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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

Literature professor Seth Lerer traces the significance of Seuss’ work

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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
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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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Hadestown, Oklahoma!, More Cast Albums Receive 2020 Grammy Award Nominations
Music faculty Susan Narucki earns a 2020 Grammy nomination in classical categories for “The Edge of Silence — Works for Voice by György Kurtág.”

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
“The play is part concert and the music is riveting and essential to the story,” KPBS writes of Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee’s “Cambodian Rock Band,” now showing at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Icons of Dissent with Jeremy Prestholdt
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OSF actor Chris Butler on TV and theater
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Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting unveils 2019 shortlist
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At Merrimack Rep, '70s Pop Meets The Killing Fields In Powerful 'Cambodian Rock Band'
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Playwright Lauren Yee’s work returns to the Twin Cities in a story about coming home
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The Elegant Sadness of Kamau Kenyatta
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Winning ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ takes La Jolla Playhouse stage Nov. 12-Dec. 15
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2019 Awardees
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2019 Jeff Equity Awards Nominees
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Page 73 Announces the World Premiere of STEW
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A Post-Capitalism Ball Imagines a Queer Future
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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?
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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
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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
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Jazz At MOCA To Feature GRAMMY Award-Winning Trumpeter Curtis Taylor
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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.

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.

News collected in 2018

The nation’s best colleges for transfer student
UC San Diego is ranked in the top 10; the Division’s Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities program is in its second year.

San Ysidro Celebrates New Mixed-Use Project
UC San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla joined Social Sciences professor Fonna Forman and Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz, with Casa Familiar and the community of San Ysidro to celebrate the groundbreaking of the UCSD/CASA Community Station, a partnership between the UCSD Center on Global Justice and Casa Familiar. The La Prensa story was also published in Spanish, and San Diego Metro covered the groundbreaking.

Best Records of 2018
Congratulations to Music professor Stephanie Richards for making the Jazz Right Now "Best of" list for her album “Fullmoon.”

The Fall of Rome and the Lessons for America
“The ancient Roman story offers a chilling lesson to modern Americans. The robust defenses that protect older republics slowly erode if they are not regularly reinforced,” Edward Watts of History writes in Time magazine.

SUNY Corning Community College announces finalist for President
Literature alumni William Mullaney is currently Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

U.S. Pavilion from Venice Biennale announces upcoming debut in Chicago
The architecture submission by Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and Fonna Forman will be featured for the first time in the U.S.

University students take on Encinitas housing crisis for semester project
Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz helps local students with an architecture challenge.

Appointment of Professor Susan Narucki as Inaugural Director of Arts and Community Engagement
Department of Music Professor Susan Narucki will be serving as the inaugural director of Arts and Community Engagement, a new initiative from the Division of Arts and Humanities. Arts and Community Engagement is housed within the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and its goal is to connect students, faculty, alumni, staff and the greater community in a variety of performance, program and academic activities that highlight art as a means of fostering broader cultural dialogue and civic engagement.

Retaking the Stage: What Artists Can Be In Our Society
Susan Narucki, Lei Liang and Steven Schick of Music are all interviewed for this New Music USA feature, stemming from Narucki and Liang’s latest opera, “Inheritance.”

Craig Callender - What is time?
Philosophy professor, Institute for Practical Ethics co-director and all-around time expert Craig Callender is interviewed by Radio New Zealand.

Political Lessons from the Past
Latest research from UC San Diego History professor Edward J. Watts on the fall of the Roman Republic gives insight and warning to modern times. Media coverage included The Economist, the History News Network and Voice of San Diego, among others. It was also named a “Good History Read” by World Magazine.

Smells Like Zine Spirit: A DIY Festival For Students, By Students
Literature affiliated faculty member Melissa Bañales helped guide students through the process of producing and distributing their own work “to promote independence in an increasingly strained publishing world,” Triton News reports.

Past, Present and Future Collide in ‘The Year to Come’ at La Jolla Playhouse
“Director Anne Kauffman, an MFA alumna of Theatre and Dance, keeps the pace and timing lively and sprightly,” the Times of San Diego says.

Notable Performances and Recordings of 2018
The New Yorker’s recent roundup list by famed critic Alex Ross highlights several Music faculty members and recent alumni. He was “shaken” by Ph.D. graduate Tina Tallon’s “… for we who keep our lives in our throats … .” Distinguished Professor Steven Schick’s performance of “Inuksuit” at the U.S.-Mexico border in January gets special mention. Under notable recordings, the reviewer highlights the work alumni Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the solo work of cellist and professor Charles Curtis.

La Jolla Playhouse’s compelling ‘The Year to Come’ a grand family story set on rewind
“But the sharp-witted and acutely observant Ferrentino pulls it off beautifully, with a big boost from eight strong actors plus the off-Broadway ace (and Theatre and Dance alumni) Anne Kauffman’s fluid, syncopated direction,” the Union-Tribune says of the latest La Jolla Playhouse production.

Philanthropy Sparks Novel Research
Faculty member Dana Velasco Murillo, an associate professor of History whose research focuses on recovering the histories of native peoples and women in early Latin America, thanked the Hellman Fellowship Fund for supporting her work.

National Sawdust Announces Wide Ranging 2019 FERUS Festival
The festival will include the world premiere of Music professor Katharina Rosenberger’s multisensory interdisciplinary project, “Folds.”

Staying Current with the International Contemporary Ensemble
The most convincing piece was Music alumni Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sequences, the San Francisco Classical Voice reports.

TuYo Theatre aims to reinvigorate Latinx theater in San Diego
Peter Cirino, Theatre and Dance alumni, gathered with four fellow TuYo co-leaders to talk to the Union-Tribune about the launch of their new, Latinx-centered company.

Artist Talk and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vera List Center Fellows
Visual Arts alumni Dean Erdmann is one of two fellows for the Vera List Center, speaking here about their work (video).

Music Mountain offers cool jazz, hot classics for weekend
Susan Narucki of Music is included.

Sarton Chair holder 2018-2019
Robert S. Westman is the 2018 - 2019 Sarton Chair and recipient of the Sarton Medal in the History of Science at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Given in recognition of lifetime achievement, Westman is the first UC San Diego scholar to receive this distinction. The chair is named after George Sarton, the founder of the journal Isis and co-founder of the History of Science Society. As this year’s Sarton Chair, Westman gave two public lectures in Ghent on Oct. 11 and 12. Westman joined the UC San Diego Department of History in 1988, after 19 years at UCLA and was one of the founders of UC San Diego’s Science Studies Program, now housed within the Institute of Arts and Humanities.

The (R)evolution of Mark Dresser
“He’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” says Music’s Anthony Davis about his colleague and artist, Mark Dresser, in the San Diego Troubador.

New-music cellist Judith Hamann shakes up the repertoire
Charles Curtis of Music is included in the Chicago Reader’s summary of alumni Judith Hamann.

Lineup Announced For Night Of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
Professor Stephanie Richards, graduate students Suzanne Thorpe and Madison Greenstone — all from Music — will create the live score for the April 16 event.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for San Diego REP’s production of Julia Cho’s AUBERGINE
Todd Salovey of Theatre and Dance is now in his 29th season with The San Diego REP and will direct one of their latest.

This week: concerts in New York (December 10, 2018 – December 16, 2018)
Composer Anthony Davis of Music present two sets of music built on complex rhythms and modulating textures, I Care if You Listen reports.

Murals of La Jolla
Triton magazine digs deep into the Murals of La Jolla project, finding many public work done by Visual Arts alumni.

Orchestra conducting holiday concert Sunday
Music alumni Glenn Block is announced as guest conductor for the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.

San Diego poet Marilyn Chin cherishes renegade role: ‘My poems are rebellious’
Literature’s New Writing Series was featured in the Union-Tribune.

La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Year to Come’ looks back to see where we are now
The Union-Tribune interviewed Theatre and Dance alumni Anne Kauffman, director of the current La Jolla Playhouse production.

The Show Must Go On: Student-Run Production of Tartuffe Triumphs Over Hurdles
Triton News reports on the student production, “Tartuffe,” speaking with Theatre and Dance affiliates.

What It’s Like to Be a Philosopher: Manuel Vargas
The APA blog gives a teaser to the Q&A with Manuel Vargas of Philosophy, to be published in its entirety on the What it’s Like to Be a Philosopher website. “My heart was set on going to grad school at UC San Diego,” Vargas said. “Naturally, they rejected me. This was the start of a 25-year master plan to exact my revenge on them by getting hired there.”

Q&A with filmmaker and activist Michael Carnick
“If there were more stories about or from disabled people, it would be a giant step towards removing the stigma behind chronic illness,” said Theatre and Dance undergraduate alumni Michael Carnick.

La Jolla Playhouse unveils four shows — including a pair of world premieres — in 2019-20 season lineup
“Cambodian Rock Band” by Theatre and Dance alumni Lauren Yee is included in the Playhouse’s new season.

The road to enhancement, via human gene editing, is paved with good intentions
Institute for Practical Ethics co-director John Evans pens this feature for The Conversation, following news out of China.

From intern to teacher, local musician teaches music to kids at arts non-profit
Undergraduate Music composition student Diego Rodriguez and his work with nonprofit ARTS are featured in the Union-Tribune.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for these San Diego gifts that just keep on giving
Pulitzer-prize winning poet and Literature professor emeriti Rae Armantrout, whose new collection “Wobble” was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in poetry, was included in this Union-Tribune column.

Young People’s Concert
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Host and conductor Steven Schick of Music and the orchestra perform annotated excerpts from the 2018 season, broadcast on UCTV.

Track premiere: ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Illumine
Led by Steven Schick of Music, alumni Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s latest is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.

The Visual Representation of the US/Mexico Border Wall in the Media
Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts and political scientist Fonna Forman, participate in this web-streamed discussion.

Martha Rosler: Irrespective At The Jewish Museum, New York
Forbes looks into Visual Arts alumni Martha Rosler’s latest.

