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    The Farhang Foundation has provided funding to UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music to establish an academic minor in Iranian music.

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    Several of the Institute's research centers and teaching programs have new faculty leaders as of July 1, 2018, and three new faculty have joined the Institute's academic teaching staff.

    Image for In Memoriam: Anne Bodenheimer (1914-2018)
    We share the sad news that our former colleague Anne Bodenheimer, a champion of UCLA and coordinator of the Fulbright Scholars Enrichment Program for 29 years, died on June 21, 2018. Her funeral will be held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Simi Valley on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

    Anne was a supporter of the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, to which she left a bequest. Friends and colleagues are invited to make donations in her name to the Institute or to other organizations, at their discretion.

    Image for Falling in love with Japanese history
    Tatiana Sulovska, a former law student, viewed her acceptance into the International Institute's East Asian Studies M.A. Program as a chance to center her career on her passion: Japanese history.

    Image for Chasing race car dreams
    After studying development at UCLA and serving in the Peace Corps in Liberia, Ken Fukuda (IDS 2009) left his job and moved to Germany to pursue his passion for professional racing.

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    Ann Kerr delivers the UCLA International Institute Commencement Address on June 16, 2018.

    Image for Donor builds trans-Pacific community of Chinese donors
    UCLA alumnus John Long is a successful businessman, Asian American community leader and philanthropist. One of his latest projects, the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative, works closely with the UCLA Asia Pacific Center. The two organizations are co-organizing a forum at Tsinghua University in late June.

    Image for Recent work by Min Zhou receives honorable mention
    The UCLA sociologist's latest book, "The Asian American Achievement Paradox," co-authored with Jennifer Lee, received an honorable mention from the fourth section of the American Sociological Association to recognize the work.

    Image for Interview with Emily Ryo
    Emily Ryo discusses her research and immigrant detention in the U.S.

    Image for Watching the N.B.A. finals with Ann Kerr
    Kerr, who delivered the International Institute's 2018 commencement address on June 16, 2018, is the mother of a very famous basketball coach. She is interviewed here by The New Yorker.

    Image for Global Development Lab continues to impress
    On June 5 in Ackerman Union, members of the UCLA Global Development Lab presented poster displays on development projects that they have designed over the past two quarters.

    Image for Researching renewable energy in Jakarta and Los Angeles
    Sean Kennedy (UCLA 2018 Ph.D.) credits his success to support he received from both the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Asia Pacific Center, including four FLAS grants to study Indonesian.

    Image for Center hosts first-ever Israel Studies conference for undergraduate students
    The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies provided a unique forum for undergraduates to showcase their research on a diverse array of subjects related to Israel.

    Image for Applications are closing for design field school and conference
    The two events, both related to sustainable cities and landscapes, take place in late August-early September 2018.

    Image for Modernization stalls in Russia under Putin
    At a recent book talk, Daniel Treisman characterized the current Putin regime as an informational autocracy that relies largely on nonviolent control of information flows and the disabling of opponents.

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Faculty in the News

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Ju Hui Judy Han, assistant professor of gender studies at UCLA, speaks to Larry Mantle on KPCC's "Air Talk" about the spread of intimate photos and video of women taken by hidden camera. South Korean women recently demonstrated to demand government action against the practice.
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"Lebanon is a microcosm of the Middle East... [t]he results on May 6th will provide a glimpse into the political climate of the greater Middle East," writes Eric Bordenkircher, research fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, in the International Policy Digest.
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Apr. 6 2018. Speaking to the New York Times about the appointment of a white woman as a part-time curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Director of the African Studies Center Steven Nelson notes that few African Americans are specialists in African art : "Art history as a whole has done 'a very poor job of recruiting a diverse pool,' he said, adding that 'African art history in the U.S. is primarily white and female.'”
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Mar. 14, 2018. Writing in The Washington Post, UCLA's Dan Treisman says Russia has two modes of governance: autopilot and manual control. "Both systems involve corruption and power networks, as well as arbitrary and sometimes inhumane methods," he says. "Neither is very effective, although both can get results."
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In a piece for "The Conversation" of U.S. News & World Report, James Gelvin predicts that the prospects for peace are likely to get worse in the region this year.