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Jared Diamond: The only way out is to make consumption rates and living standards more equal around the world.
The findings, which were unearthed in 2006 and are still being analyzed, also suggest possible trade links with the Red Sea, including a thoroughfare from Mesopotamia, which is known to have practiced agriculture 2,000 years before ancient Egypt.
The next round of applications for UCLA International Institute faculty grants, for globally oriented outreach and research, is due on March 3, 2008.
The International Institute is gathering information on collaborative research and exchange agreements made between UCLA and foreign institutions, and simplifying the process of creating new ones. Investigators and sponsors are urged to forward existing international agreements.
Why don't we teach global health demographics along with such fundamentals as reading and writing well before young people enter college and medical school?
Professor Fan (Department of Geography) explores internal migration in China
The Graduate Quarterly profiles UCLA students who are looking at a global movement in music from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
UCLAGetty Research Institute digital project revives Europe's first taste of religious tolerance.
A daylong conference recently attempted to clear some of the fog surrounding the real Osama bin Laden, who, if he's still alive, turns 50 this month. Titled "Jihadi Islam," the Nov. 13 event was sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and held at the UCLA Faculty Center.
Professor of History Lynn Hunt's 2007 book "Inventing Human Rights: A History" was published with CIA-sponsored "torture flights," "enhanced interrogation techniques" and genocide all in the news. She spoke with UCLA International Institute Senior Writer Kevin Matthews about whether the very idea of human rights is now in danger, and how novels aided the concept's evolution.
One scholar says the United States needs to adopt an approach that allows North and South Korea to normalize relations quickly.
Ambassador Jack Matlock says that, on the most pressing global issues, the United States still needs Russia. Speaking ahead of parliamentary elections, he calls U.S. discussion of Putin's autocratic tendencies "overblown."
A South African scholar shares her perspective on China's investments in the continent.
The panel featured journalist Steve LeVine and discussion centered around oil in the Caspian region, where LeVine spent 11 years reporting. [The event was sponsored by the UCLA Center for International Business Education & Research and cosponsored with the UCLA International Institute and the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, among others.]
Tsolmon Onon Enkhbayar addresses UCLA scholars and members of L.A.'s Mongolian community.
The UCLA Graduate Quarterly reports on international directions in women's studies. Three graduate students are profiled.
Sky-high oil prices allow the junta, and other bad actors, to thrive and buy political protection, writes Michael L. Ross in The Los Angeles Times. (Photo courtesy of Thompson/Essential Science Information)
Zainah Anwar, executive director of Malaysian-based Sisters in Islam, pushes a message of diversity and progressivism within the framework of Islam.
Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, who served two five-year terms as Cape Verde's first president elected under a multiparty system, tells a UCLA audience that Africa is no lost cause, but a continent striving towards peace and democracy. He discusses Cape Verde's relations with China and other emerging powers.
On a trip to Cape Town, Laura Foster, an attorney and UCLA doctoral student in women's studies, discovers that intellectual property rights are not marginal concerns for marginalized and historically oppressed communities. They're near the center of efforts to reclaim and reaffirm cultures.
Andrew L. Jenks, an assistant professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, explains that the Sputnik moment was a moment for Americans, not Russians (who also had Yuri Gagarin). And the moment could repeat itself.
This summer Sung-Deuk Oak, a UCLA faculty member in Asian Languages and Cultures, was chosen to be the first scholar funded under the Dong Soon Im and Mi Ja Im endowment. He'll be charged with telling a remarkable story in the history of religion.
Scholar traces the explosion of new media-facilitated forums and examines how the government seeks, with limited success, to limit open discussion.
UCLA's National Heritage Language Resource Center held its first annual conference at UC Davis in 2007. Participants laid the groundwork for K-12 and college students to advance skills in the non-English languages they learned at home.
Burkle Center Senior Fellow Wesley K. Clark and Center Director Kal Raustiala argue in The New York Times that the current U.S. practice of declaring terrorists "enemy combatants" at once impairs counterterrorism efforts and endangers civil liberties at home.
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