U.C. Berkeley visiting professor David Peterson is in the Bay Area this summer teaching students all about how to speak and write like characters in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. He assigns each of his students one language to build from the Game of Thrones universe.

Prestigious Fellowships for 11

Ten UC Berkeley professors and doctoral candidates and a visiting scholar are being honored with 2017 fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Music Professor Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize

Richard Taruskin, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of music, has won a 2017 Kyoto Prize for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.

WATCH: Flashback to When the New US Poet Laureate Read at Cal

 In describing  poet Tracy K. Smith’s work, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says: “Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture.

Beyond the Book: Celebrating Literary Activism at Bay Area Book Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, Downtown Berkeley played host to the annual Bay Area Book Festival, which featured hundreds of authors and exhibitors, along with tens of thousands of visitors. This year’s theme was “Literary Activism,” in confluence with a current of social and political unrest that has accompanied a contentious election.

Sara ElShafie used to struggle to explain her research to her family in a meaningful way.

Walls, Spies, East Berlin and the California Book Award

Anne Nesbet joins an illustrious list of UC Berkeley professors to receive a California Book Award gold medal, and is the first to earn the honor for a work of fiction.

Berkeley at the Venice Biennale Research Pavilion

Five UC Berkeley faculty are presenting on June 10-11 in a symposium on the topic of "Exclusive Access: On the Dynamics and Vocabularies of Co-Option, Care and the Subaltern", at the Venice Biennale Research Pavilion on Giudecca Island.

Reflections on a vibrant year with our arts and design community

It’s been quite a year—for our country, for UC Berkeley, and for the Arts + Design Initiative.  We have navigated changes in our political landscape and confronted the challenge of maintaining free speech and freedom of assembly.

The Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley

The Bay Area Book Festival returns to downtown Berkeley this weekend, June 3 and 4, with a focus on “literary activism.” The two-day Festival will welcome 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions (panels, interviews, keynotes and performances) in auditoriums and theaters throughout downtown, and will e