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Composer Lei Liang’s inspiration comes from Tiananmen Square, under the sea and other curiosities

Lei Liang

By Abby Hamblin and Kristy Totten, for The San Diego Union-Tribune

Award-winning UC San Diego composer Lei Liang was just a teenager when he participated in the now-infamous 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, but the experience still influences his life.

“You can imagine what that would do to to somebody who’s, you know, 15, that idealism,” he said in an interview with the Name Drop San Diego podcast just days before hundreds gathered in Hong Kong to mark the 32nd anniversary of event.

Liang and his parents moved to the United States in time for him to attend high school in Texas as he studied piano and composition. He would spend time poring over books in the nearby University of Texas library, learning about his native country from books that were inaccessible to him in China.

Now, as a highly successful composer, he’s known for fusing Eastern and Western traditions. That idealism and curiosity is still alive in him as he explores cutting-edge techniques for making music.

Read the full transcript in The San Diego Union-Tribune and listen to the Name Drop San Diego podcast featuring Lei Liang of the Department of Music below.

Pandemic Oral History Project

Ruben Ortiz Torres of Visual Arts is interviewed for the Archives of American Art (video)

Smithsonian Institution

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: The San Diego Latino Legacy project illuminates a rich, largely unknown history
The third chapter covered in this first release is written by UC San Diego professor Luis Alvarez (History), who has written extensively on youth culture and Mexican Americans in World War II. He illuminates the contributions of Mexican Americans in the military and their domestic struggle against second-class citizenship. Related: San Diego Latino Legacy


IndieWire: A Classic Movie Lover’s Guide to Favorite Old Hollywood Films and Gifts
“Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom” by Daisuke Miyao (Literature) makes this list of the best gifts for classic movie lovers.


The Washington Post: Prolific playwright Lauren Yee bounces back from pandemic cancellations with two area productions
Lauren Yee MFA ‘12 (Theatre and Dance) was all set to become America’s third-most-produced playwright in the 2019-2020 season, trailing only the ubiquitous Lauren Gunderson and someone called William Shakespeare. Enter the pandemic.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Fresh Sound concert series, Bonnie Wright’s showcase for cutting-edge music, to bid farewell after 24 years
“The mark of a great city of culture is measured less by its profiled palaces of fine art and more by the vitality of the lives of the artists themselves,” said Steven Schick (Music). “For 24 years, Bonnie Wright [‘93 (Music)] has been the muse and muscle — the indefatigable advocate and guiding light for the kind of grassroots creative exploration that makes a city great.” Related: KPBS


KPBS: San Diego weekend arts events: Lilian Martinez, ‘to the yellow house,’ ‘Boil the Ocean,’ Michelle Bradley and Kazim Ali
Remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? Well, literary superstar Kazim Ali (Literature) has written a new story for the youth literary franchise, “The Citadel of Whispers.” Ali will appear to read and discuss the work in-person at The Book Catapult, one of the first in-person events for the local bookseller.


New York Times: Can a Machine Learn Morality?
When Professor Emerita Patricia Churchland (Philosophy) asked if it was right to “leave one’s body to science” or even to “leave one’s child’s body to science,” new artificial intelligence technology called Delphi said it was, the New York Times reports.


China Daily: Sinologists recognized for expanding understanding
The 2021 Distinguished Contributions to China Studies Award was given to three Sinologists, Michael Loewe, Chia-ying Yeh and faculty emeriti Joseph Esherick (History), during the 9th World Forum on China Studies. “If I have made any contribution to the study of Chinese history, it is entirely due to the resumption of academic exchanges between China and the United States after 1979,” he said.


La Jolla Light: La Jolla Shores groups and UCSD settle lawsuit over university’s new five-building project
A settlement has been reached in a year-long lawsuit brought by the La Jolla Shores Association and a local homeowners group to challenge UC San Diego’s new Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood.


Classical Music: Ivors Composer Awards announces 2021 nominations, with themes of lockdown, mythology and nature leading the shortlist
Nearly half of the composers in the running are first-time nominees, including the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir Ph.D. ‘11 (Music).


San Diego Magazine: 12 Women San Diego Needs to Know
Chemist Kim Prather says San Diego should we watching Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta (Literature), who is “teaching us how arts and humanities can make a big difference.”


Resident Advisor: Carnegie Hall introduces new Afrofuturism festival with Carl Craig Synthesiser Ensemble, Flying Lotus, Moor Mother
The event was curated by experts in the field including King Britt (Music), who teaches a course on Afrofuturism in electronic music at UC San Diego. Related: Broadway World


American Society for Theatre Research: Sally Banes Publication Prize
Honoring the publication that, in the opinion of the prize committee, best explores the intersections of theatre and dance/movement, the 2021 Sally Banes Publication Prize winner is Jade Power-Sotomayor (Theatre and Dance) for “Corporeal Sounding: Listening to Bomba Dance, Listening to puertorriqueñxs.” Related: Performance Matters (full article)


Association for Jewish Studies: Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
In the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics, “Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine” by Amelia M. Glaser (Literature) wins a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. Related: Jewish Studies Program


IMA: 「流動するジェンダーの時代」 (Japanese)
Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Visual Arts) is interviewed by IMA magazine, the first Japanese-language feature on his work and practice.


Once Noticias: Recomendaciones Culturales | 11 de noviembre de 2021 (Spanish)
Ricardo Dominguez (Visual Arts) is having an online “retrocollective” of his work at the Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City, curated by Doreen Ríos. The exhibition opened Nov. 11. Related: Centro de Cultura Digital (Facebook)


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Percussionist James Beauton finds new career as conductor
Alum James Beauton DMA ‘20 (Music) was a former member of the experimental percussion ensemble red fish blue fish. He is the new conductor of the Villa Musica Chamber Players, a group of 26 musicians.


Kyoto Prize Symposium: 36th Anniversary of the Kyoto Prize - Kick-off Luncheon
On Oct. 22, 2021, John H. Evans (Institute for Practical Ethics) introduced the research and work of Kyoto Laureate Bruno Latour (video).


Glamour: If You’re Not Already in Love With Zoë Chao, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention
Amid the “Modern Love” cast that includes Game of Thrones stars, A-list veterans, and Oscar-season favorites, alum Zoë Chao MFA ‘11 (Theatre and Dance) stands out.


The Quietus: Everyway Is Forward: Semibreve 2021 Reviewed
“I struggle with the idea that experimentation is just about newness and discovery, to me that’s tied to a colonial approach to music making,” says alum Judith Hamann DMA ‘18 (Music), speaking in a panel with alum Yvette Janine Jackson Ph.D. ‘17 (Music) ahead of her and Jackson’s three-hour durational piece commissioned for this year’s Semibreve festival in Braga, Portugal. Hamann mentions composer and fellow alum Sarah Hennies MA ‘03 (Music) as well.


Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender: 2021 Book Award Winners
The work that wins this year’s Book Award is “Missionary Men in the Early Modern World: German Jesuits and Pacific Journeys” by Ulrike Strasser (History), her second such award from the society. Strasser deftly explores the intersection of gender and global histories, using the Jesuits’ journeys from Europe into the Pacific. The book is available as a free, Open Access download from Amsterdam University Press.


Boston Globe: ‘The Life and Times of Malcolm X’ to launch Boston Modern Orchestra Project effort to spotlight Black composers
Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera are planning for performances and recordings of operas by Black American composers including Jonathan Bailey Holland, Nkeiru Okoye and Anthony Davis (Music). “I love working with Gil [Rose]. He’s a great conductor, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project is great to work with,” Davis said.


The UCSD Guardian: Ariana Ruiz: A Community of Confidence
Even amidst the pandemic, students and staff alike arrive on campus and find their way into the UC San Diego community. One such professor is Ariana Ruiz (Literature), a first-generation college student whose life experiences shaped her teaching practices today.


ArtForum: Happier Endings: Catherine Quan Damman on the art of My Barbarian
My Barbarian — a collective comprising Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade (Visual Arts) — appears in this cover story, with an exhibition on view at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art.


KPBS: 5 songs to discover in San Diego in November
“Zephyr,” the full-length album from local trumpeter Steph Richards (Music) and jazz pianist Joshua White is a journey through the myths and mysteries of the natural world.


Slate: The Parable of the Drowning Man in the Age of COVID
Virtually no Christians exist at either endpoint of the spectrum, John H. Evans (Institute for Practical Ethics) said, and the parable of the drowned man serves as a way of emphasizing the absurdity of the latter extreme.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Playwright brings a story of Asian American Southerners back home
A 2004 graduate of Pope High School, now pursuing her MFA in playwriting at University of California San Diego, Keiko Green (Theatre and Dance) workshopped “Hometown Boy” last summer in a joint program hosted by the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network in Washington.


California Arts Council: California Arts Council Announces 2021 Individual Artist Fellows
Ph.D. student Hande Sever (Visual Arts) is awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by California Arts Council. “These fellowships signify the beginning of a new era of understanding and valuing the role of the artist in the social fabric of our state’s communities,” said Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford.