Francis Jue To Star In KING OF THE YEES at San Francisco Playhouse
Playwright Lauren Yee and director Joshua Kahan Brody, both Theatre and Dance alumni, come together for this San Francisco production.

UCSD in Partnership to Bring High-Tech Contemporary Art to Balboa Park
The opening on Nov. 30 of “Rising Tide,” is an interactive visual and sound installation by San Diego-based artist and Music graduate student Jacob Sundstrom.

Fil-Am director Jennifer Chang on her two plays, her challenges, and making it in Hollywood
If you look at the entertainment scene in Los Angeles, there are two plays that are currently showing almost at the same time and are both being directed by the same director, Jennifer Chang of Theatre and Dance.

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy from the Ruined Roman Republic
A new book by History professor Edward J. Watts argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end, the Smithsonian Magazine reports. “If you believe your republic will last forever, then doing things like not holding a vote on something essential for three years—you don’t see the problem in that, necessarily,” Watts said to

The 43rd Annual Humana Festival of American New Plays Lineup
Theatre and Dance playwriting students Lily Padilla, Dave Harris and Emily Feldman will each have pieces produced at the 2019 Humana Festival.

How to Develop Your Profound Voice
Artist and Visual Arts alum Carrie Mae Weems ’84 meets with students across campus, giving a ‘great challenge’ to be engaged for the future.

Theater Classics, New Work Define Upcoming Season at UC San Diego
Department of Theatre and Dance opens 2018 – 2019 season Nov. 16 with “Mother Courage and Her Children

UC San Diego Undergrads Design New Birch Aquarium Exhibit
The EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio is a hybrid lab and classroom that provides undergraduate engineering and Visual Arts students with a space where theoretical coursework and hands-on experience intersect.

What San Diego Writers Really Think of NaNoWriMo
“I think the problem with NaNoWriMo is that it sort of feeds into instant gratification culture,” Keith McCleary of Literature said. The Voice of San Diego weekly also featured Theatre and Dance’s upcoming season.

Wong Fu Productions talk Asian struggles, new series
Visual Arts alum Wesley Chan stated that he wanted to become a graphic designer as soon as he entered UC San Diego. “What [our parents] think is successful revolves around stability,” Chan said.

LITVAKdance: telling human stories through movement
Eric Geiger of Theatre and Dance described the theme for “Constant Trio” as movement that demands “responsible citizenship by making space for otherness.”

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny
History professor Edward J. Watts released his latest research, “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny.” Watts participated in two podcasts: New Books Network and Robin Hood Radio.

‘Transparent’ Producer To Discuss Her Work And Its Impact At UC San Diego
Zackary Drucker speaks to KPBS Midday Edition ahead of her public talk, part of the Visual Arts speaker series.

UC San Diego Professor Discusses Lasting Impacts Of World War I
Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the armistice between Germany and the allied forces that ended the First World War. History professor Michael Provence details the results of that armistice on the Middle East, to KPBS Midday Edition.

Passionate and intense, Steven Schick makes dramatic music with water in Tan Dun’s marvelous concerto
The San Diego Union-Tribune calls Music professor Steven Schick's latest La Jolla Symphony and Chorus performance “passionate and intense.” Students Fiona Digney and Rebecca Lloyd-Jones are also included in the review. 

Luis Alberto Urrea - Dinner in the Library
San Diego-raised novelist and Literature alum Luis Alberto Urrea ‘77 was the featured speaker at the UC San Diego Library annual gala. Watch his talk.

Martha Rosler Isn’t Done Making Protest Art
The Visual Arts alum and artist’s work has been canonized, and feminist slogans are enshrined on T-shirts, but where does that leave her? A retrospective at the Jewish Museum takes us on her journey, the New York Times writes.

Culture Report: Art and Design’s Crucial Role in Elections
Digging into the efficacy of political design is, ultimately, a dismal task: “I can tell you there’s a big difference between ‘good’ and ‘effective,’” said History alum Tom Shepard, former mayor of Del Mar and decorated political consultant.

Jefferson Mays On Always Looking For the Next Terror, Wonder & Joy of His Profession
Theatre and Dance alum Jefferson Mays talks with Broadway World about his latest, “A Christmas Carol.” 

Ethical Boundaries of Research with Human Embryos
In this Exploring Ethics series on UCTV, Institute for Practical Ethics co-director John Evans leads a lively Q&A on medical research. 

Can Engaging with Contemporary Social Issues Save the Opera?
Next City reports: Meanwhile, on the West Coast, opera is taking an even more socially-engaged turn. From Oct. 24 to 27, a group at University of California San Diego mounted “Inheritance,” a new opera about Sarah Winchester. Producer Susan Narucki of Music says the idea was “to try to find a way to have the past speak to the present” by juxtaposing scenes from Winchester’s life with those of a modern school shooting.

The Hum of Humanities is in the Air: Day 1
PATH student Zach Young recounts his first day at the CUNY Humanities Alliance conference.

‘Inheritance’ Chamber Opera Uses Art and Music to Address a Complex Social Issue
Using legendary story of Sarah Winchester, Music professors stage timely world-premiere about gun violence in America. As a follow up, Susan Narucki and Lei Liang answer the question “What is Chamber Opera, Anyway?“ They show how to tell stories through opera in this video, as well. Media coverage included San Diego CityBeat, the Union-Tribune, twice in La Jolla Light, the Rancho Santa Fe Review, San Diego Magazine and a special segment on KPBS Midday Edition. Reviews came in from the Union-Tribune and San Diego Story.

UC San Diego Has Record-setting Year with $1.2B in Research Funding
The Division of Arts and Humanities received its largest-ever National Endowment for the Humanities award, reported in this summary from UC San Diego.

Culture Report: What Arts Can Teach Scientists, and Vice-Versa
Voice of San Diego came to campus to speak to Dean Cristina Della Coletta and History professor Luis Alvarez, part of their coverage highlighting the division’s National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The story included the Institute of Arts and Humanities-led Race and Oral History Project.

How Carrie Mae Weems Rewrote the Rules of Image-Making
Perhaps our best contemporary photographer, Weems creates work that insists on the worth of black women — both in art and in life, the New York Times writes of the Visual Arts alum.

Celebrated Alum Carrie Mae Weems Returns to UC San Diego as Part of Dynamic Visual Arts Speaker Series
Longenecker Roth artist in residence Anna Sew Hoy, independent artist Zackary Drucker, and critic and essayist Mark Dery round out fall quarter guests for Visual Arts.

Fil-Am helms San Diego Rep’s sexual assault drama
Led by Jesca Prudencio, Dallas DeLeon and Emily Shain, all Theatre and Dance alumni, are featured in this story highlighting the latest production at San Diego Repertory. San Diego Magazine also covered the production.

San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: From Dancing Bears To ‘Killer Tomatoes’
UC San Diego Homecoming Weekend made the news, with this KPBS Midday Edition preview of a film screening featuring History alum John DeBello.

New Gallery Exhibition at the UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute Turns Warfare into Art
The gallery@calit2 held its fall 2018 opening event on Oct. 25, Sarah Hankins and Shahrokh Yadegari of Music, among others.

Jerome Rothenberg: Talking with David Antin
The first accounting of a friendship, written by Literature and Visual Arts emeritus professor Jerome Rothenberg about former colleague David Antin.

He said, she squirmed: The pickup artist game that is the talk of IndieCade and may help us communicate better
Angela Washko, a Visual Arts alum, is featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Writer Aruna D’Sousa and UCSD Professor Nicole Miller visit Mesa College
Visual Arts professor Nicole Miller participates in outreach, the Mesa Press reports.

UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
The next graduate production of Theatre and Dance is highlighted.

Kim Walsh Directs OUR TOWN at UC San Diego
Theatre and Dance’s undergraduate production is included in Broadway World.

The Climate Has Already Changed. Is UCSD Doing Enough?
Music graduate student Peter Sloan begins an opinion series for the student news organization.

The Clarinets — Anthony Burr, Oscar Noriega and Chris Speed — reuniting for first show in five years
How rare are concerts by The Clarinets, the all-star trio of Anthony Burr, Oscar Noriega and Chris Speed? “I’m guessing it’s been about five years since we played a show,” said Burr of Music to the Union-Tribune ahead of their concert.

Words Alive’s Author’s Luncheon To Feature Author Mary Kubica
Kubica will discuss her life, writing and forthcoming novel, “When the Lights Go Out,” in conversation with Seth Lerer of Literature.

Pinar Yoldas creates designer babies based on characteristics of Greek gods and goddesses
Visual Arts professor Pinar Yoldas participated in the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial.

All-star Tiger Trio set to make area concert debut at UC San Diego
Few current bands boast as much dizzying talent and artistic vision as Tiger Trio, which teams flutist Nicole Mitchell, pianist Myra Melford and French bassist Joëlle Léandre, writes George Varga in the San Diego Union-Tribune, about a Music concert.

Arts & Humanities Awarded With Significant Grant
The UCSD Guardian included the recent National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the Division in their news coverage.

Rubén Ortiz Presents ‘Mexipunx’: A Photography Exhibition Held at OPC
Visual Arts professor Ruben Ortiz’s exhibition in Mexico.

La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Hundred Days’ a compelling, cathartic musical saga of coming to terms with life’s limits
Theatre and Dance alum Anne Kauffman directs this La Jolla Playhouse production, reviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Chamber Opera Addressing Gun Violence to Receive World Premiere at UC San Diego
Produced by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki of Music, “Inheritance” uses legendary story of Sarah Winchester to spark discussion about guns in today’s culture. Lei Liang of Music composed the original score, with libretto by poet Matt Donovan of Smith College. Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick serves as music director, with graduate students Hillary Jean Young and Kirsten Ashley Wiest performing.

