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  • CGS Hosted Dr. Eve Darian-Smith for Recent Talk, “World on Fire: Anti-Democracy and Anti- Environmentalism”

    The Center for Global Studies hosted Professor Eve Darian-Smith (Professor and Chair, Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine) as part of the MillerComm 2024 Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study on March 4th, 2023. This blog post summarizes the talk and provides further information on learning more about the topics discussed.

  • Congratulations to “The Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Projects for 2024-25” Awards Recipients

    The Center for Global Studies (CGS) congratulates CGS Faculty Affiliates Faranak MiraftabKen Salo, Scott AlthausAnita ChanYannick KluchTeresa Ann BarnesJames KilgoreIan Brooks and former CGS Graduate Assistant Atyeh Ashtari for receiving the 2024-2025 Chancellor Jones Call to Action Research Program awards. The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Justice Research Program 2024-2025 awarded 12 research programs focused on systemic racial inequalities and injustice in our communities and higher education. 

  • Kainen Bell CGS Spotlight

    CGS would like to congratulate PhD student Kainen Bell for his recent selection as a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute for Technology & Society (ITS) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Kainen was one of ten researchers selected worldwide who share common interests in technology and its interfaces with Law, and expanding their knowledge about the Brazilian technological context. The intensive four-week program will take place in July, and includes a series of meetings with ITS partners in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, and São Paulo. 

  • CGS Congratulates its Faculty Recipients of the College of LAS Teaching and Advising Awards

  • Premodern Unfreedoms: Global Approaches to Exploitation, Enslavement, and Trafficking’ Conference at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, October 27-28, 2023

  • Students from Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Austria, Britain, and Ukraine Competed in the Finals of Reimagine Our Future hosted at UIUC on December 2

  • Qatar Debate 4th US Debate Championship

    Qatar Debates' 4th US Debate Championship, October 14-15, 2023.

  • Education 2.0 in Egypt: Research & Documentation Project

    Recent years have witnessed significant educational reforms in Egypt through the Education 2.0 initiative (often abbreviated EDU 2.0) that looks to expand skills-based learning and digital learning methods. University of Illinois Professor of Education Linda Herrera has worked with Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education and Technical Education (2017-2022) to not just chronicle the monumental educational reform, but also create an archive of primary source materials about this transformation that intends to benefit students, instructors, researchers, and stakeholders in the education sector.

  • Global Studies Consortium at Aarhus University in Denmark, September 21-23, 2023

    From September 21 - 23, 2023, the Center for Global Studies participated in several days of conversation and discussion with fellow members of the Global Studies Consortium at Aarhus University in Denmark. 

  • Globalizing Curricula: The 2023 International Studies Research Lab