Divisions & Units - Arts & Humanities

Huang Program at UC Berkeley

The Huang Program provides UC Berkeley students with the opportunity for enhanced and intensive Chinese language instruction at Berkeley, as well as language instruction and internships in China. A two-year commitment is required. Each winter, approximately ten scholars are selected to enter the program, based on their dedication to studying Chinese and their vision for the role that China and the Chinese language will play in their futures. Students attend an eight-week intensive language course in Beijing.

Hewlett backs Berkeley projects for hip hop opera, 'Dreamer' composition

November 14, 2017
New grants from the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will support two ambitious musical projects involving artists at UC Berkeley.

New technology meets ancient instruments in 'Audible Numbers'

November 1, 2017
“My work has always been interested in how emerging technology influences the way music is made,” said Edmond Campion, chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Music, during an interview with California magazine. Campion’s latest piece, “Audible Numbers,” inspired by and written for instruments that were already ancient when China started building the Great Wall, made its debut October 28 in a performance by the Korean National Gugak Center’s Creative Traditional Orchestra in Zellerbach Hall.

Pushing the Potential of Undergraduates

For art history major Ryan Serpa '17, color is everything.

A Powerhouse of the Humanities

Visionary and prolific, Trinh Minh-ha is a filmmaker, writer, poet, literary theorist, composer, and artist. She is best known for her avant-garde films — the subject of 53 retrospectives around the world. Berkeley is lucky to count her among its faculty. Trinh frequently explores space and belonging in her work, especially within our lightning-paced, tech-connected world.

Three L&S alumni win MacArthur 'genius' awards

October 11, 2017
Three L&S alumni are among the 24 amazing Americans revealed today as winners of the coveted MacArthur “genius” award. Writer Viet Than Nguyen and opera director Yuval Sharon are both alumni of the Department of English, and conceptual artist Trevor Paglen has a BA in Religious Studies and a Ph.D. in Geography.

Inside Rainbow Sign, a vibrant hub for black cultural arts

September 19, 2017
From the outside, Rainbow Sign didn’t look like much. Housed in a modest building it sat on the corner of Grove (now MLK Jr. Way) and Derby in Berkeley, a quiet, beige house with a tasteful, arched doorway. But on the inside was a vibrant black cultural arts center that drew cultural icons from across the country. The all-inclusive space caught the attention of UC Berkeley students Tessa Rissacher and Max Lopez. Together, they decided to go digging through archives to unearth the legacy of the multipurpose venue as part of a digital history project for an undergraduate seminar, taught by professor Scott Saul, on the city of Berkeley’s transformation in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Fall brings a brimming arts cornucopia to campus

September 14, 2017
Fall at UC Berkeley always arrives with an air of anticipation and this year follows suit, with an exhilarating lineup of events ranging from readings by award-winning poets, a student art exhibition on authority, chats with cartoonists, an adaptation of a classical play complete with a cloud structure and the holiday favorite, The Hard Nut.

L&S alumna Alice Waters on free speech and the making of a counterculture cook

September 6, 2017
One of the College of Letters & Science's best-known alumnae approaches her story with reluctance. So the famed restaurateur, who co-founded Chez Panisse restaurant and began a revolution in American food, says in an interview announcing her appearance tomorrow at the Free Speech Cafe.

Robert Goldman wins World Sanskrit Award for 2017

September 6, 2017
Renowned Sanskrit scholar Robert P. Goldman has been honored with the World Sanskrit Award for 2017 by the Indian Council on Cultural Relations (ICCR) for his work on Sanskrit language and literature and for the completion — under his direction — of the seven-volume, 5,000-page translation and annotation of the monumental Sanskrit epic poem the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki.