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June 21, 2022

The Division of Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce Professor Stephen Best as the new director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, effective July 1, 2022. 

Stephen is professor in the department of English, holds a courtesy appointment in the department of Film and Media, and is a member of the Critical Theory designated emphasis.

June 17, 2022

Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley

Charles Huang '93 co-founded RedOctane and co-created Guitar Hero with his brother Kai '94. Today, he is the CEO of Indigo 7, which owns several brands in fashion, technology, and entertainment, as well as chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Light the Way campaign. Charles also co-teaches HUM 120, an entrepreneurship class for humanities students.

He recently sat down for a "Chat with Charles" series to share how his Berkeley undergraduate experience shaped his future and opened his eyes to a wider world.

June 6, 2022

This Spring, Students in the collaborative research seminar Tres Hornos: Earthen Ovens and Foodways of the Southwest experimented with design and construction techniques to build and use earthen ovens, also known as hornos, using a traditional brick mold process combined with a newly designed inflatable mold.

May 24, 2022

Light the Way Campaign

William Rogers (Rhetoric '91), CEO of Goodwill San Francisco Bay, was honored with the 2022 Peter E. Haas Public Service Award for his extraordinary seventeen-year career serving the public good. His work for the City of Berkeley’s  departments of public health and parks and recreation has deepened and enhanced resources for Berkeley’s elders, for at-risk youth, for those struggling with HIV and economic hardship, and for those who simply want to enjoy the city’s public spaces.

May 23, 2022

Berkeley Language Center

It has been a busy year for the Berkeley Language Center (BLC) community as we returned to campus and were finally able to join together again in person. We welcomed new faces and said goodbye to dear friends and colleagues, and resumed events previously on hold due to COVID while expanding our programming in exciting ways. Here we highlight some of these amazing events and people and we celebrate this community.

Go to the BLC website to read the full year in review.

May 20, 2022

Berkeley News

In Berkeley Talks episode 141, a panel of scholars discuss the work of Roman Vishniac, a renowned Russian American photographer who took thousands of photos over seven decades and across three continents.

Berkeley News

This Sunday, May 22, marks the in-person return of Breath of Life to the Berkeley campus. Now in its 27th year, it was last held at Berkeley in 2018. It moved online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Running through May 28, the event is sponsored by Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) and Berkeley’s linguistics department. More than 90 people are expected to attend, including Geary, who is an AICLS board member and chair of the Santa Clara Tamien Nation.

May 19, 2022

Department of Rhetoric Ph.D. Candidate Linda Kinstler has been awarded the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the
Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Founding
Director of the Critical Theory Program as well as the International Consortium of Critical
Theory Programs at UC Berkeley, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She received her
Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984.

Hilton Als, celebrated writer, theater critic, and Teaching Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of English, has been announced as a recipient of the 2022 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

May 11, 2022

Berkeley Language Center

The Berkeley Language Center announces the winners of its undergraduate contest, "Exploring the Boundaries of Translation."

May 10, 2022

Berkeley News

It was fall 2019 when Katherine Snyder, an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, first taught her course Climate Fiction.

May 9, 2022

Berkeley News

Anjika Pai, a major in environmental sciences and minor in music, is the 2022 winner of the University Medal, UC Berkeley’s highest honor for a graduating senior.

April 27, 2022

Berkeley L&S

The Distinguished Teaching Award is the campus's most prestigious honor for teaching and recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact.

April 25, 2022

Berkeley Summer Reading

Each year, Cal’s community of faculty, staff, and students offer the incoming first-year and transfer classes a few suggestions of compelling readings centered around a shared theme. This year’s theme: Illuminating Communities

April 20, 2022

The Phi Beta Kappa Society

The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chosen Alexis Stanley, PhD candidate in French at University of California, Berkeley, as the winner of the 2022 Walter J. Jensen Fellowship in recognition of her exceptional work as a scholar and teacher of French language, literature, and culture. Established in 2001 by Professor Walter J. Jensen (ΦΒΚ, UCLA), this award provides this year’s winner with a stipend of $17,000 and round-trip travel to France for six months of continuous study.

April 14, 2022

Berkeley L&S

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center has curated an official collateral exhibition for the upcoming Venice Biennale, entitled Louise Nevelson: Persistence.The Biennale is one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the world; there are only 30 official collateral events, and to be chosen is a huge honor and career highlight.

April 13, 2022

Berkeley L&S

Inspired by her time in “Collaborative Innovation,” Jeena—who graduates in May 2022 with a Business Administration major and a Theater minor—went on to found Cityface(link is external), a city-inspired Korean skincare brand that provides affordable and accessible skincare for Gen-Z, by Gen-Z. 

April 7, 2022

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce that Olivia Kirschman ’23  has been selected as the third Griffin Sean Madden Scholar.  This scholarship was established in memory of Griffin Sean Madden ’15, a double major in Slavic Languages and Philosophy.

March 31, 2022

Berkeley News

The Berkeley Dance Project 2022 film, which includes two performances — In Search of an Outcome, directed by Wymore and Mills College adjunct professor Sheldon Smith, who lead the dance and theater company, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts; and Detour, directed by Daiane Lopes da Silva and Weidong Yang of Kinetech Arts — will make its big screen debut at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) on April 1.