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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

A vigorous start to the academic year brought much to be grateful for in the Division of Arts and Humanities, and as we transition into a new quarter I once again want to express my gratitude for your commitment to our students, our research and our greater community.

We announced an important initiative for the division at the "Indigo" exhibition opening: Arts and Community Engagement will find its home in the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and we have big expectations for cultivating art as a means to spark larger public engagement. Big expectations are best handled by dynamic leaders, and Department of Music professor Susan Narucki will lay the groundwork for a very exciting future as the initiative's inaugural director.

I'm also happy to help announce that the Institute of Arts and Humanities received a Humanities for All grant from California Humanities to support their 'Challenging Conversations' series. This support will have powerful impact, not only for our students who participate in and learn from these engaging talks, but also the greater San Diego region.

Coupled with our 'Inclusive Excellence in the Arts and Humanities' faculty diversity grant from the Office of the President, we assert, as always, that the arts and humanities provide a leading voice to address today's concerns for everyone.

Well wishes and Happy New Year.

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

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Student Contest Winners

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Division proudly sponsored the second Student Contest. Winning submissions kept to the theme "An Education for the Common Good."

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Susan Narucki Appointed Director of Arts and Community Engagement

Arts and Community Engagement will connect our greater community to activities that highlight art as a means of fostering cultural dialogue and engagement. Susan Narucki of Music is the inaugural director.

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Political Lessons from the Past

Latest research from History professor Edward Watts gives insight and warning to modern times. Want more? Listen to an interview with professor Watts for NPR's On Point about his book "Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny."


What is it Like to be a Philosopher?

In this interview, Philosophy's Manuel Vargas discusses growing up in Bakersfield, grad school, the difference between Latin American philosophy and Latinx philosophy, Chicano studies, Immigration studies, his book "Building Better Beings," and moving to San Diego.

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Holocaust Series Offers Perspective on Gender, Humanity and Resistance

The 2018-2019 Holocaust Living History Workshop series continues with an author talk, film screening and lecture. The series is presented in part by the Institute of Arts and Humanities Jewish Studies Program.

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'Indigenous Cosmolectics'

In their latest book "Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab'awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures," Gloria Elizabeth Chacón of Literature argues that the genre is a vital center for reflecting on Indigenous ways of knowing and is a key artistic expression of decolonization.

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"Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild!"

The UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, invite the greater community to a special lecture and
opening reception of the exhibition "Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild!" on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Talk: 5:30 p.m. Reception: 7 p.m.

San Ysidro Mixed-Use Project

UC San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla joined Social Sciences professor Fonna Forman and Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz to celebrate the groundbreaking of the UCSD/ CASA Community Station, a partnership between the UCSD Center on Global Justice and Casa Familiar.

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Theatre and Dance Winter Quarter Productions

Theatre and Dance productions include: "MIKO,
a space between," "Life is a Dream," "The Misanthrope," "Classical Women," "Everybody Black" and "winterWORKS 2019."

The road to enhancement, via human gene editing?

Institute for Practical Ethics co-director John Evans pens this op-ed for The Conversation, giving a historical overview of gene editing following controversial news out of China.