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Conference at UCLA Explores the Significance of American Jewish Music and Its Reach

Published: October 27, 2017

Program opens with the world premiere of “David’s Quilt,” an original libretto about biblical King David Ariane Bicho | September 26, 2017 The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies will present “American Culture and the Jewish Experience in Music,” a two-day conference exploring the influence that Jewish customs,…

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UCLA Receives $5 million to Establish Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture

Published: October 18, 2017

Margaret MacDonald | October 12, 2017 A $5 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will enable UCLA to create the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture. The center, which will be housed in the UCLA College, will build on the university’s strengths in Hellenic studies and support research across disciplines ranging from…

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UCLA “Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles” funded by the NEH

Published: August 25, 2017

The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the project of Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles: Teaching and Exploring Religious Diversity Through Civic Engagement, led by Principal Investigator and Center for the Study of Religion and Study of Religion IDP Director, Professor Carol Bakhos, has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This…

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Inside Higher Ed Showcases Dr. Miriam Posner of UCLA As a Rising Star in Digital Humanities

Published: August 7, 2017

These five rising stars work in alternative-academic and traditional tenure-track positions at public research, liberal arts and Ivy League institutions. By Will Fenton August 2, 2017 The digital humanities have supported a remarkable diversity of teaching, scholarship and service pursued by a diverse group of leaders who are shaping the field’s values and priorities. Inside Digital Learning here showcases the…

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The Evolution of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA

Published: July 21, 2017

As the program celebrates 20 years of scholarship and advocacy, it also eyes expansion Jessica Wolf | July 17, 2017 For two decades, the field of queer studies has been thriving and evolving within the humanities division of the UCLA College. Now Alicia Gaspar de Alba, chair of what is currently known as LGBTQ studies, is ready…

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Digital Humanities Students’ Work on Silent Films Leads to Exhibition at California African American Museum

Published: July 21, 2017

Website and database they built sparked curator’s show about African-American women in silent race films Jessica Wolf | July 20, 2017 The meticulous work of UCLA digital humanities students who shone a light on the hidden history of black filmmakers and artists from the silent era has inspired a new exhibition at the California African American Museum…

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2016 DAAD Prize in German and European Studies Awarded to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz, UCLA

Published: June 5, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Yasemin Yildiz of UCLA, the recipient of the 2016 DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies for her outstanding academic work in the Humanities. Yasemin Yildiz is an Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at UCLA.  She grew up in Bremen and began her academic life at the Universität…

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Comparative Literature Professor Receives Mellon Grant to Pursue New Direction

Published: May 31, 2017

Nouri Gana, associate professor of comparative literature and Near Eastern languages and cultures, has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2017 New Directions fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An accomplished scholar of the literatures and cultures of the Arab world and its diasporas, Gana becomes the fourth UCLA professor since 2006…

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Harvard Awards UCLA Classics Professor the Centennial Medal

Published: May 26, 2017

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded the Centennial Medal to Sarah Morris, Steinmetz Professor of Classical Archaeology and Material Culture at UCLA and an archaeologist with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. The award recognizes her scholarship in the classics and for her archaeological research. “Sarah Morris has brought to light countless ancient…

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UCLA Students Present on Intersectionality, LGBTQ Research in Symposium

Published: May 15, 2017

UCLA Daily Bruin BY MEGAN DALEY Posted: May 7, 2017 10:38 pm Josh Feldman stood in front of students in the Charles E. Young Grand Salon in Kerckhoff Hall and shared his journey to self-acceptance, through American Sign Language. “I’m a writer, I’m gay, I’m Jewish, I’m a Libra, I used to be a vegetarian,…

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Professor Stephanie Jamison of Asian Langauges and Cultures Named 2017 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow

Published: May 8, 2017

UCLA faculty members Judith Carney and Stephanie Jamison have been selected as members of the 237th class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows. Jamison, a professor of Asian languages and cultures, also teaches courses in UCLA’s Indo-European studies program. She was trained as a historical and Indo-European linguist, and for many years she…

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Professors Brozgal and Stein Co-Edit First English Language Translation of Tunisian-French Fiction.

Published: May 5, 2017

As faculty in the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, associate professor of French and Francophone studies Lia Brozgal, along with vice chair and professor of history Sarah Stein, recently co-edited a volume of classic Tunisian-French literature published by Stanford University Press. “Ninette of Sin Street,” originally published in Tunis in 1938, is one of the…

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UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Professor Robert K. Englund Receives Prestigious Grant for Research Collaboration on Big Data

Published: April 3, 2017

The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Language,MTAAC, project co-directed by Robert K. Englund of UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is now funded through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge by the American National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Research Foundation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and…

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Professor John Duncan of Asian Languages and Cultures Wins Prestigious Award for Korean Studies Scholars

Published: March 16, 2017

The Division of Humanities would like to congratulate Professor John Duncan,  Professor of Korean in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, on his award as the twenty-third recipient of the Yongjae Award.The Yongjae Award was established to recognize the best Korean Studies scholars around the world through the Yongje Academic Award and the Yongjae Chair Professor….

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Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World Established at UCLA

Published: February 23, 2017

UCLA has established the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the first center in the Western Hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. The center is named for the late Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia and a professor in Europe, Iran and Iraq….

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UCLA Art History Professor Sharon Gerstel Awarded Prestigious Book Award from the International Center of Medieval Art

Published: February 23, 2017

UCLA Art History Professor Sharon Gerstel’s Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 inaugural book prize of the International Center of Medieval Art. The faculty committee who awarded the prize had the following remarks regarding Professor Gerstel’s win, “Published in 2015 by…

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Emeritus Professor of Chinese Awarded Book Prize from Foundation for Landscape Studies

Published: February 4, 2017

The Division of Humanities would like to congratulate Richard E. Strassberg, Emeritus Professor of Chinese in Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA on the awarding of the The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.  Dr. Strassberg’s book Thirty Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints (Harvard Press, 2016)…

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