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News From 2010

Music Professor and bassist Mark Dresser performed in ResoNations: An International Telematic Concert for Peace on December 2 and 3 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (12.10.10)

Dean Seth Lerer recommends his top 10 list of must-have children's books. His own book, "Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter," won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. (12.10.10)

Visual Arts Professor Michael Trigilio and Music Professor Katharina Rosenberger have been awarded technology packages from Sony and Intel. The gifts are designed to support the faculty members' teaching and research endeavors in a time when technology plays a crucial role in academic success. (12.10.10)

Architect and Visual Arts Professor Teddy Cruz received the United States Artists Fellowship with an award of $50,000. (12.8.10)

Musical adventures with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. (12.7.10)

Music Professor and composer Rand Steiger embraces technology and experimentation in his music. (12.6.10)

Roger Reynolds, professor and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, was among four composers honored by concerts and symposia in early November at the 50th anniversary celebration of the influential ONCE festival. (12.2.10)

Lev Manovich, a new-media theorist and Visual Arts Professor, has lately been constructing a few mega-collages to show at a glance how some of our longest-running magazines have changed. This single image shows 125 years of Popular Science, from 1882 to 2007, in one monstrous 74-megapixel collage. (11.29.10)

Interview with History Professor Naomi Oreskes. (11.29.10)

Theatre and Dance opens door to Wilson's world with "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." (11.29.10)

San Diego Union Tribune celebrates UCSD@50: Experiments In Creativity ~ High Points of a Half-Century of the Arts ~ The Future After 50 in the Arts (11.16.10)

The 2010 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History was presented to Robert Edelman, for his book Spartak Moscow: A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State. (11.12.10)

Rand Steiger, composer and professor of music, will have the opportunity to work firsthand with scientists involved in cutting-edge research and even provide the engineers with new ideas about how their inventions can be used musically. (11.9.10)

UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall Wins 'Grand Orchid' Award. Music venue earns recognition from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for its innovative design.(11.5.10)

Visitors to campus will have an opportunity to participate in special 50th Anniversary bus tours of the campus that will highlight its unique architecture and remarkable history. The tours, scheduled on the second Sunday of the month from November 2010 through May 2011, are offered exclusively to those who have purchased "The Campus Guide: University of California, San Diego." (11.5.10)

UCTV presents UCSD at 50: UCSD by Design, and Dileep Rao: In the second of this year-long series honoring UCSD's 50th anniversary, Dean Seth Lerer, campus architect Boone Hellman and author Dirk Sutro explore UCSD's built environment. Also, a profile of "Avatar" actor and UCSD alumnus Dileep Rao. (11.2.10)

John Walsh, art historian, author and director emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, will speak about the University of California San Diego as "campus as sculpture park," unmatched anywhere in the world. The free event in the "UCSD by Design" series, will take place on Thursday at 7pm at the at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Sherwood Auditorium. (11.2.10)

An interview with playwright and Theatre Professor Naomi Iizuka, who has penned a new adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel "The Scarlet Letter." (10.26.10)

San Diego Union Tribune article written by Music Professor and La Jolla Symphony conductor Steven Schick. (10.26.10)

Coming soon to a computer or portable device near you: A series of high-definition video podcasts about the 17 public sculptures in the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego. (10.21.10)

"Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective" is on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla through January 23, 2011. (10.20.10)

The Arrow of Time and the Multiverse on Philosophy TV featuring Philosophy Professor Craig Callender. (10.12.10)

Theatre Professor and Playwright Naomi Iizuka's Seattle opening will complete an unusual West Coast tour. (10.11.10)

Professor Emeritus Ramon Eduardo Ruiz, a renowned historian of Mexico and Latin America, has died at age 88. The National Humanities Medal winner wrote 15 books, including in-depth looks at the Cuban and Mexican revolutions. A memorial at the Faculty Club will be held on October 29, 2010. (10.04.10)

San Francisco Chronicle book review written by Dean Seth Lerer. (10.04.10)

Christian Wuthrich, of Philosophy, was awarded an $111,000 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship (in collaboration with Nick Huggett, University of Illinois at Chicago) for "Emergent Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity" for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012. (10.01.10)

Local Holocaust survivors to recount personal experiences in Fall 2010 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series. (10.01.10)

KPBS' These Days featured campus architect Boone Hellman, Stuart Collection's Mathieu Gregoire, and Dirk Sutro - the author of the new UCSD Campus Guide. (9.23.10)

Actor and alumnus Dileep Rao delivered a speech at UC San Diego's 2010 Welcome Convocation event on September 21st. Click here to view Dileep's speech. (9.22.10)

