Cambodian activist and author Somaly Mam has rescued more than 6,000 girls in Southeast Asia from sexual slavery and helped many to rebuild their lives. She spoke last month at UCLA's law school on how to go beyond mere talk in the fight against predators and organized criminals. Watch a video about the event.
In six decades at UCLA Gloria Nathanson, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, has become an authority on appraising the credentials of students across continents and cultures.
Shaukat Aziz, who served Pakistan for eight years as finance minister and prime minister, argues in a talk at UCLA that global and regional powers will need to meet with all Afghan factions, the Taliban included, and offer a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan in order to put the country on the right track.
Somaly Mam, founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation goes into detail about her personal experiences as a survivor of forced prostitution for Daily Bruin Radio. Somaly urges students to visit her website somaly.org in order to read testimonials, look at pictures and learn how to save lives.
In an article for Maingate, the American University of Beirut's quarterly magazine, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr tells the story of her Iraqi-born classmate Samya, who fled Iraq for Sweden in 2006.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations, keeps the message simple in his keynote address to the largest-ever graduating class of the Institute's interdepartmental degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
'Steeped in History: The Art of Tea' runs from Aug. 16 through Nov. 19. In conjunction with the exhibition, the UCLA Asia Institute this fall will sponsor a series of lectures and a professional development program for K-12 teachers.
An Indonesian woman shared her story at the conference, "Impact of the Economic Crisis: Increase in Reports of Human Trafficking in LA County and Globally," co-sponsored by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center.
Introduction by Professor Randal Johnson, Director of the Latin American Institute, April 3, 2009
PODCAST-Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo: "Global Financial Crisis and the Fight Against Poverty"
Former President of Peru, founder and President, Global Center for Development and Democracy, and
Distinguished University Fellow, Stanford University speaks on Global Financial Crisis and the Fight Against Poverty.
In his contribution to an EU-backed project to study the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on selected countries, visiting professor Haldun Gulalp of Turkey's Yildiz Technical University observes the court preferring some models of church- and mosque-state relations to others. In "freedom of religion" cases, France and Turkey fare better than Greece and Bulgaria.
Dr. Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions
Lecture by Steven Heydemann, US Institute of Peace
Psychology Professor Patricia Greenfield has elaborated a new theory that explains rapidly changing values in terms of adaptations to different types of environments. She posits a long-term, world-wide trend.
UCLA archaeologist Charles Stanish argues in the latest issue of Archaeology that the antiquities market created by the online auction house eBay has reduced incentives for looting.
Dr. Edmund Keller participated in the seventh annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, held on April 17-18, 2009 at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Keynotes and featured presenters explored the positive and negative effects of globalization.
Michael Meranze, UCLA
Foucault and Middle East Studies - Foucault and the Historiography of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East
James L. Gelvin, UCLA
Introduction by conference organizer, Professor James Gelvin, UCLA
Foucault and Middle East Studies - Population, governmentality and social medicine: some questions from 19th- century Egypt
Khaled Fahmy, NYU
Keynote Address by Professor Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University
Gareth Evans, former foreign minister of Australia and author of a landmark report on stopping genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, said Tuesday at UCLA that the international community is coming to realize that "the sin is not intervention, the sin is indifference."
A lecture by Anouar Majid, University of New England
Conferences on Women in Conflict Zones, Iranian-American Writers, and Foucault in the Middle East
For the last half-century the United States has undermined itself in Africa by failing to distinguish itself from Europe and the colonial legacy, says Haskell Sears Ward, one of the first to graduate from UCLA with an interdisciplinary master's degree in African studies.
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