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Growing up in a predominantly white L.A. suburb, Robert Chao Romero, an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, hid his Chinese background. But one day his interest in his heritage was awakened and led him to study the tragic history of Chinese immigrants in Mexico.
The UCLA Latin American Institute played host to five organizations that have been recognized by the Experiences in Social Innovation Contest, a United Nations initiative, for advancing UN-sponsored antipoverty goals through community participation. Last year's winner, the Social Observatory of Maringá (Brazil), seeks to prevent corruption in local government spending.
Associate Professor of History Ghislaine Lydon interviewed more than 200 legal scholars, Saharan traders and descendants of traders for her 2009 book, "On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa."
Geography Professor Judith Carney and a co-author demonstrate, in "In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World," not only the legacy of farming that the slaves brought with them from Africa, but also the importance of the botanical gardens that they kept in America, as well as the impact that they had on the developing American food culture.
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual discussed strategies for ending the impunity of drug cartels and stemming the flow of guns and drugs across the border. His visit to campus was organized by the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, the Latin American Institute, and the International Institute.
A conference and an exhibition about the iconic L.A. structure, which an Italian immigrant labored on for more than 30 years, follow up on a 2009 gathering in Genoa, Italy, cosponsored by the UCLA International Institute.
Mallaby, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, shares findings from his book "More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite" about how hedge funds help markets.
The leaders witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding between universities in California, including UCLA, and Chile.
Sudan's civil war killed more than 2 million people and, in a well-known episode, sent 20,000 boys in the country's South on a 1,000-mile march to Ethiopia and Kenya. Beset by thirst, hunger, wild animals and bombing attacks, fewer than half of them survived. John Dau, one of about 4,000 so-called Lost Boys of Sudan who were helped to relocate to the United States, told his story at the law school.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
A UCLA School of Public Health comparison of Mexico's federal and state health care–delivery systems provides important insights for other nations.
UCLA novelist and economist Sebastián Edwards on Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and the false promise of Populism.
Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere has locked the world into at least a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit global temperature increase that will last for millennia, according to a new report released by the National Research Council. Marilyn Raphael, a UCLA geography profesor and member of the report committee, urges action and not despair.
Matthew E. Kahn, an environmental economist, takes a pessimistic view of climate change--that it's too late to avoid rising sea levels and hotter summers--but believes cities can cope with the changes.
Twenty-one representatives of the student-founded UC Haiti Initiative will travel to the island nation for a 10-day fact-finding visit. The group, which includes 13 students, will visit Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Mirebalais and Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 temblor that struck on Jan. 12, in search of specific recovery projects that can be sustained by the people themselves.
Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry has an idea that could change the world. The bank accounts he proposes would provide an incentive to register births and a way to save money for children. In the wake of a natural disaster or emergency, governments and charitable and relief organizations could transfer money electronically to those in need in the most efficient way possible.
Drug-economy experts to discuss findings in Washington, D.C., July 6.
Drawing on long-neglected archival sources in both the U.S. and Mexico, Kelly Lytle Hernandez uncovers the little-known history of how Mexican immigrants slowly became the primary focus of U.S. immigration law enforcement and shows how racial profiling of Mexicans by the Border Patrol developed.
At the 5th annual conference on "Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future," held in conjunction with the Doha Forum, distinguished participants search for practical solutions to regional issues. The three-day event has been organized by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.
"Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia" and "Nini Towok's Spinning Wheel" run from August through mid-December at UCLA.
The fundamental question of whether China is on the path to becoming a responsible stakeholder in world affairs or acting as a revisionist superpower was put to a prestigious group of China scholars from universities and think tanks across the country. Watch video of the keynote address by John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
In an April 15 talk before an overflow audience in a School of Public Affairs classroom, Garcetti laid out some of the most pernicious problems that are undermining L.A.'s efforts to recover from the Great Recession and highlighted some strategies to address them. The lecture was sponsored by the Burkle Center.
On Sunday, April 25, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Emerita Joyce Appleby will participate in a panel discussion on the U.S. economy. Appleby is the author, most recently, of "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" (Norton, 2010). The discussion on Sunday will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.
His Excellency Don Pramudwinai addresses a luncheon with UCLA faculty and students involved in Thai studies.
In less than 400 years, capitalism has generated unprecedented wealth and new forms of power, altered prevailing wisdom about human nature, and spread itself far beyond its improbable original setting, a process that the eminent historian Joyce Appleby describes in "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" (Norton, 2010). Running all the way to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the history pauses on the lives of industrialists, adventurers and pamphleteers.
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