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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…

Spanish, Community and Culture Major Highlighted for International Women’s Day

Published: March 31, 2021

UCLA student Jazminne Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Rodriguez.) In honor of International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8, the UCLA International Institute is publishing a series of profiles of female Bruins who have overcome challenges in their quest to effect change in the world. UCLA Global, March 8, 2021 — Jazminne Rodriguez joined UCLA as a…

Linguistics student fulfills dream at UCLA

Published: March 11, 2021

Peggy McInerny | March 10, 2021 In honor of International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8, the UCLA International Institute is publishing a series of profiles of female Bruins. Abeer Ali Abdullah Al-Abbas, a UCLA graduate student in linguistics who hails from Saudi Arabia, grew up in the Farasan Islands, a group of coral islands in…

UCLA professors Maite Zubiaurre and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan hope their film about searching for those lost in the desert will change immigration policy

Published: February 23, 2021

Photo Courtesy of David Marquez – An Águilas del Desierto volunteer carries a cross on each search to mark where any intact bodies have been found. UCLA Newsroom | Alison Hewitt | February 22, 2021 When UCLA professor Maite Zubiaurre decided to make a documentary about volunteers who search for the remains of migrants in the…

UCLA Establishes Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies

Published: February 8, 2021

In a giant leap for our language studies programs, the departments of French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, and Scandinavian have completed a merger resulting in the new Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS). Chaired by Professor Dominic Thomas, ELTS strengthens our existing language offerings while providing a holistic approach to the…

Miwon Kwon Named Inaugural Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art

Published: February 8, 2021

Miwon Kwon (Photo credit: ©Todd Cheney, 2015) Internationally renowned scholar and curator of contemporary art Miwon Kwon has been named the inaugural Walter Hopps Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History of the UCLA College. A UCLA faculty member since 1997, Kwon is a professor of art history and chair…

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…