Coronado Times: Coronado Playhouse Presents CLUE: LIVE ON STAGE! Nov. 5 – Dec. 12
Seasoned director and undergraduate alum Desha Crownover ‘94 (Theatre and Dance) will lead the project.


Los Angeles Times: Review: A welcome June Edmonds survey illuminates the artist’s surprising trajectory
In a recent online lecture for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and UC San Diego (Visual Arts), June Edmonds noted a recurrent tension within Black art since the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, the Los Angeles Times writes. Related: Russel Lecture (video).


Foxy Digitalis: Tyshawn Sorey & King Britt “Tyshawn/King” (review)
Tyshawn Sorey and King Britt (Music) have manifested essential bodies of work on their own, but in joining forces there is something new to manifest.


UC San Diego News: La Jolla Playhouse Brings in Theatre and Dance Talent, Expertise for their Latest World Premiere
Stage Management faculty member Lora K. Powell (Theatre and Dance) says she’s in the right place at the right time to help students launch their professional careers.


Campus Notice: Rand Steiger Selected as Interim Advisor to the EVC on Art Strategy and Engagement
Distinguished Professor of Music and Conrad Prebys Presidential Chair Rand Steiger (Music) has agreed to serve as the Interim Advisor on Art Strategy and Engagement, announced by the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.


UC San Diego News: UC President Makes First Visit to UC San Diego
During UC President Michael Drake’s visit to campus, he spent time in the Arts and Humanities Building at the North Torrey Pines Living Learning Neighborhood.


Arts and Humanities Events: Food Justice and Community Health with The Kitchenistas of National City
In October, the Institute of Arts and Humanities and its Chicanx and Latinx Studies Program hosted guests to discuss how food traditions can change and transform communities (video).


DC Metro Theater Arts: Exhibition and livestream performance series by theatrical artists group ‘My Barbarian’ at NYC’s Whitney Museum of American Art
Theatrical art collective My Barbarian is the subject of a new exhibition and live in-person and livestream performance series opening on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade (Visual Arts), the trio creates interdisciplinary performances and video installations. Related: Whitney Museum of American Art


WBGO: Switch on your senses: Steph Richards sniffs out the possibilities
On this episode of The Checkout, Steph Richards (Music) talks first about her groundbreaking album “Supersense,” followed by her latest creative endeavor, “Zephyr,” a duo recording that explores the outer edges of jazz composition (audio). Related: The Free Jazz Collective, Downbeat


San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area theater artists who called out discrimination find that as some doors close, others open
In 2019, former ACT faculty member Stephen Buescher (Theatre and Dance) sued the company for racial discrimination, settling later that year. “An event like this polarizes the community,” he said.


 The Brooklyn Rail: Amazon (Proxy): “Talking about the past was a way to talk about the present.”
Danielle Dean (Visual Arts) collaborates with online gig workers to create a live performance that revisits the history of Fordlândia, a short-lived rubber plantation established by Henry Ford in the Amazon in the 1920s. Related: Hyperallergic


The American Scholar: Back to School: A return to reading as a private and a public act
“More than just teaching literature, I have tried to teach that reading has always been about love, whether it happened to be Dante’s Paolo and Francesca tempted by a romance or Saint Augustine turning to his God over the codex of Saint Paul,” writes Seth Lerer (Literature).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Arts&Culture Newsletter
A presentation from the Department of Music is a livestreaming concert series titled WEDS@7. David Borgo (Music) presented “Suite of Uncommon Sorrows” live, and WEDS@7 returns Nov. 17 with Indian sitarist Kartik Seshadri (Music).


American Theatre: A Dramaturg on ‘Jeopardy’ and a Dream Come True
In early October, dramaturg Ph.D. student Madison Mae Williams (Theatre and Dance) competed on Jeopardy, speaking eloquently about her job. Her focus spans musical theatre, poetry, and Africana Studies.


The New York Times: Review: At the Philharmonic, Contemporary Is King for a Week
Music by Missy Mazzoli, Anthony Davis (Music) and John Adams was conducted by Dalia Stasevska, in her debut with the orchestra. Related: New York Classical Review


Handbook for Artificial Intelligence for Music: Machine Improvisation in Music: Information-Theoretical Approach
“This information-theoretical framework offers a novel view of man–machine creative music interaction as a communication problem between an artificial agent and a musician,” writes Shlomo Dubnov (Music) in his recently published research.


The San Diego Union-Tribune:  Here is San Diego’s best and worst architecture in 2021
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood wins Orchid awards for both Architecture and Teen Choice. “My favorite part was the performing arts center on the interior. The combination of the seating with the natural lighting and the proportion of the space, I thought was done well,” the judges said. Related: La Jolla Light


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Reimagining the Border: UCSD Community Stations
In the second of a three-part series celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month, the Mellon Foundation features Teddy Cruz (Visual Arts) and Fonna Forman, who lead the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice and have co-created Community Stations, a network of transformative, multi-use public spaces in neighborhoods in the San Diego-Tijuana area (with video).


I Care if you Listen: 5 Questions to Tina Tallon (creative technologist, sound artist)
Tina Tallon Ph.D. ‘20 (Music) began her career as a researcher at MIT and, last year, completed her Ph.D. in music composition at UC San Diego. In August, she joined the faculty of the University of Florida as assistant professor of AI and the arts.


The Arts Fuse: Jazz Feature: A Conversation with Jane Ira Bloom
Mark Dresser (Music) is cited as helping navigate remote recording.


Los Angeles Times:  Mexico’s new culture war: Did a pyramid light show ‘decolonize’ or rewrite history?
“The re-centering of Indigenous history and culture makes total sense as a political project that understands itself as rooted in the long historical march of the Mexican left,” said Mariana Botey (Visual Arts), a longtime Mexican artist, curator and professor at UC San Diego.


School Library Journal: Diverse Voices: Books That Reflect Young Readers and Their World
The newest title in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, “The Citadel of Whispers” by Kazim Ali (Literature), follows a group of young friends as the empire across the sea is threatening the land. Instead of building his world around the European Middle Ages like most fantasy stories, Ali used classical India as his foundational setting. “I’m really excited about the fact that almost every single character doesn’t conform to traditional gender roles,” Ali said, “and the main character is really meant to be a gender-nonconforming character. They don’t have a specific gender.”


San Diego Community Newspaper Group: Steven Schick to step down as music director of La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
Steven Schick (Music) will step down as Molli and Arthur Wagner Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, a position he has held for 15 years, at the end of the 2021-22 season. “I do not know of another similar organization that has been able to present such innovative programming at such a high level. Steve deserves tremendous credit for both the vision and the follow-through,” said department chair Anthony Burr (Music).


UC San Diego News: Welcome to North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood
Dean Cristina Della Coletta (Arts and Humanities) is interviewed for this North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood welcome (video). Related: Welcome to the Neighborhood event photos


UC San Diego Athletics: Chu’s Role Grows as Triton ESPN Productions Expand
UC San Diego senior Elisha Chu (Visual Arts) has been a part of the UC San Diego Athletics broadcast team since her freshman year. When the UC San Diego sports teams moved up in Division I, Chu’s role grew with them.


Department of Theatre and Dance: Interview with alumni working with ‘Lackawanna Blues’ on Broadway
Kamra A. Jacobs MFA ‘17 (Theatre and Dance) and Mandisa Reed MFA ‘17 (Theatre and Dance) are currently the production stage manager and stage manager of ‘Lackawanna Blues.’


Time: Rome Didn’t Fall When You Think It Did. Here’s Why That Fabricated History Still Matters Today
“If we recognize that Rome did not fall in 476, the lessons we take from Roman history become quite different. Rome’s story then does not warn us of the danger of barbarous outsiders toppling a society from within. It instead shows how a false claim that a nation has perished can help cause the very problems its author invented. We ignore this danger at our peril,” writes Edward Watts (History), the author of “The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea” and “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny.”


KPBS: The California myth of artist Perry Vásquez
Perry Vásquez MFA ‘91 (Visual Arts) has worked in the San Diego and Tijuana region since the late 1980s, and now teaches at Southwestern College. He is a 2021 recipient of the San Diego Art Prize. He’s showing works at the currently-on-view exhibition at Bread and Salt, and is also set to open a solo exhibition, “Oasis,” at Sparks Gallery this Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. Related: The San Diego Union-Tribune (awards), The San Diego Union-Tribune (newsletter)


The San Diego Union-Tribune: The art and activism of Yolanda López
Many tributes have been written since Yolanda López MFA ‘79 (Visual Arts) died on Sept. 3 after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. And while her passing mere months before her first-ever solo exhibition was set to open at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego seems unfair and unjust, the San Diego-born López leaves behind a local and international legacy that will live on for generations to come. Related KPBS, NPR


BBC Music Magazine’s Classical Music: Metropolitan Opera stages first opera by a black composer
A second opera by a black composer – Anthony Davis’s (Music) “X: The Life And Times of Malcolm X” – is due to be staged at the Met in 2023.


