Division of Humanities


Screening followed by Q&A with Brazilian director, writer, actor Selton Mello

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Melnitz Hall 1409
UCLA James Bridges Theater

Doors open at 7:00 pm

About the film:

Based on a novel "A Distant Father" by Antonio Skármeta. Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.

Maria Josephine Barrios-LeBlanc, “Languages and Literatures Beyond English: Dreaming in Filipino”

Part of The Philippines and its Elsewheres

A series organized by the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies


Maria Josephine Barrios-LeBlanc, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Nenita Domingo, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Kie Zuraw, Department of Linguistics. UCLA


Directed by Tatiana Huezo

A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo. Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance.

105 min | Spanish with English Subtitles

First come, first served. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Persian & Greek Participation in the Making of the First Empire in China

Terra-cotta warriors, high-profile buildings beneath tomb mounds, and bronze chariots, horses, and water fowl are among the iconic artifacts and images associated with China’s first imperial dynasty, the Qin (221–206 BCE). Distinguished archaeologist Duan Qingbo, from Northwest University's School of Cultural Heritage in Xi’an, China, shares new research suggesting that the roots of Qin culture may not be solely indigenous Chinese.

Spatial Mobility in the Chinese Bureaucracy: A Model and Empirical Evidence

Spatial mobility among officials has been an important mechanism of political control in China’s governance. We propose a model of stratified mobility across administrative jurisdictions to explain patterns of spatial mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy, and develop related concepts, typologies, and measures for our empirical analyses. We illustrate our theoretical arguments using empirical findings of spatial mobility in a large bureaucracy—local governments in one province of China, from 1990 to 2008.

China's Crisis of Success

China's Crisis of Success provides new perspectives on China's rise to superpower status, showing that China has reached a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth. Continued success requires re-invention of its economy and politics. The old economic strategy based on exports and infrastructure now piles up debt without producing sustainable economic growth, and Chinese society now resists the disruptive change that enabled earlier reforms.


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