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November 2017

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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Nonny de la Peña, “Immersive Journalism, Breaking the Frame, and the Gender Struggle in Virtual Reality”

November 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

CSW is thrilled to feature Nonny de la Peña as part of Feminism and the Senses. RSVP for the Talk (Nov. 13, 4pm, Faculty Center): https://csw.ucla.edu/VR REQUEST an Individual Virtual Reality Appointment (Nov. 13, 10am-3:30pm): https://csw.ucla.edu/VR-Request Nonny de la Peña, named “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by The Guardian and Engadget and one of the 20 most influential Latina/os in tech by CNET, is a pioneer of virtual reality and immersive journalism. As the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group…

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Victoria Baranov, University of Melbourne

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Mental health and women’s choices. Experimental evidence from a Randomized Control Trial. “ Abstract: We evaluate the long-term impact of treating maternal depression on women’s financial empowerment and parenting decisions by exploiting experimental variation induced by a cluster-randomized control trial which provided psychotherapy to perinatally depressed mothers in rural Pakistan. The trial, which is the largest psychotherapy trial in the world, was highly successful at reducing depression rates of mothers. We relocate mothers 6 years after the intervention concluded to evaluate the…

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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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Rodrigo Soares, Columbia University

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

“Does Universalization of Health Work? Evidence from Health Systems Restructuring and Maternal and Child Health in Brazil“ Abstract: We investigate restructuring of the health system in Brazil motivated to operationalize universal health coverage. Using administrative data from multiple sources and an event study approach that exploits the staggered rollout of programmatic changes across municipalities, we find large reductions in maternal, foetal, neonatal and postneonatal mortality, and fertility. We document increased prenatal care visits, hospital births and other maternal and child hospitalization,…

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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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QGrad 2017, Radical Imaginaries: Scholar-Activism Dismantling the Politics of Hate

October 27, 2017

UCLA’s QGrad is the oldest, interdisciplinary queer research conference in the United States. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, the 2017 QGrad Conference will focus on how LGBTQ Studies and trans and queer art and activism have transformed the world in the last 20 years. How have undocumented, Black and Brown, Indigenous, Afro-Latinx, Muslim, Fat, Disabled, incarcerated, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming communities/scholar- activists impacted LGBTQ studies? How are all of us systematically attacked and disempowered…

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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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Mark Kaplan, UCLA

October 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

“Title: The Impact of Socioenvironmental Stressors on Alcohol-Linked Suicides: A Nationwide Postmortem Study” Abstract: Not only is suicide a major public health problem, but also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,179 deaths and 273,206 years of potential life lost resulted from alcohol attributable suicides in 2006-10 (the latest years available). Since 2011, Professor Kaplan and his colleagues have worked with the National Violent Death Reporting System Restricted Access Database on two projects funded by the National Institute…

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