Schooling the System
School principal Jason Babineau ’07 of History is on a mission to disrupt generations of educational inequities. Babineau is also included in Triton magazine’s feature on The Preuss School, “The Campus on Campus.”

Rae Armantrout longlisted for National Book Award in poetry
Rae Armantrout, a longtime Literature professor, was named among 10 finalists for the 2018 National Book Award in poetry. She was selected for her collection “Wobble,” which is due to be published Nov. 6. Armantrout was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times and KQED as well.

MFA Artist Heejung Shin Named First David Antin Prize Winner at UC San Diego
Visual Arts graduate uses gender and language to explore immigrant experience in performance and video.

For theater artist and educator Naomi Iizuka, 'America is much bigger than this little pool I grew up in'
“So I think I had from a pretty early age an awareness that the world was big. And to some degree mysterious. And I was really curious about knowing more,” Iizuka of Theatre and Dance told the Union-Tribune.

Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) Issues Call for Proposals for the 2018-2019 Performance Season
“Preparing for an upcoming season of IDEAS here at the Qualcomm Institute is always exciting,” said Music professor Shahrokh Yadegari, who directs the program. Oct. 22 is the deadline for proposals, open to faculty, students, staff and alumni.

The Persian fusion of Sibarg Ensemble use 12th Century poetry to create melodies
Music alum Kyle Motl, Niloufar Shiri and Hesam Abedini, Ph.D. candidate Josh Charney, and recording engineer Andrew Munsey are included in this feature.

Film screening to highlight San Diego immigrant stories
The independent film, “Letters from Our Elders,” by the Buenpaso Collective, seeks to connect the story of the director’s grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, with stories of today’s immigrants. The collective was founded by Visual Arts alumni while students.

Ellen Weller discovers a new, more enlightened and welcoming scene at UC San Diego
Music Ph.D. alum Ellen Weller also teaches at Palomar College.

International journalist has local roots
From the killing fields of Cambodia to the cramped baseball stadiums of the Kentucky bush leagues, journalist and Literature alum Katya Cengel has had unique travel experiences, always bringing her readers along with her.

San Diego Symphony and music wunderkind Matthew Aucoin unveil 'Hearing the Future' festival lineup
Music’s Stephanie Richards and ensemble kalisti featured in January’s festival.

Perry Vásquez at the ‘Gates of Heck’
Local artist and Visual Arts alum turns his love of comics and more into a multimedia series of works.

The Chief Historian 
What makes a changemaker? Triton magazine talks to History alum Police Chief David Livingstone, PhD ’18.

Fall arts preview 2018: Top 10 theater picks this season
Theatre and Dance alum Anne Kauffman had two director gigs for the La Jolla Playhouse featured in the Union-Tribune’s fall preview.

Our Immigrant Story
Lei Liang of Music is featured in the Union-Tribune’s extensive coverage of immigrants in our region.

Fall arts preview 2018: Top 10 classical music picks this season
Music’s Susan Narucki and Lei Liang’s “Inheritance” made the preview list for the Union-Tribune.

‘Inheritance’ examines gun violence via a multimedia chamber opera
Susan Narucki and Lei Liang of Music are interviewed by San Diego CityBeat.

UC San Diego is the First Aira-Enabled University in the United States
Music and Visual Arts student Jimmy Cong helped test the product for blind and low-visual members of campus. The Union-Tribune was one of the first to report.

‘Bridging Chasms’ aims to boost communication, understanding in our fractured times
Roger Reynolds, a Music composer and professor, believes the current differences in our economic, racial, cultural and religious outlooks are unprecedented, and they’re destabilizing society. He’d like to fix that, one conversation at a time. His project is called “Bridging Chasms.” It will bring small groups of recognized experts from different disciplines together over the course of a weekend to talk about the things they care about the most. And to listen.

Intersecting humanities: The transfer experience between community colleges and universities
Division dean Cristina Della Coletta asks if universities are ready to meet the needs that transfer students bring, highlighting on the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion in the humanities.

Master Storyteller and UC San Diego Alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea to Speak at UC San Diego Library
The border author and Literature alum returns to campus late September.

Composer Integrates Music and Science in New UC San Diego Residency
News of Lei Liang’s residency at Qualcomm Institute was included in Times of San Diego. The Music composer’s appointment is for three years.

Culture Report: A New Theater Company’s ‘Radically Inclusive Programming’
The Voice of San Diego Culture Report lead story featured Blindspot Collective‘s newest production, “Qulili.” With support from Theatre and Dance professor Julie Burelle, Ph.D. student Alison Urban, “Qulili” includes MFA acting student Allyn Anthony Moriyon on stage with alumni Sofia Zaragoza ‘18 as production manager and Monique Gaffney ‘93 as voice/dialect coach. The Union-Tribune also featured the production.

Finale Concert 2018 Highlights - UC San Diego Jazz Camp
With support from Music, the UC San Diego Jazz Camp concert aired on University of California Television.

The FLUX Quartet: SummerFest’s Powerful Champions of the Avant Garde
San Diego Story included mention of Music’s Rand Steiger and Lei Liang, who had work featured in this year’s SummerFest. Times of San Diego also reported on the concerts, highlighting Steiger’s work and a reception at the Audrey Geisel University House.

Weird tunings, electronic accordion and post-modern jazz group impress at Carlsbad Music Festival
Music professor and artist Stephanie Richards performed at this year’s Carlsbad Music Festival, the Union-Tribune reports.

Lei Liang Awarded First Research Artist in Residence at UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute
Music professor and composer to focus on integrating art, science and technology in three-year residency.

 With New Urgency, Museums Cultivate Curators of Color
The New York Times features Visual Arts alum Rujeko Hockley: “‘It’s a really exciting moment and hopefully not a moment,’ said Ms. Hockley, one of two curators selected to organize the 2019 Whitney Biennial.”

Want to make six figures? Try being a drone pilot
Visual Arts alum Elena Buenrostro forges a career as a drone pilot.

Jury of peers?
Lei Liang and Anthony Davis of Music caught up on their respective work… at jury duty, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Nominations Announced for 2018 Chicago Area Jeff Awards
The Chicago-area Jeff Awards, recognizing the work of Equity productions in the Chicago area, have announced nominations for the 2017–2018 season and include Theatre and Dance professor Vanessa Stalling for directing and alum Ian Bedford for acting.

Small-scale affordable housing project keeps San Ysidro community in mind
“We want to integrate [the church] because of the huge historical significance in the community. It’s seen as an icon in San Ysidro,” said Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz to the Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Department of Philosophy Professor Wins 2018 Lakatos Award
Craig Callender of Philosophy and co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics honored for his research ‘What Makes Time Special?’

‘Black Radical Women’ Exhibition At The ICA Seeks To Correct The Record
Visual Arts professor emerita Faith Ringgold, and alumni Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems at ICA Boston, featured in WBUR’s The ARTery.

‘Improvising Technology, Constructing Virtuosity’
Music Ph.D. alum Jeff Kaiser published his article in the tri-lingual journal, Cuadernos De Música, Artes Visuales Y Artes Escenicas.

Theatre’s Silence Breakers
“In my classes, I’ve spent much more time with the students helping them to stand in their name, in their vision, stand on their feet, find stability, find orientation,” Kim Rubinstein of Theatre and Dance explained in a multi-part series for American Theatre about her experience with the #MeToo movement. “So we can go real far into vulnerable places and passions, and the depths of human experience and conflict. But I am spending equal amount of time teaching them to come back and how to stand in the world with clear eyes and a sense of their own voice.”

Nortec Collective vets and 'Baja-inspired bites' should be a tasty combo at downtown event
The UCSD URBAN event includes Music professor Wilfrido Terrazas.

Works by Lei Liang and Pierre Jalbert make triumphant premieres at SummerFest
Music professor and composer featured in the Union-Tribune review.

Corey Dunlap’s sculptural seduction
Visual Arts recent MFA graduate Corey Dunlap’s solo show is featured by San Diego CityBeat.

2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners Announced
Graduate student in Music Tina Tallon was granted the Morton Gould Young Composer Award for her composition, “luscinia.”

Perry Vásquez at the ‘Gates of Heck’
Local artist and Visual Arts alum turns his love of comics and more into a multimedia series of works, the San Diego CityBeat reports.

Division of Arts and Humanities Receives $750,000 NEH Infrastructure Award
National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant is largest federal award to date for the Division, supporting growth of arts and humanities on campus.

Rujeko Hockley Keeps Cracking the Art World Open
The visionary Whitney Museum curator and Visual Arts alum brings an inclusive worldview to her work.

Danny Green’s Work Filters Through Latin, Classical Music
Downbeat magazine interviews Music alum Danny Green.

At SummerFest, virtuosic Flux Quartet successfully premieres engaging works by Ichiyanagi and Steiger
The Union-Tribune reviews SummerFest performances, including work by Rand Steiger of Music: “The real power of Steiger’s work was in hearing how each string quartet member influenced the other’s musical material. The melodies transformed before us in a mystical evocation of a forgotten ancestral theme evolving into the local variants that exist today.”

Meet Angie Jennings
Visual Arts MFA alum Angie Jennings does a quick Q&A in San Diego Voyager.

The Story Behind TIME's Spike Lee Cover
Behind the portrait: TIME magazine asked Visual Arts alum Carrie Mae Weems to photograph director Spike Lee.

South Plainfield Public Library to Present New Post Impressionists Series
History alum Michael Norris is featured.

Through Her Eyes: A Conversation with Babette Mangolte
“I was always focusing on visual matters, so that led me to want to become a cinematographer,” Visual Arts professor Babette Mangolte told Criterion.

Graduate Scholarship
The German Academic Exchange Service has announced the recipients of several scholarships and grants for the academic year. Congratulations to Philosophy Ph.D. candidate Robert Brian Tracz.

