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January 19 - February 17, 2017

Harold Cohen


Harold Cohen, Creating Computational Creativity

January 19 - February 17, 2017

Harold Cohen, Creating Computational Creativity honors the memory of Professor Emeritus Harold Cohen, a pioneer in computing and the arts. Cohen, who passed away in 2016, taught at UC San Diego from 1968 until his retirement in 1994. The exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Cohen's contributions to computing and surveys over 40 years in the development of AARON, from its inception in the early 1970s to its most recent iteration in the 2000s. Read more...

Visual Arts Department presents an exhibition on a pioneer in computing at the arts in two locations:

University Art Gallery (UAG) at Mandeville Center &
Visual Arts Gallery at the Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME)


January 19 - February 17, 2017

Reception, Thursday, January 19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

UAG gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00 - 4:00 pm

Visual Arts Gallery, SME:
January 26 - February 17, 2017
Reception, Thursday, January 26, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Visual Arts Gallery, SME hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 2:30 - 6:00 pm

January 17, 2017

From Slow Violence to Slow Food

From Slow Violence to Slow Food: Piedmont's Stories of Landscape, Resistance, and Liberation

January 17th, 5:00 - 7:00pm | Atkinson Hall Auditorium

Guest speaker: Dr. Serenella Iovino, University of Turin

Join us for the untold stories of Italy's landscapes and “ecological bodies”; stories with revelatory power, telling of resistance, transformation and redemption. Event sponsored as part of the Environments in Motion Series.

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

January 11, 2017

From Books-Internet to TV-Internet

From Books-Internet to TV-Internet: What does the demise of text and hypertext mean for the future of the internet and its early promises?

January 11th, 6:30 - 8:00pm | Literature Building, Room 155

Guest speaker: Hossein Derakhshan, Canadian-Iranian author, media analyst and performance artist

Join us for a unique discussion of text, technology and the future of the internet. Sponsored by The Institute of Arts & Humanities and the Literature Department.

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Through December 2, 2016

Angela Washko 

gallery@calit2 and Visual Arts present Performing in Public (Four Years of Ephemeral Actions in World of Warcraft)

Guest performer: Angela Washko, artist
Host: Ricardo Dominguez

Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m. - Talk; 6:00 p.m.- Reception
Calit2 Auditorium and gallery@calit2

Artist and UC San Diego alumna Angela Washko (MFA Visual Art '15) is featured in a solo exhibition thatpresents the broad array of actions she created in WoW for the first time as a large body of work. Although individual works from Washko's experiments in World of Warcraft have been presented at venues, this is the first time that Washko's performative interventions in WoW will be shown in their entirety. Read more

November 7th, 2016

Third Worlds of America: Poverty in San Diego

Third World Studies Program presents: The Third Worlds of America: Poverty in San Diego

November 7th, 2:00 - 3:30pm in The Great Hall at I-House

Guest speaker: Babak Rahimi

Join us for a short documentary and discussion around the critical issues of poverty directly affecting our local San Diego community.

Refreshments will be served.


November 3rd - December 3rd, 2016

Chroma Postcard - front

UCSD Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni are featured in "Chroma," an exhibition curated by Farshid Bazmandegan, UCSD Visual Arts department. 

Reception: November 3rd from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. A&H Dean's Office (Literature Building, Room 410).

Musical performance by Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri

Featuring Work by UC San Diego’s Artists:
Farshid Bazmandegan
Brian Cross
Sheena Ghanbari
Atra Givarkes
Mathieu Gregoire
Audrey Hope
Adriene Hughes
Tad Linfesty
Rubén Ortiz-Torres
Joshua Saunders
Carla Wilson
Click here to view the exhibition catalog.

November 1st, 2016


"UC San Diego China Partnerships: Looking Back, Looking Forward" is the subject of a Nov. 1, 5:00 p.m. film showing and lecture by Distinguished Professor of History Paul Pickowicz, at the Geisel Library's Seuss Room. The short film follows UC San Diego's inaugural visit to China in 1979, just months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. After the screening, members of the 1979 delegation will share memories from the trip, followed by a look at the university's recent collaborations with Chinese universities. RSVP: