Faculty / Department

Professor von Falkenhausen Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Published: April 24, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Lothar von Falkenhausen, Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History at UCLA and head of the East Asian Laboratory at UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Foundation receives over 3,000 applicants annually for the coveted fellowship and this year, 168…

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Professor Meredith Cohen Discusses Rebuilding and Restoring Notre Dame Cathedral

Published: April 22, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Feelings of grief and despair were felt across the globe on Monday, April 17, 2019, when a devastating fire erupted at Notre Dame Cathedral. Individuals around the world collectively mourned the state of the 850-year-old Paris landmark, posting photos and exchanging memories of the cathedral. After officials began to assess the damage,…

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Professor Shu-mei Shih Acquires Leadership Role in ACLA

Published: April 15, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies, has been elected second vice-president of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Founded in 1960, the ACLA represents the field of comparative literature and is a crucial meeting place for academics and students around the world, with a…

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New Professional Writing Minor Drafts Curriculum to Teach Career-Specific Skills

Published: April 9, 2019

UCLA Daily Bruin BY JACQUELINE ALVAREZ Posted: April 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm UCLA will offer a professional writing minor for students to improve their practical writing skills. The minor offers an array of specialized writing courses in topics including web literacy, entertainment, business, science and technology, nonprofits and public engagement. Students can enroll in the minor…

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Diverse Female Filmmakers Celebrated at 7th Annual Latin American, Latinx and Iberian Film Festival

Published: April 8, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Hosted by the UCLA Spanish and Portuguese Department and co-sponsored by many entities on campus, the 7th Annual Latin American, Latinx and Iberian Film Festival: Women’s Voices will take place April 15-18, 2019 and feature free screenings of twelve films at multiple locations across UCLA’s campus, including the James Bridges Theater. Originally…

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Silence is the Failure To Do Things with Words

Published: March 25, 2019

Free speech scholar Rae Langton presented the inaugural UCLA Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy Ellen Evaristo | March 19, 2019 While delivering her vision of how we might “reimagine free speech,” philosopher Rae Langton outlined four required conditions for a healthy free speech environment. First, free speech is for people not for corporations. Second, a successful free speech…

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The Parallels of Female Power in Ancient Egypt and Modern Times

Published: March 18, 2019

In her latest book, UCLA’s Kara Cooney notes how a ruler’s gender matters far less than whose agendas are served Jessica Wolf | March 08, 2019 Over the course of 3,000 years of Egypt’s history, six women ascended to become female kings of the fertile land and sit atop its authoritarian power structure. Several ruled only briefly,…

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Professor Maite Zubiaurre Explores Generosity and Political Activism in “The Wall that Gives/El muro que da”

Published: March 5, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Walls are typically barriers that divide and separate us. For UCLA Germanic Languages and Spanish & Portuguese Professor Maite Zubiaurre, “The Wall that Gives/El muro que da” is one way to encourage generosity amongst individuals and create a community that promotes reciprocity rather than exclusion, especially in today’s political climate. Zubiaurre’s alter…

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Establishment of Peter J. and Caroline B. Caloyeras Endowment for the Arts at UCLA

Published: February 8, 2019

The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture announces the establishment of the Peter J. and Caroline B. Caloyeras Endowment for the Arts. The Caloyeras endowment will support the presentation of fine and performing arts related to Greece, from the ancient period through the modern day. Funds from the endowment will bring…

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UCLA Receives Two New Endowments for Iranian Studies

Published: February 1, 2019

UCLA Iranian Studies and the Pourdavoud Center are proud to announce two new endowments, the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Iranian Studies and the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies. UCLA has launched a national and international search for a top post-doctoral scholar who will be the inaugural recipient of the…

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Assistant Professor of Italian Andrea Moudarres Receives Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award

Published: January 18, 2019

By: Megan Reusche On January 5, 2019, Assistant Professor of Italian Andrea Moudarres received the twenty-first annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association of America. Moudarres accepted his award at the annual convention in Chicago in front of thousands of attendees for his…

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Professor Barbara Fuchs Takes Leadership Role in Modern Language Association

Published: January 16, 2019

UCLA Newsroom Jessica Wolf | January 16, 2019 Barbara Fuchs, professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the UCLA College, has been elected second vice president of the Modern Language Association. Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends…

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Slavic Department’s Ph.D. Student Lydia Roberts Interviews Marianna Yarovskaya, Director of “Women of the Gulag”

Published: January 15, 2019

By: Megan Reusche When a country experiences genocide, is talking about what happened the best way to heal from the past? Why is it important to preserve the memory of what happened and the lives that were lost for future generations? These complicated questions regarding the preservation of memory are discussed in Lydia Roberts’ interview…

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Armando Guerrero Talks Spanish Accents and Latinx Representation in Film and TV

Published: January 9, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Armando Guerrero, a Lecturer and Academic Coordinator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, recently analyzed the accents of actors in famous movies and TV shows for the social media company Pero Like to see if the actors linguistically achieved the Latinx identity in the portrayal of their role. Buzzfeed’s Pero Like…

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Laure Murat roils the #MeToo debate in France

Published: December 26, 2018

UCLA International Institute, November 7, 2018 — Director of the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies and Professor of French, Laure Murat has published a new book: “Une révolution sexuelle? Réflexions sur l’aprés-Weinstein [A Sexual Revolution? Reflections on the Weinstein Aftermath]” (Paris: Éditions Stock, 2018). Arguing that #MeToo is the first serious challenge to patriarchy…

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Art History Professor, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Wins 2019 MRPI Funding Award

Published: December 11, 2018

By: Megan Reusche UCLA Art History Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black was recently awarded over $1,000,000 in funding as a winner of the 2019 Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) competition. MRPI funding encourages innovative research collaborations across UC campuses that lead to cutting edge discoveries in areas that are important to UC, California, and the…

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Linguistics Professor, Jessica Rett, Gets Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Published: December 3, 2018

By: Megan Reusche Jessica Rett, Associate Professor of Linguistics at UCLA, was recently featured on the podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.” Van Ness is well-known for his role as part of the Fab Five in the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. Rett’s research interests include formal semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language. In…

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Frankenstein: The enduring appeal of Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old creation

Published: November 5, 2018

English professor Anne Mellor reflects on the lasting influence of and impetus behind the author’s iconic monster Jessica Wolf | October 31, 2018 UCLA Newsroom In 1804, when the use of electricity was in its infancy, a scientist named Giovanni Aldini jolted the recently hanged body of an executed convict from London’s Newgate prison with bolts of…

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Alain Mabanckou’s Novel ‘Black Moses’ Wins 2018 Hurston/Wright Fiction Award

Published: October 23, 2018

From Washington Post By DeNeen L. Brown October 20 Franco-Congolese poet and novelist Alain Mabanckou won the 2018 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for fiction for “Black Moses,” a novel that follows the journey of an orphan from Loango through a revolution in the Congo to Pointe-Noire and the home of a madam with “ten…

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