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Hidden Letters: The Co-optation of a Once Secret Language
When filmmaker Violet Du Feng, M.J. ’04, returned to China after earning her master’s degree at Berkeley, she was struck by a kind of gender inequality she hadn’t noticed before.
Berkeley’s Women Artist TrailblazersBy Laura Smith
Berkeley claims one of the first graphic novels, famous communist sculptors, and more
The Surprising Story of the Berkeley Attorneys Who Helped Desegregate the SouthBy Rob Gunnison
Anthony Lee simply wanted to go to high school.
How an Unusual Alaskan Town Inspired Iris Yamashita’s First Murder Mystery
Iris Yamashita has always loved fiction writing, but it was a winding road to her first novel, City Under One Roof (Berkley/Penguin, January 2023). As she explained, “I have Asian parents and they really expected me to be a doctor or engineer or something. Writing was okay as a hobby, but not okay as my main focus.”
Black Cultural History at Cal: Sun Ra, James Baldwin, and More
UC Berkeley has historically been a magnet for African American activists, artists, and thinkers but never more so than during the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s. And with a little googling, many of these historical appearances can still be seen, heard, and savored online. In honor of the upcoming 45th annual Black History Month (February 2021), here’s a selection of Black speakers and cultural events that the Cal campus has played host to over the years.
Seamus Heaney in Berkeley
Many Berkeleyans know that Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz taught at Cal for many years. Fewer likely remember that his fellow laureate Seamus Heaney.
Berkeley Astronomers Detect the First Known Free-Floating Black Hole
Berkeley astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, have detected what may be the very first “free-floating” black hole ever recorded, about 2,200 to 6,200 light-years from Earth. Dubbed “stellar ghosts,” these black holes are invisible, left behind after a massive star—at least 10 times the mass of the sun—dies and collapses in on itself.
Beware Second Hand Bong Smoke
Most people today recognize the health risks of inhaling tobacco smoke, even secondhand. Fewer are aware of the dangers of cannabis smoke.
A Dream Deferred: What President Oprah Might Look Like
Despite the post-Golden Globes buzz about Oprah Winfrey being the next Commander in Chief, polls say that most voters don’t want her to run.
Burned Out? A diagnosis from the UC Berkeley prof who devised the Burnout Inventory
Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by the frenzy of holiday obligations, the frazzled nature of strained relationships, the crush of year-end job demands? As 2013 comes to a close, you’re in good company if you label what you’re experiencing “burnout.”
From the Archive: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Industry
From the June/July 1967 issue of California Monthly, "The Generation Gap." A panel discussion featuring Bob Bonis, Tom Donahue, Ralph J. Gleason (moderator), Bill Graham, and Phil Spector, industrialists in the economy of the young.
Recounting the Play, Play-by-Play, 40 Years On
Context and insight on that moment in 1982 when the football gods proved to fans everywhere that the cliches really are true: Anything can happen, and It ain’t over till it’s over.
Rockin’ the Plaza
In Lower Sproul, free concerts are a long (and loud) tradition. At five past noon, 15 students wait patiently at the south end of Lower Sproul Plaza. They stand facing an empty stage and, behind it, a quiet Eshleman Hall. Ferraby Lionheart is due to play. The assembled audience is small by any measure, but nonetheless […]
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