As a child, cellist Antonio Lysy, a music professor at UCLA, visited Argentina's Pampas grasslands with his father, a renowned violinist. Steeped in its music, Lysy this year performed a concert of music from Argentina, including a song that recently won a Latin Grammy Award.
Growing up in a predominantly white L.A. suburb, Robert Chao Romero, an assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, hid his Chinese background. But one day his interest in his heritage was awakened and led him to study the tragic history of Chinese immigrants in Mexico.
The UCLA Latin American Institute played host to five organizations that have been recognized by the Experiences in Social Innovation Contest, a United Nations initiative, for advancing UN-sponsored antipoverty goals through community participation. Last year's winner, the Social Observatory of Maringá (Brazil), seeks to prevent corruption in local government spending.
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual discussed strategies for ending the impunity of drug cartels and stemming the flow of guns and drugs across the border. His visit to campus was organized by the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, the Latin American Institute, and the International Institute.
Three survivors of state torture – an Argentine architect and activist, a Chilean artist, and an Iranian journalist and author – tell their stories on campus this month. In an installation on display Oct. 25-27 in Broad Art Center, Victor Videla Godoy will recreate his prison cell, this time lined with his remarkable, rediscovered correspondence with his mother.
The leaders witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding between universities in California, including UCLA, and Chile.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
A UCLA School of Public Health comparison of Mexico's federal and state health care–delivery systems provides important insights for other nations.
The interim vice provost of international studies, Johnson says that he and the International Institute won't "sit still" in 2010-11. His job for the year includes travel to build relationships with institutions abroad and collaboration with units across campus on internationalizing higher education.
The "lean, efficient" LAI covers the waterfront of Latin American issues in its programming, and focuses on broad areas of interdisciplinary research. History Professor and interim LAI Director Kevin Terraciano says his own interest in Mesoamerican languages and cultures fits right in.
Since many of the works were contemporaneous with brilliantly painted Mesoamerican ceramics, they are understood to reflect a conscious artistic choice to stand apart from those polychrome arts.
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.
Twenty-one representatives of the student-founded UC Haiti Initiative will travel to the island nation for a 10-day fact-finding visit. The group, which includes 13 students, will visit Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Mirebalais and Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 temblor that struck on Jan. 12, in search of specific recovery projects that can be sustained by the people themselves.
Drawing on long-neglected archival sources in both the U.S. and Mexico, Kelly Lytle Hernandez uncovers the little-known history of how Mexican immigrants slowly became the primary focus of U.S. immigration law enforcement and shows how racial profiling of Mexicans by the Border Patrol developed.
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.