International Institute Graduate Student Conference

Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Viewpoint Conference Room, A201
UCLA Ackerman Union

Graduate students from the UCLA International Institute have gathered papers from the UCLA graduate school community for the First Annual International Institute Graduate Student Conference on FRIDAY MAY 16th. We accepted a diverse array of papers dealing with Regional and Area Studies, International Relations, International Development, Transnational Approaches to Domestic Issues, Urban Planning, and the Humanities. The UCLA International Institute is comprised of over 25 research centers and interdisciplinary academic programs that span the breadth of intellectual disciplines and geographic locations.


Conference Schedule 
8:15 - 9:00 AM  CHECK-IN & LIGHT BREAKFAST (Ackerman A201)
 9:00 - 9:20 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks (Ackerman A201)
9:20 - 9:30 AM Keynote Address by Professor  Cindy Fan, Interim Vice Provost - International Studies
(Ackerman A201)
9:45 - 10:45 AM

Panel #1:

Diverse Approaches to Health &Wellness


"Cross-border Devil Pacts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic" 
Erik Pena, Latin American Studies

"Multi-Cultural Nations and Inter-Cultural Institutions: Globalized or Localized Health Services and Education"    
Jeremy Peretz, Culture and Performance Studies   

"A constitutional obligation on the state to provide women and girls with sanitary pads: The right to have access to reproductive health care and the right to human dignity"
Sekgame Shadrack Tebeile, Masters of Law Student

Panel #2: 

Labor, the People, and Their Environments


"A Forgotten Dimension: The significance of power dynamics in assessing female employment and empowerment in urban Bangladesh"
Ana Luna and Carolyn Abrams, Urban Planning      

"Employee Absenteeism and Petty Theft: Challenges facing Growing Voices and the construction of a community center in Nkhata Bay, Malawi"   
Janine Berridge, Quinn Lundberg, Chris Powell, and Liora Ziv, Masters of Public Policy, Public Affairs
"Environmental standards and certification of natural rubber: drivers, opportunities, and challenges"
Sean Kennedy, Regional and Urban Planning

11:00 AM - Noon

Panel #3:

Creolization & Colonial Studies


"Glissant and the African Roots of Creole Culture"
Sanyu Mulira, African Studies         

"Talk Matters: Cape Verdeans' Language Use in Postcolonial Lisbon"
Samuel Weeks, Anthropology    

 "The Spanish Monarchy and its American Kingdoms"         
Sean Messarra, Latin American Studies       

Panel #4:

Transnational Ideological Flows


"Germany and the Formation of Iranian Exceptionalism: Defying the Dominant Geo-Political World Order"   
Mohammad Rafi, German UC Irvine      

"Beyond Boundaries: Toward a New Understanding of North Korean Ideology"   
Thomas Stock, Asian Languages and Cultures 

"Re-defining and Re-Understanding the Theoretical Underpinnings of the Black Communist Network"
K.N. Osei-Opare, History
12:00 - 1:00 PM  LUNCH (Ackerman Terrace)
1:00 - 1:15 PM

 Multimedia Presentation


"Projeto Dida: A Women's Samba-Reggae Ensemble in Salvador, Bahia"         

Mary M. Alfaro, Latin American Studies      

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Panel #5:

Communication Issues in Global Health


"Improved retention in HIV care following text message reminders in Mozambique"   
Dvora Davey, Walter Ponce, Augusto Orvalho, and Cesar de Palha Sousa, Public Health
Poster: "Supporting the Health of Elderly Ngobe through Language"    
Meghan Kavanagh, MSN-MECN

Panel #6:

Immigration & Representation in the U.S.


"Immigration Point Systems: The U.S., Australia and Canada"
Jacob Thomas, Sociology                 

"Racial Spectacle and Campus Climate: The Intersection of U.S. Media Representations and Racial Stereotype Formation Among Asian International Students" 
Zack Ritter and Ken Roth, Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC)        

"Cruzando Fronteras: Examining Central American and Mexican Migration to the United States"   
Sally Shurter, Latin American Studies     

Panel #7:

Diverse Issues in Labor Studies


"The Social, Political, and Economic Implications of Climate Change on Coastal Communities of Southern Gujarat India: Outbreaks of Leptospirosis in Farm Laborer Communities" 
Linda Khamoushian, Urban Planning

"Keeping Authoritarianism Alive: Clientelistic and Technocratic Practices in Mexican and Chilean Transportation Reforms"
Matias Fernandez, Sociology

"Mining Communities and Social Conflicts in Peru: The Conga Project"
Luis Artieda, Urban and Regional Planning     

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Panel #8:

China in Globalization


"Is Chinese economic activity dominant beyond China's Borders?"      
Tom Narins and John Agnew, Geography

"Squabble over the Seas: China's Territorial Claims in the South China Sea and the Future of Maritime Security in East Asia"    
John Leisure, History

"The Politics of Party Dress: The 'Peng Liyuan Fashion Frenzy' Phenomenon"    
Xuqing Zan, East Asian Studies    

Panel #9:

Truth, Silence, and Human Rights


"Silencing Authoritarian Memories in Seoul's Colonial 'Haunted House'"  
James Hillmer, East Asian Studies          

"Spreading the Truth: How truth commissions address human rights abuses in the world society"
Saskia Nauenberg, Sociology    

"The Role that Latin Americans Play in Advocacy of Universal Human Rights"
Luis Limon, Latin American Studies     

Panel #10:

Egypt, Lebanon, and Los Angeles


"Transplanted Continuity: Examining the Ethno-Spatial Prospect of the Dawoodi Bohra Community in Southern California"  
Arfakhashad Muniam, Urban and Regional Planning 

"Nationalist Rhetoric and Neoliberal Realities: The Muslim Brotherhood and the IMF"
Pauline Lewis, History

"Turning Lebanon into an Arab Hanoi: The Cairo Agreement of 1969"
Eric James Bordenkircher, Islamic Studies

4:00 - 5:30 PM  RECEPTION (Ackerman Terrace)

Graduate Conference Coordinators include: Erik Pena (Latin American Studies, M.A.), Vannessa Alvarado (Latin American Studies, M.A.), James D. Hillmer (East Asian Studies, M.A.), and Sanyu Mulira (African Studies, M.A.)

Faculty Advisers: Bonnie Taub, MPH, MA, PhD; William Marotti , PhD

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Sponsor(s): Academic Programs, UCLA Graduate Student Association, UCLA Social Sciences Council, UCLA International Institute