Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


GUH Graduate Tonika Sealy-Thompson Appointed Barbados Ambassador to Brazil

GUH Graduate Certificate recipient Tonika Sealy-Thompson was appointed to serve her home country of Barbados as ambassador to Brazil late last year. Sealy-Thompson says her graduate studies in Performances Studies and the GUH Certificate program at UC Berkeley were important contributors to her new diplomatic role: “People at Berkeley deal with our global condition in so many different ways. There are indigenous issues, border issues, immigration issues. All those things were part of my education here. It remains the greatest public university in the world for these very reasons.” Read a profile of Sealy-Thompson on Berkeley News


GUH Faculty Ronald Rael Goes Viral with the Teetertotter Wall

Bay Area Architects Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael installed three pink seesaws at the borderwall between Mexico and the US. Videos of children riding the seesaws and laughing drew millions of views on Twitter. The project draws power from its simplicity, the way it presented a vision of another reality at the border that contrasts with the one created by the heated immigration debate. Rael co-taught the 2018 GUH Studio Borderwall Urbanism, a course on the cities located on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Read more

SAVE THE DATE: Sept 3 Global Urban Humanities Open House

Sept 3, 4:30-6p in 104 Wurster Hall. It’s that time to celebrate the Global Urban Humanities Initiative’s 7th year of activities at our annual open house. This is a great way to get acquainted with our interdisciplinary community of students and faculty who are passionate about cities and reconnect with familiar faces. Learn the nuts and bolts of our graduate and undergraduate certificates, upcoming Spring 2020 studios on the East Bay and Berlin, and what we’ve been up to, including updates from last year’s traveling studios on Lagos and New Orleans. We’ll have light refreshments available. More

Sept 5-6 GUH Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate Info Sessions

Can't make it to the Open House? GUH will also host two info sessions about the Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in Global Urban Humanities on Sept 5 and 6 in 305 Wurster. Graduate Certificate sessions will be held Sept 5, 3-4p and Sept 6 10-11a, and Undergraduate Certificate sessions will be held Sept 5, 4-5p and Sept 6 11a-12p. View the event calendar

GUH Photos from the 2019 Lagos and New Orleans Research Studios on CED Galleries

In Spring 2019, the Graduate and Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studios traveled to Lagos and New Orleans. Students got to create poster designs about New Orleans' rich history with the public art and history oranization, Paper Monuments, clean up the beautiful beaches of Lagos with local volunteers, develop creative cartography maps of historic neighborhoods and more. Check out the CED Galleries for incredible photos from the class trips to Lagos and New Orleans. 

Bulbfest and Anna Halprin in the San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle Datebook featured some of this year’s best site-specific dance performances in the Bay Area, including choreographer Anna Halprin’s annual Planetary Dance event and Bulbfest, an event organized by GUH Project Director Susan Moffat that has involved many UC Berkeley students and alumni. Bulbfest is a site-specific art and performance event at the Albany Bulb, a former landfill-turned-park. The article’s author, Melissa Bell, praises Bulbfest as “a raucous invocation for Earth’s preservation.” Read the full article

Visit GUH at GradFest and WursterFest

GUH will be at this year’s GradFest and WursterFest reaching out to new and current undergraduate and graduate students about our interdisciplinary certificate programs. We’ll have posters, information about the Spring 2020 research studios, publications from our past courses and GUH students and faculty, and more! Stop by and say hello. GradFest is Aug 27, 3:30-5 at Dwinelle Hall and WursterFest is Aug 28 12-2p in Wurster Hall. 

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