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September 12, 2022

Berkeley News

It’s no surprise that seats in Poulomi Saha’s course, Cults in Popular Culture, fill up fast. Cults have long fascinated Americans, who had no shortage of docu-series about them to binge-watch while isolated during the pandemic. Popular ones include “Wild Wild Country,” on the Rajneeshpuram community in Wasco County, Oregon; “The Vow,” about the Nxivm “self-improvement” group, and “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults.”

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September 8, 2022

Berkeley News

A tradition that began in 1944 of Dutch royalty visiting UC Berkeley continued today with a visit to campus by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. She was accompanied by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Dutch minister of education, culture and science, who announced the launch of the Dutch Network for Academics in the United States (DNA-US).

In 1971, Her Majesty Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the UC Berkeley campus in honor of the founding of the first Dutch Studies program in the United States. She created the Princess Beatrix Chair of Dutch Language, Literature and Culture — later renamed the Queen Beatrix chair — with Professor Johan Snapper as the inaugural chairholder. 

September 7, 2022

Berkeley News

On a sunny afternoon in November 2020, in front of Sweet Adeline Bakery in south Berkeley, Susan Moffat came upon a string quartet.

“Their playing was spectacular,” said Moffat, creative director of Future Histories Lab at UC Berkeley.

The Booker Prize

Selby Wynn Schwartz's debut novel...  After Sappho has been longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize! The judges write: "A poetic patchwork of fragments of literary history that together take shape as an intergenerational tale of the Lesbian family. An ancestry eruditely, playfully recovered." 

August 29, 2022

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Art Practice professor Stephanie Syjuco's current exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision reconsiders mythologies of the American West and reveals how these works and their presentation within a museum can perpetuate colonial lore. Double Vision creates an expansive multimedia installation that transforms images of renowned works from the Carter’s collection and investigates narratives of national identity. Using digital editing, staged photography, and archival excavation to reframe works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, and others. 

Linda Kinstler's (Rhetoric PhD Candidate) new book Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Endspublished by Public Affairs, has received national and international praise since it's publication in the US this August. Read select reviews below: 

The Guardian: Come to This Court and Cry by Linda Kinstler review – when Holocaust memories fade

August 23, 2022

In 2022-2023, UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative and Future Histories Lab will sponsor a series of music and dance performances, exhibitions, public conversations, and courses using Angel Island’s historic immigration station as a jumping-off point for discussion about race in America, global migration, and architectures of incarceration. We’ll use the arts, design, and historical and landscape interpretation to understand current events and envision better futures.

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 22, 2022

The Booker Prizes

"What if the centre of history were occupied by what women thought about?"

Selby Wynn Schwartz, author of After Sappho, talks about the influence of Virginia Woolf, writing in the first-person plural and reading ravenously. Schwartz received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at UC Berkeley in 2003.

August 19, 2022

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that Alva Noë will chair the department of Philosophy, as of July 1, 2022. Noë is a philosopher of mind whose research and teaching focus is perception and consciousness, and the philosophy of art. 

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that Eric Falci will chair the English department, as of July 1, 2022. Falci is a professor in the English department and specializes in Irish and 20th and 21st century British poetry. He will serve as chair following outgoing interim chair and professor Ian Duncan.

August 18, 2022

Dædalus, A Publication of the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences

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

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that Estelle Tarica will be chair of the department of Spanish & Portuguese, as of July 1, 2022. Tarica is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and a former chair of the Latin American Studies program. She will serve a three-year term following outgoing chair and professor Michael Iarocci.

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that Ronald Rael will be chair of the department of Art Practice, as of July 1, 2022. Rael holds a split appointment as Professor in the College of Environmental Design and in the department of Art Practice. He will serve a three-year term following outgoing chair and professor Al-an deSouza.

SanSan Kwan will chair the department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies as of July 1, 2022. Kwan is Associate Professor and previously served as the department Vice Chair. She will serve a three-year term following outgoing chair and professor Joe Goode. 

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that James I. Porter will be chair of the department of Rhetoric, as of July 1, 2022. Porter is Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Classics as well as the Program in Critical Theory. He will serve a three-year term following outgoing chair and professor Michael Mascuch.