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  • States with Colleges Impacted by ISRL, 2016-2023

    Globalizing Curricula: The 2023 International Studies Research Lab

  • Policy Brief: Closing the Education Gap for Indigenous Peoples by Adriene Lane, M.Ed.

    “Indigenous Peoples have less access to quality primary and secondary education than other groups, due to the lack of education that respects their cultures and languages. Minority languages, which are spoken by Indigenous Peoples, are often not used for official purposes, including in education. Students whose home languages differ from those taught at school have lower test results and reading scores. Early mother tongue education improves students' performance in their second language and other subjects, and is more cost-effective than second language instruction.” - Adriene Lane.

    To view the full Policy Brief by Adriene Lane, click here.

  • University of Illinois’ CGS and CEAPS partner with Heartland to globalize education on campus by Zach Petrea, July 2023

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    Surveying the Coming Storm: Works on Nationalism Prior to WWII

    With the benefit of hindsight, modern scholars can identify unbridled nationalism as a leading cause of World War II. However, it is crucial to explore whether scholars of the time foresaw the impending storm caused by nationalist movements in the first half of the 20th century and if they could have predicted the grave, mass-scale atrocities that unfolded. To shed light on the perspectives of scholars from a century ago, the IAS library has curated a Hathi Trust collection titled "Surveying the Coming Storm: Works on Nationalism Prior to WWII."

  • Successful Global Intersections Spring Project Awardees

  • CGS Congratulates its Affiliates and Recipients of LAS Dean’s Awards and Faculty Honors


  • Impressive Illinois presence at the CIES Conference in Washington D.C. in February

    At the CIES Conference in Washington D.C. in February.

  • 15th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society

    Upcoming submission deadline for 15th Annual Conference of the ILLS

  • Chancellor's Call To Action Recipients (clockwise from top-left): Steve Witt, Faranak Miraftab, Ken Salo, Ellen Moodie, Barbara Hug, Annie Abbott, Melissa Goodnight, Scott Althaus, Vinisha Singh Basnet

    Congratulations to “The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program” Awards Recipients

    The Center for Global Studies (CGS) congratulates Steve Witt, Director of CGS, CGS Faculty Affiliates Faranak Miraftab, Annie Abbott, Scott Althaus, Melissa Goodnight, Barbara Hug, Ellen Moodie, and Ken Salo, and former CGS Graduate Assistant Vinisha Singh Basnet, for receiving the 2022-2023 Chancellor Jones Call to Action Research Program awards.

  • Donna Tonini, Eman Saadah and Raquel Castro Goebel posing in front of the desert backdrop

    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.

  • The Housing Assembly, distributing food during the pandemic in informal settlements of Cape Town, South Africa

    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.

  • FLAS Alumni Career Panel Poster

    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.  

  • Nathan Sonnenschein

    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.

  • A map showing that institutions at 14 US states have been impacted by the ISRL.

    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.

  • A smiling woman with copper-tinted hair stands in front of a pond framed by cherry blossoms.

    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. 

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    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.

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    At Home with Over 170 Million News Stories: My Assistantship with the Cline Center over Covid-19

    PhD student, James Steur, talks about his experiences during Covid-19.

  • Syndemics and Coronavirus: The Social Dimensions of Public Health Crises

    Can we deepen our understanding of the current COVID-19 pandemic by analyzing it as a syndemic?

  • “Global Education Symposium,” October 14-17, 2020

    Proving stronger than an epidemic, the University of Illinois College of Education and Office of International Programs presented the “Global Education Symposium” on October 14-17, 2020.  Educators and students from around the world shared knowledge and personal thoughts, albeit, through the travel agent known as Zoom. 

  • Kim Sheahan Sanford

    Spurlock Museum Big History Project

    Hi. I’m Kim Sheahan Sanford, the Spurlock Museum’s assistant director of education, and I have a confession to make. Sixth graders are my favorite students on earth. They are willing to suspend disbelief as I tell them a myth or a folktale, but they also latch onto adult concepts, like reincarnation and the development of complex writing systems.

  • Web Archiving and the Global Response to COVID-19

    One doesn’t need to look far to see how much the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world, halting the mobility of people and goods that we took for granted as critical components of the global economy. This crisis has put a strain on nearly every system of our global society, impacting every sector of civil society. To attempt to preserve some of the initial reactions and concerns brought about the health emergency, the Center for Global Studies and the International and Area Studies Library began archiving websites of civil society organizations around the world as they respond to this crisis.