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Articles by Kevin Matthews

Brazilian Soap Writer on Creative Process, Power of TV

One of Brazil's most important and prolific script writers, Glória Perez, explains the genesis and the motives behind profitable television shows that reach well over 100 countries. The symposium was part of the UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies series "On Brazilian Cosmopolitanism."
Published on: 5/24/2011
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Regarding Iran: No Good Options on the Table

More than a dozen Iran specialists gathered at the James West Alumni Center on Friday, May 13, to discuss that country's politics and global relationships. Fast-moving events in the Middle East and suspicions about Iran's nuclear program dominated discussion before an audience of nearly 250.
Published on: 5/19/2011
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Cuts Threaten Fellowships, Foreign Language Tutorials

Fellowships that enable students to learn languages and study overseas are in jeopardy of being cut by 40 percent, along with the budgets of National Resource Centers and other units at UCLA involved in community outreach and teaching about the world.
Published on: 4/27/2011
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Experts: What's Behind Decision to Intervene in Libya?

Two skeptics of the no-fly zone mission in Libya, Burkle Center Senior Fellow Gen. (ret.) Wesley K. Clark and Acting Professor of Law Asli Bali, identified a range of mixed motives behind the move to intervene and speculated on what will happen next.
Published on: 4/13/2011
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10 Questions for Russia Expert Daniel Treisman

Drawing on memoirs, personal interviews and other sources, Professor of Political Science Daniel Treisman, who first traveled to Russia in 1988, has written a sweeping study that covers roughly the period he's spent watching the country. Instead of pondering Russia's dark side or its "soul," Treisman in "The Return: Russia's Journey From Gorbachev to Medvedev" looks at Russia as a typical, though important, country facing everyday 21st-century social, political and economic challenges.
Published on: 4/8/2011
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Ambassador's Visit Commences Active Quarter for Indonesian Studies

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia's top representative to the United States, wants to double the number of Indonesians studying in this country, he said at a March 28 presentation to UCLA students and leaders. The visit comes as UCLA's Indonesian Studies Program prepares to host a series of public events grappling with the nation's past.
Published on: 3/29/2011
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US Interrogator Who Decried Torture Joins Burkle Center

Matthew Alexander, an 18-year Air Force and Air Force Reserves veteran and author of books about effective, non-coercive interrogation methods, is bringing his on-the-ground perspective about counterterrorism policies to UCLA as a Burkle Center fellow.
Published on: 3/17/2011
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Silks and Quilts in Central Asian Cultures

Possibly the best-dressed scholarly meeting of the season, "Textiles as Treasures" looked at the place of fabrics in the lives and the industry of nomadic and urban Central Asian cultures over centuries. The March 5 conference was organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia; a day-long program on the music of the region is planned for April 1.
Published on: 3/9/2011
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Korean Unions Must Embrace Marginalized Workers, Says Key Figure in Movement

Sim Sangjeung, a prominent labor organizer who spent years on the run as South Korea made its democratic transition, addressed an audience of about 55 in UCLA's Moore Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23, saying that her country's labor movement would have to change dramatically to avoid becoming irrelevant.
Published on: 3/1/2011
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Behind Egypt’s Revolution Is a History of Worker Discontent, Expert Says

Stanford University's Joel Beinin, who directed Middle Eastern studies at the American University in Cairo from 2006 to 2008, tells a UCLA audience that the generals who made Mubarak go took seriously the threat of large labor strikes.
Published on: 2/16/2011
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