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Latin American Scholars Meet over Kimchi

A conference this month in Koreatown was the first step in bridging studies of Korea carried out in North and South America. Under a five-year grant, UCLA Korean studies researchers and their Latin American colleagues are planning collaboration and exchanges.

Majority World Finds Voice in Photos

Photographer from Bangladesh delivers lectures at UCLA about human rights, images, and new takes on citizen journalism.

A Stroll in Beirut

"Symbols of the intractable problems of the Middle East stood in striking contrast to the pleasures of life pursued by the resilient Lebanese as I took a walk downtown from the American University with a friend earlier this month," writes UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr in the Palisadian-Post.

Rapping About War

MIT anthropologist Ian Condry discusses the history of Japanese hip hop and Japanese rappers' commentary on the Iraq war and 9/11.

Virtual Qumran Sheds New Light on Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Site

The mysterious archaeological ruins located paces from where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered 60 years ago served first as a fortress before being adopted by Jewish religious sect, two UCLA researchers contend.

Europe's 'Different Adventure'

The keynote speaker at a UCLA conference on security issues in Europe and Eurasia revisits the meaning of European unity.

Native Son Returns to Delhi

Historian Vinay Lal's sojourn will take him and his family away from their home at UCLA and back to Delhi, the city of his birth, where he will lead a UC-wide study abroad program.

The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism, and Postsocialism on the Black Sea

A book talk by author KRISTEN GHODSEE, Gender and Women's Studies, Bowdoin College

A Cautionary Tale: Revisiting Ceausescu's Anti-Abortion Policies

A public lecture by GAIL KLIGMAN, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies at UCLA

AIDS Fight Needs Course Correction, Say Panelists

Prescriptions for combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe include increased funding, focus on local disease drivers, and reassertion of public health goals over political concerns.

Schoolgirl as Femme Fatale

Stanford's Indra Levy discusses the development of the schoolgirl figure as a femme fatale in modern Japanese literature.

Kal Raustiala in the Los Angeles Times: A Bill of Rights Without Borders

A 50-year-old court decision on constitutional protections overseas comes into play in the war on terror, writes Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in The Los Angeles Times.

The Politics of Sexual Harassment: A Comparative Study of the United States, the European Union, and Germany

A book talk by author KATHRIN ZIPPEL, Sociology, Northeastern University

Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town

A book talk by author ROGERS BRUBAKER, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

Historian Notehelfer Honored for Leadership in Japanese Studies

Fred G. Notehelfer directed the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies for 16 years and co-directed an East Asian Studies consortium in Southern California for 20 years. He will continue teaching at UCLA for another year before retiring.

Princeton Philosopher Urges Rich to Give More to Poor

Peter Singer's message is uncomfortable: Most people follow a minimalist morality that makes them a lot more immoral than they consider themselves to be.

Crisis Persists in El Salvador

Fifteen years after El Salvador's civil war, says Blanca Flor Bonilla, a member of the Legislative Assembly, extreme poverty is promoting organized crime, mass emigration, and the disintegration of families.

Digital Showcase Touts Interdisciplinary Innovation

Nearly 350 faculty, staff, students and others packed the crowded exhibition space at Perloff Hall, peering at computer monitors, test-driving Web applications, taking notes, and trading ideas and business cards.

Promises in AIDS Fight Not Met

Focusing on Africa, former UN envoy Stephen Lewis expresses amazement at the passivity of the international community as the HIV/AIDS epidemic traumatizes women, creates orphans, and continues on its decades-long path of devastation. Listen to a Podcast of his speech.

Roots of Epidemic Still Go Unaddressed

Debrework Zewdie, the director of the Global HIV/AIDS Program at the World Bank, argues that efforts to fight the pandemic will come up short as long as "fundamental drivers" such as poverty, gender inequality, and the marginalization of high-risk groups are not dealt with. Listen to a Podcast of her speech.

Allende's Shadow Fading, Says Venezuelan Ambassador

Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, who represents Venezuela and Hugo Chávez in Washington, says his country's break from the U.S.-endorsed model of economic policy in Latin America is giving the region hope that democracies can enact "revolutionary change." He faults the United States for upholding a "double standard" on terrorism and not minding its energy consumption.

Beyond 'The Crocodile'

UCLA literary translator Michael Heim and distinguished panelists revisit the life and the diary of Kornei Chukovsky, the Russian man of letters best remembered as a children's author. UCLA's Vyacheslav Ivanov recalls details of his lifelong friendship with Chukovsky.

Portrait of a Painter as a Patriot

Columbia Japanologist Donald Keene examines the life of painter Watanabe Kazan.

The Origin of Language Families

U of Texas-Arlington linguist Jerold A. Edmondson, whose doctorate is from UCLA, explains what the field of linguistic history might stand to gain from advances in population genetics and archaeology.

A World of Conflict

Listen to a UCLAradio story about a documentary screening by Kevin Sites, a pioneering solo journalist for Yahoo! News, on war zones around the world. The event was presented by AsiaMedia, sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, Latin American Center, African Studies Center and Asia Institute.

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