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Scorched Silence, Fragile Rebirth, Award-Winning Music

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Lei Liang’s “A Thousand Mountains, a Million Streams,” about fragile environments, won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.

The apartment building in which the composer Lei Liang grew up, in Beijing in the 1970s, was a musicological beehive. Its residents worked at the Music Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts, which had an archive of rare historical recordings that had been saved, often at great personal cost, from destruction in the Cultural Revolution.

Mr. Liang’s father was an authority on Chinese opera; his mother, an expert on American music. Many evenings, a Mongolian friend of the family would drop by for drinks and impromptu performances of war songs, dances and epic poems.

On one wall of the apartment hung a photograph of Mr. Liang’s mother interviewing Aaron Copland in his Westchester, N.Y., home. Years later, as a young composer, Mr. Liang came to live and work there when he won a residency at Copland House, now a foundation.

“Because of that photo,” he said in a recent phone interview, “I found that environment strangely familiar.”

The emotional resonance of fragile environments, both natural and cultural, is captured in haunting ways in the music of Mr. Liang, 47, who this month was honored with the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, one of the most prestigious prizes in contemporary music. He won for an orchestral work, “A Thousand Mountains, a Million Streams,” inspired by a landscape painting by the Chinese ink-brush master Huang Binhong (1865-1955).

Read the full conversation with Lei Liang in the New York Times.

Decline and Fall of American Democracy?

Historian Edward Watts draws parallels between Rome and the US

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Dance and Stuff podcast with Brian Schaefer

Theatre and Dance alumni Brian Schaefer discusses his time at UC San Diego

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The Private Art of Theodor Dr. Seuss Geisel

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Writers Guild Awards Unveils TV Nominations
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Sundance 2020: Angelina Jolie, Robert Redford, Riley Keough, Bruce Lee Docu, Lena Waithe & LGBTQ+ Rights Pack Lineup
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Best classical music stories of 2019: Mark Swed on how the limelight tilts toward L.A., again
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San Diego Events Calendar: January 2020
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Playwrights Are Finding ‘Television Money’ Helps Pay the Bills
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Column: How a San Diego dancer helped Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ movie find its groove
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Oscar nominations 2020: The complete list
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#280 Manuel Vargas: Free Will, Moral Responsibility, And Social Justice
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The Theatrical Professoriate: Contemporary Higher Education and Its Academic Dramas
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Nature, the Artful Modeler: Lectures on Laws, Science, How Nature Arranges the World and How We Can Arrange It Better
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A Christmas Carol, Ragtime, Jefferson Mays, More Win L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards
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News collected in 2019

Climate-change-inspired concerto wins $100,000 award for composer Lei Liang
Music professor Lei Liang prompts widespread praise for winning the 2020 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, referred to by many as the Nobel Prize for music. Liang will receive $100,000 for his climate change-inspired “15-movement concerto ‘A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams.’” Liang is quoted as saying, “My collaborators at UCSD — including (2020 Grammy Award nominee) Susan Narucki, Steven Schick, Mark Dresser and Aleck Karis — have transformed every project I’ve worked on with them. And with them and my colleagues at the Qualcomm Institute, we can dream together. That’s the kind of company and collaborators that will keep me going. It’s a great reward for our team.” Liang’s prestigious feat is reported on by a slew of news outlets, including: the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times (three times), The San Diego Union-Tribune, UC San Diego News, New Music USA, The University of Louisville, 90.5 WUOL, 89.3 WFPL, San Diego Metro Magazine, Memeteria and Slipped Disc.


Culture Report: Open Mics and Open Mouths
Department of Theatre and Dance and Literature professor Kazim Ali make it into Voice of San Diego’s November culture report, for Non-Standard Lit reading at Verbatim Books and “Man in Love,” respectively.


OSF Announces Casting For 2020 Season
Theatre and Dance alumni Kimberly Monks joins the cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Hermia for the 2020 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Humana Festival Announces 2020 Lineup
Theatre and Dance student Vivian Barnes and alumni Jeff Augustin join the ranks of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, which has seen the inception of “more than 450 plays by more than 400 playwrights and ensembles.” The world premiere of Barnes’ “Are You There?” and Augustin’s “Where the Mountain Meets the Sea” will run from March 1 through April 12.


The Morning Show Cast & Character Guide
Theatre and Dance alumni Katherine Ko joins the cast of Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” as Dhillon Reece-Smith.


Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band: more than a feeling
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Moor Mother: Analogy Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
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San Diego 2020 Grammy nominees include UCSD professor Susan Narucki, filmmaker Cameron Crowe
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2020 Classical Music Grammy Award Nominees Announced
Music student Kathryn Schulmeister and faculty Susan Narucki’s work on “The Edge of Silence: Wrks for Voice By György Kurtág” earns them a Grammy nomination in Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Classic FM and Rhinegold Publishing also report on this.


Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X Lead 2020 Grammy Nominations
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Envisioning the Future of the University Art Gallery
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‘Cambodian Rock Band’ Revisits A Country’s Music And Political Past
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Icons of Dissent with Jeremy Prestholdt
History faculty Jeremy Prestholdt “examines how Che Guevara, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Osama bin Laden are major ‘dissenters’ who have represented challenges to the world order,” in a 50-minute program on UC San Diego’s Library Channel.


OSF actor Chris Butler on TV and theater
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The Out100 Artists of the Year
Visual Arts faculty Paul Mpagi Sepuya makes Out’s 2019 Out100 Artists of the Year. Sepuya is also interviewed by The British Journal of Photography, and featured in The New York Times, for “fragmented studio images [that] undo an archetypal photographic genre.”


Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting unveils 2019 shortlist
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has announced its shortlist for 2019, which includes an international award for the first time. Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee and current MFA student Dave Harris are both shortlisted, in what is often called the largest playwriting prize in Europe. Harris is included for "Tambo and Bones," which premiered at the UC San Diego Wagner New Play Festival in 2018. Both Yee and Harris were profiled and interviewed by The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.


At Merrimack Rep, '70s Pop Meets The Killing Fields In Powerful 'Cambodian Rock Band'
“Cambodian Rock Band” by Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee is called an, “intense, ingeniously unfolded story.” Broadway World reports on its La Jolla Playhouse casting announcement and The Boston Globe says it’s “a powerfully gripping production.” In addition, Lear deBessonet is enlisting Yee as a creative consultant for her production of “Millie,” as reported by The New York Times and Pulse.


Playwright Lauren Yee’s work returns to the Twin Cities in a story about coming home
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee’s play “The Song of Summer” is on its way to Minneapolis. “Her pieces blend personal stories with a historical sweep and a highly relatable enthusiasm for pop culture,” The City Pages writes. The piece is reported on and reviewed by St. Paul Pioneer Press not once, but twice.


Preview: The Hookman is coming…
“Hookman,” written by Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee, is coming to Los Angeles.


Listen to King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm remix of Low’s ‘Fly’
Music faculty King Britt releases remix of Low’s “Fly,” as reported by The Four oh Five and Brooklyn Vegan. Britt is also mentioned by Punk News for his production work on “Mass” (2019), and by Broadway World for his production on “The Myth Hold Weight.” DJ Alexander Nut recently played a King Britt remix on The Vinyl Factory Radio.


UCSD grad Lauren Yee making noise with ‘Cambodian Rock Band,’ as La Jolla Playhouse stages much-buzzed work
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee is profiled by the San Diego Union-Tribune for her rise to prominence in the playwriting world and for her nationally renowned work, “Cambodian Rock Band.” The playwright and her piece receive further mention in the newspaper’s Arts & Culture Newsletter.


Chou Wen-chung, Composer and Calligrapher in Sound, Dies at 96
Music professors Lei Liang and Steven Schick comment on the death of famed composer Cho Wen Chung.


Review: La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens new season with rousing Rossini, Blissful Bartok and a local Price premiere
Music professor and longtime maestro Steven Schick conducts the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus with aplomb. His musical expertise is recommended by The New York Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Further reference is made to Schick by Broadway World, New York City Guide, and La Jolla Light.


Tayari Jones & Carrie Mae Weems: What’s It Like Up There?
Visual Arts alumni and MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems sits down with Anna Sale to discuss photography, relationships, and navigating romance as a woman with immense ambition and drive. 


‘Black People Work from the Position of “We”’: An Interview with Carrie Mae Weems
Visual Arts alumni Carrie Mae Weems sits down with Frieze for an interview on “community, cooking and Aretha Franklin…”


The Elegant Sadness of Kamau Kenyatta
Music faculty Kamau Kenyatta discusses his new album, “The Elephant Sadness.”


Naomi Iizuka- archive workshop on telling ghost stories
Theatre and Dance faculty Naomi Iizuka sits down to discuss “the ghost and the ghost story on stage” in a workshop hosted by Berkeley Rep at UC San Diego.


Winning ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ takes La Jolla Playhouse stage Nov. 12-Dec. 15
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2019 Awardees
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Historic rise in Chinese students at UC San Diego stalls due to sour political climate in US
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Culture Report: Digital Humanities Is the Field You Didn’t Know You Needed
Erin Glass, Digital Scholarship Librarian and founder of KNIT, and Visual Arts alumni Robert Twomey are interviewed by Voices of San Diego for their work in the digital humanities.


