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Three survivors of state torture – an Argentine architect and activist, a Chilean artist, and an Iranian journalist and author – tell their stories on campus this month. In an installation on display Oct. 25-27 in Broad Art Center, Victor Videla Godoy will recreate his prison cell, this time lined with his remarkable, rediscovered correspondence with his mother.
More than 50 years after they graduated, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr-Adams has interviewed six of her American University of Beirut classmates to discover the lives they have built in the Middle East.
The Department of Ethnomusicology in the Herb Alpert School of Music now produces more ethnomusicology graduates than any program of its kind and houses an important collection of international musical instruments.
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.
In a panel discussion with UCLA faculty members, Tim Sebastian, founder of "The Doha Debates," says that Arab governments will lose control over what is said and written in their countries within a generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red-brick warehouse facades, cinderblock walls lining thoroughfares, wooden barriers at construction sites, and fences surrounding vacant lots become prominent sites for open-air, and largely unofficial, artistic expression in Larry Yust's "photographic elevations."
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.
Since many of the works were contemporaneous with brilliantly painted Mesoamerican ceramics, they are understood to reflect a conscious artistic choice to stand apart from those polychrome arts.
The UCLA Fowler Museum's exhibition "Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia" focuses on traditional cloth and the women behind the looms. The show runs concurrently with "Nini Towok's Spinning Wheel: Cloth and the Cycle of Life in Kerek, Java," reports The Daily Bruin.
"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.
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.
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