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Aisha Finch publishes new book, 'Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba'

Aisha Finch, UCLA assistant professor of gender studies and African American studies, has published the new book, “Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844." The book is part of the Envisioning Cuba Series published by the University of North Carolina Press.

The whirlwind tour of a Prêmio Diáspora Brasil winner

Dr. Karin Nielsen, director of the Center for Brazilian Studies, toured schools, met several Brazilian ministers, attended a Diaspora Network policy workshop and participated in an awards ceremony at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia — all as part of a week-long (May 25–29) celebration of the Brazil Diaspora Awards. Dr. Nielsen took top honors for health sciences.

Has Brazil found the way to better health care?

The world’s fifth-largest nation has made rapid progress toward universal coverage, notes UCLA researcher

Third-year IDS student to present at TEDxUCLA

Joan Hanawi will share a digital storytelling project that has "humanized" her development research.

Dr. Karin Nielsen wins prestigious Brazilian prize in health sciences

Dr. Karin Nielsen, a leading specialist in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and director of the Center for Brazilian Studies, has won the Brazilian Diaspora Award in health sciences.

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