Music and Movement Underscore Opening Productions in Theatre and Dance’s Latest Season
The Theatre and Dance Department puts out a lively selection for the 2019 – 2020 season. The productions, including “Balm in Gilead,” “Man in Love,” and “Elektra,” combine the theatre prowess of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty alike.


The 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Nominees Announced
Theatre and Dance alumni Jefferson Mays, Anna Moench, Tom Ontiveros, and Andy Lowe receive nominations for the 30th annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards.


Passing of David M. Goodblatt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
UC San Diego and the world scholarly community have lost a valued friend and colleague. David Mordecai Goodblatt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the first holder of the Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, passed away on September 25, 2019.


Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil with Susan Neiman - Holocaust Living History Workshop
The Jewish Studies Program in the Institute of Arts and Humanities welcomes Susan Neiman, author of “Evil in Modern Thought,” for the Holocaust Living History Workshop.


12 recommended Chicago shows to see right now
Theatre and Dance faculty Vanessa Stalling is called a “skilled and nuanced director” by The Chicago Tribune for her work on “Tiny Beautiful Things.” The Northwest Herald reports on the play’s magical premiere.


2019 Jeff Equity Awards Nominees
Theatre and Dance faculty Vanessa Stalling receives The Michael Maggio Award for her work on “Photograph 51.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports on Court Theatre’s numerous honors, “including a best director nod for Vanessa Stalling.”


‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ national tour reveals who will play Heidi Schreck
Theatre and Dance alumni and Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia to star in “What the Constitution Means to Me,” set to launch its national tour in 2020.


Page 73 Announces the World Premiere of STEW
Theatre and Dance alumni Zora Howard writes and premieres play “STEW,” which follows three generations of women navigating tensions under one single roof. Broadway World and Playbill also report on Howard’s highly anticipated 2020 run with theatre company Page 73.


A Post-Capitalism Ball Imagines a Queer Future
Literature MFA student and teaching assistant Katherine Agard participates in a Post-Capitalism Ball presented as part of Lambda LitFest, which envisions a queer future beyond the constraints of late-stage capitalism. Agard joined the week-long literary festival to read and perform alongside other LGBT writers and readers.


New Short Fiction, Including a National Book Foundation Honoree
Literature faculty Jac Jemc and her book “False Bingo” join the ranks of The New York Times’ short fiction shortlist for October. The “collection … somehow combines the otherworldliness of Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Annihilation,’ the menacing irony of Shirley Jackson and the cold feminist fury of Margaret Atwood.” Her newest book receives additional mention from The Bay Area Reporter and The Chicago Tribune.


Genius is the topic of One Day University in Providence
Literature professor Seth Lerer is one of three academics selected to lead One Day University this year, “a national program that brings noted college lecturers to public audiences around the country.” The professors are “chosen based on their ability to educate and entertain based on what their students on their campus say.”


Little Beasts: When did it become cute to dress kids up like a different kind of animal?
Seth Lerer of Literature is referenced by Slate for his 2009 interview, wherein he offered thoughts “on Sendak, Jewish literary tradition, Kafka, immigration and much, much more.”


2019 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest Winner
Literature alumni Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi’s book “The Book of Kane and Margaret” is selected for the 2019 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. Araki-Kawaguchi was also interviewed by Connotation Press.


ENSAYO desde Juárez | La poesía es una nación en la que cabemos todos: sobre la lírica de Omar Pimienta
Literature alumni José Antonio Villarán is mentioned for his English translation of “El álbum de las rejas.”


Red Hen Press Celebrates 25 Years of Independent Publishing in Pasadena
Literature professor Kazim Ali is among 275 authors celebrating local literary nonprofit Red Hen Press at the 25th Benefit Champagne Luncheon, which went on to raise $158,000. Publishers Weekly reports that Ali is slated to edit a 2020 anthology of Muslim American writing for Red Hen Press. Ali receives further mention from Voice of San Diego, The Beacon, Cumberland Times-News, and San Diego City Beat.


Seven New Plays Slated To Appear In 16th Annual New Stages Festival At Goodman Theatre
“Incendiary,” by Theatre and Dance student Dave Harris, takes life in Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival, a story “about a woman attempting to break her son out of death row,” according to The Daily Herald. Harris also receives commendation by the Bruntwood Prize in the form of $4,000 for his play, “TAMBO & BONES,” The Stage and WhatsOnStage report.


Size Matters: A Conversation on Storefront for Art and Architecture’s History with Founder Kyong Park
Visual Arts professor Kyong Park sits down for an extended interview on The Storefront for Art and Architecture, “a small, wedge-shaped exhibition space located across the street from a wedge-shaped park.”


As Frieze Los Angeles Opens, Three Young California Artists Are Reinventing What Figurative Painting Can Be
Visual Arts alumni Jesse Mockrin is one of three figurative painters featured in Vogue. The New York Times calls Mockrin’s work “a brilliant demonstration of how dramatically we can change our perspective on art history without changing the history itself.” Mockrin and her art receive further mention in Vogue Italia, Whitehot Magazine, Time Out New York, and Artsy.


Year By Year: Five Essential Albums of 1983
Music faculty and pianist Anthony Davis is featured in JAZZIZ Magazine for his album, “Variations in Dream-Time.” Davis receives further mention by CBS San Francisco.


Redefining the art of going solo
Music faculty John Fonville and his compositions are referenced by The Age.


Unclassical setting for Outpost program frees up classical music
Music faculty and composer Chinary Ung, “blends eastern and western influences in his music.” His solo cello work "Khse Buon" is mentioned by Star Tribune.


Award-Winning Playwright, UCSD Alum Brings ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ to Playhouse
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee and her play “Cambodian Rock Band”—“an epic rock concert and play all in one featuring the music of Dengue Fever”—are featured in NBC San Diego.


Belmont COA news
Music alumni Anna Thorvaldsdottir participates in BSO Open Rehearsals.


Jazz At MOCA To Feature GRAMMY Award-Winning Trumpeter Curtis Taylor
Music professor Kamau Kenyatta is mentioned for the work he’s done with Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Kenyatta receives further mention by San Diego Community News Group.


Chance & Circumstance Festival: Absurdist Theater + Experimental Noise
Music faculty Natacha Diels and her piece “The God Fearing Woodsman” receive mention by I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.


Theater in L.A. this week: ‘Cambodian Rock Band,’ ‘Jitney’ and more
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee’s play ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ opens in LA. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls the piece “tonally bold and at times breathtaking.”


9 best things to do in L.A., including Yuja Wang in concert and an Irish ‘Swan Lake’
The Los Angeles Times recommends Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee’s play “The Great Leap,” opening at the Pasadena Playhouse. “Likewise above and beyond superb are the writing, designs and direction in this joint presentation by Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players of playwright Lauren Yee’s memorable story, given a richly visual, deeply felt production,” Los Angeles Daily News writes.


Mobile Food Pantries Pop Up Across Campus
Literature student and mobile pantry manager Keliana Rios discusses food insecurity among college students and her involvement with the Triton Food Pantry.


Upward & Onward: Gen Z Finds UC San Diego’s Career Center Relevant
Literature alumni Rita Lopez speaks on the Career Center, post-graduation job hunting, and networking.


Horror & Hope: A Conversation with ‘Man in Love’ Director Stephen Buescher
Theatre and Dance faculty Stephen Buescher helms a limited four-show fall run of “Man in Love.” “This being my directing debut at UC San Diego, I have been so impressed by the level of creativity, talent and inquiry of the students,” he says. Broadway World also reports on the highly-anticipated production.


Grammy nominations 2020: Lizzo, Billie Eilish lead the pack. Here’s the full list and analysis
Music faculty Steven Schick, “the percussion master who also heads the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, is a featured performer on the album ‘Aequa – International Contemporary Ensemble performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir,’ which is [Grammy] nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category.” Schick is set to join The Australian National Academy of Music’s 2020 season, as reported by Limelight and The Daily Review, and opened a recent concert at New York University’s Skirball Center with “Soundlines: A Dreaming Track” (2019).


Guggenheim Hires First Full-Time Black Curator
Visual Arts alumni Carrie Mae Weems is “among six artist-curators in the current exhibition ‘Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection,’ running through January.


2020 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominees List
Among this year’s list of Grammy nominees: Music faculty Susan Narucki and student Kathryn Schulmeister for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, and faculty Steven Schick and alumni Anna Thorvaldsdóttir for Best Engineered Album, Classical.


His Own Words: Brian Bose
Theatre and Dance alumni Brian Bose is profiled in Twin Cities Pride Magazine for his extensive history in the arts and humanities.


In creating so-called mini-brains, how close to a real human brain is too close?
The Institute for Practical Ethics took part in a symposium featuring San Diego’s top researchers.


Adams and Reisch Foundation Names 2019 Idea Award Winners
Theatre and Dance student and third-year MFA playwriting candidate Dave Harris wins Ollie New Play Award. Broadway World reports on the private reception and Harris’ $30,000 prize.


Nicole Miller’s ‘To the Stars’ Lights the Path to Greatness (With Lasers!)
Visual Arts assistant professor Nicole Miller’s multi-sensory piece ‘To the Stars’ floods the Phyllis Wattis Theater with light and questions about racial disparities in education. SFMOMA, who commissioned the piece, calls it “an immersive exploration of identity, voice, pain, and possibility.”


Bringing It Back Home
In the fall 2019 issue of Triton Magazine, UC San Diego alumni-turned-faculty are asked what motivated their return. Among them: Matthew Ustaszewski, Nate Garcia, and Michael Fagan of History, Melissa Eward of Visual Arts, and Triton twins Jared and Jonathan Mattson from Music.


The Private Art of Theodor Dr. Seuss Geisel - Dinner in the Library 2019
Professor of Literature Seth Lerer joins a panel of distinguished speakers at the UC San Diego Library tracing the literary and artistic significance of Dr. Seuss’ paintings and sketches.


IDEAS to Fall For
Music professor Shahrokh Yadegari says UC San Diego’s IDEAS series will, “push the boundaries of art and science.”


Review: Echo Theater’s new play shows a sex act. Should we watch?
Theatre and Dance student Michael Rishawn takes part in Echo Theater’s latest play, “Handjob.”


Dance and Stuff: With Brian Schaefer
In Episode 117 of the podcast Dance and Stuff, Theatre and Dance alumni Brian Schaefer joins Reid and Jack to discuss his time at UC San Diego and his respective department, with praise for faculty, facilities, and the education here.


Survey of Most Produced Plays Shows Diversity
The theatre landscape is being transformed by the likes of Lauren Yee, Theatre and Dance alumni, whose work in the arts has propelled her to the top of the list of most produced playwrights in the 2019 – 2020 season. She is among one of the most diverse suites of playwrights to date, and is fast on her way to “becoming one of America’s most celebrated young playwrights,” according to the San Diego-Union Tribune. Yee, who was recently interviewed by Rolling Out, is also slated to take part in the Modern Works festival in October.


At Cloaca Projects, ‘The Pleasure Ground’ Turns ‘Round Right
Visual Arts alumni Matt Savitsky’s latest installation at Cloaca Projects is called “delightful, and so mesmerizing.”


San Diego Students Rally for Climate Action in Second Round of Global Protests
Ph.D. candidate Kristen Tregar is one of several Theatre and Dance students joining in on the second round of global climate action protests, along with colleagues from Music. Tregar directed undergraduate students in a performance aimed at addressing the climate crisis.


New Exhibit at the Qualcomm Institute’s gallery@calit2 Explores Boundaries Between Objects and Being
Visual Arts assistant professor Pinar Yoldas joins New York-based visual artist Terike Haapoja in a panel discussion and reception. The panel serves to celebrate the premiere of Haapoja’s newest art exhibition.


6 Theatre Workers You Should Know
Theatre and Dance professor Jennifer Chang is spotlighted by American Theatre for the strides she’s making in her field. Chang is “interested in the question of ‘Who or what is an American?’ at this moment in time.”


Alexina Louie gets a rare honour for a Canadian composer: glory while she’s live
Music alumni Alexina Louise has been titled one of the featured events at the Honens Piano Festival, in a “remarkable moment in Bella Concert Hall.”


“Icons of Dissent" with Jeremy Prestholdt: A deeper look at Che Guevara
History professor Jeremy Prestholdt delves into the contemporary significance of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in this video.


Do Works by Men Toppled by #MeToo Belong in the Classroom?
Theatre and Dance was mentioned in this New York Times article about course offerings. An op-ed on the subject was published in The Times (UK).


The story in the sound
Music alumni Yvette J. Jackson is featured in The Harvard Gazette as she embarks on her first year as an assistant professor in the Department of Music at Harvard University.


Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee Win 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards
Lauren Yee, Theatre and Dance alumni, is one of two recipients of the prestigious 2019 Steinberg Playwrights Awards. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, set to award Yee with a cash prize of $50,000, says her work has, “made an indelible impact in a remarkably short amount of time…” Further mentions are made about her impressive achievement in Theater Mania, Times Square Chronicles, and The Hollywood Reporter.


2019 Diana Forsythe Prize Winners
Lilly Irani, a member of the Institute for Practical Ethics Working Group on Data Analytic Governance and Accountability, wins the 2019 Diana Forsythe Prize for, “the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine.”


Decline and Fall of American Democracy?
“Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny” by History professor Edward Watts draws parallels between Rome’s fall and America’s contemporary political landscape. New York Magazine consults Watts’ book in sketching out the story of Rome, and El Mundo looks to “Mortal Republic” for finding such stark analogies between ancient civilizations and the political playing field built by Donald Trump today. Further references to Watts’ work are made by The Claremont Institute.


Playwrights Project announces contest-winning works for 2020 edition of young writers’ fest
Former winner of the California Young Playwrights Contest, Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee, now joins the panel of professionals selecting this year’s award-winning plays and writers.


Seoul's burgeoning drag scene confronts conservative attitudes
History professor Todd Henry is interviewed for his expertise in modern Korean history.


Six-Part Series on Q[ueer] Planet
Todd Henry of History embarks on a six-part YouTube series with the South Korean channel Q[ueer] Planet. Part I: Henry as a Scholar, Part II: It’aewon’s Transgender History, Part III: History of Same-Sex Weddings and Intersex Persons, Part IV: LGBTI Life in New Era of Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump, Part V: Henry's Coming Out Story, and Part VI: Henry's Hopes for South Korea are all available for viewing.


Stop saying America’s problems are like ancient Rome’s decline
History professor Edward Watts and his book “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny” are referenced in a Washington Post article deconstructing the America-Rome comparison, as well as The North Star Monthly. The Mercury calls the book, “well conceived, well paced, and well written.”


Museum celebrates Center’s 25th year with special exhibit
Late Visual Arts professor Ernest Silva, as well as alumni Jean Lowe and Doris Bittar take part in a celebration of the California Center for the Arts’ 25th year with museum exhibit.


Justin Chien, Christine Lin, Grant Chang and James Eckhouse Set for BD Wong Helmed THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee at Pasadena Playhouse, November 6 – December 1
Theatre and Dance
alumni Lauren Yee’s “The Great Leap” is reported on. The widely-hailed production also receives a casting announcement, is reminisced about by Broadway World, and reviewed by Hyde Park Herald, as well as Third Coast Review. The Los Angeles Times also references the play.


Next generation of Asian American theater artists gain steam
“Acclaimed Chinese American playwright” Lauren Yee of Theatre and Dance is mentioned for her dazzling play “Cambodian Rock Band.” The piece is reviewed by the Pittsburgh City Paper. Pittsburgh Current calls it a “remarkable feat” and The Lowell Sun writes that it’s “filled with such joyous, yet poignant, moments.”


The Top 10 Play List in the U.S. Welcomes a New Demographic
Lauren Yee of Theatre and Dance is among three playwrights of color on this year’s list of most produced plays. Slate names Yee for placing second on American Theatre’s list of top 20 most-produced playwrights of the 2019-20 season.


Broadway-Bound Six, Bruce Norris’ Downstate, More Among 2019 Equity Jeff Award Winners in Chicago
Theatre and Dance faculty member Vanessa Stalling is among the most awarded companies at the 51st annual Equity Jeff Awards, for her work on “Photograph 51.”


Charles Curtis
Music faculty member Charles Curtis is played on NTS Radio.


The Top 20* Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2019-20 Season
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee is the second-most produced playwright of the 2019-2020 season. No surprise then, her pieces “Cambodian Rock Band” and “The Great Leap” are two of the top 10 produced plays, American Theatre magazine reports.


MARIANA FLORES BUCIO - LA CIGARRA - Festival “Culturas de México” 2019
Music graduate student Mariana Flores Bucio performed for Mexico’s Independence Day in Mexico City.


Anything but ‘Tongue-Tied’: Susan Narucki, Donald Berman shine in Sunday Concert Series
Music professor and Arts and Community Engagement director Susan Narucki present a song recital featuring works by emerging composers.


Spotlight on King Britt - Alarm Will Sound
New faculty member in Music King Britt is featured in this video about his collaborative work with Alarm Will Sound.


Continuity and Innovation in Traditional Chinese Painting
Co-sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities and the 21st Century China Center, this exhibition of Chinese paintings at the University Art Gallery was discussed by Visual Arts professor Kuiyi Shen.


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds a whirlwind of music
Busier than ever, the acclaimed Music composer continues to boldly explore the cutting edge of music, 50 years after he began teaching at UC San Diego.


“Icons of Dissent” with Jeremy Prestholdt: A deeper look at Tupac Shakur
History professor Jeremy Prestholdt explains the contemporary significance of Tupac Shakur as a world-wide icon. Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996. Prestholdt’s latest book, “Icons of Dissent: The Global Resonance of Che, Marley, Tupac and Bin Laden” was published by Oxford University Press in July 2019.


