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November 2017

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

November 30, 2017 @ 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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Film Screening: Dolores

November 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A special screening of Dolores, the new documentary film about activist Dolores Huerta. History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are…

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Film Screening: Dolores

November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A special screening of Dolores, the new documentary film about activist Dolores Huerta. History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are…

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Ranjani Mazumdar, “Technological Networks and Obsolescence in Contemporary Bombay Cinema”

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A talk by Ranjani Mazumdar Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Dehli, India Organized by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia This paper looks at the role of media and communication technologies in the sensorial imagination of urban spaces in contemporary Bombay cinema. If surveillance practices and their resultant structuring becomes one part of this imagination (No Smoking 2007, LSD 2010, Ugly, 2013), we also see the role of the Internet and social media in the framing…

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Tiphanie Yanique, “Belonging: Immigrating into Our Own Country”

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A reading by Caribbean feminist and author Tiphanie Yanique. Yanique will read from her novel Land of Love and Drowning which deals with U.S. imperialism through the lives of three generations of women on St. Thomas. Land of Love and Drowning won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of…

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October 2017

Film Screening and Discussion: Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers

October 27, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This filmed stage play highlights the perspectives of women activists of Gerwani (Indonesian Women’s Movement) who were political prisoners from 1965, suffered sexual violence, and were stigmatized for decades as immoral women in Indonesia. During that time hundreds of thousands of members of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) or those considered close to the PKI were murdered and tens of thousands also also imprisoned. Out of this upheaval came the military backed New Order regime, under General Suharto. Scholars…

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Kathryn Dudley, “Trusting Mustangs: Feral Ontologies, Trans-Species Affects”

October 26, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Kathryn Dudley’s research focuses on embodied knowledge and social trauma under regimes of labor that are marginalized by transformations in global capitalism. Her books The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America and Debt and Dispossession: Farm Loss in America’s Heartland are community studies, respectively, of deindustrialization and the demise of family farm agriculture. Her documentary film Black Land Loss examines African American farmers’ class action lawsuit against the USDA. Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal…

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Film Screening: Queens of Syria

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Queens of Syria tells the story of sixty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, Euripides’s tragedy about the plight of women in war. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary…

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Kathleen Sheldon, “African Women: Early History to the 21st Century”

October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Kathleen Sheldon will discuss her recently published book, African Women: Early History to the 21st Century, a comprehensive study of this expansive story from before the time of records to the present day.  Her book provides a rich background on descent systems and the roles of women in matrilineal and patrilineal systems.  She profiles elite women, as well as those in leadership roles, traders and market women, religious women, slave women, women in resistance movements, and women in politics and…

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Disability Awareness Week

October 13, 2017 - October 17, 2017

October 9-13 is Disability Awareness Week at UCLA! The week’s events include: Center for Accessible Education Open House Learn about accessibility resources available through CAE and CAPS DATE: Monday, October 9 TIME: 11 AM – 1 PM LOCATION: A255 Murphy Hall UCLA Committee on Disability Open Meeting Meet the committee and discuss your accessibility concerns DATE: Tuesday, October 10 TIME: 2 PM – 4 PM LOCATION: 5628 Math/Sciences Adaptive Recreation Demos Experience wheelchair basketball and hand cycles! DATE: Tuesday, October…

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