2014

Bert Turetzky, contrabass wiz and emeritus music faculty, has a new CD of recorded at Mandeville Auditorium in 1986 with former music faculty composer/pianist Keith Humble titled Kinetic Conversations. Music critic Robert Bush gives it five stars and says that "the man's bass often sounds like it is ten-feet tall."

Rand Steiger - CoalescenceU-T San Diego on a review about Rand Steiger’s 'Coalescence,' an instrumental cycle written for the International Contemporary Ensemble and put on stage on December 11, described the result as "stunning."


LocationThe LA Times reviews Visual Arts Professor Amy Adler's solo exhibition 'Location' at ACME while the Huffington Post interviews her about her work.


Steven SchickNY Times described Steven Schick's performance at the Miller Theater, Columbia University early this year as "balanced jaw-dropping acrobatics with off-the-wall brilliance."


Literature Professor Stephen Cox discussed about the libertarian understanding of religious liberty at the present time in First Things.


BreweryUC San Diego alumni are involved in the booming craft beer industry in San Diego from production to marketing. A toast for our humanities graduates Anthony Chen (AleSmith), Yuseff Cherney (Ballast Point) and George Thornton (Homebrewer).


Body Practices PanelLa Jolla Light reviews the new art exhibition "Body Practices." Opening night featured a panel discussion with Visual Arts Professors Ricardo Dominquez, Brett Stalbaum and Katharina Rosenberger and Visiting Professor Ursula Damm of Bauhaus Institute, Germany. Among the other artists in the show is Theatre & Dance Professor Tara Knight.


Campo MalditoThe Huffington Post review considers "Campo Maldito as the most interesting entry at the 2014 San Francisco Fringe Festival." Remounted from UC San Diego's Wagner Festival, this traveling production of grad students was written by Bennett Fisher and directed by Jesca Prudencio, with a two-man cast of Walker Hare and Luis Vegas.


John MarinoProfessor Emeritus and former Chair of History John Marino, beloved colleague, researcher and educator, passed away on December 3. A memorial service for friends and colleagues on campus will be announced in the coming weeks.


Adele ShankThe Department of Theatre and Dance announces with sadness that playwright Adele Edling Shank, who developed and led UC San Diego's playwriting program, founded and managed the new play festival for years and served as department chair, died November 27 in San Diego. Sdnews.com.


Three MuirsThe Division of Arts & Humanities and Muir College co-sponsors "Environments in Motion: Understanding and Protecting Our Planet Lecture Series" that will feature renowned speakers addressing environmentally relevant topics held periodically throughout the year. Noted sci-fi writer and Muir College alumnus Kim Stanley Robinson gave the inaugural lecture addressing a full house on Nov. 8.


Percussion master and Professor Steve Schick profiled in U~T San Diegoas he shares his plans as music director at Ojai and in Vancouver Sun.


Hatsune MikuTheatre & Dance Professor Tara Knight quoted in New York Magazine/Vulture about the collaboratively-created hologram Hatsune Miku of which she is writing a documentary.


Seth LererThe Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego has bestowed the Alexander the Great Award, the Society's highest accolade, upon former dean and Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer for his outstanding leadership and support.


La Jolla Light interviewed MFA candidate in directing Sarah Wansley regarding her version of Heaney's Burial at Thebes, set in a mythic land somewhere between ancient Thebes and Washington D.C. The shows runs November 12-22.


Kuiyi ShenBBC-4's Art of China, Episode 3 featured Visual Arts Professor Kuiyi Shen. It was first broadcasted on August 13, 2014.


Mark HannaHistory Professor Mark Hanna was named Robert & Laura Kyle Chair in Maritime History during the Maritime Museum of San Diego's 6th Annual Maritime Gala and Award Ceremony on November 12.


Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Literature Professor Rae Armantrout featured in Folio Weekly and Portland Mercury.


David BorgoU~T San Diego interviews jazz saxophonist, composer and Music Professor David Borgo on his upcoming two back-to-back concerts with different bands in San Diego.


On Nov. 4, UC San Diego undergraduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences will have an opportunity to showcase their research projects at the second annual Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), hosted by Academic Enrichment Programs and the Office of Research Affairs. Invited speakers to the event are Professors Rae Armantrout of Literature and Judith Dolan of Theatre & Dance, and sculptor/alumna Manuelita Brown.


Steve SchickPercussionist, conductor, relentless new music advocate and music Professor Steven Schick gets a definitive profile in the November issue of Percussive Notes magazine, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society, which inducts Schick into its Hall of Fame in November.  


Gospel Choir Director Kenneth Anderson of the UC San Diego music department was ranked fifth top professor in the country by Rate My Professors — a ranking site with more than 14 million ratings, 1.3 million professors and 7,000 schools. Anderson was also ranked in the top five by the site last year.


Mark DresserMusic Professor Mark Dresser and Joey Baron earned critical acclaim from NBC San Diego. Writer Robert Bush described the concert as a "night of delirious communication and joyous music making." Joey Baron and Mark Dresser played the Experimental Theater at Conrad Prebys Music Center on October 14.


PhilosophyRick Grush is tackling the issue both as the philosophy department’s director of graduate studies and, together with doctoral student Cami Koepke, through the new UC San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy.


SDAFFThe San Diego Asian Film Festival, which is the biggest showcase of Asian cinema on the west coast, will have seven of the festival’s ten days on campus. There will be 15 different events, from short films to documentaries and artist conversations. All campus screenings are free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff.


ArchiteuthisU-T San Diego features violist and Professor Amy Cimini and bassoonist Katherine Young who have been performing together since 2003. Their concert "Architeuthis Walks on Land: The Surveyors" will be held on October 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater.


Visualizing Modern ChinaSixteen former UCSD History Department PhD students have published a book entitled "Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present" that pays tribute to Paul Pickowicz and Joe Esherick, the architects of the highly regarded PhD program in modern Chinese history. UCSD News Center


WWI“World War I and the Birth of the Modern World,” a free public lecture series featuring UC San Diego faculty, launches on Oct. 14 and continues through Dec. 2.


ParrishMichael Parrish, distinguished professor emeritus of history, is currently teaching American legal and constitutional history at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Distinguished Professor.  He returns to UC San Diego for the spring quarter.


UCSD actorsU-T San Diego features UCSD-linked actors getting down and dirty as they explore Shepard play under the tutelage of Theatre Professor Kim Rubinstein. End result will be both a documentary film, shot and produced by UCSD alumnus Spencer Howard, and a live outdoor performance in L.A.'s Echo Park which runs Oct. 18 to Nov. 15.


EdelmanRobert Edelman of History is one of three co-directors, with colleagues from the University of Cambridge and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on a new collaborative project on the cultural, social and political significance of sport in the Cold War.


Amy Alexander of Visual Arts is a 2014 finalist for a World Technology Award. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on Nov. 14.


MidoriWorld renowned musicians MIDORI and OZGUR AYDIN return to San Diego on October 1st to present an evening of pieces from contemporary artists! This concert marks the opening of the 2014-2015 Wednesdays@7 Series at the UC San Diego Department of Music.


News from Spring and Summer 2014

PickowiczDistinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies Paul Pickowicz was interviewed about the history of Chinese filmmaking by China Digital Times and Jude Blanchette of UC San Diego IR/PS (Part 1 and Part 2). 


Campo MalditoThe New York Times reviews the darkly comic "Campo Maldito” by a company of UC San Diego graduate students. The play was written by Bennett Fisher and directed by Jesca Prudencio, with Walker Hare and Luis Vegas in the cast.  Interview with Jesca Prudencio.


The departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts are featured in US Airways in-flight magazine's "Vibrant San Diego", July issue. (Text by Inga Kiderra and photography by Creative Services and Publications.)


Cuatro CorridosCuatro Corridos, the critically-acclaimed chamber opera created by Music Professor Susan Narucki in collaboration with Mexican author Jorge Volpi, will be performed on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 pm at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in Los Angeles in a benefit for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.


