Division of Social Sciences

Archaeology & Critical Gaming

Archaeology increasingly uses three-dimensional recordings of excavations, buildings and landscapes as well as virtual reality models to reconstruct developments over time. With the increasing power and popularity of 3DVR gaming systems, immersive environments become viable stages in which archaeological and historical theories can be tested. For academic purposes, it is extremely important to clarify how much of an immersive environment is based on actual data and what the level of speculation is used for the reconstruction of each detail and phase.

Trump & the Media - Do Words Matter: Journalism, Communication & Alternative Truth

A day-long series of events assembling academics and media notables from diverse backgrounds in profession, identity, and perspectives to discuss the value of information and the effectiveness of communication during the Trump era. The first panel focused on the 2016 Campaign and Media, and questioned the expectations and predictions media made in contrast to actual election results.

Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

A three-day event utilizing art and media to examine the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 LA Uprising and its impact on the racial and economic climate in LA and across the US today. Events will include panels featuring a discussion of the evolution of community organizing as well as the role media, particularly film, has played in creating and reflecting social change. There will be a gallery displaying avariety of art inspired by the Uprising and a follow-up discussion with the artists.

Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation

A public symposium taking a critical view of 2016 through a controversial song that announced a cultural turn toward a Trump presidency: “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Featured guests will include NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, whose refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem caused a national firestorm of debate, as well as Rene Marie, a jazz vocalist whose 2008 performance of the anthem in advance of the Democratic National Convention combined the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the lyrics of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Event

Digital Media Archives

This year-long program on issues surrounding digital media archives and collections brings to UCLA representatives from twelve different universities and archiving institutions. The series will include four three-hour public roundtable discussion sessions as well as a final, post-series planning discussion to develop plans for future actions and continuing collaborations.

International Development Research and Networking Night

Global Development Lab equips students with the tangible skills and resources necessary to start their own initiatives through professionally-led workshops, internship connections, and development model experimentation.

To culminate our 2016-2017 academic program, lab members will be presenting their capstone projects at the event and sharing their research experience. In addition, there will be hors d'oeuvres and a keynote presentation from two lab members who recently returned from Nepal, where they implemented an original project geared towards economic sustainability.

Pathways to Korean Art History

In honor of UCLA Art History Professor Burglind Jungmann’s retirement, the one-day symposium, Pathways to Korean Art History, brings together several of Professor Jungmann’s colleagues as well as students past and present who are now contributing to the field of Korean art history. Through these presentations, the program will demonstrate how Professor Jungmann’s scholarly approach and enthusiasm has inspired a new generation of research in art history.

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