Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


Congratulations to the 2020 GUH Graduate and Undergraduate Certificiate Recipients

We are excited to announce that 16 graduate and undergraduate students completed the Certificate in Global Urban Humanities this year. They come from departments and programs including City Planning, Landscape Architecture, Film & Media, Music, Development Practice, Urban Studies, Geography, and American Studies. Their research in site-based studio courses that focused on Berlin, East Bay, New Orleans, and Lagos produced new knowledge about urban life by combining methods from the humanities and the design disciplines. Learn about our 2020 Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate Recipients.

Architecture PhD Candidate Ettore Santi Receives 2020 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Architecture PhD Candidate Ettore Santi received a 2020 Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship for his research on Chinese rural land design history. The full announcement is provided by CED News. Ettore completed the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities in 2018. More

MLA Student Felix De Rosen Writes about Conceptualizing Space in Times of Quaratine

GUH Graduate Certificate student Felix de Rosen has published an article for UPenn's McHarg Center for Ecology & Urbanism. "Stories of Space in Times of Quarantine" looks at COVID-19 as an expression of how we design space and more generally how we inhabit the planet. It is also a subjective exploration of what many of us are feeling at this particular moment in time. More

2020 ARC Poetry Fellow Menat El Attma Writes about Sensing as a Way of Knowing

GUH undergraduate student and English major Menat Allah El Attma was a 2020 Poetry Fellow of the Arts Research Center's Poetry and the Senses Fellowship. She wrote a compelling blogpost for the ARC blog about sensing as a way of knowing and the between space where art can flourish. Menat also organized the Spring 2019 DeCal course Peoples and Places: Memory of Cityscapes. Read the blogpost here.

Journalism Graduate Student Hannah Ricker Writes for NYT California Today Newsletter

The New York Times has teamed up with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism to report stories about the COVID pandemic in California. GUH graduate student Hannah Ricker wrote the latest piece of those we’ve lost to the coronavirus: Detective Marylou Armer of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Hannah is a GUH Graduate Certificate student and received the GUH Undergraduate Certificate in 2018. Read her piece here.

Global Urban Humanities Initiative Working Remotely

In compliance with recent COVID-19 restrictions and shelter-in-place policy, the Global Urban Humanities Initiative office will be working remotely through May 31, 2020 or until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact program coordinator Sarah Hwang at Read the Chancellor's message here.

Global Urban Humanities at 2020 CED "Virtual" Circus

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is participating in this year’s CED Circus, an annual showcase of exemplary work by CED students. Now in its 10th year, Circus will be accessible online due to Berkeley's decision to offer remote instruction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More