San Diego Reader: The suite of uncommon sorrows
Professor David Borgo (Music) describes his new album, The Suite of Uncommon Sorrows, as “an eleven-part suite of original music composed in response to the tumultuous events of 2020, the San Diego Reader writes.


Modulisme: I.T.A.T.I.O.M 006: Make Noise
Tom Erbe (Music) has been deeply involved and dedicated to electronic and computer music research, and creation. He is interviewed for Modulisme.


The New York Times: Roberta Gibb broke barriers in the Boston Marathon. Now there’s a statue of her feat.
In 1966, alum Roberta Gibb ‘69 (Philosophy) became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon at a time when women were prohibited from doing so because they were considered “physiologically incapable.” Now, more than 55 years later, Gibb has broken another gender barrier by becoming the race’s first woman to be featured as a sculpture and placed along the Boston Marathon route, the Times writes.


The New York Times: Jazz and Opera Come Together in ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’
“[Terence Blanchard is] adding ringers from his jazz career to the opera pit, like Anthony Davis (Music) and Leroy Jenkins have done. But he’s his own composer,” critic Seth Colter Walls writes.


Los Angeles Review of Books: The “Decline and Fall” of Rome — A Dangerous Idea?
Edward Watts (History) is an extraordinarily prolific specialist on Roman and Byzantine history with almost a dozen books. His range reveals itself in this latest monograph, the review states.


Red Hen Press: “New Moons” anthology edited by Kazim Ali
“The goal with this anthology is to represent that full range of contemporary expressions of Islam, as well as a full range of genres—poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, political writing, cultural writing, and of course plenty of texts which mix and match and blur all of these modes,” Kazim Ali (Literature) writes. “The Muslim community is plural and contradictory. This collection of voices ought to be symphony and cacophony at once, like the body of Muslims as they are today.”


The Best American Poetry 2021
“The Beginning of the Beginning” by Phuong Vuong (Literature) is included in the 2021 “The Best American Poetry” collection, guest edited by Tracy K. Smith. Related: Simon and Schuster, American Poetry Review (original publication of the poem).


Politico: Why Democrats keep blowing their deadlines
Craig Callender (Philosophy), the author of “What Makes Time Special?,” told Nightly that there are many things that can affect our sense of time, including boredom, depression or something as simple as how many cups of coffee we had that day. Callender is co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics.


The Washington Post: At the Smithsonian, Hung Liu’s portraits offer remembrance of and resistance to Mao’s cultural revolution
Eventually, Hung Liu (MFA ‘86, Visual Arts) was allowed to leave China to study at the University of California San Diego. She stayed in the United States for the rest of her life, dying in Oakland, Calif., in August.


The Triton: UCSD wants a Green New Deal
The protestors assembled in front of Audrey Geisel Library at 12 p.m. as a group of [UC San Diego] dance students performed a piece called Coggs in the Wheel, “replicating industrial capitalism and depicting the problem of our lack of water,” according to Alison Smith (Theatre and Dance).


St. Louis Public Radio:  How Steph Del Rosso turned anger into laughs in ‘The Gradient’
“I usually write from a place of obsession, I would say,” playwright Stephanie Del Rosso MFA ‘19 (Theatre and Dance) explained.


La Jolla Light: UCSD professor’s ‘X’ going to Met Opera
The Metropolitan Opera will present UC San Diego professor Anthony Davis’ (Music) “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” beginning Nov. 3, 2023.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘The Garden’ a deep and powerful return to live performance
The production features gorgeous lighting design by UC San Diego graduate Sherrice Mojgani Ph.D. ‘15 (Theatre and Dance).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Burstein wins long-overdue Tony
UC San Diego graduate Danny Burstein MFA ‘90 (Theatre and Dance) won a long-overdue Tony Award and a standing ovation at the 74th annual Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, Sept. 26.


WBUR: From Opera To The Orchestra, Here Are The Classical Music Performances To Attend This Fall
A Far Cry will include “Verge” by Lei Liang (Music) in the Nov. 5 program.


Outside: What Is Climate Fiction For? (paywall)
When the real world seems increasingly apocalyptic, what’s the point of reading novels about the horrors of climate change? Shelly Streeby (Literature) is interviewed.


Presses de l’Université Laval: ‘Xajoj Tun: Le ‘Rabinal Achi’ d’Ondinnok. Réflexions, entretiens, analyses’
Julie Burelle (Theatre and Dance) co-wrote this book with Jean-François Côté, and artists Yves Sioui Durand (Wendat) and Catherine Joncas (co-founders of Ondinnok, an Indigenous theatre company based in Montreal, Canada). The book was launched in August in Montreal at the Montreal’s First Peoples Festival and in September at the Musée de la Civilisation in Québec City, Canada.


UC San Diego News: Charting Shots: The history of vaccines, including hesitancy, is pointedly and painfully familiar
Religion has recently become another driver of vaccine hesitancy, said John H. Evans, co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics. Saba Bazargan-Forward (Philosophy) said a host of cognitive biases partly explain the appeal of conspiracy theorizing about vaccines: “The advent of social media has, in effect, weaponized these cognitive biases. We now have a freely and easily accessible stream of specious claims about vaccines, literally at our fingertips.”


UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Announces Recipients of Chancellor’s and Revelle Medals
Awardees of the Chancellor’s Medal, one of the highest honors given by UC San Diego to recognize exceptional service in support of the campus’s mission, include Division of Arts and Humanities supporters: Phyllis and Dan Epstein, and Patricia and Christopher Weil.


UC San Diego News: A Celebration of Latinx Heritage and Hope
The Oct. 18 Institute of Arts and Humanities-organized event “Food Justice and Community Health with The Kitchenistas” is featured.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: UC San Diego professor’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book is an inclusive epic
Writer and UC San Diego professor Kazim Ali (Literature) latest book “The Citadel of Whispers” is a young-adult novel for the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series. “Instead of doing a learning story, I wanted to do a story where the young people were fully capable, fully realized characters,” Ali said. Related: Choose Your Own Adventure


The New York Times: A Black Composer Finally Arrives at the Metropolitan Opera
“It didn’t seem like the Met was a possibility,” said Anthony Davis (Music), whose “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” was heard at City Opera in 1986. Davis’s “X” will have its Met premiere in fall 2023, and MET general manager Peter Gelb said he’d like to plan more of Davis’s works, which include “Amistad” and “The Central Park Five,” the Pulitzer winner for music last year. Related: The New York Times.


The New York Times: What Happens Inside a Broadway Theater Can Help Us Heal (op-ed)
Danny Burstein MFA '90 (Theatre and Dance) is a veteran Broadway performer who stars in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” for which he won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical on Sunday night. Related news of Burstein's win: Entertainment Weekly, Deadline, People, ABC News, Just Jared, Paramount Plus (full acceptance speech).


Playbill: Schools of the Stars: Where the 74th Annual Tony Award Winners Went to College
Playbill breaks down where all the Tony Award winners were trained, including new winner Danny Burstein MFA '90 (Theatre and Dance).


USA Today: Some say COVID-19 vaccine is the 'mark of the beast.' Is there a connection to the Bible?
John H. Evans (Institute for Practical Ethics) said studies show conflicts between religion and science are more about values and morals than facts.


KPBS: Summer Music: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir San Diego
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir San Diego founder and director is Ken Anderson (Music), who also directs the beloved UCSD Gospel Choir.


Davis Enterprise: Audiences can hear free noon recitals again
Pianist Aleck Karis (Music), played the Beethoven “Hammerklavier” Sonata on Thursday, Sept. 30.


OperaWire: Baltimore Lieder Weekend to Present ‘A Kaleidoscope of Black American Songs and Arias’
Titled “A Kaleidoscope of Black American Songs and Arias,” the program will feature work from Anthony Davis (Music).


e-flux: Frieze reveals opening programme for new initiative No.9 Cork Street
A new initiative offering exhibition space for visiting galleries in the historic heart of Mayfair, London will include new work by artist Danielle Dean (Visual Arts).


Deutsche Welle: Genetic lottery: Excuse to do nothing or do everything?
"Parents are not really responsible for the genetic limitations of their children," said sociologist John H. Evans (Institute for Practical Ethics), "unless they knew they both had sickle cell disease and decided to have a baby anyway."


The New York Times: Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors
MFA student Chanell Stone (Visual Art) has photography work appearing in two articles about the National Park Service. Related: The New York Times


 

Arts and Humanities Moments: New Faculty 2021
Welcome the newest faculty members into Arts and Humanities: Rosie Bermudez (History), David Danks (Philosophy), Geraldine Fiss (Literature), Maralee Harrell (Philosophy), Joo Ok Kim (Literature), David Ruiter (Theatre and Dance) and Alexandro Segade (Visual Arts).


