Divisions & Units - Arts & Humanities

Ring in the weekend at campus carillon festival

July 25, 2018

UC Berkeley’s celebrated bells will be rung more than usual this weekend at the Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, campus musicians will perform 45-minute recitals twice daily — on Saturday at noon and 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will honor the Class of 1928, which in 1978 raised funds to turn the tower’s 12-bell chime into a 48-bell concert carillon.

Podcast: Bringing people together, one puppet at a time

July 25, 2018

After seeing Handspring Puppet Company — the creators of the puppets in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning War Horse — at UC Berkeley in 2015, Glynn Bartlett knew he wanted to work with them. So he packed his bags and traveled to South Africa, where he built puppets for an annual parade and play performed on the Day of Reconciliation. Bartlett, a scenic artist for the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, says the experience reminded him of just how powerful puppets can be in bringing people together.

Carillon to join global commemoration of Mandela’s 100th

July 16, 2018

Wednesday at noon, a UC Berkeley carillon concert will join a worldwide celebration of anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 that day. The South African president’s government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

Arts & Humanities

Anthony CascardiFrom ancient times to the present day, people around the globe have raised fundamental questions about life through the arts, literature and philosophy. In the Arts & Humanities Division, faculty and students explore the human experience across an exceptionally broad range of subjects.

The Visible Invisible: Q&A with Stephanie Syjuco

July 5, 2018

Why is UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Stephanie Syjuco sewing American historical garments — all of them bright green — at her Richmond Field Station art studio while researching Hollywood Civil War movies? She’s preparing an eye-catching, thought-provoking exhibit that opens in November at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

This fall, you can take a UC Berkeley English class on Frank Ocean

June 20, 2018

UC Berkeley’s fans of R&B singer, songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean will get the chance to study the artist’s intricate, symbolic lyrics and musical style in a student-led course this fall. Rising sophomores Deborah Chang and Preya Gill – both 19 – will teach a two-unit, pass-fail class that promises to “encourage deeper literary exploration of Frank Ocean’s artistry both in lyrics and through visuals and performances.”

Students share art in Belmont Village gallery show

April 27, 2018

More than 100 people attended the opening of an exhibit of art created by UC Berkeley students in a new gallery at Belmont Village Senior Living in Albany, which will remain open until September.

Humanities Research Fellowship & Mellon Project Grant

The Humanities Research Fellowship (HRF) program supplements the sabbatical salaries of assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors at UC Berkeley who are engaged in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts. Funded by the McEnerney Endowment in the Division of Arts & Humanities, the HRF program enables faculty members to take research leaves ahead of the normal sabbatical-leave schedule.

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Long distance duet tests how sound travels

April 27, 2018
It was a long-distance duet — a violist on Faculty Glade and a carillonist in the towering Campanile. They couldn’t see or communicate with each other, but their Thursday noontime concert, part of a music department course called Music Now, was a successful exercise in performing across a large space. Nils Bultmann, the violist, who also is a composer and a guest professor in the department, says the course is about “sound literacy and listening."