The Division of Arts and Humanities in the News


Programs, alumni and current students in the Division of Arts and Humanities are often featured in the news. Faculty members, in particular, are sought out for their expert opinion, offering guidance and insight to help understand current news and events.

 

News Highlights

Union Tribune coverSpring Arts 2018

The San Diego Union-Tribune published a full section on arts and culture in the region for spring, and included several UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities faculty and alumni:

La Jolla Playhouse taps new work by Naomi Iizuka

“What Happens Next” by Theatre and Dance professor Naomi Iizuka will receive its world premiere next month.

Read the Union-Tribune story

UC San Diego Seeks Title for Student Lawyers

Led by History alumn Keshav Nair, the team includes Literature students Brianna Fluhrer and Vivian Pham, named “top attorney.”

Read the Times of San Diego story

Sea stories and buried facts with Mark Hanna

History’s Mark Hanna was on St. Louis public radio to talk all things pirates ahead of a local production of “Pirates of Penzance.”

Listen to the Public Radio story

Recent News Clips

Three Times a Charm for Grad SLAM Winner
Congratulations to Aurora Lagattuta, a professional dancer and master’s student in Theatre and Dance, who won the $1,500 third prize for her presentation on how dancing can be used to create a more diverse and inclusive community.


Reconnecting with Alumni in Los Angeles
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla blogged about a recent trip to Los Angeles that included meeting Music alumnus Nathan East.


30 seconds with… Katharina Rosenberger
Music professor Katharina Rosenberger and her “Viva Voce” installation is featured in the Sister City blog Los Angeles – Berlin. Additionally, Rosenberger will world premiere “surge” and “quartet – bodies in performance” at the new music festival in Witten, Germany: Wittener Tage fur neuve Kammermusik.


Art in the City
The Department of Visual Arts in included as a source for a new book on “feminist art,” Washington Life reports.


A cross-border city? Apartments for San Diegans in Tijuana? How architects defy Trump’s wall.
“We call it Mexus,” says Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz to the Washington Post: Destined for the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture — the design world’s premier showcase for new ideas, opening this May — Cruz and [Fonna] Forman’s Mexus project uses maps, renderings and diagrams to send a pointed political message.


Southwestern College students project art onto border wall prototypes
Visual Arts MFA student Andrew Sturm collaborated with Southwestern College students, featured in San Diego City Beat.


Local Veterans and Actors Alike Take Center Stage in La Jolla Playhouse's 'What Happens Next'
The La Jolla Playhouse’s latest Without Wall production is written by Theatre and Dance professor Naomi Iizuka.


Meeting with Warren College Student Leaders
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood was top topic at a meeting with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Warren College students and leaders, including Theatre and Dance professor and college provost Emily Roxworthy.


Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announces new fellows — and pays tribute to grantees from California
New faculty member Nicole Miller of Visual Arts was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship (PDF), reported in the Los Angeles Times (above) and Times of San Diego. Additionally, alumni and former students from the division were also selected: Edward Wright-Rios of History and Eric Lyon and Farangis Nurulla of Music.


Analyzing the Animal Ethics of Celebrity Chefs
UC San Diego Philosophy professor Andy Lamey ransk celebrity cookbooks, bringing animal protection to the forefront. The National Post, Macleans Magazine and Ottawa Citizen covered the research.


Graduate Research Advocacy Day Takes Over Sacramento
UC San Diego graduate students — including History student Kevan Malone — share the impact of their research and advocate for increased investment from the state.


Faculty Members Celebrated for Seeing the Classroom and World Differently
44th Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards recognize excellence in teaching, research and service — honoring History chair Pamela Radcliff and Visual Arts faculty member Ruben Ortiz-Torres. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla honored the faculty members, and the Del Mar Times reported on Radcliff’s award.


The New York Philharmonic Channels the Chaos of the Cosmos
Music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir was featured in the New York Times, in addition to their review for the New York Philharmonic premiere of her new orchestral piece.


What's hitting San Diego's stages in April?
“What Happens Next,” staged by the La Jolla Playhouse and written by Theatre and Dance faculty member Naomi Iizuka, is included in the Union-Tribune writeup.


Kristin Korb, a double-threat on bass and vocals, plays today at SDSU
From the Union-Tribune article: “A Montana naive, [Music alumna Kristin] Korb is equally skilled as a bassist and singer — her credits include three albums with bass legend Ray Brown.”


Meet the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival jurors
Theatre and Dance MFA alum Matthew Wilder is selected as juror of the Texas festival.


UC San Diego Seeks National Title for Student Lawyers
Led by History alumnus Keshav Nair, the team includes Literature students Brianna Fluhrer and Vivian Pham. Pham was named “top attorney” in defense.


‘Men on Boats’ a wild and surprising ride at New Village Arts
From the review: Newly minted UC San Diego Theatre and Dance alumna Paloma Dominguez is a real find as the ever-upbeat Sumner; she’s particularly adept in the show’s many high-energy movement sequences, as the boats brave rapids and cataracts.


Drinking 1,049 Feet Underground in Mexico
History professor Dana Velasco Murillo and her work, “Urban Indians in a Silver City: Zacatecas, Mexico, 1546-1810,” was cited in this OZY long-form feature.


La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW series taps new work by UC San Diego playwright Naomi Iizuka
A work by the longtime head of the Theatre and Dance graduate playwriting program will receive its world premiere next month as the next project in La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls program, the Union-Tribune reports. Naomi Iizuka’s “What Happens Next” will run April 19-29 at the Challenged Athletes Foundation in Sorrento Valley. Broadway World also reports on the selection.


UC San Diego ups its dining offerings by going local
The Union-Tribune includes the forthcoming Living and Learning Neighborhood in its write up.


Angela Davis reflects on the impact and intersectionality of political movements
Philosophy alumna Angela Davis gives talk in Charlottesville.


Cross Winds
Paris-based circus artist, composer and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in a new theatrical percussion concerto written for, and co-commissioned by, Music graduate student Fiona Digney. The full program is available on UCTV.


SECCA to Present Talk @ SECCA:
“Art and Science” lecture features Visual Arts professor Pina Yoldas.


Remembering Kate Wilhelm
On the passing of Kate Wilhelm, Shelley Streeby of Literature said, “I am so grateful for the powerful work Kate Wilhelm did in co-creating and sustaining the Clarion Workshop almost 50 years ago, so that today at UC San Diego emerging science fiction and fantasy writers from around the world still benefit from it.”


Lauren Yee, playwright on the verge
“I gravitate towards family stories,” said Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee in the Los Angeles Times. “There is something that all of us go through when we meet our parents as adults.”


8th Annual Integrity Awards
Theatre and Dance professor Lisa Porter is honored with a 2018 UC San Diego Integrity Awards. The ceremony will be held April 18.


UC undergrads don’t just gain knowledge — they create it
Anika Ullah of Visual Arts hasn’t even graduated from college yet, but she has the credentials of someone with years of research experience under her belt.


Lights, Camera, Service
Principles of community get the star treatment at BEARLs, with congratulations to undergrad student Sofia Zaragoza of Theatre and Dance for winning the “Championing Freedom of Expression.” Earl Warren College Provost Emily Roxworthy, a history and theory professor in Theatre and Dance, served as emcee.


Ahoy! Sea stories and buried facts from pirate expert Mark Hanna
History’s Mark Hanna was on St. Louis public radio to talk all things pirates ahead of a local production of “Pirates of Penzance.”


U.S. Pavilion Announces Seven 'Dimensions of Citizenship' Projects for Venice Biennale
Opening May 26, the U.S. Pavilion present installations exploring different facets of the theme “Dimensions of Citizenship.” Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz’s work will be included; The Archinect News also reported.


Pirate historian Mark Hanna talks to ‘St. Louis on the Air’ ahead of UMSL Opera Theatre production
University of Missouri – St. Louis invited Mark Hanna of History to provide the pre-show discussion for their weekend run of “Pirates of Penzance.”


How UIC's Luis Alberto Urrea became the literary conscience of the border
Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea continues to be honored for his work, including here in the Chicago Tribune.


Circle X Theatre Co. Announces Kate Jopson as New Artistic Director
The Los Angeles company named Theatre and Dance directing alumna Kate Jopson as its new artistic director.


Using Science and Humanities to Step Back in Time
Led by Division of Arts and Humanities dean Cristina Della Coletta, Dominique Rissolo and Falko Kuester, the Turin, Italy fieldwork brings together engineering students and arts and humanities students for the betterment of both.


11th Annual Visual Arts Symposium and Open Studios Explore Issues Shaping Culture Today
Visual Arts opened its galleries, studios and lecture hall March 3, giving an inside look into the practice and research of art students at UC San Diego. Held annually, the Graduate Symposium and Open Studios showcase the groundbreaking work of Ph.D. student art historians and MFA artists.


Can you name #5WomenArtists? Here’s a list to get you started.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Emily Haight chose five women artists to highlight for a National Museum of Women in the Arts campaign, including Visual Arts alumna Hung Liu.


Looking at Trump’s ‘Beautiful Wall’
Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea penned this op-ed for the New York Times, recounting his recent time spent at UC San Diego as part of the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Steven Schick of Music.


The Pros + Cons of Getting an Acting MFA
“A number of top MFA programs are affiliated with major regional theaters. For example, University of California San Diego’s MFA program is affiliated with La Jolla Playhouse,” the article says, placing Theatre and Dance in a “pro” column.


Brown University Offers Fully Funded MFAs to Actors and Directors
The university announced a new program, one our Theatre and Dance has done for years: “Brown’s program in a rare category alongside other top-ranked programs at the University of California San Diego,” the article reads.


Sonic Fluidities explores social change through music
UC San Diego Music conference includes installations, performances based on race, gender and sexual identity, San Diego CityBeat reports.


The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance Presents
Broadway World announces two upcoming shows for Theatre and Dance: “The Striker” and “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.”


San Diego New Music reaches into the past to find 'Displaced' music
The Union-Tribune reviews a performance curated by former Music professor Robert Zelickman.


SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure
Music’s Steven Schick was asked to participate in SummerFest 2018.


UC San Diego’s ‘Stories We Tell’ Features 7 International Women Artists
The Times of San Diego featured the recently ended Visual Arts exhibition.


Artist Spotlight: A Conversation with Composer Anahita Abbasi
Music
Ph.D. student Anahita Abbasi’s work is premiering with the San Francisco Symphony.


UC San Diego Exhibition Features Work by 7 Leading International Women Artists
Shown together for the first time, exhibition represents historical significance of university’s Department of Visual Arts.


Sound as Social Practice
UC San Diego Department of Music explores art, identity and activism in first-of-its-kind graduate conference.


Culture Report: Building a Mile of Art in Southeastern San Diego
Voice of San Diego included graduate-student conferences from the departments of Music and Visual Arts in their latest Culture Report.


#TritonWorker
The UC San Diego Student Employment Center kicked off their #TritonWorker campaign with Visual Arts alumna Emily Zheng, Visual Arts alumnus and Division of Arts and Humanities staff member Farshid Bazmandegan and Division of Arts and Humanities staff Laura Martin.


Edgy New York chamber music quartet loadbang to perform at UC San Diego
For its Wednesday concert at, loadbang will perform seven selections, including Music professor Lei Liang’s “Lakescape V,” a shape-shifting piece that makes remarkable use of space and the silences between notes.


Soprano Susan Narucki enchants in evening of Kurtág’s song miniatures
The Union-Tribune reviews Susan Narucki’s WEDS@7 Music performance. The newspaper ran a preview of the concert as well.


Author Luis Urrea in Conversation with Steven Schick
Helen Edison Lecture Series discussion is streaming on UCTV, featuring Literature alum Luis Alberto Urrea and Music professor Steven Schick.


“I’ll Forego All that Shit if J Dilla Was Still with Us”: An Interview with B+
Brian “B+” Cross of Visual Arts is interviewed by Passion of the Weis.


Sarah Rasmusseum receives Bold grant
MFA directing alumna Sarah Rasmussen of Theatre and Dance is one of five women artistic directors who will be receiving $250,000 grants from the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.


Evoking What Can’t Be Seen
Visual Arts alumna Lorna Simpson was profiled in The New York Times Magazine.


Senate Faculty Notice Regarding Academic Freedom at UC San Diego
Following a petition to permanently end a Theatre and Dance film course, the UC San Diego Academic Senate issues a statement. Coverage in the news included multiple mention in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Triton, UC San Diego Guardian and Inside Higher Education, among others.


Lauren Yee named Blackburn Prize finalist
MFA playwriting alumna Lauren Yee of Theatre and Dance has been named one of the 10 finalists for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights writing in the English language.


Sarah Wansley named Drama League director in residence
MFA Directing alumna Sarah Wansley of Theatre and Dance has been named as a 2018 Director in Residence by The Drama League, where she will develop new plays and musicals as part of the 2018 Drama League Artist Residency Program.


Page 73 residency announcement
MFA playwriting alumna Emily Feldman and undergraduate alumnus Daniel K. Isaac of Theatre and Dance were both named part of the Interstate 73 Writers Group for 2018.


How Kids TV Made Playwright Matt Hoverman a Star
MFA acting alumnus Matt Hoverman of Theatre and Dance was interviewed by The Clyde Fitch Report to talk about his writing career and his transition from acting to writing for the stage and television and his current success with children's TV shows including Arthur, for which he has received an Emmy Award.


Nominations for San Francisco Bay Area Critic Awards
The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announced the nominees for their 42nd Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards for 2017. Theatre and Dance professor Robert Brill was nominated, as were three alumni: Alina Bokovikova, Ogie Zulueta and the Ubuntu Theatre Project, led by Michael Moran.


Meredith McDonough of Actors Theatre: FACES of Louisville
MFA Directing alumna Meredith McDonough of Theatre and Dance discusses her work at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, programing the annual Humana Festival of New Plays and her journey to directing and the theatre.


A Mostly* Spoiler-Free Review Of A Raisin In the Sun
Triton news reviews the latest Theatre and Dance production.


Art and The Record Collection
Literature alumnus Art Connor is featured in this local news outlet, the Idyllwild Town Crier.


Faculty and Staff Step Up to Support UC San Diego
Susan Kirkpatrick, professor emerita of Spanish Literature, is creating the Kirkpatrick Literature Ph.D. Research Fund to provide research support for incoming doctoral students in the Department of Literature.


An Animated Introduction to Epicurus: What Makes Us Happy?
Included in this blog post, a 2014 Wireless Philosophy video narrated by Monte Johnson of Philosophy draws more rules for happiness from the teachings of Epicurus.


Cuyamaca College getting tuned up for international music
The Camera Lucida Piano Trio, which includes cellist Charles Curtis of Music, is mentioned.


UC San Diego's Teddy Cruz wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize
Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz, an architect noted for his cross-border projects, has won the annual Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to American culture.


The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Othello”
Broadway World promotes the upcoming Theatre and Dance production.


Charles Mingus and “Tijuana Moods” - Helen Edison Lecture Series
Anthony Davis and Steven Schick of Music lead the conversation, streaming on UCTV.


With La Jolla Symphony, a brilliant Fiona Digney solos — and shines — on wooden chairs
From the Union-Tribune review, the Department of Music was highlighted: “The ‘It’s About Time’ festival concluded this weekend with a child’s vision of Heaven and an audacious percussion concerto that made instruments of four wooden chairs. … [Fiona] Digney’s performance was compelling and authoritative. The work demanded precise coordination between soloist and orchestra, which it received under the baton of [Steven] Schick.”


Bertram Turetzky, ace of bass for six decades, set to play his 85th birthday gig
Former Music professor Bertram Turetzky is celebrated, with current professor Mark Dresser and alumni Nathan East and Kristin Korb featured.


Abraham Galvan Appointed as VP Campus Affairs of ASUCSD
Third year Literature major Abraham Galvan was appointed on Feb. 7.


A world-premiere Huey Lewis musical is the big News at the Old Globe
The creative team includes Theatre and Dance alum Paloma Young.


Breaking Ground in Music Performance
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla wrote about the Department of Music Reed Family Concert on his blog.


From Borders to Bridges
Work of Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea is highlighted in the Department of Music Reed Family Concert.


Issues of Identity: In Conversation with Hilton Als
Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic joins Theatre and Dance students to discuss access and mentorship.


Architect Teddy Cruz Wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize
Reported by ArtForum, Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts receives this year’s honor from the Vilcek Foundation.


A Woman's Point of View: UC San Diego art exhibit has work by 7 trailblazing female artists in La Jolla
The Visual Arts exhibition “Stories That We Tell: Art and Identity” runs through March 3 and features the work of seven groundbreaking female artists.


Lofty aspirations at UCSD
Mark Dresser of Music will take the stage at the Loft, at UC San Diego.


Percussionist Fiona Digney closes out ‘It's About Time’ festival
“I’ve always been drawn to the highly gestural aspects of percussion,” Fiona Digney, a doctoral candidate in Music, told the Union-Tribune. “We play such a wide range of instruments that we can’t use just one technique. We are moving around a lot, picking instruments up and putting them down. It’s very physical.”


Calit2's 'Ideas Performances' in La Jolla, and other shows in 2018
Theatre and Dance MFA student Aurora Lagattuta, an advocate of inter-species, has been exploring flipper consciousness through dance.


LA Phil 2018-19
Congratulations to Tina Tallon and Natacha Diels of Music on their commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, reported on in The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ blog The Rest Is Noise. Of the 50 pieces commissioned, works by three of alumni — Carolyn Chen, Michele Lou and Steven Takasugi — and former faculty member George Lewis are included.


At UCSD, Michael Pisaro’s sonic landscapes evoke gratification, contemplation
The Music production of “asleep, forest, melody, path” is discussed in context with the larger “It’s About Time” festival.


‘Vietgone’ a funny and forceful story of love and loss at San Diego Rep
The Theatre and Dance-trained director Jesca Prudencio is praised by the Union-Tribune for her work in the latest Rep production, as well as the Times of San Diego and The La Jolla Light.


Carleton Players present Naomi Iizuka’s provocative drama
“Good Kids,” written by Theatre and Dance professor Naomi Iizuka, premieres Feb. 9 at Carleton College.


Event briefs
“Cross Winds,” is the final event in the San Diego Symphony’s “It’s About Time” Festival, curated by Music’s Steven Schick.


Making the Wall Disappear: A Stunning Live Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote a summary of Music’s performance at the border, and also included a video of the event.


UC San Diego Undergraduate Synthesizes Visual Arts, Community Engagement and Scientific Research for Health Activism
Multidisciplinary issues need multidisciplinary solutions. That’s Visual Arts minor Anika Ullah’s mantra.


The UC San Diego Presents ‘A Raisin in the Sun’
The Theatre and Dance production runs Feb. 9-17. San Diego City Beat also included the play in their event roundup.


Dual Multimedia Installations Address Sonification of Endangered Coral Reefs
Music graduate students Jacob Sundstrom, Fiona Digney and Anthony Vine, as well as Lauren Jones and Eunjeong Ko are featured.


At The Humana Festival, The Plays Are Not the Only Thing
Deborah Stein and Mara Nelson-Greenberg of Theatre and Dance are interviewed.


Issues of Identity: A Conversation with Hilton Als
In celebration of Black History Month, Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and critic Hilton Als in a public event on Monday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.


'It's About Time' festival stops the clocks in brilliant concert
Steven Schick and Music are lauded in this Union-Tribune review.


Mathias Svalina: Poet, Entrepreneur, and Conjurer of Dreams
Literature’s opening Winter quarter New Writers Series event was covered by the UCSD Guardian.


Cross-border percussion concert unites U.S., Mexico musicians at Friendship Park
Music’s participation in the “It’s About Time” festival was covered by the Union-Tribune, with an interview with Steven Schick.


ArtSpot
San Diego Community Newspaper Group includes two Department of Music events in their roundup.


Contemporary Sculpture Society Presents a Solo Exhibition and Lecture
Visual Arts MFA alumnus Mike Calway-Fagen shows at the Contemporary Sculpture Society.


Cecil Lytle, Mike Wofford, Joshua White, Kei Akagi & Tobin Chodos to play 5-piano concert
“Five pianists walk into a room” starts this article on Music’s 22nd annual concert.


Culture Report: The Border Wall Is No Match for Music
Voice of San Diego’s Culture Report leads with the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Steven Schick of Music.


Facing Budget Cuts, San Diego Arts Head Steps Down
Announced at the Jan. 26 Commission for Arts and Culture meeting, executive director Dana Springs, a Visual Arts alumna, has worked at the commission for 18 years.


Omaha native makes hand-crafted props for 'Tonight Show' right from his Bellevue workshop
Theatre and Dance alumnus Paul Pape’s in at the “Tonight Show” was through one of its production designers, a fellow student at UC San Diego.


Two UC San Diego Playwrights Selected for Prestigious New Play Festival
2018 Humana Festival to feature Theatre and Dance faculty and student, simultaneously for the first time. Theater blogger Gia on the Move covered the news as well.


Transfer Student Spotlight: Aaron Valdivia
For a new blog series featuring the experiences of 2017 Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities (PATH Summer Academy) attendees and other transfer students, current Japanese Studies major Aaron Valdivia talks about his transfer experience.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir named new Composer-in-Residence
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has named Music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir as its next Composer-in-Residence.


Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying
Airing on UCTV, Author and Literature professor emeritus Roddey Reid traces the origins of the current toxic environment back some 30 years to a culture of abuse in the workplace, media and the political arena (video).


San Diego Theatre Week returning for a third go-round
The Theatre and Dance production of “A Raisin in the Sun” is a select offer for this year’s city-wide festival.


Cross-disciplinary Dance Performance and Installation Explores Oceanic Timescapes
Graduate students from Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music collaborate on this exhibit in the Qualcomm Institute.


The NFL Isn’t the Only Divisive Sport in America
Robert Edelman of History discusses the Democratic favorability views of the NBA.


La Jolla's Best Bets for Events: Jan. 25
Music’s 22nd annual Lytle Scholarship Concert is included in a La Jolla Light “best bet.”


Culture Report: The Border Wall Is No Match for Music
“Those musicians on the other side of the border, they’re my friends. No physical boundary will keep me from talking to my friends or keep me from feeling like I’m a neighbor to the people in Tijuana, and our music underscores that,” Steven Schick of Music tells the Voice of San Diego.


Activist Angela Davis to speak at Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center
Philosophy alumna Angela Davis will appear as part of the “Truthsayer” speaker series.


Thousands of Students, Locals, and Leaders Turn Out for San Diego Women’s March
Theatre and Dance student Kol Chaiken explained to the UCSD Guardian that she attended to show unity with women of all backgrounds.


Rap on Border: A Public Conversation
Participants from an interdisciplinary effort that included Visual Arts students will hold a conversation about race, gender, sexuality and life in general as residents of the borderlands to open the “In a Close(d) Relationship” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


‘Tijuana Moods’ concerts in San Diego and Tijuana will be historic first for legacy of Charles Mingus
The concerts are presented in conjunction with the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Music’s Steven Schick.


“The Road To and From the Paris Climate Agreement”
Andrew Light was the guest speaker of the December Ethics in the Public Sphere talk, a community event organized by Philosophy (video).


‘It’s About Time’ Festival Brings Percussion To The Forefront
Steven Schick of Music joins KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday to discuss the festival.


Finding a Roadmap to Success for Students
Four ‘Careers in the Humanities’ workshops highlight choices, concrete steps to successful futures. Led by History professor Nancy Kwak, the workshops represent an ongoing, collective effort between the Division of Arts and Humanities, the UC San Diego Career Center and the Institute of Arts and Humanities.


‘It’s About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place’
Curated by Music professor Steven Schick, UC San Diego plays important part in region-wide cultural festival.


Helen Edison Lecture Series Highlight Festival
On Feb. 1, Music professor Steven Schick will be in conversation with Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea.


Lytle Scholarship Concert Presents ‘Jazz Piano Summit’
22nd annual Music concert raises money for undergraduate scholarships.


Commentary: Does San Diego theater matter?
The San Diego Union-Tribune praises Theatre and Dance for its status as one of the top programs in the country and its essential contributions to the regional theatre scene.


Design & Community
Theatre and Dance lighting design alumna Sherrice Mojgani is profiled by Stage-Directions.com for championing more diverse representation in the theater and design fields.


Game Changer
Seventeen years ago, Chris Yanov ’99 (Literature) began a program that has since sent 1,600 inner-city kids to college and been called “a model for the nation.” The secret? A few failures, a good dose of grit and a love of game shows.


First Gen Success
System-wide support for first-generation students, including mention of Music's Susan Narucki and Sarah Baker of the Analytical Writing Program.


The Sound from Down Under
One custom building, 16 rescued pianos, all in the Outback. Very UC San Diego. Featuring the work of Vanessa Tomlinson, MA ’97, DMA ’00 and Erik Griswold, MA ’92, Ph.D. ’97, both Music alumni.


‘Soundings’ and Chamber Music International offer worlds of contrast in two concerts
The Nasher Sculpture Center’s “Soundings” series interspersed Bach’s Musical Offering with movements from Music composer Lei Liang.


UC San Diego surfer puts professional dream on hold to earn degree
Becoming a professional surfer is a dream for many people who grew up competing in the sport, including Visual Arts junior Frankie Seely.


Top Weekend Events: San Diego Union-Tribune
The annual celebration of new plays by rising dramatists returns to the Globe, with staged readings of work by Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee, among others.


‘It’s About Time’ for ear-bending, eye-popping, borders-leaping music festival
Music professor Steven Schick curates this month long music festival, “It’s About Time.” After opening, the Union-Tribune gives its first take: ‘Percussion Lovefest’ gets festival off to a propulsive start.


San Diego Repertory Theatre presents ‘Vietgone’
Directed by Theatre and Dance alumna Jesca Prudencio, ‘Vietgone’ opens Jan. 25.


Stand-out acts fill January bill
La Jolla Light gives some great coverage to ArtPower! at UC San Diego, including their participation in Music’s Steven Schick-led “It’s About Time” festival.


WEDS@7 Represent the Best of UCSD’s Music Department
“I originally attended WEDS@7 when accompanying a friend who needed some company for the performance, knowing full well the concert would be aggressive and provocative. It wasn’t until after I left, however, that I realized how subtly the music had actually evoked so much emotion,” The Triton news reports on the Department of Music weekly series.


Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision
Former Music student Nicole Mitchell is featured in the New York Times.


No rest for Wick Alexander
Local artist and Visual Arts alumnus Wick Alexander discusses his Athenaeum exhibition and reflects on a successful career.


In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another
Visual Arts graduate student Andrew Sturm is quoted in the New York Times.


At soundON festival, extraordinary musical voyages unfold
A San Diego Union-Tribune review included work by Roger Reynolds of Music.


What It’d Take to Make ‘Flying Cars’ the Future of Racing
Robert Edelman of History gives a quick background on sport racing in Bloomberg Pursuits.


San Diego Symphony starts the new year with a rhythm fest
Music professor Steven Schick curates the new month-long festival, beginning Jan. 11.


Phoenix Theatre Presents Rolling World Premiere of 'Halftime with Don'
Theatre and Dance alumnus Ken Weitzman’s play will receive its world premiere.


In 2017, the Border Was a Concept Nationally and a Canvas Locally
In this Voice of San Diego border art roundup, Visual Arts was well represented: Omar Pimienta, Sara Solaimani, Andrew Sturm and Ricardo Dominguez.


UCSD composer's opera a light amid the hate
“I’m very concerned about the future,” says Anthony Davis of Music to the San Diego Reader. “That’s why it’s important for me to continue to write about political events because I believe the country is in peril.


The World of Music Stardom, Through the Eyes of the Photographer B+
The New Yorker has a great write up of the new book "Ghostnotes" by Visual Arts faculty member Brian "B+" Cross. From the article: “These images tell a story of hard work, an obsession with craft that draws Cross ever nearer. As you turn the pages, you can hear music.”


A day in Mexico City
Literature student Monica Lopez shares her view of life in Mexico in this video, part of the University of California Education Abroad Program.


UCSD Chamber Orchestra Excels with Narrative Driven Music
In its first concert of the year, the Department of Music Chamber Orchestra played three pieces that each contained their own unique narrative. Led by conductor Matthew J. Kline, the Chamber Orchestra performed splendidly, the Triton reported.


Old Globe sets lineup for annual Powers new-play festival
Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee’s work is selected for the January festival.


Russia's doping plot: Symptom of a deeper Olympic malaise?
“In a globalized age, one can imagine the nation-state being removed from the Olympics,” Robert Edelman of History said to the Christian Science Monitor. Earlier, Edelman was interviewed for USA Today on the subject.


Performance Series at UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute Enters Fifth Season
”We are pleased to announce a schedule of strong and innovative interdisciplinary and experimental pieces for this fifth season of the IDEAS Performance Series,” said Shahrokh Yadegari of Music, chair of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences selection committee.


UC San Diego Theatre & Dance to Welcome Veronica Santiago Moniello for thesisWORKS 2017
Broadway World San Diego featured Theatre and Dance student Santiago Moniello’s performance.


Hung Lui exhibit at Loveland Museum/Gallery features more than 200,000 fortune cookies
An exhibit by Visual Arts alumna Hung Lui is featured.


Entrevista con Estefania Ibanez
Reprinted on his blog, Music professor Wilfrido Terrazas is interviewed about his musical history, music in everyday life and the function of music (in Spanish).


Catalonia pushes for independence from Spain: What to know
The push for independence “raises questions of the future of democracy and democratic rule,” Pamela Radcliff of History said. “What’s being contested between Spain and Catalonia, one of the things is different visions of what defending democracy looks like.”


The story of early tape music, microsound, and a Eurorack resurrection
Computer music professor Tom Erbe of Music is featured by Create Digital Music.


Intiman Theatre Announces Next Co-Curator
Theatre and Dance alumna KJ Sanchez has been named the co-curator of the 2018 co-curator of Seattle’s Intiman Festival, its third.


Globe's autism-friendly 'Grinch' has helped spark a movement
A good portion of developing the idea can be traced to a moment Theatre and Dance alumna Lisa Porter spent in the Old Globe basement six years ago with her daughter, Daisy, the Union-Tribune says.


Turner, Refinery29 Host Women’s Comedy Writers Lab, With Winner Getting TBS Digital Pilot
Theatre and Dance alumna Kim Blanck has been selected as one of eight to participate in the Riot Comedy Lab, a two-day comedy writing workshop.


We Chinese in America
Lei Liang of Music is featured on the cover of We Chinese in America magazine (in Chinese).


2018 Colorado New Play Summit selections announced
The Denver Center Theatre Company has announced their 13th annual Colorado New Play Summit, which will feature a reading of a new work by Theatre and Dance alumnus David Jacobi, and a world-premiere production by alumna Lauren Yee.


A must-see: Hung Liu’s women warriors: ‘Daughters of China’ at Kala
Visual Arts alumna Hung Liu, named one of the most prominent Chinese-American painters working in the U.S. today, has her new exhibit in Berkeley featured.


What It's Like Adapting Haruki Murakami's Surreal Fiction
To adapt the novel to the stage, the director assembled a group of world-class artistic collaborators, starting with Theatre and Dance alumna Naomi Iizuka.


Meet Gwen Grossman of Gwen Grossman Lighting Design in Jackson Blvd
Theatre and Dance alumna Gwen Grossman was profiled by Voyage Chicago to discuss her career as a lighting designer and her architectural lighting design firm.


San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra launches 35th anniversary season
Music graduate student Anahita Abbasi composed work that will receive its world premiere in 2018.


International Magazine of Space Design
Theatre and Dance scenic design alumnus Steven Kemp was interviewed by BOB Magazine, the International Magazine of Space Designed.


San Diego Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE
Theatre and Dance alumna Jesca Prudencio is announced as director.


