UC San Diego Arts and Humanities Moments November 2019
Through a new commitment to arts on campus, the Arts and Community Engagement initiative with support from Visual Arts brought people together Nov. 14 in an effort to help shape the University Art Gallery's exciting, and student-focused, future. Read more >>

From engineering students to our own in Literature and Music, submissions for the 2019 student contest included sketching, poetry, a screenplay, graphic design and even a project on how technology can be used to create more immersive musical experiences.

This year's awardees of the Chancellor's Medal, given to recognize exceptional service in support of the campus' mission, include Division friends Iris Lynn and Matthew Strauss, and Andrew J. Viterbi.

As the university moves to Division I, two History alumni coaches stand out: Men's Water Polo associate head coach Matthew Ustaszewski '04 and Cross Country/Track head coach Nate Garcia '00.

"The feeling as a whole is not that I am working with students, but with early career young artists," Theatre and Dance's Stephen Buescher said.

Over a billion dollars in funding supports an array of research: Philosophy professor Manuel Vargas shares a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study free will and responsibility, in Latin America. 

UC San Diego and the world scholarly community have lost a valued friend and colleague. David Mordecai Goodblatt, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in History and the first holder of the Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies, passed away on Sept. 25.

For Rita Lopez, a 2019 Literature alumni, the pressure to find a job intensified after she left the university. Networking events on campus helped her to confidently take the next steps in her career.

Music professor Susan Narucki earned a nod for her performance on the album "The Edge of Silence," which includes Ph.D. student Kathryn Schulmeister and engineer Andrew Munsey. Steven Schick is included in a nomination for the album "Aequa - International Contemporary Ensemble performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir."

Dec. 2: Literature, the Institute of Arts and Humanities and Critical Gender Studies are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art by presenting seven new videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Institute for Practical Ethics co-organized Stem Cell Ethics: Human Brain Organoids Conference addressed "ancient questions [that] have been given new urgency by 21st century science."

Dec. 5: Hosted by Shahrokh Yadegari of Music, "Time Unfolded" combines high-resolution video, dance and live electronics, featuring work by Music students Johannes Regnier and Nakul Tiruviluamala, and Theatre and Dance alumni Verónica Santiago Moniello '19.

"If we are to build a digital world that truly serves democracy, creativity and the well-being of all, we need the arts and humanities," said digital humanities librarian Erin Glass. Glass and Visual Arts alumni Robert Twomey '07 spoke with Voice of San Diego.