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There are plenty of reasons to love artificial intelligence (AI); but what happens when helpfulness turns into harm? This is one of the big questions that occupies David Danks, a professor in UC San Diego’s Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and Department of Philosophy. He spoke at the annual Institute for Practical Ethics keynote event, illuminating a a roadmap to ethical AI development.

Read the story and see the full livestreamed video here: https://today.ucsd.edu/story/creating-ai-that-helps-not-harms.

Photos by Aretha Li (Qualcomm Institute) and Erik Jepsen (University Communications).

04/08/2024

Outland Magazine recently wrote a review of media artist Lauren Lee McCarthy's work, which is currently featured in a solo exhibition 's Mandeville Art Gallery. "Lauren Lee McCarthy...is one of the few performance artists I know of working today who regularly makes me feel uncomfortable and disturbed, even though her work is couched in the soothing language of care and comfort," said author Brian Droitcour.

The "Bodily Autonomy" exhibition is on view through May 25. Read the full article here: https://outland.art/lauren-lee-mccarthy-performance/.

Film Screening: Star Choir 04/05/2024

Just one week away! The Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts at UC San Diego invites you to a special film screening of "Star Choir" along with a discussion and reception.

In this cosmic opera by artists and UC San Diego Visual Arts faculty Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, a starship crew seeks refuge on the hostile planet 85K: Aurora. As the planet defends itself from the crew’s invasive presence, the humans evolve to become a part of a queerly multi-species organism that covers the entire world.

Produced by The Industry, an experimental company that expands the operatic form in Los Angeles, this film chronicles Star Choir’s live premiere in fall 2023 at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory, where an ensemble cast and orchestra performed inside the 100-inch telescope. Event is free and open to all. RSVP for your spot!

Film Screening: Star Choir A film chronicling the 2023 live performance of cosmic opera "Star Choir" inside the telescope of the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.

04/04/2024

On Saturday, Apr. 6, the Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts will host a film screening of the documentary "Rally," exploring the controversial influence of political activist Rose Pak and Chinatown's rise to power. The film will be followed by discussion with filmmaker, Rooth Tang. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in Mosaic Building, Room 113 in. Learn more and rsvp: https://bit.ly/4azEjhW.

04/03/2024

Department of Music's King Britt was recently featured in British music, fashion and culture magazine, The Face. The article highlights Britt's Blacktronika course and the way that he is tracing the connection between Afrofuturism and the club.

Read more about Britt's course, which is held virtually and engages over 500 students: https://bit.ly/4cIIIAX.

04/02/2024

Congratulations to Professor of History Dana Velasco Murillo, who recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to complete research on the nomadic Chichimeca peoples of northern Mexico—once a thriving community of hundreds of thousands in the 16th century before their lives were stolen, and stories forgotten.

Read more about her work: https://bit.ly/3J1YCcg.

03/21/2024

The Without Walls (WoW) Festival returns to UC San Diego this April! The four-day event (from Apr. 4-7) will include more than 20 captivating art experiences. Organized by the La Jolla Playhouse, the festival is an opportunity to discover innovative artists who will present an array of bold new works, many of which invite audience participation.

This year two performances are led by the UCSD Theatre and Dance Department—including a housewarming party delayed by a move in “Letters to Home” and a team of social media influences looking to escape the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego sculpture in “Fallen Star(s).” A third features alumna and Blindspot Collective artistic director, Shellina Hefner, in “iykyk,” a performance that celebrates the spirit of defiance.

Learn more and rsvp at wowfestival.org.

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Some stunning photographs of this weekend’s UC San Diego Theatre and Dance WinterWorks performances, which featured three original works by dance faculty Dr. Grace S. Jun (hip hop), Kara Mack (African Diasporic Movement) and Ana María Álvarez (Afro-Latine activist dance theater).

Faculty choreographers collaborated with undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni to design and create the show, which are rooted in choreography as community organizing. The works converge inside of physical worlds built from purpose, lineage, healing, liberation and love.