Arts and Humanities Moments: Community Connections Fellowships
The Arts and Community Engagement initiative offers an annual fellowship for graduate students to create meaningful partnerships with community organizations. This year's fellows are kelechi agwuncha (Visual Arts), Melissa Cisneros (Theatre and Dance), Carlito Espudo (Literature), Maria Rios-Mathioudakis (Visual Arts) and Kathryn Schulmeister (Music).


UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Welcomes Students, Faculty and Staff Back to a Transformed Campus
In the fall of 2023, the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood will open, providing housing for 2,000 undergraduate students. While 89% of the project’s square footage is devoted to housing, the project will also provide classrooms, dining options and parking.


UC San Diego News: Student Life Reignites with Treasured Campus Traditions, New Degrees and Division I Competition
For sophomore Mae Riley, a History major at Revelle College, the energy at UnOlympics was exciting. “This is the first time I’m participating, and it was a little scary dancing in front of a big audience,” she said.


UC San Diego News: Convocation Keynote Empowers Students to Celebrate Every Victory
Alongside an address from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and a motivating keynote from faculty member King Britt (Music), the cohort of new scholars heard from Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons and president of the UC San Diego Alumni Association Kimberly Phillips Boehm (History). “That's the sound of resilience and the sound of awareness of self. But most of all, it’s the sound of celebration,” Britt said to a roaring crowd.


The New York Times: A Malcolm X Opera Will Come to the Met
“Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz) is an even more relevant figure today,” Anthony Davis (Music) said. “His vision is as prescient today as it was in 1986. He is an inspiration for Black Lives Matter and the movement for social justice. As a composer, I am thrilled to help create ‘X’ as an opera for today that speaks to the future as well as the past.” Davis’s “X,” which premiered in the 1980s, will be revived in New York in fall 2023. Related: Associated Press, Opera Wire, Playbill, Broadway World, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The New York Times (fall preview)


Opera Wire: Seattle Opera to Stage ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ & ‘X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X’
The following season the company will partner with the Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, and The Metropolitan Opera to produce a brand-new staging of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” by Anthony Davis (Music).


Something Else!: Steph Richards with Joshua White, “Zephyr” (2021): Something Else! video premiere
“Steph Richards (Music) is an exceptional trumpet player who belongs in a rare company of trumpeters ... who have a vision that goes way beyond what’s been done and reaches out toward what can be made possible,” Something Else! Reviews writes. “Zephyr,” Richards’ new album, will drop on Oct. 15 from Relative Pitch Records.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Bodhi Tree Concerts celebrates a decade of music
The anniversary event is a fundraiser for Bodhi Tree Concerts’ commission of an original children’s opera in English and Spanish. The opera’s dream team of composer and librettist? None other than Pulitzer Prize winner and UC San Diego professor Anthony Davis (Music), and New York-based poet-author and professor emeritus Quincy Troupe (Literature).


Prairie Fire: Best Canadian Poetry 2020 Ed. by Marilyn Dumont
“Origin Story” by Kazim Ali (Literature), which offers “stinging indictments of Canada’s official multi-culturalism,” is included in the country’s annual collection.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Cygnet’s long-delayed ‘La Cage aux Folles’ musical is fun, frothy
UC San Diego [undergraduate alum] Jake Bradford ‘21 (Theatre and Dance) is believable as the bratty and spoiled Jean-Michel, writes Pam Kragen in this review.


DJ Mag: King Britt’s Blacktronika university class announces Theo Parrish, Flying Lotus, Amp Fiddler, more for autumn term
King Britt (Music) has revealed the list of guests for the upcoming autumn term of his Blacktronika: Afrofuturism In Electronic Music course at UC San Diego. Related: Resident Advisor


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Fall arts preview 2021: Musician David Borgo on how ‘music always touches us’
The 12th album — ‘Suite of Uncommon Sorrows,’ inspired by COVID and Black Lives Matter — by the saxophonist, composer and UC San Diego professor David Borgo (Music) is rich in nuance and expressiveness.


Dance Studies Association: Gertrude Lippincott Award
Jade Power-Sotomayor (Theatre and Dance) is this year’s Gertrude Lippincott award winner for her research “Moving Borders and Dancing in Place: Son Jarocho's Speaking Bodies at the Fandango Fronterizo.” The annual award recognizes the best English-language dance studies article published in the last year, recognizing its excellence in the field of dance scholarship.


The Monist: Constitutive Instrumentalism and the Fragility of Responsibility
New research by Manuel Vargas (Philosophy) offers a theory that focuses on moral responsibility as a distinctive kind of normative practice. “The novelty of the present account is the idea that responsibility practices are a solution to a particular pair of problems that arise from the nature and conditions of our sociality,” he writes.


New York Public Library: Remote Links: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Maryanne Amacher
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts acquired the innovative composer and sound artist Maryanne Amacher’s archive in 2020. They’ve partnered with Amy Cimini (Music) and Bill Dietz, editors of “Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews” to present a new short-video series exploring Amacher’s work through conversations as shared engagement.


Los Angeles Times: Anthony Davis’ ‘Restless Mourning’ boldly ventures where other composers fear to go
“In its 9/11 tribute program,” music critic Mark Swed writes, “the Santa Monica new music series Jacaranda dug out Anthony Davis’ (Music) “Restless Mourning” at First Presbyterian Church for its first concert since pandemic closures hit. Hiding in what should have been plain sight, this grippingly poetic and politically candid 9/11 response hits home. It could have been written the day before yesterday.” Related: San Francisco Classical Voice, Violinist


NBC San Diego: COVID-Vaccine Religious Exemptions: What Are They, Will They Hold Up?
Sociologist John H. Evans (Institute for Practical Ethics) said he expects legal battels over religious exemptions to the COVID vaccination, but doubts they will break new legal ground. “There are no major religions in the United States that are officially opposed to the COVID vaccine,” Evans said. “If anything, the primary message from religions in America is that you have a moral obligation to take the vaccine through the idea of ‘love of neighbor.’”


KPBS: Remembering Yolanda López, Chicana Artist And Activist From Barrio Logan
KPBS editor Julia Dixon Evans asked several writers, activists, artists and administrators to reflect on the impact of alum and artist Yolanda López MFA ‘79 (Visual Arts) — whether on the art world, politics, or their own work.


The Art Newspaper: When the present does not add up, artists look to the future
Kicking off in February 2022 at Carnegie Hall, an Afrofuturism festival will involve a string of cultural organizations presenting multidisciplinary programming rooted in “African and African-diasporic philosophies, speculative fiction, mythology, comics, quantum physics, cosmology, technology,” and more. King Britt (Music) is on the curatorial team for the festival.


New York Times: Classical Music Looks Ahead to a Fall in Flux
Dalia Stasevska will lead a program for the New York Philharmonic (Oct. 20-23) featuring works by Missy Mazzoli, John Adams and, of special interest, Anthony Davis (Music), the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera “The Central Park Five.”


Hub Pages: The Assassination of Caesar Did Not Bring Democracy but Ushered in Autocracy
“[Julius Caesar] made the army personally loyal to him by announcing pensions for retiring soldiers, this blogger writes. “This is related by Edward Watts (History), author of ‘Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny.’”


The Creative Independent: On how goals and expectations change along with you
Musician and educator King Britt (Music) discusses building and maintaining a community everywhere you go, teaching as a way of learning, and finding and keeping a rhythm for your creative work.


Triton magazine: Wild at Art
Whether they use tree branches and backyard dirt or bright pink neon and sparkling glitter, alumni artists find the medium that captures their mode of expression. This story features the following artists: Isidro Pérez GarcÍa, or ChiloTe (MFA student Visual Arts); Evelyn Walker MFA ‘18 (Visual Arts); Bill Basquin MFA ‘15 (Visual Arts); Sadie Barnette MFA ‘12 (Visual Arts); Kevin Vincent MFA ‘20 (Visual Arts).


Triton magazine: Overcome
New grad Alex Rodriguez ‘21 (Literature) shared his story at the Muir College Commencement Ceremonies in June.


Triton magazine: What We Keep from Wild Times
UC San Diego Alumni Board President Kimberley Phillips Boehm ‘82, Ph.D. (History) looks back what we have learned during the pandemic closures, how we have stayed connected, and what we have learned through it all.


Los Angeles Times: Yolanda López, Chicana artist known for la Virgen de Guadalupe series, dies at 79
Alum Yolanda López MFA ‘79 (Visual Arts) died in her longtime apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her Guadalupe series is one of the earliest feminist reinterpretations of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which became a major focus of Mexican American artists who were influenced by López’s work. Related: The Washington Post, ARTnews, The San Diego Union-Tribune, KUSI, KPBS, Bakersfield news


Foreign Policy: How the U.S. Got 9/11 Wrong
Potential lessons learned in Afghanistan are those all great powers have had to learn, going back to the Roman Empire, says Edward Watts (History): “If you’re going to go in, you have to be committed to being there for a really long time or even indefinitely.”


