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1. Restoring Women to World Studies

Restoring Women to World Studies introduces the notion of gender as a key social category and patriarchy as an important organizing structure in many societies and cultures. The unit then examines these concepts within case studies from the four regions. Each case study is meant to encourage students to address questions about gender roles in the different societies, either in a particular histori

2. Iceland: The Energy-Culture Connection

Understanding of Iceland’s Land Formation, Geography, History, culture and how technological inventions affect people and cultures through the ages.

3. The Day the Sun Doesn't Rise

Video presentation by Clyde Prestowitz (President, Economic Strategy Institute, Washington DC), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Science and Technology in the Pacific Rim (STIP)" lecture series, 2007.

4. Nations of Immigrants

Video presentation by Donna Gabaccia (Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Immigration: History and Policy" series, 2008.

5. The New Immigrant Workforce: Unions, Community and the American Dream

Video presentation by Eliseo Medina (Vice-president, Service Employees' International Union, Washington DC), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Immigration: History and Policy" lecture series, 2007.

6. Global, Local and Personal: Understanding the History of Immigration to the US in the 20th Century

Video presentation by Jim Barret, presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois' "Immigration: History and Policy" lecture series, 2007.

7. Immigration

Panel presentation on immigration policy, presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Forum on Critical Issues Series" at the University of Illinois, January, 2006.

8. Information Technology and the Dream of Democratic Renewal

A colorful theme in American thought is the belief that new technologies will revitalize democratic society, enabling citizens to become more effectively self-governing. Hopes of this kind have reappeared in every generation since the early nineteenth century, a standard motif in the nation’s political rhetoric. With the arrival of digital technology and the Internet, this enduring vision ha

9. The Food vs. Fuel Debate: Food Security and International Policy

Audio/video presentation by Professor Burton Swanson, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

10. Miscanthus and Switchgrass Trials in Illinois

Slide presentation by Frank Dohleman, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

11. Biochemical Biofuels Processing and Coproducts

Slide presentation by Vijay Singh, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

12. Status, Evolution and the Impacts of the Biofuels Industry

Slide presentation by Brian Wrenn, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

13. Biofuel and World Commodity Markets

PowerPoint presentation by Chris Hurt, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

14. Managing Startups

Georges Harik, employee number 7 of Google gives an illuminating talk drawing on his experiences at Google.

15. Some Hard Truths You Should Know about Global Warming

This document is the first in a quarterly series of Policy Briefs published by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois. This edition focuses upon global climate change. Michael Schlesinger is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.

16. Engendering the Biofuels Debate

A presentation by Gale Summerfield as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

17. Distributional and Price Effects of Biofuels

A presentation by David Zilberman as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

18. From Biomass to Biofuels, from Cookstoves to Cars: Impatcs on the World's Poor

Presentation by Irene Tinker, as a part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

19. The Need for Explicitly Pro-Poor Business Models for Sustainable Bio-Energy Development

Presentation by Russel J. deLucia as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

20. Biofuels and the Global Food Economy

Presentation by Siwa Msangi as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

21. Greenhouse Gas Effects of Global Biofuel Expansion

Lecture presentation by Tim Searchinger offering an alternative view to the notion that biofuels can solve the current energy and food crises. Part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at Illinois University, May 2008.

22. Bosnia and Herzegovina

A curriculum guide for high school teachers on the history, politics, and culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also appropriate for introductory college-level use.

23. China as a Regional and Rising Global Power: Implications for the United States

In this presentation, Edward Kolodziej considers the current US policy towards China as an international, economic and political power.

24. Computer System Security: Technical and Social Challenges in Creating a Trustworthy Power Grid

This presentation presents the technical and social challenges in designing, building, and validating a cyber infrastructure for the next generation power grid that can survive malicious cyber attacks while providing continuous power delivery, and discusses approaches we are taking to do this in our NSF Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Center (TCIP).

25. North-South Conflicts Over Intellectual Property Rights: Underlying Issues and Contemporary Flash-Points

Professor Susan Sell (George Washington University) presents the inaugural lecture in the new "Information in Society" speaker series at the University of Illinois, "North-South Conflicts Over Intellectual Property Rights: Underlying Issues and Contemporary Flash-Points."

