2015

Grinch productionTheatre Professor Lisa Porter interviewed on KPBS about how the production of "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!" at the Old Globe Theater was adjusted to make it easier for families with kids on the autism spectrum.


Robert EdelmanHistory Professor Robert Edelman, one of the organizers of the experts debate on "The Global History of Sport in the Cold War," featured in NYU blog.


Mark Dresser at The LoftNBC San Diego music review of contrabass master Mark Dresser's performance which "took listeners for an emotional ride at the Loft."  The group included UC San Diego's Stephanie Richards (trumpet) and Kjell Nordeson (drums).


Aleck Karis and Anna ThorvaldsdottirNew York Times' list of Best Classical Recordings in 2015 included pianist and Professor Aleck Karis for Morton Feldman: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir for In the Light of Air. Congratulations Aleck and Anna!


Distinguished Literature Professor Seth Lerer, a historical linguist, was quoted in The New Yorker on an article, "A History of Punctuation for the Internet Age."


ReViewVisual Arts presents its third annual ReView, a survey of the activities and achievements over the past academic year. ReView 2015 highlights the research initiatives, exhibitions and events organized by the department, and the most significant contributions to scholarship, art and society by visual arts students, faculty, and alumni.


Start spreading the news, New York, New York! Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta is heading to the Big Apple to meet with UC San Diego alumni on Dec. 14-16, 2015. With a vision to raise the division’s profile both on and off campus, Cristina considers alumni a key resource in this venture.


David GutierrezHistory Professor David Gutierrez has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Personnel of the Division of Arts and Humanities effective December 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016. Welcome to the Dean's office!


Seth LererUCSD Guardian featured Professor Seth Lerer who not only holds two bachelor degrees, a masters degree, and a Ph.D. in English but also a respect for the evolution and change in language.


Lei LiangThe Library of Congress has awarded one of its five 2015 Koussevitzky commissioning grants to UC San Diego composer Lei Liang and Art of Elan for the Formosa Quartet. He was interviewed by James Chute of San Diego Union Tribune for this award.


Craig Callender and Emily RoxworthyThis year’s Founders Symposium speakers exemplify UC San Diego’s impact as a public research university with TED-style talks that share how storytelling and multimedia narratives can amplify community voices; explore the prospects for a world free from hunger; and discuss ethics to guide society’s response to new science and technology. Professors featured at the Founders Symposium will be Angela Booker, Jennifer Burney, Craig Callender, Alan Daly, Paul Niehaus and Emily Roxworthy.


Lois ChantDean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta said, “Lois Chant’s gift to the Department of Theatre and Dance is a welcome and timely reminder that we are here to serve our students by being models of all that is extraordinary in our shared humanity: creativity, passion and the love for the common good. As a teacher herself, Lois understands this deeply and we are so grateful to her vision and generosity.”


The Department of History’s Professor Robert Edelman lends his expertise to National Public Radios, “The Takeway,” Tuesday, Nov. 10. Hear Edelman’s interview featured in the story, “How the Cold War Created Modern Sports Doping.”


Daisuke MiyaoLiterature Professor Daisuke Miyao, who appreciates the connections between early films and modern cinema, has invited Kuji Yoshida, a legendary figure of postwar Japanese cinema with films famous in the 1960s, to UC San Diego Nov. 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Price Center West Ballroom.


The formidable team has invited established artist and writer Judith Barry to give the 2015 Russell Lecture at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. It precedes Barry’s solo exhibition, “Voice Off,” which will run from Nov. 20, 2015 through Feb. 21, 2016 at MCASD.


Pilot WorkshopA pilot workshop entitled "Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication" was developed by UC San Diego theatre professors Lisa Porter and Kim Rubinstein as part of Gradvantage, a new initiative that aims to prepare UC San Diego graduate students for careers outside of academia.


Carrie Mae WeemsPoetic and powerful, renowned UC San Diego alumna artist Carrie Mae Weems captivated the audience in her lecture, “Color: Real and Imagined” held on October 12.


