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In Memoriam: David Wong Louie

September 20, 2018

David Wong Louie, UCLA professor emeritus of Creative Writing and Asian American literary studies, died at home with family at his side Wednesday, September 19, at age 63 after a long illness with cancer. Internationally recognized as a literary pioneer in Chinese-American writing in several genres—novel, short story, and personal essay—Louie forged a powerfully eloquent voice that mapped with deep sensitivity and darkly comic wit the trials and hard-won insights born of inhabiting and navigating the difficult and often invisible spaces between white America and Chinese America. 
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UCLA partners with KCET for new digital series

August 31, 2018

Sidney Kantono, UCLA Newsroom

The Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA, an incubator for new research and collaboration on storytelling, communications and media in the service of environmental conservation and equity, has collaborated with public broadcasting network KCET to create “Food Futures,” the third multimedia series in a yearlong partnership. The new digital series explores current innovations and visions for ecological and equitable food systems and covers diverse possibilities for the future of sustainable food.
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Rethinking classical theater for Los Angeles audiences

August 21, 2018

Jessica Wolf, UCLA Newsroom

When we think of classical theater most of us are likely to call up images and ubiquitous lines from Shakespeare. But he was not the only visionary playwright of the Renaissance — far from it. Since 2014, Barbara Fuchs, UCLA professor of English and Spanish, has been collaborating across campus and with the Los Angeles theater community to highlight the golden age of Spanish theater through a program called Diversifying the Classics.
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“We the Animals” film, based on Justin Torres novel, set for release

July 31, 2018

Congratulations to Justin Torres, whose highly-praised debut novel, We the Animals, was recently adapted to a film of the same name and shown at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film, the directorial debut of Jeremiah Zagar, won the festival’s NEXT Innovator Award. The Orchard distribution company has bought the domestic distribution rights to the film, which is slated for release in Los Angeles on August 17, 2018. View the trailer here. Read his Q + A with NBC News here. See movie showtimes here.
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The Quad: Professors recommend their favorite books for summer reading

July 16, 2018

Kyran Randolph, Daily Bruin

Summer can feel a long way from a vacation for some college students. Between internships, jobs, summer classes and various exams, it is hard to find a moment that is not related to the future. When we have a free moment, it’s easy to get lost in the flights of fancy that tickle the mind such as TV and streaming sites, but an interesting alternative for a break is a book. Literature is an extremely magical entity when syllabi and coursework aren’t dictating the reading list. Free reading takes on a different form from reading for class that can provide wisdom, entertainment, humanity and knowledge beyond the classroom.
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Eleanor Kaufman receives UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship & Guggenheim Fellowship

June 12, 2018

Congratulations to Eleanor Kaufman, who has received two prestigious fellowships: a University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  Eleanor Kaufman’s primary research is on twentieth-century French philosophy, with secondary interests in Medieval and Late Antique philosophy and monotheistic theology.
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