Divisions & Units - Arts & Humanities

UC Berkeley to open first university center for Silk Road study in North America

May 3, 2017
UC Berkeley is opening the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, the first institutionalized center in the U.S. dedicated to the study of the historical trading networks serially known as the Silk Road, thanks to a $5 million gift by two branches of the Tang family.

History, museum and languages benefit from NEH awards for Berkeley projects

December 15, 2016
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.

A Gift to Iranian Studies and Beyond

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.

Ancient Egyptian doctor returns to Hearst Museum

December 14, 2016
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 professor Thomas Laqueur wins historical literature prize

November 30, 2016

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.

New Moffitt library features works by art practice students

October 19, 2016

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.

Two L&S professors elected to Royal Spanish Academy

September 9, 2016

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.

Coming up this fall — arts, authors, visual expression

September 7, 2016

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.

L&S alumni open startup institute for UC Berkeley students

August 24, 2016
The House — a startup institute exclusively for UC Berkeley students, alumni and staff — launched Wednesday at 2560 Bancroft Way, the former student store.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose (SOP) is crucial to your application. Some in the arts & humanities consider the SOP the most important component of your admission application.