Callithumpian ConsortInternationally renowned ensemble The Callithumpian Consort kicks off the new season of Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 series with a rare West Coast appearance on Oct. 21 at 7 pm at Conrad Prebys Music Center. It's an extra-special event for UC San Diego, since the Consort has a long history of collaboration with university composers such as Lei Liang, Rand Steiger and Roger Reynolds.


How Race is MadeHistory Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity Diversity and Inclusion Natalia Molina receives the Seventeenth Annual 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."


WOW FestivalSeveral faculty members, students and alumni from the departments of Theatre and Dance and Music will perform during La Jolla Playhouse’s second installation of the “Without Walls Festival,” Oct. 9-11, 2015, in and around the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District on campus. This immersive, audience-centric event moves performance outside the bounds of traditional theater space. Look for various UC San Diego artists in action, including these student productions: “Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar,” featured Friday at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 & 6:00 p.m.; and “The Bitter Game,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm & 8:30 p.m. Wall Street Journal review.


Samuel RicklessSan Diego Union-Tribune op-ed about "Big business running on fumes when it comes to ethics" written by Philosophy Professor Sam Rickless.


Rebecca PlantHistory Associate Professor Rebecca Plant co-authors, "Federal Segregation and Gold Star Mothers," an article about African Americans’ responses to the segregation of the gold star mother pilgrimages of the early 1930s, and what those responses reveal about the shifting landscape of black politics in the interwar period.


Arthur WagnerFounding chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, major theater advocate and educator Arthur Wagner died on September 21. A memorial will be held on Oct. 12, 4:00 p.m. at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre, with reception to follow at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building. San Diego Union-Tribune


Mark DresserInternationally acclaimed bassist, composer and Professor Mark Dresser is featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune. He and his jazz-and-beyond ensemble will perform on Sept. 27, at TSRI Auditorium in La Jolla, where they open the La Jolla Athenaeum’s fall jazz concert series. Review in NBC7 San Diego


Department of History Professor Mark Hanna offers a treasure trove of pirate facts to TV’s the List.


Tara KnightKPBS interviewed filmmaker and Associate Dean Tara Knight for her important role as projection designer of the play Amazons and their Men which runs through Oct. 4 at Diversionary Theatre in University Heights. San Diego Union- Tribune, San Diego Reader, San Diego Story.


Music Professor Shlomo Dubnov publishes op-ed "When scholarly criticism ends and anti-Semitism begins" in San Diego Union-Tribune.


Arditti and ReynoldsSan Diego Union-Tribune featured English violinist Irvine Arditti and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Roger Reynolds, who are collaborating on a new, large-scale work - a duo for solo violin and real-time algorithms controlled in performance by computer musician Paul Hembree. Reynolds' newest work Shifting/Drifting which features Arditti will premiere on Sept. 25 as the opening event of the 2015-16 ArtPower series. Review in San Diego Union-Tribune.

News from Spring and Summer 2015

Lei LiangComposer and Professor Lei Liang interviewed by HocTok, a New York-based art online magazine.


Scarlet StoneThe Jewish Journal featured Theatre Professor Shahrokh Yadegari and his most ambitious work to date The Scarlet Stone, a multidisciplinary and collaborative music/dance/animation piece based on the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), a 1,000-year-old epic poem by Ferdowsi and the last work of the prominent Iranian poet Siavash Kasrai, Moher-ye Sorkh (Scarlet Stone).  Preview in LA Examiner and LA Weekly.


Robert BrillThe Division of Arts and Humanities announces the appointment of Tony-nominated set designer Robert Brill as the newest faculty member in the top-ranked Department of Theatre and Dance. “Robert Brill’s appointment is a major addition to our faculty that will solidify our reputation as a top national program for the next generation,” said Jim Carmody, chair of the department.


Modern Chinese Studies PhD StudentsModern Chinese history PhD students were invited by the East China Normal University (ECNU, Shanghai) to restage the student research conference "Life Strategies, Identity Formations, and Political Crises in Socialist China, 1949-1989," convened by Professors Karl Gerth and Paul Pickowicz in June. The eight UC San Diego seminar members will be joined by eight ECNU graduate students who will present their own research findings on September 1-2, 2015 and will be conducted entirely in Chinese.


Joshua BrodyDivision of Arts and Humanities announces that alumnus Joshua Brody is a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Princess Grace Award, an honor given by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in support of promising artists. Brody will apply his honorarium toward a 12-month apprenticeship at La Jolla Playhouse.


Steven SchickConductor and percussionist Steven Schick is featured in San Diego Union-Tribune by Jim Chute where Schick shares his own rules. It’s been a big year for Professor Schick - music director of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2015 music director of the Ojai Festival, co-founder and conductor of Renga, and artist-in-residence with ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble.


Hannah CorriganRecent MFA in Theater Hannah Corrigan plays Violet at San Diego REPertory Theatre which opens on Aug. 20. Corrigan swept away all competition during the audition process. “She immediately distinguished herself as a top-shelf singer and actor with the tremendous amount of spunk the character needs," director Sam Woodhouse said. “She sight-read the music, and the quality of her dramatic fire made us all say: ‘There’s our Violet!’”


Anya GallaccioLA Times features Visual Arts Professor Anya Gallaccio and her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego where she sets 'beautiful minds' in motion with 3-D clay printing.


Denise DemetriouSelected from a pool of highly qualified scholars, Denise Demetriou joins UC San Diego as holder of the Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History. Dean Cristina Della Coletta said, “Professor Demetriou brings a remarkable combination of intellectual skills in the fields of Greek history and critical theory.”


Triton DayThe Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego will receive nearly $100,000 in funding during the 2015 – 2016 academic year for two proposals aimed to strengthen student retention and success.


Helen OlowLet us welcome Helen Olow as the new Divisional Business Officer of Arts and Humanities effective July 1, 2015. She has over 29 years of UCSD service that includes working at SIO and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation where she served as MSO since 2002. Helen will provide operational and fiscal management within the Dean's office and serve as Business Officer for the new Institute of Global Humanities.


Will SniderGraduate student Will Snider will sharpen his playwriting skills when his new work, "How to Use a Knife," is featured during the 10th Annual M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015.


Steven SchickUC San Diego conductor and percussionist Steven Schick is featured in a New Yorker article by esteemed critic Alex Ross, who praises Schick's commitment to new music and his work as music director of this year's Ojai Festival.


Jann PaslerAuthor Jann Pasler of the music faculty spent two months this spring in France, where her new book La Republique, la musique, et le citoyen,1871-1914 was greeted with a flurry of attention from media and academia and in literary circles.


Distinguished Literature Professor Seth Lerer reviews six new translations of Medieval English literature in the Wall Street Journal.


Mark DresserVirtuoso bassist and Professor Mark Dresser joins rare, prestigious company as Doris Duke Award-winner. Each award comes with an $80,000 grant, parceled out over three years and has no strings attached. Encinitas Advocate


Congratulations to the six doctoral students of history and one recent graduate of literature who were selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! Chancellor Khosla said, "We are pleased to see UC San Diego students recognized by these prestigious programs, and are proud to have them represent our campus around the world.”


Steven Schick at OjaiThe OC Register reported that percussionist and conductor Steven Schick performed a solo percussion recital during the Ojai Festival, that was "a display of virtuosity."  LA Times review of Ojai Music Festival mentioned that this year's music director, percussionist and conductor Steven Schick, noted something more revolutionary and "turned the five-day festival into a de-facto Davos musical diplomacy."  Ventura County Star


Anna ThorvaldsdottirComposer and music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir has been named by the New York Philharmonic as the Kravis Emerging Composer. "Anna has one of the most unique and expressive voices in the compositional scene today," says the Philharmonic's Music Director Alan Gilbert.


eric GeigerNY Times gave a review of "La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival" that included choreographer and faculty member Eric Geiger.


Wong Fu ProductionsVisual Arts (2006) Alumni Philip Wang, Wesley Chan and Ted Fu, who together run Wong Fu Productions, were recognized "Emerging Leaders" during the 2015 Alumni Weekend Celebration. An interview was also held (YouTube) before the event, "A Conversation with Wong Fu Productions."


La Jolla Light review of the VisArts faculty exhibition "Artistic Research" held May 7-14 at the University Art Gallery described it as "a rousing and rambunctious affair."


Through the UC’s Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs, local philanthropists have established the first two endowed faculty chairs in the music department - San Diego builder Conrad Prebys for the $1 million Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair in Music, with composer Rand Steiger as inaugural holder and longtime music supporters Ann and Joel Reed for the $1 million Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music with percussionist, conductor, author and distinguished professor Steven Schick as the first chair holder.  San Diego U~T.


Steve SchickLA Times featured percussionist and Distinguished Professor Steven Schick who plans a big bang for Ojai Music Festival. Schick was described as "a staggering percussion player, musical omnivore and gifted conductor."  The Guardian likewise features Schick and his  free multipart video tutorials in the “art and history of percussion.” Interview with Schick in OC Register


Craig CallenderPhilosophy Professor Craig Callender was recently featured on Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole" with Morgan Freeman: "Can Time Go Backwards?" (Season 6, Episode 2) and interviewed in San Diego Magazine.


Theatre and Dance ResidenciesUC San Diego's graduate theater program, one of the nation's top training grounds, emphasizes invaluable professional experience. The department of theater and dance has forged a unique partnership with the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse where they share state-of-the-art facilities and a core of group of technical staff.


President's Oustanding Student AwardUC President Janet Napolitano, along with Chancellor Khosla, presented the President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership to UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate Kyle Haines. Haines was honored for his leadership in convening a multi-disciplinary and cross-border forum on environmental issues (Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research, a Center for the Humanities research group).


Steve SchickConductor, percussionist and Professor Steve Schick discussed about his percussive world view as music director for the Ojai Music Festival in U~T San Diego.


Paloma YoungNew York Times featured alumna and award-winning costume designer Paloma Young about her next project "Permission," a dark comedy by Robert Askins. It posed a design challenge like none she had ever experienced.


Visual Arts Professor Ricardo Dominguez and art students defend performance and slam inaccurate media reports in U~T San Diego.


Field SeminarSan Diego CityBeat features Visual Arts Professor Grant Kester who recently launched a new journal and website "FIELD" that provides space for "socially engaged art criticism."


CPMC Concert HallSan Diego philanthropist Conrad Prebys has given UC San Diego $500,000 (matched by University to bring the total to $1 million) to endow a Presidential Chair in Music to support scholarly activity and graduate fellowships. He previously donated $6 million to the campus’ state-of-the-art facility, now named the Conrad Prebys Music Center, and a $3 million gift for the Conrad Prebys Music Endowment. San Diego Metro, Patch, The Daily Transcript


Three DeansSee highlights of the event on Women's Leadership in Higher Education that featured three of UC San Diego's women leaders: Dean of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta; Director of SIO and Vice Chancellor for and Dean of Marine Sciences Margaret Leinen; and Dean of Social Sciences Carol Padden.


Congratulations to Visual Arts graduate student Erick Msumanje for Winning Best Film for "My Mother's Songs," at the Filmatic Festival! This short film and "The Devil's House," will also be showing at the International Schillertage Festival in Mannheim, Germany on June 12-20, 2015.


Lei LiangU~T San Diego reviews composer and Music Professor Lei Liang's “Hearing Landscapes,” a cutting-edge, multimedia presentation that premiered at the Qualcomm Institute in April and reprised during the Filmatic Festival at UC San Diego.


Dana MurilloCongratulations to History Professor Dana Murillo for being selected 2015-16 Hellman Fellow! Established by the Hellman family in 1995, the Hellman Fellows Program is now active at 14 institutions, including UC San Diego giving grants to research institutions to support the work of junior faculty on individual campuses.


Telematic MusicProfessors Mark Dresser, Lei Liang, Stephanie Richards and Peter Otto of Music and filmmaker Brian Cross of Visual Arts explore sound and music through time, space and other dimensions. Experience "Sonic Exploration" at the Audio Spatialization Lab and "New Integrations in Telematic Music" at the Auditorium of the Qualcomm Institute. The Filmatic Festival in open to the public.


The Moon in La Jolla, a new work by UC San Diego composer and 2015 Nee Commission winner Yeung-ping Chen, will be premiered by La Jolla Symphony and Chorus on May 2 (7:30 pm) and May 3 (2 pm) and was the subject of a performance and exhibit at Geisel Library on April 21 (11:30 am).


Patricia ChurchlandUC President's Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and a former chair of the philosophy department Patricia Churchland has been elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is one of the founders of “neurophilosophy,” combining philosophical inquiry with the latest findings in neuroscience.


Le MondeMusic Professor Jann Pasler's book entitled Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France now published in French by Gallimard as La Republique, la Musique et le Citoyen 1871-1914 is being reviewed widely and positively, in among other venues, Le MondeLa LibérationL’Humanité.


Rand SteigerCongratulations to composer, Professor and Chair Rand Steiger for being named 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and 2015 Excellence in Stewardship Award Winner!


Lei LiangUC San Diego composer Lei Liang has been named as one of three finalists for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music, which was awarded to composer Julia Wolfe. Lei earned recognition for his piece Xiaoxiang recalling the memory of a tragic event that took place during China's Cultural Revolution.


Mark HannaHistory Professor Mark Hanna is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members and History's Hoi Ling Lui for the Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students.


ScanLabAutonomous Sensing ScanLAB exhibition will showcase art works derived from large-scale laser scans of buildings, landscapes and the environment on April 16 - June 12, 2015 at the Qualcomm Institute Gallery. Curators include Ryan Bishop, Benjamin Bratton, Jordan Crandall, Edward Keller and Jussi Parikka.


HellfightersThe 19th Annual Lytle Scholarship Concert entitled, “Harlem Hellfighters: Jazz Goes to War" will take place Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. All proceeds from the event will benefit undergraduate scholarships at UC San Diego.  La Jolla Light.


SolaimaniThe work of Sara Solaimani, UC San Diego PhD student in Visual Arts, is featured on the cover of this week’s San Diego CityBeat. The article discusses two of Solaimani’s most recent projects, Occupy Thirdspace, and Storylines TJ-SD, both supported by the Center for the Humanities.


The 2015 Wagner New Play Festival which runs on April 14-25 at UCSD's theater district, features world premiere productions by our talented MFA playwrights, and directed, acted, stage-managed and designed by our nationally-acclaimed MFA companies.


John MarinoA memorial event to celebration the life and legacy of the late John Marino, emeritus faculty member and former department chair will be held on April 15, 3:00 p.m. at the Atkinson Pavilion of the Faculty Club.

News from Winter 2015

Ken Anderson and UC San Diego Gospel ChoirThe UC San Diego Gospel Choir class led by music lecturer Ken Anderson, draws hundreds of students of all majors, creeds and music abilities. Anderson has directed the choir for 27 years and has been named among the top five of the most highly regarded educators in the nation according to RateMyProfessor.com. (Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications)


Susan NaruckiThe Art of Music series features soprano and Professor Susan Narucki commemorating the centennial of the Panama California Exposition in Balboa Park on March 19 at 7 pm at the San Diego Museum of Art's Hibben Gallery. The series is curated by Jann Pasler of the music faculty. Times of San Diego.


Steve Schick conductingDirector of La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, percussionist and Professor Steve Schick talks about the challenge of performing Hector Berlioz's 'Requiem' on KPBS. The 19th century composition rarely performed because it requires such a huge ensemble, will be presented at Mandeville Auditorium.


Kristin and JeffU~T San Diego reports about UC San Diego playwrights who have earned top honors for 2015 in a national awards program run by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to grad students Kristin Idaszak, Jeff Augustin and David Jacobi!


Seth LererExaminer review of Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer's performance with Musicians in Ordinary: "His reading of "An Epithalamion, or Marriage Song on the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine being married on St. Valentine's Day" was rich, authentic and engaging, giving the 402-year-old text a freshness that would make it seem not out of place in today's literature."


