The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced awards to support UC Berkeley research on American slavery, rehousing of classical artifacts and translating Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs and other scripts.
To attract and retain top-flight faculty across all 10 campuses, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a $50 million matching fund program in 2014 that aims to establish 100 new endowed faculty chairs within five years. Seizing the opportunity to support excellence, Berkeley donors have quickly stepped forward. In less than two years, five out of an anticipated eight chairs have been created at Cal, and a sixth chair is in progress.
The three-ton lid of the coffin of an ancient Egyptian doctor has been carefully removed from storage and maneuvered into a new resting place at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
UC Berkeley history professor Thomas Laqueur has won the 2016 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature for his latest book, The Work of the Dead. The prize, announced late Thursday at McGill University in Quebec, is one of the world’s biggest international awards for a nonfiction book. It is given to an author whose work has had profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.
Students working in the revamped fourth and fifth floors of Moffitt Library will find fresh inspiration in the original artwork adorning the walls. Some of the artists will be on hand at the Nov. 2 opening to talk with attendees about their work.
Jerry Craddock and Charles Faulhaber, both professors emeriti of Spanish and former chairs of UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, have been elected to join 100 scholars and researchers as foreign corresponding members of theRoyal Spanish Academy, or Real Academia Española.
The Berkeley campus is perennially a hub of artistic performances, exhibits and readings in the Bay Area, and this semester is no exception. From a world premiere by Mark Morris to theater inspired by student veterans to readings by bestselling authors, the arts are thriving at Berkeley.
Dr. Alberto Ledesma, the graduate diversity director for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Letters and Science, provides support to continuing graduate students in the division. Support varies depending upon each student’s needs. For example, guidance can take the form of advising or mentoring.