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Miriam Robbins Dexter, a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies and expert on ancient heroines and goddesses, and a co-author have completed a cross-cultural study of stories and artifacts in which women lift their skirts and expose their genitals, a performance that drives away enemies and returns joy and fertility to the land.
The thorny topic of the crime of aggression, to come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, made for lively discussion Sept. 27 between David Scheffer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, and Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the retired general and Burkle Center senior fellow.
Rebeca Méndez, a professor in the Department of Design|Media Arts, films and photographs nature from the Sahara Desert in Africa to the glaciers of Iceland. Next month, she will go on the adventure of a lifetime to the Arctic north.
About 835 new international freshmen and transfer students enrolled at UCLA this academic year, compared with 570 last year. Nearly 1,000 new international graduate students also will be attending the university this year.
Hiroyuki Yamamoto joins UCLA this academic year as the third Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.
As interim associate vice provost, Sociology Professor Roger Waldinger will oversee changes in the International Institute's degree programs, lead a faculty search, and work with center directors on Institute-wide projects. Professor Waldinger also coordinates the interdisciplinary UCLA Migration Study Group.
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 World Health Organization proposal to eliminate AIDS in South Africa is flawed, according to a UCLA team.
A UCLA School of Public Health comparison of Mexico's federal and state health care–delivery systems provides important insights for other nations.
The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has announced plans to collaborate with Hamamatsu Photonics to apply nanoscience and nanotechnology to projects having global importance in health, medicine, energy and the environment.
The UCLA Language Materials Project, a database for teachers of less-studied languages, has won $500,000 from the Education Department to add digital instructional materials to its archive. But what an archive. With high-quality images of ephemera and hard-to-find foreign stuff, the website is part resource guide and part travel scrapbook for the global village.
As global pressures mount, the New North is well-positioned to prosper economically in the 21st century, a UCLA author says.
Approximately 20 faculty, administrators and staff from UCLA traveled to Shanghai to create new alliances and reinforce ties within the Bruin community in China with a weeklong series of events in one of the most dynamic cities in Asia.
UCLA researchers find that monkeypox has increased 20-fold in Democractic Republic of Congo since 1980.
The interim vice provost of international studies, Johnson says that he and the International Institute won't "sit still" in 2010-11. His job for the year includes travel to build relationships with institutions abroad and collaboration with units across campus on internationalizing higher education.
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.
The "lean, efficient" LAI covers the waterfront of Latin American issues in its programming, and focuses on broad areas of interdisciplinary research. History Professor and interim LAI Director Kevin Terraciano says his own interest in Mesoamerican languages and cultures fits right in.
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.
Over the coming four years, the UCLA International Institute's renowned programs on East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Near East, Southeast Asia and heritage language education anticipate federal support of $6.7 million for language instruction, public programming, outreach to local schools, and more. Five centers will distribute nearly $4.3 million in Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships to UCLA undergraduate and graduate students.
"My Hollywood," is a story of two women--Claire, a composer and new mother, and Lola, a nanny with five children back home in the Philippines--whose lives become intimately entwined through Claire's son, William.
Commemorating the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945 and joining in the call for a world without nuclear weapons were, on Wednesday in Haines Hall, a local grandmother who survived the Hiroshima attack, a Japanese-born artist, a UCLA anthropologist and, by Internet link, local officials from Hiroshima and Manchester, UK, who lead international anti-nuclear organizations.
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.
Instructors travel from China to L.A. campus to learn U.S. classroom culture, reports UCLA's student newspaper The Daily Bruin.
Ann Carlson is professor of law and faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. Her op-ed orginially appeared on the joint UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools' environmental law blog, Legal Planet, on Friday, July 16, 2010.
Schools and colleges don't always ask who their students are when deciding which languages to teach and how to design curricula. Seeking to remedy that, UCLA's National Heritage Language Resource Center hosts a week-long training workshop for language instructors and K-12 administrators from across the country.
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