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Professor Michael Berry Receives National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship

Published: February 4, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021  Los Angeles—Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Michael Berry will receive a Literature Translation Fellowship of $12,500 to translate Soft Burial (Ruan mai) by Fang Fang into English. Michael Berry is one of 24 Literature Translation Fellows selected for fiscal year 2021. In total, the Arts Endowment will…

Professor Calderon’s groundbreaking anthology honored with MLA Panel, “Criticism in the Borderlands” at Thirty Years

Published: January 4, 2021

On Saturday, January 9th, 2021, the Modern Languages Association will be hosting a panel session in honor of UCLA Professor Hector Calderon’s (Spanish and Portuguese) groundbreaking anthology, “Criticism in the Borderlands: Studies in Chicano Literature, Culture, and Ideology” thirty years after its first publication. This panel will bring together experts in the field to discuss…

Gift Establishes Lectureship in the Center for the Study of Religion

Published: November 12, 2020

According to followers of the ancient Jain religion, Bhagwan Abhinandan-nath, the 4th Tirthankar/Ford Maker of Jain Dharma, was an apostle of unconditional nonviolence, peace, harmony, austerity, interdependence and co-existence with all species: human and non-human. The Center for the Study of Religion in UCLA’s humanities division has received a landmark $150,000 commitment from 10 families…

UCLA Humanities Professor launches second edition of “LA Escena”, a Festival of Spanish Classical Theater, November 12-16, 2020

Published: November 10, 2020

Diversifying the Classics​ ​is delighted to announce the second edition of Los Angeles’ Festival of Hispanic classical theater, ​LA Escena 2020​ , now in a largely virtual mode. Since launching our biennial celebration in 2018, we have been planning for this new opportunity to present Hispanic classics, from inventive productions of the original texts to…

Shu-mei Shih Named Inaugural Edward W. Said Professorship in Comparative Literature

Published: August 18, 2020

A portrait of Shu-mei Shih (Photo Credit: Raymond Schorr) Humanities scholar Shu-mei Shih has been named the inaugural Edward. W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature in the UCLA College division of humanities. A UCLA faculty member since 1993, Shih is a professor in the departments of comparative literature, Asian languages and cultures, and Asian American…

Alumna’s Gift will Support the Study of Contemporary Chinese Culture

Published: July 13, 2020

A $250,000 donation from economics alumna May C. Chong has established the Heritage and Hope Endowment in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Augmented by $125,000 from the Humanities Centennial Match, the gift will support students and faculty researching contemporary global Chinese culture and/or religion, specifically Buddhism. “We are deeply grateful for May Chong’s…

Department of Art History Establishes the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship

Published: June 23, 2020

The UCLA Department of Art History has established the Diane C. Brouillette Graduate Fellowship in Art History, thanks to a $250,000 tribute gift in memory of the late UCLA alumna Diane Brouillette. The gift qualified for an additional $125,000 in matching funds from the UCLA Humanities Centennial Matching Gift Fund. The fellowship will help fund…

New Endowed Term Chair in Hellenic Studies at UCLA

Published: May 28, 2020

UCLA has received a gift commitment from Demos and Carol Anagnos and the Aris Anagnos Foundation to establish the Aris Anagnos Family Chair in Hellenic Studies in the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. The chair, which will provide funds to support the work of a distinguished scholar and…

COVID 19 Fiat Lux Seminars: Shedding Light on the Pandemic (Part 1)

Published: May 18, 2020

With many of us now living under government-issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, Raymond Knapp is taking a musical approach towards how people are coping. Knapp is the Academic Associate Dean at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and a distinguished musicology professor. He also serves as the Director of the UCLA Center for Musical…

Center for Jewish Studies Director, Sarah Stein Named to New Viterbi Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

Published: May 6, 2020

Melissa Abraham | May 4, 2020 Prominent historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein has been named the inaugural holder of the Viterbi Family Endowed Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies in the UCLA College divisions of humanities and social sciences. Stein, who directs the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and is a history professor, has received prestigious accolades…

ACLS selects Javier Patiño Loira and David Kim for 2020 Fellowship Program

Published: April 13, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has selected UCLA Humanities faculty Javier Patiño Loira and David D. Kim for its 2020 Fellowship Program. The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to scholars in the humanities and social sciences, not limited to any specific time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. Applicants submit a proposal for…

UCLA Receives $25 million from Uniqlo Founder for Japanese Literature and Culture Studies

Published: January 15, 2020

Kabuki actor Nakamura Kyozo in a performance of “Shujaku jishi” performance for UCLA students in November 2019. The event was sponsored by the Yanai Initiative and the Japanese Ministry of Culture.   UCLA College Communications | Melissa Abraham | January 15, 2020 UCLA has received a $25 million gift from Tadashi Yanai, the chair, president…

UCLA French and Francophone Professor Named One of 2019’s 100 Most Influential Africans

Published: January 14, 2020

UCLA Newsroom | January 10, 2020 Alain Mabanckou, literature professor in the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies, has been named one of 2019’s 100 most influential Africans by leading politics and culture magazine, “New African.” A renowned novelist, poet and professor, Mabanckou is recognized for his contributions to the global literary scene. Known for…

Linguistic Society of America elects Prof. Nina Hyams as 2020 fellow

Published: January 7, 2020

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) has selected professor Nina Hyams to be a fellow for its 2020 cohort. Since the early ’80s, Hyams has been a member of the LSA, an organization dedicated to fostering a community of linguistic professionals. The LSA aims to further advance the study of linguistics and promote public education,…

International Association of Egyptologists elects director of Cotsen Institute as president

Published: December 6, 2019

Willeke Wendrich, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, has been elected to serve as President of the International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) for the next four years. The IAE is a global organization of scholars and non-scholars alike who contribute to the field and study of Egyptology. Dr. Chris Naunton, the outgoing…

Theresa and Henry Biggs endow chair in Linguistics to honor Prof. Bruce Hayes

Published: December 3, 2019

UCLA Department of Linguistics celebrated the appointment of professor Bruce Hayes to the newly established Theresa McShane Biggs and Henry P. Biggs Centennial Term Chair in Linguistics. The department held an installation ceremony and reception on October 30 in the California Nanosystems Institute. UCLA Dean of Humanities David Schaberg and Professor Patricia Keating, who is…

Teaching with teddy bears: Lecturer uses stuffed animals to engage classes

Published: November 20, 2019
Quyen Di Chuc Bui posing with a stuffed animal

Every day, professors look for new ways to encourage active participation in their classes. Quyen Di Chuc Bui takes a unique approach. When teaching his introductory Vietnamese courses, the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures lecturer hands out stuffed animals to his students as a way of motivating and rewarding them for their work….

UCLA Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Héctor Calderón Latest Book Wins Awards

Published: October 14, 2019

Héctor Calderón, a UCLA professor of Spanish American, Mexican, and Chicana/o literature and cultures, was awarded first place for Best Academic Themed Book at the 21st Annual International Latino Book Awards on Sept. 21. “The Aztlán Mexican Studies Reader, 1974­-2016,” (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2018) which was edited and is introduced by Professor…