Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


Spring 2020 Core Seminar: The Demos: Politics, Art, and the City

The "demos" suggests the people, so often referenced in political discourse as the core of democracy. Yet, from its inception, exclusions and the promised benefits for those who operate within the demos (in western societies typcally as white citizens with property) have generated long-standing inequities and division. This course looks at contending sturggles to undo and reconstitute the demos in urban spaces through art, performance, and media. This course is taught by Jason Luger (City and Regional Planning) and Angela Marino (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) and listed as CYPLAN 291/THEATER 266.1 More

GUH Undergraduate Certificate Recipient Amy Loo Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2018, Amy Loo has been part of a group of young activists in Tokyo called Difficultators Tokyo organizing site-specific events that address discrimination against refugee and immigrant communities. Read more about her incredible work and how the Global Urban Humanities Undergraduate Certificate shaped her passion to help marginalized communities in the latest GUH People blog series. Amy received the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities in 2018 More

Performance Studies Professor Shannon Jackson Empowering Artists in Oakland and Saint-Denis, France

Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts + Design and Global Urban Humanities Faculty Shannon Jackson participated in two learning expeditions to amplify the role of the cultural sector in the urban development of Oakland and Saint-Denis, France. Two teams of French and American urbanists, artists, architects, scholars and urban planners exchanged their experiences and ideas on imagining inclusive and creative cities in the wake of gentrification, displacement, housing and sustainability and other civic issues. A short documentary about the Oakland-Saint-Denis project will be released in 2020. More

GUH Faculty Walter Hood Receives 2019 MacArthur Fellowship

Landscape Architecture Professor Walter Hood received the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. His innovative work reimagines urban environments that honor their layered histories and enriches the social fabric of their communities. Hood melds architectural and fine arts expertise with a commitment to designing ecologically sustainable public spaces that empower marginalized communities. He is also currently undertaking a $20 million renovation project for the outdoor portion of the Oakland Museum’s seven-acre campus. This project explores some of the themes Hood addressed with his students in the GUH Fall 2016 Graduate Studio Course on The Museum and the City. Read Hood’s MacArthur Fellowship announcement here and his plans for the OMCA rooftop here.

Walter Hood Receives the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Walter Hood was also awarded the Gish Prize, in addition to being named this year's MacArthur Fellow, for his ongoing achievements in merging landscape, urbanism, and public art for the benefit of communities across America. The prize is given to individuals who have "made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life." More

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: East Bay

This course delves into the history of the East Bay in the 1960s and 1970s, with particular attention to the emergence of countercultural and social-movement communities. In this project-oriented course, students will work in teams as they reconstruct and analyze particular sites of protest and culture-making across the East Bay, from Berkeley to Emeryville and Oakland. This course is taught by Greg Castillo (Architecture) and Scott Saul (English) and listed as AMERSTD 102/ENVDES 109. More

Spring 2020 Traveling Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: Berlin

Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has intertwined its urban renewal with landscapes of reconciliation and commemoration. The "New Berlin" that politicians imagined in the 1990s was to be forged by international investment, materialized in high-profile commissions to "starchitects," alongside preservation and memorialization of the city's past, often seen through the seemingly inevitable lens of the Holocaust, and more recently Colonialism. Yet the relationship between developing a European metropolis and preserving sites of memory is troubled, making Berlin the archetype of the contemporary guilt environment.  This course will travel to Berlin and is taught by Lauren Kroiz (Art History) and Andrew Shanken (Architecture) and listed as ARCH 209/HISTART 290. More