Racial justice has been a guiding political movement at Berkeley and in the United States and beyond, one newly urgent in the era of #blacklivesmatter.  Here we consider the aesthetic, activist, and intellectual mobilizations around the concept of race, as well as allied movements and conversations in law and political thoery; ethnic studies; colonialism, decolonization, and neocolonialism, and more.

On June 23, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive held an artists’ talk with UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in conjunction with an exhibition of their work. With the tradition of celebrating the graduate students’ ingenuity and creativity starting in 1970, the exhibition is the 51st of its kind. 

Fred DeWitt on Creating a Safe Space Through Art

Talking about current socio-political issues is one of the tallest tasks an artist can tackle, from deciding whether and how to portray acts of violence or using images of family members and loved ones in works of art. 

Growing up in Norfolk, Nebraska, there weren’t a lot of people of color. Often the main interactions people had with communities of color were through stereotypes they saw in media and entertainment.

In 1852, Frederick Douglass asked us to define what freedom is to a Black American.

Much of the Bay Area’s history exists out of sight. Or at least out of notice.  

Berkeley Journalism lecturer, students and alumni honored in 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

The work of a Berkeley Journalism lecturer, five students and two alumni was honored in the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, in the Breaking News, National News and Public Service categories, Columbia University announced.

UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED) today (June 10) announced a transformative $5.3 million gift, from Berkeley alumnus Jon Stryker, that will fund a four-year fellowship program aimed at providing debt relief to more than 100 graduate students.

Kim Nalley graduated in May 2021 with a Ph.D. in history. In her dissertation, “G.I. Jazz,” she looks at African Americans as jazz artists, as well as occupiers, in post-World War II Germany.

San Francisco performing arts theater The Marsh is debuting a new streaming performance series titled The Art Songs of Black Composers.  

In the second part of a three-part series, playwright and UC Berkeley professor Philip Kan Gotanda discusses how he began to write music during the emerging Asian American movement, which began at Berkeley in the late 1960s.