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November 28, 2022

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that it has selected The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life as its 2023 Fred & Pat Cody Award recipient.

Founded in Berkeley in 1962, The Magnes was one of the first Jewish museums in the US. Today, it is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most preeminent collections of Jewish art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about Jews in the Diaspora.

November 18, 2022

Berkeley, CA—The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (The Magnes) and the Division of the Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Weisman as its first Executive Director. 

Weisman’s appointment is the result of a landmark partnership between Taube Philanthropies, the Magnes Museum Foundation, and UC Berkeley. The first four years of the position are generously funded by a pledge from the Magnes Museum Foundation and Taube Philanthropies.

November 2, 2022

In 2007, the University of California, Berkeley Division of Arts & Humanities and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) established a joint program to pursue innovative, collaborative research in the Humanities. The program facilitates academic exchange of faculty members, graduate students and postdocs in the areas of the Humanities.

September 13, 2022

Department of Art Practice

Marine Corps Veteran and Senior Ceramics Mechanician Ehren Tool (MFA’05) is featured in several public events: at the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico on Sept. 17; a Military Insignia Ceramics Workshop on Sunday, Sept.

August 23, 2022

The Magnes
The Magnes exhibition In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951), created to showcase the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, is poised to open at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans on September 1. As The Magnes’ first-ever traveling exhibition, this partnership sets in motion plans to showcase the Arthur Szyk and Vishniac collections across the US and internationally.

August 18, 2022

On July 1, 2022, the Division of the Arts & Humanities welcomed new chairs and directors for 10 departments and centers: 

July 21, 2022

We’re thrilled to share that SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) will be offering free museum admission to our employees and students during the run of the upcoming exhibition, Diego Rivera’s America. UC Berkeley’s classic Rivera fresco painting ‘Still Life and Blossoming Almond Trees’ is included as part of this showcase. 

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 16, 2022

Irish Times

Associate Professor Catherine Flynn writes for the Irish Times about her newly-published Cambridge Centenary Ulysses, a facsimile edition of the historic 1922 Shakespeare and Company text featuring James Joyce's own errata as well as references to later amendments, along with maps, photographs, and footnotes, and an essay by leading Joyce scholars.

May 20, 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 11, 2022

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.