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Music professor wins prestigious Kyoto Prize

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:36:53 +0000

Richard Taruskin is lauded for a lifetime of contributions to musicology

When new poet laureate read at Lunch Poems

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:44:13 +0000

Watch Tracy K. Smith, the new U.S. poet laureate, read her work at Berkeley’s noontime poetry reading series Lunch Poems. She follows in the footsteps of Berkeley professor Robert Hass — who ran the series and was also poet laureate from 1995 to 1997.

Pianist found his path at Berkeley, returns to lead Ojai music fest

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

When Vijay Iyer came to UC Berkeley in the early 1990s, he didn’t know he would go on to become what the New Yorker referred to as 'the most lauded piano player in jazz'

Walls, spies, East Berlin and the California Book Award

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:30:18 +0000

Professor Anne Nesbet tapped into her experiences behind the Iron Curtain almost 30 ago to write a novel for young readers that she says offers real life parallels as well as an entertaining story

Poet, author and former Jewish studies instructor Chana Bloch dies

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:27:18 +0000

Colleagues across the UC Berkeley campus mourn the loss of poet and scholar

Botanical Garden hosts giant bird’s nest built with natural fiber, digital tools

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Graduate students in architecture work with associate professor M. Paz Gutierrez aim big as they begin to unravel the elaborate construction secrets of the weaver bird

Berkeley photographers share space with Dorothea Lange at Oakland Museum

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

A new exhibit centers on the work of the great photographer of the Great Depression, adding in recent images that plumb her themes of labor, inequality, poverty and the human spirit.

Backstage at Le Temple de la Gloire, a master of wigs

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:59:00 +0000

Mazena Puksto and her assistant put hair on the heads of more than 30 performers for 1745 opera-ballet, the latest production from Cal Performances

C.V. Starr East Asian Library acquires massive and rare Chinese film studies collection

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:46:41 +0000

Paul Foronoff filled two whole apartments with movie magazines, posters, stills, other periodicals and ephemera, much it from the pre-Mao era

Dothraki developer, invented-language leader to teach summer class

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:09:41 +0000

David J. Peterson, who created the new language for HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' found his passion for linguistics as a Berkeley undergrad

Student dancers connect to four — make that five — elements

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

With Earth Day approaching, student dancers will take the stage to explore how humans interact with each other and the natural world in Berkeley Dance Project 2017, the last show of the season by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Fighting for children’s rights in the high-tech fertility age

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Mary Ann Mason, a faculty affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, discusses ideas from her new book Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child

Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc Tomorrow

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:49 +0000

Climate tipping points inspired upbeat documentary about climate change and efforts to fight it

From a border wall to a cultural bridge

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Architecture professor Ronald Rael reimagines the U.S.-Mexico border wall as a place to convene in his new book, Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

Never-before-seen views of elk herds on an incredible journey

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:00:39 +0000

UC Berkeley professor Arthur Middleton teamed up with a photographer and an artist to follow — and film — elk herds as they migrate over steep mountain passes and ford treacherous river crossings in Yellowstone

Like Polaroids come to life, dramatic snapshots of life on the street

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Inspired by Ovid’s 'Metamorphoses,' the play is made up of a series of vignettes, each a snapshot of a young runaway or sex worker learning the harsh lessons of adolescence through the transformative lens of myth

Dancing in drag, Trocks toe line between mastery, mockery

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:36:00 +0000

The troupe first performed at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances 40 years ago. They return in March, this time with a new take on two works — 'Swan Lake' (Act II) and 'Don Quixote' — that they first presented at their Zellerbach Hall debut in 1976. They’ll also do a scene from 'La Esmeralda'

Front Row breaks barriers to performing arts for young millennials

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:25:20 +0000

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, headlines one of Cal Performances' innovations, aimed at bringing more young adults to the performing arts

Authority on ’60s countercultural design curates ‘Hippie Modernism’ exhibit

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:28 +0000

The guest curator says adaptive reuse is among the most relevant lessons the 1960s counterculture holds for contemporary design