Divisions & Units - Arts & Humanities

Enabling Teachable Moments

Matt JacobsonIn academia, the adage “publish or perish” is often the standard rubric for defining an illustrious career. Not for the late Norman Jacobson (1922–2007), whose 54-year career as a political science professor was devoted almost exclusively to teaching — creatively and across disciplines.

Seeking Answers to Big Questions

Jeffrey Kaplan '18Does God exist? What happens when people die? These were top-of-mind questions for Jeffrey Kaplan ’18, when he was a child. “I was definitely interested in the big questions as a kid,” says Kaplan, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s philosophy department. “It seemed that most adults stopped thinking about them.

Hitting the Right Note

Myra MelfordBy the age of 3, Myra Melford had found her passion: the piano. “One of my earliest memories is of climbing onto a piano bench and starting to improvise my own songs,” she says. “I begged my parents for lessons, and they gave in. I’ve been playing ever since.”

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Berkeley part of new international Buddhist Studies network

January 9, 2018
UC Berkeley’s Center for Buddhist Studies is part of a new international network of universities that is receiving $4.9 million to advance the study of Buddhism and East Asian cultures.

NEH grants support six L&S humanities projects

December 13, 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced $12.8 million in financial support for humanities research across the country, including funding for College of Letters & Science projects that deal with the works of Herman Melville, the rise of the Chinese meritocracy, the preservation of rare musical instruments, slave conspiracies, the relationship of Mexican women to the Catholic church and politics and the Nazi-era theft of music.

For aspiring triple major, classical piano is a way of life

December 11, 2017
Christopher Richardson has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old. He’s a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and intends to triple major in music, economics and molecular and cell biology. He’s on the pre-med track and is considering going into oncology.

OWLs provide welcome nest for re-entry students

December 8, 2017
UC Berkeley undergraduates Kelly Richeson and Gina Niceforo are proud to be Bears. But the 56-year-old retired Ventura County firefighter and the 37-year-old former South Lake Tahoe waitress are equally glad to be OWLs. They’re members of Older Wiser Learners (OWLs), a support group on campus that’s gaining popularity with Berkeley’s 1,660-plus undergraduate re-entry students, who are defined as age 25 and older and having had at least a five-year absence from college.