Longtime UC San Diego arts supporters Arthur and Molli Wagner have been named the Gold Star Honorees of the 19th Annual Star Awards, held September 20th.  Hosted by the San Diego Performing Arts league, the Star Awards is an annual tribute to the dedicated volunteers that enrich San Diego’s cultural environment. (9.20.10)

These Days on KPBS features History Professor Eric Van Young. (9.15.10)

The first in Citybeat's series on border art looks at the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a provocative art project that continues to make mainstream-media headlines. (9.10.10)

This Fall, the history and future development of UCSD's built environment will be explored and celebrated in "UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context." (9.8.10)

"Will we ever get action on climate change?"; - co-written by Historian Naomi Oreskes. (9.8.10)

UCSD Libraries will host its annual "Dinner in the Library" on September 16th. Held in the newly renovated Arts Library in the university's iconic Geisel Library, the event will include cocktails, dinner and talk by Hugh M. Davies on "Metropolis and Mortar Board: Aligned or Aloof?" (9.7.10)

La Jolla Community Foundation is launching a community art program this week with a work by Visual Arts Professor Kim MacConnel being installed on a Girard Avenue office building. (9.7.10)

Bestselling author Jonathan Franzen picks four novels that you shouldn't miss - one of them is "Ms. Hempel Chronicles" by Literature Professor Sarah Shun-lien Bynum. (9.7.10)

Camera Lucida, the innovative chamber music series at UC San Diego, opens its third season in October. Directed by UCSD faculty cellist Charles Curtis, the seven-concert series is a collaboration between UCSD and musicians of the San Diego Symphony, including the orchestra's concertmaster, Jeff Thayer. (9.7.10)

The non-profit Clarion Foundation has announced that it has been awarded a matching grant of $25,000 from to support the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop, currently located at UC San Diego. (9.7.10)

Blog written by History Professor Michael Parrish entitled "A Liberal's Legacy" in The Washington Post. (9.7.10)

Theatre Professor Marianne McDonald interviewed on KPBS about the McDonald Center, one of San Diego's most successful and enduring drug and alcohol treatment centers. (8.20.10)

These Days on KPBS features Music Professor Chinary Ung. (8.17.10)

Article in Foreign Policy written by Literature Professor Babak Rahimi. (8.17.10)

"Cell Phone Stories," which is affiliated with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was conceived by Visual Arts Professor Steve Fagin. (8.17.10)

MPR interview with History Professor Naomi Oreskes. She discusses why some scientists are trying to undermine recent research on global warming and spread mistruths. (8.13.10)

Profile of Theatre Professor Emeritus Arthur Wagner in this month's San Diego Jewish Journal. (7.27.10)

New York Times review of Lincoln Center Festival mentions conductor and Music Professor Steven Schick. (7.22.10)

The performance schedule for ArtPower!'s 2010-11 season has been announced. Now in its seventh year, ArtPower! will continue its tradition of bringing big names in music, dance and film to campus. (7.20.10)

Interview with Literature Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout. (7.20.10)

Scott Paulson, the outreach coordinator at Geisel Library, will bring together some fellow actors on Friday and do a live old-time radio re-enactment of "Tom Swift and the Visitor from "Planet X." The show will be held at the library at 4 p.m. and is open to the public, without charge. (7.20.10)

Voice behind Charlie Brown and executive vice president of Marvel Comics among UC San Diego “star” alumni at this week’s international comic book convention. (7.20.10)

Literature Professor Anna Joy Springer discusses her unique background and eclectic influences in San Diego Union Tribune article. (7.9.10)

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) has named Rand Steiger as its second Composer in Residence. It is for a two-year term effective July 1, 2010. (7.7.10)

Classical Review of Music Professor Chinary Ung's Luminous Spirals. (7.7.10)

The 2009-2010 Distinguished Teaching Awards have been announced and the majority of recipients are from the Division of Arts and Humanities - with four of our six departments represented. Congratulations to Hasan Kayali, Anna Joy Springer, Eric Watkins (Senate Members), Ken Anderson, Rebecca Wells (Non-Senate Members), and James Messina (Graduate Student). (7.6.10)

Artist Michael Trigilio brings Buddhism, electric guitars to San Diego museums. (6.25.10)

New York Times review of Le Poisson Rouge, which featured bassist and Music Professor Mark Dresser. (6.24.10)

Profile of Visual Arts alumnus James Enos in San Diego Union Tribune. His "Clairemont Erasure" is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla as part of the show "Here not There." (6.22.10)

Article in Scientific American entitled "Is Time an Illusion?" written by Philosophy Professor Craig Callender. (6.15.10)

"UCSD: Modern at 50" - Guidebook marks a half-century of bold campus architecture. (6.15.10)

Literature Professor Sarah Shun-lien Bynum has been named by The New Yorker as one of the “20 Under 40” - a list of fiction writers worth watching.(6.4.10) update: KPBS