Australian Broadcasting Corporation: About time, pt 1: Newton’s exploding clock
Craig Callender (Philosophy, Institute for Practical Ethics) is the first guest on The Philosopher’s Zone podcast four-part series exploring what time is, how it works and why it matters (audio).


The New York Times: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Trumpet
“Johnny Coles paints a spectrum of the trumpet’s timbre possibilities at their finest: soft blues, golden butter tones and brazen oranges that reveal a tender underside of the horn,” writes Stephanie Richards (Music).


TLS: Dogged descent: A Dante-esque rescue mission in Eastern Ukraine
Amelia Glaser (Literature) writes this book review of Serhiy Zhadan’s “The Orphanage,” which first appeared in Ukrainian in 2017.


Cocktails with the Canon: Episode Four featuring Dave Harris
The Old Globe podcast hosts Lamar Perry and Danielle Mages Amato are joined by playwright and alum Dave Harris MFA ‘20 (Theatre and Dance) (audio).


La Jolla Light: Bodhi Tree Concerts to celebrate 10 years with ‘eclectic, joy-infused’ performance
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and pianist Anthony Davis (Music) will perform in Bodhi Tree Concerts’ 10th-anniversary show in La Jolla.


Zócalo Public Square: When an Empire Withdrew from an Unwinnable War
Hadrian’s retreat from Parthia drew fierce criticism — and opened the door to a better Roman future, writes Edward Watts (History).


Institute of Art and Ideas: Beyond time and space: Locking horns over the arrows of time
Recorded at the annual philosophy and music festival HowTheLightGetsIn, Craig Callender (Philosophy, Institute for Practical Ethics) says consciousness is outside of time and space. He joins three additional panelists to answer three questions about time and physics (video).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: California lawmakers erase Arab American issues. We want to be acknowledged. (opinion)
Since 9/11, Arab Americans have been whitewashed from America’s collective consciousness, only existing when the topic is terrorism, writes alum Doris Bittar MFA ‘93 (Visual Arts).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: In post-9/11 America, my ethnicity and religious identity are political (opinion)
“Why am I, as a woman, a Muslim, and an Arab, still radioactive in ‘neutral’ environments?” writes alum Yasmine Kasem MFA ‘19 (Visual Arts).


Campus Notice: Chancellor’s ESR Financial Systems Advisory Committee
Assistant Dean Alma Palazzolo (Division of Arts and Humanities) will serve on the new advisory committee.


 UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Announces 2021-2022 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series
The Holocaust Living History Workshop is returning this fall with a yearlong series of seven lectures that underscore the theme “Beyond the Great Silence: The Holocaust in Art, Memory, and Life.” The series is in its 13th year as a collaborative project between the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.


New York Times: A Sanctuary Takes Shape, Framed Around Migrants
The sanctuary’s designers, Teddy Cruz (Visual Arts), a Guatemalan-born architect, and Fonna Forman, a political scientist from Milwaukee, have been working on both sides of the border for more than a decade, studying the transient population and the process of informal urbanization taking place.


Glamcult: In conversation with Paul Mpagi Sepuya
The artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Visual Arts) talks queerness, literature, visibility and his new show at Foam Amsterdam.


The New Yorker: A Play About Love Written in Isolation
Alum Ngozi Anyanwu MFA ‘13 (Theatre and Dance) stars opposite Daniel J. Watts in her play “The Last of the Love Letters” at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Related: Playbill


Spiked: The Covid surveillance state is no model for the future
“Revenge of the Real” by Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts) argues for a kinder, gentler authoritarianism.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Steph Richards powers through rain at Carlsbad Music Festival
When Steph Richards Power Vibe began to play under the gazebo, there were almost 30 attendees determined to hear the dynamic trumpeter’s new ensemble. Joining Steph Richards (Music) were Tasha Smith Godinez, Amy Cimini (Music) on viola and Andrew Munsey (staff member, Music) on drums.


The New York Times: 3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
“There’s a push-pull between casualness and formality, what’s hidden and displayed,” the Times writes of work by Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Visual Arts), on view through Aug. 27 at the Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City. Related: Elephant


Vulture: 18 New Classical Music Performances to Hear This Fall
For the Oct. 20 New York Philharmonic performance, Dalia Stasevska leads a range of American vistas composed by Missy Mazzoli, Anthony Davis (Music), and John Adams.


History: How Julius Caesar’s Assassination Triggered the Fall of the Roman Republic
Caesar’s increasingly autocratic reign further threatened the republic,” History.com explains, citing Edward Watts (History), author of “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny.”


UC San Diego News: Crossing Borders: UC San Diego Community Stations
Established in 2012 and operating out of the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice, the “Community Stations” initiative seeks to make meaningful change in partnership with underserved communities across the border region. The initiative is directed by Fonna Forman, a political scientist in the Division of Social Sciences, with architect-urbanist Teddy Cruz (Visual Arts), a professor in the Division of Arts and Humanities (video).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Carlsbad Music Festival: ‘A sense of adventure’
Steph Richards Power Vibe is led by genre-busting trumpeter, composer and associate professor Stephanie Richards (Music), with members including harpist Tasha Smith Godinez, violist and associate professor Amy Cimini (Music), and drummer and staff member Andrew Munsey (Music). Related: There San Diego


Los Angeles Times: ‘Hot vaxxed summer’ fizzled, but ‘hot books fall’ feels like a safe bet
Lily Hoang (Literature), author of the forthcoming novel “Underneath,” has a few readings scheduled across the country beginning in November. Whether or not she attends will depend on case numbers, the Times reports. Related: “Underneath”


Wallpaper*: Introducing the September 2021 Issue of Wallpaper*
“Our limited-edition cover artist and feature is photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Visual Arts), who ... speaks to writer Aindrea Emelife about the mechanics of photography, Blackness, and the processes of representation,” writes Editor-in-chief Sarah Douglas.


San Diego Reader: Geza’s got 3 million bucks and nothing to lose
Trumpeter Stephanie Richards’ (Music) upcoming album “Zephyr,” due Oct. 15 and made in collaboration with local jazz pianist Joshua White, was begun while she was pregnant, the Reader reports. “Your humanity is visibly evident when you’re pregnant,” she says. “I felt that I could connect even more closely with my bandmates, and with audiences.” Related: “Zephyr” trailer (video)


Air/Light: Whose Land Is This?: A Conversation with Kazim Ali
“[I]f you live in a place and you work in a place and you were born in a place and die in a place, aren’t you of that place in every way that matters ...” Kazim Ali (Literature) says in this interview.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: La Jolla Playhouse announces ‘The Garden’ cast and its new vaccine policy
San Diego-raised actor and alum Monique Gaffney ‘93 (Theatre and Dance) will co-star in the two-character play “The Garden” with Stephanie Berry at La Jolla Playhouse. Gaffney will dedicate her performance to her late father, Floyd Gaffney, who helped found the Department of Theatre and Dance. Related: La Jolla Light


Del Mar Times: Del Mar Foundation announces First Thursdays 2021-2022 Season
The Del Mar Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee has chosen 10 diverse, highly-talented ensembles to perform at Town Hall this season, including the world-renowned sitarist Kartik Seshadri (Music).


pfMENTUM: David Borgo: Suite of Uncommon Sorrows
The “Suite of Uncommon Sorrows” in an 11-part suite of original music composed by David Borgo (Music) in response to the tumultuous events of 2020, including the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the growing Black Lives Matter movement, and the debilitating polarization of U.S. politics that made it impossible to address either of these adequately. Related: “Suite of Uncommon Sorrows” (video)


FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, issue 18-19
“This is a special double issue that represents the culmination of Learning from documenta (Lfd), a long-term investigation into documenta 14 (2017) that we began in issue 11,” writes FIELD editor Grant Kester (Visual Arts).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: SummerFest concert finds synergy in art, music and technology
“Known for the theatricality of his performances, [percussionist Steven] Schick (Music) was an inspired choice for soloist in this work,” writes music critic Christian Hertzog. Related: San Diego Story


Random Lengths News: In the Wake of a Giant
DJ and photographer Brian Cross (Visual Arts) remembers pioneering Northern Soul artist Nolan Porter.


NPR: Remembering Hung Liu, A Portraitist Who Memorialized The Invisible
Speaking with NPR recently, National Portrait Gallery curator Dorothy Moss said the exhibition “Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands” stands in stark contrast to the museum’s countless images of powerful white men. Alum Hung Liu MFA ‘86 (Visual Arts) died earlier this month.


The New York Times: Can White Men Write a Black Opera? (opinion)
Opinion writer John McWhorter recommends Anthony Davis’ (Music) opera about Malcom X, from 1986, in this preview of the John McWhorter newsletter.


American Historical Association: Norris & Carol Hundley Award
Frank Biess (History) is the 2021 Norris & Carol Hundley-award winner, for his book “German Angst: Fear and Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany.”


