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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Dean Cristina Della ColettaThe future is bright - the Division of Arts and Humanities has six honorees selected as '40 Alumni Under 40,' celebrated at this year's UC San Diego Alumni Weekend. The awardees represent some of the best of who we are: passionate, inspiring, inclusive, fearless.

We will be graduating another class of future leaders soon, and have been fortunate to interact with and learn from these students throughout their time in the division. It is significant to me — and likely to all who value the foundational education the arts and humanities provides — that this year's commencement speaker is John Lewis, a Civil Rights icon who also happens to have his first degree in philosophy.

And perhaps the biggest symbol of the division's bright future is the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. This innovative community is set to further connect our students with each other, with their faculty and with us, in the division. The campus is quickly getting set for the site's official groundbreaking ceremony on June 18 — after which, there will be two short years before the planned opening in 2020.

To the future,

Dean Cristina Della Coletta
UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities


Note: Rep. John Lewis withdrew as UC San Diego All Campus Commencement speaker after this issue of AHa! Moments was published.

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The Living & Learning Neighborhood

Before the groundbreaking mid-June, view updated architect renderings and a new "fly-through" video of the future home of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

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Should We Bring Back the Mammoth?

The Institute for Practical Ethics welcomed UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Shapiro, author of "How to Clone a Mammoth," to celebrate the first year of the institute.

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44th Faculty Excellence Awards

Pamela Radcliff of the Department of History and Ruben Ortiz-Torres of the Department of Visual Arts were honored with their colleagues at the 44th annual Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony.

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40 Alumni Under 40

Division of Arts and Humanities alumni Wesley Chan '06 (Visual Arts), Matt Ellis '03 (Literature), Ted Fu '06 (Visual Arts), Regan Linton '13 (Theatre and Dance), Philip Wang '06 (Visual Arts) and Christopher Yanov '99 (Literature) are being recognized by UC San Diego at this year's Alumni Weekend Celebration.

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Taking Over Sacramento

For the University of California's Graduate Research Advocacy Day, Ph.D. student Kevan Malone of the Department of History shared the impact of his research and advocated for increased investment from the state.

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Announcing our 2018 ACLS Fellows

Sara Johnson of the Department of Literature and Karl Gerth of the Department of History have been selected as 2018 American Council of Learned Societies fellows. Gerth, also awarded an Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, was named the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr./ACLS Fellow.

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From Students to the Stage

Acting and design showcases introduce the graduating class of Department of Theatre and Dance MFA students to leading industry professionals across the country.

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Ethics in the Public Sphere

Cosponsored by the Institute of Arts and Humanities, Philosophy welcomes Elizabeth Harman to campus May 24 for their latest Ethics in the Public Sphere event: "#MeToo and the Failure to Warn Others."

Analyzing Celebrity Chefs

Assistant teaching professor Andy Lamey of Philosophy ranks celebrity chef cookbooks based on the number of animals used to complete each recipe, reported by Macleans Magazine.

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Commencement 2018

Note: Rep. John Lewis withdrew as commencement speaker after this issue was published. The All Campus Commencement will take place June 16.

'Gong' resonates

NPR interviewed Stephanie Richards of Music ahead of the release of her new album "Fullmoon." Richards will perform on May 23 at Conrad Prebys Music Center.