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.
A public lecture by Mir Hekmatullah Sadat, Claremont Graduate University.
Public Lecture by Eric Davis, part of a colloquium held under the auspices of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.
A public lecture by Shimon Shamir, Tel Aviv University
A public lecture by Trita Parsi, Johns Hopkins University, part of the Center for Near Eastern Studies Persian Lecture Series.
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.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Burkle Center Senior Fellow.
Focusing on Africa, former UN envoy Stephen Lewis expresses amazement at the passivity of the international community as the HIV/AIDS epidemic traumatizes women, creates orphans, and continues on its decades-long path of devastation. Listen to a Podcast of his speech.
Debrework Zewdie, the director of the Global HIV/AIDS Program at the World Bank, argues that efforts to fight the pandemic will come up short as long as "fundamental drivers" such as poverty, gender inequality, and the marginalization of high-risk groups are not dealt with. Listen to a Podcast of her speech.
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.
Renewal of respect for international law, open justice, human dignity, and the Bill of Rights is the key to victory in the struggle against terrorists, explains former NATO commander and UCLA Burkle Center Senior Fellow Wesley K. Clark in this video op-ed. Torturing enemies is not merely wrong, he says, but "represents a path for defeat for the United States."
Joshua Eisenman (Ph.D. student in political science) discusses his new book
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.
Listen to a UCLAradio story about a documentary screening by Kevin Sites, a pioneering solo journalist for Yahoo! News, on war zones around the world. The event was presented by AsiaMedia, sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, Latin American Center, African Studies Center and Asia Institute.
Center events on Tibetan Buddhism are part of an effort to create a UCLA chair in the field. On May 23, a high-ranking Buddhist abbot and a U of Michigan professor will read the poetry of a modern Tibetan monk in the original language and in English translation.
Representatives of four Mexican political groupings discuss the limited participation of women in politics and seek to build on reforms.
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.
A discussion among two Los Angeles Times editors, one historian, and a UCLA audience exposes gaps in expectations about how violence gets reported.
Because so many sources recording the war differed on reported facts, the war left international media and historians arguing over who started it and who the true victors of the war were, several speakers said. The UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies was a co-sponsor of this event, organized by the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Group.
"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.
A public lecture by SUSAN WOODWARD, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York
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