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Nato Thompson

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UCLA Hammer Museum

Nato Thompson, chief curator at Creative Time in New York and author of the forthcoming Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production, discusses how to find one’s voice and make change in a world flooded with information and images. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Thompson shows that many of today’s most innovative spaces operate as sites of dramatic personal transformation.

Free and open to the public.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.


Open letter to the UC community from President Yudof

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

I write today to address, once again, the moral and ethical imperative for all of our University of California students, faculty and staff members to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness. I am prompted to do so because of a number of recent incidents that undermine this imperative.

University campuses are proper venues for collisions of ideas and viewpoints. Conflicting viewpoints not only are inevitable but also healthy in this context.

What is not acceptable are acts meant to disrupt the speech of others. What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and, yes, verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.

It was wrong for hecklers to disrupt speakers on the UC Davis campus at an event titled “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” It was reprehensible that one of these hecklers accused the speakers of being associated with rapists and murderers. Under the direction of Chancellor Katehi, campus officials dealt appropriately with this individual, moving him out of the room and barring reentry. But I want to make this clear: I condemn the actions of those who would disrupt this event. Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech. It is an action meant to deny others their right to free speech.

It was wrong for a vandal or vandals on the UC Riverside campus to deface the Israeli flag displayed by the Jewish student organization Hillel, scrawling the word “terrorists” across it. I applaud Chancellor White for his rapid and vigorous condemnation of this cowardly act. And I join him wholeheartedly in that condemnation. The chancellor was right to assign campus police to investigate.

Two years ago, at UC San Diego, it was African Americans who were vilified by words and images that mocked their heritage and who felt threatened by the hanging of a noose. Around the same time, derogatory and profane words were spray-painted across the entrance to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at UC Davis. Likewise, swastikas scrawled on campus walls or doors have made Jewish students feel unsafe.

Since then, among other initiatives, the system’s central office has worked with the campuses and various groups, including students, to revise policies on student conduct; the new provisions strengthen prohibitions on threatening conduct and acts motivated by bias, including religious bias. We also are working with the Museum of Tolerance and the Anti-Defamation League to improve campus climate for all students and to take full advantage of our marvelous diversity.

Still, despite diligent efforts, we cannot say – and, realistically, never will be able to say – that hateful incidents won’t occur in a community made up of 235,000 students and 185,000 employees. There inevitably will be speakers or forums that present ideas others will view as hateful and abhorrent. Hateful incidents will not be tolerated and I stand ready to condemn them whenever and wherever they occur, as should all members of the UC community.

As for incendiary speakers, we cannot as a society allow what we regard as vile speech to lead us to abandon the cherished value of free speech. But the same Constitution that permits some public figures to engage in hateful commentary also protects my right and duty – and your right and duty – to condemn these merchants of hatred when they come into our community. Again, the best remedy for bad speech is to surround it with good speech.

Finally, it is important that we keep our eyes on the prize. What we collectively are trying to preserve is a vibrant and vocal university community that is not afraid to explore or even argue about ideas, that is not afraid to make stands on controversial issues, that is not afraid of discourse, but is one that embraces the ethic of doing so in a spirit of respect and civility.

With our Chancellors, I remain committed to the principle of balancing protection of free speech and promoting strategies to foster an environment where all students, faculty, staff members and guests can feel safe and respected – no matter their individual characteristics or viewpoints.


Mark G. Yudof

Enhance Your Career by Volunteering at UCLA

Friday, February 17th, 2012

DATE:                  Wednesday, February 22, 2012
TIME:                   12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
LOCATION:        2nd Floor Lounge at Ackerman Union
RSVP at:    

Administrative Management Group (AMG) and UCLA Staff Assembly are co-hosting a panel discussion on volunteer opportunities that could enhance your career at UCLA. This panel represents several organizations on campus – the Volunteer Center, Information Technology, Bruin Advocacy, and the Judicial Advocate Volunteer Group – and will focus on how to get involved with volunteer opportunities that not only cultivate professional development, but also facilitate networking opportunities.

Mark Ramseyer, Incoming Chair for AMG, will moderate the panel which includes:

  1. Rachel Corell – Volunteer Center
  2. Debra Gellar and Dennis Lyday – Student Advocate Program
  3. Jackie Reynolds – BruinTech
  4. Manuel “Manny” Baldenegro – Bruin Advocacy

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum – Billy Wilder Theater

Saul Bass was the designer of iconic titles and posters for films by Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger, among others. He was the creator of dynamic logos and advertising campaigns for clients such as Quaker Oats and United Airlines, and an Academy Award winning filmmaker.

Pat Kirkham, co-author with Jennifer Bass of Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, explores the world of one of the 20th century’s most influential visual innovators. A book signing will follow the program.

Free and open to the public.