More Than 60 Theater Makers To Develop New Works At The Kennedy Center
Theatre and Dance playwrights Anna Moench, Dave Harris and Tim J. Lord are in this year’s prestigious Playwrights’ Workshop.

It’s time to fulfill the promise of citizenship
Natalia Molina of History pens this op-ed for the Washington Post about the 14th Amendment.

In Review: Ansonia Quartet
National Sawdust reviews a performance at the Museum of Modern Art, which included a piece by Lei Liang of Music.

Fewer Students Are Choosing Humanities — What San Diego Colleges Are Doing About It
KPBS did extensive coverage of the division’s PATH program, including History’s Danny Widener, Philosophy’s Craig Callender and a Music course taught by David Borgo.

UC San Diego Foundation Board Trustees Bridge Campus and Community
Division supporters Phyllis Epstein and Ann Reed are announced as new members of the university foundation board. Rancho Santa Fe Review covered the news.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus announces 2018-19 season
"We have always included a lot of music by composers who are normally not represented in symphony orchestra programming,” said Music’s Steven Schick, the group’s music director.

Discharging immigrant soldiers is the American way. That’s the problem.
Simeon Man of History pens this op-ed for the Washington Post.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Carefully Watching Your Own Backyard.
“Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home” by History’s Mark Hineline is featured in Slate, describing the way scientific observation of nature can alter your state of mind. “My presentness, and yours, releases us temporarily from the incessant, and often noisy, directionality of climate change,” Hineline writes.

Craig Callender wins the 2018 Lakatos Award
The London School of Economics and Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Lakatos Award, including Philosophy’s Craig Callender for his book “What Makes Time Special?” The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, broadly construed, in the form of a book published in English during the previous five years.

Inheritance – A Chamber Opera
Led by Susan Narucki and featuring Lei Liang and Steven Schick of Music, “Inheritance” receives support from New Music USA.

Humanities students get boost from UC San Diego-SDCCD collaboration
“Our partnership with the San Diego Community College District through the PATH program is a tremendous success, and we look forward to continuing and expanding this important initiative,” said Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta.

The Vineyard Theatre Unveils 2018–2019 Season
Of three plays in the season, two are Theatre and Dance connected: “Do You Feel Anger” is written by playwriting grad student Mara Nelson-Greenberg and “Good Grief” is written by acting alum Ngozichukwuka Anyanwu.

5Qs: Kelly Hanson, Production Designer
Read five questions with Theatre and Dance alum Kelly Hanson.

An assignment that inspires students beyond the classroom
Wiki Education features History student Haleigh Marcello after taking professor Ulrike Strasser’s spring course “The Early Modern Women Wikipedia Project,” which taught and then inspired Marcello to contribute well-researched entries to Wikipedia and to correct errors and fix sexist prose.

The Complete Cast of The Public’s TWELFTH NIGHT
Theatre and Dance alum Kim Blanck is cast in the Public Theatres Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night,” with fellow alum Kamra Jacobs as stage manager on the production.

#IMakeApps | Faith Ringgold
Visual Arts professor emeritus Faith Ringgold has been a pioneering figure in American art for six decades. At age 83 she came up with the idea for Quiltuduko, a visual art making adaptation of Sudoku, a Japanese number puzzle game. The rules are simple, the game can be a challenge, but the solution makes art.

New Works by Lei Liang at La Jolla SummerFest and in Bennington
Music’s Lei Liang has two world premieres featured.

Mark Dresser on bi-tones, expressivity, and telematic performance
Music’s Mark Dresser talks shop with Jason Heath from Contrabass Conversations.

UC San Diego composer uses the sounds of the sea to inspire conservation
Music professor Lei Liang and his students are using the sounds of snapping shrimp and grunting fish to compose ocean-inspired music concerts, the Union-Tribune reports.

How Saying #MeToo Changed Their Lives
“It feels like this was a moment where a huge veil came off, and when we have been able to see what we could not see before. I’m really grateful for that. It’s hard, but it’s the way we evolve,” Kim Rubinstein of Theatre and Dance said to the New York Times.

An Interview with Suzanne Thorpe
Music Ph.D. student Suzanne Thorpe talks with Cycling ‘74: Tools for Sounds, Graphics, and Interactivity.

UC San Diego Professor Shlomo Dubnov Receives Award to create new online course
Music’s Shlomo Dubnov recently earned an award from the University of California Office of the President Innovative Learning Technology Initiative to develop a new online course about sound, music and culture.

UCSD human submarine off to England
The Reader reports on Vaquita, with creative design by Ruben Ortiz and Pinar Yoldas of Visual Arts.

La Jolla’s UC San Diego breaks ground for Sixth College’s new home
The La Jolla Light reports on the groundbreaking for the division’s new home in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.

Live, Learn, Play: Vibrant New Neighborhood to Break Ground on Campus
For the Division of Arts and Humanities, the new building will include the Institute of Arts and Humanities and mark the first time in the university’s history that all three humanities departments — History, Literature and Philosophy — will be gathered in the same space. “We are thrilled that this new structure will create a physical hub for the generation of theories and ideas that evolve through dialogue, discussion and reinterpretation with partners on and off campus,” Dean Cristina Della Coletta said.

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders
Commencement speakers encourage graduates to make positive change in the world, including History alumna Kimberley Phillips Boehm. View a selection of photos from commencement weekend.

‘The Darkest Light in the Heart’
Anthony Davis of Music was awarded a grant from New Music USA for his opera, “The Darkest Light of the Heart.” The opera is being developed with Spoleto USA and American Opera Projects.

UC San Diego Celebrates Commencement with Message of Hope
“I have no doubt you will spend a lifetime weaving together your past and your present to create a ‘you’ with skills and talents and passions too good to ignore,” said History alumna Kimberley Phillips Boehm.

Celebrating the successes of UC San Diego’s most dynamic grads
Featured by the university, Anika Ullah is graduating this year with as a double major in human biology and Visual Arts. David Livingstone, as chief of police in Simi Valley and a Ph.D. student in History, strives to bridge the gap between law enforcement and academia.

Why Trump’s Wall Won’t Stop Music At The U.S.–Mexico Border
In March, AJ+ published video coverage of the border concert led by Steven Schick of Music.

A Cabin in the Woods
“What’s great about MacDowell is that they give you a work space, which is a cabin in the woods with no internet – no diversions – my studio will have a grand piano and a desk,” Music’s Mark Dresser said of his residency fellowship.

UC San Diego’s Telematics Concerts Transcends Borders from California to Korea
Amplify Magazine interviews Mark Dresser about the recent Music concert.

Undergrads to Take Human Powered Submarine to International Competition
Visual Arts professors Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Pinar Yoldas, with Visual Arts facilities manager Tad Linfesty, worked with the Human Powered Submarine Team to give Vaquita a snazzy paint job.

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival Comes to Manhattan’s Abrons Arts Center
Music’s Miller Puckett starts a full season, including the NYC festival.

Notes from the Class of ‘68
Judith Stolarsky Gechter, a History alumna, is featured by Triton magazine.

Honoring Outstanding Research Dissertations
The Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations from each academic division of UC San Diego. Alina Mendez of History received the honor from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

State of the Arts: Professor Seth Lerer
Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer has been both a witness to and instigator of UC San Diego’s humanistic evolution, the UCSD Guardian reports.

Play Review: “Mothers”
MFA playwright in Theatre and Dance Anna Moench returns to the Wagner New Play Festival with a new, terrifying piece on the horrors of motherhood.

Column | A sign of hope in an age of political incivility
UC San Diego Music professor and composer Anthony Davis and opera singer/teacher Cynthia Aaronson-Davis received welcome news. Their son, who had a key role in the opera “Wakanda’s Dream” at Opera Omaha at age 9, has hit the big time — in baseball, that is.

Comedian Reed Martin sends off Sonoma’s class of 2018
The Theatre and Dance alumn sent words of wisdom to his alma mater in Sonoma.

Two UC San Diego Artists Featured in “25 and Under” Art Showcase at MCASD
Triton News ran a series on two Visual Arts students selected for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego show: Wendy Rodriguez and Anika Ullah.

Review | La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism
“Enthusiastic applause greeted [Rand] Steiger’s explosive collaboration between full orchestra, virtuoso trumpeter and digital processing,” the Union-Tribune reported. The performance was conducted by fellow Music professor, Steven Schick.

SummerFest music director Cho-Liang ‘Jimmy’ Lin will bow out with poise and panache
In a preview of SummerFest, Steven Schick and Lei Liang of Music are featured.

San Diego summer concert guide: Here are our top season picks
Mark Dresser’s Music concert made the Union-Tribune top picks for summer.

June 5, 1968, Changed Politics — and Me
History alum Tom Shepard was elected president of the UC San Diego student government in 1968, and was invited to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles to witness a “real” political campaign in action, he said in this Voice of San Diego op-ed.

Considering an MFA? How to Find Quality + Value in a Program
Backstage Experts call out Theatre and Dance as a top MFA program.

With the world watching, US architects rebuke Trumpism at the Venice Biennale
Architect and Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz and his long-term collaborator, political scientist Fonna Forman, are highlighted by CNN.

New Children’s Museum marks artful decade in San Diego
Alumnus Brian Dick pays a playful tribute to Allan Kaprow, a founder of Visual Arts and Dick’s mentor here, with his interactive exhibit at the New Children’s Museum.

#MeToo and the Failure to Warn Others
Philosophy’s Ethics in the Public Sphere distinguished lecture series brings timely discussion to the forefront

Jeff Denson sings out to cover all the bases (and basses) on his new album and tour
Music alum Jeff Denson is featured in the Union-Tribune.

Tony Awards 2018: Experts Explain Nuance in Lesser-Known Categories
NBC 7 San Diego sat down with three theater experts affiliated with Theatre and Dance — Charles Means, Robert Brill and Paloma Young — to talk all things Tony.