News from 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE

Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Jesca Prudencio is announced as director.


Jerry Brown Pardons Man Imprisoned for Decades for Murders He Didn’t Commit

Department of History alumnus David M. Livingstone, now Simi Valley police chief, announced the support of a clemency appeal leading to the pardon, the New York Times reports. At the initial press conference (video), Livingstone discussed the case.


Joshua White soars on debut solo album: 'I try to challenge myself'

“Joshua’s playing and music is both deeply personal and resonantly universal,” said Mark Dresser of the Department of Music.


Light brigade shines on border wall prototypes

UC San Diego graduate students, led by Andrew Sturm of the Department of Visual Arts, projected images onto the walls using a theater light. Sturm’s artistic work was highlighted in San Diego City Beat.


New exhibit showcases African-American San Diego artists

Emeritus professor Faith Ringgold, of the Department of Visual Arts, and UC San Diego alumna Manuelita Brown have work on display through April 15.


UC San Diego Launches Institute to Address Ethics of Today’s Innovation

To help close the gap between the pace of innovation and society’s ability to deal with these advances responsibly, the University of California San Diego — one of the world’s greatest producers of technology, medical innovations and scientific knowledge — has launched the Institute for Practical Ethics. KUSI and Times of San Diego covered the news, and the institute held a “soft launch” with researchers on campus.


UCSD celebrates Chinary Ung’s mysterious, ecstatic music

The Union-Tribune reviews the featured Chinary Ung concert, produced by the Department of Music.


The Allegations Against Al Franken Underscore That Seeing Is Believing

From Wired: “There’s a counterfactual dependence between the way a photograph looks and how the world is,” says Jonathan Cohen, Department of Philosophy chair who has studied the subject. “If granny is wearing a green sweater, then a photograph is going to show her wearing a green sweater.”


UC San Diego Pioneering Computer Music Researcher F. Richard Moore Passes

Regarded as a pioneering researcher and inspiring mentor who made seminal contributions to the evolution of computer music, UC San Diego Department of Music Emeritus Professor F. Richard Moore died on Sept. 29, 2017. He was 73.


How the Humanities helps our veterans

Natalia Molina of the Department of History discusses the importance of a humanities education for members of the U.S. Military during and after their service.


A border wall rises in Oceanside — but this one is an art project, by Tijuana artist Marcos Ramirez 'ERRE'

In the Los Angeles Times, Department of Visual Arts alumni and Department of Literature Ph.D. student Omar Pimienta’s work is featured as part of the group show “unDocumenta.” The Voice of San Diego also reported.


UCSD professor Susan Narucki's 'Cuatro Corridos' leads to a Latin Grammy nomination

Department of Music colleagues received a Latin Grammy nomination, highlighted by an interview with Susan Narucki. She commissioned, championed and is the sole vocalist on this bi-national chamber opera about human trafficking, the Union-Tribune reports. Univision also interviewed Narucki leading up to the big night.


Theater for the ears with sound designer Melanie Chen Cole

The Union-Tribune calls Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Melanie Chen Cole one of the most in-demand local theater artists.


UCSD Theatre/Dance Dept. to stage four enticing works

The La Jolla Light highlights on the Department of Theatre and Dance’s fall quarter productions.


Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions (video)

Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta was invited to Villanova University for their fourth annual Italian lecture series. In addition to her talk, she was interviewed (audio) by their languages and literatures department.


La Jolla Symphony pairs masterworks and a world premiere to launch new season

Department of Music’s Steven Schick, Cecil Lytle and Ph.D. student Asher Tobin are featured in this review.


La Jolla Symphony, UC San Diego Celebrate 50 Years Of Collaboration

Thy symphony’s opening concert, called Crossing the Rue St. Paul, celebrates 50 years of collaboration with UC San Diego and the Department of Music. KPBS Evening Edition reports.


Win or Lose, los Doyers are ‘familia’

Natalia Molina of the Department of History writes a timely essay on “bleeding blue” during the World Series.


Poway native offered unique installation at Without Walls Festival

Department of Theatre and Dance student Lily Padilla talks to the Union-Tribune about the Without Walls Festival, which featured a sound-installation piece with Department of Music students.


“Critical Curation:” The Role of Curators in Creating Spaces for Black Cinema

Erica Cho and the Department of Visual Arts are featured by Triton news.


Professor Ann Woods: From the Louvre to the Lecture Hall

The UCSD Guardian interviews Ann Woods of the Department of Visual Arts.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will jazz up season kick-off with eclectic pianist Cecil Lytle

Steven Schick and Cecil Lytle of the Department of Music are featured.


Poetry in the past, present and everywhere

Department of Visual Arts emeritus professor Jerome Rothenberg is interviewed.


Michael Dessen fusing improvisation, technology in quest for new music vistas

Department of Music alumnus is featured in the Union-Tribune.


11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships
From the Division of Arts and Humanities departments, Julie Burelle of Theatre and Dance, Natacha Diels of Music and Simeon Man of History are this year’s Hellman Fellows Program recipients.


'Insulting African American Gold Star widows has a history'
The research of Prof. Rebecca Jo Plant of the Department of History is featured in this Washington Post article on the legacy of discrimination against African American military members and their families.


Provoking Change: University Art Gallery hosts its Fall 2017 show
The Department of Visual Arts current exhibition is featured.


When American Lawmakers Took a Page from the Nazi Playbook
Natalia Molina of the Department of History publishes in History.com.


Men at war find brief peace in shared song
Department of Theatre and Dance
alumna Cynthia Stokes is interviewed.


Without Walls Festival Showcases UC San Diego Talent
Collaboration, professional development key to this year’s four-day, site-specific theater fest


UC San Diego Strength in Humanities Leads to Inclusion in Prestigious Research Consortium
The University of California San Diego has joined the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Research University Consortium, a prestigious academic leadership group in the humanities.


Recognizing Extraordinary TeachingRachel Klein of the Department of History is honored with the UC San Diego Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.


Culture Report: La Jolla Playhouse Brings Unconventional Art to the Urban Core
Lily Padilla, a Department of Theatre and Dance student, is featured.


UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance to Stage WHAT OF THE NIGHT?
Broadway World San Diego features upcoming production in the Department of Theatre and Dance.


Korean Music, Art, and Fashion on Both Sides of the Bay
Work by Chinary Ung of the Department of Music is featured.


Who Are the Most Influential Artists of the Last Century?
Hung Liu, Department of Visual Arts alumna, is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the last century.


‘One Day She’ll Darken’
Department of Theatre and Dance
alumnus Jefferson Mayes is announced as lead.


Asian American TV Producers Speak Out About Making the Shows They Want, Whether or Not Networks Are on Board
Department of Visual Arts
alumni Philip Wang and Wesley Chan are featured.


Catalans’ freedom quandary
Department of History
chair Pamela Radcliff is cited.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus prepares for its 2017-18 season
This year’s season is in part a nod to the group’s long-standing affiliation with the Department of Music.


M+, West Kowloon Cultural District
Work by Lei Liang of the Department of Music is included.


La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival (WoW) heads to downtown San Diego
Departments of Theatre and Dance, and Music are featured in this year’s WOW Festival.


Judith Dolan: On Broadway
A new exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society features work by Judith Dolan of the Department of Theatre & Dance. The exhibit was listed in a San Diego Union-Tribune article on things to do in the city.


Learn about how we consider ‘Mexican’ as a racial and ethnic category in the US
Natalia Molina of the Department of History will give at talk at The Huntington Library Oct. 4.


A Game to Help Students Pay the Right Price for College
Jenny Nicholson, Department of Literature alumna, is featured in the New York Times for her creation Spent and, focusing on student loan debt, Playback.


Do protests by athletes turn off viewers?
“I think the long-term effect of this weekend will be to dial back the hyper-patriotism that crept into American sports after 9/11,” said Daniel Widener of the Department of History


Fall arts: Top 10 classical music picks
The Oct. 2 Camera Lucida concert with Charles Curtis of the Department of Music is featured.


New Chappaqua venue brings performing arts to town
Department of Theatre & Dance alumnus John Fanelli is featured in the USA Today news network.


