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October 12, 2023

To celebrate National Humanities Month (October), we're featuring all types of humanities research from undergraduates, graduates and faculty at UC Berkeley.

Lauren Bartone is an 2nd year PhD student in Italian Studies who focuses on the history of botanical gardens and botanical collections that are grounded in the process of colonization.

Tell us about yourself and what languages you speak. 

I studied economics and computer science in my undergrad at Berkeley and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in my graduate studies at Berkeley. I speak English, Turkish, Chinese, and Italian. And, I can speak Spanish and a little bit of German, though I’m definitely a beginner.

October 10, 2023

To celebrate National Humanities Month (October), we're featuring all types of humanities research from undergraduates, graduates and faculty at UC Berkeley. 

To celebrate National Humanities Month (October), we're featuring all types of humanities research from undergraduates, graduates and faculty at UC Berkeley.

October 9, 2023

Tell us about yourself and what languages you speak. 

I'm a graduate student in the Slavic Languages and Literatures program at Berkeley. I also have a designated emphasis in Jewish Studies. I speak English, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Yiddish, Lithuanian, and French.

October 6, 2023

US News and World Report

There is an academic department at Arizona State University that may surprise many people: More than 90% of undergraduates that do a local internship are employed when they graduate.

The department? Not business or computer science, as many people may initially guess.


October 2, 2023

Berkeley News

When Ann Wai-Yee Kwong entered UC Berkeley as a student, she had never heard of disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that examines the social structures and cultural depictions that shape — and are shaped by — the experiences of people with disabilities.

“There's no chapter in high school that focuses on disability,” said Kwong, who is blind. “The idea that disability is something you can be proud of — that it’s a field with rich socioeconomic and historical identity you can study — was relatively new to me.”

September 27, 2023

What languages do you speak? 

speak English, Hindi, French, Korean, Catalan, German, and Italian, and I can read Latin and Old French. Out of these, the languages I have studied at Berkeley are Latin, Old French, Catalan, German, and Italian. I highly recommend all of these classes. 

This next interview is very exciting for us, because it’s our first interview with an undergraduate student! I personally met Fabiola Vazquez Espinoza through a literary magazine we’re both editors for: Vagabond Multilingual Journal. But Fabiola is an extremely active part of the arts and humanities community here on campus and is a part of several other incredible organizations that we will be speaking more about. 

September 20, 2023

For our second interview, I wanted to highlight the professor who was one of the main contributors in helping me start this publication: Professor Eric Falci of the English Department. Professor Falci joined UC Berkeley’s faculty in 2006, and currently serves as the English Department's Chair. I first met Professor Falci through a seminar I took, funded by The Bedri Distinguished Writers Series. For any freshman or prospective students reading, this is a wonderful program which I highly recommend looking into.

September 15, 2023

Two recent gifts in memory of beloved faculty members have ensured that their legacy will live on, supporting graduate students in the fields to which they dedicated their life’s work.

Ron Stroud, a leading expert in the study of Greek epigraphy, taught in the Department of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from 1965 until 2007. He helped found the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) in 1968 and was instrumental in building AHMA into the premier program of its kind in the nation.

September 14, 2023

September 13, 2023

For the first interview of this series, I’m actually going to be interviewing a GSI, rather than a professor. It was really important to me that I started here because the first seed of this idea actually started in her class. Lauren Nguyen was my teacher for Latin 1 during my first semester here at Berkeley, and I remember having a really interesting conversation with her about the elitism we’ve dealt with in our respective academic careers.

September 12, 2023

In partnership with On the Same Page, the Division of Arts & Humanities sponsored a student essay and video contest. We asked students to stream the documentary (available for free here, including a version with audio description and open captions), and invited them to respond to one of the following prompts:

September 6, 2023

Dear readers,

As with many things in my life, this column was partially inspired by aspects of my personal life, partially inspired by literature. And because this column is designated to highlighting the arts and humanities, I thought it would be fitting to begin by introducing the wonderful short story that partially inspired me in this process: “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges. 

September 5, 2023

Laurie Wu McClain (B.A. '64, J.D. '82) and Chuck McClain have been attending music performances on campus for years. They are intimately familiar with 768-seat Hertz Hall — and were aware that no equivalent venue existed on campus for small performances. Cal parents John and Kristi Cumming likewise noticed that the quality of spaces in Morrison Hall did not do justice to the talent of student musicians. Thanks to their generosity, that is about to change.

Berkeley News

Three headshots of Haley Baynard

Haley Baynard is a new student in theater and performance studies, who plans on pursuing a career in stage management. She says strong communication and leadership skills, and the ability to improvise and think quickly, are some of the traits of successful stage managers.

Sofia Liashcheva/UC Berkeley

August 31, 2023

The Daily Californian

Walking into my senior capstone course for the English major, I was a third-year student surrounded mostly by seniors headed out the door. Many people take these capstone courses in their final semester, but I took mine for English earlier to make room for a sociology thesis later.

My mind lives to create — so this expediting didn’t surprise me.

August 29, 2023

Berkeley News

Photo of Esther Cannesson standing beneath a tree on UC Berkeley campus

"I really like the existential movement, where nothing really has a purpose, apart from what you make of it," says new first-year student Esther Cannesson.  

Brittany Hosea-Small for UC Berkeley

August 23, 2023

The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) is excited to announce a new major in East Asian Humanities. "This major will open doors," says Chair Robert Ashmore.