International Conference on Mahatma Gandhi

This conference (January 30 to February 2, 2020) aims to offer a scholarly, critical, and nuanced perspective on Gandhi. The conference follows the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who is increasingly being studied as a philosopher, religious thinker, and critic of industrial modernity. It is, for example, little known that he pioneered a new form of what is these days called "interfaith" workship and diologe, and througout his life he maintained extensive dialogues with Christian thinkers and missionaries, Muslim theologians, and activists of all stripes and hues.

Refugee Worlds, Refugee Lives: In and Out of Africa

This collaboration emphasizes the critical needt o rethink the contemporary refugee crisis in Africa and beyond by approaching it as a social and historical formation with the potential to solve the very problems it represents. Building bridges between infrastructure, sustainability, political representation and narrative, this collaborative seminar and workshop series and keynote lecture will explore the generative potentials of refugees as camps develop into communities.

Alexis Gambis, Filmmaker and Visiting Professor of Biology, Film, and New Media, NYU Abu Dhabi

Inaugural seminar, student discussions, and film screening of Alexis Gambis' film "The Fly Room," as the first in a series of interdisciplinary seminars around "Science in the Media." Alexis Gambis will participate in discussions of his film and his career, as well as the process of scientific research, the role of science in society, and the role of media in portraying science accurately to the public.

Understanding the New Middle East

This award contributes funding towards a symposium on Understanding the New Middle East, organized by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and faculty from the Departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology. This conference will bring together academics, commentators, and other experts to explore the roots and nature of the current crises in the Middle East and to plot the region’s future trajectory. 

Race and Capitalism: Global Aspects

unding for a series of activities around the theme of "Race and Capitalism: Global Aspects," involving faculty from the departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, History, Urban Planning, and two research centers - the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Trump & the Media - Do Words Matter: Journalism, Communication & Alternative Truth

A day-long series of events assembling academics and media notables from diverse backgrounds in profession, identity, and perspectives to discuss the value of information and the effectiveness of communication during the Trump era. The first panel focused on the 2016 Campaign and Media, and questioned the expectations and predictions media made in contrast to actual election results.

Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

A three-day event utilizing art and media to examine the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 LA Uprising and its impact on the racial and economic climate in LA and across the US today. Events will include panels featuring a discussion of the evolution of community organizing as well as the role media, particularly film, has played in creating and reflecting social change. There will be a gallery displaying avariety of art inspired by the Uprising and a follow-up discussion with the artists.

Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation

A public symposium taking a critical view of 2016 through a controversial song that announced a cultural turn toward a Trump presidency: “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Featured guests will include NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, whose refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem caused a national firestorm of debate, as well as Rene Marie, a jazz vocalist whose 2008 performance of the anthem in advance of the Democratic National Convention combined the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the lyrics of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Event