UC San Diego Graduate Division: Oceanids Fellowships
MFA student Isidro Perez Garcia (Visual Arts) is the 2021-2022 Bertha Lebus Fellowship awardee. Jessica Aguilar (Literature), Maya Richards (Literature), Heather Paulson (Literature) and an anonymous student in Visual Arts are among this year’s Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship awardees.


History: How Ancient Rome Thrived During Pax Romana
“Pax Romana didn’t just naturally occur. Augustus made deliberate decisions about where Rome should expand to and where it should stop,” said Edward Watts (History), author of “The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea.”


KPFA Pacifica Radio: The Eternal Decline: From Ancient Rome to the United States
On Letters and Politics, guest Edward Watts (History) talks parallels between contemporary U.S. politics and Rome (audio, video). Related: The Nomiki Show (video)


I Care if You Listen: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Spektral Upend the String Quartet on ‘Enigma’
“Anna [Thorvaldsdóttir, Ph.D. ‘11] upends the string quartet genre and takes the listener on a nearly psychedelic trip into the unknown,” this review says of the Department of Music alum’s latest, “Enigma.”


San Francisco Classical Voice: Long Beach Opera Keeps Its Edge in 2022
The season ends with a revival of “The Central Park Five” in June 2022. Anthony Davis (Music) and Richard Wesley’s opera got its world premiere from LBO in 2019 and went on to win the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Related: Orange County Breeze


CBC: 16 compelling true Canadian stories to read in summer 2021
“Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water” is Kazim Ali’s (Literature) story, the story of the Pimicikamak community and the story of a town that no longer exists, CBC Books writes.


UC San Diego Graduate Division: Transforming Our Region
Graduate students Kevan Malone (History) and Heige Kim (Visual Arts) are featured in this promotional video. “My goal has been to encourage my students to consider how understanding histories of race, class, gender and inequality shape their own lives,” Malone said.


UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Breaks Record with $1.54B in Research Funding
Awards from non-profit and philanthropic organizations are also crucial to research support. A $500,000 grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation will help the Department of Music expand its reach and accessibility by producing concert-quality livestreaming and recorded videos — something that became critically important to the continuation of arts research and programming during the pandemic.


The New York Times: San Diego Gets Its Answer to the Hollywood Bowl, Just in Time
“In the way that Disney Hall solidified the mission and importance of the L.A. Phil and the cultural life of L.A., I think this new venue [the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park] will do the same for an orchestra that really is on the ascent,” said professor Steven Schick (Music), the music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.


Literary Hub: Edward J. Watts on the Fall of Rome and the Dangerous Rhetoric of Decline
Edward Watts (History) discusses his latest book “The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome” with Andrew Keen of “Keen On” (video).


Artforum: Hung Liu (1948 - 2021)
Alum Hung Liu MFA ‘86 (Visual Arts), the pathbreaking Chinese-born American painter who foregrounded the working class, immigrants, and women in haunting, incandescent portraits that mingle Chinese and Western traditions, died Aug. 7 at the age of 73, Artform writes.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego’s Jesca Prudencio on directing, choreography and how her Filipino heritage influences her work
Staged this weekend for La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival, “Can We Now?” by alum Jesca Prudencio MFA ‘16 (Theatre and Dance) is a playful look at the slow and awkward transition from pandemic isolation back into social interaction.


The San Diego Union-Tribune:  Opinion: Temporary inflation isn’t the enemy. War is.
A small portion of our war budget could make health care and housing an enduring point of stability to offset the current inflation, writes alum Doris Bittar MFA ‘93 (Visual Arts).


ReIssue: Entrepreneur Mindset: Image Bank at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Ph.D. candidate Jonah Gray (Visual Arts), an art historian and curator, writes this overview of an exhibition at the Belkin gallery on the campus of the University of British Columbia.


New Models: Universal Basic Planetary Services
Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts) discusses his newest book “The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World” (audio).


Literary Hub:  How Philosophy Failed the Pandemic, Or: When Did Agamben Become Alex Jones?
“The pandemic is, potentially, a wake-up call that the new normal cannot be just the new old normal. This means a shift in how human societies — which are always planetary in reach and influence — make sense of themselves, model themselves and compose themselves,” writes Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts).


UC San Diego News: Triton Pride at This Year’s San Diego Festival of Books
When this year’s San Diego Festival of Books returns Aug. 21, UC San Diego will once again be well represented. Kathryn Walkiewicz (Literature) and Andrea Mendoza (Literature) will be in conversation with guest authors, and Kazim Ali (Literature) is a featured speaker.


Routledge: “Resounding Taiwan: Musical Reverberations Across a Vibrant Island”
A new publication edited by Nancy Guy (Music), “Resounding Taiwan” demonstrates how the study of music allows for identification and interpretation of the forces that form Taiwanese society, from politics and policy to reactions to and assertions of such policies.


poets.org: August 2021 Poem-a-Day Guest Editor Kazim Ali
In 2021, the Academy of American Poets invited twelve poets to each curate a month of poems. In this short Q&A, Kazim Ali (Literature) discusses his curatorial approach and his own creative work (video).


artnet: A New Graphic Novel Tells the Origin Stories of the Superheroes of Feminist Art History
“The Women Who Changed Art Forever: Feminist Art – The Graphic Novel” recounts the lives of four leading figures in feminist art history: Judy Chicago, Ana Mendieta, Guerrilla Girls and Professor Emerita Faith Ringgold (Visual Arts).


American Theatre: Preston Choi Named Sideshow Theatre’s Artist-in-Residence
Through a nine-month residency, Sideshow will provide current playwriting MFA student Preston Choi (Theatre and Dance) with artistic and dramaturgical support as he develops his full-length play “Drive-In to the End of the World.”


Harlem World: Come Pull Your Weight At The Free South Street Seaport Tours Just Minutes From Harlem
On-Site Opera’s “What Lies Beneath” uses opera and music to explore themes of social justice, racial inequality and history’s continuing impact on the lens through which the world is experiencing today. The production will feature work from “Amistad” by Anthony Davis (Music) and Thulani Davis.


Department of Music: Academic Achievement and Service Awards 2020-2021
The Department of Music is proud to announce the Undergraduate and Graduate Student award recipients for academic achievement and service during the 2020-2021 academic year.


Division of Physical Sciences: A conversation between a mathematician and an artist about the conceptualization of ‘Transcendere’
Step into an uncharted mathematical universe through a beautiful painting, the fruit of a collaboration between Nathan Green and current MFA student Grace Grothaus (Visual Arts) (video).


 UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Marks Final Stretch of Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign
The university celebrates its fourth consecutive record year with an all-time annual high of $376.4 million. Gifts to the Division of Arts and Humanities from Ann and Joel Reed and the $5 million commitment from Chiu-Shan Chen Ph.D. ‘69 and Rufina Chen to establish the new Center for Taiwan Studies are included in the feature, as is the $5 million grant to support the Community Stations initiative under the direction of Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz (Visual Arts).


The Institute of Art and Ideas: Scientific freedom: The philosophy and ethics of science
Co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics Craig Callender (Philosophy) discusses how the philosophy of science is crucial for responsible scientific advances (video).


Merion West: Dissecting the Rhetoric of Decline
In this interview, Edward Watts (History) discusses his latest book “The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea,” which is to be released Aug. 3. Related: Oxford University Press


American Theatre: Ankita Raturi Receives First APAFT & AAP Emerging Playwright Commission
Theatre collective Artists at Play and Asian Pacific American Friends of Theater have announced the creation of the Emerging Playwright Commission, which will award $1,000 to an emerging Asian American playwright. The inaugural recipient is current playwriting MFA student Ankita Raturi (Theatre and Dance).


Variety: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Sets ‘The Fortress of Solitude’ Film Adaptation at Amazon
Acclaimed playwright and alum Dave Harris MFA ’20 (Theatre and Dance) is writing the script.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego Rep’s eight-show 2021-22 season begins in October
Featured playwrights for the 2021-2022 season include alum Ali Viterbi MFA ’20 (Theatre and Dance).


Broadway World: Artpark Presents JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band And Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound set list includes King Britt (Music) and Marcos Balter (Music), Atomic Theory III: “Electron Orbitals.”


Slate: How to Use Wikipedia When You’re Watching the Olympics
“I think most people know that Wikipedia can quickly become a never-ending rabbit hole, and the sheer number of Olympic links and templates can lead people to all corners of the project,” said Ph.D. student Paul Tchir (History).


 Politics Theory Other: The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World
Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts) joins the podcast to discuss his new book, “The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World” (audio). Related: Verso Books


All Things Cage:  Bill Dietz, and Amy Cimini
Amy Cimini (Music) and Bill Dietz talk on the subject of the American composer Maryanne Amacher. Cimini and Dietz are co-editors of the new publication “Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews.”


UC San Diego News: Training Computers to Transfer Music from One Style to Another
Shlomo Dubnov (Music) and co-author Conan Lu developed ChordGAN – a conditional generative adversarial network architecture that uses chroma sampling.


