Image for UCLA students shine in annual APRU poster contest
    For the past three years, UCLA students have won awards in the annual poster contest organized by the APRU Global Health Program.

    Image for Graduate Fellowships for Middle East Studies
    Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline.

    Image for Steven Nelson awarded prestigious research fellowship at National Gallery of Art
    As Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Nelson will spend two years working on collaborative initiatives and pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

    Image for Kerr Family Scholar to join UCLA this fall
    A graduate student from Lebanon is the inaugural winner of this new fellowship.

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

    Image for New leaders, faculty join the International Institute
    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.

    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.

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

    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 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 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 researched over the past two quarters.

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Faculty in the News

Image for Cindy Fan interviewed by CCTV
While attending the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative "Tsinghua Forum" in late June, Vice Provost Cindy Fan was interviewed at length by CCTV about her life, achievements and challenges as an Asian American woman in a university leadership position. (In Chinese)
Image for Time to shift U.S. approach to the Middle East
In an article in Boston Review, UCLA Law's Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana analyze how U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict has escalated violence and harm to the civilian population. They then outline an alternative policy toward the conflict.
"The overriding and immediate obligation of those actors complicit in Syria's destruction is the resettlement of refugees outside of Syria and the provision of basic needs — subsistence, shelter, health and education — to the nearly eight million displaced within Syria," they write.
Image for Thai cave boys ordained as Buddhist novices
July 25, 2018. In a rite of passage common to Thai boys, the soccer team members were ordained in honor of the Thai Navy Seal who died in the rescue operation. Speaking to NPR, UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Director Robert Buswell said, "For the boys it's an indication that they have transitioned into adulthood."
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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.