Science historian Naomi Oreskes has co-authored a new book entitled "Merchants of Doubt - How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming." USA Today ~ Washington Post ~ San Diego Union Tribune (6.3.10) update: Discover ~ Los Angeles Times ~ KPBS ~ CNN ~ CSM

“Here Not There: San Diego Art Now” at MCASD in La Jolla features work by several DAH faculty, students and alumni. The exhibition will include artworks in a wide range of genres, from painting, drawing, and sculpture to installation, video, new media, conceptual and performance art. (6.3.10)

The San Diego Book Arts will hold their 3rd National Juried Exhibition of works of art in book form at Geisel Library. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works of art, ranging from limited edition fine press books and mixed media art objects to silkscreen and woodcut works that take their creative cue from the book format. (5.27.10)

Music Professor and soprano Susan Naruki discusses "To Be Sung" on KPBS' These Days. (5.27.10)

Webcast of interdisciplinary symposium entitled "Galileo: Between Science, Science Studies and Science Fiction." (5.25.10)

Dean Seth Lerer discusses his award-winning book "Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter." (5.21.10)

The Department of Music presents the West Coast premiere of French composer Pascal Dusapin's chamber opera "To Be Sung". This haunting work, with text by Gertrude Stein, is a kaleidoscope of colors and textures for both voices and instrument. (5.21.10)

In-depth interview with cellist and Music Professor Charles Curtis. (5.17.10)

In a new book, History Professor Daniel Widener delves into the story of black culture and politics in his native Los Angeles. (5.10.10)

Los Angeles Times profile on electronic civil disobedience expert and Visual Arts Professor Ricardo Dominguez. (5.9.10)

UCSD invites graduates back to campus for Alumni Weekend - June 3-6, 2010. Events encourage alumni to see what’s new on campus, and reconnect with faculty and classmates (5.9.10)

Eleven DAH faculty members have been named recipients of a 2010/11 Hellman Faculty Fellows Award to support their research and creative activities. Click here for current and past Hellman recipients from our Division. (5.6.10)

Theatre and Dance alum Maria Dizzia has been nominated for a 2010 Tony award for her role in Broadway's "In the Next Room." The play was directed by Theatre Professor Emeritus Les Waters. (5.5.10)

As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of its student body, faculty and staff, steps are being taken to improve the campus climate at UC San Diego and throughout the UC system. To learn more, please visit the Campus Climate Update website. (5.5.10)

Theatre and Dance presents the UC San Diego “Arts in Action Festival: Real Art for Real Change” on May 7, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at multiple locations on campus. In response to the recent racial incidents and protests at UC San Diego, this festival provides a forum for artistic responses featuring student and faculty work created especially for this event. (4.28.10)

Literature Professor Rae Armantout has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Versed. Her book of poetry also won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and was selected as a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. Updates: KPBS ~ Union Tribune ~ This Week @ UCSD ~ PBS Newshour

Violinist and Music Professor Janos Negyesy, one of the longest-term faculty members in UCSD’s history, exhibits his digital art at Suture Gallery through May 1st. (4.16.10)

Music Professor Janos Negyesy, one of the longest-term faculty members in UCSD’s history, exhibits his digital art. (4.16.10)

Baldwin New Play Festival opened this week at the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre. For the first time ever this year, it opens to both local and national press articles via The La Jolla Village News article, and in the nationally-published theatregoers go-to publication, Playbill. (4.15.10)

Literature Professor Rae Armantout who has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. (4.12.10)

Three members of our faculty are recipients of a 2009-10 Chancellors' Associates Faculty Excellence Award: Samuel Rickless (Philosophy) for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Lisa Lowe (Literature) for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and Naomi Iizuka (Theatre and Dance) for Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts.  (2.10.10)

Q&A with science historian Naomi Oreskes: Debunking the Deniers. (4.1.10)

Dean Seth Lerer is the recipient of the 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for his book "Children's Literature." This award is administered by the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and comes with a cash prize of $30,000. (3.30.10)

The Muir College Musical Ensemble is bringing to the stage some of the most beloved stories of Dr. Seuss in their production of Seussical the Musical. This imaginative performance will run April 8 - 10 at Mandeville Auditorium. (3.30.10)

Mexican artists working on issues of urban space are featured in the University Art Gallery's latest exhibit entitled "Transurbaniac: Art emotions and some city trances.” This exhibit runs from April 9 through May 15, 2010 with an opening reception on April 8th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (3.30.10)

Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will face the music next season in six pairs of performances programmed around the theme, “Face the Music: Experiences for the Ears and the Eyes.” (3.30.10)

“Lilith” had its world premiere last November and UCSD-TV was there to capture the performance and the creative process. Tune in to enjoy the production in its entirety and get a behind-the-scenes look at the project’s evolution in the hands of playwright Allan Havis and composer Anthony Davis. (3.30.10)

