Faculty / Department

English Professor Richard Yarborough Receives Distinguished Scholar Award

Published: September 13, 2016

Professor of English Richard Yarborough is the recipient of the 2016 Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society. The society recognizes outstanding achievements and scholars to encourage dialogue, scholarly publications and projects devoted to the study of African American literature and culture. Yarborough teaches African American literature and 19th and…

Literature and film help teach students to understand the brain

Published: August 25, 2016

What can Shakespeare, Cervantes, Proust, and even contemporary playwrights and filmmakers contribute to the study of neuroscience? A lot, says UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology Scott Chandler. “When we are talking about the brain, we are talking about our essence,” Chandler said. For the last four years, Chandler has been teaching and coordinating…

In Memoriam: UCLA Emerita English Professor and Author Carolyn See

Published: July 22, 2016

Author, critic and UCLA emerita English professor Carolyn See, 82, died July 13 in Santa Monica as a result of congestive heart failure. Among her 10 books are a critically acclaimed memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America,” the nonfiction primer “Making a Literary Life” and the novels “There Will Never Be Another…

“Hike your own hike” TEDxUCLA talk by Dr. Tara Prescott, Writing Programs

Published: July 14, 2016

Universities are interesting places. For hundreds of years we have been structured with distinct schools, departments, disciplines, focuses and tracks, all built to move you into one of these narrow spaces for a deep dive experience into an area that often become lifelong pursuits. However, if one of the largest majors is undeclared, with constant…

Charlene Villaseñor Black is as Good as Gold as Recipient of Top Faculty Prize

Published: July 13, 2016

Within the warm, terra-cotta-colored walls of her office in Dodd Hall, Charlene Villaseñor Black has assembled a whimsical mini-museum of Mexican folk art that includes two baby Jesus dolls, a sacred heart painting, a tiny Frida Kahlo chair and a wooden skeleton with moveable arms and legs. In the corner stands a pair of 5-foot-tall…

Professor Collaborates with Getty Museum to Bring 15th-century Manuscript to the Public

Published: June 15, 2016

UCLA professor and recently named Guggenheim Fellow Zrinka Stahuljak spent the last three years helping the J. Paul Getty Museum bring an important 15th-century Flemish manuscript to life for the general public. “The Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies” is a lushly illustrated tale of chivalry and romance. It follows a fictional 15th-century Burgundian knight on…

Art historian Sharon Gerstel wins 2016 Runciman Book Prize

Published: June 14, 2016

Professor Sharon Gerstel of the UCLA Department of Art History has won the 2016 Runciman Book Prize for “Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium” (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The annual award is given by the Anglo-Hellenic League in London to recognize the best book focused on Greek or Hellenic culture. Gerstel received the award, which…

English Professor Fred D’Aguiar Speaks About Violence on Campus

Published: June 3, 2016

by Fred D’Aguiar as reported in the LA Times Op-Ed on June 2nd, 2016 I got to my office at Virginia Tech a bit before 9 a.m. on April 16, 2007, and set about my day as most professors do, prepping for class, commenting on student papers and answering emails. I took a call from home…

UCLA ALC Professor Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Published: April 26, 2016

Professor Robert Buswell of Asian Languages and Cultures has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His election, which the Academy announced on April 20, 2016, comes exactly one year after the election of Professor Gregory Schopen, also of Asian Languages and Cultures. Robert Buswell is Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in…

Three UCLA professors named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows

Published: April 7, 2016

A trio of UCLA faculty members are among a distinguished group of 178 of scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada to receive 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships. Honorees from 50 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields were announced April 6 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which received nearly 3,000 applicants. This year’s UCLA recipients…

Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity

Published: February 23, 2016

History is mostly silent to us now. Thousands of years of human stories have been told in paintings, and sculptures, and sheet music, and text; in shards and shells, and other fragments of things left behind. But because the history of recorded sound is only 160 years old, the original sounds of the distant past…

Andean Event “Yanantin” at UCLA spreads awareness about Quechua language

Published: February 23, 2016

Students and faculty gathered at Young Research Library Tuesday night to learn about the Quechua, an indigenous group native to South America, and UCLA’s courses on the Quechua language. Professor Luz Maria De la Torre, who teaches the Quechua language classes, and her students hosted the event. Students spoke about Quechua culture in Spanish and…

Verónica Cortínez Wins Prestigious Chilean Literary Award

Published: February 11, 2016

UCLA International Institute, February 8, 2016 — Verónica Cortínez, director of the UCLA Center for Southern Cone Studies and professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been awarded the oldest and most prestigious literary prize in Chile: the Premio Municipal de Literatura 2015. Her two-volume book with co-author Manfred Engelbert of the Georg-August…