Welcome to the Center for Global & International Studies! Building upon the exceptional resources at the University of Kansas in area studies, world languages, and international programs, our mission is to enhance and develop cross regional and interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs with local, regional and national impact. CGIS offers international expertise, education, and global perspectives on the world through undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Global & International Studies, as well as  K-16 educational outreach to schools and community and campus activities covering topics of transnational scope. Our goal is to prepare University of Kansas students for the global economy and internationally-focused careers in Kansas, the United States and abroad.

The Center also gives support to developing programs in regions not covered by other Area Studies units on campus such as South Asia and the Middle East. Additionally CGIS is currently home to the Programs in European Studies and Jewish Studies, providing administrative support and other resources as these units grow and expand.

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GIST 202/502: Love, Sex and Marriage in India
This course we will examine the diversity and many levels of intimacy as seen in India. Areas explored include: love marriage vs arranged marriage; intimacy and sex in ancient and contemporary India; diversity of marriage practices; same-sex intimacy. Fulfills GIST MAJOR requirements: Region: Asia/South Asia; Substantive Specialization: culture, ethnicity, and belief systems; gender and sexuality in the global context.

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Shona Dzavadzimu Concert with Lecture/Demonstration Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 am-12:30 pm Lied Center Pavilion Fradreck Mujuru and Erica Azim play Shona music from Zimbabwe on the mbira dzavadzimu. These performers are cultural ambassadors of the first rank. Fradreck is from a famous family of spirit mediums in Zimbabwe. Erica traveled there as an intrepid teenager to begin her study of the instrument. The two have played together for years and have developed a magical rapport. You can listen here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wfbdPbNbLo Co-sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Lied Center, and the Center for Global and International Studies. Earn credit for GAP!
Chakwi - Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim 2014
Fradreck Mujuru & Erica Azim play traditional Shona mbira in many many tunings - katsanzaira tuning on this one. This is a sample from new MBIRA CD 3605, ava...

Nader Hashemi at the University of Kansas, Center for Global & International Studies, Pt II "Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy: Critical Notes on the Arab Spring." Lecture given on November 1, 2012 at the University of Kansas. Presented by the KU Center for Global & International Studies and KU Middle East Studies. Part I contains the full lecture, part II is footage from the Q & A session following the talk.