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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…

Asian Languages and Cultures Professor Recognized as Distinguished Alumna

Published: October 9, 2019

UCLA Newsroom | October 4, 2019 Shu-mei Shih, professor of Asian languages and cultures, has received a distinguished alumnae award from her alma mater, National Taiwan Normal University. Shih was recognized for her influential work in Sinophone studies. The award recognizes lifetime scholarly, artistic or professional achievement, as well as contribution to the university and to…

Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies Marissa Lopez receives a Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research

Published: June 28, 2019

UCLA Newsroom | Robin Migdol | June 27, 2019 The inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research, which is supported by the Chancellor’s office and the UCLA Center for Community Learning, has allocated six $10,000 research grants to develop new undergraduate research courses.In each course, students will carry out research activities in partnership with local community organizations….

Simone King, Korean Studies Major, Graduates From UCLA at 82

Published: June 20, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Simone King graduated from UCLA in June 2019 at the age of 82 with a bachelor’s degree in Korean Studies. Achieving this life goal was no easy feat, and there are numerous life events and milestones that led Simone to become the individual she is today. After witnessing both World War II…

Celebrating 50 Years of Comparative Literature at UCLA

Published: June 9, 2019

By: Megan Reusche In 2019, the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA celebrates its 50th anniversary as UCLA marks its 100th. Beginning as an interdepartmental program (IDP) in 1969, it officially became recognized as a department in the early 1980s. On June 2, 2019, the department hosted a celebration featuring remarks by the current Comparative…

Professor Stephanie Jamison Elected as Correspondant Étranger at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

Published: May 30, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Professor Stephanie Jamison in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies was recently elected to the position of correspondent étranger (foreign correspondent) at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. The Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres was founded in 1663 as a society of scholars brought together…

“Build Bridges, Paint Walls” Event to Strengthen Los Angeles Community Bonds

Published: April 25, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Build Bridges, Paint Walls is a project hosted by the UCLA Arts Initiative and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese taking place from April 29 to May 5. The event will feature a documentary screening, the 16th Annual Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference, community programming, and an art exhibition at the…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Professor Maite Zubiaurre Increases Empathy and Pollution Awareness Through Trashcollages

Published: March 5, 2019

By: Megan Reusche Trashscape on a thrift store platter–Venice, CA–Blue Trash Can Series (Filomena Cruz) When you think of the word “trash,” what types of images do you imagine? A garbage dump? Waste? Pollution? While negative connotations and depictions of the word are typically the first to arise, UCLA Germanic Languages and Spanish & Portuguese…

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…