Chris Warren goes super sonic with ‘The Omni Echo’
Local sound artist and Music alum debuts immersive aural experience at Ship in the Woods festival

A Night with Former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
Triton News writes up a story on the Institute of Arts and Humanities event.

Grrrls to the Front — A Riot Grrrl Event
On May 24, the students of LTWR 113, an intercultural writing workshop taught by Literature professor Meliza Banales, took it upon themselves to organize an event on campus inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement.

Passing of Former Department of Music Chair and Celebrated Cellist, Peter Farrell
Peter Farrell, longtime faculty member of the Department of Music and former principal cellist with the La Jolla Symphony, died on May 13, 2018 at the age of 93.

Bridging the Arts between UC San Diego and San Diego Unified School District
“An important aspect of any education is giving students the opportunity to explore all avenues of interest, with the outcome of having well-rounded, culturally competent individuals,” said Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta. “It’s not that students choose arts or science. They can choose both, knowing that the arts exponentially enhance every subject, sparking innovation and new ideas.”

‘Stunning’ Short Film Exploring Landscape, Memory Selected as 8th Kamil Media Awards Grand Prize
Undergraduate filmmakers celebrated in Visual Arts annual competition, a tribute to creativity and using media to connect people

Learning to Curate History
Arts and Humanities undergraduates explore Geisel Library archives with the Institute of Arts and Humanities, presenting exhibits on Tijuana tourism and South Pacific expeditions

A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS
Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman are featured in the Los Angeles Times.

The 25 Best Drama Schools for an Acting Degree, Ranked
For its annual list of top drama MFA program, the Hollywood Reporter ranks the Theatre and Dance program number four, up one spot and the highest on the West Coast. The department’s undergraduate program is also ranked, for the first time. NBC San Diego covered the rankings.

Submission: The Soul-Crushing Society that Produces Soul-Crushing Student Essays
Niall Twohig, a lecturer in the Analytical Writing Program, publishes an op-ed in Triton.

Bodies in motion at MCASD
New exhibition showcases some of the best and brightest from UC San Diego’s Visual Arts MFA program, San Diego CityBeat reports.

I am Pinar Yoldas
“Infradisciplinary” artist Pinar Yoldas of Visual Arts is advocating a good Anthropocene with the help of speculative biology: Germany’s Freunde von Freunden sits down for an in-depth Q&A

Lipinksy Family Jewish Festival of the Arts will celebrate 25th anniversary with diverse slew of shows
Todd Salovey of Theatre and Dance is featured in the Union-Tribune.

State of the Arts — Sixth College CAT
Michael Trigilio of Visual Arts discusses Sixth College’s Culture, Art, and Technology program with the UC San Diego Guardian.

Stephanie Richards gets good vibrations, literally, on her absorbing new album
Music professor Stephanie Richards’s latest album is released, with a concert on campus to celebrate, the Union-Tribune reports. KPBS intervied Richards in advance of the concert as well.

The Violent Legacies of the U.S. War in Vietnam
History’s Simeon Man, author of “Soldiering through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific,” penned this commentary for the AAAS blog series.

State of the Arts — Ayden LeRoux
Literature MFA graduate student is interviewed by the UC San Diego Guardian.

Union-Tribune Summer Arts
Music’s Lei Liang and Steven Schick are highlighted as a preview to the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest.

Nick Norton at Art Share
A Music undergrad alum, Nick Norton’s concert “Music for Art Galleries” was featured in Sequenza 21.

 ‘Master Storyteller’ Luis Alberto Urrea to be Keynote
Announced from the UC San Diego Library, the Literature alum will return to San Diego this year for the annual Dinner in the Library.

UC San Diego Awards Campus Champions of Integrity
Lisa Porter, a professor in Theatre and Dance, was honored by UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Celebrates Naturalist John Muir’s Life
The Division of Arts and Humanities co-sponsored this Muir College event, reported by KPBS.

Julia Dixon Evans’ Debut Book Lights Up Shelves
The Literature alumna appeared on KPBS Midday Edition for her new novel.

Breckenridge Music Festival welcomes new artistic director, conductor for summer
Steven Schick of Music will serve as the artistic director and conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival, the organization's annual summer festival from mid-July through mid-August.

Culture Report: San Diego Author’s Debut Novel Is Lit
There’s a lot to like about Literature alumna Julia Dixon Evans’ debut novel “How to Set Yourself on Fire,” the Voice of San Diego reports.

Should We Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth?
The UC San Diego Institute for Practical Ethics helps identify and address the moral and ethical questions of groundbreaking, scientific innovation. University of California Television broadcast the discussion.

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

UC San Diego Professor Natalia Molina Wins 2018 China Residency Exchange Fellowship
History professor will teach 10-day seminar in China on US racial politics, using unique research method.

Wagner New Play Festival a wellspring of theater talent at UCSD
If you want to know what will be happening in American theater a few years from now, you might want to check into the Wagner New Play Festival, the annual showcase of the University of California San Diego’s esteemed MFA Theatre and Dance program, the Union-Tribune reports. Broadway World also previewed a selection of the plays.

UC San Diego Historian Karl Gerth Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships
Institute for Advanced Study and American Council of Learned Societies award History scholar a combined $145,000 to further his research.

Closing art exhibit depicts climate change dangers at UC San Diego’s University Art Gallery
The La Jolla Light reports on the latest exhibition from Visual Arts.

Wagner New Play Festival Showcases Top-Notch Student Work
Annual Department of Theatre and Dance event gives opportunity to all, from MFA playwrights and faculty to undergraduate actors, designers and assistants. Coverage included the San Diego Union-Tribune, La Jolla Light and San Diego Story.

A playwright's perspective on UC San Diego's Wagner Festival of new work
The San Diego Union-Tribune caught up with graduating MFA playwright Lily Padilla, whose work "How to Defend Yourself" was one of five productions in repertory during the Theatre and Dance festival.

Groundbreaking Cinematographer Bradford Young Talks Race, Visual Impact of Film
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Arrival” filmmaker is first Department of Visual Arts Adam D. Kamil Guest Lecture speaker.

Long Live the Craft
Featured in Triton magazine’s Spring issue: Itʼs 1992 and Philosophy alumnus Yuseff Cherney is sitting in his pickup truck in a parking lot, psyching himself up not to get a job. He’s 22 years old, three months out of Muir College and soon headed straight for law school. But for now, he’s headed into a homebrewing store to buy supplies for a hobby swiftly turning into an obsession.

Stephanie Richards' 'Gong' Resonates The Body's Frequency
Music professor and composer’s latest album release is featured on NPR.

Visual Arts alumni Philip Wang and Wesley Chan of Wong Fu Productions make the A-100 list, honoring the most impactful Asian culture.

San Diego Unified and UC San Diego partner to create next generation of San Diego artists
The creative collaboration will make San Diego Unified the only school district in San Diego County with an arts partnership with UC San Diego.

San Diego Symphony music director designate Rafael Payare is already cooking things up here
“As a conductor, sometimes you get someone who is reliable — or musical. In Rafael, we get both. We’re excited and thrilled, both with his musicality and with what he brings on a level of cultural interaction,” said Steven Schick of Music.

Anthony Davis and Mark Dresser duo concert promises edgy musical adventure
The Union-Tribune reports: It is a very happy coincidence that two of the nation’s most acclaimed cutting-edge composers, band leaders and soloists are longtime area residents who both teach at UC San Diego. Music’s Davis and Dresser held a concert on campus May 2.

La Jolla Playhouse's 'What Happens Next' gives a sensitive glimpse of veterans' postwar battles
The Union-Tribune gives an excellent review of Theatre and Dance playwriting professor Natalia Iizuka’s latest production.

Spring Arts 2018
The San Diego Union-Tribune published a full section on arts and culture in the region for spring, and included several UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities faculty and alumni: Julia Dixon Evans, Department of Literature alumna; Anthony Davis, Department of Music; Mark Dresser, Department of Music; Sadie Weinberg and Yolande Snaith, Department of Theatre and Dance; and kallisti, UC San Diego chamber opera group.

Three Times a Charm for Grad SLAM Winner
Congratulations to Aurora Lagattuta, a professional dancer and master’s student in Theatre and Dance, who won the $1,500 third prize for her presentation on how dancing can be used to create a more diverse and inclusive community.

Reconnecting with Alumni in Los Angeles
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla blogged about a recent trip to Los Angeles that included meeting Music alumnus Nathan East.

30 seconds with… Katharina Rosenberger
Music professor Katharina Rosenberger and her “Viva Voce” installation is featured in the Sister City blog Los Angeles – Berlin. Additionally, Rosenberger will world premiere “surge” and “quartet – bodies in performance” at the new music festival in Witten, Germany: Wittener Tage fur neuve Kammermusik.

Art in the City
The Department of Visual Arts in included as a source for a new book on “feminist art,” Washington Life reports.

A cross-border city? Apartments for San Diegans in Tijuana? How architects defy Trump’s wall.
“We call it Mexus,” says Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz to the Washington Post: Destined for the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture — the design world’s premier showcase for new ideas, opening this May — Cruz and [Fonna] Forman’s Mexus project uses maps, renderings and diagrams to send a pointed political message.

Southwestern College students project art onto border wall prototypes
Visual Arts MFA student Andrew Sturm collaborated with Southwestern College students, featured in San Diego City Beat.

Local Veterans and Actors Alike Take Center Stage in La Jolla Playhouse's 'What Happens Next'
The La Jolla Playhouse’s latest Without Wall production is written by Theatre and Dance professor Naomi Iizuka.

Meeting with Warren College Student Leaders
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood was top topic at a meeting with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Warren College students and leaders, including Theatre and Dance professor and college provost Emily Roxworthy.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announces new fellows — and pays tribute to grantees from California
New faculty member Nicole Miller of Visual Arts was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship (PDF), reported in the Los Angeles Times (above) and Times of San Diego. Additionally, alumni and former students from the division were also selected: Edward Wright-Rios of History and Eric Lyon and Farangis Nurulla of Music.

