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  • Our curriculum Sam
    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.
  • MA PhD in Culture and Performance

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Center Global Health

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

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    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

  • World arts field studies

    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Cropped Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • SHORTER

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

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    WACD

    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

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    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

  • CTR

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

BA in World Arts and Cultures
Focuses on three concentrations:
  • Community-based, arts activism
  • Studies of visual culture
  • Critical ethnographies
BA in Dance
Focuses on training and education in:
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Dance theory
  • Videography
  • Dance in the public sphere
MFA in Choreographic Inquiry

We are proud to unveil WAC/D's redesigned Master of Fine Arts in Choreographic Inquiry. Fall 2020 applications are now available. Focuses in training those pursuing a professional choreographic career

PhD in Culture and Performance
Focuses in development of scholarly approaches to variously combined aspects of the:
  • Arts
  • Globalization
  • Curation
  • Film
  • Ritual
  • Colonialisms
  • Politics
  • Healing
  • Critical dance studies

 



 

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In the News

davidshorterandclementinebordeaux 

Professor David Shorter traveled to New Zealand to chair a panel and present a paper at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting. His panel on “Object Orientated Science and the Fantasy of Alien Contact,” became the focus of a TV news program in Auckland and was picked up by the French website, Science et Vie. He was rewarded an AmerInd New World Seminar Residency in September to finish a forthcoming essay on multi-dimensionality. He was also invited to speak at the Beyond the Professoriate conference in September where he spoke to junior scholars about succeeding at research-intensive universities. PhD student Clementine Bordeaux, pictured with Dr. Shorter, presented at MAI ki te Ao Indigenous Doctoral Gathering held on Arterorea in June followed by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Conference (NAISA) 2019 hosted at the University of Waikato.

Amira Hassnaoui Tunisa 

Third year Ph.D. student, Amira Hassnaoui, spent summer 2019 on a UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship research trip in Tozeur, a city in Southern Tunisia. Amira is currently working with people in the communities in and around Tozeur who are practitioners of a trance music ceremony called Banga. The practice of Banga was transmitted over generations from Sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa. She is looking at how practitioners claim, negotiate and perform Banga music outside sacred spaces in public and staged spaces, especially in the light of socio-economic changes after the 2011 Revolution in Tunisia. Amira is originally from Tunisia and earned her M.A. in Popular Culture form Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include musicology, folklore, youth activism, feminism, social change, ethnomusicology and anthropology, focusing on Tunisian popular culture.

Amy Alterman Festival 

Ph.D. candidate Amy Alterman is currently conducting her dissertation fieldwork on abortion access in the United States. Since July 2019, she has traveled around the Midwest and South, touring with the Abortion AF (Abortion Access Force) organization and visiting independent abortion clinics across the states. With Abortion AF, the feminist abortion rights organization and subject of her dissertation, she conducts participant observation research on their 2019 Abortion AF traveling comedy show tour. Additionally, she joins them at their annual Garbage Fyre Festival www.garbagefyrefest.com

where they lead abortion activists from across the country in a series of counter protest events against hate group Operation Save America's (formally Operation Rescue) annual week long series of anti-abortion actions and terrorism. On her own, in between Abortion AF tour dates, she visits independent abortion clinics to interview abortion providers, volunteer on their projects, and lavish them with gratitude. She interviews providers about barriers to abortion provision, provider stigma, and the role of comedy in destigmatizing abortion. She has visited 7 clinics so far and counting—including the last clinic in Mississippi, Jackson Women's Health Organization/The Pink House.

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Mayan Hip Hop Artists BALAM AJPU
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MFA3: Letty Bassart
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MFA3: Letty Bassart
Thu Nov 28 @ 8:00AM
Thanksgiving Holiday
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...
Last month November 2019 Next month
S M T W T F S
week 44 1 2
week 45 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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week 47 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
week 48 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Mon Nov 18 @ 6:00PM
Mayan Hip Hop Artists BALAM AJPU
Thu Nov 21 @ 2:00PM
MFA3: Letty Bassart
Fri Nov 22 @ 2:00PM
MFA3: Letty Bassart
Thu Nov 28 @ 8:00AM
Thanksgiving Holiday
Transmission ~ Map Fund

Transmission ~ Map Fund

Very prestigious grant awarded to WACD MFA Esther Baker Tarpaga and WACD PhD Raquel Monroe. In cele...
WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

WACD alum Meena Murugesan wins Bessie Award

Bessie Awards -The New York Dance and Performance Awards OUTSTANDING VISUAL DESIGN: Mimi Lien, Peiy...
Lula Washington on KCET

Lula Washington on KCET

For Lula and Erwin Washington, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is more than just a building or st...
Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

Shweta Saraswat joins ACTA

After National Search, ACTA Welcomes Three Exceptional Staff Members. Not often does a small organi...
 Jade Robertson  TEDxTalks

Jade Robertson TEDxTalks

Dance is my ministry | Jade Robertson | TEDxUCLA What would the world look like if we all became ch...
Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Shamell Bell TEDxTalks

Becoming a lighthouse: co-choreographing our movements | Shamell Bell | TEDxUCLA How does dance rev...
Nia Love

Nia Love

Nia Love featured in Dance Magazine's "Meet the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Postmodern Dance ...
Maya Zellman

Maya Zellman

Meet Maya Zellman (WACD BA 2005) of Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets in Sherman Oaks featured i...
Elyan Hill - Ghana

Elyan Hill - Ghana

This past summer from August 9-13th a couple of WAC/D students and a student who graduated from the...
Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

Jeremy Peretz - AAA Prize

  One of our great Culture and Performance PhD students, Jeremy Peretz, has just won second pri...