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

Revisiting the Teaching Evaluation: Exploring Practical Ways for the Review Process to Better Assess and Reward Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

The goal of this event is to improve undergraduate education by assessing ways to make the teaching review process result in a more representative evaluation of teaching effectiveness and efforts to improve instruction. This event is aimed at bringing together those faculty invested in reconsidering and improving the teaching evaluation process on campus.

The Past and Future of Human Rights: Recognizing and Preventing Genocide

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy and the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law will convene an interdisciplinary workshop on April 11, 2018, entitled "The Past and Future of Human Rights: Recognizing and Preventing Genocide." The workshop will bring together scholars from UCLA and other institutions, along with a select number of human rights activists and practitioners to encourage and facilitate discussion between those thinking about genocide prevention and accountability from different perspectives.