Analyzing the Animal Ethics of Celebrity Chefs
UC San Diego Philosophy professor Andy Lamey ranks celebrity cookbooks, bringing animal protection to the forefront. The National Post, Macleans Magazine and Ottawa Citizen covered the research.

Graduate Research Advocacy Day Takes Over Sacramento
UC San Diego graduate students — including History student Kevan Malone — share the impact of their research and advocate for increased investment from the state.

Faculty Members Celebrated for Seeing the Classroom and World Differently
44th Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards recognize excellence in teaching, research and service — honoring History chair Pamela Radcliff and Visual Arts faculty member Ruben Ortiz-Torres. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla honored the faculty members, and the Del Mar Times reported on Radcliff’s award.

The New York Philharmonic Channels the Chaos of the Cosmos
Music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir was featured in the New York Times, in addition to their review for the New York Philharmonic premiere of her new orchestral piece.

What's hitting San Diego's stages in April?
“What Happens Next,” staged by the La Jolla Playhouse and written by Theatre and Dance faculty member Naomi Iizuka, is included in the Union-Tribune writeup.

Kristin Korb, a double-threat on bass and vocals, plays today at SDSU
From the Union-Tribune article: “A Montana naive, [Music alumna Kristin] Korb is equally skilled as a bassist and singer — her credits include three albums with bass legend Ray Brown.”

Meet the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival jurors
Theatre and Dance MFA alum Matthew Wilder is selected as juror of the Texas festival.

UC San Diego Seeks National Title for Student Lawyers
Led by History alumnus Keshav Nair, the team includes Literature students Brianna Fluhrer and Vivian Pham. Pham was named “top attorney” in defense.

‘Men on Boats’ a wild and surprising ride at New Village Arts
From the review: Newly minted UC San Diego Theatre and Dance alumna Paloma Dominguez is a real find as the ever-upbeat Sumner; she’s particularly adept in the show’s many high-energy movement sequences, as the boats brave rapids and cataracts.

Drinking 1,049 Feet Underground in Mexico
History professor Dana Velasco Murillo and her work, “Urban Indians in a Silver City: Zacatecas, Mexico, 1546-1810,” was cited in this OZY long-form feature.

La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW series taps new work by UC San Diego playwright Naomi Iizuka
A work by the longtime head of the Theatre and Dance graduate playwriting program will receive its world premiere next month as the next project in La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls program, the Union-Tribune reports. Naomi Iizuka’s “What Happens Next” will run April 19-29 at the Challenged Athletes Foundation in Sorrento Valley. Broadway World also reports on the selection.

UC San Diego ups its dining offerings by going local
The Union-Tribune includes the forthcoming Living and Learning Neighborhood in its write up.

Angela Davis reflects on the impact and intersectionality of political movements
Philosophy alumna Angela Davis gives talk in Charlottesville.

Cross Winds
Paris-based circus artist, composer and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in a new theatrical percussion concerto written for, and co-commissioned by, Music graduate student Fiona Digney. The full program is available on UCTV.

SECCA to Present Talk @ SECCA:
“Art and Science” lecture features Visual Arts professor Pina Yoldas.

Remembering Kate Wilhelm
On the passing of Kate Wilhelm, Shelley Streeby of Literature said, “I am so grateful for the powerful work Kate Wilhelm did in co-creating and sustaining the Clarion Workshop almost 50 years ago, so that today at UC San Diego emerging science fiction and fantasy writers from around the world still benefit from it.”

Lauren Yee, playwright on the verge
“I gravitate towards family stories,” said Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee in the Los Angeles Times. “There is something that all of us go through when we meet our parents as adults.”

8th Annual Integrity Awards
Theatre and Dance professor Lisa Porter is honored with a 2018 UC San Diego Integrity Awards. The ceremony will be held April 18.

UC undergrads don’t just gain knowledge — they create it
Anika Ullah of Visual Arts hasn’t even graduated from college yet, but she has the credentials of someone with years of research experience under her belt.

Lights, Camera, Service
Principles of community get the star treatment at BEARLs, with congratulations to undergrad student Sofia Zaragoza of Theatre and Dance for winning the “Championing Freedom of Expression.” Earl Warren College Provost Emily Roxworthy, a history and theory professor in Theatre and Dance, served as emcee.

Ahoy! Sea stories and buried facts from pirate expert Mark Hanna
History’s Mark Hanna was on St. Louis public radio to talk all things pirates ahead of a local production of “Pirates of Penzance.”

U.S. Pavilion Announces Seven 'Dimensions of Citizenship' Projects for Venice Biennale
Opening May 26, the U.S. Pavilion present installations exploring different facets of the theme “Dimensions of Citizenship.” Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz’s work will be included; The Archinect News also reported.

Pirate historian Mark Hanna talks to ‘St. Louis on the Air’ ahead of UMSL Opera Theatre production
University of Missouri – St. Louis invited Mark Hanna of History to provide the pre-show discussion for their weekend run of “Pirates of Penzance.”

How UIC's Luis Alberto Urrea became the literary conscience of the border
Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea continues to be honored for his work, including here in the Chicago Tribune.

Circle X Theatre Co. Announces Kate Jopson as New Artistic Director
The Los Angeles company named Theatre and Dance directing alumna Kate Jopson as its new artistic director.

Using Science and Humanities to Step Back in Time
Led by Division of Arts and Humanities dean Cristina Della Coletta, Dominique Rissolo and Falko Kuester, the Turin, Italy fieldwork brings together engineering students and arts and humanities students for the betterment of both.

11th Annual Visual Arts Symposium and Open Studios Explore Issues Shaping Culture Today
Visual Arts opened its galleries, studios and lecture hall March 3, giving an inside look into the practice and research of art students at UC San Diego. Held annually, the Graduate Symposium and Open Studios showcase the groundbreaking work of Ph.D. student art historians and MFA artists.

Can you name #5WomenArtists? Here’s a list to get you started.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Emily Haight chose five women artists to highlight for a National Museum of Women in the Arts campaign, including Visual Arts alumna Hung Liu.

Looking at Trump’s ‘Beautiful Wall’
Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea penned this op-ed for the New York Times, recounting his recent time spent at UC San Diego as part of the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Steven Schick of Music.

The Pros + Cons of Getting an Acting MFA
“A number of top MFA programs are affiliated with major regional theaters. For example, University of California San Diego’s MFA program is affiliated with La Jolla Playhouse,” the article says, placing Theatre and Dance in a “pro” column.

Brown University Offers Fully Funded MFAs to Actors and Directors
The university announced a new program, one our Theatre and Dance has done for years: “Brown’s program in a rare category alongside other top-ranked programs at the University of California San Diego,” the article reads.

Sonic Fluidities explores social change through music
UC San Diego Music conference includes installations, performances based on race, gender and sexual identity, San Diego CityBeat reports.

The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance Presents
Broadway World announces two upcoming shows for Theatre and Dance: “The Striker” and “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.”

San Diego New Music reaches into the past to find 'Displaced' music
The Union-Tribune reviews a performance curated by former Music professor Robert Zelickman.

SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure
Music’s Steven Schick was asked to participate in SummerFest 2018.

UC San Diego’s ‘Stories We Tell’ Features 7 International Women Artists
The Times of San Diego featured the recently ended Visual Arts exhibition.

Artist Spotlight: A Conversation with Composer Anahita Abbasi
Ph.D. student Anahita Abbasi’s work is premiering with the San Francisco Symphony.

UC San Diego Exhibition Features Work by 7 Leading International Women Artists
Shown together for the first time, exhibition represents historical significance of university’s Department of Visual Arts.

Sound as Social Practice
UC San Diego Department of Music explores art, identity and activism in first-of-its-kind graduate conference.

Culture Report: Building a Mile of Art in Southeastern San Diego
Voice of San Diego included graduate-student conferences from the departments of Music and Visual Arts in their latest Culture Report.

The UC San Diego Student Employment Center kicked off their #TritonWorker campaign with Visual Arts alumna Emily Zheng, Visual Arts alumnus and Division of Arts and Humanities staff member Farshid Bazmandegan and Division of Arts and Humanities staff Laura Martin.

Edgy New York chamber music quartet loadbang to perform at UC San Diego
For its Wednesday concert at, loadbang will perform seven selections, including Music professor Lei Liang’s “Lakescape V,” a shape-shifting piece that makes remarkable use of space and the silences between notes.

Soprano Susan Narucki enchants in evening of Kurtág’s song miniatures
The Union-Tribune reviews Susan Narucki’s WEDS@7 Music performance. The newspaper ran a preview of the concert as well.

Author Luis Urrea in Conversation with Steven Schick
Helen Edison Lecture Series discussion is streaming on UCTV, featuring Literature alum Luis Alberto Urrea and Music professor Steven Schick.

“I’ll Forego All that Shit if J Dilla Was Still with Us”: An Interview with B+
Brian “B+” Cross of Visual Arts is interviewed by Passion of the Weis.

Sarah Rasmusseum receives Bold grant
MFA directing alumna Sarah Rasmussen of Theatre and Dance is one of five women artistic directors who will be receiving $250,000 grants from the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.

Evoking What Can’t Be Seen
Visual Arts alumna Lorna Simpson was profiled in The New York Times Magazine.

Senate Faculty Notice Regarding Academic Freedom at UC San Diego
Following a petition to permanently end a Theatre and Dance film course, the UC San Diego Academic Senate issues a statement. Coverage in the news included multiple mention in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Triton, UC San Diego Guardian and Inside Higher Education, among others.

Lauren Yee named Blackburn Prize finalist
MFA playwriting alumna Lauren Yee of Theatre and Dance has been named one of the 10 finalists for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the oldest and largest prize awarded to women playwrights writing in the English language.

