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Passing of Professor Emeritus Norman Thrower

Norman Joseph William Thrower Norman Joseph William Thrower, 100, was born October 23, 1919 in Crowthorne, England and he passed away September 2, 2020 at his home in Pacific Palisades. Norman attended art school at Reading University. His art training was interrupted by WWII. At 21 he joined the British army. His artillery unit ended […]

Passing of Professor Antony R. Orme

Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme.  Professor Orme received his undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Birmingham and served at UCLA from 1968 to 2010 as a faculty member in the Department of Geography. […]

Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World

Rivers, more than any road, technology, or political leader, have shaped the course of human civilization. They have opened frontiers, founded cities, settled borders, and fed billions. They promote life, forge peace, grant power, and can capriciously destroy everything in their path. Even today, rivers remain a powerful global force — one that is more […]