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Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, describes the challenges of teaching young people about the country's holocaust. Over the last two weeks of April, he met with students and faculty at UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego.
In commemoration of what is now known as Black April in the Southeast Asian community, the Vietnamese Student Union held a series of events last week highlighted by a commemoration event Thursday.
The former Buddhist monk and activist for Korean democracy brings a distinctive voice to campus, two weeks after marking a milestone in his career, the completion of "Ten Thousand Lives."
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.
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."
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.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in the LA Times: "Consequences of the Catholic Church's Claim of Statehood"
The practice of treating the Catholic Church as a state has been bad for women's equality and gay rights. Now, the unfolding sexual abuse scandal reveals another dark side of the Holy See's status.
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.
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.
At an international conference last month, the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA presented the first Joshua Fishman Award for Outstanding Contributions and Leadership in the Heritage Language Field. Before the conference, the center arranged for a telephone interview with Professor Fishman, who shared thoughts on the award, his current work, and a recent honor he received from the Royal Academy of the Basque Language in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.
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.
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.
As a UC Regents Lecturer, Adam Michnik, a key figure in the fall of Communism in Poland, talked to campus audiences about resistance to tyranny, the outcomes of revolution, the path of political reconciliation and the guises that opposition to totalitarian rule has to take.
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.
Freelance war reporter Anne Nivat eschews bodyguards and bullet-proof jackets when she works in places like Chechnya and Afghanistan. She insists on dressing like a local and sharing the danger with those whose everyday lives are touched by war.
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.
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