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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.
To take place on campus as well as on the Internet, an hourlong event on Wednesday, August 4, will mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and connect UCLA with participants in Japan, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.
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.
After spending their first four weeks studying in Dakar, 19 students will go to eco-villages in the Senegal River Valley to explore community development projects in public health, women's micro-financing, solar electricity and organic gardening.
The second annual conference of the UCLA Indonesian Studies Program draws scholars together to think about "Indonesian Subjectivities."
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.
The 5,500-year-old enclosed leather shoe, found with the laces intact, is of a type known in climes distant from Armenia.
One faculty member and two graduate students won UC funding for work on Asian historical and societal issues.
Bernard Picart and Jean Frederic Bernard's "Religious Ceremonies of the World" (1723-37) presented Europe's first sympathetic portrait of Muslims, Jews and followers of such Eastern religions as Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism. It delivered a sensitive portrayal of religious customs and ceremonies among Native Americans, beating Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the concept of the "noble savage" by three decades.
"Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia" and "Nini Towok's Spinning Wheel" run from August through mid-December at UCLA.
At a symposium on the anti-nuclear weapons movement, director M.T. Silvia screens and discusses a new film about her mother's role at a Nevada testing site and the story of a Hiroshima survivor; and Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, urges action by nonproliferation treaty signatories on disarmament.
Congratulations to Dr. Gayatri A. Menon, recipient of the 2009 Sardar Patel Award, for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India.
About 150 people stopped at the alumni center for a day of tastings, demonstrations and discussions about Asian cuisines and cultures in Los Angeles.
Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, describes the challenges of teaching young people about the country's holocaust. Over the last two weeks of April, he met with students and faculty at UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego.
In commemoration of what is now known as Black April in the Southeast Asian community, the Vietnamese Student Union held a series of events last week highlighted by a commemoration event Thursday.
The former Buddhist monk and activist for Korean democracy brings a distinctive voice to campus, two weeks after marking a milestone in his career, the completion of "Ten Thousand Lives."
UCLA political scientist Susanne Lohmann underscores the value of values in higher education for a regional association of visiting Fulbright scholars. At afternoon and evening events on April 21, UCLA student leaders, foreign scholars and other invited guests assess the university's role in moral education.
The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law will devote one of its annual issues to papers emerging from the April 16 meeting on "Critical Perspectives on the Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy in the War on Terror."
Geography Professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, the author of books on how societies succeed and fail, argues in a lecture that being bilingual or multilingual is good for cognitive skills, for memory in later years and probably for your country. The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes was on hand for the discussion.
The winners include African Studies Center Director Andrew Apter and Center for Chinese Studies Co-director Yunxiang Yan. The 2010 fellowships will support UCLA research on Roman theater, Byzantine villagers, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and morality in contemporary China.
On Saturday, April 24, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Geoffrey Robinson will participate in a discussion of "History: Rising Above Oppression." Robinson is the author of "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor" (Princeton University Press, 2010). The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.
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.
On Sunday, April 25, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Richard Baum will participate in a discussion on "China: The Next Super Power? with three other panelists. Baum is the author, most recently, of "China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom" (University of Washington, 2010). The discussion on Sunday will take place at noon in Young Hall CS 50.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in the LA Times: "Consequences of the Catholic Church's Claim of Statehood"
The practice of treating the Catholic Church as a state has been bad for women's equality and gay rights. Now, the unfolding sexual abuse scandal reveals another dark side of the Holy See's status.
Ali F. Igmen, a historian at CSU Long Beach who specializes in Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan, recalls the disappointments of the country's 2005 revolution in assessing the events of this week.
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