Arts & Humanities for the Greater Good

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The Arts & Humanities (A&H) at UC Berkeley are recognized as among the best in the world. Across 19 departments and 14 research units, our faculty and students study every dimension of the human experience from the ancient past to the anticipated future.


Upcoming Events


Book Chats: Nana Adusei-Poku and Anneka Lenssen: Taking Stakes in the Unknown: Tracing Post-Black Art

March 22, 12pm, Stephens Hall, In Taking Stakes in the Unknown, Nana Adusei-Poku (History of Art) examines the socio-historical and cultural context of the notion of “post-black” art. She grounds her study in Freestyle, a 2001 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem featuring the works of 28 emerging black artists whose work was characterized by the show’s curator, Thelma Golden, as “post-black.”

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Townsend Una's Lecture: Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Hilton Als

April 11, 5pm, BAMPFA Osher Theater, Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the 2022-23 Una’s Lecturer. His work has won widespread acclaim and numerous awards, including the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010).

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Arts Research Center: Poet Laureate Reading

April 20, 5pm-7:30pm, For this special event, ARC is hosting California Laureate Lee Herrick, Hawaiian Laureate Kealoha & Oakland Youth Laureate Nadia Elbgal for readings. This event is presented in celebration of National Poetry Month.

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Watch on demand: Michael Wasson & Alice Te Punga Somerville in conversation with Beth Piatote

ARC virtually hosted two extraordinary poets to ARC’s stage: Michael Wasson and Alice Te Punga Somerville.

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Worth Ryder Gallery: Emergenc(y): Afghan Lives Beyond the Forever War

The exhibition centers the artistry and voices of Afghans whose work examines the human impact of U.S. occupation, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Afghans throughout the world, and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.