Quick links to all the stories posted at the UCLA International Institute
This year's International Institute summer training program for teachers, a 10-day workshop, traced the evolution of regional and cross-regional food cultures from antiquity to the present day in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Rice, chicken, tea. Sounds like a meal, but in a summer class about international food, these staples are a jumping-off point for understanding rice's role in globalization, how rumors about chicken quality represent distrust of the global market and how a British obsession with Chinese tea led to slave raids in the Philippines.
'HAPI: the Database of Latin American Journal Articles' has increased its subscriber base in that region by giving its online library product away in some countries and charging less for it in others. HAPI had flexibility to make the change, which shortens paths to knowledge for scholars, because of its good financial health.
A conference last month on Folklore and the Politics of Belief in the Caribbean invited scholars to explore the transmission of African culture in the region and the way this hybrid culture was viewed by observers and researchers from abroad. The event was sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute and the Mellon Seminar on Caribbean Cultural History.
Mara del Mar Logroo Carbona, Assistant Professor, History Department, Florida State University
Introduction by Professor Randal Johnson, Director of the Latin American Institute, April 3, 2009
PODCAST-Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo: "Global Financial Crisis and the Fight Against Poverty"
Former President of Peru, founder and President, Global Center for Development and Democracy, and
Distinguished University Fellow, Stanford University speaks on Global Financial Crisis and the Fight Against Poverty.
In a Spanish-language lecture on Latin America's women writers, the versatile and prolific Poniatowska explains that her vocation means something distinctive for Latin American women, and that passing centuries have brought little relief and appreciation for those who dare to make art.
In this video, Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala discusses questions related to the release or transfer of Quantanamo Bay detainees as well as the territorial legal limits of the War on Terror.
UCLA archaeologist Charles Stanish argues in the latest issue of Archaeology that the antiquities market created by the online auction house eBay has reduced incentives for looting.
Raul Zurita, one of Latin America's great living poets and one of Chile's most important voices against dictatorship, reads and discusses his poetry on campus.
The gathering of international experts extends efforts of collaboration and exchange by the UCLA Latin American Institute.
Laura Garca Oviedo
For LA NACION (This text has been translated from the original)
A lecture by Anouar Majid, University of New England
UCLA is expanding its studies of and ties with Mexico with the creation of a dedicated center under the Latin American Institute and new programs of scholarly collaboration and exchange. At the inaugural event for the Center for Mexican Studies, speakers honored decades of service by UCLA's "dean of Mexican studies," Professor James Wilkie.
La UCLA reforzará las investigaciones sobre el país con la inauguración del Centro de Estudios Mexicanos
Jorge Preloran, a pioneer in the field of ethnographic documentary film and a professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, died March 28 in Los Angeles following a 10-year battle with prostate cancer.
Now in its third year, the Korean Studies in the Americas program brings students to UCLA from four Latin American countries, supports collaboration among faculty, and sends American Koreanist scholars north and south for lectures. Funded by the Seoul-based Academy of Korean Studies, the UCLA-administered program has begun to snowball, attracting interest in the form of travel grants for Latin American students and faculty members visiting Korea and the United States.
Francisco Santos Calderon, a former journalist and a victim of kidnapping himself by the Medellin drug cartel, came to campus with a message: cocaine use is killing Colombia's tropical rainforests, poisoning its rivers and land with toxic chemicals used in production of the drug, and ravaging a fragile ecosystem that sustains species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants that can be found nowhere else on this planet.
Vice President Calderon speaks about "The Shared Responsibility Initiative: Cocaine's Ecocide in Colombia," his international campaign to create awareness of the major environmental and social damages resulting from coca cultivation, cocaine production and the intl. drug trade.
The UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies holds its inaugural event in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition on the last two centuries of urban change in Rio de Janeiro. The Latin American Institute now has a member center devoted to the Southern Cone of South America and will launch a Center for Mexican Studies in the spring.
The Latin American Institute launches new Center for Brazilian Studies at the Exhibition of Rio de Janeiro: Two Centuries of Urban Change 1808-2008 on February 5, 2009.
The UCLA International Institute Human Rights Film Series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a public screening of "Killer's Paradise" and discussion with director Giselle Portenier. The documentary film shines a light on the murders of more than 2,000 Guatemalan women in recent years and on responses by police and officials that often only compound the crimes.
The nonprofit group's UCLA branch made its first service trip last spring break, to Nicaragua, The Daily Bruin reports.
Valenzuela and family members raise money and collect items such as toys and backpacks for girls in a home in Sonora, Mexico.
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