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Burkle Fellow Amy Zegart on NPR: Once a Critic, Obama now Embraces Commissions

Burkle Center Fellow Prof. Amy Zegart comments on the effectiveness of Presidential Commissions, their political value to Congress and to erstwhile critic President Obama and how rarely their recommendations impact policy.

Richard Turco on the Nuttiness of Climate Engineering

Research by the UCLA atmospheric chemist considers whether tinkering with the stratosphere to slow down global warming is feasible, let alone advisable.

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

A lensless cellphone microscope receives three major awards.

Closing Remarks at China and the World Conference by Yan Yunxiang and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Yan Yunxiang is co-director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is a senior fellow with the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.

China and The World Panel 1: China's Role in Regional and Global Security Challenges

The May 24 conference at the James West Alumni Center focused on China's engagement on key international issues. It was sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress and, from UCLA, the Burkle Center for International Relations, the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute.

China and The World Panel 2: China's Role in Global Economic and Climate Polic

The May 24 conference at the James West Alumni Center focused on China's engagement on key international issues. It was sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress and, from UCLA, the Burkle Center for International Relations, the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute.

China and The World Panel 3: What Can the US Do to Shape China

The May 24 conference at the James West Alumni Center focused on China's engagement on key international issues. It was sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress and, from UCLA, the Burkle Center for International Relations, the Center for Chinese Studies and the International Institute.

Closing Remarks at China and the World Conference by Yan Yunxiang and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.)

Yan Yunxiang is co-director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is a senior fellow with the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.

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.

Teshome H. Gabriel, 70, Internationally Recognized Expert on Third World Cinema

The School of Theater, Film and Television, The Los Angeles Times, and a UCLA colleague have published obituaries and appreciations of the Ethiopian-born scholar's life and work.

Questions on China for John Podesta

In keynote remarks delivered at a May conference at UCLA on relations between China and the rest of the world, former White House Chief of Staff and Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta reflects on China's foreign relations with regard to environmental and other issues.

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.

UCLA Conference in Doha Opens with Address by Qatari Emir

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.

Education Secretary Praises NHLRC in Speech

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.

Scholars Debate: Is China Becoming a Responsible World Leader?

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.

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.

'Atomic Mom' Filmmaker Reveals Secret Stories of the Bomb

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.

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."

Garcetti: Making L.A. Business-Friendly Will Aid Local Economic Recovery

In an April 15 talk before an overflow audience in a School of Public Affairs classroom, Garcetti laid out some of the most pernicious problems that are undermining L.A.'s efforts to recover from the Great Recession and highlighted some strategies to address them. The lecture was sponsored by the Burkle Center.

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.

UCLA International Faculty Take 4 Guggenheim Fellowships

The winners include African Studies Center Director Andrew Apter and Center for Chinese Studies Co-director Yunxiang Yan. The 2010 fellowships will support UCLA research on Roman theater, Byzantine villagers, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and morality in contemporary China.

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.

Haitian Ambassador Outlines Rebuilding Strategy, Thanks UCLA Medical Team

In events at the School of Nursing and the International Institute, Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph explains how international pledges to his country will build roads, schools, houses, trade and tourism and support a plan to decentralize the country, moving resources from Port-au-Prince to other regions.

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.

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