event is a part of the VORL Brown Bag Series.

 
   
 
 Finding Yingying
 

AsiaLENS: Finding Yingying (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion)

Apr 6, 5:00 PM CDT

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An award winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family’s journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.

Jiayan “Jenny” Shi (director, producer, cinematographer) is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist who is passionate about social justice issues regarding people of color such as immigration, race, and crime. Shilin Sun (co-producer, cinematographer) is a cinematographer and producer based in Los Angeles. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Film MFA program at the ArtCenter College of Design in 2018. Brent E. Huffman (producer) is an award-winning director, writer and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs.

The event is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum, Illinois Global Institute, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

 
   
 
Hatice Özdemir Tulun (Portakal Ağacı Studio Founder) 
 

Hatice Özdemir Tulun, Turkish Gastronomy

Apr 6, 12:00 PM CDT

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Join us for an enriching conversation of Turkish gastronomy and its culture and tradition along with its journey from past to present. You will also learn how to cook some delicious Turkish dishes. Our expert guest, Hatice Özdemir Tulun, the founder of Portakal Ağacı Studio, will talk you through the process while you observe the Turkish foods cooking experience. Bon apetit! Afiyet olsun!

 
   
 
 From Here
 

From Here Screening and Q&A

Film Screening: Apr 12, 6:00 - 7:30 PM CDT 

Film Screening and Q&A: Apr 13, 3:00 - 5:30 PM CDT

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REGISTER FOR FILM SCREENING AND Q&A IN ADVANCE

Set in Berlin and New York, From Here interweaves the stories of Tania, Miman, Sonny, and Akim—artists and activists raised in the Global North to parents from the Global South. The film accompanies them as they move from their 20’s into their 30’s, facing major turning points: fighting for citizenship, creating a family, surviving violence, and finding creative expression. Beautifully shot over the course of ten years, the film captures their struggle to define belonging for themselves in societies increasingly hostile to their existence.

On April 13, join director Christina Antonakos-Wallace and two of the film’s subjects, Sonny and Tania, for a panel discussion on the documentary "From Here." If you have already viewed the film in advance, you may also register for this event and join us in progress for the Q&A at 4:30 p.m.

 
   
 
Flowers 
 

Book Talk With Catherine Coleman Flowers: "Waste: One Woman's Fight against America's Dirty Secret"

Apr 20, 12:00 PM CDT

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Come prepared to participate in a lively discussion about Flowers' novel! Roundtable participants include:

   Mark Duey, Chief Programs Officer, Water for People (Denver-based nonprofit with international/global    water outlook).
   McKenzie Johnson, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of    Illinois Urbana-Champaign

This event is a part of the iSEE/JACS series, co-sponsored by REEEC.

 
   
 
 Regine Spector
 

Regine Spector (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "The Political Lives of Dying Seas"

Apr 20, 12:00 PM CDT

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As we witness the effects of anthropogenic climate change on our earth’s glaciers and ice sheets, The Political Lives of Dying Seas shifts our attention from rising sea levels, which have garnered significant attention, to shrinking and polluted inland seas. This comparative and multidisciplinary project investigates multiple seas understood to be experiencing various forms of death and revival in Eurasia by asking how people have produced knowledge about environmental changes related to East European and Eurasian seas over the last 50 years; what types of debates and understandings emerged as sea life began to change; and how people responded, including who adapted to, migrated from, and/or become active in saving seas.  

Regine A. Spector is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current research projects investigate local understandings of complex environmental and energy-related challenges related to rivers and seas in the U.S. and Eurasia. She is a Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory Associate.

This event is a part of the VORL Brown Bag Series.

 
   
 
gleick 
 

Peter Gleick, "The Past, Present, and Future of Our Water"

Apr 20, 12:00 PM CDT

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Dr. Peter Gleick will share his innovative research on water conservation and the steps that can be taken by governments, corporations, and private citizens to ensure that water remains a readily available resource in the future.

Dr. Peter Gleick is a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute in Oakland, which he led as president until mid-2016, when he became president emeritus. 

