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By Anabel Sosa

Blind thinkers, scientists, and artists showing us the way.

Losing Joan Didion

By Pat Joseph

Writer Joan Didion, who graduated from Berkeley in 1956, died on December 23, 2021, at age 87. She will be remembered as one of the most distinctive voices not only of her generation but in all of American letters. 

What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Spring

Here are a few of our favorite books, shows, and films by people from Berkeley.

Gospel is the Foundation of American Music

By Dhoha Bareche

A Q&A with documentarian Matt Durning.

First Person: Berkeley Student and Afghan Refugee on Why She Hasn’t Given Up on Afghanistan

By Maryam Karimi, as told to Dhoha Bareche

On the pain of leaving home and hopes for the future

What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Winter

By Editorial Staff

Here are a few of our favorite books, shows, and films by Berkeley people

The World’s Only Ohlone Restaurant Brings Traditional Foods to UC Berkeley

AFTER A FORCED HIATUS from in-person dining due to COVID-19 and the closure of University Press Books, where it was originally hosted, Cafe Ohlone is coming to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in November.

Editors’ Picks: What to Read and Watch This Fall

Our editors have curated a list of entertainment to indulge in this summer. Here are their top picks of books, documentaries, and more, all produced by UC Berkeley faculty and alumni. The Return of Cal Performances For the first time since March of last year, Cal Performances has opened its (physical) doors. And the 2021–2022 […]

Image source: Illustrations by Patrick Welsh

Cal at the “New Yorker”: Shining the Spotlight on Six Alumni Who’ve Been on Staff

From illustrators to editors and everything in between Adrian Tomine In his cover illustrations for the New Yorker, Adrian Tomine ’96 has created some of the most iconic images of life under quarantine, including “Love Life,” from Dec. 7, 2020, which showed a young woman on a Zoom date, holding a cocktail and dressed to […]

She Never Gave Up on Her Dream of Working at Pixar

This animation-loving Cal grad shares her secret to success. GREEN AND YELLOW FLAMES engulfed Maleficent as she transformed into a gigantic dragon. “Fire is supposed to be red!” I thought, staring at my TV. Then, when Prince Phillip threw his sword through the heart of the fire-breathing monster, I was done. My coach mentioned that Pixar […]

Post-Pandemic, Teletherapy Is Here to Stay

DR. HANNAH ZEAVIN’S WORK explores the question of how we recover from trauma, and the roles that technology and media play in how we understand each other and ourselves. She is a lecturer in the English and History departments at UC Berkeley and an affiliate of Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, and […]

Student View: “The Seasons Still Change”

By Annabelle Long

Welcome to “Student View,” a new column featuring the thoughts, opinions, and musings of undergraduate writers at Cal. This spring, for our inaugural “Student View” essay contest, California asked current Cal students to answer the question: How has the pandemic changed you? Below is the winning essay. Our runners-up include “Sunsets and Little Things” by […]