From the Archives: Angela Davis Stirred up Campus Controversy in 1969
Department of Philosophy
alumna Angela Davis is featured in San Diego Magazine.


U.S. Pavilion announces design teams for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
Teddy Cruz of the Department of Visual Arts, with UCSD Cross-Border Initiative co-director Fonna Forman, are one of seven U.S.-based design teams selected to appear in next year’s Architecture Biennale.


UC San Diego Listed in Top 10 of Public Universities by U.S. News

UC San Diego is again at the top of the list of the 2018 Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.


Diversity is Up in Humanities at 2-Year Colleges

At a time when many four-year institutions are worried about decreasing numbers of humanities graduates, the number of underrepresented minorities earning associate degrees in the humanities and liberal arts has increased in recent years.  UC San Diego's Division of Arts and Humanities partnership with the San Diego Community College District was mentioned in this article as one of the collaborations funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities initiative.


Kyoto University in Partnership with UC San Diego

Cementing an ongoing partnership with UC San Diego, Kyoto University has opened a San Diego Liaison Office, and hosted an Opening Reception and Networking event on July 17th in order to further existing collaborations and initiate new ones.  Dr. Makoto Azuma, the founding director of the Kyoto University office, said the new facility in San Diego will allow the two universities to collaborate in a broad range of research areas. “Our university strives for diverse development in pure and applied research in the humanities, sciences, and technology,” he said, “while seeking to integrate these various perspectives in promising and productive ways.”  With strong research areas in Japanese Studies, and an endowed Chair in Japanese Literature, the Division of Arts & Humanities is well positioned to expand the current ties between the two Universities into the liberal arts.

UC San Diego Among Top 10 History Schools in California

A newer resource aimed at helping recent college graduates start their careers, Zippia recently evaluated California universities' history departments. Looking at metrics around career results, emphasis on history, and school performance, the resource placed UC San Diego at #9 in the state.

UC San Diego's KNIT, Digital Arts & Humanities "Connect the Dots"

Through an initiative called “KNIT,” the University of California San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities is crafting collaboration and community on campus — digitally. By offering online tools collectively referred to as a “digital commons,” KNIT will enable university faculty, students and staff to customize websites for courses, research projects or personal academic portfolios; create or join public and private discussion groups devoted to shared interests; and network with communities both on and off campus.


Chancellor Khosla Showing Support for the Performing Arts

Chancellor Khosla recently attended the closing night performance of the play Strange Men at the Wagner New Play Festival. Before the performance began, the Chancellor thanked Molli Wagner for her generous support of UC San Diego and talked about the positive impact of the Wagner New Play Festival on the Theatre & Dance Department. He also mentioned the importance of the arts at UC San Diego and throughout the world in sparking innovation and creative thinking. 

Professor Mark Hanna Reminds Us of a Key Historic Moment in TIME

With a contribution to TIME’s “25 Moments that Changed America,” Department of History’s Mark Hanna clarifies the importance of the Barbary Wars at a key time in American history.

Liberal Arts Majors are the Future of the Tech Industry

JM Olejarz writes in the Harvard Business Review "College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your degree?” But it might as well be “What are the humanities good for?” According to three new books, the answer is “Quite a lot.”"

UC San Diego professors and performances are featured in Grace Bell's photo display in Athenaeum's "Music Scene Hear"

A selection of Grace Bell's jazz portrait and performance photography will be on display in La Jolla's Athenaeum's Clayes Gallery from June 17 - July 29, 2017


Department of History associate professor, director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and director of Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts & Humanities Luis Alvarez spoke about his research at the recent UC San Diego & You alumni event in Silicon Valley. Alvarez presented on the history of race and social movements in California, as well as the successful launch of IAH in 2016-2017. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta also participated in the standing-room-only event. Alvarez was pictured with the Chancellor, as seen on the Chancellor’s Blog


Acclaimed filmmaker Evans Chan 陳耀成 screens and comments on his documentary “Raise the Umbrellas,” its first full-length preview on the West Coast.


Humanities and liberal arts are the future according to Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and one of the “sharks” on television’s “Shark Tank” (ABC). Read why Cuban thinks so...


Palimpsest ensemble rounds up virtuoso performers for music both 'old' and new with UCSD Music professor Aleck Karis conducting. Read the review....


U.S. Senators Urge Trump to Keep National Endowments for Arts and Humanities. Read more...


UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla recently toured the “Harold Cohen, Creating Computational Creativity” exhibit in the University Art Gallery. Department of Visual Arts’ professors Jack Greenstein, who is also department chair, and Sheldon Brown shared insights into Cohen’s pioneering work in art and artificial intelligence. Read more...


The Institute of Arts and Humanities’ Feb. 21 Challenging Conversations event, “From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban” drew more than 240 people including students, faculty from across divisions and community members. All were engaged and many contributed to the lively discussion. UC San Diego Department of History professors Simeon Man and Michael Provence shared their insights during the KPBS Midday Edition before the event. They also wrote an Op-Ed that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune.


Listen to the BBC World Services’ “The Forum” interview featuring Department of Literature’s Daisuke Miyao. The professor’s expertise in Japanese film enhanced the scholarly discussion about “The Seven Samurai,” described as one of the most influential films of all times. 


Several faculty members in the Division of Arts and Humanities have been notified that they will receive 2017 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards. The winners will be formally recognized April 6 during an awards ceremony at which a brief video featuring each winner will be screened. An official press release is to be distributed by mid-March.  Read More...


Seth Lerer - "Tradition"

Distinguished Professor of Literature and former dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Seth Lerer will speak Feb. 22 at Warwick’s in downtown La Jolla, where he will present his perspective on tradition in the literary imagination. See link for more... 


UC San Diego's Music professor Steven Schick dazzles in Boulez's 'Répons'.  Read more here...


Tritons to be honored during UC San Diego’s Alumni Celebration, June 10 include two A&H alums.  Read more...

 

News from 2016

Department of Music professor Lei Liang's "Portrait Concert" at Miller Theatre is included in former New York Times and Bostom Globe music critic's "Best of 2016: 10 Musical Events" list. Read more...


Department of History professor Frank Biess wins National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship  to examine the role of fear and anxiety within the historical context of postwar West Germany.


Department of Music’s Susan Narucki and Lei Liang continue developing their chamber opera, “Inheritance, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Composer and UC San Diego Music Professor Lei Liang appears in the New York Times for his innovative use of technology in music.  


UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities is devoted to developing students’ skills of critical thinking and analytic expression. Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta said that in less than one year, a team of instructors for the Basic Writing Program was put together who, under Karen Gocsik's leadership, are propelling a program of innovation and excellence.


The US News and World Report Global University Rankings just came out and UC San Diego has moved up in the rankings from no. 19 to no. 15. Not only has the university as a whole moved up in the rankings, but we are proud to announce that the Division of Arts and Humanities has moved up 10 spots from 33 to 23! This is a tremendous achievement!


Composer Roger Reynolds’ “FLiGHT,” which premieres Oct. 30-31 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, is the latest landmark in a career distinguished by a quest for new modes of making music.


La Jolla Light: The 2016-17 IDEAS Series began Oct. 20 with a multimedia dance collaboration helmed by Yolande Snaith, head of UC San Diego’s Undergraduate Dance Program. “Measuring the Dream” is based on the poetry and life of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun in colonial Mexico who was a self-taught scholar and poet, known in her lifetime as “The Tenth Muse.”


Founding Visual Arts Professor Emeritus David Antin passed away October 11, 2016, at the age of 84. An illustrious poet, critic, teacher and performance artist, Antin joined the Department of Visual Arts in 1968 as the director of the University Art Gallery. Antin was renowned for his innovative, conceptual art practice, and while at UC San Diego he became famous for his improvised "Talk Poems." LA Times.


From its earliest years, the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego — established in 1967 — brought in artists who raised new ideas about how to think about photography and the role of the artist.


The Division of Arts and Humanities took a leading role to secure a $2.59 million grant award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The award supports a joint program with the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) that helps humanities transfer students transition to UC San Diego—a top 10 public university. According to Dean Cristina Della Coletta, it is the largest foundation award the division has received in support of the humanities.


