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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…

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…