Sarah Wansley named Drama League director in residence
MFA Directing alumna Sarah Wansley of Theatre and Dance has been named as a 2018 Director in Residence by The Drama League, where she will develop new plays and musicals as part of the 2018 Drama League Artist Residency Program.

Page 73 residency announcement
MFA playwriting alumna Emily Feldman and undergraduate alumnus Daniel K. Isaac of Theatre and Dance were both named part of the Interstate 73 Writers Group for 2018.

How Kids TV Made Playwright Matt Hoverman a Star
MFA acting alumnus Matt Hoverman of Theatre and Dance was interviewed by The Clyde Fitch Report to talk about his writing career and his transition from acting to writing for the stage and television and his current success with children's TV shows including Arthur, for which he has received an Emmy Award.

Nominations for San Francisco Bay Area Critic Awards
The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announced the nominees for their 42nd Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards for 2017. Theatre and Dance professor Robert Brill was nominated, as were three alumni: Alina Bokovikova, Ogie Zulueta and the Ubuntu Theatre Project, led by Michael Moran.

Meredith McDonough of Actors Theatre: FACES of Louisville
MFA Directing alumna Meredith McDonough of Theatre and Dance discusses her work at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, programing the annual Humana Festival of New Plays and her journey to directing and the theatre.

A Mostly* Spoiler-Free Review Of A Raisin In the Sun
Triton news reviews the latest Theatre and Dance production.

Art and The Record Collection
Literature alumnus Art Connor is featured in this local news outlet, the Idyllwild Town Crier.

Faculty and Staff Step Up to Support UC San Diego
Susan Kirkpatrick, professor emerita of Spanish Literature, is creating the Kirkpatrick Literature Ph.D. Research Fund to provide research support for incoming doctoral students in the Department of Literature.

An Animated Introduction to Epicurus: What Makes Us Happy?
Included in this blog post, a 2014 Wireless Philosophy video narrated by Monte Johnson of Philosophy draws more rules for happiness from the teachings of Epicurus.

Cuyamaca College getting tuned up for international music
The Camera Lucida Piano Trio, which includes cellist Charles Curtis of Music, is mentioned.

UC San Diego's Teddy Cruz wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize
Visual Arts professor Teddy Cruz, an architect noted for his cross-border projects, has won the annual Vilcek Prize, which honors the contributions of immigrants to American culture.

The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Othello”
Broadway World promotes the upcoming Theatre and Dance production.

Charles Mingus and “Tijuana Moods” - Helen Edison Lecture Series
Anthony Davis and Steven Schick of Music lead the conversation, streaming on UCTV.

With La Jolla Symphony, a brilliant Fiona Digney solos — and shines — on wooden chairs
From the Union-Tribune review, the Department of Music was highlighted: “The ‘It’s About Time’ festival concluded this weekend with a child’s vision of Heaven and an audacious percussion concerto that made instruments of four wooden chairs. … [Fiona] Digney’s performance was compelling and authoritative. The work demanded precise coordination between soloist and orchestra, which it received under the baton of [Steven] Schick.”

Bertram Turetzky, ace of bass for six decades, set to play his 85th birthday gig
Former Music professor Bertram Turetzky is celebrated, with current professor Mark Dresser and alumni Nathan East and Kristin Korb featured.

Abraham Galvan Appointed as VP Campus Affairs of ASUCSD
Third year Literature major Abraham Galvan was appointed on Feb. 7.

A world-premiere Huey Lewis musical is the big News at the Old Globe
The creative team includes Theatre and Dance alum Paloma Young.

Breaking Ground in Music Performance
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla wrote about the Department of Music Reed Family Concert on his blog.

From Borders to Bridges
Work of Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea is highlighted in the Department of Music Reed Family Concert.

Issues of Identity: In Conversation with Hilton Als
Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic joins Theatre and Dance students to discuss access and mentorship.

Architect Teddy Cruz Wins $100,000 Vilcek Prize
Reported by ArtForum, Teddy Cruz of Visual Arts receives this year’s honor from the Vilcek Foundation.

A Woman's Point of View: UC San Diego art exhibit has work by 7 trailblazing female artists in La Jolla
The Visual Arts exhibition “Stories That We Tell: Art and Identity” runs through March 3 and features the work of seven groundbreaking female artists.

Lofty aspirations at UCSD
Mark Dresser of Music will take the stage at the Loft, at UC San Diego.

Percussionist Fiona Digney closes out ‘It's About Time’ festival
“I’ve always been drawn to the highly gestural aspects of percussion,” Fiona Digney, a doctoral candidate in Music, told the Union-Tribune. “We play such a wide range of instruments that we can’t use just one technique. We are moving around a lot, picking instruments up and putting them down. It’s very physical.”

Calit2's 'Ideas Performances' in La Jolla, and other shows in 2018
Theatre and Dance MFA student Aurora Lagattuta, an advocate of inter-species, has been exploring flipper consciousness through dance.

LA Phil 2018-19
Congratulations to Tina Tallon and Natacha Diels of Music on their commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, reported on in The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ blog The Rest Is Noise. Of the 50 pieces commissioned, works by three of alumni — Carolyn Chen, Michele Lou and Steven Takasugi — and former faculty member George Lewis are included.

At UCSD, Michael Pisaro’s sonic landscapes evoke gratification, contemplation
The Music production of “asleep, forest, melody, path” is discussed in context with the larger “It’s About Time” festival.

‘Vietgone’ a funny and forceful story of love and loss at San Diego Rep
The Theatre and Dance-trained director Jesca Prudencio is praised by the Union-Tribune for her work in the latest Rep production, as well as the Times of San Diego and The La Jolla Light.

Carleton Players present Naomi Iizuka’s provocative drama
“Good Kids,” written by Theatre and Dance professor Naomi Iizuka, premieres Feb. 9 at Carleton College.

Event briefs
“Cross Winds,” is the final event in the San Diego Symphony’s “It’s About Time” Festival, curated by Music’s Steven Schick.

Making the Wall Disappear: A Stunning Live Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote a summary of Music’s performance at the border, and also included a video of the event.

UC San Diego Undergraduate Synthesizes Visual Arts, Community Engagement and Scientific Research for Health Activism
Multidisciplinary issues need multidisciplinary solutions. That’s Visual Arts minor Anika Ullah’s mantra.

The UC San Diego Presents ‘A Raisin in the Sun’
The Theatre and Dance production runs Feb. 9-17. San Diego City Beat also included the play in their event roundup.

Dual Multimedia Installations Address Sonification of Endangered Coral Reefs
Music graduate students Jacob Sundstrom, Fiona Digney and Anthony Vine, as well as Lauren Jones and Eunjeong Ko are featured.

At The Humana Festival, The Plays Are Not the Only Thing
Deborah Stein and Mara Nelson-Greenberg of Theatre and Dance are interviewed.

Issues of Identity: A Conversation with Hilton Als
In celebration of Black History Month, Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and critic Hilton Als in a public event on Monday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

'It's About Time' festival stops the clocks in brilliant concert
Steven Schick and Music are lauded in this Union-Tribune review.

Mathias Svalina: Poet, Entrepreneur, and Conjurer of Dreams
Literature’s opening Winter quarter New Writers Series event was covered by the UCSD Guardian.

Cross-border percussion concert unites U.S., Mexico musicians at Friendship Park
Music’s participation in the “It’s About Time” festival was covered by the Union-Tribune, with an interview with Steven Schick.

San Diego Community Newspaper Group includes two Department of Music events in their roundup.

Contemporary Sculpture Society Presents a Solo Exhibition and Lecture
Visual Arts MFA alumnus Mike Calway-Fagen shows at the Contemporary Sculpture Society.

Cecil Lytle, Mike Wofford, Joshua White, Kei Akagi & Tobin Chodos to play 5-piano concert
“Five pianists walk into a room” starts this article on Music’s 22nd annual concert.

Culture Report: The Border Wall Is No Match for Music
Voice of San Diego’s Culture Report leads with the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Steven Schick of Music.

Facing Budget Cuts, San Diego Arts Head Steps Down
Announced at the Jan. 26 Commission for Arts and Culture meeting, executive director Dana Springs, a Visual Arts alumna, has worked at the commission for 18 years.

Omaha native makes hand-crafted props for 'Tonight Show' right from his Bellevue workshop
Theatre and Dance alumnus Paul Pape’s in at the “Tonight Show” was through one of its production designers, a fellow student at UC San Diego.

Two UC San Diego Playwrights Selected for Prestigious New Play Festival
2018 Humana Festival to feature Theatre and Dance faculty and student, simultaneously for the first time. Theater blogger Gia on the Move covered the news as well.

Transfer Student Spotlight: Aaron Valdivia
For a new blog series featuring the experiences of 2017 Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities (PATH Summer Academy) attendees and other transfer students, current Japanese Studies major Aaron Valdivia talks about his transfer experience.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir named new Composer-in-Residence
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has named Music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir as its next Composer-in-Residence.

Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying
Airing on UCTV, Author and Literature professor emeritus Roddey Reid traces the origins of the current toxic environment back some 30 years to a culture of abuse in the workplace, media and the political arena (video).

San Diego Theatre Week returning for a third go-round
The Theatre and Dance production of “A Raisin in the Sun” is a select offer for this year’s city-wide festival.

Cross-disciplinary Dance Performance and Installation Explores Oceanic Timescapes
Graduate students from Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, and Music collaborate on this exhibit in the Qualcomm Institute.

The NFL Isn’t the Only Divisive Sport in America
Robert Edelman of History discusses the Democratic favorability views of the NBA.

La Jolla's Best Bets for Events: Jan. 25
Music’s 22nd annual Lytle Scholarship Concert is included in a La Jolla Light “best bet.”

Culture Report: The Border Wall Is No Match for Music
“Those musicians on the other side of the border, they’re my friends. No physical boundary will keep me from talking to my friends or keep me from feeling like I’m a neighbor to the people in Tijuana, and our music underscores that,” Steven Schick of Music tells the Voice of San Diego.

