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March 13, 2023

UC Berkeley Library

This is not your typical final exam.

Art history students at UC Berkeley are putting their semester-long learning on display this week with Letters | الحروف: How Artists Reimagined Language in the Age of Decolonization — a thought-provoking exhibit opening March 13 in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery.

College of Letters & Science News

Congratulations to the YBCA 100 Honorees from Art Practice!

March 10, 2023

March 8, 2023

College of Letters & Science News

Living Pictures, written by author and scholar Polina Barskova, combines memoir, history, and fiction in a poignant collection of short pieces about her hometown, St. Petersburg, Russia.

March 3, 2023

UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities welcomes Roni Masel as of Jan. 1, 2023. Masel, an assistant professor in the campus’s Department of Comparative Literature, concentrates on Hebrew and Yiddish literatures. 

March 2, 2023

UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities welcomes Robyn Jensen as of July 1, 2022. Jensen, an assistant teaching professor in the campus’s Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, specializes in Russian literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities welcomes Luther Obrock as of July 1, 2022. Obrock joins the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, where he is an assistant professor of Sanskrit and specializes in the study of kāvya, which is elite ornate poetry in Sanskrit, and its continued relevance in medieval India. 

UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts and Humanities welcomes Akash Kumar, as of July 1, 2022. Kumar is an assistant professor in the Department of Italian Studies and specializes in medieval Italian literature. He is currently teaching an undergraduate course on Dante’s Inferno and a special topics graduate course, Reading Beneath the Veil: A History of Theory Through Dante. 

March 1, 2023

Alan Templeton wants Berkeley students today to have the same opportunities his parents did.

February 27, 2023

Berkeley News

Last December, Hannah Weisman became the first executive director hired by UC Berkeley for The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, one of the preeminent Jewish collections in the world. 

California Magazine

Playwright Christopher Chen is a homegrown talent. Hailing from the Sunset District of San Francisco, a neighborhood his family has lived in for generations, he went on to study music composition at UC Berkeley, where he got his start in writing and directing after joining the Asian American arts group Theatre Rice. In 2022, when his play The Late Wedding was performed at the Zellerbach Playhouse, it was, as he puts it, coming full circle.

February 14, 2023

University Development and Alumni Relations

Pulitzer-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen '92, Ph.D. '97 found at UC Berkeley the intellectual home, identity, and political passion that ultimately led to his creative success.

February 13, 2023

Metropolis Magazine

Rael San Fratello Explores the Border Through Design

February 8, 2023

Freakonomics Radio

Before she was a chef and an internationally-known cookbook author, Samin Nosrat (B.A. '01) was an English major at Berkeley. She talks about the writing process—and why a day of writing is so hard—in this Freakonomics Radio interview. 

February 7, 2023

Berkeley News

What the Philosophy chairs, faculty, students, and staff have done in recommending this unnaming is to move our campus community towards a greater sense of inclusion and justice. This act reflects a powerful sense of awareness in the way that remnants from the past can continue to provoke harm in the present. It reminds us that we have a choice when selecting the ways that we approach and honor our histories. We commend what the Philosophy department has done in pointing towards a more inclusive and antiracist future.


The Robert B. Silvers Foundation today announced art historian T. J. Clark and critic Tausif Noor as the winners of its second annual Grace Dudley Prize for Arts Writers.

February 6, 2023

La Repubblica

New York - Quando molti anni fa il padre del giovane Ted seppe che il figlio aveva scelto un corso di studio di letteratura all’università, gli scrisse poche e cordiali righe, che cominciavano così: “Mio caro figliolo, sono sconvolto, direi inorridito, nel sapere che hai scelto i classici come materia principale, al punto che oggi ho quasi vomitato tornando a casa”.

February 4, 2023

SF Chronicle Datebook

Before the development of film and television, no art form but theater was more closely suited to bring stories to life. Yet rarely are stories told by and for an entire people as neglected in theater as those of Native Americans.

Through the month, Bay Area audiences will have a unique opportunity to experience new stories in two alternately candid and comic small-cast plays written, directed by and featuring Indigenous people.

February 2, 2023


The pro-STEM movement has gutted high school and college humanities programs — but there's some evidence of a post-pandemic revival afoot.

ARC Press Release

The Arts Research Center—a think tank for the arts at UC Berkeley—is partnering with AlterTheater to present a rolling world premiere of an award-winning new comedy, Pueblo Revolt by Dillon Chitto. Pueblo Revolt will run February 2-12, 2023 at the Arts Research Center (ARC) and February 13-26 at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael.