News from Fall 2017

November 28, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE

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

November 23, 2017

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.

November 22, 2017

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.

November 22, 2017

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.

November 22, 2017

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.

November 16, 2017

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.

November 16, 2017

UCSD celebrates Chinary Ung’s mysterious, ecstatic music

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

November 16, 2017

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.”

November 16, 2017

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.

November 16, 2017

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.

November 15, 2017

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.

November 12, 2017

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.

November 12, 2017

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.

November 8, 2017

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.

November 6, 2017

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.

November 5, 2017

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.

November, 3, 2017

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.

November 2, 2017

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.

November 2, 2017

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.

October 31, 2017

“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.

October 31, 2017

Professor Ann Woods: From the Louvre to the Lecture Hall

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

October 29, 2017

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.

October 28, 2017

Poetry in the past, present and everywhere

Department of Visual Arts emeritus professor Jerome Rothenberg is interviewed.

October 26, 2017

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

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

October 26, 2017

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.

October 25, 2017

'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.

October 24, 2017

Provoking Change: University Art Gallery hosts its Fall 2017 show

The Department of Visual Arts current exhibition is featured.

October 23, 2017

When American Lawmakers Took a Page from the Nazi Playbook

Natalia Molina of the Department of History publishes in

October 21, 2017

Men at war find brief peace in shared song

Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Cynthia Stokes is interviewed.

October 19, 2017

Without Walls Festival Showcases UC San Diego Talent

Collaboration, professional development key to this year’s four-day, site-specific theater fest

October 19, 2017

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.

October 17, 2017

Recognizing Extraordinary Teaching

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

October 17, 2017

Culture Report: La Jolla Playhouse Brings Unconventional Art to the Urban Core

Lily Padilla, a Department of Theatre and Dance student, is featured.

October 17, 2017

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.

October 17, 2017

Korean Music, Art, and Fashion on Both Sides of the Bay

Work by Chinary Ung of the Department of Music is featured.

October 13, 2017

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.

October 13, 2017

‘One Day She’ll Darken’

Department of Theatre and Dance alumnus Jefferson Mayes is announced as lead.

October 12, 2017

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.

October 12, 2017

Catalans’ freedom quandary

Department of History chair Pamela Radcliff is cited.

October 10, 2017

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.

October 8, 2017

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

Work by Lei Liang of the Department of Music is included.

October 4, 2017

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.

September 23, 2017 - January 21, 2018

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.

September 29, 2017 

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.

September 29, 2017 

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.

September 27, 2017 

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

September 17, 2017 

Fall arts: Top 10 classical music picks

The Oct. 2 Camera Lucida concert with Charles Curtis of the Department of Music is featured.

September 16, 2017 

New Chappaqua venue brings performing arts to town

Department of Theatre & Dance alumnus John Fanelli is featured in the USA Today news network.

September 12, 2017 

From the Archives: Angela Davis Stirred up Campus Controversy in 1969

Department of Philosophy alumna Angela Davis is featured in San Diego Magazine.

September 12, 2017 

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.

News from Summer 2017

September 7th, 2017

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.  

 September 6th, 2017

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.  

July 17th, 2017

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.

 July 11th, 2017

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.

July 10th, 2017

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. 

July 5th, 2017

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. 

June 30th, 2017

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.

June 29th, 2017

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.”"

June 25th, 2017

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


News from Spring 2017

May 24th, 2017

Award-winning alumna and artist Carrie Mae Weems is one of the UC San Diego 2017 Alumni HonoreesSee what she had to say in a video interview when she was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. Weems is joined by fellow arts and humanities alumna Rachel Axler, an Emmy Award-winning television writer and playwright who is also a 2017 Alumni Honoree.

May 5th, 2017

Department of History's Mark Hanna Featured on 'This American Life'

The Department of History’s pirate expert Mark Hanna was featured on a recent “This American Life” broadcast with Elna Baker and Ira Glass. Hanna lends historical context to the story of Stede Bonnet, a wealthy landowner from Barbados who abandoned customary family life to become a pirate, ultimately battling Blackbeard.


May 3rd, 2017

San Diego Reader article "UCSD Literature Majors - Why They Exist" is published by UC San Diego Literature Sophomore.

UC San Diego sophomore Tam Hoang writes in the San Diego Reader about why a Literature degree is invaluable: "Literature is many things: memories recollected in tranquility, the hum and riot of the heart recorded on codices, vellum, paper, pixel. It’s a global positioning system for the soul. It’s the study of broken things and broken people, with the glimmer of hope for redemption and repair and reconciliation. Literature does for us what religion often does. It allows us to transcend the subjective smallness of our experiences and place them in a larger framework. It nurtures empathy and builds an ethical profile. It makes us emotionally sentient. Literature is invaluable. But a literature major? Come on. Barista jokes aside, what does a person think of when he thinks of a lit major? Probably something between monastic and hedonistic...." Read more...

 May 1 - 2, 2017

UC San Diego Welcomes Author George R.R. Martin in Support of Clarion Workshop

George R. R. Martin, author of the series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” adapted on HBO as “Game of Thrones,” will visit the University of California San Diego May 1 and 2 to help raise funds for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Martin is considered the most prominent fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien, and he will engage in conversation about the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy with Kim Stanley Robinson, an esteemed science fiction writer and a UC San Diego Department of Literature alumnus. Their public discussion, hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, takes place Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m., in the Price Center West Ballroom. Tickets are already sold out.

