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Peter Singer's message is uncomfortable: Most people follow a minimalist morality that makes them a lot more immoral than they consider themselves to be.
In more than three decades at UCLA, Nicholas Entrikin has led his department, the review of faculty promotions across campus, and the Institute's Global Studies IDP. Now he's taking on two jobs in one: overseeing the growth of UCLA's global relationships and building bridges among multidisciplinary programs on campus. He and Ron Rogowski, the outgoing vice provost and dean, talk about where the Institute is heading.
Fifteen years after El Salvador's civil war, says Blanca Flor Bonilla, a member of the Legislative Assembly, extreme poverty is promoting organized crime, mass emigration, and the disintegration of families.
Nearly 350 faculty, staff, students and others packed the crowded exhibition space at Perloff Hall, peering at computer monitors, test-driving Web applications, taking notes, and trading ideas and business cards.
The professor and public intellectual Amitai Etzioni practices the Socratic method at UCLA, arguing for a foreign policy that proceeds from the human right to be free from harm.
Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, who represents Venezuela and Hugo Chávez in Washington, says his country's break from the U.S.-endorsed model of economic policy in Latin America is giving the region hope that democracies can enact "revolutionary change." He faults the United States for upholding a "double standard" on terrorism and not minding its energy consumption.
The American pioneer of a powerhouse Brazilian television network tells his story at UCLA.
Pioneering solo journalist Kevin Sites screens his film about the civilian cost of war.
A UCLA Global Fellow discusses West African women's longstanding influence on a global market in textiles, and the emerging role of Chinese manufacturers. Sylvanus is organizing an April workshop at UCLA on China's role in Africa.
AsiaMedia's focus on global dimensions will be evident on April 27 when it will screen a documentary film by Yahoo! News reporter Kevin Sites about his solo journeys across 22 war zones over a year.
Panelists from Central European countries discuss impact of integration, stability of democracies.
CUNY's Mehdi Bozorgmehr, a sociology PhD from UCLA who directs a research center on both the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans, explains the importance of religious identity in post-9/11 advocacy for groups affected by backlash.
Documentary unearths different perspectives, definitions of terrorism and counterterrorism
"Modern terror began in the 1880s. Small groups in many countries were able to terrify masses because the invention of dynamite gave them new powers, and the bomb has remained the principal weapon of terror ever since," writes David C. Rapoport.
"Obsessed with maintaining a maximally free hand, the Bush administration often finds international commitments--and even international restraints--paradoxically attractive when dealing with federal judges," writes Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in The New Republic Online.
UCLA conference participants challenge conventional wisdom on intellectual property rights and innovation.
Budgeting at federal and various "local" levels is a high-stakes game, particularly in Latin America and the rest of the developing world. Last month, the UCLA Latin American Center and the Institute convened players for a first major conference on fiscal federalism.
To call attention to ongoing violence in Darfur, committee plans week of events
Ben Caldwell, a filmmaker, CalArts faculty member, and founder of a community arts organization, wants to change attitudes about language and race. Caldwell's guest lecture was part of a course on African Ethnographic Film taught by Professor David Blundell.
Kristen Ghodsee of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Bowdoin College has observed a Persian Gulf-influenced Muslim religious revival in a southern Bulgarian province. In one of two recent UCLA talks, she describes her project to work out how it happened.
Historians Harry Harootunian, Carol Gluck and Fred Notehelfer offer views on modernity and its development in Japan.
In his new post at the Burkle Center, Raustiala said he will take advantage of UCLA's West Coast setting to "focus on areas where we can really move the debate forward," including Latin America and the Pacific Rim, while still "covering the waterfront of international relations."
Three students, under the aegis of the Center for World Languages, part of the International Institute, launched a monthly online journal that celebrates L.A. and its astonishing linguistic diversity.
In 2008, Robert Buswell will become president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest group of its kind. It's a breakthrough for UCLA and Korean studies alike and may owe to the unusually wide expertise of this one-time Buddhist monk.
With student-interns as reporters, the UCLA Center for World Languages launches an online magazine devoted to the city's linguistic diversity.
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