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History professor Lauren Robin Derby has returned from the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where rural villages are feeling the trauma of the Jan. 12 earthquake. "None of the medical aid is getting to them," she says.
Years after Indian Ocean tsunami, students hope to help by marketing community's handicrafts, reports The Daily Bruin student newspaper.
"Afghanistan in Ink: Literatures of Nation, War, and Exile" focused on works written or recorded in the tumult of the past three decades. Audio podcasts of conference presentations are now available.
Empathy for the people's suffering after a massive earthquake in Haiti has energized students, staff and faculty to raise awareness, raise funds and in some cases to travel to the devastated country.
Indiana University's William Fierman gives a tour of language in post-Soviet Central Asia, describing how individual governments have responded to an altered political landscape in part by trying to control written and spoken usage.
Established by UCLA's Global Center for Children and Families in 2006, the program aims to build lasting ties between Americans and families in developing countries.
Director of the UCLA Center for Korean Studies and a leading light on pre-modern Korea, Duncan has lived comfortably in two cultures since the late 1960s. Duncan is receiving the Korea Foundation Award in Seoul for a lifetime of contributions to Korean studies worldwide.
Since 1970 "Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies" has given marginalized voices on Africa, the African diaspora and related social issues a space to address general readers and scholars alike. Formerly in print, the peer-reviewed journal has two new issues available online and free of charge.
Cara Horowitz designed a class around the U.N.'s December conference in Copenhagen and picked six students with environmental law experience to take it. Now they're going on the fieldtrip of a lifetime.
Matthew Clawson, a political science and economics major with a minor in public affairs, plans to use the award to complete a master's degree in international relations at Oxford University.
Elizavida Fouksman investigated human rights abuses in rural India during her junior year, then returned after graduation to inspire social activism. She is UCLA's 12th Rhodes Scholar.
Because of the generous gift, UCLA remains the only campus in California offering Thai language instruction at all levels. On Nov. 23, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the International Institute hosted a luncheon in honor of Consul General Damrong Kraikruan.
After interviewing representatives of states and advocacy organizations at the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court, where the United States has sent official observers for the first time, the students will report their findings and perhaps make recommendations toward a broader U.S. engagement with the court.
A series on the 1910 revolution began Nov. 16 with a conference organized jointly by the Center for Mexican Studies and the just-opened Los Angeles branch of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
In a nationwide report released this week, UCLA ranked eighth among U.S. universities in the number of foreign students it hosted during the 2008-09 academic year and was fifth in the number of students it sent abroad to study in 2007-08. UCLA was the only University of California campus listed in the top 10 in either category.
Faculty and students from across UC's 10-campus system will join forces in the new University of California Global Health Institute. Thomas Coates, director of the UCLA Program in Global Health, will co-lead the institute.
About 700 UC students withdrew from school in 1942 when they and approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were sent to internment camps. UCLA will award honorary degrees this spring.
Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, tells the harrowing story of her time as a political prisoner in Iran to a packed room of scholars and well-wishers on campus. She was a guest of the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Center for Middle East Development.
Elya Filler's Global Studies thesis on the East Asian sex industry and its historical background won that interdepartmental program's top honor for 2008-09. Now she is volunteering at a school in Cambodia and thinking about how best to continue her education while helping to battle poverty.
Professors and students hope to create portable device that could test for contaminants immediately, reports The Daily Bruin.
In six decades at UCLA Gloria Nathanson, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, has become an authority on appraising the credentials of students across continents and cultures.
Ghislaine Lydon, the new chair of the African Studies interdepartmental program, will travel to Mauritania in December to collaborate on an article and a documentary film about the last women caravanners in the western Sahara Desert.
Somaly Mam, founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation goes into detail about her personal experiences as a survivor of forced prostitution for Daily Bruin Radio. Somaly urges students to visit her website somaly.org in order to read testimonials, look at pictures and learn how to save lives.
Current installation at the Fowler Museum highlights fresh flavors of an ancient brew, reports The Daily Bruin.
Yu In-Chon, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism, met Tuesday with UCLA Korean studies faculty members and Nicholas Entrikin, the vice provost for international studies. Yu, a well-known former actor, heard from CKS Director John Duncan and Professors Burglind Jungmann, Sung Deuk Oak, Lisa Kim Davis and Dong-suk Kim about their current research and thanked them for building an excellent Korean studies program at UCLA.
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