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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How a UCLA philosophy Professor Helped Construct ‘The Good Place’

Published: October 3, 2018

UCLA Newsroom Jessica Wolf | October 03, 2018 A funny thing happened in the esoteric world of philosophy in late 2016 — professors and students were buzzing on social media about a sitcom. Is there really a television show that muddles through questions like “Is it ever OK to lie?” and “Is morality judged on results or intentions?” And even more…

Classics Professor Wins Prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for New Book

Published: September 28, 2018

The Division of Humanities would like to recognize Distinguished Professor Amy Richlin for winning the  C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies for her book Slave Theater in the Roman Republic: Plautus and Popular Comedy, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.  To quote from the citation: “The story that unfolds is…

UCLA Educator honored with the Romanian Cultural Merit Decoration

Published: September 11, 2018

Originally posted to the Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures website on 09/04/18. On August 30, 2018 Lecturer Georgiana Galateanu was honored by the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, with the Cultural Merit (Cavalier Order) Decoration for Promoting the Teaching of Romanian Language, Literature, and Civilization Abroad. This was one of only…

‘We the Animals’ Author Justin Torres: Latinos are ‘dehumanized,’ but Literature is an Antidote

Published: August 17, 2018

by Rigoberto González / Aug.17.2018 / 5:10 AM ET NBC News Justin Torres took the literary world by storm in 2011 with the publication of his novel We the Animals, which became a national bestseller and was eventually translated into 15 languages. Seven years after its release, the novel has been adapted into a feature filmdirected by Jeremiah Zagar. It was…

Rethinking Classical Theater for Los Angeles Audiences

Published: August 17, 2018

Jessica Wolf | August 15, 2018 When we think of classical theater most of us are likely to call up images and ubiquitous lines from Shakespeare. But he was not the only visionary playwright of the Renaissance — far from it. Since 2014, Barbara Fuchs, UCLA professor of English and Spanish, has been collaborating across campus and…

UCLA Art History Professor Wins Prestigious Two Year Appointment at the National Gallery of Art

Published: August 6, 2018

By Peggy McInerny, Director of Communications UCLA International Institute, August 1, 2018 — The Director of the UCLA African Studies Center, Professor of African and African American Art History Steven Nelson, has received a prestigious two-year research fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) of the National Gallery of Art. Nelson will take a…

Learning History from Holocaust Survivors

Published: July 29, 2018

July 17, 2018/in COLLEGE MAGAZINE RESEARCH /by Rayna Jackson At age 15, Ann Signett was surrounded by war. Every morning she would go out on her balcony and watch B-17 bombers as they flew over her hometown of Rome during World War II. Knowing that German occupation meant death for his Jewish family, Signett’s father led them to the…

Asian Languages & Cultures Ph.D. Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship in Buddhist Studies

Published: July 11, 2018

Diego Loukota Sanclemente, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC), has been awarded the prestigious Robert N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies for the 2018-19 academic year. Administered by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies are awarded following a global competition…

English Professor, Ursula K Heise Writes and Produces “Urban Ark Los Angeles” Documentary Featured on KCET

Published: July 5, 2018

UCLA’s Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) and TV station KCET-Link, has launched a yearlong collaboration in an effort to report environmental issues through short documentaries and essays. Co-founder of LENS, Professor Ursula K Heise has written and produced a short documentary with the help of faculty and graduate students from the Department of Film, titled “Urban Ark Los Angeles.” The eleven-minute-long documentary showcases the red-crowned parrots of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, a species that’s endangered…