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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."
The popular Senegalese musician and his band joined a gala celebration for the golden anniversary of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center.
UCLA is developing a biodiversity research center in Bali, Indonesia, that will support research and educational collaboration between UCLA and three universities in Indonesia: Udayana University, Diponegoro University and the State University of Papua, as well as the Smithsonian Institution.
The anniversary event on April 17 will feature a concert by Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, April 25, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Richard Baum will participate in a discussion on "China: The Next Super Power? with three other panelists. Baum is the author, most recently, of "China Watcher: Confessions of a Peking Tom" (University of Washington, 2010). The discussion on Sunday will take place at noon in Young Hall CS 50.
Arellano, who holds a UCLA master's degree in Latin American Studies, has won awards for his observations on Orange County in the syndicated column, a book and radio appearances.
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.
In the latest of a series of articles about the lives of Middle Eastern women for Maingate, the American University of Beirut's quarterly magazine, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr tells the story of her former roommate Naziha.
Nineteen students in an International Development Studies seminar enlisted UC faculty and staff for a forum and fundraiser on March 5.
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.
A multidisciplinary group of Korean studies experts engaged a UCLA audience in discussion of contemporary issues facing the peninsula, at a symposium sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles.
Education Abroad Program participants used Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to contact friends and family, reports The Daily Bruin student newspaper.
UCLA Health System partnered with the Navy to staff a military hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, which docked at Port-au-Prince. The UCLA Operation Haiti team is now nearing the end of their two-week deployment.
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.
Professor Arieh Saposnik explores notions of the sacred and the profane in the founding of Jewish institutions in turn-of-the-century Palestine. The event represented a milestone for the Israel Studies Program, which was founded five years ago.
Bob Naka was a sophomore at UCLA when he was forced to leave campus in 1942 to move with his Japanese American family to the Manzanar Relocation Center. He never returned to UCLA. In May, Naka will be back on campus to receive an honorary degree, along with others whose education was also unfairly disrupted at the start of World War II.
Lauren Robin Derby became enchanted with the people, music and popular culture of the Dominican Republic and Haiti while on a research fellowship following her college graduation. This associate professor in history has since devoted her career to studying the history of both nations. Derby's recent book is based on her doctoral dissertation, which focused on the authoritarian regime of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961.
A partnership with the U.S. Navy to send a dozen UCLA nurses and doctors to help in Haiti has transformed into plans to send rotating teams of eight UCLA medical staff, after the Navy revised its plans.
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.
Obituary: Lucie Cheng, 70, Former Director of Asian American Studies and Founding Director of Pacific Rim Studies
Cheng was a pioneering social scientist who helped place the field of Asian American studies within a trans-Pacific context. After leaving UCLA in the mid-1990s, she remained an active scholar on both sides of the Pacific.
UCLA's African Studies Center is developing a plan with Addis Ababa University to assist with new PhD programs in business and economics that are needed for Ethiopia's expanding university systems. The proposed partnership, involving the UCLA Anderson School, would elevate socio-cultural issues within business curricula at UCLA and AAU alike.
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