Kenya's leading newspaper Daily Nation op-ed "Kenya at the Precipice: Al Shabaab and the Coast Crisis" where History Professor Jeremy Prestholdt provides an analysis of recent Al Shabaab attacks and resulting instability in the country.


The UC San Diego Center for the Humanities announces the 2014-2015 Graduate Award recipients of its Dissertation Writing Workshop and the UCHRI Graduate Fellowship.


Pirates-75UCTV features History Professor Mark Hanna who talks about his research on pirates, which contradicts popular stereotypes about pirates and also shows how they are the first “citizen scientists,” and his teaching, which includes taking students out sailing on historic ships and having them read original materials. He mentions about the world-renowned Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, a rare collection on pirates from the 17th century, at the UC San Diego Library and the current exhibition "Real Pirates" at the San Diego Natural History Museum on view until Sept 1. UCTV Blog


Alma PalazzoloAlma Palazzolo is the new assistant dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities effective July 14, 2014. She has an extensive record of UCSD service, including positions at SIO, the Department of Political Science, and San Diego Supercomputer Center where she has served as Chief Administrative Officer since April 2011.


Jazz Camp-75NBC 7 San Diego review of the 12th Annual UC San Diego Jazz Camp, which offered an immersive training from a very diverse faculty of world-class players and culminated by an amazing faculty concert by four master improvising artists.


Clarke Center for Human Imagination honors the memory of space pioneer and author Fred Ordway and remains grateful for his friendship and support.


Tijuana-70Architect and Visual Arts Professor Teddy Cruz is featured in Business Insider's "Here's What It's Like to Live In Tijuana - The Busiest Land Crossing in the World."


La Jolla Light reviews the three-part presentation series of seniors majoring in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts & Music (ICAM) held on June 10-12 at various locations.


Cristina Della ColettaCristina Della Coletta, a professor of Italian and an associate dean at the University of Virginia, has been appointed dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities effective Aug. 15, 2014. Update in U-T San Diego.


Seth LererDistinguished Professor and Dean Seth Lerer received the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award during the Revelle Commencement on June 14.


Literature Professor Steven Cassedy has been reappointed as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for a five-year term, effective October 1, 2014.


Literature Professor Gloria Chacon has been named recipient of the 2014-2015 Hellman Fellowship Award to support her research and creative activities.


Nick Woodman-75Visual Arts alum and GoPro founder Nick Woodman shares his five lessons for success.


Anya Gallaccio-100Financial Times (UK) and Guardian feature Visual Arts Professor Anya Gallacio for her photographs on the Suffolk coast. Her giant photographs of fractured pebbles have now been installed as the first major commission of the 14-18 Now festival marking the centenary of the first world war.


Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellows: John Blanco (Comparative Literature/Cultural Studies), Craig Callender (Philosophy), Hasan Kayali (History) and Daniel Vitkus (Literature).


MolinaAssociate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor for the Division of Arts and Humanities and History Professor Natalia Molina was appointed as one of the two Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Diversity and Equity (AVC FDE).  She will start on July 1, 2014.


Visual Artist Anya Gallaccio explains her latest work "Stroke" on PSFK.  Also featured in Boston Globe, Complex; Independent; Star; designboom; artnet.


Kamil GalleryAdam D. Kamil Gallery named in memory of Visual Arts student. Kamil family endows $150,000 towards undergraduate media awards program.


davis_undergroundReview of the latest work of composer and Professor Anthony Davis, "Notes from the Undergound,".


teddy_cruz_conflict-60Architect, urbanist and Visual Arts Professor Teddy Cruz visualizes the impact of conflict on design.

Surfing Nick WoodmanFor Visual Arts alum and GoPro founder Nick Woodman, UC San Diego was a catalyst for creativity. He will be honored during the Alumni Weekend; campus and community are invited to free June 6 "Conversation with Nick Woodman."  Video clip.


The Arthur Clarke Center for Human Imagination and the Division of Biological Sciences launched a series of science fiction movies on campus to help reignite public's interest in science. This is paired with opportunity to meet noteworthy scientists who will explain the science behind the science fiction.


