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    Diverse programming characterizes International Education Week 2023

    In fall 2023, the International Institute led the busiest International Education Week (IEW) at UCLA to date. Supported by 22 campus sponsors, the week offered 62 events and activities organized by 36 units across campus from November 6 to 9. For the first time since the novel coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, in-person events outnumbered both online and hybrid events.

    IEW 2023 offered a mix of musical and cultural performances, lectures on global politics, international career events and recreational activities that brought together faculty, students, alumni, staff and community members to commemorate the value of international education and exchange. A playful video created by international students and the UCLA social media team kicked off the week with greetings from around the world Read more...

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Educational path leads to fascination with use of urban space

UCLA doctoral student Mustapha Outbakat returned to Morocco last summer to conduct initial fieldwork and archival research for his dissertation, aided by a fellowship from the UCLA African Studies Center.

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Popular global studies program nears its 20th year

Known for its talented, hardworking students, the interdisciplinary global studies program allows undergraduate Bruins to focus on their specific interests while completing a sequence of required courses.

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Workshop in Oaxaca immerses L.A. teachers in Indigenous Mexican culture

Latin American Institute summer program prepares K–12 instructors to bring new knowledge into their classrooms.

Latin American Institute
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Bilingual and bicultural migrant students bring assets, not deficits, to their educations

A webinar series on education of children who grow up on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border has created a unique resource for teachers, social workers and policy makers looking to learn more about this unique youth cohort.

Latin American Institute
Image for Love of Japanese led this Bruin to Asian studies

Love of Japanese led this Bruin to Asian studies

International Institute senior Jasmine Mundo graduates this June with plans to study in Japan.

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Student creativity exceeds expectations at first artistic works competition on ‘comfort women'

The Center for Korean Studies conferred its first awards for creative student projects related to “comfort women” in late May. The annual competition seeks to educate the UCLA community about the history and impact of the sexual slavery of women who were forced to work in Japanese Army brothels during World War II.

Center for Korean Studies
Image for Military dictatorship in Brazil pushes political class to accept mass mobilization

Military dictatorship in Brazil pushes political class to accept mass mobilization

At a book talk for "Until the Storm Passes" about the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985, author Bryan Pitts said the malleability of the Brazilian political class has made it possible for Brazilian democracy to become more representative over the past several decades.

Latin American Institute
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Bringing migrant and refugee stories and connections to light

UCLA Newsroom / Professor Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi's relational approach to Asian American studies and refugee memory creates a powerful ripple effect.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
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Victor Erofeiev visits UCLA

Erofeiev, who oppposes Russia's war against Ukraine, published "Vykhod" in 2022. The edited collection features essays by contemporary Russian writers that could not be published in Russia and recalls his edited 1978 collection, "Metropole."

UCLA Russian Flagship Program
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Ambition and the sense of powerlessness among young Chinese

In a lecture at the Center for Chinese Studies, anthropologist Biao Xiang said the sense of powerlessness felt by young Chinese today is curiously similar to that felt by the young generation in China before the 1980s, when the reforms that transformed the country into an economic powerhouse were first introduced.

Center for Chinese Studies
Image for Report documents violence against Central American migrants at U.S.-Mexican border

Report documents violence against Central American migrants at U.S.-Mexican border

Using quantitative and qualitative data, the report's analysis finds unprecedented violence against migrants in six northern Mexican border states and four southwestern U.S. border states during the period January 1, 2021–June 30, 2022.

Center for Mexican Studies
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Forced migration: Q&A with expert Roger Waldinger

The UCLA distinguished professor of sociology answers questions about the current state of global migration and international refugee policies.

Center for Study of International Migration
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Study shows comparative increase in U.S. death rate

A new study by International Institute faculty member Patrick Heuveline shows that 'excess deaths' in the U.S. rose in comparison to those in five European nations during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet only a portion of the rise was directly attributable to COVID-19.

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Image for Q&A with Susanna Hecht, winner of the 2023 Brunn Award in Geography

Q&A with Susanna Hecht, winner of the 2023 Brunn Award in Geography

The director of the Center for Brazilian Studies receives the Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography on March 24. In honor of the occasion, Hecht answers questions about the award, her research and the current state of Amazon rainforest.

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Bruin thrives at UCLA by combining academic studies with hands-on experience

Bruin senior Wudia Kamara has pursued an amazingly broad range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom at UCLA, enabling her to build solid business skills while acquiring a comparative international perspective on economics and economic development.

UCLA Global
Image for Mapping the Iranian diaspora in America

Mapping the Iranian diaspora in America

Professor Kevan Harris will present his demographic findings at the Feb. 16–17 Iranian Diaspora in Global Perspective conference at UCLA

Center for Near Eastern Studies
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Recent earthquakes in Turkey and their impact

Civil and environmental engineering professor Jonathan Stewart of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering helped mobilize a reconnaissance team now deployed in Turkey. Read a selection his recent media responses to journalists in Q&A format.

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Studying the modern Ethiopian state from the ground up

Galaan Hayle spent the summer of 2022 on a coffee farm about 70 to 80 miles outside of Addis Ababa, conducting research on coffee checkpoints.

African Studies Center
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Human rights and solidarity in a postcolonial world

The work and teaching of David Kim grapple with the challenge of human rights in a post-colonial world, cosmopolitanism and solidarity, as well as an array of German authors.

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Cultivating scholarship and empathy in equal measure

Anthropologist Aomar Boum will speak at UCLA this month about his two newest publications: a co-edited volume and a graphic novel on the history of the Holocaust in North Africa during World War II.

Center for Near Eastern Studies
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Ukraine and Bosnia: Wars to eradicate people, their culture and memory

“It's clear that Russia invests so much to destroy Ukrainian cultural identity because… Ukrainians can resist only when they can feel themselves a separate nation. Over 500 objects [have been] destroyed or damaged [over] the last nine months all over Ukraine," said Ihor Poshyvailo, director of the Maidan Museum in Kyiv.

Center for European and Russian Studies
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‘Canonization' of Hindustani music favors some, marginalizes other, performing arts traditions

The work of ethnomusicologist Anna Morcom, director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, focuses on modern Indian and Tibetan performing arts.

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Kelly Lytle Hernández on her new book, "Bad Mexicans"

“‘Bad Mexicans' tells the story of how the magonistas built their social movement here in the United States... [and the] cross-border counterinsurgency campaign that tried to stop them,” said historian Kelly Lytle Hernández at a recent Center for Mexican Studies event.

Center for Mexican Studies
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