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Language and Culture of Ikema from Miyako Island of Okinawa

Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: Poetry by Palestinian Poet Ghassan Zaqtan

Renowned Palestian poet Ghassan Zaqtan and translator Fady Joudah visit UCLA for a poetry reading on October 25th, 2012. The event was organized by Nouri Gana, Professor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature and the Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Obama’s second term may mean stronger hand in foreign policy: Daily Bruin Op-Ed by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala

As in domestic policy, of course, the president does not hold all the foreign policy cards. But areas such as these are largely in the hands of the president, and we can expect Obama, having completed his last electoral campaign, to be more active, more engaged and perhaps more daring in the four years to come.

Canadian Society in the Twenty-First Century: A Historical Sociological Approach

By Trevor W. Harrison & John W. Friesen

AFI Fest 2012 Presented by Audi

The UCLA Latin American Institute is a proud community and cultural supporter of this year’s AFI Film Festival presented by Audi from November 1 - 8. This year, the LAI is the official host of the film "After Lucia" (Despues de Lucia).

International Conference on Afghanistan Aims to Develop Central Asian Studies at UCLA

"Beyond the Bamiyan Buddhas: Archaeology and History in the Modern and Ancient Persianate World" is an upcoming 2-day conference to be held at UCLA and UC Irvine on November 8 and 9, 2012.

Migrant Workers in the Middle East: Calling Awareness to Legalized Abuses of Human Rights

Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, speaks on migrant worker abuse in the Middle East.

Critical Frameworks of Transmission

The UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies hosts the 17th Annual Graduate Symposium on Japanese Studies.

Librarian makes UCLA a go-to spot for study of Middle East

Librarian David Hirsch has helped build the UCLA library’s 500,000-plus volumes on the Middle East, North Africa, Anatolia and Central Asia, constituting one of the most significant Middle Eastern research collections in the U.S.

Graduate Student Research and Conference Award

Canadian Studies at UCLA has a new funding opportunity for currently enrolled graduate students.

Kasih Co-op sells Indonesian jewelry while raising money for elementary schools

The sale of a single piece of pearl-and-charm-adorned jewelry handcrafted in Indonesia can provide a child in Laos, Nicaragua or Guatemala education for one month.

Kal Raustiala: Don't knock knockoffs

What do Forever 21, the Buffalo Bills’ 1990s offense, the Kogi food truck, Ed’s Lobster Bar and Carlos Mencia all have in common? They are examples of a provocative but curiously optimistic idea: that imitation can be the sincerest form of innovation — at least in industries that fall partly or completely outside the laws governing intellectual property.

Researcher explores Bosnia's postwar reality

An international armed conflict raged in Bosnia and Herzegovina between April 1992 and December 1995. All told, the war claimed the lives of roughly 100,000 people and forced an estimated 2 million people from their homes. Meanwhile, some 6,500 miles away in Washington State, Adam Moore was doing what a lot of kids his age do — studying hard, hanging out with friends and playing sports.

New blockbusters and rare classics show in Chinese film festival

The China Onscreen Biennial will host the West Coast premiere of the restored, 3-D version of “The Monkey King,” a beloved children’s movie from the early ‘60s. All images courtesy of the China Onscreen Biennial.

James Gelvin to Participate in Istanbul World Forum

Professor James Gelvin has been invited to the First Istanbul World Forum.

UCLA Spanish Film Festival 2012

A series of five films in Spanish being screened October 30th through November 13th

UCLA professor translated volumes of Korean Buddhist text, inspired by past as a monk

Brushing dust off a thick, bound 14th century volume, Professor Robert Buswell stood in his office, surrounded by a chronicled literary history of ancient Buddhist culture.

CEES congratulates Professor Gail Kligman on receiving multiple book awards

Professor Kligman's latest book "Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962," co-authored with Professor Katherine Verdery, receives multiple awards.

In Memoriam: Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

Eric Hobsbawm was a highly acclaimed Marxist historian and professor emeritus, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, and president, Birkbeck University of London.

Obituary: Michael Heim, 69, professor and award-winning translator of Kundera, Grass

Michael Henry Heim, a distinguished UCLA professor best known for his translations of Eastern European, Russian and German novelists, died Saturday, Sept. 29, at his home in Westwood of complications from melanoma. He was 69.

In Memoriam: Michael Henry Heim (1943 - 2012)

A distinguished professor of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Michael Heim was an internationally recognized scholar whose translations from a wide array of Slavic and other European languages into English placed him among the foremost ranks of the profession.

Chancellor Gene Block: A promising year ahead of us

Welcome to 2012–13 at UCLA!

Welcoming PKU Summer Students to UCLA, August 2012

On Friday, August 31, JRI hosted a welcome lunch for eleven undergraduate students from PKU.

UCLA scholars bring Korean Buddhist works to English-speaking world

The field of Korean Buddhism, which has a nearly 1,700-year history, has opened up to Western scholars and students with the release of the first comprehensive collection of Korean Buddhist works to be published in any European language. 

How to tackle Iran: CNN Op-Ed by Burkle Center 2011-12 Visiting Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye

Instead of committing the United States to take military action against Iran, Dalia Dassa Kaye suggests that a better option would be convincing more Israeli leaders and people that a military attack is still a bad idea if the goal is to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

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