Faculty / Department

Art as a Means of Getting Outside Ourselves, Art History Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black on Teaching Her Students

Published: September 16, 2021

Mary Daily | Photos by Claudia Lucia | September 14, 2021 During a trip to Mexico when she was 15, Charlene Villaseñor Black wandered into the Church of Santa Prisca y San Sebastián in Taxco. “I was dazzled by the 18th-century interior, with Baroque paintings and gold retablos [devotional works] perfectly preserved,” says the Arizona native,…

Emergency Support for Afghan Scholars at Risk

Published: September 1, 2021

With the support of campus leadership, the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies launched an emergency effort to respond to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and help Scholars at Risk. The central campus administration has committed funding, but to bring several scholars from Afghanistan, we need your help. We would now like to give the…

English Major Woody Brown Wins the Christopher Zyda Creative Writing Award

Published: August 31, 2021

By Jonathan Riggs | UCLA College Aspiring novelist Woody Brown is going to have quite the author’s bio on a future dust jacket. “I grew up a mighty weird autistic kid who was presumed to be retarded because I couldn’t speak,” he says. “My intelligence was not fully acknowledged until I went to Pasadena City…

English Professor Marissa López Teams up with 826LA on Summer Writers Workshop for Teens

Published: August 9, 2021

Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies, Marissa López’s digital humanities project, Picturing Mexican America, teamed up with 826LA to create a virtual summer writers workshop for middle- and high-school students. 826LA is a non-profit dedicated to developing the writing skills of students 6 to 18, and provides a variety of services such as tutoring, workshops, help for…

Mural Pays Respect to Remains of Women Found Near the U.S.-Mexico border

Published: July 28, 2021

Photo by Filomena Cruz  Madeline Adamo | July 28, 2021 | UCLA Newsroom As you walk along Pacific Avenue in Venice there’s a tattoo parlor — its side wall covered in graffiti — scraps of trash strewn about. Across the alley, interrupting the classic beach community scene, you encounter a wall installation of 389 pink and…

Spanish Government to Honor UCLA Professor for Promoting Language and Culture

Published: July 23, 2021

The Cervantes Institute, a Spanish government agency dedicated to promoting Spanish around the world, has chosen Barbara Fuchs, UCLA professor of Spanish and English, to receive its inaugural Ñ Prize, honoring her work disseminating Spanish language and culture through theater and literature. The president of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, will join Fuchs on July 22 at…

UCLA SNF Center for Study of Hellenic Culture Director, Sharon Gerstel, Awarded Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, Greece’s Highest Honor

Published: June 30, 2021

Left to right: Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou and UCLA SNF Hellenic Center Director Sharon E. J. Gerstel. (Photo: Courtesy of UCLA SNF Hellenic Center) News Release (Los Angeles, CA – June 30, 2021) UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture (UCLA SNF Hellenic Center) Director Sharon…

UCLA Library Acquires New Materials based on Student Proposals in English Capstone Course

Published: June 22, 2021

Photo Credit: Ben Alkaly/UCLA Photo Caption: Devin Fitzgerald, shown here in 2018 working with students, helped create remote-learning alternatives during the pandemic for students to research, think and write about books and book collections in new ways. Ariane Bicho | June 14, 2021 | UCLA Newsroom  It’s been more than a year since the coronavirus halted…

Spanish and Portuguese Department Awards Inaugural Dolores Huerta Community Service Award

Published: June 15, 2021

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and community organizer. She has worked civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received…

Russian Flagship Senior wins Boren Award, State Department Internship

Published: June 15, 2021

UCLA senior Joseph Matveyenko. (Photo provided by student.) By Peggy McInerny, Director of Communications |  UCLA International Institute, June 9, 2021 Joseph Matveyenko (UCLA 2021) will graduate from UCLA later this week with a double major in Russian studies and political science. Not only did he complete two B.A.s at UCLA, he wrote two research…

Three UCLA Russian Flagship students win Critical Language Scholarships

Published: June 15, 2021

Photo by David Mark via Pixabay. By Leanna Kramer, UCLA Russian Flagship Program  UCLA International Institute/ UCLA Russian Flagship Program, May 13, 2021 — This year, three of UCLA’s Russian Flagship students were awarded the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). CLS is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of…

NELC Professor, Domenico Ingenito Speaks To KCRW About Persian Literature

Published: May 25, 2021

On Thursday, May 27, at 1:30pm PST,  Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professor, Domenico Ingenito, will be appearing on the KCRW radio show, Bookworm, hosted by Michael Silverblatt, to talk about Persian literature and the opportunities that UCLA offers to study Persian language in Southern California. During the show, Michael Silverblatt will also…

UCLA SNF Hellenic Center Receives Olympios Family Endowed Graduate Research Fellowship

Published: May 25, 2021

Barbara and George Olympios in 1934. Photo: Courtesy of the Olympios family The National Herald | May 22, 2021 LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture (UCLA SNF Hellenic Center) received a generous gift from Stavros Olympios in memory of his parents to create the George and…

UCLA Announces New Digital Hub For Globalizing Japanese Studies

Published: May 18, 2021

Waseda International House of Literature in Tokyo, designed by Kengo Kuma. (Photo courtesy of Yutaka Iijima) In 2013, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures faced a troubling possibility: its entire program in Japanese literature and culture might collapse. Both its faculty members in this popular field of study were being courted by an…

Ph.D Student in Department of English, Oriah Amit, Serves as Historical Consultant on new HBO show “The Nevers”

Published: May 11, 2021

Oriah Amit, graduate student in the Department of English, is serving as a historical consultant on the science fiction drama TV HBO series The Nevers. Set in Victorian London, the series follows a group of women with supernatural abilities; Oriah, whose dissertation focuses on late Victorian and Edwardian speculative fiction, used her expertise to advise…

UCLA’s David Kipen Catalyzes Bill in Congress to Revive Federal Writers’ Project

Published: May 6, 2021

Photo by Rick Loomis UCLA Strategic Communications | May 6, 2021 On the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) 86th anniversary, an effort by journalist and UCLA lecturer David Kipen to revive a WPA program employing writers to preserve the country’s cultural history is on its way to succeeding, thanks to a bill introduced by Congressman Ted Lieu…

What Cinco de Mayo has to do with the French in Early L.A

Published: May 5, 2021

An image of the French district in downtown Los Angeles. The image shows Aliso Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, with signs labeling buildings “Griffins Transfer and Storage Co.” and “Cafe des Alpes” next to “Eden Hotel,” which are located on opposite corners of Aliso and Alameda Streets. A Pacific Electric streetcar sign reads “Sierra…

NELC Professor Michael Cooperson Wins Prestigious Sheikh Zayed Award for his Latest Book

Published: April 28, 2021

The Division of Humanities is proud to announce that Near Eastern Languages and Culture Professor, Michael Cooperson, has just won the 2020/21 Sheikh Zayed Award Translation Prize for his Arabic to English translation of Impostures by Al-Hariri. The Sheikh Zayed Awards are the most prestigious and lucrative awards in Arabic literature: winners of the translation category…

Classics Professor Adriana Vazquez Awarded 2021-22 Rome Prize

Published: April 23, 2021

The Division of Humanities is delighted to announce that Professor Adriana Vazquez in the Department of Classics  has been awarded the prestigious Rome Prize next year for her project “Window Reception: Brazilian Neoclassical Poetry and Lusophone Classics Across the Atlantic.” The American Academy in Rome annually selects Rome Prize winners by independent juries of distinguished artists…