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Exhibit Touts Jazz Ambassadors' Global Impact

From March 20 through Aug. 14 at the Fowler Museum, "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World” will illustrate how some of our most famous musicians taught the world about the United States while learning about their host nations as well.

US Interrogator Who Decried Torture Joins Burkle Center

Matthew Alexander, an 18-year Air Force and Air Force Reserves veteran and author of books about effective, non-coercive interrogation methods, is bringing his on-the-ground perspective about counterterrorism policies to UCLA as a Burkle Center fellow.

Space Available in the spring course, "International Relations of the Middle East"

Are you interested in the politics of the Middle East? Do you want to understand the origins of the current crises in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Iran, Israel and Palestine?

Senior Burkle Center Fellow Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) discusses the debate over U.S. intervention in Libya on NPR's Talk of the Nation

Burkle Center Senior Fellow, Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.), discusses the debate over U.S. intervention in Libya with George Joffe, Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University and Tom Malinowski, Human Rights Watch. Aired on NPR's Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan on March 14, 2011.

Students Raising Funds for Japan Quake Relief

UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union and Japan Student Association are collecting donations to aid victims of Japan’s catastrophic March 11 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed.

UCLA Students, Faculty Accounted for in Japan; Terasaki Director Abe Discusses Quake Response

Nine UCLA students studying in the Tokyo area with UC’s Education Abroad Program have been located and are safe, while an estimated 20 graduate students affiliated with the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies were far from the worst damage.

Washington Post Op-Ed by Senior Burkle Center Fellow Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.): Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action

Gen. Wesley Clark argues that Libya doesn't meet the test for US military action based on our experiences with foreign intervention in the past.

Silks and Quilts in Central Asian Cultures

Possibly the best-dressed scholarly meeting of the season, "Textiles as Treasures" looked at the place of fabrics in the lives and the industry of nomadic and urban Central Asian cultures over centuries. The March 5 conference was organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia; a day-long program on the music of the region is planned for April 1.

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Burkle Center Fellow Matthew Alexander: Rep. King: Meet Muslim-American Heroes

Matthew Alexander speaks out against the attacks on Muslim-Americans by Congress.

Huffington Post Op-Ed by Burkle Center Fellow Matthew Alexander: Known and Forgotten: Rumsfeld's Memoir

Matthew Alexander claims that Donald Rumsfeld's recently released memoir is filled with blatant hypocrisies.

Food and Survival in Her Books and Her Life

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.

Israeli Minister Discusses Disruptions in the Middle East

Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau speaks on national resources and the unrest in Arab countries, in a talk sponsored by UCLA's Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

LA Times Op-Ed by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala on the US-Pakistan row over diplomatic immunity: It’s Undiplomatic

Kal Raustiala writes that the U.S.-Pakistan spat over Raymond Davis, an American accused of killing two men in Lahore, reveals the arcane world of diplomatic immunity.

Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary Celebration Ranges from Heartfelt to Humorous

Distinguished panelists commemorated the Peace Corps service of more than 1,800 UCLA alumni, including 91 volunteers currently in 46 countries. MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews moderated the discussion.

UCLA Hosts Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tonight, more than 1,000 attendees are expected to gather in Royce Hall to welcome a panel of former Peace Corps volunteers, including director Aaron Williams, former National Public Radio director Frank Mankiewicz and MSNBC 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews. The Daily Bruin reports.

Weekend of Middle Eastern Music

On Saturday night, master musicians from Morocco play a free concert showcasing the culture and sounds of the Gnawa people, on campus in Schoenberg Hall. On Sunday afternoon in the same venue, the Yuval Ron Ensemble caps off a UCLA lecture series with a performance of Middle Eastern music that is free for students.

Korean Unions Must Embrace Marginalized Workers, Says Key Figure in Movement

Sim Sangjeung, a prominent labor organizer who spent years on the run as South Korea made its democratic transition, addressed an audience of about 55 in UCLA's Moore Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23, saying that her country's labor movement would have to change dramatically to avoid becoming irrelevant.

Tibetan-Born Neuroscientist Combines Meditation and Medicine

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.

The Good Daughter

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.

Behind Egypt’s Revolution Is a History of Worker Discontent, Expert Says

Stanford University's Joel Beinin, who directed Middle Eastern studies at the American University in Cairo from 2006 to 2008, tells a UCLA audience that the generals who made Mubarak go took seriously the threat of large labor strikes.

Professors Explain How Uprisings in Middle East All Stand Apart

UCLA History Professor James Gelvin and Gabriel Piterberg resist the temptation to view democracy as a wave and Middle Eastern countries as dominoes, the Daily Bruin student newspaper reports.

Newly Appointed Burkle Center Fellow Matthew Alexander Discusses Harsh Interrogation Techniques on NPR's Fresh Air

Matthew Alexander speaks out against harsh interrogation techniques used by the U.S. military and describes his team's use of strategic, noncoercive methods of interrogation to find Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006.

Leon Wieseltier Delivers Daniel Pearl Lecture

Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic and a prominent observer of the Middle East, said that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an idea worth defending, for the sake of the region. The Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series is hosted annually at UCLA by the Burkle Center for International Relations.

Rights Group Tracks Deaths, Detainments in Egypt

As the executive deputy director of research and programs for Human Rights Watch, Iain Levine manages the organization’s researchers and reporters, who are currently deployed in more than 40 countries. He spoke to UCLA students and faculty at the law school on Tuesday about the group's work in Egypt, the Daily Bruin student newspaper reports.

Project Streams Twitter Updates from Egypt Unrest on Digital Map of Cairo

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.

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