The gathering of international experts extends efforts of collaboration and exchange by the UCLA Latin American Institute.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan founder of the global Green Belt Movement, told a Burkle Center audience that Africans "are literally slaves" to Western nations that profit from excessive interest payments on aid. Event coverage and video are available from Zocalo Public Square.
In this video segment, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan founder of the global Green Belt Movement, responds to audience Q&A.
For the last half-century the United States has undermined itself in Africa by failing to distinguish itself from Europe and the colonial legacy, says Haskell Sears Ward, one of the first to graduate from UCLA with an interdisciplinary master's degree in African studies.
The Graduate Quarterly profiles anthropology graduate student and Fulbright fellow Brent Luvaas.
Urban planning graduate student and Fulbright fellow T.H. Culhane introduces handmade solar water heaters in Cairo and thinks about how energy projects can address both poverty and environmental problems.
UCLA is expanding its studies of and ties with Mexico with the creation of a dedicated center under the Latin American Institute and new programs of scholarly collaboration and exchange. At the inaugural event for the Center for Mexican Studies, speakers honored decades of service by UCLA's "dean of Mexican studies," Professor James Wilkie.
Haskell Sears Ward, an expert on development and one of the first UCLA graduate students in African Studies, will focus his Thursday afternoon talk on what Africa and the United States have meant to one another for the past 50 years.
Wall Street bankers would have benefited from being in the Buddha's audience. At the 106th Faculty Research Lecture, Gregory Schopen explains.
Now in its third year, the Korean Studies in the Americas program brings students to UCLA from four Latin American countries, supports collaboration among faculty, and sends American Koreanist scholars north and south for lectures. Funded by the Seoul-based Academy of Korean Studies, the UCLA-administered program has begun to snowball, attracting interest in the form of travel grants for Latin American students and faculty members visiting Korea and the United States.
Visiting professor Jurgen Kocka, a modern social historian at the Free University of Berlin, gave a lecture that kicks off more than a year of talks, conferences and film screenings organized by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies. An international conference about 1989's events and a film series are set for November.
A public lecture by MICHAEL STORPER, UCLA, Urban Planning
Francisco Santos Calderon, a former journalist and a victim of kidnapping himself by the Medellin drug cartel, came to campus with a message: cocaine use is killing Colombia's tropical rainforests, poisoning its rivers and land with toxic chemicals used in production of the drug, and ravaging a fragile ecosystem that sustains species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants that can be found nowhere else on this planet.
A public lecture by Lahouari Addi, University of Lyon held on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Bunche 10383.
A panel discussion
Miners' success in improving working conditions at a Chinese-owned copper mine in Zambia tells one story about Chinese economic influence on the continent. But it's too early to say what the country's investments in Africa add up to, says UCLA sociologist Ching Kwan Lee.
Going by the title of a witty and insightful book by Vinay Lal, associate professor of history, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Surgeon General-designate Sanjay Gupta are among "The Other Indians," distinct in many ways not just from native Americans but also from India's 1 billion people. Lal's book was recently published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press and HarperCollins (India). Here, he discusses the Indian community in the U.S. and geopolitical events in South Asia.
Ostrich feathers for women's hats were worth nearly as much as diamonds by weight just prior to World War I, when the bubble burst. In "Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce" (Yale University Press), a book that resonates with the current financial crisis, UCLA historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein describes a European and American vogue for African feathers from the 1880s and recounts sad tales of a global market crash that struck particularly hard at Jewish merchants.
The incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama promises to pave the way for transatlantic collaboration to address global challenges, European ambassadors say.
Representing France, Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic and the European Union, the ambassadors highlighted a broad range of political, economic, environmental and security issues confronting their respective governments as well as the European Union and the transition of President-elect Barack Obama.
The late Roxanna Brown, who earned a UCLA doctorate in art history near the end of a creative scholarly career, found sweeping historical narratives in recovered Southeast Asian ceramics. Some of her unpublished works will be pieced together, but her vision can't be replaced, say three speakers at a UCLA symposium.
From Communists to Foreign Capitalists: The Social Foundations of Foreign Direct Investment in Postsocialist Europe
A book talk with author NINA BANDELJ, UC Irvine, Sociology
A son of poverty, former Peruvian president, and founder of the Global Center for Development and Democracy, Alejandro Toledo on Dec. 2 spoke of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion as evils in themselves, and warned of the consequences of failing to reduce all three.
A book talk with author RONALD FINDLAY, Columbia University, Economics, and discussant ROBERT BRENNER, UCLA, History.
In the second of a series of talks by journalists for the UCLA Latin American Institute, Dan Koeppel discusses the history and the fate of the banana.
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