Schick-75Percussionist and Music Professor Steve Schick will be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame at its International Convention in November. 


History Professors Natalia Molina and Nancy Kwak are recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members and Visual Arts graduate student Tara Zepel for the Saltman Excellent Teaching Award.  Presentation of awards will be held on May 27 at the Faculty Club.


ShteyngartAuthor and humorist Gary Shteyngart to visit UC San Diego on May 12.


Anthony Davis-100The UCSD Guardian features Music Professor Anthony Davis who speaks about his latest jazz album, "Notes from the Underground," and creating music. (Photo from UC San Diego Publications-Erik Jepsen)


Susan NaruckiSoprano and Professor Susan Narucki talks about her upcoming opera "Sino alla morte" in U-T San Diego. Performances run May 7, 9 and 10 at Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theatre.


CohenPhilosophy Talk co-hosts, John and Ken, will go full spectrum with Philosophy Professor Jonathan Cohen on "Seeing Red: The World in Color." Professor Cohen is author of The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology.

AnyaVisual Arts Professor Anya Gallaccio's "Stroke," a chocolart exhibit you can eat, will be on display in May at Jupiter Artland, Scotland.  Update


UCSD LibraryUC San Diego Library recently acquired an archive of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Worker movement. Literature Professor Jorge Mariscal quoted on its significance in U-T San Diego.


Chinary UngComposer and Music Professor Chinary Ung wins Asian Cultural Council's Rockefeller 3rd Award, as reported by the New York Times and U-T San Diego. The Council was founded in 1963 to encourage cultural exchanges between the United States and Asian countries. Chinary Ung interview in Phnom Penh Post.


WNPF2014U-T San Diego features the Wagner New Play Festival showcasing UC San Diego's theater aces. Third-year student Jeff Augustin won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award in March (he actually earned the same prize in 2011), while second-year student Kristin Idaszak was the second-place recipient for the same program’s Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting.


TitanHybrid projects bloom as visual artists collaborate with other specialists to produce new forms of art, analysis and cultural intervention.


La Jolla Light previews the Department of Music’s Springfest, an annual showcase of young talent.


A series of events honoring César E. Chávez will be held throughout April and May. Literature Professor Jorge Mariscal, co-chair of the planning committee, commented about this year's celebration.


SteinmetzThe Department of Visual Arts will hold a reception on Friday, April 4 to honor the life and work of Professor Emeritus Phel Steinmetz. This will run in conjunction with an exhibition of Phel's photographs at the Visual Arts Gallery in the SME building.


News from Winter 2014

UC San Diego Visual Arts students open their doors for special exhibit.


Wai-lim YipLiterature Professor Emeritus Wai-lim Yip is featured in Chinese Literature Today, with an extended analysis of his impact on English and Chinese poetics and the centrality of his writing to transpacific poetry.


Literature Professor Amelia Glaser comments on the situation in Ukraine, op-ed in the New York Times and Tablet Magazine.


History of Sport Professor Robert Edelman interviewed on KPBS Radio "Midday Edition" about San Diego moving ahead with 2024 Summer Olympics bid.


SutinThe Department of Visual Arts will hold its annual Ph.D. Symposium and Open Studios events on March 8. These have become the department's trademark showcase of graduate student research, academic rigor, and artistic practice.


Silva HouseVisual Arts Professor Emeritus Ernest Silva, a longtime faculty member and accomplished artist, passed away on February 24. A memorial was held on March 4 at the Faculty Club.


Alumnus and Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Fred Lonidier is among the 103 artists selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial Exhibition in New York City.


2014-Dr. Seuss-SpelkMore than 1,500 new materials from the personal archive of author Theodor Seuss Geisel have been donated by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library, including a variety of unpublished projects. U-T San Diego article.


KPBS news article on Music technology director and faculty member Peter Otto who is working on ways to reduce hospital noise.


UC San Diego musicians active in New York, with Pulitzer Prize winner and Professor Roger Reynolds next up for composer portrait concert at Miller Theatre. New York Classical Review described his concert as "mesmerizing and beguiling."


