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Michael Ackley

Michael Ackley (Journalism, ’66) has self-published “A Contemporary Bestiary,” poetry about things learned from animals. (Available via Amazon.) His introduction says, in part: “It is common for the aged to look back over the scribblings they have collected . . . and decide they really ought to be shared. As I am no different in […]

Sneed Collard

Sneed B. Collard III, Class of 1983, received the 2024 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for his children’s picture book, Border Crossings (Charlesbridge Publishing). The book, illustrated by Howard Gray, takes a look at the impact of the border wall on wildlife. The Orbis Pictus is the nation’s oldest children’s nonfiction award and is given out […]

David Wurtzel

David Wurtzel ’70 has just published his second novel, The Chosen City: Hollywood in the 1930s, with Discript Ltd. (available on Amazon). Having been born in Hollywood himself, David has taken inspiration from his own family’s involvement in the motion picture industry over the last century. The narrator, Bobby, is the outsider member of a […]

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Trump’s claims notwithstanding, U.S. elections are more secure than ever 

By Tom Kertscher

Elections expert David Becker says voters should have full confidence in the 2024 presidential vote.

The Boy in the Library Who Wrote The Boys in the Boat

By Scott Ball

One of the most anticipated movies of the Holiday Season is due to hit cinemas on Christmas Day.

You Don’t Have to Be a Rhodes Scholar to Study at Oxford

By Margie Cullen

Phebe Haugen was a “frustrated English teacher” when her friend first told her about the poetry class he had taken at Oxford. 

Courtesy of Diana Foster

What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions?

By David Silverberg

‘Genius’ grantee Diana Greene Foster has devoted her career to answering the question.

Berkeley Space Center trellis rendering / Field Operations and HOK

To Silicon Valley and Beyond!

By Glen Martin

Since its founding in 1930, Moffett Field has had multiple incarnations. Now, it’s poised for another role: the Berkeley Space Center.

Barbara Chin

Class Secretary Barbara Chin received an activity report today on the Class of 1956 Humanities Preservation Endowment for the Library. She says, “It was terribly disappointing to see only $925.00 was received in gifts during 2023. Our class supports the salary of a conservator in the Preservation Department for the University. We will not be able to continue this […]

Jessica Huang

Jessica (Jex) Huang (B.S. ’08) is climbing the world’s highest volcano (elevation 22,615′) above sea level to raise funds and awareness for the non-profit Range of Motion Project, after receiving corrective surgery and regaining mobility from their own range of motion disability. All alumni are welcome to follow along as they try to enable more people in becoming more […]

Larry Sage

Sr. Judge Larry Sage received a ‘Making the World a More Just Place’ Award from the National Judicial College (NJC) at their 60th anniversary celebration in Reno, NV on 16 Oct 2023. He (and indirectly, his extraordinary Sparks Municipal Court staff), was recognized for initiating Nevada’s first misdemeanor ‘Alcohol & Other Drug Court’; multiple sessions of which were held […]


Devin Reese has always had a thing about turtles. Thanks to her Cal Berkeley training as a herpetologist (reptile and amphibian researcher), Devin has written the first scholarly book that’s entirely about tortoises. She drafted it with Dr. George R. Zug, Smithsonian Emeritus, to offer up everything you’d want to know, plus things you wouldn’t care to know, […]

Katlyn Carter

Katlyn Carter ’09 published her first book, Democracy in Darkness: Secrecy and Transparency in the Age of Revolutions with Yale University Press.   The book asks a simple question: Does democracy die in darkness, as the saying suggests? It reveals that modern democracy was born in secrecy, despite the widespread conviction that transparency was its very essence. In the years […]

Susan (left) and her daughter, Nora, in 1998. / Courtesy of Susan Stern

The Original Barbie Movie was Created by a Cal Alum

By Margie Cullen

Long before Margot Robbie entered the Barbie Dreamhouse, another Barbie movie had attempted to tackle the cultural phenomenon that is Mattel’s tip-toeing doll.

Texas Rangers' Marcus Semien celebrates his two-run homer in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. / AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez

Good News Bear: Marcus Semien Wins it All in the World Series

By Scott Ball

On November 1, in the ninth inning of Game Five of the World Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, former Cal standout Marcus Semien planted an Arizona fastball deep into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer, sealing a 5-0 win and a series clincher for the Texas Rangers. 

Cal Performances presents the Bay Area premiere of Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring performed by dancers from 14 African countries, February 16-18, 2024, at Zellerbach Hall. / Maarten Vanden Abeele

Coming to Zellerbach: Individual, Community and the Performing Arts

By Emily Wilson

It’s a striking scene: Dozens of men and women, wearing simple dresses and pants, dance across a dirt-covered stage.

Mona Simpson’s Literary Commitment

By Mary Flegler

Through her writing, Simpson explores characters and locales both ordinary and extraordinary, her novels probing the nooks and crannies of family dynamics, lingering in the details of how we choose to give and receive love.

John Olsen’s Research Leads to Mongolia’s Highest Honor

University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Anthropology John W. Olsen (Ph.D. 1980, Anthropology) has received the Order of the Polar Star, the highest state award Mongolia can present to a foreign citizen. Created in 1936, the Order was bestowed upon Olsen in acknowledgment of his contributions to Mongolian science and society extending back over […]

John Garrison

John Garrison’s book, The Pleasures of Memory in Shakespeare’s Sonnets, has just been published by Oxford University Press. He enjoyed the opportunity to explore the nature of recollection – from the Renaissance “memory arts” to modern-day psychology – in this famous set of poems.