The first time that Laila Espinoza crossed the U.S.-Mexico border was as a young girl with her grandmother. “I’ve always been a border crosser,” said Espinoza. “It’s who I am.”

It’s not every day that UC Berkeley students get to spend an evening with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Or watch a concert recorded at Louis Armstrong’s historic home in Queens, New York. Or ring in the new year with original performances by world-class soloists, jazz artists and chamber ensembles.

As the fall semester will start remotely, UC Berkeley professors are combining their expertise and creativity to come up with unique ways to teach their traditionally in-person classes online.

Together, Apart: A Musical Reunion Rings in the Solstice

Almost two decades after graduating, a group of 2002 UC Berkeley alums received an email from their old music professor. Would they like to get together again—at least, virtually—to create a video that might give people comfort during the pandemic? Nineteen of them responded with an enthusiastic “yes!”

If necessity is the mother of invention, more than a few winners of the campus’s first-ever Berkeley Changemaker Technology Innovation Grants found inspiration in the teaching and learning challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former DePaul curator named UC Berkeley art museum director

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has hired Julie Rodrigues Widholm as its new director. Widholm, who is currently the director and chief curator of the DePaul Art Museum, will begin at Berkeley on Aug. 1.

6 LGBTQ people (with Berkeley ties) you should know

This is a Pride Month unlike any other in recent memory.

We’re living in a time scarred by tragedy. This June, crowds won’t be pressing their way down Market Street to watch a parade. Instead, they are taking to the streets for another reason: to stand against the deeply rooted injustices and violence targeting the Black community.

Creative Discovery Grants 2019-2020

For another year in a row, Berkeley Arts + Design awarded Creative Discovery Grants to Berkeley faculty seeking to develop new undergraduate courses or to enhance existing ones through creative, engaged, participatory learning te

ON APRIL 24, UC Berkeley’s production of Snowflakes, Or Rare White People was supposed to open at the 500-seat Zellerbach Playhouse. In the sci-fi comedy, black and brown women run a far-future America, while two of the last remaining white people are confined to an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.

Literature and the arts in times of crisis

Literature and the arts have always held a prominent place in helping to define who we are as human beings and in enriching our lives. This is all the more apparent during moments of crisis, like the current COVID-19 pandemic.