Equity and Social Impact

This domain focuses on the histories, futures, and competing goals in joining the arts and design to movements for equity and social justice, demonstrating a range of research and campus programs that use creative forms to advance the public good.

Berkeley may become home to the first tiny house youth village in the country, at least if homeless advocate Sally Hindman has her way.

Is free speech free? If you can answer that provocative question in 500 words or fewer, you might win the annual Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize, which honors brevity alongside brilliance in writing.

School of Information offers new cybersecurity degree

Applications are being accepted for a new, online master’s of information and cybersecurity program at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity based at the I School.

New grants from the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will support two ambitious musical projects involving artists at UC Berkeley.

Hewlett Foundation Announces First Winners of 50 Arts Commissions Initiative

The Hewlett Foundation dropped a money bomb on the Bay Area arts scene today, announcing the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative. Each of the organizations will receive $150,000 to commission a new musical composition. The initiative runs over five years and includes a variety of genres.

Taruskin accepts Kyoto Prize in Japan

UC Berkeley emeritus professor of music Richard Taruskin accepted a Kyoto Prize in arts and philosophy last week from the Inamori Foundation for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.

Japan-born linguist honored for writing the book on Nez Perce

When Haruo Aoki arrived at UC Berkeley in 1958 as the university’s first linguistics student from Japan, he was asked by then-department chair Mary Haas, an advocate for the study of American Indian languages, if he was interested in studying Nez Perce.

“Where is Nez Perce spoken, Miss Haas?” he asked.

Berkeley startup to train robots like puppets

Robots today must be programmed by writing computer code, but imagine donning a VR headset and virtually guiding a robot through a task, like you would move the arms of a puppet, and then letting the robot take it from there.

Moral injury explored in Veterans Day documentary at BAMPFA

For 10 years, U.S. Army veteran Tom Voss tried to heal from the moral injury he suffered serving in Iraq. Moral injury — “injury to the soul,” says Voss — is the profound shame many veterans feel when their war experiences violate their moral beliefs.

Students with novel solutions to urgent social issues are encouraged to apply to the Big Ideas contest to receive funding and support they need to get their projects off the ground. The deadline for pre-proposals is Nov. 15.

This year’s deadline for the Big Ideas contest’s pre-proposals is Nov. 15.