Michigan Daily op-ed about Professor Natalia Molina's lecture on racial scripts that provided a clear and much-needed message: Racism is embedded in our institutions and must be addressed through comprehensive reform.


A new multimedia installation, “Nimbus,” opened Oct.1 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with a storm of clouds and music conjured up by artists from UC San Diego and the LA Philharmonic.


In a ceremony held on Sept. 26, a newly-designated walkway was unveiled in honor of Arthur Wagner, founding chair of the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and his wife, Molli in La Jolla Light.


Congratulations to Professor Eric Watkins of Philosophy who has been elected recipient of a Humboldt Research Award! This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.


LA Times featured 'Nimbus,' a new art installation created by Angeles Philharmonic’s artist-collaborator, Yuval Sharon, in conjunction with composer and Music Professor Rand Steiger and artist Patrick Shearn. The nebulous slate-colored thunderheads looms above the escalators that transport visitors from the parking garage into the soaring architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Natalia Molina explained the influence of racial scripts on the experiences of various immigrant groups during a talk titled, “How Race is Made in America” for the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies Lecture Series in the University of Texas at Austin.


Composer, trumpeter and assistant professor of contemporary music Stephanie Richards was featured in San Diego Union Tribune. “I embrace all the colors of expression I can, and I’m very interested in the senses, multidisciplinary works and gesture in music,” said Richards, who performs with her quintet Nov. 3 at The Loft@UCSD.


Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean Cristina Della Coletta, and members and affiliates of the Department of Theatre and Dance attended Celebrating Artists of the Future Sept. 10. The event benefitted the department’s Student Productions Fund. The Chancellor posted an event summary on his blog.


Emeriti Professor Roddey Reid from the Department of Literature weighs in on the state of bullying.


Slate chatted with literary critic and Distinguished Professor Seth Lerer about the very first children’s books, how libraries once taught kids the ABCs of American citizenship, and the juggernaut phenomenon of Harry Potter.


Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Regan Linton (MFA, 2013) is the new interim artistic director at Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, where she previously spent six years as a company actor. Pictured here is Linton performing the lead in “Elizabeth I” at UC San Diego (Photo by Jim Carmody).


The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, an organization that supports emerging artists, recently named its 2016 Princess Grace Award winners that include Christopher Scott Murillo, ’13 and Keith A. Wallace ’16 for Theater and Playwriting category; and Jiehae Park, ’09 for a Works in Progress Residency grant.


New York Times' Playlist included Mark Dresser's ‘TrumpinPutinStoopin’. Pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos — and anything else that strikes them as intriguing — in the Playlist.


Literature Assistant Professor Babak Rahimi talks about "Muhammad Ali is dead, long live his America! in The Huffington Post.


Professor Natalia Molina blogs about the California Humanities board meeting held recently in San Diego. All discussions came back to why humanities matter.


Jann Pasler, Distinguished Professor of Music was awarded the highly competitive ACLS Fellowship for academic year 2016-17 for her project Sounding the French Empire: Colonial Ethnographies of Music, 1860-1960. For over ninety years, providing fellowships for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences has been one of the signal activities of the American Council of Learned Societies. Professor Pasler is a musicologist, pianist, documentary filmmaker, and has published widely on new American and French music, modernism and postmodernism, interdisciplinarity, race and gender, material culture, and radio.


NBC 7 San Diego's Robert Bush reviewed the magnificent performance of the faculty concert by Trio M, the gold-standard improvising ensemble featuring bassist Mark Dresser, Bay Area pianist Myra Melford and New York City drummer Matt Wilson.


Theatre and Dance Professor Emily Roxworthy, currently serving as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity, will assume the Warren College provost position on July 1 after completing her interim appointment. “Professor Roxworthy is an active and accomplished scholar and teacher with a demonstrated record of commitment to undergraduate education,” Subramani said. “Her experience and broad service contributions across UC San Diego make her the ideal leader for this position.”


Proof of Theatre and Dance and La Jolla Playhouse collaboration’s success lies in, “The Last Tiger in Haiti,” an award-winning play by UC San Diego alumnus Jeff Augustin, which premieres during the playhouse’s upcoming 2016/2017 season, June 28 – July 24, 2016, in the Mandell Weiss Forum. This marks the first time that a former UC San Diego theatre student’s production has premiered during the playhouse’s regular season.


Department of Visual Arts students showcase their annual art exhibitions with impressive success - Undergraduate Artists' exhibition "Meeting at Square One" on May 5-12  at  the University Art Gallery and MFA exhibition DOSSIER THALAMUS on May 13 - June 3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD).


Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer organized a two-hour panel discussion with prominent University of California (UC) Shakespeare faculty entitled, "How the University of California Makes Shakespeare New," June 6, at the San Diego Central Library’s Neil Morgan Auditorium. UC President Janet Napolitano gave a brief introduction, Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta attended the event, and Lerer led the discussion to explore UC contributions to Shakespeare scholarship and public outreach.


Literature Professor Dennis Childs is the recent winner of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015-2016. Department of History Professor David Gutierrez, chair of the DEI Graduation Requirement Committee, explained in his announcement letter that the award was given to acknowledge and honor efforts professors make to teach and support the courses that fulfill the graduation requirement for students. Childs won for this reason, plus his exemplary teaching and his commitment to educating students about the importance of understanding the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in our diverse and complex society.


Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination Director and UC San Diego Professor in Digital Media Sheldon Brown and award-winning science fiction writer and former SDSU Professor in computer science Vernor Vinge, on KPBS Radio Midday Edition, share their concepts about future malls. Dr. Vinge will give a lecture on May 25, 10:30am at the Atkinson Hall Auditorium.


The Division of Arts and Humanities has appointed the first new director and associate director—Luis Alvarez and Mark Hanna, respectively of the newly established Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). Both are faculty members in the UC San Diego Department of History. They assume their new leadership posts July 1.


San Diego Union Tribune featured kallisti ensemble’s Noon at Dusk which premieres on May 11, 7:00 p.m. at Conrad Prebys Center Experimental Theater. kallisti, is a vocal ensemble led by Music Professor Narucki and Noon at Dusk is a chamber opera composed by Stephen Lewis with a libretto by Yi Hong Sim.


Mingling the past with the present, the University of California San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts is embarking on a series of programs to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary entitled, “VISUAL ARTS@50: ART INTO LIFE.” Kicking off the celebration is “Object Type,” an exhibition that runs May 3 – 13 in the Visual Arts Gallery, at the SME Building on campus.


What would it be like to live in 2080 London? Visual Arts Professor and Director of the Clarke Center, Sheldon Brown, introduced the topic and served as moderator of the discussion, which included a talk on the science involved in the predicament by sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson and a speculative architectural proposal submitted in real time over the Internet by London architect Usman Haque. (La Jolla Light)


Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Hellman Fellows from the Division of Arts and Humanities: Matthew Werner Vitz (History), Amy Marie Cimini (Music), Deborah Isobel Stein (Theatre and Dance) and Alena Williams (Visual Arts)!


The Guardian featured Literature Professor Cristina Rivera-Garza who sees writing as a vessel for exploring the limits of our own humanity, a medium with the power to solve the most perplexing paradoxes of our time.


Literature Professor Luis Martin-Cabrera has been named a 2016 Whiting Public Engagement (WPE) Fellow by the Whiting Foundation for his proposal to investigate the lives of indigenous groups living in a region known as the “Saudi Arabia of Lithium.”


San Diego Union Tribune reports about UC San Diego’s renowned playwriting program, Wagner New Play Festival, where five brand-new works by graduate students will be presented at the La Jolla Theatre.  UC San Diego News Center


Learn more about our African American Studies minor program. Hear what students and faculty say!


Theatre and Dance Lecturer Patricia Rincon is featured in San Diego Union Tribune.  She discussed about her coming Blurred Borders Dance Festival on April 29-30, 8:00 p.m. at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building.


Congratulations to Theatre and Dance Professor Charlie Oates for receiving the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award!


