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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, […]

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Op-Ed: Chancellor’s Corner

In his monthly op-ed for the Daily Cal, Chancellor Dirk highlights exposure to the arts as central to the undergraduate experience. Academic study and practice in arts and design fields can have an incredible impact on our work…as well as in our lives. These disciplines encourage creativity and imagination, expose people to new ideas, bring […]


Berkeley at the Global Climate Conference

More than 30 UC Berkeley researchers, faculty members and graduate students are currently representing the university at the United Nation’s annual Climate Change Conference, including Associate Vice Chancellor of Art and Design Shannon Jackson who reported on her experiences at the summit and the connection to art practice here. Read more about the conference from Berkeley News […]

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The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater, Interview with Shannon Jackson and Kate Mattingly

What inspired you to write The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater? I learned about The Builders Association when they performed in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  I thought theirs was such an intriguing aesthetic, joining the arts and technology in such an interesting way. I ended up getting to meet […]


Social Practice in Digital Form: Shannon Jackson contributes to the Art of the MOOC

114 countries, 29 guest speakers, 2 teachers, 4,000+ enrolled participants These are some of the elements of the Art of the MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC, designed by artist and Duke University professor, Pedro Lasch, and co-taught with Creative Time chief curator, Nato Thompson. The course is available from October 19 to December 6, 2015 […]

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