April 28, 2017

UC San Diego graduate student Trisha Tschopp (center), UCLA graduate student Michael O'Sullivan (left) and UC San Diego history professor Michael Provence (right) examine an Ottoman book from the 17th century while Nir Shafir looks on. Photo by Farshid Bazmandegan

UC San Diego History Graduate Students Learn Islamic Codicology with Colleagues from UCLA

Assistant Professor Nir Shafir gathered a small group of UC San Diego and UCLA graduate students to work together in UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives to examine newly uncovered Islamic manuscripts from the 1600s to 1800s. Shafir will conduct a second workshop on Islamic codicology May 5 at UCLA Library Special Collections.

April 28, 2017

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

Department of History’s Mark Hendrickson shares information about the historical context of a president’s first 100 days on KUSI-TV’s Morning Show. Hendrickson specializes in late 19th and 20th century United States history with an emphasis on labor, political economy, public policy and capitalism. His current project explores 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. 

April 26th, 2017

Seth Lerer's new book, Tradition is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.  Keith Hopper writes: "In the preface to Tradition: A feeling for the literary past, Seth Lerer lays his critical cards on the table: “this book affirms the value of close and nuanced reading for our understanding of both past and present. Tradition, in my view, is not a thing, it is an activity. To work within tradition is to make anew, not just to curate”. Lerer insists that this does not mean a return to the “moral preoccupations” of F. R. Leavis’s Great Tradition: “I do not wish to efface forty years of theoretical and critical professionalization. I do not think that literature . . . offers a univocal set of authorial intentions, which, once discovered, ends any process of interpretation”. Instead, Lerer proposes a more supple balance between text and context, combining the “personalized historicism” of T. S. Eliot with the “distant reading” strategies of Franco Moretti: “the study ofliterary works not as verbal artefacts but as markers in the social exchange of taste and knowledge." Read more...

April 5, 2017

The Division of Arts and Humanities’ graduate programs are attracting national attention, according to recent rankings by College .A leading source for college and university rankings and resources, College Choice lists UC San Diego MFA programs #6 in the nation. 

April 14-30, 2017

Silent Film Series

"Hollywood and Holy Wood: Silent Cinema Connection Between Los Angeles and Japan," a film series UC San Diego Literature professor and Japanese Studies Program director Daisuke Miyao curated, will open at UCLA Film & Television Archive on April 14.

News from Winter 2017

March 20, 2017

 Chancellor's Blog

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

March 15, 2017


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.

 March 14, 2017

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...

March 2, 2017

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

February 23, 2017

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



February 22, 2017

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...

February 21, 2017

April 10, 1942 Newspaper (SDSU file photo) 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.

February 7, 2017

Seven Samurai image - Creative Commons

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. 

UC SAN DIEGO, DIVISION OF ARTS & HUMANITIES—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...

February 22, 2017

Seth Lerer -

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...




February 2, 2017

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

 February 2, 2017

Carrie Mae Weems, MFA '84

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


News from Fall 2016

 Lei LiangDepartment 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.  


Basic Writing Program

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.

Yolande SnaithLa Jolla Light: The 2016-17 IDEAS Series began Oct. 20 with a multimedia dance collaboration helmed by Yolande Snaith, head of UCSD’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.

StudentsThe 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.

NimbusA 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.

Molii and Arthur Wagner WalkwayIn 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.

Professor Eric WatkinsCongratulations 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.

NimbusLA 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 MolinaNatalia 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.

Stephanir RichardsComposer, 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.

Celebrating Artists of the FutureChancellor 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.

News from Spring and Summer 2016

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

Seth LererSlate 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.

Regan LintonDepartment 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.

Mark DresserNew 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.

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

Jann PaslerJann 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.

Trio MNBC 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.

Emily RoxworthyTheatre 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.”

The Last Tiger in HaitiProof 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).

First Folio: ShakespeareDistinguished 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.

Dennis ChildsLiterature 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.

Science Fiction Meets Architecture: London in 2080Arthur 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.

Luis Alvarez and Mark HannaThe 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.

Noon at DuskSan 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.

Object TypeMingling 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)!

Cristina Rivera-GarzaThe 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.

Luis Martin CabreraLiterature 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!

Blurred Borders Dance FestivalTheatre 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.

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

Naomi IizukaProfessor 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.

Michael MannThe 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.

Mark HendricksonThe 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.

News from Winter 2016

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

Envision Arts and Engineering Maker StudioInaugurated 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.

Carrie Mae WeemsVisArts 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 MitchellRoscoe 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."

Denise DemetriouTo 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.

Gregory BufordThe 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.

Lei LiangProfessor 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.

Undergraduate Studio Honors: Open StudioThe 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.

David Brink, Teddy Cruz and Anya GallaccioCongratulations 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)!

Emily RoxworthyCongratulations 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!

Scarlet StoneKPBS 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.

Black History MonthUC 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.

Cristina Rivera-GarzaNew 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.”

Natalia MolinaHistory 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.

Casey and Matthew ShenUC 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.

Barry LopezAn 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.

Susan Narucki and Lei LiangComposer 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.

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

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

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

IAHThe 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).

Nancy CaciolaHistory 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.

Degrees of Health and Well-BeingFor 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 ColettaDean 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.

Craig CallenderProfessor 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 CorridosCuatro 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. The chamber opera, which addresses human trafficking along the Mexico-U.S. border, will be performed at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center on Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m.