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Articles by Kevin Matthews

American in Beirut

UCLA Islamic Studies doctoral student Joanne Nucho went to Lebanon to study Arabic and a community in East Beirut. She ended up working to get out, a process that led her to new reflections on the region and her own family ties to it.
Published on: 8/24/2006
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African Stories in Online Curriculum Give Meaning to 'Globalization'

16 short tales, and warring commentaries on them, form the core of GlobaLink-Africa, a free, year-long, multimedia curriculum designed for grades 9-12. The polished, feature-rich web site is not only for high schoolers. Others can raid it for music, country data, or a crash course on Africa and the contemporary world.
Published on: 8/14/2006
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Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Moves to UCLA

CNES hosts a conference marking the arrival of JMEWS's editorial operation at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. UCLA's Sondra Hale and UCSB's Nancy Gallagher will serve as co-editors.
Published on: 7/21/2006
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Arabic, Hebrew Schoolteachers Trade Classroom, Cultural Knowledge at UCLA Language Workshop

For the first time, UCLA hosts a training workshop for teachers from Arabic- and Hebrew-language parochial schools. Iowa State U and LA-based organizers use a Russian class for five-year-olds as a model for teaching exclusively in the target language.
Published on: 7/17/2006
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Database of All Things Latin American Aims Fresh Look, Languages, Options at Google-Happy Students

UCLA-based Hispanic American Periodicals Index has a record of adapting early to technological shifts. Now staff at HAPI have redesigned the web site in response to 'usability' testing by UCLA library science student, increased full-text offerings, and translated pages into Spanish and Portuguese.
Published on: 6/14/2006
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Muslim American Poet Sets Down Stakes

University of Arkansas' Mohja Kahf asks what one more label could do for study of American writers, herself not excluded. The lecture is part of CNES-, CEES-, and government-sponsored sociology course on Muslims in Europe and North America.
Published on: 6/7/2006
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UCLA Brazilianist Takes Top Sociology Book Award

Assumptions about race relations derived from U.S. experience don't hold for Brazil, Edward Telles announced in 'Race in Another America,' judged best contribution to sociology in three years.
Published on: 6/1/2006
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Iranians Demand Change, Reject War by US, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

Human rights advocate denounces Iranian laws that harm children and women, set back path to 'advanced democracy.' Protesters interrupt speech; a few are ejected.
Published on: 5/17/2006
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Middle East Moments

Four scholars uncover, try out ways of seeing early photographs of region.
Published on: 5/9/2006
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Joschka Fischer Argues Global Powers 'Condemned to Cooperation'

In talk at UCLA, former German foreign minister sees no future for 'balance-of-powers' geopolitics, defends European expansion within bounds, urges US not to give up on 'the West.' Fischer calls Iranian nuclear program biggest threat in troubled Middle East.
Published on: 5/2/2006
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