Creating New Scholarly Understandings for the Emerging America!
The mission of the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) is to advance our understanding of the new social and cultural realities in America. The unparalleled population shifts that have occurred in recent decades have transformed our sociocultural landscape, expanding both intra-group diversity as well as opportunities for intersectional exchanges. Drawing on ethnic and American studies that serve as its intellectual core, the IAC is devoted to the study of this emerging America, with an emphasis on academic excellence, civic engagement, and diversity. The IAC serves as the administrative hub for UCLA’s four ethnic studies centers: the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center. It also initiates campus-wide programs and collaborations that support a wide range of disciplinary approaches to the study of ethnic and American cultures at UCLA. Located in Los Angeles – one of the most diverse and dynamic urban areas, and arguably a bellwether for the new demographic and sociocultural changes – the new IAC is well positioned to make innovative contributions to research on these developing trends. Among other activities, the IAC both supports and initiates original research focused on emerging America, fosters a productive multidisciplinary intellectual environment on- and off-campus (through lectures, symposia, conferences, and workshops), links the research mission to professional development activities for faculty and students, and engages strategic partnerships with the broader community.
Inaugural Conference Pictures
The Inaugural Conference of the New Institute of American Cultures at UCLA.
New Approaches to Race, Civil Rights, Governance and Cultural Production.
New Understandings of Race, Civil Rights, Governance and Cultural Production.
The IAC is pleased to announce the first IAC-Dream Fund Facu
lty Work Group and Visiting Scholar Initiative award winners.
Amerasia Journal 38:1 — “Los Angeles Since 1992: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Uprisings”
Twenty years after the events that unfolded on the streets of Los Angeles on April 29, 1992. [Read More]
The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty
Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 (ICRA) to address civil rights in Indian country. [Read More]
American Dreams and Racial Realities
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The exhibition catalog for L.A. Xicano explores the diverse artistic contributions of Mexican American and Chicano artists to American art and toLos Angeles’s artistic development since 1945. [Read More]