My phone screen displayed a call from Damascus, Syria, below a phone number that I recognized as my grandmother’s. I picked up the call and we proceeded to our regular conversational routine that we had practiced since I could speak: exchanging hellos, showering compliments on each other and asking for news.

Hamid Rahmanian is the director, producer and creator of “Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic,” a shadow puppet performance based on the book “Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings” and set to premiere at the Freud Playhouse Friday. (Courtesy of Fictionville Studio)

Shadow puppetry to depict Persian epic ‘Shahnameh’ at Freud Playhouse


Masked actors wearing elaborate, feathered costumes manipulated puppets behind a large 15-by-30-foot screen, creating dancing shadows and silhouettes that told an ancient story of love and war.

Professor involved in Title IX lawsuit resigns from fellowship position

Students and faculty called for professor Gabriel Piterberg's removal in an April demonstration. Piterberg resigned from a European University Institute position after a petition asked for his removal. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA history professor Gabriel Piterberg, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several graduate students, resigned Sunday from a visiting scholar appointment in Florence, Italy, according to an email from the European University Institute.

UC subcommittee debates streamlining pension program

The UC board of regents approved different retirement benefit options in March. A state legislature wants the UC to get rid of one of those options to receive funding to pay off its $7 billion pension debt. (Daily Bruin file photo)

A state assembly subcommittee voted Tuesday to withhold $176 million from the University of California unless the UC eliminates one of its proposed retirement benefit plans.

Submission: Including alcohol in SWC retreats excludes members, violates mission

Claire-ification: Collegiate athletes’ freedom of speech should not be silenced

What can you learn from watching sports?

A night in Pauley: an educational experience? (Daily Bruin file photo)

Why the art of following the game is a worthwhile pursuit

Press Pass: Tennis in Tulsa

Throwback Thursday, Week 9: The freeway that almost was



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The UCLA Center for Latino Arts was inaugurated at the Herb Alpert School of Music  on Sunday. The museum is the first museum of its kind in the United States. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Center for Latino Arts preserves cultural heritage at UCLA

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music held an inauguration ceremony for the UCLA Center for Latino Arts on Sunday.The UCLA Center for Latino Arts... Read more »

USAC continues search for tenured faculty adviser

First UC Women’s Caucus sets precedent for student advocacy

GSA recap – May 25


UCLA softball faces a dangerous Oregon team in the super regionals. Pitching from sophomore Johanna Grauer will be key in limiting the Ducks' potent offense. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin)

UCLA softball hopes to ride hot streak into Oregon series

UCLA softball's road to the Women's College World Series winds through familiar territory this weekend. On Saturday, the No.12 Bruins will travel north to take... Read more »

Battle of the Editors: Rookie of the year

Around the League: Baseball competes for Pac-12 title, Stanford wins NCAA championship

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Radio reporter Jonaki Mehta, photographer Sonja Bartlett and an external translator, Ravindranath Chandran, spent nine days in Vadamanappakkam covering the progress and effectiveness of Project RISHI’s initiatives and exploring the complexities of this rural village and its residents. This project was made possible by the Bridget O’Brien Scholarship Foundation, which has funded UCLA’s student journalists for eight years to cover stories of a global reach and local impact.

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