Professor Emeritus of the UCLA Department of Political Science, Andrzej Korbonski was a distinguished Polish-American scholar whose contributions to communist and post-communist studies were internationally recognized.
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke about EU foreign policy at the UCLA Faculty Center on May 6. The meeting was organized by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and moderated by Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Interviewed about contemporary Russian politics, UCLA Professor of Political Science Daniel Treisman says that economic modernization has already created classes of people impatient with Putin's paternalistic regime. These groups are not just in the big cities; discontent with the state's failure to deliver basic services is also palpable in the provinces.
Historians Sarah Davies and James Harris spoke about their recent research in Stalin’s personal archive, discussing how the Soviet dictator used words and the way in which he processed incoming information, respectively.
Author and scholar Elisabeth Bronfen discusses a chapter from her book Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict, explaining how Stanley Kramer uses film to critique the Nuremberg trials.
Los Angeles is a movie town, so it’s no surprise that it’s filled with film festivals and documentary screenings, but even amidst all the variety the only L.A. film series you’ll find focused on human rights is at UCLA.
In his book, "Europe in Crisis: Bolt from the Blue?" (Routledge), Ivan Berend analyzes the European Great Recession of 2008-12, its economic and social causes, and its historical roots. He also discusses policies that have been adopted by the European Union to find a way out of the quagmire.
Students throughout Italy demonstrated last week on college campuses and around some of the nation's most recognizable tourist attractions to protest cuts to public education. The situations in Europe and California share similar causes and reactions, reports The Daily Bruin.
Michael D. Intriligator is a professor of economics, political science and public policy at UCLA. Nake M. Kamrany is a senior lecturer of economics and director of the Program in Law and Economics, Department of Economics, at the University of Southern California. This piece, which originally ran in the Huffington Post on Nov. 23, is a synopsis of the authors' presentation to the Global Security Seminar at UCLA.
Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.
Difficult geography, limited communication and a collapsed music industry mean that many Russian bands and artists are limited to their local scene. But Professor David MacFadyen's website, "Far From Moscow," has given them a way to escape their isolation.
The Scandinavian Section, which split off from the department of Germanic languages decades ago, is geared toward independent students who are responsible for their own learning and progress.
A conference and an exhibition about the iconic L.A. structure, which an Italian immigrant labored on for more than 30 years, follow up on a 2009 gathering in Genoa, Italy, cosponsored by the UCLA International Institute.
Miriam Robbins Dexter, a lecturer in the Department of Women's Studies and expert on ancient heroines and goddesses, and a co-author have completed a cross-cultural study of stories and artifacts in which women lift their skirts and expose their genitals, a performance that drives away enemies and returns joy and fertility to the land.
As global pressures mount, the New North is well-positioned to prosper economically in the 21st century, a UCLA author says.
Red-brick warehouse facades, cinderblock walls lining thoroughfares, wooden barriers at construction sites, and fences surrounding vacant lots become prominent sites for open-air, and largely unofficial, artistic expression in Larry Yust's "photographic elevations."
Over the coming four years, the UCLA International Institute's renowned programs on East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Near East, Southeast Asia and heritage language education anticipate federal support of $6.7 million for language instruction, public programming, outreach to local schools, and more. Five centers will distribute nearly $4.3 million in Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships to UCLA undergraduate and graduate students.
The 5,500-year-old enclosed leather shoe, found with the laces intact, is of a type known in climes distant from Armenia.
Bernard Picart and Jean Frederic Bernard's "Religious Ceremonies of the World" (1723-37) presented Europe's first sympathetic portrait of Muslims, Jews and followers of such Eastern religions as Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism. It delivered a sensitive portrayal of religious customs and ceremonies among Native Americans, beating Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the concept of the "noble savage" by three decades.
CEES continues its partnership with the LA Film Festival with a screening of a dramatic feature from Georgia on June 19th and 23rd.
Turkish director Atil Inac discusses the challenges of telling, in two countries and four languages, the story of a young ethnic Turkmen woman who is pressured into committing an act of terror and revenge. An on-campus screening and discussion of "A Step into the Darkness" concluded the 5th annual Southeast European Film Festival.
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.