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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]

Music major Shane Liliedahl had himself one busy senior year. When he wasn't attending classes at UCSC, leading an a capella singing group, organizing a music and art festival, or polishing his Italian for a leading role in the opera program's Cosi fan tutte... [more]

Some composers had a special flair for probing the human comedy with crowd-pleasing appeal. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was certainly one of the late 18th century geniuses whose music continues to charm and inspire. It's no surprise then that, under the direction of Brian... [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]

In what turned out to be a lively brainstorming session Arts Dean David Yager and new Director John Weber [pictured] facilitated a day-long brainstorming session to help shape the new Institute of the Arts and Sciences on the UCSC campus. From its... [more]

Award-winning video game designer Robin Hunicke visited Arts and Computer Science colleagues this week at the invitation of Arts Dean David Yager. Vivacious and highly focused, Hunicke has gained industry traction as an articulate and youthful advocate for women... [more]

Congratulations to Hollywood art director Rick Carter, who just won an Academy Award for his haunting production design for Spielberg's critically acclaimed cinematic masterwork, Lincoln. Carter's student days at UCSC were spent painting, something he... [more]

Creating a digital footprint that spans the globe, game designer Will Wright launched a way of conceptualizing the cultural landscape that continues to exert playful influence. Wright's SimCity, released in 1989, created a seismic wave... [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]