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Unique Archive of Language Materials Extends Scope

The UCLA Language Materials Project, a database for teachers of less-studied languages, has won $500,000 from the Education Department to add digital instructional materials to its archive. But what an archive. With high-quality images of ephemera and hard-to-find foreign stuff, the website is part resource guide and part travel scrapbook for the global village.

Brazilian Film Expert Randal Johnson Leads International Studies During Search

The interim vice provost of international studies, Johnson says that he and the International Institute won't "sit still" in 2010-11. His job for the year includes travel to build relationships with institutions abroad and collaboration with units across campus on internationalizing higher education.

10 Questions for Sebastián Edwards

UCLA novelist and economist Sebastián Edwards on Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and the false promise of Populism.

Streetscapes of L.A., Paris, Berlin Come to Fowler Sept. 19

Red-brick warehouse facades, cinderblock walls lining thoroughfares, wooden barriers at construction sites, and fences surrounding vacant lots become prominent sites for open-air, and largely unofficial, artistic expression in Larry Yust's "photographic elevations."

Capitalism Will Help Us Adapt to Climate Change, Economist Says

Matthew E. Kahn, an environmental economist, takes a pessimistic view of climate change--that it's too late to avoid rising sea levels and hotter summers--but believes cities can cope with the changes.

UCLA Author's Latest Novel: a Mother, a Nanny and Hard Choices

"My Hollywood," is a story of two women--Claire, a composer and new mother, and Lola, a nanny with five children back home in the Philippines--whose lives become intimately entwined through Claire's son, William.

Young Spanish Politicians Examine Immigration on US Tour

As part of the State Department's "Young Political Leaders" project, five Spanish and Andorran officials share perspectives with UCLA Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura, an expert on immigration and citizenship in the United States. Spain has seen an immigration boom in the last decade.

His Goal: $100 for Every Child Born in the World

Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry has an idea that could change the world. The bank accounts he proposes would provide an incentive to register births and a way to save money for children. In the wake of a natural disaster or emergency, governments and charitable and relief organizations could transfer money electronically to those in need in the most efficient way possible.

Making the World a Better Place, this Summer in Senegal

After spending their first four weeks studying in Dakar, 19 students will go to eco-villages in the Senegal River Valley to explore community development projects in public health, women's micro-financing, solar electricity and organic gardening.

'Everyday Selves' Are Focus of the 2nd Indonesian Studies Conference

The second annual conference of the UCLA Indonesian Studies Program draws scholars together to think about "Indonesian Subjectivities."

UCLA Engineer's Telemedicine Invention Poised to Begin Trials in Africa

A lensless cellphone microscope receives three major awards.

Dutch University Seeks UCLA's Help with Diversity Issues

For the past eight years, Dutch college officials have been traveling to Westwood to learn how UCLA promotes a multicultural campus. The Dutch delegations are grappling with such issues as xenophobia in their own country, where Muslims make up the largest immigrant group. This summer, VU University Amsterdam signed an agreement with UCLA to work together on promoting diversity by organizing student exchanges, research collaborations and educational programs.

UCLA Historians Explore Birth of Religious Tolerance in Europe

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.

Two Students Change the World, from South LA to Senegal

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.

Fastest Way to Asia's Heart

About 150 people stopped at the alumni center for a day of tastings, demonstrations and discussions about Asian cuisines and cultures in Los Angeles.

Fulbright Keynoter: University's Main Impact Is Moral

UCLA political scientist Susanne Lohmann underscores the value of values in higher education for a regional association of visiting Fulbright scholars. At afternoon and evening events on April 21, UCLA student leaders, foreign scholars and other invited guests assess the university's role in moral education.

Chilling Effect on Muslim Giving Examined at Law Conference

The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law will devote one of its annual issues to papers emerging from the April 16 meeting on "Critical Perspectives on the Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy in the War on Terror."

Eric Garcetti Speaks on "LA and CA in the World"

In this video, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti delivers a lecture on "LA and CA in the World: Our Global Interests and Global Positions." The lecture was presented by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and UCLA School of Public Affairs.

Are Native Languages Worth Saving? A Globetrotting Scholar Says Yes

Geography Professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, the author of books on how societies succeed and fail, argues in a lecture that being bilingual or multilingual is good for cognitive skills, for memory in later years and probably for your country. The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes was on hand for the discussion.

Festival of Books Preview: Joyce Appleby on Global Capitalism

On Sunday, April 25, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Emerita Joyce Appleby will participate in a panel discussion on the U.S. economy. Appleby is the author, most recently, of "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" (Norton, 2010). The discussion on Sunday will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.

10 Questions with Joyce Appleby

In less than 400 years, capitalism has generated unprecedented wealth and new forms of power, altered prevailing wisdom about human nature, and spread itself far beyond its improbable original setting, a process that the eminent historian Joyce Appleby describes in "The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism" (Norton, 2010). Running all the way to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the history pauses on the lives of industrialists, adventurers and pamphleteers.

Questions for Joshua A. Fishman

At an international conference last month, the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA presented the first Joshua Fishman Award for Outstanding Contributions and Leadership in the Heritage Language Field. Before the conference, the center arranged for a telephone interview with Professor Fishman, who shared thoughts on the award, his current work, and a recent honor he received from the Royal Academy of the Basque Language in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Says Spirit of Mexican Revolution Still Alive 100 Years Later

The three-time Mexican presidential contender and key figure in the country's democratic transformation sought to apply revolutionary ideals of equality and shared progress to 21st-century issues such as domestic political participation and international trade.

Defenders of World's Mother Tongues (and Signs) Compare Tactics at UCLA

The National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA hosts a major, first-of-its-kind conference on how to teach languages that are sidelined and stigmatized around the world, and honors a U.S. authority on bilingualism and teaching methodologies, Guadalupe Valdes of Stanford University.

Watching TV: Students of Brazilian Cinema

As filmmaking in Brazil experienced a renewal beginning in the mid-1990s, it was also becoming entangled with the domestic television industry, with implications for art as well as business.

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