Peek into Judith Carney’s background and you can understand her interests. "In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World," co-written with her husband, is one of two winners of the most recent Douglass prize, awarded to the best book written in English on slavery or abolition.
Aşkın, accompanied on the piano by UCLA doctoral student Ayse Taspinar, performed at UCLA's Popper Theater on March 1, 2011.
Dr. Lobsang Rapgay helped organize a symposium exploring Buddhism and neuroscience, in many ways fulfilling the journey that the UCLA expert in Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and medicine began half a century ago.
UCLA alumna Jasmin Darznik spoke about unraveling her family's history at a reading on Friday, Feb. 18 at the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.
A book reading by Jasmin Darznik, Washington and Lee University
Subtitled "Voices from Cairo through Social Media," the program displays a new tweet every four seconds over a digital map of Egypt's capital, archiving messages and the precise locations in Cairo from which they were sent.
For more than 20 years, the UCLA Film & Television Archive has curated an annual festival in honor of Iranian cinema. It opens on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Billy Wilder Theater with "Pay Back," The Daily Bruin student newspaper reports.
While in graduate school at UCLA and working in the Center for Primary Research and Training, Ali Anooshahr brought paleographic training and language proficiency in Persian, Arabic, and Ottoman Turkish to the task of describing and processing the UCLA Library's collection of Near Eastern Manuscripts. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at UC Davis.
John Scott-Railton, who has done research and studied in Egypt, decided to begin relaying reports from Egyptians via Twitter and Youtube when the government shut down Internet and cell phone service last Thursday.
The largely student-based initiative, based out of UCLA's Program in Global Health, has a long-term strategy for empowering Haitians. Officials from Haiti's State University (UEH) will visit with students and faculty members on multiple UC campuses in a five-day symposium.
A video interview with Hannah Reiss, PhD candidate in Anthropology
In "Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture," Professor Marjorie Faulstich Orellana addresses the complex role played by youth who serve as language and culture brokers for their families and others.
UCLA scientists use new scientific method to verify vintage 4100 B.C. wine.
Since the teacher education program on Korea got its start in 2004, the UCLA Center for Korean Studies has supported KAFE's model of community engagement, sending renowned faculty members to lead training sessions and helping with programming. By way of a week-long, annual summer institute and other programs, CKS has reached out to roughly 2,000 school administrators and teachers from around the United States in recent years.
Garin Hovannisian's relatives are the subject of his new book, "Family of Shadows," which intertwines the tragic and triumphant recent history of the Armenian people with his remarkable family.
A related event Jan. 29 features discussions with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, journalists and scholars on Haiti and storytelling.
As a child, cellist Antonio Lysy, a music professor at UCLA, visited Argentina's Pampas grasslands with his father, a renowned violinist. Steeped in its music, Lysy this year performed a concert of music from Argentina, including a song that recently won a Latin Grammy Award.
Growing up in a predominantly white L.A. suburb, Robert Chao Romero, an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, hid his Chinese background. But one day his interest in his heritage was awakened and led him to study the tragic history of Chinese immigrants in Mexico.
Meeting with Iryna Orlova and Anatoliy Mamalyga, the Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Russian Folk orchestra's professional directors and arrangers.
The Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Russian Folk Orchestra was organized to perpetuate a unique style of music recognized and loved world wide. Formed in 1995 as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation for the study and performance of music written and arranged for traditional Russian folk instruments such as the balalaika, domra, bayan, and gusli. The Los Angeles' Orchestra's goal and purpose is to educate the public through instruction, performance, and research.
The UCLA Graduate Student Quarterly profiled Merav Shohet, a former graduate student in anthropology and recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Shohet is currently an assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Geography Professor Judith Carney and a co-author demonstrate, in "In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World," not only the legacy of farming that the slaves brought with them from Africa, but also the importance of the botanical gardens that they kept in America, as well as the impact that they had on the developing American food culture.
Central Asia Initiative International Conference (Panel I)
Central Asia Initiative International Conference (Panel II)
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
Difficult geography, limited communication and a collapsed music industry mean that many Russian bands and artists are limited to their local scene. But Professor David MacFadyen's website, "Far From Moscow," has given them a way to escape their isolation.
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