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Division of Arts and Humanities
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0406
La Jolla, CA 92093-0406

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Composer and Music Professor Chinary Ung wins Asian Cultural Council's Rockefeller 3rd Award. The Council was founded in 1963 to encourage cultural exchanges between the United States and Asian countries. (4.14.14)

Hybrid projects bloom as visual artists collaborate with other specialists to produce new forms of art, analysis and cultural intervention. (4.10.14)

La Jolla Light previews the Department of Music's Springfest, an annual showcase of young talent. (4.3.14)

UC San Diego Visual Arts students open their doors for special exhibit. (3.24.14)

The Department of Visual Arts will hold a reception on Friday, April 4 to honor the life and work of Professor Emeritus Phel Steinmetz. This will run in conjunction with an exhibition of Phel's photographs at the Visual Arts Gallery in the SME building. (3.19.14)

Literature Professor Emeritus Wai-lim Yip is featured in Chinese Literature Today, with an extended analysis of his impact on English and Chinese poetics and the centrality of his writing to transpacific poetry. (3.11.14)

Literature Professor Amelia Glaser criticized the situation in Ukraine, op-ed in the New York Times (3.9.14) and Tablet Magazine. (2.25.14)

History of Sport Professor Robert Edelman interviewed on KPBS Radio "Midday Edition" about San Diego moving ahead with 2024 Summer Olympics bid. (3.5.14)

Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Ernest Silva, a longtime faculty member and accomplished artist, passed away on February 24. A memorial will be held on March 4 at the Faculty Club. (3.1.14)

Alumnus and Visual Arts Professor Emeritus Fred Lonidier is among the 103 artists selected for the 2014 Whitney Biennial Exhibition in New York City. (2.27.14)

More than 1,500 new materials from the personal archive of author Theodor Seuss Geisel have been donated by Audrey Geisel to the UC San Diego Library, including a variety of unpublished projects. (2.26.14) U-T San Diego (2.26.14)

KPBS news article on Music technology director and faculty member Peter Otto who is working on ways to reduce hospital noise. (2.25.14)

UC San Diego musicians active in New York, with Pulitzer Prize winner and Professor Roger Reynolds next up for composer portrait concert at Miller Theatre. (2.19.14) New York Classical Review described his concert as "mesmerizing and beguiling." (2.24.14)

Book review of Literature Professor Steven Cassedy's Connected in Boston Globe. (2.17.14)

NBC San Diego blog of double-bass virtuoso Mark Dresser's solo performance. (2.16.14)

Professor of Russian History and Sports Robert Edelman interviewed on KPBS Radio "Midday Edition" about the Olympics. (2.14.14)

Memorial tribute to late actor and alumnus James Avery set for March 1 at Mandell Weiss Forum. (2.13.14) U-T San Diego (2.21.14)

Division of Arts and Humanities named EVC-AA Diversity Champion for its High School Outreach Program.  Awarding ceremonies will be held on February 18 at the Price Center Ballroom. (2.6.14) UCSD News (2.27.14)

Alumni Nick Woodman (Visual Arts), Paloma Young (Theatre) and Steve Schreiner (Philosophy) are among the honorees of the 2014 Alumni Celebration in June. (2.6.14)

The League of Professional Theatre Women at NYC will honor costume designer and Theatre & Dance Professor Judith Dolan with the Ruth Morley Design Award. (2.6.14) UCSD News (2.13.14)

Congratulations to soprano and Professor Susan Narucki - recipient of the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award for Performing and Visual Arts! (2.5.14)

U-T San Diego article profiled composer and Professor Lei Liang who was described as, "Nobody writes like Lei Liang." (2.4.14) Music web (2.5.14)

UC San Diego recognizes 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Movement with 2014 Black History Month Celebration. (1.30.14)

Lecurer and director of Music's jazz ensembles Kamau Kenyatta, associate produced jazz singer Gregory Porter's Liquid Spirit, honored as Best Jazz Vocal CD during the Grammy Awards. (1.29.14)

Concerts to honor the late renowned violinist and Music Professor János Négyesy: January 31 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, an all-Schubert program with alumna and violinist Victoria Martino and February 14, 'To János with Love', at the Conrad Prebys Music Center with performances by faculty members and various peers, alumni and students. (1.28.14)

Professor and Dean Seth Lerer discusses early history of the word 'dude' on Slate's Lexicon Valley. (1.28.14)

Master percussionist and Professor Steven Schick will be celebrating his 60th birthday with two concerts in New York City. (1.24.14) Interview with Wall Street Journal(1.28.14) Updates and Reviews: The New Yorker (1.27.14) Broadway World (1.30.14) U-T San Diego (1.31.14) New York Classical Review (1.31.14) Vulture (1.31.14) New York Times (2.3.14) San Francisco Classical Voice (2.4.14) SFGate (2.6.14) He has been named music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. (2.3.14) Music web. (1.28.14) SF Gate described him as "wizard of noises" and "one of the great percussion virtuosos of our time." (2.18.14)

Philosophy Professor Emeritus Patricia Churchland shines on Colbert Report. (1.16.14) U-T San Diego (1.26.14)

World renowned bass guitarist and alumnus Nathan East returns to campus for Cecil Lytle Scholarship Concert “Eastbound: Home” on February 1, 3-6 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Proceeds directly benefit Preuss School graduates attending UC San Diego. (1.16.14)

This year's Making of the Modern World Public Lecture Series 'The Good Life' features composer and Professor Roger Reynolds on January 29, 6:00 p.m. at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. (1.16.14) UCSD TV (3.3.14)

Award-winning choreographer Jean Isaacs, who taught in Department of Theatre & Dance for 25 years, will celebrate her 70th birthday with a dance extravaganza 'There The Dance Is' on January 17-19 at Mandell Weiss Theatre. The show will include six other dance alumni and a new piece by New York-based performer/choreographer alumna Monica Bill Barnes. (1.13.14)

Professor János Négyesy, renowned violinist and longtime member of the Department of Music, passed away on Dec. 20, 2013. A Celebration of Life Memorial Concert 'To János with Love' will be held on February 14 with performances by faculty members and various peers, alumni and students. (1.13.14)

History Professor Todd Henry received a five-year $600,000 grant from the Academy of Korean Studies to help develop the burgeoning field in arts and humanities and integrate with the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. A reception and film showing will be held on January 16 at 5pm to formally launch the Transnational Korean Studies Program. (1.9.14)

Undergrads discover skills, possible career paths at new conference for research in arts and humanities. (1.9.14)

U-T San Diego identifies Visual Arts Professor Brian Cross and Theatre and Dance student Brian Bose among the new faces to watch for 2014. (1.7.14)

University Art Gallery's latest exhibition 'And How Are We Feeling Today?' opens Jan. 9 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with artist Fedora Archive. (1.7.14) Review (1.22.14)

Music Professor Chinary Ung receives grant from the Harvard-based Fromm Music Foundation. (1.6.14)

Theatre and Dance alumnus, actor and poet James Avery died at the age of 68 on New Year's Eve. Chancellor Pradeep Khosla issued a statement. (1.3.14)

Visual Arts Professor Benjamin Bratton criticizes TED conferences, op-ed in The Guardian and reviewed in Huffington Post. (12.30.14) (12.31.13) (1.8.14) (1.9.14)