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August 18, 2022

The Division of the Arts & Humanities announces that Robert Ashmore will be chair of the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, as of July 1, 2022. Ashmore is Associate Professor in the department and specializes in Chinese literature of the third through eleventh centuries. He will serve a three-year term following outgoing chair and professor Andrew Jones.

August 17, 2022

Arts Research Center

The Arts Research Center is thrilled to welcome incoming Director Beth Piatote. She will serve as ARC’s faculty director for the next three years and bring her brilliance, creativity, and political commitments to ARC as she continues to showcase how the arts act as vital research. She takes over from ARC’s incredible past Director, Julia Bryan-Wilson, who finished her tenure this summer.

The Division of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the appointment of Debarati Sanyal as director of the Consortium for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) effective July 1, 2022.

Sanyal is a professor in the French department and affiliated with Critical Theory, The Center for Race and Gender, and European Studies.

August 3, 2022

UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was insulted on the Capitol steps in July 2020, it was a brief media sensation. But what does being called an “effing bitch” mean for how we think about political speech? 

August 1, 2022

July 29, 2022

Cal Alumni Association

On the occasion of Professor Stephan Astourian's retirement, the Cal Alumni Association reflects upon the legacy of the Armenian Studies Program at UC Berkeley.

July 26, 2022

KQED Forum for NPR
Podcast: Featuring Roxane Gay, Judith Butler, Susan Davis, Hosted by Mina Kim

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. 

July 18, 2022

Current Occupation: Social Media Manager at UC Office of the President

"Majoring in art history prepared me in a multitude of ways but I think the biggest way was that I learned to be a better communicator—both as a writer and just as a person."

Current Occupation: Consultant at Accenture

"What you learn is more than just the facts and details, it's really understanding a way of thinking and empathy... my experience in an Arts & Humanities major has helped me with my analytical skills and critical thinking in the work I do."

July 11, 2022

July 1, 2022

Current Profession: School Counselor at Dixon Unified School District

"Being an English major taught me to listen (read) with intense focus, to look out for unreliable narrators, to notice symbolism, to point out patterns. All of this is crucial when providing a student or their family with counseling."

Current Occupation: Prospect Researcher at UC Berkeley

Looking back on my time in the history of art department, being constantly pushed to examine works with a critical eye and write in a critical voice provided me with one of the strongest foundations in becoming a researcher."

Current Occupation: Marketing Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente

"I am using my skills in writing and critical analysis to manage national recruitment campaigns to support hospitals taking care of patients across Northern California. Majoring in Rhetoric gave me the skills needed to think about the influence my work will have on a global level and apply the skills I gained knowing that I'm making a difference in the world."

June 30, 2022

Berkeley News

"I plan to graduate in spring 2023, and my honors thesis is about language discourse and colonialism. This topic has been inspired by all the critical theory courses I have been able to take at Berkeley that have allowed me to make tangible connections between the lived realities I take with me from my hometown and the patterns of oppression that persist in other rural areas in California.

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.

June 6, 2022

The course was part of the program New Strategies for the Humanities at Berkeley, a Mellon Foundation grant housed in the Center for Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry (CICI) under the Division of Arts & Humanities. It was also designated as a course in the Course Threads program under the Environment and Humanities. 

May 25, 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. Learn more about Rogers’s story by watching the video below, prepared by Berkeley’s Light the Way.