Professor Naomi Iizuka is featured in New York Times as one of the playwrights tapped for the Big Ten New Play Initiative which aims to create opportunities for women in theatre. Ms. Iizuka said, the program has “planted a flag in the sand,” one she hopes other institutions embrace as a challenge.


The University of California San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities will be well-represented during the 42nd Annual Chancellor’s Associates’ Faculty Excellence Awards on April 14, 6:00 p.m. at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine on campus.


The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Muir College present a special Earth Day Lecture with award-winning climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, Ph.D entitled Environments in Motion: "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" on April 22, 2:00 p.m. at the Great Hall.


The University of California, San Diego has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship grant - an award intended to assist humanities scholars in acquiring systematic training outside their areas of special interest - for the first time. The $209,000 grant will support Department of History Professor Mark Hendrickson’s efforts to explore how the work of American mining engineers and geologists working abroad between 1880 and 1930 helped shape the development of 20th-century American capitalism, science and foreign policy.


Visual Arts Professor Grant Kester recently distributed the third issue of "FIELD: a Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism."


Inaugurated on March 11, EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio is a 3,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the Structural and Materials Engineering building. It provides a wide range of design, fabrication and prototyping tools from 3D printers and welding stations to a sophisticated laser cutter that would promote collaboration between visual arts and engineering students. Visual arts students interested in the new speculative design major will take classes in this studio.


VisArts alumna Carrie Mae Weems was named the 2016 National Artist Award Honoree by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The award is given to artists who have innovated in their fields and across disciplines. In a statement, Weems said receiving the award was “humbling,” adding, “I am a working girl who is so consumed and engaged with my work that I’m often surprised when anyone takes note.”


Roscoe Mitchell, a leading saxophonist and co-founder of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), will be joined by pianist Anthony Davis, trumpeter Stephanie Richards and contrabassist Mark Dresser, all from the Department of Music faculty, along with drummer Mike Reed and flutist Nicole Mitchell for this rare West Coast performance, 7 p.m. at the Experimental Theater at Conrad Prebys Music Center.


Watch the presentations featured during the Feb. 10 Department of Visual Arts inaugural event for the launch of "UCSDSD: The Speculative Design Major."


To help the campus stay competitive, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla recently launched the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Endowed Chair and Faculty Fellowship Challenge. Associate Professor of History Denise Demetriou, Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Chair in Ancient Greek History, explained that the chair allows her to host academic events that help position the campus as a leader in the arts and humanities.


The Division of Arts and Humanities is "CRASSHing" the Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), sponsored by campus Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP), Feb. 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Institute for the Americas auditorium. To help AEP assert recognition of undergraduate student research, Dean Cristina Della Coletta will deliver opening remarks, and noted cosmetic surgeon and alumnus Dr. Gregory Buford, ’90, literature, will deliver the keynote address. Alumni, faculty and students are encouraged to attend the informative, fun-filled event and to present posters, artwork and performances.


Professor and composer Lei Liang is profiled in the January issue of Harvard magazine, where he talks about being a finalist for a 2015 Pulitzer for his piece Xiaoxiang and explains the personal and artistic experiences that led to the piece.


The Undergraduate Studio Honors Program of the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department will be opening their doors to the public on February 17, 3-5 p.m. Each year a dozen top Undergraduate Studio Art Majors are nominated by faculty to join the Honors Program, this event will display the work and process of current Studio Honors Program members.


Congratulations to recipients of the 2015-16 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards: Philosophy Professor David Brink (Research in Humanities & Social Sciences), Visual Arts Professor Teddy Cruz (Community Service) and Visual Arts Professor Anya Gallaccio (Performing and Visual Arts)!


Congratulations to Associate Vice Chancellor and Theatre Professor Emily Roxworthy as one of the recipients of the 2015 UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program!


KPBS News reports that BBC Persian will broadcast a recording the dramatic work "The Scarlet Stone" by Professor Shahrokh Yadegari to more than 14 million people worldwide.


Department of History Professor Natalia Molina will be among a diverse group of 25 women selected to be honored for their contributions to higher education in the March 10th “Women’s History Month” issue. The publication will be distributed at the 2016 American Council on Education (ACE) Meeting, March 12-15, in San Francisco.


UC San Diego will celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February with the theme “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory.” commemoration of the history, contributions and achievements of African Americans in U.S. history. There is a broad array of programs, including lectures, concerts and film screenings.


New Writing Series (Winter 2016) Director and Literature Professor Cristina Rivera-Garza explained, "The winter NWS is designed to share the explorations and achievements of writers who work in between languages—mostly between Spanish and English—and especially in and through translation. .... they connect with communities characterized by diversity and change: they constitute sheer examples of the writer of the 21st century.”


History Professor Natalia Molina has won the 2015 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship for her book, “How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts.” She will formally accept the award on Feb. 24, at Texas A&M University’s Glasscock Center Library, where she will also give a lecture about her work.


UC San Diego alumni couple, Casey and Matthew Shen, recently donated one-half million dollars to their alma mater to establish the Casey and Matthew Shen Endowment to support graduate student fellowships in the Department of Literature.


An upcoming conversation between National Book awardee and environmentalist Barry Lopez and music professor Steven Schick for the Helen Edison Lecture Series on January 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Price Center East Ballroom will focus on what role the arts can play in raising awareness and understanding on climate change and humanity’s impact on nature.


San Diego Union Tribune gave an outstanding review of "Canyons," a concert held to honor the Reed family.


Composer Lei Liang and Soprano Susan Narucki have won $50,000 in grant-funding from Creative Capital for their project, “Inheritance,” a proposed chamber opera addressing the complex issues of gun violence in America.


Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer explores and explains an annotated, first edition of Geoffrey Chaucer (London, 1598).


Huffington Post op-ed about "What Star Wars Can Teach Us About the Islamic World" written by Literature Professor Babak Rahimi.


Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, Paul Pickowicz, is honored with the Humboldt Research Award.


With an eye to the future and emphasis on students' marketable skills, the Department of Visual is offering a new major called Speculative Design.


Theatre and Dance Professor Emily Roxworthy has been appointed Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity and Diversity effective January 1, 2016.


The Division of Arts and Humanities has launched the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). “This overarching entity serves as a consolidated, yet richly diverse, resource for improving the effectiveness of humanities study as it impacts our fast-evolving, interconnected world,” said the division’s Dean Cristina Della Coletta, who considers this a critical objective reflective of UC San Diego’s #1 ranking in the nation for its impact on society (Washington Monthly, 2015 College Guide).


History Professor Nancy Caciola was profiled in the Washington Post for her research about revenants which she defines as "a corpse that comes back to life meaning death preceded it." Caciola is considered one of the world’s leading experts on such matters.


For Winter 2016, the Division of Arts and Humanities presents the "Degrees of Health and Well-Being" lecture series that features extraordinary speakers Larry Smarr, Natalia Molina, Steffanie Strathdee, Cheryl Anderson, Tom Wong, and Veerabhadran (“Ram”) Ramanathan. Now on its 5th year, the lecture series is aligned with the university’s strategic planning process, and the overarching, multi-year series title, Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society.


Dean Cristina Della Coletta was profiled by arts writer Jim Chute of San Diego Union Tribune. His interview covered her vision for the Division of Arts & Humanities, her career as an academic, author, educator and administrator, and the challenges of attracting new A&H majors.


Robert Bush of NBC San Diego recounted another very rich year 2015 for San Diego jazz that included concerts of Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Stephanie Richards, David Borgo and Steve Schick's red fish blue fish.


Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy Craig Callender, who is launching UC San Diego’s new bioethics minor this month, has big plans to establish the Institute for Practical Ethics. He was quoted in San Diego Magazine - "The idea is not to slow down science, but rather to figure out what’s responsible, so that we can progress.”


Cuatro Corridos, the chamber opera led by UC San Diego Professor of Music Susan Narucki, was featured at the 2015 FIL - Guadalajara International Book Fair, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world. More than 1,000 people attended the performance at Guadalajara's Teatro Diana, which earned extensive press coverage from Mexican media including El DiarioInformador and El Universal.


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