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Brazilian Justice Speaks on Race, UCLA Book

Joaquim Barbosa Gomes, the first Afro-Brazilian Justice on Brazil's Supreme Court, and three panelists praised a UCLA sociologist for his award-winning book. The panel discussed racial inequality in Brazil.

Venezuelan Higher Ed Ministry Names Chair for UCLA Professor

Also in September, Toronto-based Chopbox Magazine created the Peter L. McLaren Foundation for Social Change.

Outreach World Website Lauded by Federal Government

Developed and hosted by the UCLA International Institute, the online hub for K-12 area studies has been showcased in Washington, D.C., and garnered praise from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Surprised, Again, by Dutch Voters

A visiting historian and a UCLA political scientist analyze November's inconclusive election in the Netherlands.

Bruin Angels: Niranjala and Lokubanda Tillakaratne

Using primarily their own savings, they fund self-help projects for poor Sri Lankan villages, where the Tillakaratnes spend their vacation time each year.

What Should America's Strategy Be in the Middle East?

A look at the policies of 11 U.S. presidents since the creation of the new Middle East in 1948 provides useful clues to a sound and viable strategy in the region, writes UCLA political scientist Steven Spiegel.

Welfare Fails to Save the World

"Whether or not there was a time for foreign aid, it is an idea whose time has gone," argues UCLA economist Deepak Lal in The Australian.

Professor Wins Top French Literary Prize with Congolese Fable

Alain Mabanckou, a visiting professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, won the annual prize for his best-selling novel, "Mémoires de porc-épic" ("Memoirs of a Porcupine").

Democracy's No Panacea for Poverty, Study Finds

Michael Ross, a UCLA political scientist, concluded that democratic countries do no better than their non-democratic counterparts in helping the world's poorest citizens -- a troubling finding, he said, that contradicts the claims made by a generation of scholars.

UCLA Visiting Professor Wins Prestigious French Book Prize

Prix Renaudot winners become "mega-stars overnight" in France.

Powell Showcases Middle East in American Popular Fiction

The exhibit, curated by CNES Assistant Director Jonathan Friedlander, runs Nov. 6-Jan. 12 at UCLA’s Powell Library. A Jan. 11 lecture will treat the Middle East in American crime fiction.

Foremost Western Historian of India Publishes New Work on End of Colonial Period

UCLA Professor Emeritus Stanley Wolpert reflects on his career.

Lebanon's War With Cluster Bombs

The 40% of Israeli-dropped 'bomblets' that didn't explode during this summer's war continue to kill Lebanon's most vulnerable, writes Professor Saree Makdisi in the Los Angeles Times.

Professor Fights to Save Records

The records Robinson compiled during his time in East Timor have contributed to a larger record of archives collected by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation, which collects records of the 25-year Indonesian occupation of East Timor.

UCLA Ethnomusicologist on Arab Classical Sounds

Racy explains pleasures of a musical tradition to the Kansas City Star.

Obituary: Mazisi Kunene, South African Poet Laureate, Anti-apartheid Leader, and UCLA Professor

The UCLA African Studies Center held a memorial service for Kunene on Oct. 12.

In UCLA Debut, Wesley Clark Critiques US Torture Policy

The former supreme allied commander of NATO, now a Burkle Center senior fellow, and UCLA law professors discuss provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Clark disputes need for "rough treatment" of detainees on practical, moral, and geo-strategic grounds.

Perspectives on Israel Studies: A Personal View

by Professor Leonard Binder, Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

Records of East Timor, 1999

UCLA historian Geoffrey Robinson is leading a mission to save evidence of a young nation's turbulent birth and working through his own memories of violence.

Armenians at Home

UCLA historian Richard Hovannisian instructs local K-12 teachers on more than a century of Armenian migrations to Southern California and elsewhere. His archive of interviews with 800 survivors of the Armenian Genocide is now digitized, with transcriptions and translations in the works.

American in Beirut

UCLA Islamic Studies doctoral student Joanne Nucho went to Lebanon to study Arabic and a community in East Beirut. She ended up working to get out, a process that led her to new reflections on the region and her own family ties to it.

The Murder of American Values in Lebanon

Fighting in Lebanon and Israel 'might engulf the entire region as well as what is left of faith in American ideals in the Muslim world,' writes UCLA Fulbright Coordinator Ann Zwicker Kerr in the Aug. 14 Christian Science Monitor.

Israel's Outrageous Attacks

Israel is engaging in collective punishment of the people of Lebanon, writes UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi July 19 in the Los Angeles Times.

AsiaMedia Writer Wins South Asian Journalists Association Award

Arthur Rhodes takes top honors for his coverage of Sri Lanka elections in UCLA publication.

Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Moves to UCLA

CNES hosts a conference marking the arrival of JMEWS's editorial operation at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. UCLA's Sondra Hale and UCSB's Nancy Gallagher will serve as co-editors.

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