The legacy of César E. Chávez, a labor leader and champion of human rights, will be observed with a month-long series of diverse activities during April. (3.24.10)

Profile in New York Times of Literature alum Rajendra Roy who is now the chief curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. (3.24.10)

Congratulations to poet and Literature Professor Rae Armantrout who has won the 2009 award for poetry from the National Book Critics Circle for “Versed” (Wesleyan University Press). (3.18.10)

On Satruday, April 10th, Visual Arts presents Open Studios. This event is a salon-style exhibit, ongoing film screenings, live performances, and symposia all in one day. (3.18.10)

UCSD Libraries celebrates donation of Bon Appétit editor Jan Weimer’s archive to UCSD. (3.18.10)

Mexican opera by visual artist Ruben Ortiz Torres tackles the myth of 'Camelia la Tejana.' (3.18.10)

Q & A with playwright and Theatre Professor Naomi Iizuka. (3.18.10) essay by Dean Seth Lerer entitled "What Lewis Carroll Taught Us." (3.5.10)

Playwright Naomi Iizuka brings her new work, "Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West," to Berkeley Repertory Theatre for its world premiere.(3.5.10)

The UC San Diego Libraries is calling all book-collecting students to participate in the Ninth Annual Student Book Collection Competition, which is aimed at nurturing and recognizing budding book collectors and encouraging UCSD students to collect books, to build their own libraries, and to appreciate the qualities and the pleasures of the printed word. (3.5.10)

Adele and Theodore Shank—both critically acclaimed dramatists as well as distinguished faculty emeriti in Theatre and Dance—have pledged $200,000 to establish the Adele and Theodore Shank Professional Playwriting Residency Award Fund to support students graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting. (3.2.10)

The 2010 Whitney Biennial in New York City features Visual Arts Professor Babette Mangolte. (3.2.10)

Percussionist and Music Professor Steven Schick showcased in New Yorker magazine. (2.26.10)

Music Professor Shlomo Dubnov is the founding director of Calit2's new Center for Research in Entertainment and Learning. CREL will focus on grassroots creativity and learning while promoting research that combines artificial intelligence with interactive and participatory media. (2.26.10)

Music graduate student and composer Bryan Christian wins prestigious commission from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. (2.17.10)

Playwrights Project, the San Diego theater-education organization, rolls out its annual “Plays by Young Writers” festival this week at the Lyceum Theatre. Two of this year's judges are UCSD Theatre founder Arthur Wagner and DAH associate dean Judith Dolan. (2.17.10)

Art history is repeating itself at UCSD, where grads and faculty are hogging the art-school headlines, from museum showcases of standout grads to a high-tech detective hunting for a lost Leonardo. (2.17.10)

History Professors in the news: Robert Edelman in The Vancouver Sun and Michael Parrish in the San Diego Union Tribune. (2.12.10)

Calit2 names Christopher Ashley as its first Director in Residence. Ashley also holds the 2010 Quinn Martin Guest Chair in Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and he has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director since October 2007. (2.8.10)

UC San Diego will celebrate Black History Month during February with a series of programs and activities focusing on the achievements of African Americans.  (2.04.10)

The Holocaust Living History Workshop, sponsored by the UC San Diego Libraries and the Judaic Studies Program, will host four presentations during winter quarter by local Holocaust survivors. This is an educational outreach program designed to preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. (1.28.10)

KUSI's interview with artist Ernest Silva, one of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine's "Stars of San Diego." (1.26.10)

Poet and Literature Professor Rae Armantrout has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Prize for her book entitled Versed. (1.26.10)

Book review in New Scientist written by Philosophy Professor Craig Callender. (1.22.10)

University Art Gallery presents 'M(other)land', the first solo exhibition of The AFRICA Archives by video artist Lauren Woods. The exhibition's opening reception is February 3rd from 5 - 7:30pm. (1.22.10)

Out of Athens: The New Ancient Greeks, the new book by Literature Professor Page Dubois, is "Book of the Week" in The London Times Higher Education Supplement. (1.21.10)

Inspired by overheard snippets of cell phone conversations that most people would ignore, Wendy Richmond and collaborator Michael Chladil have taken background noise and turned it into interactive artwork. "Overheard" opens Jan. 15, 2010 at the gallery@calit2 in Atkinson Hall. (1.15.10)

San Diego Union Tribune article "Drumming up Respect: S.D. Rhythm Masters Plan Summit" features Music Professor Steven Schick. (1.13.10) Update: Voted one of "50 People to Watch in 2010" by San Diego Magazine.

Theatre and Dance alumnus, Dileep Rao, co-stars in blockbuster movie Avatar. (1.11.10)