Division of Arts and Humanities' Public Lecture Series "Cultures, Disparities, Societies: Degrees of Freedom" for Winter 2015 can now been viewed on UCTV.


Roger ReynoldsPulitzer-Prize-winning composer and Professor Roger Reynolds will be curator of this year's American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art where he also presents his latest creation "Flight" in the Washington Post and OZY.


Teddy CruzArchitect, urban researcher and Visual Arts Professor Teddy Cruz in the LA Times, "Studying the ingenuity of border neighborhoods to inspire new models of housing and local economy."


On March 7, KPBS members will attend Open Studios, the visual arts department’s annual tour through the working spaces of its graduate-student artists, followed by a visit to the opening reception for the “State Park” exhibition at the University Art Gallery. These events are open to the general public.  La Jolla Light.


Jeremy PrestholdtHistory Professor Jeremy Prestholdt discussed about Kenya’s counterterrorism policies on his interview with World Politics Review.


Julie BurelleCongratulations to Theatre and Dance Assistant Professor Julie Burelle for receiving the EDI Excellence Award to New Faculty! Her proposal “Creating/Creative Dialogue” which spans for 3 years beginning Fall 2015, intends to foster and develop an increased Native American presence on campus.


Aleck KarisNew York Classical Reviewon cellist Michael Nicolas and pianist Aleck Karis's concert at New York City was described as "The relaxed precision and robustness of their playing let the music speak."


Brian FerneyhoughRegarded as the "Father of New Complexity, " former UCSD Professor and composer Brian Ferneyhough will be honored with two concerts (4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at CPMC Concert Hall) featuring his music as well as related works, curated by Steven Schick and performed by the Palimpsest and wastelANd ensembles.


Cristina Della ColettaMoving from STEM to STEAM by strengthening the role of the arts is the new buzz in education. Cristina Della Coletta hopes to contribute to the “renaissance” of STEAM learning as the new Dean of Arts & Humanities at UCSD in La Jolla Light.


Pasquale VerdicchioCongratulations to Literature Professor Verdicchio Pasquale who will receive the 2015 Muir College Environmental Fellow Award for his significant contribution to sustainability and environmental preservation. Presentation of awards will be held on April 21 during Earth Week.


Homemade DollsHistory Professor Rebecca Plant commented about children's behavior and dolls in the past on KPBS "Handmade Black Dolls Exhibit Offers Insight Into Past And Present." "Black Dolls" is on view through July 5 at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.


MikumentarySan Diego City Beat featured filmmaker, Associate Professor and Associate Dean Tara Knight who talked about "Hatsune Miku," a 16-year-old Japanese virtual pop star who sports long, aquamarine-colored pigtails, its mass of fans and creators behind her.


Pianist and Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis will perform Feb. 18 with cellist Michael Nicolas 7:00 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Concert Hall. It will feature music connected with the Big Apple and will reprise the performance the following week at the highly regarded Bargemusic series in Brooklyn.


Arts & Humanities, Center for the Humanities, and the UC San Diego Library are excited to issue a call for proposals for a workshop on the Digital Humanities called Mapping Digital Futures. This event will take place on Monday, April 6th from 2:30-5:30 pm in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library.  Deadline to submit proposals is March 9.


Undergrad Studio HonorsJoin the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts on February 18 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm, as Professor Amy Adler's VIS 110N Undergraduate Studio Honors course opens their doors to the public. Each year, a few select Undergraduate Studio Art majors are nominated by faculty to join the Honors Program. Honors Open Studios will include a diverse variety of styles, mediums, and concepts. The artists include: Ricardo Ales, Charity Algarme, Jacquelyn Bulkowski, Nicole Gonzalez, Victoria Iungerich, Marina Kleit, Lisa Korpos, Annie Liu [LIUSIR], Diane Enaid, Sage Serrano, Hye Na Shin, and Elizabeth Stringer.


