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July 8, 2024

NOMIS Foundation

Professor Whitney Davis (History of Art) was granted the 2024 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and human progress through their groundbreaking, innovative and collaborative research.

June 27, 2024

Berkeley News

The plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film, Rope, is a disturbing one:Two men in their shared apartment strangle a former classmate to death. Then, they host guests — including the victim’s family — at a dinner party. It’s an attempt to prove their superiority by committing the “perfect murder.”  

Although the killers — Brandon and Phillip — live together, it’s never acknowledged openly that they’re a couple. (At the time, the Motion Picture Production Code prohibited the depiction of “sex perversion,” which included homosexuality, on the big screen.) 

June 25, 2024

Nicole Daena Leon Loya, a Berkeley transfer student from San Joaquin Delta College, has managed to balance numerous responsibilities while pursuing her educational goals. Loya brings a wealth of experience and a deep love for languages and education to Berkeley. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she worked full-time as a Spanish teacher. “I have been an assistant teacher at an Elementary Montessori school teaching Spanish since 2021 and I love the environment and their philosophy on teaching.”

June 21, 2024

New York Times

Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore (Rhetoric Ph. D. '97) calls the Folio — a collection of 36 of Shakespeare's plays, published by his friends in 1623, seven years after his death — "the ultimate message in a bottle." A new expansion to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. makes that message more accessible.

June 14, 2024

Berkeley News

In episode 202 of the Berkeley Talks podcast series, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik discusses liberalism — what it means, why we need it and the endless dedication it requires to maintain. 

Liberal democracy, he said at a Townsend Center event in April, depends on two pillars: free and fair elections and the practice of open institutions, places where people can meet and debate without the pressures of overt supervision. 

June 12, 2024


"One day I woke up and decided I wanted to learn every language on the planet." David J Peterson has created fictional languages for "Game of Thrones," "The "Witcher," "Dune" and other major works. He talks about his gift and love of language, as well as how going to Cal played a role in his career.

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Ozzie Jauregui is a transfer student who studied drama and business at Modesto Junior College before transferring to UC Berkeley. “I transferred as an English major, that way I could be involved with the arts and entertainment, to get my foot in the door.” 

​​Recalling his past educational experience, Bradley Pultz recognizes his growth as a student. “I had a pretty large gap between high school and college.” After high school, “I was not the most exemplary student, I struggled with many classes, I barely passed high school. I did not think I was going to go to college.” After enrolling in courses at his community college, Pultz successfully resumed his educational path to Berkeley. 

May 16, 2024

When you start with language, whose meaning is more often than not taken for granted and then use it to mean differently, multiply, and unconventionally, in literature, you enter a world where resolution won’t be found or even assumed. At best, you will propose a sufficiently acceptable explanation of meaning, something we have to acknowledge is temporary, experimental, and hopeful.

It won’t be the last reading or the only one, but it will reflect your effort, your humility, and your sense. 

May 15, 2024

How often do undergraduates get a chance — in person — to ask a best-selling writer about their creative process?

May 7, 2024

Berkeley News

Of the four finalists for this year's University Medal, two of them are Arts & Humanities majors. Meet Skylar Li Song (Art Practice), Bryce Wallace (English and Linguistics), and their fellow finalists for Berkeley's highest academic honor for undergradautes.

May 6, 2024

We talked to graduating senior Wilson Wang about his experiences at Berkeley. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

May 2, 2024

Berkeley News

It isn’t every day that we get to interact with musical treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries, held in a special UC Berkeley collection. But last week, Berkeley public middle school students got to do just that.

Professor Akash Kumar is a scholar of medieval Italian literature. He specifically focuses on the history of science and philosophy, Mediterranean Studies, and digital humanities. Professor Kumar is also a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Italies Collective; a member of the executive committee of the Critical Race, Diasporas, and Migrations Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies; and has served as a member of the editorial board of Digital Dante.

April 18, 2024

Michelle Robertson (English ‘16) describes the path that led to her current role as BART storyteller and explains why an English major will give you an edge in the workplace. 

How does a Film degree prepare you to launch a company that became a household name? 

As part of Creative Careers week in the Division of Arts & Humanities, Jill Foley (Film ‘00) returned to campus on April 3 to speak with Dean Sara Guyer. Foley explained how the skills she learned at Cal have served her every step of the way: from her first post-college job with a North Bay theater company to co-founding and serving as VP of Apparel for Peloton.

April 17, 2024

Seven alums of the Division of Arts & Humanities were among the 188 Guggenheim Fellows whose names were announced on April 11, 2024.

Mai Der Vang

(B.A. English ‘03)
English Poet & Assistant Professor, Department of English, California State University, Fresno

April 16, 2024

Berkeley News

For the first three years of Justin Davidson's childhood in Chicago, his mom spoke only Spanish to him. Although he never spoke the language as a young child, when Davidson began to learn Spanish in middle school, it came very quickly to him, and over the years, he became bilingual.

Now an associate professor in UC Berkeley's Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Davidson is part of a research team that has discovered where in the brain bilinguals store language-specific sounds and sound sequences. The research project is ongoing.

April 11, 2024

When Nathanael Stephen Payne ’23 was developing Wrestle with Jimmy for UC Berkeley’s “Introduction to Playwriting” class, he had no idea where the project would take him. His answer came several years later, when he crossed the stage at graduation as one of two students to receive the Larry Belling Promising Writers’ Award.

April 5, 2024

Berkeley News


There are countless English varieties in the U.S. There's Boston English and California English and Texas English. There's Black English and Chicano English. There's standard academic, or white, English. They're all the same language, but linguistically, they're different.