Category Archives : New and Noteworthy


Welcome Back to Fall 2016!

Welcome Back! We are all getting ready for a new academic year filled to the brim with exciting courses, exhibitions, performances, and a range of public events that feature UC Berkeley’s rich and bracing creative culture. After reviewing our first start-up year of the Arts+Design Initiative, it is a thrill to anticipate a new one. […]


ARC Fellows: Neurodiversity, Autistic Semiosis and Acts of Translation

  Neurodiversity, Autistic Semiosis and Acts of Translation Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Shari Paladino (Art Practice) and Laura Sterponi (Graduate School of Education) Against the backdrop of dominant medical characterization of autism as disease and increasingly alarmist discourses on autism as a crisis and an epidemic, our project advances a view of autism […]


ARC Fellows: Faini-Feldman Reflections

  Faini-Feldman Reflections Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Maria Faini (Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory,) and Keith Feldman (Ethnic Studies) The ARC Fellowship has enabled us to expand our understanding of poetry and performance across disparate zones of incarceration, statelessness, and occupation. Maria Faini has focused on a selection of her dissertation, tentatively titled “Relational […]


April Greeting from Shannon Jackson

April Greeting from Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design Shannon Jackson April always brings many flowers to Berkeley, and this month is no exception. As our faculty and students head into the last month before commencement, the campus is positively brimming with exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, and lab demonstrations. It is bound to be an […]


Kate Mattingly on Trajal Harrell’s “The Ghost of Montpellier meets the Samurai.”

By the end of the performance, the stage of Zellerbach Playhouse was strewn with costumes, toys, and vegetables. Five white squares that had served as platforms and pedestals for dancing were empty. The microphones the performers used to address us, to sing, and to provoke “historical impossibilities” lay silent on a table. Last Thursday, March […]


ARC | Arts + Design welcomes Susan Miller!

Special Announcement for our ARC | Arts + Design Community   It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to Susan Miller, our new Director of Organizational Strategy for the Arts + Design Initiative! Susan Miller is a seasoned arts and academic professional who has held key posts in numerous presenting institutions, universities, and non-profit cultural […]


ARC Fellows: What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia?

  What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia? Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Clement Goldberg (Art Practice) and Abigail de Kosnik (Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies) Note: Gail and Clement are co-authoring an essay called “What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia.” They have two other graduate student collaborators on the project: Julia Havard, Ph.D. Student in […]


ARC Fellows: Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera

Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Melanie Gudesblatt (Music) and Joseph Lavery (English) Meaningful connections between realist literature and verismo opera are surprisingly elusive. As a term of opera criticism, verismo describes a style of opera popular during the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s, which saw French, Italian, […]