Faculty / Department

Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Graduate Students Win Prestigious Awards

Published: June 27, 2018

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) is extremely proud this year to be able to boast of the accomplishments of so many of our students.  Despite our department’s small size, no fewer than six of our Ph.D. candidates are recent recipients of prestigious fellowships and awards. NELC Ph.D. student Jesse Arlen, whose…

Professor remembered for developing heritage language learning, dies at 71

Published: April 18, 2018

Originally published in the Daily Bruin BY MEGAN DALEY on April 17, 2018 12:27 am.  Olga Kagan dedicated the last two decades of her life to a community that is often overlooked in language instruction. She helped pioneer heritage language learning designed specifically for children of immigrants who speak a language other than English at home but…

What is EPIC? Talking Sustainable Pedagogy in the Humanities with Dr. Lisa Felipe

Published: March 20, 2018

By Kevin G. McDonald on March 20, 2018 Dr. Lisa Felipe Dr. Lisa Felipe is the Director of the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms Program (EPIC) at UCLA. EPIC, made possible by a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a program committed to creating opportunities and dialogue around Humanities pedagogy for graduate students and faculty….

Egyptology Student Wins 2018 UCLA Grad Slam Competition

Published: March 8, 2018

Professor Kara Cooney (left) and Marissa Stevens (right) Marissa Stevens, Egyptology Graduate Student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, won UCLA’s 2018 Grad Slam Competition last night, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition that showcases and awards the best 3-minute research presentations by graduate students. The competition not only helps…

UCLA, KCET Team Up for Environmental Storytelling and Public Media Collaboration

Published: February 23, 2018

Cailey Hall | February 21, 2018 Hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, extinctions: with near-constant coverage of disaster scenarios, communities around the country can be forgiven for experiencing environmental news fatigue. How can we engage 21st century audiences with new kinds of environmental stories? UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies is trying to do just that. In partnership with KCET, the nation’s…

Hacking the Humanities: Cyber Days Conference on Blockchain Highlights Technology as a Vital Tool for Humanities Students

Published: February 16, 2018

Jessica Wolf | February 15, 2018 One of the biggest champions of blockchain technology on the UCLA campus is a humanities professor — specifically David MacFadyen, professor of musicology who is currently serving as chair of the comparative literature department. As part of UCLA’s Blockchain Lab, MacFadyen has curated “Cyber Days,” a series of talks and workshops Feb….

Professor and Dean David Schaberg Receives Award

Published: February 1, 2018

The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures is delighted to congratulate Professor David Schaberg, Dean of the Humanities at UCLA, on being awarded the 2018 Patrick D. Hanan Book Prize for Translation (China and Inner Asia) by the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) for his collaborative translation project Zuo Tradition/Zuozhuan: Commentary on the “Spring and…

UCLA Professor on South Korea and North Korea

Published: December 1, 2017

John Duncan is a UCLA scholar of Korean history and teaches in the departments of Asian languages and cultures and history. Duncan is the former head of the Center for Korean Studies at UCLA and a member of the UCLA International Institute. Before taking part in a Zócalo/UCLA panel discussion titled “Is War With North Korea…

UCLA Receives $1 million for Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics

Published: November 6, 2017

Margaret MacDonald | November 06, 2017 A donation of $1 million from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute will establish the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics in the UCLA Department of Linguistics, one of the nation’s top-ranked linguistics departments. Named for the renowned linguist Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, the fellowship will promote research on the linguistic heritage…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…