This event is a part of the iSEE/JACS series, co-sponsored by REEEC.

 
   
 
 Joan Rose
 

Joan Rose (Michigan State University), "From Polio to COVID: Environmental Virology at its Best"

Apr 23, 12:00 PM CDT

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Since the era of waterborne jaundice and polio, environmental virology has attempted to understand disease risk through the monitoring of viruses in wastewater, and fresh and marine waters. More recently, the advent of molecular tools coupled with metagenomics has offered the opportunity to identify human viral pathogens including the global spread of diseases such COVID-19. We now have the ability to monitor community health via the surveillance of our wastewater, helping to meet global grand challenges in public health including the implementation of world-wide vaccination programs.

Joan B. Rose is a Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.

This event is a part of the iSEE/JACS series, co-sponsored by REEEC.

 
   
 
Slavic Story Time 
 

Slavic Story Time

Apr 25, 1:30 PM CDT

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Come listen to an Armenian tale and song, and then make a craft! Join us to hear the story Rooster Brother by Noony Hogrogrian.  Afterwards, we'll sing an Armenian lullaby and decorate our own craft roosters! For children of all ages and their caregivers.

Register for the program and pick up a craft kit with the supplies for the rooster craft.  Craft kits will be available starting Monday, April 5.  Come to the Library or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment and ask for the Slavic Story Time Rooster Kit.

This program is co-sponsored by the Russian East European and Eurasian Center at UIUC and The Urbana Free Library.

 
 
 
 

Opportunities

 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University

Application Deadline: April 14, 2021

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the East Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University invite applications for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship. We seek an emerging scholar with proven interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary interests in East Asian and Slavic/East European Studies whose work connects to the Center for Historical Research’s theme of “Crisis, Uncertainty, and History: Trajectories and Experiences of Accelerated Change.” The fellowship carries a one course per semester teaching load (two courses over one year). The teaching duties are expected to include one graduate course and one undergraduate course that can employ various disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Applicants should have earned a PhD within the last three years (2018 or later). The start date of the position is negotiable but must be between June 1 and August 1, 2021. Review of applications will start April 15. This fellowship is made possible by Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. For more information and how to apply, please see here.

 
   
 

Fulbright Informational Events in April

Priority Application Deadline: April 30, 2021 

This scholarship is for 1 year of study or research in any country where there's a Fulbright Commission. Some shorter term and English teaching programs are available. While most Fulbrights are available to any country in any discipline, there are also a number of discipline-specific awards offered. Seniors, graduate or professional students, and graduates are eligible to apply. You must be a U.S. citizen. For more information and for more session links, please go here.

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions:
Apr 6, 03:30 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE
Apr 14, 12:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE
Apr 21, 8:30 AM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright Personal Statement Writing Workshop:
Apr 15, 3:30 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright ETA Workshop:
Apr 23, 3:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Fulbright Research Workshop:
Apr 30, 03:00 PM CDT - REGISTER IN ADVANCE

 
   
 

U of I Job Opening - Graduate Assistant, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Application Deadline: Apr 10, 2021 at 5 PM CDT

The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will be offering one 33% Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2021-2022 academic year, with possible renewal for the 2022-2023 academic year. The start date for the position is mid-August 2021. The position is open to all Unit-affiliated graduate students; students who are not already affiliated with the Unit are welcome to affiliate prior to the deadline. Ideally, this position will last for two years, so students who will be completing their degrees or leaving campus before the academic year 2022-2023 are not eligible.

The ideal Unit assistant will be familiar with and interested in the Unit for Criticism and its programs and will have office experience, excellent organizational and communication skills, and computer literacy. Graphic design experience is desirable but not required, as is experience with conference or event organizing. The Unit for Criticism is a multidisciplinary program and welcomes applications from all disciplines.

To ensure full consideration, please email a CV and a letter of application detailing your qualifications to Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu) by Saturday, April 10 at 5pm.  Your CV should include 2 faculty references, though no written recommendation is required.

 
   
 

Other Opportunities 

 
 

For a complete list of opportunities, please see our Opportunities page.