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Building upon last year’s theme — “Global Challenges, Local Responses”— and in alignment with the new UCLA Strategic Plan, this year’s program will focus on UCLA’s “Glocal” impact. The conversation will explore the ways in which UCLA research and programs connect global and local communities. The event will begin with remarks from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Darnell Hunt, followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring UCLA faculty and leaders who will examine the “Glocal” nature of their work. The program is part of UCLA's International Education Week (IEW) which celebrates international education and exchange with a variety of activities and programs from various campus departments and schools.


Eric Esrailian
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Eric Esrailian is a physician, Emmy-nominated film producer, and entrepreneur. He is also actively involved in philanthropic efforts connecting health, human rights, education, and the arts. Dr. Esrailian is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 2012, the School of Medicine awarded Dr. Esrailian the Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology. Dr. Esrailian is part of the leadership of several philanthropic organizations including, but not limited to, the Board of Directors of the Hammer Museum, the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and the Board of Directors for XPRIZE. He is closely involved in strategic planning efforts for UCLA Health, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and for the entire university. He also works to facilitate community engagement with a number of other schools and departments within the UCLA campus and its Los Angeles community partners, and he is a co-chair for the university’s Second Century Council. He has also produced films with a focus on human rights issues. Most notably, he produced “The Promise” by Terry George, starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. He also produced the educational companion documentary “Intent to Destroy” with Joe Berlinger, which was nominated for an Outstanding Historical Documentary Emmy.

These films, and the accompanying social impact campaigns, drew unprecedented attention to the Armenian Genocide, contributed to U.S. government recognition of the historical facts, and led to the creation of The Promise Institute for Human Rights and The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA. In 2017, the university designated Esrailian as a UCLA Optimist -- among its notable alumni and faculty dedicated to solving the world’s problems. In 2021, he was also honored by Pope Francis at the Vatican with the Benemerenti Medal for his humanitarian activities around the world.


C. Cindy Fan
Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement

Cindy Fan is UCLA’s Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, and is the first woman and Asian American to hold that position. She is also Professor of Geography. As senior international officer, she connects the world to UCLA and UCLA to the world, manages the university’s international partnerships and agreements, represents UCLA globally, and oversees the 27 interdisciplinary research centers and eight degree programs within the International Institute. She leads the “Expand UCLA’s Reach as a Global University” Goal of UCLA’s Strategic Plan.

Dr. Fan received her PhD from the Ohio State University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Bristol. She has numerous publications on migration, regional development and gender in China, including the pioneering book China on the Move. Dr. Fan has received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Scholar Awards from the American Association of Geographers, an American Council on Education Fellowship, and grants from the Mellon Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation and National Science Foundation.


Silvia Forni
UCLA Fowler Museum

Dr. Silvia Forni joined the Fowler Museum as Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director in December 2022. Before moving to LA she served as Senior Curator of Global Africa and Deputy Vice President of the Department of Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is also associated with the Department of Anthropology of the University of Toronto as Associate Professor. She is the author of numerous essays and book chapters.

Among her recent publications is the volume Making History: Visual Art & Blackness in Canada, co-edited with Julie Crooks and Dominique Fontaine (2023), Art, Honor, and Ridicule: Fante Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana (2017), co-authored with Doran H. Ross (Awarded the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award from the textile Society of America in 2018) and Africa in the Market. 20th Century art from the Amrad African Art Collection. (2015) edited with Christopher B. Steiner (Awarded the Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award from the Art Council of the African Studies Association in 2017).


Andrea Ghez
UCLA Department of Physics & Astronomy

Andrea M. Ghez, professor of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA and the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics, is one of the world’s leading experts in observational astrophysics and is director of UCLA’s Galactic Center Group.

In 2020, she became the fourth woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for her independent discovery of a supermassive compact object, now generally recognized to be a black hole in the Milky Way’s galactic center. Her work on the orbits of stars at the center of the Milky Way has opened a new approach to studying black holes, and her group is currently focused on using this approach to understand the physics of gravity near a black hole and the role that black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Advances in high resolution imaging technology enabled Professor Ghez’s work and her group continues to work on pushing the frontiers of these technologies forward. She serves on several leadership committees for the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, which hosts the largest telescopes in the world, and the future Thirty Meter Telescope.

Professor Ghez is also very committed to the communication of science to the general public and inspiring young girls to enter the field of science.

She earned her B.S. from MIT in 1987 and her PhD from Caltech in 1992 and has
been on the faculty at UCLA since 1994. She has won numerous awards, including the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, where she is the first woman to win this prize in any field.


Darnell Hunt
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UCLA

Darnell Hunt began serving as UCLA’s executive vice chancellor and provost — responsible for administering campus operations and the academic enterprise — in September of 2022. A celebrated scholar of race and media whose work has focused largely on the entertainment industry, EVCP Hunt is also well known for his longstanding commitment to high-quality public education, support of interdisciplinary research for the common good, and vision for inclusive excellence.

Since joining UCLA in 2001, EVCP Hunt has served as dean of the UCLA College’s Division of Social Sciences, chair of the Department of Sociology, and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. He currently holds faculty appointments in the departments of sociology and African American studies. EVCP Hunt received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from UCLA, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and an A.B. in public relations from USC.


Rubén Hernández-Léon
UCLA Latin American Institute

Rubén Hernández-León is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Latin American Institute, and co-Chair of the Master of Arts Inter-Departmental Program in Latin American Studies at UCLA. He previously directed the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies (2009-2021). He is the author and co-author of the award-winning books, Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States (UC Press, 2008) and Skills of the “Unskilled”: Work and Mobility among Mexican Migrants (UC Press, 2015, with J. Hagan and J.L. Demonsant). He also co-edited New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation, 2005, with V. Zúñiga).

His research focuses on new developments of Mexico-U.S. migration and the role of the migration industry in international migration. He is currently working on a book based on a 25-year study of a new destination of Mexican immigration in the U.S. South and a study of the migration industry operating the H-2 temporary worker visa program.




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