MY SONG (KEITH JARRETT)
Interviewed for the Rabbit Hole Soul podcast, Music chair David Borgo explores Keith Jarrett’s 1978 masterpiece “My Song.”


Marsha Stephanie Blake Join Amazon Rachel Brosnahan Feature ‘I’m Your Woman’
Deadline reports on career moves of Theatre and Dance alumni Marsha Stephanie Blake.


How to Attract Touring Authors to a City That Most Skip
Literature alumni Julie Dixon Evans pens this piece on her literary journal “Last Exit,” a reading series that puts San Diego on the literary map.


Ricardo Chavira & Gabriel Chavarria To Star In Netflix’s Selena Series
MFA acting alumni in Theatre and Dance Ricardo Chavira is cast in a new Netflix series.


Wrong Craig Callender: Quantum Field Theory Tells Us We Are Right About Black Hole Thermodynamics
Philosophy professor Craig Callender’s recent comments on black holes generates discussion.


UC San Diego Foundation Board Trustees Bridge Campus and Community
The newly elected trustees include Music professor and Arts and Community Engagement director Susan Narucki.


Toy Pianos Take Center Stage at UC San Diego Festival
Congrats to alumni Scott Paulson, director of the 19th Annual Toy Piano Festival. This year’s festival includes performances and new work from Music alumni: Samara Rice, Alex Segal and Christian Hertzog.


Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?
Philosophy professor Craig Callender worries that the analogy between black holes and thermodynamics has been stretched too far.


10 Trustees Added to UCSD Foundation After $2 Billion Raised in Campaign
Music professor and Arts and Community Engagement director Susan Narucki is featured.


View from the Country: Only in America
Edward Watts of History has his work discussed in this local press.


Culture Report: Art and the Anthropocene Along the Border
Visual Arts alumni Diana Benavidez is among the artists in “Anthropocene: Humans & Nature” at Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, open through Sept. 28.


2019 Equity Jeff Nominations Announced
Theatre and Dance professor Vanessa Stalling was nominated in the category Director-Play-Large and Stephanie Diaz, BA, was nominated for “Puppet Design for Wolf Play.”


Painting “Nameless, Faceless” Chinese Workers Into History
MFA alumni in Visual Arts Hung Liu in exhibition at Nevada Museum of Art giving remembrance to 1,200 once-unknown Chinese workers who lost their lives constructing the Transcontinental Railroad.


Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Marie Mullen, and Shuler Hensley Join THE MUSIC MAN
Theatre and Dance alumni Jefferson Mays is cast in this highly anticipated revival.


Strelka announces “The Terraforming,” a research program headed by Benjamin Bratton
Visual Arts professor Benjamin Bratton oversees a new project on terraforming.


Relive your dance team days with Moxie Theatre’s ‘Dance Nation’
Featured is “Red Bike” by Caridad Svich, directed by Lisa Berger: Svich is a much-admired playwright and Theatre and Dance alumni.


Stephen Buescher settles racial discrimination lawsuit with ACT
Theatre and Dance professor Stephen Buescher is interviewed by Datebook.


Without Walls Festival to Feature Third Rail Projects, Strange Fruit
The La Jolla Playhouse series will include work by Theatre and Dance chair Allan Havis.


These married artists use computers to help generate art and make people think
Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy — Visual Arts alumni, spouses, artists and frequent collaborators — make art with a message.


‘Lacustre’ patiently observes a deepening eco-crisis in Mexico
Paolo Zuñiga, a recent Visual Arts alumni, will premiere work at the San Diego Underground Film Festival.


San Diego Underground Film Festival Strives To ‘Deviate From The Norm’
“We feel underground is any type of media or thing that deviates from the norm that you’re being fed through Hollywood, through even regular film festivals,” said Ryan Betschart, lead curator for SDUFF and Visual Arts alumni.


Library Unveils Newly Acquired, Rarely Seen Artwork by Theodor Seuss Geisel on Sept. 20
In addition to having an opportunity to see the art, guests will hear from a panel of experts who will delve into Geisel’s literary and artistic impact. Members of the panel include Literature professor Seth Lerer.


You Have the Right to Be Brilliant: Dr. Angela Davis
“Society tends to discredit the brilliance of Black people because that brilliance always pushes us forward,” Philosophy alumni Angela Davis says in this Q&A curated by Colin Kaepernick.


A love letter to mom in 72 photos: Artist Susan Mogul’s latest, now on view
Susan Mogul, an MFA Visual Arts alumni, is featured in the Los Angeles Times. Their exhibition is at the gallery As Is L.A.


Dear San Diego, You Must See This Show
From San Diego Magazine: It’s a homecoming of sorts for director Michael Greif, who attended Theatre and Dance’s graduate directing program and served as artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse from 1994 to 1999.


Two Billion Reasons to Celebrate
“By sharing this educational vision, and with support from donors, UC San Diego is taking its place as a key partner in our region and state,” said Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta. “As a public university, we have a duty to serve our diverse communities by educating future leaders as whole individuals equipped to transcend the boundaries between humanism and science, and between thinking and doing. Active participation from those who also envision a bettered society ultimately helps us all.”


The Campaign for UC San Diego
Achieving the $2 billion milestone through the Campaign for UC San Diego has transformed our community, strengthened our research and supported our ability to educate the underserved. Philanthropy has impacted our campus in so many ways, including the establishment of the Institute for Practical Ethics.


Before “Crazy Rich Asians,” YouTubers Paved the Way for Better Asian Representation
Visual Arts alumni who created Wong Fu Productions are featured in this Teen Vogue article.


From Star to Sun: The Qualcomm Institute’s CAVE Expands
The Qualcomm Institute’s current CAVE, the SunCAVE, was built ground up, panel by panel, by Department of Music alumnus Joel Polizzi ‘14. Polizzi, a visualization engineering technician at the Qualcomm Institute, is now helping the SunCAVE enter the next generation with fellow alumnus Isaac Nealey ‘18, a graduate of the Visual Arts department and a visualization software developer at the institute.


Survey: Teachers turn to peers for guidance on instruction
Philosophy professor Nancy Cartwright’s latest research is used in this Education Dive article.


Norman Design Fund
Music student Gabriel Zalles receives recognition for their “MEMS Ambisonic Mic Project” from the Design Lab.


ICE Celebrates Gifts Of Iranian Female Composers
The recently formed Iranian Female Composers Association present a 90-minute program of chamber music, led by composers Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Anahita Abbasi and Aida Shirazi. Abbasi is a current Music student.


Reappointment of Cristina Della Coletta as Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities
“The review committee concluded, and we wholeheartedly agree, that Dean Della Coletta has provided outstanding leadership in her capacity as dean. The Division of Arts and Humanities has flourished with an enhanced reputation during her first term.”


Photo Flash: Cast Announced for San Francisco’s HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, Now in Rehearsals!
Theatre and Dance alumni Angela Reed is Ginny in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in San Francisco and Justin Livengood is a production assistant. They currently are in rehearsals with previews starting in October.


Patty Chang: From Xinjiang to the Atlantic Ocean
Visual Arts alumni Patty Chang: “I started performing during my time as a student at UC San Diego in a department that was very much centered on conceptual art and critical thinking. Eleanor Antin was teaching a writing class and I later took a performance class with her.”


6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Music alumni in New York are featured in this weekend roundup.


Who’s Fighting for Gender Equity in Classical Music?
Anahita Abbasi, a current Music student, and her Iranian Female Composers Association are featured.


Boxing Gloves, Birthday Candles
Theatre and Dance playwriting alumni Lily Padilla began writing “Defend” in 2016 — about a year before sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein surged the Me Too movement into the mainstream — while attending graduate school at UC San Diego.


Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice: Predicting What Will Work Locally
Nancy Cartwright of Philosophy has her research published in the American Educational Research Journal.


The History of the Blues… Scale?
“The History of the Blues…Scale?” by Music Ph.D. candidate Asher Tobin Chodos is a featured guest post in Ethan Iverson’s blog: “Do the Math.”


The Fifth Annual Stage Raw Theater Awards Nominees!
Congratulations to Theatre and Dance professors Kim Rubinstein and Stephen Buescher, and MFA alumni Anna Robinson for their LA Stage Raw Theater Nominations.


UC San Diego Offers Admission to More Diverse California Residents
Nearly two-thirds of admitted first-year and transfer students are from California, up 7% from last year.


Kafka journey not over for local scholar
Babak Rahimi of Literature called Diamant “a good, solid researcher who has shed important light on the subject.”


14th Annual MFA Playwrights Workshop Launches New Work Next Week In Washington D.C.
Theatre and Dance students Steph Del Rosso and Ali Viterbi were selected for the prestigious playwriting workshop.


Looking Back at MOULIN ROUGE!’s Danny Burstein and His Spectacular Spectacular Career
Danny Burstein, an alumni from Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the much-anticipated “Moulin Rouge!” on Broadway.


Researching at the Top of a Slippery Slope?
“Does researching geoengineering — specifically, stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) — lead us onto a slippery slope, at the bottom of which awaits the deployment of a morally objectionable technology?,” Institute for Practical Ethics postdoc scholar Daniel Callies writes.


Angela Davis to be inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame
The honor goes to Philosophy alumni Angela Davis, inducted Sept. 14.


UCSD Alum Stars In Musical Parody Of Beloved Sitcom ‘Friends’
Sami Griffith, a Theatre and Dance alumni, stars in the off-Broadway production.


UC San Diego to host Summer Program for Women in Philosophy
The San Diego News Group helped promote Philosophy’s summer program.


‘A zero-sum game’: Community revives fight for Philippine studies program at UC Berkeley
The issue of finding an endowment to fund the program started … about 25 years ago, during current Literature professor John Blanco’s time as a campus graduate student.


Addressing Gender Imbalance: Summer Program for Women in Philosophy
Longstanding Summer Program for Women in Philosophy at UC San Diego offers supportive experience for undergraduates wishing to pursue advanced degrees in philosophy.


The Ambient Influence on Contemporary Music
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, a Music alumni and well-known composer, is featured.


‘The Book of Mormon’ returns to town on tour — and with it the UCSD-trained actor Jacques C. Smith
Jacques C. Smith, though, did one better: He was plucked from the UC San Diego Theatre and Dance program to take on a plum role in the smash hit “Rent” while he was still in school.


Moulin Rouge!’s Danny Burstein on His Failed Attempt at Painting Nails, Singing Sia & More
“I’ve never seen anything like it. You’ve never felt a vibe quite like that on Broadway. It’s the most beautiful show I’ve ever been a part of. And the show that happens is pretty good, too,” said Theatre and Dance alumni Danny Burstein.


Voice on China – Sarah Schneewind: Author, “Shrines to Living Men in the Ming Political Cosmos”
“A person’s interests, I think, are like falling in love—there’s no real rhyme or reason to it,” History professor Sarah Schneewind says in the Q&A on her research.


Lauren Yee and Marcus Gardley Receive Doris Duke Artist Awards
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the winners of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Awards, including Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee.


Climate Engineering: A Normative Perspective
Institute for Practical Ethics scholar Daniel Callies has his research published in a book on the prospective policy response to the urgent problem of climate change.


Announcing the 4th Cohort of Tow Playwrights-in-Residence
Theatre and Dance alumni Emily Feldman and Jiehae Park are part of the 2019-2020 group, and Dave Harris is part of the 2020-2021 The Tow Foundation residency, right after he graduates.


UCSC emerita professor Angela Davis to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame
The Philosophy alumni will be inducted mid September.


Music innovator George Lewis and playwright Lauren Yee receive $275,000 Doris Duke Foundation Artists Awards
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee and former Music professor George Lewis’s honor.


Emerging HSIs Step Up to Serve Hispanic, Latinx Students
The Institute of Arts and Humanities Lantix Studies Program is highlighted as contributing to the emerging HSI status of UC San Diego.


Marsha Stephanie Blake Shines As Linda McCray In Netflix’s Unflinching ‘When They See Us’
“When They See Us” brings an acting nomination to Marsha Stephanie Blake, a Theatre and Dance alumni.


In new ‘Forging Territories’ exhibit, artist places herself in center of work and center of ‘questioning and reckoning’
Visual Arts student dana washington speaks to the San Diego Union-Tribune ahead of a new exhibition.


MFA Artist Eddy Miramontes Awarded David Antin Prize at UC San Diego
The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts awarded artist Eddy Miramontes the David Antin Endowed Prize for Excellence in MFA Visual Arts. Having graduated June 2019, Miramontes is the second recipient.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus announces 2019-20 season
“At a certain point, I realized that all our concerts are about how we understand our lives now in San Diego,” said Steven Schick, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus music director and Music professor.


Look Back at the Tony-Nominated Performances of Danny Burstein
Theatre and Dance alumni Danny Burstein, who will soon appear in Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge!,” celebrates his birthday June 16, Playbill reports.


Philosophy Talk: J.S. Mill and the Good Life
The Philosophers fulfill their potential with David Brink from Philosophy, author of “Mill’s Progressive Principles.”


Making Art with AI
Robert Twomey, a postdoctoral researcher in the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, taught the class, which is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned an MFA in Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in digital arts and experimental media.


2019 Outstanding Graduates
Literature major Erik Abram Hernandez Overcomes Obstacles to Become Human Rights Hero


Donald Trump, opera star? Maybe so, in Anthony Davis’ ‘Central Park Five’
The current president pays a key role in “The Central Park Five,” the wildly ambitious new work by acclaimed cutting-edge composer and Music professor Anthony Davis. Davis’ opera received media coverage in the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times and San Francisco Classical Voice, with reviews coming in from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, among others.


Top 25 Graduate Schools for an Acting Degree, Ranked
From the Hollywood Reporter, which sees our acting program in Theatre and Dance rise to number three overall: A couple of key faculty moves — the installation of Vanessa Stalling as head of directing and the poaching of movement teacher Stephen Buescher from American Conservatory Theater — have invigorated this program, which shares facilities with the world-famous La Jolla Playhouse. Second-year students get a small role in a Playhouse production (like the Tony-nominated Junk, which transferred to Broadway with grad Sean McIntyre in the cast).


Q&A: UCSD Professor, La Jolla Playhouse Artist on Designing the Set for California-Born Temptations Musical
The Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud” had its world premiere in California before eventually transferring the Broadway. The creative minds behind the Tony-nominated musical have strong San Diego ties, including Robert Brill of Theatre and Dance. Additional coverage for Brill included the San Diego Union-Tribune.


Philosopher Nancy Cartwright Honored for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement
UC San Diego distinguished professor of Philosophy is first woman honored with prestigious Hempel Award, says there is opportunity for more to contribute to field


Books That Will Crawl Under Your Skin — in a Good Way!
Literature alumni Heather Fowler, a former department lecturer and staff, just had their seventh book and debut short story collection “Suspended Heart” featured by the New York Times.


An interview with Professor Paul Pickowitcz (PDF)
History professor Paul Pickowitcz conducts a Q&A ahead of his Golden Chopsticks ceremony.


Interview with an Artist: Bailey Davenport
Visual Arts student Bailey Davenport is featured by the UCSD Guardian for her compelling, year-end work. Davenport, who is pursuing their MFA, was also included in Hyperallergic.


Ciarlene Coleman is ‘Your Best American Girl’
Music alum Ciarlene Coleman wrote and appeared in the one-person show for the San Diego Fringe Festival. The show was included in KPBS Midday Edition coverage as well.


2019 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal Recipients
J.P. Messina of Philosophy is named a Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal awardee.


Drone-us Patronus: The Dark Art Of Elevating The Multibillion-Dollar ‘Harry Potter’ Franchise
Stephen Siercks, Theatre and Dance alum and Universal Studios Hollywood Senior Director of Entertainment Production said, “It takes an incredible team of creative directors, technicians, designers, and others over two years to fully conceive, create and develop these experiences from concept through to completion.”


The Mattson 2 reinvent their sound on ‘Paradise’
San Diego City Beat previews Music alumni The Mattson 2 ahead of their next local show. The duo were also featured in the Washington Post.


‘San Diego 2049’ offers a glimpse of possible futures
Student groups from Visual Arts, as well as alumni Kim Stanley Robinson, are featured by San Diego City Beat.


How Dr. Seuss’s ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ became a graduation-gift cliché
“What Dr. Seuss hit in ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ and the reason it’s been adopted is because many people now think that the transition is not about reading and writing, it’s about action. It’s about doing. It’s about going places. That speaks to a lot of what many people would like to believe about the world now: Armed with your iPhone and Dr. Seuss, you can conquer the world,” said Literature professor Seth Lerer.


Student orchestra to share music of Studio Ghibli in performance at UCLA
David Dong said the soundtracks of films from the well-known Japanese animation studio, such as those found in “Spirited Away” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” inspired him to study Music at UC San Diego.


Understanding the Ethics of Genetic Engineering
The UC San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics hosted its inaugural conference on the ethics and social implications of gene drives, bringing together leading scientists and ethicists working toward a better understanding of what happens when—not if—genetic engineering becomes increasingly commonplace.


UC San Diego New Guggenheim Fellows Shine Excellence
Chemical biologist, composer and engineer gleam in pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. Music’s Katharina Rosenberger is featured in this UC San Diego News Center release.


Echoes of 1969
In the Spring Issue of Triton Magazine, the Division of Arts and Humanities is well represented: “What it means to Witness” features Literature alumni Luis Alberto Urrea; “Who is Angela Davis?” features the Philosophy alumni; “UC San Diego Giving Day“ includes Visual Arts alumni and former professor Kim MacConnel; “Then & Now“ and “Crossing Over“ feature History professor and alumni Luis Alvarez; and “On the Shelf“ includes a book by Visual Arts alumni Jessica L. Horton. What’s more, History professor Jeremy Prestholdt’s research on the “Icons of Dissent” is highlighted in a full feature.


Seth Lerer Interview
UC Irvine media interviews Literature professor Seth Lerer in the YouTube clip.


Drop In & Write
Visual Arts MFA student Lauryn Smith is the guest leader in a writing session, promoted by San Diego City Beat.


Breaking Down Barriers to Success
PATH transfer students in Philosophy and Literature shine in campus-wide McNair Program. “It’s particularly important that our transfer students receive the support they need when arriving to UC San Diego in order for them to understand the full scope of possibilities that will help them succeed,” said dean Cristina Della Coletta.


The Revenge of Poet and Playwright Dave Harris
Theatre and Dance MFA student Dave Harris writes about revenge, racism and his father in a new book of poetry.


43 Questions The Mattson 2
UC San Diego Alumni sat with Music alumni The Mattson 2 at Fallen Star, which included a closing jam session.


Fil-Am Jennifer Chang wins Drama Critics Circle best director award
The Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for best direction goes to Theatre and Dance faculty member and alumni Jennifer Chang.


Put on Your Kid Gloves
For those of you who are literature majors, or even those who are interested in Literature, Professor Margaret A. Loose is someone worth getting to know, writes transfer student Claudia Miranda.


American 2024
Theatre and Dance faculty member and alumni Naomi Iizuka and her work is featured in the New York Times Magazine. In it, Iizuka imagines the U.S. five years into the future, in 2024.


Schools of the Stars: Where the 2019 Tony Nominees Went to College
Robert Brill, Theatre and Dance faculty member and alumni, receives a nomination for this year’s Tony Awards, for his scenic design on “Ain’t Too Proud.” Coverage of the nominations was quick, and included the New York Times, the Associated Press and Live Design, among many others.


Machines Can Create Art, but Can They Jam?
“Deep learning in jazz has similarly downplayed the crucial rhythmic, timbral, and textural aspects of music,” says Music professor and saxophonist David Borgo in Scientific American. “Research in this area has tended to focus on getting computers to play the ‘right notes,’ but we are still a long way from designing systems capable of the micro and macro temporal, timbral and textural adjustments necessary to groove together and to develop high-level collective improvisation in an unscripted fashion with human musicians (rather than insisting that human musicians improvise with, or groove to, the computer).”


Before Chabad Tragedy, San Diego Built Bridges with Jewish/Muslim Seder
One of the leaders of the San Diego chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is Eliza Slavet, a Ph.D. alumni in Literature.


What the Sighted Don’t See
Jimmy Cong, a Visual Arts student, was interviewed by the UCSD Guardian.


San Diego 2049: Closing Keynote with Kim Stanley Robinson and Team Project Competition
Literature alumni Kim Stanley Robinson’s return to UC San Diego was featured in San Diego City Beat.


UC San Diego Composer Introduces ‘Central Park Five’ Opera
Anthony Davis of Music sat with KPBS Midday Edition to discuss his newest opera. The work premieres at Long Beach Opera in June, with a special preview at UC San Diego as part of the division’s Arts and Community Engagement initiative.


Grammy-winner Kamau Kenyatta and composer Joe Garrison doubly in sync
The Union-Tribune interviewed friends Kamau Kenyatta and Joe Garrison of Music ahead of their concert at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.


Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire Series
History professor Edward Watts was the special guest on a multiple-episode, fund-drive special for KPFA radio. The program grew from Watts’s research on the fall of the Roman Republic.


Ranking celebrity chef cookbooks ... by how many animals their recipes kill
Citing research published last year, Vox publishes a full feature on work by Philosophy’s Andy Lamey.


2019 Literature Award Winners
The American Academy of Arts and Letters awards Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee with a prestigious Arts and Letters Award in Literature.


Dave Harris’ “Exception to the Rule” Sets World Premiere with Roundabout Underground
Current MFA student in Theatre and Dance continues accolades for this playwriting work. Playbill also reported on the premiere, Dave Harris’s New York City debut.


Cast And Creative Team Announced For Diversionary’s San Diego Premiere
Theatre and Dance is well represented back of house with alumni and students in the upcoming Diversionary Theatre production, “Significant Other.”


CONSTELLATION: three works in movement
Theatre and Dance faculty member Yolande Snaith’s production is featured in San Diego City Beat.


Welcome to the Festival
Tickets available now for the five world-premiere productions at the Theatre and Dance Wagner New Play Festival, April 30 – May 18 in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District. Coverage included the Voice of San Diego and the Union-Tribune. Broadway World included separate listings for each production: “The Jefferson Middle School,” “The Gradient,” “Monster,” “Shame Spiral“ and “Dutchess!”


 

The History of English and the Pedagogy of Belonging
Literature professor Seth Lerer pens this long-read op-ed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.


City College to host UC San Diego’s humanities conference
The division’s PATH program was center stage at a humanities conference, held at San Diego City College.


13 Emerging Artists Demonstrate ‘Eccentricity Has Room’ at MCASD Exhibition
Times of San Diego previewed the graduating MFA student show from Visual Arts.


Changing Strategies to Save Nature
UC San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics speaker series brings environmental writer Emma Marris to campus during Earth Month celebrations.


Guggenheim Award ‘A Milestone’ for UC San Diego Professor Katharina Rosenberger
Department of Music composer will research relationship of movement and sound, premiering new composition as part of prestigious fellowship. “The fellowship will allow me to embark on an entirely new research of capturing sound and performance that’s technically complicated,” Rosenberger said.


Should There Be Open Borders?
Department of Philosophy distinguished lecture series Ethics in the Public Sphere brings timely — and ethical — discussion of immigration to campus.


LIVE - The 2019 BEARLS Academe Awards
Division staff member Laura Martin and Music student Johnny Echavarria were nominated for a BEARL award from Warren College.


Celebrating Contemporary Literature
Literature’s spring quarter New Writing Series has faculty and staff writers, up-and-coming authors and MFA alumni enhancing the local literary scene. “The New Writing Series is key to providing literary arts education to UC San Diego undergraduate and graduate students, and is one of the longest-running and best-attended ongoing San Diego literary events,” said Literature professor Brandon Som. The Voice of San Diego covered the news.


L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards: Antaeus and Celebration lead the way
Theatre and Dance professor and alumni Jennifer Chang, and alumni Lauren Yee’s work, were honored in Los Angeles.


Voices of the Golden Ghosts opens at Shasta College Theater Saturday night
Mark Oliver, MFA Theatre and Dance alumni, served as project director.


Philosophy Professor Awarded $1.2 Million Grant to Advance Research on Free Will and Responsibility
In partnership with the Universidad de los Andes, three-year program will help develop scholars between the U.S. and Latin America. Manual Vargas of Philosophy, who co-won the award at UC San Diego, was interviewed by the APA blog about the award. The John Templeton Foundation gave an update.


La Jolla Playhouse and UC San Diego Partner on New Program (PDF)
First announced at the MFA graduation ceremony, La Jolla Playhouse and the Department of Theatre and Dance have partnered to offer joint commissions for graduating playwrights. The Union-Tribune, La Jolla Light, San Diego Community News and American Theatre reported.


Faculty Celebrated for Extraordinary Teaching, Research and Service
Robert Brill of Theatre and Dance and Craig Callender of Philosophy and the Institute of Practical Ethics were honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards.


A Commitment to the Principles of Equity and Diversity
Five UC San Diego graduate students, including History’s Kevan Malone, selected for the national Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.


New Music Monday: Ron Jackson, Holly Cole, Mark Dresser & More
Jazziz reviews Music professor Mark Dresser’s new album, “Ain’t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You,” calling Dresser, “one of the most enthralling figures of the contemporary avant-garde jazz scene.”


Alvin Lucier Orpheus Variations
Music professor Charles Curtis receives praise for his work on the Alvin Lucier album, “Orpheus Variations.”


Susan Narucki Lands New Academic Role in San Diego
Musical America Worldwide writes about Music professor Susan Narucki’s new position as Director of Arts and Community Engagement, an initiative of the division.


Spring classical picks: Mahler’s Eighth, Hannigan’s Ojai and ‘Central Park Five’
Music’s Anthony Davis has his new opera selected as a best bet from the Los Angeles Times.


Upcoming MS walk, ‘Without Walls’ festival announced and more
Music’s Spring Fest is included in these news briefs.


Review: Conjuring the Splintered Self With Electronics and Voice
Music’s Natacha Diels was mentioned in the New York Times for her work “Bahnhof.”


International Peace Photographer Reza Deghati to Speak at UC San Diego
Organized by the division, the visiting Persian artist brings universal message of hope for humanity. Reza appeared on CBS8, and the event was featured in Pacific San Diego and Voice of San Diego Culture Report.


Anthony Davis’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ concert to re-visit two of his operas — and preview his next
The San Diego Union-Tribune previews latest concert from Anthony Davis of Music.


In new UC San Diego exhibit, photographer pictures a dream for a better world
The upcoming visit from Reza, guest of the Division, is previewed in the Union-Tribune.


Lei Liang, A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose
New work from Lei Liang of Music is featured.


9th Annual Integrity Award Ceremony
Kristen Tregar, a Ph.D. student in Theatre and Dance, is honored as a model of integrity by the university.


European Research Council Awards UC San Diego Professor 2.5 million Euros for Music Research
Distinguished Professor of Music Jann Pasler will conduct five-year study of the musical dimension of the French empire to expand understanding of contemporary cultural relations. The Times of San Diego covered the award.


Notable Australian Historian Dirk Moses Uncovers the Contingent Origins of Genocide on April 10
The highly-acclaimed historian will make a presentation at the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies Program.


Triton Women, Making an Impact: Tamara Jenkins, ‘05
Olympian and History alumni Tamara Jenkins said her favorite event on campus is, naturally, the Triton 5K.


The Caesura That Led to Medical School
Published writer and Literature alumni Jayinee Basu takes a break — to pursue a medical career.


Artist Carrie Mae Weems to explore legacy of African American identity, class, culture
Visual Arts alumni Carrie Mae Weems to appear at Emory University.


Secane’ actor Bowman Wright gets a ‘Gem’ of a role in August Wilson play at Arden Theatre
Theatre and Dance alumni Bowman Wright has been in six of August Wilson’s plays.


Decolonization and the Settler-Indigenous Relationship
UC San Diego Theatre and Dance faculty member Julie Burelle uses performance and art to expand Indigenous studies.


City College event encourages women to speak up
Philosophy professor Manuel Vargas is a panelist on the San Diego City College-hosted #BelieveWomen talk, part of their fifth-annual Social Justice and Education Conference.


Meet the Winners of the National Magazine Award for Fiction
As featured in McSweeny’s, Literature alum Julia Dixon Evans wins a National Magazine award for fiction.


O apelo moralista
History associate professor Benjamin Cowan was interviewed, in Portuguese, regarding recent events in Brazil.


The Jazz of the Surf
Profiled in Triton magazine, the San Diego Music Awards’ 2019 Best Jazz Album goes to Music alumni jazz duo, Jared and Jonathan Mattson aka The Mattson 2.


‘The Future Of Literature’: Whiting Awards Celebrate 10 Emerging Writers
Whiting Foundation Award winners were announced at a ceremony in New York City and include playwright and Theatre and Dance alum Lauren Yee. In addition to NPR linked above, American Theatre, Literary Hub, Buzz Feed News, The Paris Review, Bustle and The Cut all reported the news.


Uncovering ‘Icons of Dissent’
From Bob Marley and Tupac to Che Guevara and Osama bin Laden, History professor Jeremy Prestholdt explains the importance — and changing faces — of global figures. Want more? Prestholdt explains more in this additional Q&A, A Deeper look at Global Icons.


Triton Women, Making and Impact: Lauren Yee ‘12
In honor of Women’s History month, ThisWeek @ UC San Diego featured a series of stories highlighting female faculty, staff, students and alumnae and the difference they are making in the world. First up? Lauren Yee of Theatre and Dance.


Pence says the US has been ‘a force for good in the Middle East’ for ‘nearly 200 years.’ Here’s what historians say
Michael Provence of History weighs in on comments from the Vice President.


Trumpeter Steph Richards Follows Her Horn’s Lead On ‘Take The Neon Lights’
“There are also what I think of as listening trumpet players attuned to the horn’s idiosyncrasies and pet sounds. They don’t ignore history or technique but can start from scratch in a way, following the horn where it leads. [Music’s] Steph Richards is that kind of trumpet player,” said Kevin Whitehead on NPR’s Fresh Air.


Frost Opera Theater showcases the opera music of Anthony Davis
Music’s Anthony Davis took several of his opera pieces to Florida in advance of the San Diego show on April 3.


Professor Watts and the Wonders of the Past
“I decided to go under the history department because history departments have a lot of space for historians to do all kinds of things,” History professor Edward Watts said to the UC San Diego Guardian.


Liz Jenkins Isn’t Waiting for Your Permission
This Houston-born actor and Theatre and Dance alum Liz Jenkins finessed a guest spot on “Black-ish” into a recurring role, and she’s not stopping there.


Mark Dresser still the ace of bass
No arguments here about the Houston Chronicle’s assessment of Mark Dresser of Music.


2018 Hempel Award
The Philosophy of Science Association names Philosophy professor Nancy Cartwright the 2018 Hempel Award recipient.


Play about communal healing wins Yale Drama Series Prize
The Yale Drama Series Prize, one of the theater world’s most prestigious playwriting prizes, will be given to Theatre and Dance alum Lily Padilla for her play “How to Defend Yourself.” The play was developed while a MFA student at UC San Diego.


Catching up with actress Monique Gaffney
Monique Gaffney, a UC San Diego-trained artist who comes from regional theater royalty: Her dad was the late Floyd Gaffney, co-founder of Theatre and Dance, and longtime artistic director of Common Ground Theatre. Gaffney recently won an Exceptional Merit Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship.


Spring arts 2019 | Top classical music picks in San Diego
Anthony Davis of Music and his Black Lives Matter concert on April 3 is included in the Union-Tribune’s preview.


Centering The Margins Conference Looks To Writers of Color
Three-day event kicks off at San Diego Central Library and includes faculty from Literature.


What America Can Learn from Rome’s Collapse into Tyranny
History professor Edward Watts was on KQED Forum to discuss his latest research.


Duncan Shepherd and the Reader
Visual Arts alum Duncan Shepherd was the Reader’s sole movie critic for nearly 40 years. Shepherd retired from the Reader in 2010.


Stephanie Richards: New Trumpet Music
After her debut record, Music trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a premiere of works from her latest project, broadcast on UCTV.


Babette Mangolte: DANCE/ART/FILM
The Los Angeles Film Forum hosted Visual Arts professor Babette Mangolte March 15.


Keiko Green San Diego-bound
Seattle-based actress and playwright Keiko Green announced she will head south in the fall after accepting an offer to study at Theatre and Dance, her local paper announced.


Building an Archive of San Diego History
UC San Diego students bring campus to community and back in new Race and Oral History Project. In this audio story, Luis Alvarez of History and the Institute of Arts and Humanities says the community partners will “benefit from having UC San Diego students come through their sites and work with them. What that does is helps them see UC San Diego as a resource.” The Voice of San Diego included our audio feature in their Culture Report.


Diedrick Brackens selected as Second Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist in Residence
In residency at UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts late October, Brackens brings his weaving and textile work that intersects identity, race and sexuality.


Dave Harris explores the Black experience
Local MFA playwright gets skin deep in new play at the Department of Theatre and Dance.


$1.2 Million for Free Will Project in Colombia
Santiago Amaya (Universidad de los Andes) and Manuel Vargas of Philosophy have collectively won a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for their project, “Free Will, Agency, and Responsibility.” More information was reported on the Universidad de los Andes website.


Theatre and Dance Students Gain Real-World Experience on New La Jolla Playhouse Musical, ‘Diana’
In addition to ensemble roles for three Theatre and Dance MFA actors, sound designer Stephen Jensen and stage manager Tyler Larson work diligently to bring production to life.


Duped by Troupe: A Failure of Imagination in La Jolla
In Triton News, a guest appearance by a former instructor gives way to promoting Literature’s New Writing Series, a free event for emerging artists.


Theater Workers ‘#LiftTheCurtain’ on Racism After Lawsuit
Following a discrimination lawsuit filed against a former employer, Theatre and Dance professor Stephen Buescher sparks an open conversation about racial inequality in the arts. American Theatre and the San Francisco Chronicle also report.


‘Cross-Wired’ Brings International Percussionists to UC San Diego for One Dynamic Week
Concerts, master classes will workshop and premiere new piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds of Music.


Big IDEAS Will be Showcased at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute
The sixth annual Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) series will kick off on March 1 with “Crossing Boundaries” featuring performances that arise from an interdisciplinary, project-oriented class at UC San Diego with graduate students Music, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts.


Young People Are Turning Our Climate Grief Into Hope
Music graduate student Peter Sloan pens this, their third article in a series on climate change for Triton News.


Nick Cave names his most loved poets
Musician Nick Cave says he always reads poetry to help his own work. One of his favorites? Rae Armantrout of Literature.


The UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents LIFE IS A DREA
Broadway World lists one of the latest Theatre and Dance productions.


Philharmonic to celebrate women composers in 2019-2020 season
To celebrate the 19th Amendment centennial, the New York Philharmonic has created a headline series for their 2019-2020 season which will include Music alumni Anna Thorvaldsdottir.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus concert to showcase new work by LJ White
White is the inaugural recipient of the Brenda and Steven Schick (Music) Commission, “which will fund new symphonic music that embraces values of social and environmental optimism.”


Three UC San Diego Playwrights to Receive World Premieres at Prestigious Humana New Play Festival
The satire “Everybody Black” by current MFA student Dave Harris will simultaneously be staged at UC San Diego during the 2018 – 2019 Theatre and Dance season.


Institute of Arts and Humanities Receives California Humanities Grant for Community Conversations
The University of California San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities received a two year, $10,000 Humanities for All Project Grant to support eight public forums that explore how the arts and humanities can inform discussion about important challenges facing citizens today. California Humanities promoted the institute’s first event, held Feb. 7.


UC San Diego’s Basement Establishes First Faculty Board
Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts), Lisa Porter (Theatre and Dance) and Luis Alvarez (History) will serve on The Basement’s inaugural faculty board.


