Archive for January, 2012

Rock Out For A Cure

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Ackerman Union – Grand Ballroom (2400)

Colleges Against Cancer Social Event

A two-hour event to raise cancer awareness. Student groups will perform, while speakers will share their stories about dealing with cancer.

Free and open to the public.

Give me my Ebook!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Just read in the daily bruin that text books are going to be available electronically. Well, about time!

As the cost of publishing keeps rising, tuition going up, and student fees on top of all that,
buying a book from Amazon or Ackerman is sometimes a decision
to eat or read to a student.

I guess we all were waiting to see what Apple would do, and now that they are on board,
others are ready to join.

The California textbook company Chegg said they are ready to put books online to be bought or rented.
Chegg has already digitized nearly 40, 000 books that students can highlight, comment, and take notes of what they read.
Electronic textbooks are the future for two reasons: price and convenience. Prices of print books is sky high and lugging
around two or three textbooks for your classes is a heavy burden compared to throwing your iPad or smart phone into your back pack.

Save me the future back pain.

If you don’t believe me, click here, to read the article by Jake Greenberg, courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Culture Fix – Chicano Art

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Judithe Hernandez on the Role of Women in the Chicano Art Movement

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, Fowler Museum – Galleries

Artist Judithe Hernandez discusses her works in Mapping Another L.A., highlighting the role of women
in the Chicano art movement, and the relationships between Los Four, CAP, and Mechicano.

Free and open to the public.

Click here for the Fowler calendar website.

Dance Sneak Peak! FREE!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Meena Murugesan

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall – Crystal Dance Studio – Room 214

Chew On This

Check out this upcoming dance before the big festival:
split/focus: an open rehearsal of a commissioned work for CanAsian Dance Festival,
Toronto, Feb 9-11 2012 and independent study with Janet O’Shea.

Free admission. Limited seating.

Maya Lenca Storytelling: Into the Next Millennium

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Thursday, March 1st
Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room

1:00-3:00 p.m.

The UCLA Library Writer Series Presents

A performance of a Maya-Lenca creation myth by the young chief Leonel Chevez.


Leonel Chevez is a health worker, artist, and activist grounded in his Maya-Lenca traditions.
Born in the Maya-Lenca region of El Salvador, he has worked to maintain his traditions alive.

Click here for more info on Chevez.


This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP by February 25, 2012 at


Refreshments and snacks will be served.


Co-sponsored by the American Indian Center; Latin American Institute,
Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Mayavision

Family Day @ the Fowler!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Shake, Rattle, and Roll with African Rhythm

Sunday, January 22, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Fowler Museum – Davis Courtyard

Family Jam

Discover the melodic music of Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mali, and Tanzania.
Then build your own drums and shakers and join in on a rhythmic jam session!

Free and open to the public.

Dance, Dance, DANCE!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

81st Anniversary Swing Dance Party

Saturday, January 21, 2012
8:00 pm – 11:59 pm, Kerckhoff Hall – Charles E. Young Grand Salon (248)

Live music! Free admission! Free lesson! Everyone welcome!

We will be inviting Dennis Kaye’s swing band, as we have in the past, to provide live music for an open floor of swing dancing. Will start out the night with an hour of lesson followed by live music for the rest of the night!

Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

Click here for Ballroom Dance Club and International Folk Dance Club.


Friday, January 20th, 2012

New York Architect

Friday, January 20, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Perloff – Decafe, Room 1302

Architecture & Urban Design Department Lecture

Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with partner, Nanako Umemoto.  Jesse is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia, including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and the Cooper Union.

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available in Lot 3 for $11, purchase parking at the Westholme Ave and Hilgard Ave kiosk.

UCLA Campus Cats

Friday, January 20th, 2012

UCLA is home to a small number of feral cats who are cared for by a group of volunteers drawn from staff and faculty – the “Campus Cat Network.”
Occasionally, new cats turn up on campus either as a result of abandonments or in new litters from cats we haven’t been able to trap.  Whenever we
learn of a new cat on campus, we trap it, take it to the vet, and have it checked out and spayed or neutered.  If the cat is tame, it goes into foster care
and then is put up for adoption during weekend adoption shows.  The Cat Network has a solid “core group” of supportive colleagues across campus,
but new volunteers are always most welcome.  Network volunteers collaborate in a multifaceted program to maintain and care for these animals.

Volunteers are needed for any of the following:

  • replenishing food and water for feral cats who live at school.  We currently have three feeding sites located around the campus.
    Estimated time commitment: half hour per week.  This is currently a significant need.
  • trapping new cats–trapping takes place in the in the early to late evening or, if you prefer, in the early morning,
    times when cats are most active.  We will provide the gear and all the training needed (it’s a pretty basic set-up process),
    and we always have volunteers trap in pairs for the sake of safety.  Estimated time commitment: one weekend evening or
    early morning every other month.
  • fostering adoptable kittens or cats who have been abandoned.  We provide detailed guidance on the process and large cages
    with plenty of room for cats to feel comfortable; they are not loose in your home.  This is a critical need whenever we trap an
    adoptable kitten or adult cat.
  • taking cats to adoption shows on weekends.  We work with Kitten Rescue at several locations in the area.
  • fund-raising.  Our program is entirely self-funded at this point.  If you have had experience with foundation grants or similar processes,
    your expertise would be most welcome.

For more information, please contact Dennis Lyday, Office of Student & Campus Life, ext. 54495, or

Brain, Health and Creativity

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D.
January 31, 2012 at 7pm
EDA, Broad Art Center, UCLA

The intersection of the creative arts and neuroscience is not always a comfortable place.
Artists may feel their work is misrepresented and deeply misunderstood, and neuroscientist may
feel their strategies are being applied inappropriately to issues remain ill defined.

Running Risks on both sides, Dr. Bilder has taken on this challenge and examines the underpinnings of creative
cognition in humans as well as in other species believed to display certain capacities for innovation and novel
adaptation to their environments.

In this compelling lecture, Dr. Bilder identifies selected cognitive domains that are important contributors
to the creative process and examines how the concept of creativity has been narrowed and defined in order
to approach it as a target biological science.