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November 2017

Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas

November 19, 2017 - February 1, 2018

This exhibition explores cultural transmission and learning through children’s play weaving and apprenticeship in the Maya Highland community of Zincantán, Chiapas, Mexico. The exhibition shows over one hundred textiles from Zincantán drawn from a research collection spanning from 1943 to the present, including hand-woven and embroidered ponchos, shawls, and huipils in vibrant colors and metallic threads as well as looms and weavings made by children. Maya people wear traditional clothing today and the exhibition demonstrates both continuity and change through…

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Jessica Ho, USC

November 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Contemporary Trends in American Mortality: International Comparisons and Emerging Challenges” Abstract: The decades surrounding the turn of the 21st century have been a challenging period for American mortality. The United States is currently facing a large-scale opioid epidemic, and life expectancy barely increased between 2010 and 2015. This talk will cover various dimensions of contemporary trends in American mortality including the contribution of drug overdose to educational gradients in life expectancy, an analysis of the contemporary drug overdose epidemic in international…

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Josh Lambert, “New Media Jews: Transparent, Podcasting, and the Place of Jews in 21st-Century American Culture”

November 30 @ 4:00 pm

A talk by Josh Lambert (Yiddish Book Center/University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Naftulin Family Lecture on Studies in Jewish Identity How can we explain the prominence of Jews and Jewishness in 21st-century American media? At a moment when companies like Amazon and Netflix were making billion-dollar gambits to reach massive audiences with their own original content, it turned out to be Jill Soloway’s Transparent, that proved that a website could beat out the cable and broadcast television networks at the Golden Globes…

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December 2017

Weaving Generations Together: Guided Exhibition Tour

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join curator Patricia Greenfield for a guided tour of Weaving Generations Together, an exhibition of Maya textiles on view in the UCLA Powell Library! The exhibition will be open from October 2 – December 15 and is free and open to the public. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on October 5. A limited number of spots are available in this guided exhibition tour, which will take place at 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1. Reserve your…

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January 2018

Doug Massey, Princeton University

January 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: TBA” Abstract: TBA *Co-Sponsored with the Center for the Study of International Migration More on Prof. Massey

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Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

January 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: TBA” Abstract: TBA *Co-Sponsored with the Center for the Study of International Migration More on Prof. Flippen

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Cynthia Feliciano, UC Irvine

January 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: TBA” Abstract: TBA *Co-Sponsored with the Center for the Study of International Migration More on Prof. Feliciano

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February 2018

Joscha Legewie, Yale University

February 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: TBA” Abstract: TBA More on Prof. Legewie

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Yu Xie, Princeton

February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: TBA” Abstract: TBA More on Prof. Xie

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April 2018

Edible Feminisms: On Discard, Waste, and Metabolism

April 12, 2018

“Edible Feminisms: On Discard, Waste and Metabolism” is a food studies workshop, organized by Dr. Rachel Vaughn and Dr. Sarah Tracy of CSW and the Institute for Society and Genetics, that will culminating in a special issue of the journal Food, Culture, and Society. This project was inspired by Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins‘ framing of “critical eating studies” in her award-winning Racial Indigestion (New York University Press, 2012) and reflects on the ways in which American Studies, Food Studies, Sensory…

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