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Qatar Building Partnerships for Security, Sustainability of Food Supply

At an Oct. 4 luncheon hosted by California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and Chancellor Gene Block, the leaders of the Qatar National Food Security Programme explain their vision for a sustainable food supply to potential partners in academia and industry.
Published on: 10/8/2010
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10 Questions: Miriam Robbins Dexter on the Power of Female Display

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.
Published on: 10/6/2010
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Host of Gulf TV Forum Foresees More Room for Debate in Arab World

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.
Published on: 10/1/2010
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Campus Welcomes Whirlwind Visits by Heads of State

The presidents of Chile, Croatia and the Dominican Republic descended on UCLA with their entourages over a five-day span Sept. 24-28. The dignitaries held meetings with Chancellor Gene Block and university, state and city officials and forged international partnerships in education, research, environmental issues and other areas.
Published on: 9/30/2010
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International Migration Scholar Waldinger Joins Institute Leadership

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.
Published on: 9/22/2010
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Lost Boy of Sudan Seeks To Heal His Homeland

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.
Published on: 9/20/2010
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Unique Archive of Language Materials Extends Scope

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.
Published on: 9/7/2010
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Brazilian Film Expert Randal Johnson Leads International Studies During Search

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.
Published on: 8/30/2010
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10 Questions for Sebastián Edwards

UCLA novelist and economist Sebastián Edwards on Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and the false promise of Populism.
Published on: 8/27/2010
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Historian Terraciano Gears Up for Year as Latin American Institute Director

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.
Published on: 8/23/2010
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