UCLA IS BRINGING THE BEST in arts and culture, community events, sports and entertainment. From film screenings to lectures, May is full of exciting experiences for Bruins. For more UCLA events, visit community.ucla.edu.


 MAY 1–31 

Miles for Memorial Day

To honor the veterans who sacrificed their lives serving our country, take part in the Miles for Memorial Day challenge. Join the challenge to walk, run, swim, roll or bike 1 mile every day in May. Register by May 7 to receive a free Miles for Memorial Day T-shirt.


 MAY 4 | 11 A.M. 

Studio Visit & Conversation With Glenn Kaino

Japanese American multimedia artist Glenn Kaino’s most recent work responds to the connections between protests across the globe and explores the power of collective action in forging a more just world. Join the Fowler for a virtual tour of Kaino’s studio and see works in progress that build a framework for collaborative storytelling across generations.


 MAY 4 | 8 P.M. 

Conversation With 2020 Nobel Prize Winner UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez

Join the UCLA Alumni Hawaii Network for a talk with 2020 Nobel laureate Andrea Ghez, Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics and director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group. This event will also include remarks and a Q&A with Devin Chu, a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA.


 MAY 5 | 12 P.M. 

Musics From Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert: Reena Esmail

Musics From Around the World, a new virtual event series from the World Music Center at UCLA, spotlights contemporary global music makers throughout the Southern California region. This concert will feature composer and performer Reena Esmail, who works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music to bring communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.


 MAY 6 | 4 P.M. 

Frankly Jazz: Three Preserved Episodes

Hosted and co-produced by noted disc jockey Frank Evans, the 1960s TV series Frankly Jazz provided a soundtrack to the City of Angels, with stark modern visuals to match. The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents three episodes, featuring legendary artists such as Gerald Wilson, the Jazz Crusaders and Sammy Davis Jr. The performances will be introduced by jazz musician and educator Ray Briggs.


 MAY 6 | 5 P.M. 

Against Criticism: Notes on Decipherment and the Force of Art

Professor Zakiyyah Iman Jackson’s latest book, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World, brings together Black literature, art and history to rewrite the pernicious relationship between Blackness and animality in Western science and philosophy. In this talk, Jackson focuses on Sylvia Wynter’s philosophy of aesthetics and meditates on its implications for the future of art and literary criticism. The talk is followed by a Q&A with UCLA professor Kenneth Reinhard.


 MAY 7 | 11 A.M. 

Internment and Destruction: Concentration Camps During the Armenian Genocide

During this Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA event, Khatchig Mouradian will provide an overview of the structure, administration, life and resistance in concentration camps based on Armenian accounts, Ottoman archives and Western diplomatic records. Mouradian argues that this glaring manifestation of total war — one directed toward the empire’s own Armenian subjects — constitutes an important moment of transition in the use of internment as a weapon of annihilation.


 MAY 8 | 5 P.M. 

Vertical Mobility of People and Air: Hygienic Vertical Building Typologies Symposium

Hosted by Greg Lynn and the IDEAS Mobility Studio, this symposium will explore the mobility of people without recourse to cabins, shaftways, cores or corridors, and the equitable and maximum mobility of fresh air from outside into and through buildings. The discussion will focus on how to create access to fresh air.


 MAY 12 | 1 P.M. 

Walking the Walls: The Transformation of a Working Instrument Collection

Composer and concert artist Randy Raine-Reusch began his collection of musical instruments in 1970, when he purchased a $35 plywood mountain dulcimer. Over the course of five decades, Raine-Reusch traveled around the world acquiring more than 1,000 musical instruments. In this presentation, he will discuss his ongoing relationship with this collection, its transformation and the resulting issues.


 MAY 13 | 4 P.M. 

Verbena trágica

The 1939 film Verbena trágica follows boxer Mateo (Fernando Soler), who returns home from a stint in prison, realizes his wife is pregnant and knows he can’t be the father. In fact, his wife, Blanca (Luana de Alcañiz), has been having an affair with her sister’s fiancé. This one-time live screening of the film will be followed by a conversation with Latin American cinema historian Colin Gunckel and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television lecturer Maria Elena de las Carreras.


 MAY 13–15 

Softball: UCLA vs. Arizona

The Bruins — the defending NCAA softball champions — will play a four-game series at rival Arizona. UCLA has won a national best 12 NCAA softball championships. For broadcast information, visit UCLABruins.com.


 MAY 14–16 

Track & Field: Pac-12 Championships

The Bruins are headed to the Pac-12 Championships after an impressive season full of top performances. The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the final day of the championships on May 16.


 MAY 18 | 7 P.M. 

My Last Lecture Award

Carey Nachenberg ’95, M.S. ’95, adjunct associate professor of computer science in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, will deliver a lecture in response to the question posed to the original lecturers more than 50 years ago: What would you tell your audience if you had but one lecture to give — your last lecture on this Earth?


 MAY 21 | 5 P.M. 

Spring Sing

The beloved UCLA tradition of music, dance and comedy comes into your home, as we showcase the immense talent of the UCLA student body through a virtual community experience.


 MAY 22 | 5 P.M. 

UCLA Awards Virtual Ceremony

UCLA celebrates seven outstanding Bruins, whose work has made a significant impact on medicine, law and their communities. The highest alumni honor will go to Renee ’53 and Meyer ’49 Luskin, whose support and generosity have shaped UCLA’s greatness for decades.


 MAY 24 | 12 P.M. 

Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon

Presented by the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, this event will feature Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon, founders of the design-driven architecture practice Höweler + Yoon. They’ll discuss how design is an instrument for implementing social, cultural, technological and environmental change. To view this free lecture, which will be held on Zoom, you must RSVP.