UCLA Institute of American Cultures April 2019 Newsletter

David K. Yoo, Vice Provost, UCLA Institute of American Cultures

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, UCLA will officially launch its centennial during Alumni Weekend. As UCLA turns 100 years old, the Institute of American Cultures and the ethnic studies centers celebrate fifty years (1969-2019). This convergence of timelines can be seen from multiple angles, but I would like to highlight a couple of themes. The first is that UCLA is a university with a public mission. That mission involves many things, but certainly a core element is that the university exists for the people of California – all the peoples of California, especially for those whose access to higher education has been severely diminished by structural forms of inequality. The flip side, dramatically played out in recent news about college admissions, is that structural forms of inequality are also about structural forms of privilege and power.

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50 Years of Advancing Research for Social Justice

This year the UCLA Institute of American Culture is celebrating 50 years of ethnic studies at UCLA. The formation of these ethnic studies programs occurred during the tumultuous and highly charged socio-political dynamics of the 1960s that saw a demand for colleges and universities to confront bias. The past is constantly shaping our present and future. Please check out our website calendar for center 50th anniversary events.
American Indian Studies Center staff and scholars at the 50th Anniversary IAC Film Festival

Carrying Our Ancestors Home

Join the UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) for the launch of the new digital project, "Carrying our Ancestors Home." Hear about the land acknowledgement and its importance in engaging a new path forward with tribal communities.

Hosted by the AISC
Asian American Studies Center staff and filmmakers at the 50th Anniversary IAC Film Festival

Asian American Studies Center addresses unique plight of today’s immigrant

America as a land of hope and refuge for the persecuted and oppressed is the subject of two talks hosted by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC). Learn more about the Stanley Kwok Lau & Dora Wong Lau Distinguished Lecture Series through the links below.

"Mother of Exiles" Refugees in American Myth and History by Professor Mae Ngai (pictured)

Southeast Asian Deportation Awareness

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies director and filmmakers at the 50th Anniversary IAC Film Festival

Historian named director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez has been named director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, effective July 2019.

Chicano Studies Research Center director and filmmaker at the 50th Anniversary IAC Film Festival

Collisions at the Crossroads

The Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) congratulates Genevieve Carpio, assistant professor of Chicana/o studies and CSRC faculty advisory committee member, on the publication of her first book, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019). Carpio examines how the ability or inability of people to travel influenced the racial formation of Los Angeles’s eastern suburbs as well as the Inland Empire throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Book signing and reception 4:00–6:00 p.m., Thurs., May 30, in the CSRC Library (Haines 144).

UCLA Alumni Day - Sat., May 18, 2019

Join the leadership of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the four ethnic studies centers during UCLA Alumni Day at our session, "Research for Social Justice: 50 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA."


Congratulations to Shannon Speed, director of the American Indian Studies Center, who has been promoted to full professor.

Welcome to Joy Holland, who has joined the American Indian Studies Center as new librarian.

Congratulations to Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Million Dollar Hoods graduate student research team for being honored by CADRE at their annual gala. CADRE is a south LA community-based, independent, parent-led organization.

For these and more events please refer to our Spring 2019 Calendar

For More Info on the Institute of American Cultures and our Ethnic Centers please visit our website


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