Area Studies Center At

University of Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education

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International Security, Law, & Human Rights

CGS facilitates research, teaching and outreach on Security & Natural Resource Conflict as a global issue through an undergraduate certificate, course development, academic conferences and publications, teacher workshops, and informed lectures.

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Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages global health issues through interdisciplinary problem-solving, research, training, and international exchange.

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Library, Informatics, and Media

The Center for Global Studies contributes to the global studies library collection development and facilitates research, teaching and outreach in the area of new information technologies, government policies, and emerging social/communication networks.

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Environmental Sustainability

Our Environmental Sustainability initiatives foster the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders through examining the needs of the world’s populations in tandem with a concern for preserving resources for future generations.


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The Center for Global Studies at Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Thank you for coming to our Fall Open House!

We look forward to learning and working with you this academic year. Be sure to check our calendar for more upcoming events!


The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Center for Global Studies a four-year grant of $920,000 for the period of 2018-22. This Title VI funding renews the Center’s status as a National Resource Center in Global Studies. Read the official announcement.

The WGGP GRID program at Illinois recently posted an interview with alumna Isabel Scarborough. In addition to discussing some fascinating work in Bolivia, she mentions a Title VI grant that she used to infuse current scholarship on global studies into her classroom at Parkland College here in Illinois. We’re happy that the Illinois Area Studies Centers continue to be a resource to Dr. Scarborough as she advances in her career!

CGS Director Steven Witt has published an article in the Summer 2018 issue of the Carnegie Reporter, outlining the development, mission, administration, and impact of the International Mind Alcoves. These 20th-century library collections sought to foster greater international understanding and world peace through the careful selection of books on a range of international topics. You can read the article online on Medium, or download the entire Summer 2018 issue for free.

Clare VanSpeybroek, one the first attendees of our intensive Arabic summer programs for high school students, is now headed to Morocco! Clare, who recently graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2018/2019 by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Congratulations and bon voyage!

Read the press release for details on how Clare became interested in learning Arabic, including her connection to our Global Studies Workshop.

This scholarship award demonstrates the large and lasting impact of these language programs on the students who participate. To learn more about this year’s recently-concluded high school Arabic program, visit the Summer Intensive Arabic Program website.

College of Education alumna Carrie McMenamin wins an award for co-sponsoring a Model United Nations Club at Centennial High School. Read more about the award and McMenamin’s experiences at Illinois. CGS is a member of the UN’s DPI/NGO Organization. To learn more, contact Lynne Rudasill at

MillerComm speaker Professor Sally Engle Merry’s talk from April 10th is now available via video, click HERE to view. 

Thank You From Carrie Busey Elementary School for CGS International Night Sponsorship:

The Carrie Busey PTA expressed their gratitude to CGS and other University of Illinois area studies centers who participated in and supported the event, including CGS’s contribution of performers and design and printing services for the programs and passports. We are grateful in turn for the opportunity to participate in such a fun event!