Activist Angela Davis to speak at Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center
Philosophy alumna Angela Davis will appear as part of the “Truthsayer” speaker series.

Thousands of Students, Locals, and Leaders Turn Out for San Diego Women’s March
Theatre and Dance student Kol Chaiken explained to the UCSD Guardian that she attended to show unity with women of all backgrounds.

Rap on Border: A Public Conversation
Participants from an interdisciplinary effort that included Visual Arts students will hold a conversation about race, gender, sexuality and life in general as residents of the borderlands to open the “In a Close(d) Relationship” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

‘Tijuana Moods’ concerts in San Diego and Tijuana will be historic first for legacy of Charles Mingus
The concerts are presented in conjunction with the “It’s About Time” festival, curated by Music’s Steven Schick.

“The Road To and From the Paris Climate Agreement”
Andrew Light was the guest speaker of the December Ethics in the Public Sphere talk, a community event organized by Philosophy (video).

‘It’s About Time’ Festival Brings Percussion To The Forefront
Steven Schick of Music joins KPBS Midday Edition Tuesday to discuss the festival.

Finding a Roadmap to Success for Students
Four ‘Careers in the Humanities’ workshops highlight choices, concrete steps to successful futures. Led by History professor Nancy Kwak, the workshops represent an ongoing, collective effort between the Division of Arts and Humanities, the UC San Diego Career Center and the Institute of Arts and Humanities.

‘It’s About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place’
Curated by Music professor Steven Schick, UC San Diego plays important part in region-wide cultural festival.

Helen Edison Lecture Series Highlight Festival
On Feb. 1, Music professor Steven Schick will be in conversation with Literature alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea.

Lytle Scholarship Concert Presents ‘Jazz Piano Summit’
22nd annual Music concert raises money for undergraduate scholarships.

Commentary: Does San Diego theater matter?
The San Diego Union-Tribune praises Theatre and Dance for its status as one of the top programs in the country and its essential contributions to the regional theatre scene.

Design & Community
Theatre and Dance lighting design alumna Sherrice Mojgani is profiled by for championing more diverse representation in the theater and design fields.

Game Changer
Seventeen years ago, Chris Yanov ’99 (Literature) began a program that has since sent 1,600 inner-city kids to college and been called “a model for the nation.” The secret? A few failures, a good dose of grit and a love of game shows.

First Gen Success
System-wide support for first-generation students, including mention of Music's Susan Narucki and Sarah Baker of the Analytical Writing Program.

The Sound from Down Under
One custom building, 16 rescued pianos, all in the Outback. Very UC San Diego. Featuring the work of Vanessa Tomlinson, MA ’97, DMA ’00 and Erik Griswold, MA ’92, Ph.D. ’97, both Music alumni.

‘Soundings’ and Chamber Music International offer worlds of contrast in two concerts
The Nasher Sculpture Center’s “Soundings” series interspersed Bach’s Musical Offering with movements from Music composer Lei Liang.

UC San Diego surfer puts professional dream on hold to earn degree
Becoming a professional surfer is a dream for many people who grew up competing in the sport, including Visual Arts junior Frankie Seely.

Top Weekend Events: San Diego Union-Tribune
The annual celebration of new plays by rising dramatists returns to the Globe, with staged readings of work by Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee, among others.

‘It’s About Time’ for ear-bending, eye-popping, borders-leaping music festival
Music professor Steven Schick curates this month long music festival, “It’s About Time.” After opening, the Union-Tribune gives its first take: ‘Percussion Lovefest’ gets festival off to a propulsive start.

San Diego Repertory Theatre presents ‘Vietgone’
Directed by Theatre and Dance alumna Jesca Prudencio, ‘Vietgone’ opens Jan. 25.

Stand-out acts fill January bill
La Jolla Light gives some great coverage to ArtPower! at UC San Diego, including their participation in Music’s Steven Schick-led “It’s About Time” festival.

WEDS@7 Represent the Best of UCSD’s Music Department
“I originally attended WEDS@7 when accompanying a friend who needed some company for the performance, knowing full well the concert would be aggressive and provocative. It wasn’t until after I left, however, that I realized how subtly the music had actually evoked so much emotion,” The Triton news reports on the Department of Music weekly series.

Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision
Former Music student Nicole Mitchell is featured in the New York Times.

No rest for Wick Alexander
Local artist and Visual Arts alumnus Wick Alexander discusses his Athenaeum exhibition and reflects on a successful career.

In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another
Visual Arts graduate student Andrew Sturm is quoted in the New York Times.

At soundON festival, extraordinary musical voyages unfold
A San Diego Union-Tribune review included work by Roger Reynolds of Music.

What It’d Take to Make ‘Flying Cars’ the Future of Racing
Robert Edelman of History gives a quick background on sport racing in Bloomberg Pursuits.

San Diego Symphony starts the new year with a rhythm fest
Music professor Steven Schick curates the new month-long festival, beginning Jan. 11.

Phoenix Theatre Presents Rolling World Premiere of 'Halftime with Don'
Theatre and Dance alumnus Ken Weitzman’s play will receive its world premiere.

In 2017, the Border Was a Concept Nationally and a Canvas Locally
In this Voice of San Diego border art roundup, Visual Arts was well represented: Omar Pimienta, Sara Solaimani, Andrew Sturm and Ricardo Dominguez.

UCSD composer's opera a light amid the hate
“I’m very concerned about the future,” says Anthony Davis of Music to the San Diego Reader. “That’s why it’s important for me to continue to write about political events because I believe the country is in peril.

The World of Music Stardom, Through the Eyes of the Photographer B+
The New Yorker has a great write up of the new book "Ghostnotes" by Visual Arts faculty member Brian "B+" Cross. From the article: “These images tell a story of hard work, an obsession with craft that draws Cross ever nearer. As you turn the pages, you can hear music.”

A day in Mexico City
Literature student Monica Lopez shares her view of life in Mexico in this video, part of the University of California Education Abroad Program.

UCSD Chamber Orchestra Excels with Narrative Driven Music
In its first concert of the year, the Department of Music Chamber Orchestra played three pieces that each contained their own unique narrative. Led by conductor Matthew J. Kline, the Chamber Orchestra performed splendidly, the Triton reported.

Old Globe sets lineup for annual Powers new-play festival
Theatre and Dance alumna Lauren Yee’s work is selected for the January festival.

Russia's doping plot: Symptom of a deeper Olympic malaise?
“In a globalized age, one can imagine the nation-state being removed from the Olympics,” Robert Edelman of History said to the Christian Science Monitor. Earlier, Edelman was interviewed for USA Today on the subject.

Performance Series at UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute Enters Fifth Season
”We are pleased to announce a schedule of strong and innovative interdisciplinary and experimental pieces for this fifth season of the IDEAS Performance Series,” said Shahrokh Yadegari of Music, chair of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences selection committee.

UC San Diego Theatre & Dance to Welcome Veronica Santiago Moniello for thesisWORKS 2017
Broadway World San Diego featured Theatre and Dance student Santiago Moniello’s performance.

Hung Lui exhibit at Loveland Museum/Gallery features more than 200,000 fortune cookies
An exhibit by Visual Arts alumna Hung Lui is featured.

Entrevista con Estefania Ibanez
Reprinted on his blog, Music professor Wilfrido Terrazas is interviewed about his musical history, music in everyday life and the function of music (in Spanish).

Catalonia pushes for independence from Spain: What to know
The push for independence “raises questions of the future of democracy and democratic rule,” Pamela Radcliff of History said. “What’s being contested between Spain and Catalonia, one of the things is different visions of what defending democracy looks like.”

The story of early tape music, microsound, and a Eurorack resurrection
Computer music professor Tom Erbe of Music is featured by Create Digital Music.

Intiman Theatre Announces Next Co-Curator
Theatre and Dance alumna KJ Sanchez has been named the co-curator of the 2018 co-curator of Seattle’s Intiman Festival, its third.

Globe's autism-friendly 'Grinch' has helped spark a movement
A good portion of developing the idea can be traced to a moment Theatre and Dance alumna Lisa Porter spent in the Old Globe basement six years ago with her daughter, Daisy, the Union-Tribune says.

Turner, Refinery29 Host Women’s Comedy Writers Lab, With Winner Getting TBS Digital Pilot
Theatre and Dance alumna Kim Blanck has been selected as one of eight to participate in the Riot Comedy Lab, a two-day comedy writing workshop.

We Chinese in America
Lei Liang of Music is featured on the cover of We Chinese in America magazine (in Chinese).

2018 Colorado New Play Summit selections announced
The Denver Center Theatre Company has announced their 13th annual Colorado New Play Summit, which will feature a reading of a new work by Theatre and Dance alumnus David Jacobi, and a world-premiere production by alumna Lauren Yee.

A must-see: Hung Liu’s women warriors: ‘Daughters of China’ at Kala
Visual Arts alumna Hung Liu, named one of the most prominent Chinese-American painters working in the U.S. today, has her new exhibit in Berkeley featured.

What It's Like Adapting Haruki Murakami's Surreal Fiction
To adapt the novel to the stage, the director assembled a group of world-class artistic collaborators, starting with Theatre and Dance alumna Naomi Iizuka.

Meet Gwen Grossman of Gwen Grossman Lighting Design in Jackson Blvd
Theatre and Dance alumna Gwen Grossman was profiled by Voyage Chicago to discuss her career as a lighting designer and her architectural lighting design firm.

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra launches 35th anniversary season
Music graduate student Anahita Abbasi composed work that will receive its world premiere in 2018.

International Magazine of Space Design
Theatre and Dance scenic design alumnus Steven Kemp was interviewed by BOB Magazine, the International Magazine of Space Designed.

San Diego Repertory Theatre presents VIETGONE
Theatre and Dance alumna Jesca Prudencio is announced as director.

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