This Week at A.R.C.

Mother Language Day Celebration

Wed Feb 21, 2024
10 – 11am
Hearst Field Annex D23

February 21st is International Mother Language Day, an annual observance created by UNESCO in 1999 to bring attention to the critical role of language diversity. Our local celebration features language activists, writers, and performers offering song, dance, and literary arts that celebrate mother languages from around the world.  More here!

The Loft Hour: Solmaz Sharif + Darian Longmire

in conversation with Anneka Lenssen

Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
12 – 1pm
Hearst Field Annex D23

Elevate your lunch break with The Loft Hour, a new year-long series that invites new arts faculty to riff on their work over lunch, in an informal conversation moderated by an ARC-affiliated faculty member. The February program features Solmaz Sharif (English) and Darian Longmire (Art Practice) in conversation with Anneka Lenssen (History of Art). More here!

Note from the Director

Spring term is here, and with it comes another semester of learning, growing, and working together. I’m happy to share the full slate of events at the ARC, which includes a major culminating event: the Reclamation Poetry Gathering in February; and an inaugural event: the Indigenous Performing Arts Residency in April, featuring four performances of a full-length play, Diné Nishłį (I am a Sacred Being): A Boarding School Play, by Blossom Johnson. The new Indigenous Performing Arts Residency is co-created and co-sponsored with our partners in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and the community theater organization, AlterTheater. We are also looking forward to our ongoing collaborations with Lunch Poems, featuring Esther Belin in March; and with the Townsend Center, co-sponsoring Ocean Vuong in April.

Our signature series, The Loft Hour, continues with new faculty conversations over lunch in February, March, and April. The Indigenous Poetics Lab will perform for Mother Language Day in February, keep an eye on our Instagram for poetry prompts to celebrate National Poetry Month in April, and much more!

Beth Piatote
Director, Arts Research Center

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact ARC’s program and access coordinator Lily Gee at with as much advance notice as possible, and at least two weeks in advance of the event.

ONGOING Initiative: The Loft Hour

Conversations with Berkeley’s new cohort of Art Faculty

Elevate your lunch break with The Loft Hour, a year-long series of five gatherings that invites new arts faculty to riff on their work over lunch, in an informal conversation moderated by an ARC-affiliated faculty member. Join us in welcoming our esteemed new colleagues in music, history of art, film & media, TDPS, art practice, and English. Hosted by the Arts Research Center in our beautiful loft space, and supported by the Dean’s Office of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Image: Luanne Redeye, Bobby, 2022, oil on canvas stretched over panel, 18” x 18”


We proudly co-sponsor these events!

This fall, we co-sponsor events with the:

Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies

Berkeley Center for New Media 

Berkeley Theater, Dance and Performance Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Department of Art Practice

Department of Ethnic Studies 

Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Culture

Department of Music 

Dean’s Office of the Division of Arts & Humanities

Department of Rhetoric

Engaging the Senses Foundation 

English Department

Holloway Poetry Series 

Insitut Ramon Llull 

Maghsoodnia Poetry Fund

Townsend Center for Humanities

Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study