Photography by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego

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History students in Professor Dana Velasco Murillo’s “Spanish California” class recently had the chance to explore rare books and manuscripts at the UC San Diego Library in partnership with Special Collections & Archives.

Students will have the chance to create their own exhibit featuring primary sources that they found compelling. The books contained a range of histories—from the memoirs of Californios, census records, narratives of travelers visiting from Europe and maps of rancho land plots.

02/28/2024

Double Feature: This Saturday from 2-6 p.m. join the opening celebration for "Bodily Autonomy," the new solo exhibition of works by media artist Lauren Lee McCarthy at the Mandeville Art Gallery at UC San Diego.

Happening concurrently, view projects from over 20 MFA and Ph.D. UC San Diego Visual Arts graduate students at the annual MFA Open Studios at the Visual Arts Facility.

Bodily Autonomy: https://bit.ly/3V1oH2b
MFA Open Studios: https://bit.ly/3TclR9f

02/21/2024

Looking to break into the entertainment industry? This Saturday is your chance to talk to some of the field’s top creatives—three of them UC San Diego alumni! Special guests will include producer Marty Adelstein '82, screenwriter and film consultant Lauren Craig '14, Emmy-award winning executive director Chris Thomes '93, and Tonya Mantooth, CEO and artistic director of the San Diego Film Festival

The free event, hosted by the Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts, will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at UC San Diego. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3SKbIPS

02/05/2024

Throughout the month of February, UC San Diego celebrates Black History Month with a series of in-person and virtual events that recognize and commemorate the rich history, culture and contributions of the Black community. This year, we're exploring "Black Culture through Artistic Expression" with numerous events that are hosted by and feature faculty and students from the School of Arts and Humanities. See the full list of events at https://blackhistorymonth.ucsd.edu/2024/.

A Standing Ovation for Opera Icon Anthony Davis 01/31/2024

Congratulations to Anthony Davis, distinguished professor of music, for his induction into the Opera Hall of Fame. The honor comes on the heels of an immensely successful production of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” at the Metropolitan Opera, a work he composed 37 years ago, and which drew packed houses nearly nightly.

A Pulitzer prize-winning musician who has written eight operas thus far, audiences and critics alike are drawn to the way Davis uses music as resistance and creates a whole world on stage through sound.

A Standing Ovation for Opera Icon Anthony Davis UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis has been inducted into the Opera Hall of Fame. The honor comes on the heels of an immensely successful production of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” at the Met Opera, a work he composed 37 years ago, and which drew packed houses.

A Two-Decade Journey of the Heart is Mapped in Poetry 01/26/2024

Professor and Chair of Literature Kazim Ali contemplates the ideas of home, familial roles, romantic love and the nature of the universe in his new book of poetry, titled "Sukun."

Read about how he approaches poetry as a form of discovery, as a sound experiment and as physical structure and hear him recite several of his works.

A Two-Decade Journey of the Heart is Mapped in Poetry Professor and Chair of Literature Kazim Ali presents a retrospective book of poetry traversing ideas of home, spirituality, love and loss.

01/17/2024

Join us in welcoming Sara Kozameh, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as assistant professor in the Department of History! Her research specialties include the Cuban Revolution, social movements and popular uprisings, agrarian history and Black radicalism

On the new role, Kozameh said “I look forward to designing courses that are embedded in the local history and Latino community. Drawing on the rich history of San Diego political cultures is important to how I think about the development of my next book, so I am excited to settle and delve deeper into local politics.”

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It’s with sadness that we say goodbye to Alexis Smith, a Southern California conceptual artist who was known for her imaginative collages and assemblages fusing images and text.

Smith is the only artist to be commissioned for two works in UC San Diego’s Stuart Collection. In 1992, she completed the Snake Path, a 560-foot-long, 10-foot-wide footpath in the form of a serpent leading to Geisel Library.

In 2021, Smith donated a massive mural to the university, called “Same Old Paradise.” The 22 by 62-foot painting, located outside of “the Jeannie” auditorium in Sixth College, references the search for paradise, depicting a road transforming into an immense snake within a landscape of California hills and orange groves.

Learn more about Alexis Smith at stuartcollection.ucsd.edu.

12/21/2023

We are excited to welcome Ryan Bessett, who recently arrived at the School of Arts and Humanities as associate teaching professor in the Department of Literature! His research interests center around language change, heritage and phonology, in particular the Spanish language spoken around the U.S.-Mexico border.

On joining the university: “I am excited to be joining UC San Diego because of its vibrant academic community, its multicultural community, and especially due to its proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border. I am also pleased to be part of UC San Diego as it strives to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution.”

“Me emociona unirme a UC San Diego debido a su comunidad académica dinámica, su comunidad multicultural, y sobre todo por su proximidad a la frontera entre USA y México. Me alegro de llegar en un momento en que UC San Diego se esfuerza por llegar a ser una Institución de Servicio a la Comunidad Hispana.”

New York Times Acclaims Theatre and Dance Alumni Dramedies 12/14/2023

Congrats to our two Theatre and Dance alumni playwrights who were recognized this month in the New York Times’ annual “Best Theatre of 2023.” Dubbed the “year of dramedy,” the plays—including "How to Defend Yourself" by Lilianna Padilla and "The Best We Could (a family tragedy) by Emily Feldman—explore serious topics like the complexity of consent and familial dysfunction, each grounded in an undercurrent of humor.

New York Times Acclaims Theatre and Dance Alumni Dramedies The New York Times published their annual “Best Theatre of 2023,” which featured two standout UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance alumni playwrights. Dubbed the “year of dramedy,” the plays explore serious topics like the complexity of consent and familial dysfunction.

11/29/2023

“We can’t exist without one another; this is the impetus for the work I do through the body, through movement, and through art making.” Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Ana María Álvarez is one of 20 new faculty members to join UC San Diego as part of a network of scholars who are reshaping the meaning of inclusive research, teaching and service. Read more: https://bit.ly/3T1opHC

2023 Revelle Medalist: Eleanor Antin 11/20/2023

It was a pleasure to celebrate Eleanor Antin on Nov. 18 as she received the Revelle Medal, UC San Diego’s highest honor given to emeriti faculty at UC San Diego for extraordinary service to the campus. Learn more in the video below about how Eleanor shaped the early direction of the Department of Visual Arts, gained worldwide acclaim for her bold experimentation as an artist and how she continues to inspire innovation among the next generation of creators at the university.

2023 Revelle Medalist: Eleanor Antin The Revelle Medal is the highest honor given by the chancellor to a retired or emeriti UC San Diego faculty member.One of the world’s leading feminist artist...

11/07/2023

This Thursday join us for a free lecture and Q&A with Roosevelt Montás, author of "Rescuing Socrates." He will speak about how a liberal education transformed his life and the relevance of the Great Books today, especially to members of historically marginalized communities. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Jeannie auditorium. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3sta0sM.

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Eleanor Antin—Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts—helped shape conceptual, feminist and performance art in America and abroad over the last six decades. In recognition of her unique vision and contributions to UC San Diego as a founding faculty member of the Department of Visual Arts, Antin is among this year’s Revelle Medalists. The award honors distinguished service to the university as well as exceptional teaching and research.

Antin joined UC San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts as a founding faculty member in 1973 and led the development of an innovative MFA program that has prepared generations of artists for success—such as noted alumni Yolanda López, Martha Rosler and Carrie Mae Weems. One of the department’s most sought-after instructors, Antin promoted freedom for students seeking to traverse both the studio and performance space in what became one of the first visual arts programs to offer a performance focus.

Learn more about Antin’s legacy in the UC San Diego Today feature story: https://bit.ly/Eleanor-Antin.

10/13/2023

Join us in welcoming Julia Lewandoski, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as assistant professor in the Department of History! Lewandoski is a historian of early Native America. Her research centers Indigenous nations as they engaged with European empires and emerging nation-states, using law and cartography as primary lenses.

On joining UC San Diego: “I'm excited to be part of a huge, dynamic public university with so much depth in so many different fields. Understanding how other disciplines work always enriches my own research, and I love to collaborate.”

Read more about Professor Lewandoski: https://bit.ly/3tB63CQ

10/11/2023

Join us in welcoming Aysan Celik, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance! Celik has worked as an actor and theater-maker for over 20 years. Her research interest, an exploration of the relationship between comedy and social justice, guides much of her recent and upcoming work as a creator and actor.

On joining the School of Arts and Humanities: “I know this is a school where art matters, and that theater is a progressive and exciting space of transformational justice. In my career as an actor, I have seen incredible performers come out of UC San Diego's MFA program. On my visit, everything I had suspected was confirmed when I met the vibrant undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty here. Everything I see tells me that UC San Diego is a space of curiosity, courage, empowerment, kindness and joy. The fact that UC San Diego has such a capacious scope of fields and learning—that really excites me, too.”

Read more about Professor Celik: https://bit.ly/3PpMlkG.
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10/04/2023

Join us in welcoming Christopher Shields, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as distinguished professor in the Department of Philosophy! An expert in ancient philosophy and a prolific author, Professor Shields holds the Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy. His research centers on the history of philosophy, scholasticism and contemporary issues in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of mind.

On joining the School of Arts and Humanities: “The philosophy faculty at UC San Diego is not only world class but enjoys a reputation for world-class collegiality. It matters to me that I work with colleagues who are both diverse and like-minded in the pursuit of intellectual excellence; who share a vision of the importance of philosophy in a liberal education, as in life more generally; and who can challenge and educate me in an ongoing way. UC San Diego offers all that and more.”

Read more about Professor Shields: https://bit.ly/3M8kOU7.
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10/03/2023

Throughout October we recognize how the arts and humanities help us understand the human experience, interpret the meaning of our history, generate new creative works and accelerate innovation in performance. Join us for a series of concerts, workshops, exhibitions and more as we celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month. See the full calendar at https://bit.ly/AHMonth2023.

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09/21/2023

Join us in welcoming Silpa Mukherjee, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as assistant professor in the Department of Literature! Professor Mukherjee’s research and teaching interests include feminist historiography, informal media industries, media beyond legality, South Asian cinema, South Asian media culture in diaspora and South by South networks. She has also written on Bombay cinema’s hypersexualized song-and-dance sequences, popularly known as “item numbers.”

On becoming part of the School of Arts and Humanities: “I am excited to join the Department of Literature at UC San Diego. I appreciate the truly interdisciplinary nature of the department. It supports work that pushes the envelope of canonical western epistemologies. Outside the department I look forward to serving in a unionized public university.”

Learn more about Professor Mukherjee: https://bit.ly/44VQAtS.

09/12/2023

Join us in welcoming Bright Gyamfi, who recently arrived at UC San Diego as assistant professor in the Department of History! A scholar of West African and African Diaspora intellectual history, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Black internationalism and economic development, Professor Gyamfi writes on African intellectuals who worked to transform and radicalize the study of Africa in academic and intellectual centers around the Atlantic.

On becoming part of the School of Arts and Humanities: “I am excited about joining a community with a long history of producing groundbreaking scholarships and training students who have significantly impacted their communities and the larger world. I’m also delighted to work with Professor Jeremy Prestholdt to build an African Studies graduate program in the Department of History. Coming from Chicago, I’m also super enthusiastic about the weather in San Diego.”

Learn more about Professor Gyamfi: https://bit.ly/3ECFGhZ

09/08/2023

October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Join us for a month of cultural festivals, art exhibitions, faculty lectures, musical performances and more. Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming celebration.

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