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Monday, June 3, 2019
Journalism as a crime
Northern California native and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian discussed his 18-month ordeal as an Iranian prisoner and American bargaining chip.
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Monday, April 15, 2019
CNES wins grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
National support for an innovative freshman course that is now being developed by a multidisciplinary faculty team at UCLA.
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Monday, April 8, 2019
Acclaimed architectural historian Zeynep Çelik to organize May conference at UCLA
Architectural historian and curator Zeynep Çelik has been awarded the UCLA Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award in Islamic Studies. As part of the award, a conference will be convened on her scholarly interests and contributions to the field at the Center for Near Eastern Studies later this spring.
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Friday, February 1, 2019
Yemeni identity in Israel
Yemeni Jews in Israel are caught between assimilating into Israeli society and preserving their culture, said Ari Ariel at the Center for Near Eastern Studies event, “Yearning for Yemen: Migration and Memory.”
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Award for new faculty book
Faculty members from two UCLA departments combined forces to report on a little-known minority group: Jewish communities in North Africa during the Holocaust.
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Monday, November 26, 2018
Kevan Harris wins two prestigious book awards
“A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran” has won both the Nikki Keddie Book Award and the Middle East Political Economy Book Prize.
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Monday, September 24, 2018
Using interdisciplinary research to complicate the argument
Ali Behdad, the new director of CNES, aims to promote collaborative interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge of the complex history, culture and traditions of the Middle East.
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Monday, August 20, 2018
New digital archive of ancient Arabic and Syriac manuscripts
Arcadia Fund grant will provide access to rare manuscripts from St. Catherine's Monastery.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018
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.
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Friday, July 27, 2018
Kerr Family Scholar to join UCLA this fall
A graduate student from Lebanon is the inaugural winner of this new fellowship.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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.
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Monday, July 2, 2018
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.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
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.
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Deserts into forests: Dispossession in Palestine as another case of enclosure
At a recent UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies event, UC San Diego Professor Gary Fields claimed tree planting, forestation and cartography were used as tools of land dispossession in Palestine.
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Friday, April 6, 2018
Nationalism threatens troubled human rights regime
In advance of the April 20th graduate student conference, "Exploring Human Rights in the Shadow of Nationalism," UCLA Professor of Law Aslı Ü. BâlI outlines three contemporary challenges to universal human rights.
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