HUM 20 course announcement with picture of Angel Island Immigration Station and border fence images
Fall 2022
Fridays at BAMPFA's Osher Theater. Free and open to the public.
Doors open at 11:15 AM, and lectures run from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

In 2022-2023, UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative and Future Histories Lab will sponsor a series of music and dance performances, exhibitions, public conversations, and courses using Angel Island’s historic immigration station as a jumping-off point for discussion about race in America, global migration, and architectures of incarceration. We’ll use the arts, design, and historical and landscape interpretation to understand current events and envision better futures.

A Year on Angel Island: Landscapes of Migration, Incarceration and Resistance

Join us for a lively series of talks by artists, performers, scholars, and activists exploring themes of global and US migration, exclusion, and belonging. We use the historic Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay as a jumping-off point and consider landscapes from China to Australia to Mexico as sites of memory and meaning. Angel Island has sometimes been called the “Ellis Island of the West,” but it was a place of exclusion and incarceration for many migrants, as well as an entry point to the United States for half a million newcomers from eighty countries, mostly from Asia. 

This speaker series is part of a program of music and dance performances, exhibitions, public conversations, and courses called A Year on Angel Island. Speakers include Ed Tepporn, executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Skyler Chin and Sita Sunil, playwrights of the new musical Illegal; Charlton Lee and Kathryn Bates of the Del Sol Quartet, which will be performing Angel Island Oratorio at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall in December; Julio Morales, curator of Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration at BAMPFA; Lynne Horiuchi and Anoma Pieris, coauthors of The Architecture of Confinement: Incarceration Camps of the Pacific War; Catherine Ceniza Choy, author of Asian American Histories of the United States; art historian ShiPu Wang;  Coast Miwok leader and author Greg Sarris; and many more.

A complete list of speakers, as well as associated performances and exhibitions, will be posted at


A Year on Angel Island is organized by Future Histories Lab and the Arts + Design Initiative. UC Berkeley departmental cosponsors include the Departments of Music; Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Ethnic Studies; and American Studies. Campus partners include the Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, On the Same Page, Othering and Belonging Institute, Center for Race & Gender, Worth Ryder Gallery, and BAMPFA. Our community partner is the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

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