UC San Diego Tritons: Two Baseball Alumni Selected to Team Israel, Headed to Olympics
Former UC San Diego scholar-athlete Alon Leichman ’16 (History) has officially been named to Team Israel’s baseball roster and will compete at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Related: Arkansas Democrat Gazette


UC San Diego News: Daniel and Phyllis Epstein Donate $10 Million for State-of-the-Art Amphitheater at UC San Diego
Commitment supports a vision of the campus as a destination for arts, culture and entertainment for all


New York Foundation for the Arts: 2021 Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Awards $7,000 Grant to Danielle Dean
Los Angeles and San Diego-based artist Danielle Dean (Visual Arts) was selected as the 2021 recipient of a $7,000 cash grant awarded through the Tomorrowland Projects Foundation for “Amazon,” a collaborative multi-disciplinary project that will result in multiple works. Related: ARTnews.


University of Surrey: US$3m grant to the University of Surrey for research into the nature of time and life itself
The University of Surrey has received its largest ever philanthropic grant, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, to lead a major new research project focused on the fundamental nature of time and its potential to reveal both scientific and philosophical insights into the quantum world. The work will be completed in collaboration with researchers at multiple universities, including Eddy Chen (Philosophy) at UC San Diego. Related: The Times.


MusicTech: King Britt’s vintage sampler fantasy
The My Forever Studio podcast features King Britt (Music), the “legendary DJ, producer and music educator.”


HereIn: Dillon Chapman on Arlene Mejorad
“In the photographs of artist Arlene Mejorado (Visual Arts), a current graduate student at UCSD, the archive is a window to reimagine the past, ground oneself in the present, and look toward the future,” writes alum Dillon Chapman MFA ‘20 (Visual Arts).


Multi-Housing News: Clark Construction Delivers Campus Expansion at UC San Diego
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood marks the largest project in the university’s history. Academic facilities such as the Arts and Humanities Building and the Social Sciences Public Engagement Building are linked by open-air spaces.


UC San Diego News: UC San Diego Scholar of Eastern Europe Amelia Glaser Selected as Harvard Radcliffe Fellow
UC San Diego Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies Amelia Glaser (Literature) will investigate how Ukrainian literature reflects shifting notions of identity in a time of conflict. Glaser is the former director of the Jewish Studies Program, and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, both within the Institute of Arts and Humanities.


The Wire: ‘My dream is to teach in a club’: King Britt talks Blacktronika and new pedagogies
King Britt (Music) speaks about the ideas and structure behind his new UC San Diego course Blacktronika: Afrofuturism In Electronic Music. “All the young people that are here, undergrads, they’re really into EDM, they’re into dubstep and all of this stuff, and they don’t really know the history,” Britt said. “I started looking at all the different colleges. No one’s talking about how important pioneers of colour have contributed to the advancement of electronic music.”


Los Angeles Review of Books: The Complicity of Home: On Kazim Ali’s ‘Northern Light’
“[T]he central themes of Kazim Ali’s ‘Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory’ of Water resonated so strongly with me that I cannot pretend to be objective about how much I loved the book,” writes Anjali Vaidya in this review. “Northern Light” by Ali (Literature) was published earlier this year.


Broadway World: San Diego’s Classical Music Scene
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus music director and conductor Steven Schick (Music) and composer Lei Liang (Music) are included in this round-up feature.


The New York Times: New Playwrights Horizons Season Includes Will Arbery World Premiere
“Tambo & Bones” written by alum Dave Harris MFA ‘20 (Theatre and Dance) is one of four titles for the Playwrights Horizons’ 2021-2022 season. The play was originally staged at the department’s Wagner New Play Festival.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: Pride and preservation: Lambda Archives safeguards San Diego’s LGBTQ past
Former Ph.D. student Frank Nobiletti MA ‘93 (History) served on the board of the archives, and remained its principal historian. “My key focus was the role of the archives in community building, and that means making things available to historians and other scholars so they could write about it,” he said.


UC San Diego News: Annual Summer Program for Women in Philosophy Supports the Next Generation of Graduate Students
Organized by the Department of Philosophy, the 10-day program begins July 19. “A dedicated group of graduate students and faculty are eager to meet and provide support to this year’s cohort, and we are excited to welcome them with a wonderful line-up of seminar leaders,” said Dana Nelkin, department chair.


The New York Times: A Call to Diversify Those Calling the Cues
New initiatives aim to broaden the pool of stage managers of color and introduce antiracist practices into graduate training. “A stage manager is like a conductor,” said Lisa Porter (Theatre and Dance). “We conduct the tempo and the tone of rehearsals throughout the entire process. That’s why I believe fluency around antiracism is so important.”


Vogue: How Indigenous Two-Spirits Marked Pride Month This Year
For this extensive article on dancers who are Two-Spirit - an umbrella term for individuals who are both Indigenous and LGBTQ+, and fluidly move between the masculine and feminine, Vogue writes - photos by current MFA student Arlene Mejorado (Visual Arts) are featured.


American Council of Learned Societies: Leading Edge Fellowships
Current Ph.D. student Beatriz Ramirez (Literature) is a current Leading Edge Fellow. The program aims to demonstrate the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve problems outside the academy. Ramirez, an inaugural PATH Integrated Internship Fellow, is appointed to the National Low Income Housing Coalition for her project “Preserving Housing Stability of Federally Assisted Tenants.” Related: Beatriz Ramirez F’21


The San Diego Union-Tribune: The American artist: Wu Man: Crossing borders and boundaries with pipa music
Regional musician Wu Man has worked with internationally acclaimed San Diego-based artists as Lei Liang (Music), Steven Schick (Music) and Mark Dresser (Music).


La Jolla Light: La Jolla professor tackles dying oceans at global art exhibition
Pinar Yoldas (Visual Arts) said she is honored to be chosen for the Venice Biennale. She hopes her installation — which will be on display in Venice through Nov. 21 — will have a long afterlife touring museums around the world, including California, and possibly San Diego, in future years.


The San Diego Union-Tribune: As an artist, I have used the flag to bridge chasms and guide conversations
“I yearn for the flag to be an unequivocal symbol of freedom — even if it is justice delayed,” writes alum Doris Bittar MFA ‘93 (Visual Arts) in this Fourth of July op-ed.


Times of San Diego:  UCSD, University of San Diego Theater Programs Ranked Among Tops in World
At UC San Diego, Department of Theatre and Dance students collaborate with professionals at La Jolla Playhouse and have the opportunity to shape new works, particularly by taking part in the Wagner New Play Festival, the Times of San Diego says.


Arizona Public Media: Body of Work: Nicole Miller
The regional public broadcasting station examines work by artist and filmmaker Nicole Miller (Visual Arts), including a bronze sculpture of Michael Jackson (video).


The San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego profs tackle dying oceans and idea cross-pollination at global exhibition
For the 2021 Venice Biennale, Pinar Yoldas (Visual Arts) created “Hollow Ocean,” an immersive walk-through exhibit that imagines an ocean empty of life in the year 2048. It features five water-filled glass columns that stand 16 to 19 feet high, which she said creates the illusion of walking through an underwater kelp forest. Each column represents a different form of ocean death.


Lit Hub: What Could Equitable and Effective Biopolitics Look Like After the Pandemic?
“When public perception is based on cultivated paranoia, the hypothetical becomes the actual. Policy follows,” writes Benjamin Bratton (Visual Arts). Bratton’s book “The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World” was released in June. Related: Verso Books.


Deerfield Public Library: Day 26: Abu Nuwas by Kazim Ali
Kazim Ali (Literature) reads his poem “Abu Nuwas” for the Queer Poem-a-Day series (audio).


Daily Nous: Allais from UCSD to Johns Hopkins
Lucy Allais (Philosophy) will be taking a position as professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University.


I Care if You Listen: ListN Up: Ganavya Doraiswamy
Shahrokh Yadegari (Music) is mentioned as influential in introducing “Ganga Mai” to Doraiswamy.


The New York Times: Storefronts Turned Stages for ‘Seven Deadly Sins’
Three alumni from Theatre and Dance are included in this live theatrical event in New York City: Cody Sloan MFA ‘21, Ngozichukwuka Anyanwu MFA ‘13 and Bradley Fleischer MFA ‘05. Related: The New York Times (review).


Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 5 Directors, 5 Plays
Three of the five plays selected for the new O! Staged Reading Series are written by playwriting alumni from Theatre and Dance: Stephanie Del Rosso MFA ‘19, Liliana Padilla MFA ‘18 and Caridad Svich MFA ‘88.


Cleveland Institute of Music: 35 Chosen for Future of Music Faculty Fellowship, which Addresses Underrepresentation in Music School Faculty
Doctoral candidate and Arts and Community Engagement Community Connections Fellow Teresa Diaz de Cossio (Music) is a 2021 Future of Music Faculty Fellow.

UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities News Releases

Training Computers to Transfer Music from One Style to Another
UC San Diego computer music professor and high school student devise a machine learning tool to transfer music notation between musical styles.