Cassedy-Connected

Book review of Literature Professor Steven Cassedy's Connected in Boston Globe.


NBC San Diego blog of double-bass virtuoso Mark Dresser's solo performance.


Professor of Russian History and Sports Robert Edelman interviewed on KPBS Radio "Midday Edition" about the Olympics.


Memorial tribute to late actor and alumnus James Avery set for March 1 at Mandell Weiss Forum. U-T San Diego article.


Diversity AwardDivision of Arts and Humanities named EVC-AA Diversity Champion for its High School Outreach Program.  Awarding ceremonies will be held on February 18 at the Price Center Ballroom.


Alumni Nick Woodman (Visual Arts), Paloma Young (Theatre) and Steve Schreiner (Philosophy) are among the honorees of the 2014 Alumni Celebration in June.


The League of Professional Theatre Women at NYC will honor costume designer and Theatre & Dance Professor Judith Dolan with the Ruth Morley Design Award.


Narucki75Congratulations to soprano and Professor Susan Narucki - recipient of the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Performing and Visual Arts!


U-T San Diego article profiled composer and Professor Lei Liang who was described as, "Nobody writes like Lei Liang."


UC San Diego recognizes 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Movement with 2014 Black History Month Celebration.


Lecurer and director of Music's jazz ensembles Kamau Kenyatta, associate produced jazz singer Gregory Porter's Liquid Spirit, honored as Best Jazz Vocal CD during the Grammy Awards.


Concerts to honor the late renowned violinist and Music Professor János Négyesy: January 31 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, an all-Schubert program with alumna and violinist Victoria Martino and February 14, 'To János with Love', at the Conrad Prebys Music Center with performances by faculty members and various peers, alumni and students.


Professor and Dean Seth Lerer discusses early history of the word 'dude' on Slate's Lexicon Valley.


Master percussionist and Professor Steven Schick will be celebrating his 60th birthday with two concerts in New York City. Interview with Wall Street Journal Updates and Reviews: The New Yorker Broadway World U-T San Diego New York Classical Review Vulture New York Times San Francisco Classical Voice SFGate He has been named music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. Music web. SF Gate described him as "wizard of noises" and "one of the great percussion virtuosos of our time."


Philosophy Professor Emeritus Patricia Churchland shines on Colbert Report.  Also in U-T San Diego.


World renowned bass guitarist and alumnus Nathan East returns to campus for Cecil Lytle Scholarship Concert “Eastbound: Home” on February 1, 3-6 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Proceeds directly benefit Preuss School graduates attending UC San Diego.


This year's Making of the Modern World Public Lecture Series 'The Good Life' features composer and Professor Roger Reynolds on January 29, 6:00 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.


Award-winning choreographer Jean Isaacs, who taught in Department of Theatre & Dance for 25 years, will celebrate her 70th birthday with a dance extravaganza 'There The Dance Is' on January 17-19 at Mandell Weiss Theatre. The show will include six other dance alumni and a new piece by New York-based performer/choreographer alumna Monica Bill Barnes.


Professor János Négyesy, renowned violinist and longtime member of the Department of Music, passed away on Dec. 20, 2013. A Celebration of Life Memorial Concert 'To János with Love' will be held on February 14 with performances by faculty members and various peers, alumni and students.


History Professor Todd Henry received a five-year $600,000 grant from the Academy of Korean Studies to help develop the burgeoning field in arts and humanities and integrate with the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. A reception and film showing will be held on January 16 at 5pm to formally launch the Transnational Korean Studies Program.


U-T San Diego identifies Visual Arts Professor Brian Cross and Theatre and Dance student Brian Bose among the new faces to watch for 2014.


University Art Gallery's latest exhibition 'And How Are We Feeling Today?' opens Jan. 9 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with artist Fedora Archive. La Jolla Light review.


Music Professor Chinary Ung receives grant from the Harvard-based Fromm Music Foundation.


Theatre and Dance alumnus, actor and poet James Avery died at the age of 68 on New Year's Eve. Chancellor Pradeep Khosla issued a statement.