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.
The Shymkent outbreak of 2006 affected more than 130 children but also energized Kazakh officials to implement programs for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
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The School of Law has received a $4 million endowment to establish a program on international justice and human rights, the first such program at any law school on the West Coast. The donation was made by Sanela Diana Jenkins, a survivor of the war in Bosnia who now lives and works in California and London.
Alain Mabanckou left behind a legal career to achieve acclaim as a poet, a biographer, and an award-winning novelist.
The National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA has created summer courses to help high school students in Russian and Persian.
The world history teachers in a two-week training workshop at UCLA learned about Azerbaijan and its neighbors from the country's representative in Los Angeles. Consul General Elin Suleymanov also expressed concern about Russian military action in the Caucasus at the lunchtime talk.
Photo: Timothy Rice and UCLA guests in the foyer of the Bulgarian Presidency; from left to right: Radka Varimezova, Angela Rodel, Ivan Varimezov, Timothy Rice, Tzvetanka Varimezova, Tanya Varimezova, and Russell Schuh.
Parisa Popalzai received a PhD in Islamic Studies from the UCLA International Institute in the 2008 winter quarter. Soon she'll be off to help Afghan copatriots in two big endeavors.
A Swedish academic visits UCLA to begin an exchange program with the Center for the Study of Women and to present research. Professor Britta Lundgren also meets with the Vice Provost and Dean of the International Institute.
With a film screening and a panel discussion, the UCLA Asia Institute and partners launch a Central Asia Initiative. The goal is to understand societies and cultures long on the fringes of study. Anticipating a UCLA conference in October 2008, historians on the panel ask what changed on the steppes of Central Asia as states acquired the means to move and deport whole peoples, and as nomads increasingly stayed put.
Terasaki Chair Thomas Rimer discusses the beginnings of Western classical music in Japan and the life of Japan's first well-known composer.
Denise Roman of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women discusses "Belonging and Corporeality in the New Wave of Romanian Cinema."
Vladimir Chernov's lifelong love affair with singing began in a small village near the city of Krasnodar, some 1,400 kilometers south of Moscow. Now he is a professor of vocal studies in the Department of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Todd Presner, associate professor of Germanic Languages and Jewish Studies and self-described "techie-humanist," is the mind behind Hypermedia Berlin, an online geodatabase that enables visitors to virtually explore the famous German city layer by layer and era by era.
The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction goes to the occupant of UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, for the second volume of his seminal history.