UC San Diego Scholar of Eastern Europe Amelia Glaser Selected as Harvard Radcliffe Fellow
Associate professor Amelia Glaser has been named a 2021–2022 fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, where she will investigate contemporary literature and art in Ukraine to better understand how a collective identity can be publicly reimagined during, and immediately following, political upheaval.


Annual Summer Program for the Advancement of Women in Philosophy Supports the Next Generation of Graduate Students
Discussions ranging from reparations to the removal of monuments await the 14 students selected to participate in this year’s Summer Program for the Advancement of Women in Philosophy, the 10-day program organized by the UC San Diego Department of Philosophy.


Machine Learning Enhances Non-verbal Communication in Online Classrooms
Prompted by the challenge of teaching music via Zoom during the pandemic, researchers use eye tracking, gaze estimation and machine learning to improve non-verbal communication in virtual classrooms.


$5 Million Grant Grows Capacity of UC San Diego’s ‘Community Stations’
Support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ensures innovative campus initiative will continue its community-engaged work on both sides of U.S.-Mexico border


$5 Million Gift to Establish New Center for Taiwan Studies
Longtime campus supporters Chiu-Shan Chen Ph.D. ’69 and Rufina Chen have committed $5 million to UC San Diego, one of the largest individual gifts to the Division of Arts and Humanities. This gift will establish a new Center for Taiwan Studies within the division.


Two UC San Diego Professors win Guggenheim Awards
University of California San Diego professors Amy Adler and F. Akif Tezcan are among the 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists announced as this year’s Guggenheim Fellows, awarded by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support Department of Music’s Community Outreach
The UC San Diego Department of Music will expand its post-pandemic reach with support from a $500,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation, helping to launch the department’s outreach to both regional and international audiences.


Three from UC San Diego Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Ananda Goldrath, Eileen Myles (Literature) and Stefan Savage are among the Academy’s 2021 class of 252 members.


Small Screen, Big Opportunity
When actor and professor Richard Robichaux was in production for the new Disney series “Big Shot,” he often brought back lessons from set to his classroom—a common practice for graduate students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.


Campus approves new undergraduate degree in Black Diaspora and African American Studies
When Alicia Yancey started her first year at UC San Diego, she sought out spaces where Black students like her could thrive. For community, she grew close to the Black Resource Center and served two years as president of the Black Student Union.


How Can Opera Give Voice to a New Narrative?
Five of the world’s most renowned composers and lyricists gathered for a virtual UC San Diego event March 6, outlining how they envision the role of opera in advancing equality and social justice.


Division of Arts and Humanities Receives 12-piece Collection of mid-20th Century Soviet Art
Twelve pieces of art from the Soviet Impressionism and Socialist Realism periods will find a new home in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, thanks to longtime UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities supporters Ann and Joel Reed.


UC San Diego Music Professor Wins Prestigious Award
The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that University of California San Diego professor Lei Liang will receive a major music award at the academy’s official virtual ceremony on May 19.


Engineer-turned-Artist Named Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Institute
The Qualcomm Institute at the University of California San Diego has appointed the composer and sound designer Shahrokh Yadegari to be an Associate Director of the interdisciplinary institute.


Using Plague Diaries to Keep a Record of COVID-19
Humanities courses in history, philosophy and literature bring discussion of today’s pandemic into the classroom, offering students a unique way of learning


Theatre and Dance Student One of 15 Selected for National Diversity-Focused Scholarship
‘Changemaker’ undergrad seeks to increase Asian American representation both on stage and behind the scenes


UC San Diego Names 2020-2022 Changemaker Faculty Fellows
Now in its second year, the Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program has named 16 faculty members in its 2020-2022 cohort, including Luis Alvarez and Simeon Man of History and Lisa Porter of Theatre and Dance.


Honoring Our ‘Library of Dreams’
Music students release album featuring a floor-by-floor look at Geisel Library


A Human-Centered Approach to Artificial Intelligence
Institute for Practical Ethics keynote advocates for cross-disciplinary development of groundbreaking technology


Pepper Canyon Amphitheater Breaks Ground in Exciting New Entrance to the Campus
The amphitheater is the final piece of a wide range of improvements to the area, including east façade enhancements for three existing Visual Arts Buildings, a Stuart Collection art installation and the construction of Rupertus Walk.


UC San Diego Turns 60
"When I arrived, I immediately fell in love with the campus. My idea of beauty is still the glow of Geisel Library at night and the sunsets on the Southern California coast,” said Kimberley Phillips Boehm, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Warren College.


New Fellowship Program Expands Career Options for Grad Students
Arts and Humanities-led fellowshipas part of the PATH program positions students for greater career diversity in higher education


Nine Trustees Join the UC San Diego Foundation Board
Amid the uncertainty of the spring and summer of 2020, the UC San Diego Foundation welcomed a new class of trustees, including Nathan East (Music alumni), Sally WongAvery (Philosophy alum) and Kimerley Phillips-Boehm (History alum).


UC San Diego Commits $2.5M to the Black Studies Project
Directed by History faculty member Jessica Graham, program provides faculty and students opportunities to examine, study and contribute to topics that have taken center stage nationally and internationally


UC San Diego Announces 60th Anniversary Awardees
On Nov. 20, 2020, the Revelle Medal was awarded to five current and former faculty members for sustained, distinguished and extraordinary service to the campus, including Rae Armantrout, Literature professor emerita


Holocaust Living History Workshop Launches 2020-2021 Series Virtually
This is the 12th year as a collaborative project between the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.


A Sense of Belonging
Newly launched Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies program a welcome addition to campus


Connecting Through the Arts
Arts and Community Engagement grad student fellows receive support to build regional partnerships, expand research


Negating a Revolution
China historian Karl Gerth says ‘state consumerism’ evolved as an unofficial policy of the Chinese Communist Party, not anti-capitalism


Planting the Seeds for Transfer Student Success
Through food justice, mentorship and access, Arts and Humanities PATH program helps students transition to campus


Historian Denise Demetriou Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships
Support of the History professor's research is a reflection of the foundational importance of the humanities


Making Connections Across Disciplines
Composer Lei Liang of Music receives endowed chair to continue interdisciplinary teaching, research and service


Theatre and Dance Students Take the Lead in Spring Quarter’s Virtual Productions
It’s safe to say when undergraduates Simon Martin and Marcella Torres-Sanchez realized their last quarter as Theatre and Dance majors was going to be online only, they felt what many of their classmates felt: what about the final, in-person productions?


Anthony Davis Wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Central Park Five’ Opera
Department of Music Distinguished Professor is third UC San Diego faculty member to receive prestigious award


Four from UC San Diego Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Paul M. Churchland of Philosophy, Vicki H. Grassian, Margaret S. Leinen and David G. Victor are among the Academy’s 2020 class of 276 members.


Composer Chinary Ung to be Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Distinguished Professor of Music is first UC San Diego faculty member in prestigious academy


International Symposium at UC San Diego to Highlight Indigenous Voices
More than 20 Indigenous communities will be represented on campus Feb 24, 25, hosted by Literature professor Gloria Chacón


Understanding the ‘Double Gaze’ of Indigenous Poets
In “Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab’awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures,” UC San Diego Department of Literature associate professor Dr. Gloria E. Chacón argues that Indigenous creative writing is a key component to expressing cultural and political autonomy for Indigenous communities.


New UC San Diego Symposium Stirs Dialogue Among Data Science and Arts and Humanities Experts
The intersection of data and culture takes center stage at UC San Diego’s Cultured Data Symposium


UC San Diego, San Diego Community College District Receive Combined $2.7M from Mellon Foundation
Support will increase undergraduate and graduate student success in the humanities


MFA Directing Student Juliana Kleist-Méndez Reflects on Sold-out Production
Department of Theatre and Dance opens wait list for latest show


Driven by Realities of Climate Change, Composer Lei Liang Receives Classical Music’s Top Honor
UC San Diego Music professor takes his place among the most dynamic, innovative composers in the world


Envisioning the Future of the University Art Gallery
From a place to freely collaborate to existing as a “living laboratory” for students, a new commitment to arts on campus and Arts and Community Engagement with Visual Arts brought the community together Nov. 14 in an effort to help shape the University Art Gallery’s exciting — and student-focused — future.


Horror & Hope: A Conversation with ‘Man in Love’ Director Stephen Buescher
Opening Nov. 20 for a limited, four-show run, the second production in UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance’s fall season is “Man in Love,” a “horror and hope” play about race, love and terror.


Music and Movement Underscore Opening Productions in Theatre and Dance’s Latest Season
The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2019 – 2020 season with “Balm in Gilead” on Nov. 15 — though this isn’t the first time famed director and faculty member Kim Rubinstein has helped bring the production to the stage.


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


MFA Artist Eddy Miramontes Awarded David Antin Prize at UC San Diego
Department of Visual Arts graduate uses performance to blur boundaries in art practice

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