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  • Highlighting Teaching Excellence at the Faculty Retreat

    Each year UIUC holds a faculty retreat to promote teaching excellence, and awards faculty retreat grants that enable recipients to design and implement an instructional enhancement that has a high probability of improving education at Illinois. The theme of the 2022 annual faculty retreat was “Breaking Down the Garden Walls: A Promise of Access to Success.” The retreat highlighted the practices and approaches implemented by faculty across campus as they work towards a campus culture that fosters student success.  At the retreat, CGS Associate Director Donna Tonini caught up with CGS Affiliates Professor Eman Saadah, Director of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program and Director and Language Coordinator of Arabic, and Professor Raquel Castro Goebel, the Portuguese Language Program Director, and an instructor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

  • How do we know what we know about the climate change?

    This 8-module introductory course on numerous aspects of Climate Change is an attempt to educate students about the basics of this spiralling global problem. This was developed as part of the 2019-20 Global Intersections Program of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Constructing transnational solidarities in radical care and democracy through digital feminist storytelling

    In this post, you will read about a Global Intersections project proposed by two graduate students in Urban and Regional Planning Department that received funding from CGS. Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies (CGS) initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational, and global perspectives in student research. This project aims for creating a digital storytelling platform using a critical feminist storytelling methodology.

  • Career Opportunities in Foreign Language and Area Studies

    On October 26, 2021, Center for Global Studies (CGS) held a virtual “FLAS Alumni Career Panel,” that focused on the strategies for using foreign language and area studies skills on the job market for current and recent graduate students.  This blog post discusses this event and explores the key role that foreign language and area studies education can play in career succes.  

  • Global Studies, Librarianship, and the Job Market

    Nathan Sonnenschein, a former graduate assistant at the Center for Global Studies, discusses how his experiences at CGS prepared him for the job market.

  • The Impact of the 2021 International Studies Research Lab

    Through the International Studies Research Lab (ISRL), the Center for Global Studies and collaborating centers leverage the campus’ expertise and vast library resources to support the development of international and area studies programming in community colleges across the country, providing access to important US Department of Education Title VI resources to institutions and regions without direct access to these important grant funds.

  • Returning to French Archives Amid the Pandemic

    International travel to France and French archives in year two of the pandemic.

  • IGlobal: Teaching Middle-Schoolers About World Hunger

    Cara Merkle, an undergraduate majoring in Education at the University of Illinois, shares her experience working with middle-grade students for the IGlobal initiative.

  • April 2021 iSEE Congress “The Future of Water”

    This year’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at University of Illinois (iSEE) Congress was co-organized with the Center for Global Studies, in partnership with the Illinois Global Institute and the Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS), four of which are funded through U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants.  The series of Zoom events brought together a diverse group of researchers, educators, journalists and activists to address global water crises under the rubric of “The Future of Water”, and to introduce the Illinois campus and community to cutting-edge thinking from highly influential scholars on topics ranging from drought to the global politics of water to pollution, public health, and biodiversity. 

  • SAOA: The South Asian Open Archives

    The South Asian Open Archive (SAOA) is an initiative that makes open access materials on South Asia available for teaching and research.