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Sudan's civil war killed more than 2 million people and, in a well-known episode, sent 20,000 boys in the country's South on a 1,000-mile march to Ethiopia and Kenya. Beset by thirst, hunger, wild animals and bombing attacks, fewer than half of them survived. John Dau, one of about 4,000 so-called Lost Boys of Sudan who were helped to relocate to the United States, told his story at the law school.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere has locked the world into at least a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit global temperature increase that will last for millennia, according to a new report released by the National Research Council. Marilyn Raphael, a UCLA geography profesor and member of the report committee, urges action and not despair.
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.
Commemorating the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945 and joining in the call for a world without nuclear weapons were, on Wednesday in Haines Hall, a local grandmother who survived the Hiroshima attack, a Japanese-born artist, a UCLA anthropologist and, by Internet link, local officials from Hiroshima and Manchester, UK, who lead international anti-nuclear organizations.
Twenty-one representatives of the student-founded UC Haiti Initiative will travel to the island nation for a 10-day fact-finding visit. The group, which includes 13 students, will visit Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Mirebalais and Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 temblor that struck on Jan. 12, in search of specific recovery projects that can be sustained by the people themselves.
To take place on campus as well as on the Internet, an hourlong event on Wednesday, August 4, will mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and connect UCLA with participants in Japan, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Ann Carlson is professor of law and faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. Her op-ed orginially appeared on the joint UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools' environmental law blog, Legal Planet, on Friday, July 16, 2010.
Since a trip the World Arts & Cultures professor made to India in 2004, "Make Art/Stop AIDS" has grown into a project of international stature, with a worldwide network of artists intervening in the AIDS epidemic.
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.
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.
Research by the UCLA atmospheric chemist considers whether tinkering with the stratosphere to slow down global warming is feasible, let alone advisable.
Drug-economy experts to discuss findings in Washington, D.C., July 6.
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.
The Daily Bruin student newspaper reports on one students long journey to bring a school to ethnic Karen refugees in Burma.
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.
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.
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."
On Saturday, April 24, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Geoffrey Robinson will participate in a discussion of "History: Rising Above Oppression." Robinson is the author of "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor" (Princeton University Press, 2010). The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.
Ali F. Igmen, a historian at CSU Long Beach who specializes in Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan, recalls the disappointments of the country's 2005 revolution in assessing the events of this week.
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.
Nineteen students in an International Development Studies seminar enlisted UC faculty and staff for a forum and fundraiser on March 5.
Alternating between black humor, biting sarcasm and insightful analysis, the internationally known columnist and author delivered the eighth annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at Korn Convocation Hall to an audience of more than 400 people.
UCLA faculty and other scholars will participate in a forum to discuss what can be done to ensure empowerment and security for Haiti's most vulnerable populations in the aftermath of that country's devastating earthquake. "Haiti Rising" will take place on Friday, March 5, 3-5 p.m. in the Broad Art Center courtyard in northeast campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge, but proceeds raised from food, refreshments, a slide show and an art auction will go to Haiti relief.
In front of a packed house at UCLA's Kerckhoff Hall on March 2, 2010, Chancellor Gene Block presented United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the campus.
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