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Hans H. Baerwald, UCLA professor emeritus and an internationally known scholar of Japanese politics, died at his home in Pope Valley, Calif., on June 2 at the age of 82. He directed the UCLA Japan Research and Exchange Program, the predecessor of the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, from the late 1970s until his retirement in 1990.
Toshie Marra, a librarian in the UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, has been named the 2010 Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Korean art is widely recognized for its fine traditions of painting and classical ceramics. Yet the arts of Korea run a much wider gamut, and this summer, the Fowler Museum at UCLA presents two lesser-known but equally compelling genres of Korean art in the exhibitions "Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists" and "Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World."
The 5,500-year-old enclosed leather shoe, found with the laces intact, is of a type known in climes distant from Armenia.
UCLA's Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach counterpart was established this past winter quarter to recruit UCLA students to join a UC-Irvine outreach mission.
The UCLA Center for Chinese Studies announces the awarding of research grants in Taiwan Studies for 2010-11. Congratulations to awardees IRENA CRONIN (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) and ANTHONY ESTES (Department of Anthropology).
One faculty member and two graduate students won UC funding for work on Asian historical and societal issues.
Bernard Picart and Jean Frederic Bernard's "Religious Ceremonies of the World" (1723-37) presented Europe's first sympathetic portrait of Muslims, Jews and followers of such Eastern religions as Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism. It delivered a sensitive portrayal of religious customs and ceremonies among Native Americans, beating Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the concept of the "noble savage" by three decades.
The Y & S Nazarian Family Foundation has made donations totaling $5 million to the university, which helped establish the Israel Studies Program in 2005 and created an endowment for the center.
At the 5th annual conference on "Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future," held in conjunction with the Doha Forum, distinguished participants search for practical solutions to regional issues. The three-day event has been organized by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan singled out the "innovative" work of the National Heritage Language Resource Center.
"Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia" and "Nini Towok's Spinning Wheel" run from August through mid-December at UCLA.
The fundamental question of whether China is on the path to becoming a responsible stakeholder in world affairs or acting as a revisionist superpower was put to a prestigious group of China scholars from universities and think tanks across the country. Watch video of the keynote address by John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
The Daily Bruin student newspaper reports on one students long journey to bring a school to ethnic Karen refugees in Burma.
Burkle Senior Fellow Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) in Newsweek: "Evaluating the Presidents Foreign Policy"
This month's Intelligence Squared U.S. debate: "Does Obama's Foreign Policy Spell America's Decline?" features Burkle Senior Fellow Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) arguing against the motion.
UCLA alumnus Brian Rishwain gave two $2,500 awards to urban planning doctoral students Ava Bromberg and John Scott-Railton, who brought an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to social justice work. Scott-Railton is working in poor slums in Senegal to help the residents counteract devastating floods.
Congratulations to Haenim (Grace) Yoo and Wendy Zheng; two outstanding scholars from the UCLA East Asian IDP program who were awarded 2010 Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship under Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
In win for Obama administration, court rebuffs those held at Afghan prison.
Four experts recently gathered on an NPR broadcast to examine and debate the motion "Obama's Foreign Policy Spells America's Decline," part of the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.
Almost every Thursday evening of the academic year, a non-denominational group of volunteers gathers at the Hillel UCLA kitchen to bake challah bread. Proceeds go to a group that supplies Darfur refugees with solar-powered stoves.
At a symposium on the anti-nuclear weapons movement, director M.T. Silvia screens and discusses a new film about her mother's role at a Nevada testing site and the story of a Hiroshima survivor; and Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, urges action by nonproliferation treaty signatories on disarmament.
Congratulations to Dr. Gayatri A. Menon, recipient of the 2009 Sardar Patel Award, for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India.
CEES continues its partnership with the LA Film Festival with a screening of a dramatic feature from Georgia on June 19th and 23rd.
Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, 39th Foreign Minister of Thailand and UCLA Burkle Center Senior Fellow, comments on the current situation in Thailand and asks Prime Minister Vejjajiva to put an end to the use of force against civilians.
The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009-10 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship.
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