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Anthropologist Aomar Boum, Maurice Amado Professor of Sephardic Studies at UCLA, has received the top award (“Gold Medal”) for 2023 graphic novel/drawn work from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) for his work of historical fiction, “Undesirables: A Holocaust Journey to North Africa” (Stanford, 2023), together with illustrator Nadjib Berber. The IPPY awards have recognized the best independently published books since 1997.
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May 10, 2023. In an essay for Zocalo Public Square, Kal Raustiala writes, "Bunche's involvement in what he called 'the problem of Palestine' grew out of a lifelong commitment to anticolonialism and racial justice. He strongly believed in the right of all peoples to self-determination.
"Early on he recognized that a just resolution to what he called 'the refugee problem'—the Palestinians displaced from their lands—was essential to any lasting peace," adds the director of the UCLA Burkle Center. "The two-state solution of his original U.N. proposal has, of course, never been realized, despite the widespread recognition of the state of Palestine in recent years."
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Speaking to NPR about the recent shooting in Monterey Park, a local community for which she has great affection, Professor of Asian American Studies Min Zhou said, "Well, whatever the motive of the killer — right? — one thing to me is for certain — that that person is definitely emboldened by the gun culture in this society and also by the violence against Asians in the recent years, especially during the pandemic... [W]hen we are walking on the street and... doing things in the community, now we are still scared." Zhou is director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center.