Humanities Welcome

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September 22nd, 2021 at 2pm

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Welcome 2021 Final Program

The Humanities Welcome is an annual event held at the beginning of the academic year that invites faculty, staff and students to come together to showcase the Humanities at UCLA. At this event we will introduce the UCLA campus to the benefits of coursework and degrees in the Humanities. The program includes an introduction from the Dean of Humanities, a faculty member discussing their research, a student and alumni speaker. There is a reception to follow with representatives from on-campus Humanities clubs and opportunities to mingle with faculty, staff and students.

Faculty Speaker: Maite Zubiaurre, Spanish and Portuguese and European Language and Transcultural Studies

Professor Maite Zubiaurre initiated her career as literary translator from novels in German into Spanish for the publisher Alfaguara. She holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and taught at USC (University of Southern California), ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and the University of Texas, Austin, before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS) at UCLA. She is core faculty and co-PI of the Urban Humanities Initiative (UHI), and a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Program in Digital Humanities. Her areas of expertise are comparative literature; gender and sexuality studies; urban studies; cultural studies; and migration studies. Zubiaurre is the co-director, co-writer, and co-producer, with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, of Aguilas/Eagles (2021), an award-winning short documentary that tells the story of “Aguilas del Desierto,” a humanitarian organization that searches for missing migrants in the Southern Arizona desert. Zubiaurre is the initiator and leading researcher of “Forensic Empathy,” a multi-pronged interdisciplinary project in progress on migrant death, forensics, and border activism and artivism that includes a scholarly monograph, a feature documentary, an artistic urban installation, and a digital map. “Filomena Cruz” is Maite Zubiaurre’s alter ego as an artivist and visual artist and collagist enamored with trash and all things discarded, and the author of an ongoing artistic intervention, “The Wall that Gives/El muro que da”.

Student Speaker: Juliette Oliver, Russian Studies Major, Professional Writing and Digital Humanities Minor

Juliette Oliver is a fourth year student with a major in Russian Studies and a double minor in Professional Writing and Digital Humanities. Throughout her time at UCLA, Juliette has been an active member of the Russian Flagship Program, where she has used her Russian language skills to pursue research opportunities promoting work in underrepresented fields of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies. This work includes being an undergraduate scholar for the U.S.-Russia Foundation Think Tank in coordination with Howard University to study public perception to language revitalization of Indigenous peoples in the Sakha Republic and the Republic of Buryatia, as well as investigating the rise of domestic violence among women in Kazakhstan. Juliette plans to pursue these underrepresented research topics by working as an intern for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Human Rights Council this year, where she will use the skills gained directly through her time studying under the Humanities Division at UCLA to serve the U.S. government. In the end, Juliette will continue studying Russian by completing the Russian Language Flagship Capstone year abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan before hopefully applying to graduate school. Juliette would like to thank all of the UCLA Humanities professors, teaching assistants, and mentors for their ceaseless dedication to student success, and to wish all incoming undergraduates a successful and enjoyable time studying under the Humanities Division!

Alumni Speaker: Heidi Chang, Vice President of PYO Art Corporation

Heidi Chang, is a fine art dealer and cultural strategist who earned a BA in Art History and Fine Art from UCLA. She serves as Vice President of PYO Art Corporation and Director of Heidi Chang Projects. She creates and supports private and corporate art collections, art foundations, and produces traveling exhibitions for private venues and institutions worldwide. Through her work, she has introduced Asian contemporary art to the international art community and market. Notable projects include the installation of a 98-foot Jonathan Borofsky outdoor sculpture in Seoul and sculpture installation in the Beijing Olympic Park. In 2016, she co-founded Now Art Foundation, a nonprofit public art organization that aspires to democratize artistic experiences by supporting public spaces as exhibition sites for contemporary artists. Now Art’s most recent project, Luminex: Dialogues of Light, was an outdoor digital public art exhibition that transformed a five-block radius of downtown L.A. for one night only in April 2021, attracting 15,000 attendees and 80,000 web visits.

Heidi was named one of the top 100 most powerful people in the art community by Art in Culture magazine in 2008. She has served as a board member of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA), Sejong Society (USC), and Korea Arts Foundation of America (KAFA). She now serves as Chair of the Board of Now Art Foundation and a board member of Seoul Art Foundation (SAF).

Dean of Humanities: David Schaberg

David Schaberg (BA, Stanford, 1986; PhD, Harvard, 1996) is Dean of Humanities and Professor in Asian Languages & Cultures at UCLA. Past chair of Asian Languages & Cultures and Co-Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, Schaberg has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography, and philosophy as well as Greek/Chinese comparative issues. He is author of A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography, which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (Pre-1900 Category). His most recent work addresses the history of oratory and ritual speech genres in early China.