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The Singular and Sinister Exceptionality of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Professor Vinay Lal, UCLA Professor of History and Asian American Studies, has an informative blog titled, "Lal Salaam: A Blog by Vinay Lal." Recently, he began writing "a series of articles on the implications of the coronavirus for our times,…

UCLA Researchers Use Big Data Expertise to Create a News Media Resource on the COVID-19 Crisis

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In the Department of Communication at UCLA, the Co-Mind Lab has rerouted some of its "big data" projects to create an informational resource about the coronavirus crisis. This resource offers members of the UCLA community and wider public a…

A Global Lifeboat: Evolution and Kindness in the Time of Coronavirus (Audio)

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Dr. Daniel Fessler, Anthropologist and Director of the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute, discusses how an understanding of humanity's past and present can help us to meet the personal, social, and political challenges posed by the novel coronavirus…

UCLA Voting Rights Project Releases Recommendations for Implementing Vote-by-Mail Program

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The UCLA Voting Rights project released a white paper this week, "Protecting Democracy:  Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic," with recommendations for voting officials to begin planning now for…

UCLA Sociology Professors Advocate for "Physical" Rather Than "Social" Distancing

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March 21, 2020 In an opinion piece that was published today on CNN.com, UCLA sociology professors, Dr. Cecilia Menjívar, Dr. Jacob G. Foster, and Dr. Jennie E. Brand, recommend using the more accurate term "physical distancing" rather…

New Study Finds a Substantial Number of Californians Are Working Before Becoming Homeless

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February 27, 2020 --- A new report released today by the California Policy Lab at UCLA sheds light on the employment histories of people before, during, and after receiving homelessness services in Los Angeles. By studying enrollment and…

Transnational Struggle, Survival, and Resistance: Exploring the Intersectionalities of Central American Migrants

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By Bryanna Ruiz and Amado Castillo, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) Fellows There are very few opportunities for scholars, academics, and students to congregate and hold events centering such issues as Central American…

International Prize of History Awarded to UCLA Professor Subrahmanyam

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UCLA History Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Distinguished Professor & Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, was recently awarded the International Prize of History by the International Committee of Historical Sciences…

"Black on Both Sides" Listening Party -- VIDEO

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In case you missed it: *On December 13, 2019, in a one-of-a-kind listening session at the Hammer Museum, UCLA musicology professor Shana Redmond brought together critics, scholars, and musicians to reflect on the creativity and significance…