IAC Fall Forum and Reception


Institute of American Cultures

Fall Forum & Reception

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

The IAC Fall Forum and Reception will honor the 2013-2014 Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Visiting Scholars, Graduate, Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees.  In the 2012-13 academic year, the Bunche Center became a part of the new IAC organization.  The IAC promotes the development of Ethnic Studies at UCLA by providing a structure for coordination of the four Ethnic Studies centers on campus. 

The 2013-2014 IAC Graduate/Predoctoral Fellow with the Bunche Center is Cory Gooding, who is pursuing his PhD in history.  His project is Roots, Rhythm and Religion: The Politics of Context, Identity and Culture among Afro-Caribbeans in New York and Los Angeles.  The IAC also awarded research grants to both faculty and students. 

Several of the new projects supported by the Bunche Center include a project by Professor Walter Allen and Patricia McDonough of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Counselor Calculus: Assessments of Student-Institutional Fit and (mis)conceptions about the UC;  Disparities in Health and Academics of Urban, Ethnics Minorities LGBQ Middle School Student, a project conducted by Negin Ghavami, a post-doctoral fellow in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; and a project by Paul Von Blum, a lecturer in Afro-American Studies, The Civil Rights Movement for Beginners, a book focused on African American Studies, placing the modern civil rights movement in a broader historical perspective.

Graduate students in sociology, gender studies, English and history also received award funding this cycle for a variety of projects:  Mothering on the Margins: Race and Class Constructions of Precarious Mothering; Sistership as Survival: Looking after Sylvia, Marsha and Queens in Exile; The Fictional Black Blues Figure: Blues Music and the Art of Narrative Self-Invention; and History, Memory and Identity in Haiti’s Lakou: Views from the Diaspora.

The forum and reception are free and open to the public.  All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 or 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues).  UCLA is smoke-free and tobacco-free.  The use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited on UCLA’s campus and at sites owned or fully leased by the university.  For more information, please visit: https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/UCLA_tobacco_free_task_force.

This event is sponsored by the IAC – the American Indian Studies Center; Asian American Studies Center; Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies; and the Chicano Studies Research Center.