26. Globalization, Inequality and Democracy

Video presentation by renowned journalist and author Palagummi Sainath, as a part of the Global Studies Initiative lecture series at the University of Illinois.

27. From Science to Time to Vanity Fair: Global Warming Becomes a Hot Topic

Professor Amy Gajda, Professor of Journalism and Law at Illinois, discusses the phenomenon of global warming in the media.

28. Energy and Global Environmental Change

Presentation by Professor John McNeill, Georgetown University. Part of the Global Studies Initiative lecture series.

29. Understanding America's Immigration "Crisis"

Professor Massey discusses the extremely complex relationship America has with the history of immigration, and suggests equally nuanced avenues for solutions to current problems surrounding this issue.

30. Rich World, Poor Women

Panel discussion of the "NOW with Bill Moyers" special on "Women and Work."

31. Explorers, Traders & Immigrants: Tracking the Cultural and Social Effects of the Global Commodity Trade

A primary-source document based curriculum unit for grades 9-12

32. People and Place: Sailing the Great Sand Sea

Part of the People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions unit.

33. Open Doors and High Fences: Comparative and Historical: Perspectives on Immigration Policy

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34. The Rise of China and India and the Future Balance of Power in Asia

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35. China and the US: Geostrategic Partners, Competitors or Adversaries?

Professor Chambers discusses the increasing significance of the US's relationship with China.

36. Smart Grid: Key to a Sustainable Energy Infrastructure

Professor Divan discusses his model of a "smart grid" as a means to re-configure current energy generating infrastructure.

37. Global Energy Trends: The Supply/Demand, the Technology and the Policy Dimensions

George Gross discusses the current state of resource technology and policy and the future implications of present levels of use.

38. The Costs and Benefits of Ethanol in U.S. and Brazil

As the cost of gas rises, fears regarding climate change swell, and the search for alternative sources of energy persists, many see ethanol as a potential solution. As such, its popularity is on the rise and the United States has begun to build alliances with other nations to explore the possibilities for ethanol’s exploitation. This lesson seeks to expose upper level high school students

39. The Euro: Money Changes Everything

Seven activities and alternative scenarios for to talk about the euro.

40. Latin American Revolutions (Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua) - Timelines

Detailed timeline of these four important Latin American revolutions of the 20th Century. Put together by: Professor Erick Langer - Georgetown University

41. Latin American History through the 20th-Century Revolutions

Bibliography of the 20th-century Latin American Revolutions: Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua

42. Video: The Spider Trap: Corruption, Organized Crime and Transition in the Balkans and Russia

Award-winning journalist and author of The Balkans, 1804-1999, Misha Glenny will discuss his current research: the tangled relationship between weak government, corrupt business and crime as the foundation for the emergence of capitalism and the driving force in the region since 1989.

43. Video: The Tsunami Disaster and the Globalization of Relief

The worldwide response to the December 26th earthquake and ensuing Tsunami resulted in an unprecedented amount of aid and support for the millions of victims. Beyond the suffering and carnage of this global disaster, the Tsunami has called into question the capacity and will of the international community, states, non-governmental organizations, and individuals to adequately anticipate and respon

44. Video: Globalization, Inequality, and Democracy

Palagummi Sainath, a pre-eminent Indian journalist, focuses on pressing issues of rural development in India. This video is from a lecture, "Globalization, Inequality and Democracy," he presented at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in September 2006. His lecture discusses Indian farmer suicides, effects of natural disasters on stock markets and the growing gap between the rich

45. East Asia: Country Project

Exploring the geography and culture of Asian countries

46. A Battle of Metaphors for Globalization

Is Globalization a "Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats" or a "Race to the Bottom"?

47. Egyptian Culture

A unit on exploring Egyptian culture using the Internet

48. Exploring the Ancient Middle East

A unit on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush

49. Getting to Know Our Neighbors

A unit that explores how learning about Mexico and Canada can make one a better neighbor

50. Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students

Edited by John Middleton (Charles Scribner's Sons of Gale Group, 2002)


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