Cristina Della Colettathisweek@ucsandiegofeatures new Dean of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta.  Learn about her views and perspectives and see an excerpt of her interview.


red fish blue fish concertJoin Music's WEDNESDAYS@7 series featuring UC San Diego's acclaimed percussion ensemble, red fish blue fish, directed by Distinguished Professor Steven Schick. Performing Michael Gordon's Timber, the group's Winter 2015 concert on Feb.11 starts 7 p.m. at Conrad Prebys Music Center.


During its launch on Feb. 6, Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta emphasized on the importance of The Basement. The UCSD Alumni and Community Engagement enterprise has designed the new resource center to inform and educate undergraduate students about the process of starting or joining startup businesses through its three programs: Seekers, Incubator and Accelerator.


Roger ReynoldsRoger Reynolds joined the UC San Diego music faculty in 1969 and has since mentored generations of young composers, won a Pulitzer Prize (1989) and been a leader in exploring ways to harness new technologies for musical purposes. Feb. 3-5, the department of music will celebrate his 80th birthday with a concert, symposium and multimedia installation. U~T San Diego profiles Roger Reynolds.  San Diego Story music review.


Literature Assistant Professor Sarah Nicolazzo discusses about "female husband" stories during 19th century America in KPBS News.


Black History MonthThe UC San Diego is celebrating a century of black life, history and culture as part of the campus’s 2015 recognition of Black History Month. Events throughout February and March include art exhibits, lectures, film screenings, spoken word performances and the annual Black History Month Scholarship Brunch on Feb. 28, featuring special guest speaker, Giancarlo Esposito.


Sojourner TruthUC San Diego has a new public art installation created by alumna and artist Manuelita Brown that commemorates the life and legacy of African-American abolitionist and women’s right activist Sojourner Truth. The idea for the statue originated from a conversation between students and Dimensions of Culture Director and Literature Professor Jorge Mariscal. 


Dennis Childs and Roger ReynoldsCongratulations to two recipients of the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards in the Division of Arts and Humanities: Dennis Childs of Literature for Excellence in Community Service and Roger Reynolds of Music for Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts!


Wadada Leo SmithThe Wednesdays@7 concert for 2015 opens with trumpeter and 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll Composer of the Year, Wadada Leo Smith, who was also a Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist in 2013. He will be joined by Professor of Integrative Studies, Anthony Davis, and John Lindberg.


The Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint project of the Judaic Studies program and the UC San Diego Library, launched its 2014/15 lecture series "Forgotten Stories: Legacy of Pain" on Jan. 21 with Holocaust survivor Edith Eger as speaker at the Geisel Library.


Sheldon BrownUC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has appointed director of the Arthur Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Visual Arts Professor Sheldon Brown holder of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning.


Degrees of FreedomThe Division of Arts and Humanities presents Public Lecture Series "Cultures, Disparities, Societies: Degrees of Freedom" with six of UC San Diego’s finest teachers and scholars. All lectures begin 7:00 p.m. at the Great Hall of International House. First lecture will be January 21 on "Three Degrees of Freedom: the Cosmic Background and the Multiverse" by Associate Professor of Physics Brian Keating.


Tara KnightTheatre and Dance Professor Tara Knight is the new Associate Dean for Faculty Equity of the Division of Arts and Humanities effective January 2015. She will help ensure that diversity is a meaningful part of the Division's plans for success. Welcome to the Dean's office!


San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed soundON Festival that includes the music of UC San Diego composers Rand Steiger and Chinary Ung.

Marina AbramovicThe Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination is inviting the public for this unique opportunity to partake in a three-day Marina Abramovic workshop January 12-14 and to participate in the preparation of new work, created in collaboration with science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson for the upcoming Venice Biennale. Installation previews will be January 16-30 with all events held at the University Art Gallery.


Hellenic SocietyThe academic Center for Hellenic Studies was launched to deepen understanding and advance scholarship on Greek history, literature, archaeology and culture. The Hellenic Cultural Society and its members have contributed to the center, including $25,000 from the organization and a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to encourage and inspire additional support.