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In a rare pause from fieldwork in remote Central Asia, counseling doctoral students, and performing dutor folk music, music professor Tanya Merchant reflected on an emerging career filled with lucky encounters. That she happened to be raised in Sitka, Alaska—where her mother was... [more]

Documenting untold stories in bold, and accessible animated imagery is the driving passion of Social Documentation professor John Jota Leaños. His work investigates social issues through a unique hybrid of animation and documentary that interweaves popular music... [more]

Theater Arts professor Ted Warburton has been working on the kinetic connections between intelligence and dance for the past decade.  Exploring "the major intellecual and artistic decisions behind dance," he seeks paths to outwit the tired cliché that "dancers don't think, they... [more]

Jazz has been in Karlton Hester's blood since he took up the piano at the age of four. As a lifelong composer and improvisationalist, Hester is currently jamming with colleagues in far-flung disciplines. Even while engaged in jazz composition and classes in African music, Hester is also closely... [more]

On the road, seeking sonic inspiration for his upcoming CD News from Afar, David Evan Jones trekked through three continents, ten and a half months, and a kaleidoscope of traditional music, contemporary performers, and spoken words. 

 

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A theorist and writer who explores the social implications of emerging technologies, Kate O'Riordan joined the Art Department faculty this fall. She comes to Santa Cruz from the Department of Media and Film at the University of Sussex in the UK,where she... [more]

"It was always Africa," admits Elisabeth Cameron, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Visual Culture, and holder of the Patricia & Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair. Even after the past summer conducting fieldwork in the Democratic... [more]

Even before Theater Arts professor Michael Chemers arrived on campus this summer there was huge buzz about his new course entitled Monsters. Given the colorful subject, as well as the title of his most recent book—Staging... [more]

Expressive, energized, and utterly loquacious, B. Ruby Rich is thrilled to find herself the recent cover girl of the SF Chronicle's weekend Calendar section. "I'm pretty bad about honors," she confesses. "I either think, 'what me? really?' or 'it's no big deal.'" Rich... [more]

Laced with behind-the-scenes details that render her subjects fully alive on the pages, Music and Politics in San Francisco is the latest book from musicologist Leta Miller. An in-depth historical analysis of the "Paris of the West"... [more]

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