Whitmania! Songs of Ourselves: Celebrating the Radical Optimism of Walt Whitman and UCLA

2019 marks both UCLA's centennial and the bicentennial of Walt Whitman. This collaboration seeks to explore the relation ship between these two milestones through Whitmania! a constellation of cultural events examinig the legacy of a poet who is a foundational figure in American culture. Often described as the first American bard of democracy and the father of free verse, Whitman is one of the world's most influential poets, and the hallmarks of his work are those of UCLA itself: radical optimism and community engagement for the greater good.

Legislative Theater for Racial Justice Action Planning

This collaboration brings together nine pioneering Theater of the Pooressed scholars and artists from Brazil to UCLA for a two-week residency. While here, the artists will support students in creating new proposed legislation through theater. This proposal seeks to engage these practitioners as trainers and advisors so that the student/campus community created proposals have the best chance at becoming policies and laws. Legislative theater is a methodology in which popular theater is used to create, refine, and propose new legislation and policy.

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.

Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Dube Chair in Rural Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal

Proposal to bring Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Dube Chair in Rural Education at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, to UCLA to lead and participate in a number of discussions to explore commonalities between disadvantaged communities in the Los Angeles area, the U.S., South Africa, and other countries of the global south. The sponsors also propose to develop a collaborative research agenda focusing on health promotion, human rights, policy, and girls' education.

Disability as Spectacle

The award provides funding to host Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and Karen Nakamura as part of UCLA Disability Studies' conference on Disability as Spectacle. This interdisciplinary conference aims to stimulate a discussion around how society constructs, reacts, and embraces or rejects visible and invisible disabilities in the public sphere. As visibility continues to increase in popular culture, scholars will need to confront a changing landscape in which (some) disabilities are de-stigmatized while others are prevented from participating in the new visibility. 

Politics, Ethics and Well Being in the Anthropocene

This series of events, to be held in Winter 2018, brings to UCLA two leading scholars who connect ethics, governance, changes to nature, and human systems. Jedediah Purdy teaches constitutional, environmental, and property law at Duke University . Dale Jamieson is Department Chair and Founding Director of Environmental Studies and Animal Studies, as well as Professor of Philosophy , Law, and Bioethics at New York University and is author of Love in the Anthropocene.

Clean Air and Policy Workshop

Support for a two-day "Clean Air and Policy" Workshop initiated by faculty from both the Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering by Peking University and UCLA, and the Center for Clean Air at UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IoES). The overarching goal of the workshop is to expand the scope of the 2014 JRI symposium by bringing in government officials and policymakers from both California and China to join JRI faculty and students to discuss public health and policy issues related to air pollution.

Community Violence & Mental Health Workshop Series

Support for planning meeting to develop collaborative workshop series that will serve to initiate and resolve difficult dialogues that transcend a number of contemporary racial/ethnic, class, gender, and political issues. Interdisciplinary and community-based collaborative efforts will serve to highlight the educational value of diversity, promote opportunity to learn how to engage in difficult conversations across differences, which will contribute to a positive campus and community climate.