Chiaro Award Program 2019
Visual Arts professor Monique van Genderen has been selected for a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts.


UC San Diego history prof’s book on fall of Rome’s democracy draws parallels to today
“The lesson we can take away from the Roman example is that a republic doesn’t last unless you protect it,” History professor Edward Watts said in an interview with the Union-Tribune. “It can and will die unless you ensure that it lives and thrives.”


Rizzhel Javier’s Steadfast Hope
In promotion of the Institute of Arts and Humanities Feb. 7 event, guest Rizzhel Javier appeared in the Voice of San Diego Culture Report.


Announcing the Winners of the inaugural California Young Book Collector’s Prize.
History Ph.D. student Matthew Wills wins first place for his collection of “Anti-Confucian Propaganda in Mao’s China.”


‘Jewish music’ program thrills at UC San Diego
Cecil Lytle of Music and the Lytle Scholarship Concert is featured.


Two UCSD-trained playwrights named as finalists for major award honoring female dramatists
Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee ‘12 and Lily Padilla ‘18 are among the 10 finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an international award that for 41 years has honored female playwrights from around the world. The Blackburn Prize announcement goes into depth for each finalist.


Felix L.A. Art Fair Reveals Exhibitors, Site-Specific Projects for Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Debut
Included in the fair is a hotel room installation of new and early paintings, drawings and other media set amidst functional furniture sculpture from Visual Arts alum and professor emeritus Kim MacConnel.


UC San Diego Founders Symposium 2018 - An Evening of Unconventional Wisdom
Theatre and Dance faculty member Kim Rubinstein speaks, distributed by University of California Television.


When mochi meets cupcake
Petit Bakery Co. — owned by Theatre and Dance alum Melody Hu — melds Asian, American, French traditions for gluten-free treats.


Yasmine Kasem’s space for prayer
Egyptian-American artist and Visual Arts grad student Yasmine Kasem reflects on her religious experience at new 1805 Gallery exhibition.


Katharina Rosenberger’s ‘Folds’ at National Sawdust
Katharina Rosenberger of Music has had a busy winter, EADM said in previewing her latest.


Behind hit plays ‘Photograph 51’ and ‘The Wolves,’ there’s director Vanessa Stalling
The Chicago Tribune gives one incredible shout-out to Theatre and Dance professor Vanessa Stalling.


Mary Beard, Ed Ruscha, and Lorna Simpson Awarded Getty Medals
Visual Arts alum Lorna Simpson is being honored with a 2019 Getty Medal. From the Art Forum announcement: “Working across painting, drawing, film, collage, and sculpture, Simpson often creates works depicting African American women.” The Glow Up published an interview with Simpson about the award.


What Inspires California’s Young Playwrights? Faith, Family...and Trash 
The annual Playwrights Project contest winners grapple with identity and take a dumpster dive into existentialism, with Theatre and Dance major Jalani Blankenship featured.


A New Path
Life experience and alumni support highlight a new program for students. This Triton magazine story includes History alumni Kimberly Phillips Boehm ‘82. They were featured in ThisWeek @ UC San Diego as well.


Nicole Miller: Kristina Kite Gallery
Visual Arts faculty member Nicole Miller’s exhibition “For Now” was reviewed by ArtForum. The show closes Feb. 26.


Cultural Components Are Key Parts of Mixed-Use Project
The nearly $9.8 million project by Visual Arts faculty member Teddy Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman is dubbed “Living Rooms at the Border.”


Latinx Philosophy
Philosophy faculty member Manual Vargas penned the Latinx Philosophy entry for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Two bullseyes and a miss
Great review in the San Diego Union-Tribune for Music student Qingqing Wang, a doctoral student in composition. Her piece was premiered by the La Jolla Symphony.


Rome Traded Freedom For Autocracy. How Does America’s Republic Compare?
Edward Watts of History was interviewed by NPR’s On Point about his latest research.


Hammer Projects: Jamilah Sabur
Jamilah Sabur ‘14 is an alumni from Visual Arts. Cultured Magazine said Hammer Museum assistant curator Erin Christovale has been following the work of Jamilah since the multimedia artist’s MFA thesis show.


Art Meets Engineering at UC San Diego
When artists and engineers collaborate, great things happen. An art exhibit currently showing at the Jacobs School of Engineering celebrates a diversity of interdisciplinary artistic practices happening here on campus, co-sponsored by the division.


Broadway stars Judy Kaye, Erin Davie join cast of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical ‘Diana’
Theatre and Dance student actors Nicole Javier, Allyn Moriyon and Enrico Nassi, as well as designers Tyler Larson (stage management) and Stephen Jensen (sound) are all part of the upcoming La Jolla Playhouse production, “Diana.”


Ready Triton One
Gaming today is a booming, worldwide industry with UC San Diego alumni in every dimension — from making tech to calling the plays, voicing the heroes and running the leagues. This Triton magazine story includes Visual Arts alumni Nicole Oliver ‘12.


Yasmine Kasem | Interview
Current MFA student from Visual Arts Yasmine Kasem is the artist in residence at 1805 Gallery, with a reception set for late January. “I think that much of the work I’ve made since pursuing a professional art career has had the objective of addressing different forms of islamophobia. However, most of my older work was not representing my personal feelings and there for, not really representing my individual identity as a Muslim woman,” they said.


Jan. 27 Lytle Scholarship Concert: Jewish Music from Bessarabia to Broadway
Annual concert supports Preuss School graduates attending UC San Diego: “This year’s concert is focused on the music of an ancient people sustained by a rich intellectual, religious, literary, political and social tradition,” said Cecil Lytle of Music, who created the annual concert.


Yearlong Holocaust Lecture Series Offers Perspective on Gender, Humanity and Resistance
The series is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the Institute of Arts and Humanities Jewish Studies Program.


2018 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
In the category of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity: “Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature” by Mira Balberg of History is awarded.


Space Travel, Resistance and Revolution Converge in New Art Exhibition at the Qualcomm Institute
“A Glimmer Exodus Sketchbook” by Michael Trigilio of Visual Arts weaves together more than a dozen works in various media exploring speculative realizations of intergalactic travel, planetary exodus, and themes of political unrest. The Times of San Diego also reported.


6 Theatre Workers You Should Know
Regan Linton, a celebrated alumna from Theatre and Dance, was selected as one of sex to watch this year.


‘Genius grant’ winner Matthew Aucoin on music, innovation and curating ‘Hearing the Future’ fest
“The presence in San Diego of a composer like Celeste [Orem, graduate student in Music] — who is actively engaging with the indigenous music of her home country — adds a perspective that is unusual for any classical music festival,” Aucoin noted. “Celeste has a gift for putting old music in new frames. Also, the piece is just delightful and manages to pose a lot of questions about what these traditions have to say about each other, without shoving anything down people’s throats.” The La Jolla Light also covered the festival.


11 New Books We Recommend This Week
“Mortal Republic” by History’s Edward Watts makes the New York Times best-books list.


Festival of New Trumpet Music West to debut in San Diego at eight venues in one week in January
“It’s totally a dream come true,” Music’s Stephanie Richards said about bringing the festival to the West Coast for the first time. “And it’s so much fun to highlight West Coast trumpet players, which we don’t get to with the festival in New York. What I especially love is that we are in a different San Diego venue each day for a week, so people can go and have a different experience each day. We dig a little deeper to find musicians who may not have the spotlight, but are really doing progressive and interesting music.”


San Diego Rep, Old Globe lead nominations for local theater honors
Congratulations to Theatre and Dance faculty member Alan Burrett and alumni Melanie Chen Cole, Jesca Prudencio, Chris Rynne, Bo Tindell, and Paloma H Young for Craig Noel nominations.


Bass & Word
More than 300 composers have written music specifically for Bertram Turetzky, Music professor emeritus.


Richard Myrus named U.S. attorney for Rhode Island
Myrus is an alumnus from History.


After doubling staff last year, sustainability tech startup Measurabl raises $18M from VCs
Division alumni Matthew Ellis ‘03 is featured.


Roger Reynolds: Aspiration
The Strad reviews work by Roger Reynolds of Music.


To un-flute the flute
“Every day when I arrive at my office I can’t believe I’m working here. Everyone has been so supportive and they respect my work, which is kind of a shock but in a good way. I’m still getting used to all of the things that are possible with this position,” Wilfrido Terrazas of Music tells San Diego CityBeat.


Year in review: 18 things we loved in the San Diego arts scene in 2018
Music’s “Inheritance” and Visual Arts alumni included in “Being Here with You/Estando aquí contigo” were both selected as year’s best.


Triptych Theatre Group Presents The West Coast Premiere ‘Of Stockholm’
The production is directed by Kim Rubinstein with Stephen Buescher selected as choreographer, both from Theatre and Dance.


Two Poems
Poet Rae Armantrout of Literature pens two for the LA Review of Books.


What the Fall of the Roman Republic Can Teach Us About America
The New York Times reviewed “Mortal Republic” by History’s Edward Watts, including it in their books podcast.


What America can learn from the fall of the Roman republic
The Roman republic destroyed itself. Are we on a similar path, Vox asks Edward Watts of History.

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