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Spring 2022 Newsletter

Dear students, faculty, community members:

We are delighted to be finishing out the 2021-22 academic year with so much to celebrate. Every year brings its own surprises, and if there's one thing we've all learned through the past few years, it's that each of us faces hardships and challenges that are invisible to others. Undoubtedly, you have had to deal with your own set; we acknowledge and recognize your individual journey and applaud every victory you've had along the way. We hope the summer brings rest and joy to each of you!


Nancy Kwak


Daniel Widener

Associate Director

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Asian American and

Pacific Islander Studies

Shelvie Mae Rafael Bumanglag

LeAnn Minh Le

Lynna Le

Patricia Cecille Minaya

Aaron Paul Ngan

Jake Henry Noren

Isabel Celeste Nguyen

Aliya Hann Srey

Alyssa Justine Velasco

Cameron Wang

Wenny Yuan 

Evelyn Zhai 

Black Diaspora and African American Studies

Getenesh Belette 

Robyn Bolden

Kiyahna Elise Brown

Leighla Sage Buckner

Kevin Maynard Crandall

Malia Simone Henry

Journey Ashley Whitfield

Xinhao Zhu

Chicanx and Latinx Studies

Roberto Juarez

Cynthia Lupita Luna

Vivian Ojeda

Aimee Arisbeth Perez

Alejandra Ponce

Ana Christina Pozar-Felipe 

Chinese Studies

Erica Borba

Minnie Chau

Elizabeth Rose Cheung

Emily Yee-Ching Chiew

Drew Darling Colman 

Devin Doss

Ashley Harumi Furuya

Trinity Lynnae Hansen 

Riley Ittidecharchoti

David Kang

Ian A McKeever 

Kailee Ong

Eleanna Sakoulas

Charles James Siragusa

Tiffany Tan 

Briana Thang 

Eric Xiao

Morgan Yung Yen

Wenny Yuan 

Biying Zhao 

Xixi Zheng

Classical Studies

Colin Louis Lintereur 

Luz Yasmery Lopez

Alex Ray Mosser

Chi Zhang

European Studies

Sophie Hao

Film Studies

Genever Carlos Besana

Kristy Denise Castillo

Ingrid Chaves

Sharon Tammy Chen

Talia Hope Crume

Bianca Cherise Eatmon

Kirra Lani Griffith

Jennifer Kimmi Khuu

Beikl Zeng Liu

Rebecca Elizabeth Samuels

Gillian Cynthia Tanda

Monica Vazquez

Wnny Yuan

Global South Studies

Dustin Hyun Shin

Italian Studies

Joshua Constantine Beal

Ferdinando Scappaticci

Japanese Studies

Nina Rebecca Acero-Lieman

Cloemae Yutuc Brown

Sinead Keara Buckley

Sean Michael Castillo

Annabella May Chang

Kaitlin Patricia Clemmer

Ashley Harumi Furuya

Mia Ashanti Galbraith

Frida Galindo

Alex P Gorham

Amanda Margaret Horlock

Alice Hsueh

Michelle Hui

Joy Akemi Iwamoto

HannaMei Louise Levine

Yuanzhi Li

Sako Joycd Makino

Nicholas A McNew

Evan Taylor Moore

Andre Kim Nguyen

Angela Qing Ouyang

Kouji Daniel Oyama

Melissa Palacios

Zhuhui Ren

Lara Shao

Aron Matteo Sherman

Jason Dupray Stachowiak

Julius Yuuki Velasquez

Yawei Xu

Xin Yang

Xue Yusi

Mandy Zhang

Jewish Studies

Lucy Naomi Beckett

Steven Isaac Steiner

Middle East Studies

Daniel Atty

Zoe Coutlakis

Haniyeh Javaheri

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Dina Baram

Jennifer Baram

Jazell Kalea Colinarez

Emma Lehua Tom

Jialin Wang

Transnational Korean Studies

Jennifer Ann Fagan

Hanson Heesung Kim

Jasmine Lee

Vanessa Leon

Kevin Youngmin Luo

Steven Ba Pham

Ryan Samir Shini

Zachary Robert Tulman

Sheri Zheng

Luis Valdez in Conversation with Jorge Huerta 

The Chicanx and Latinx Studies program co-hosted an event featuring a conversation between Luis Valdez and Jorge Huerta. The event celebrated the 2021 publication of Valdez's book "Theatre of the Sphere: The Vibrant Being," which explores the principles that underlie his philosophies as a playwright, teacher, and innovator.

Watch Event Recording

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Black German Women and Intellectual Activism 

The European and German Studies programs cosponsored an event with the Black Studies Project featuring Tiffany Florvil of the University of New Mexico. She spoke about the Black German women who were key figures in determining the cultural, political and intellectual contours of a diasporic movement in 1985. 

Watch Event Recording

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Katzin Lecture: The Unexpected Career of Esther Moyal: Sephardic Feminist in the Early 20th Century 

The Jewish Studies program hosted the Katzin lecture with Lital Levy of Princeton University, who discussed Ester Moyal's role as a trailblazing intellectual in the 20th century.

Watch Event Recording

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Additional Event Recordings

March 10: War in Ukraine - Perspectives and Comments from UC San Diego Experts

April 28: Annual Vassiliadis Lecture: Breaking the Apocalyptic Frame: Constantinian Propaganda and the Longue Durée 

April 29Annual Ranglas Lecture: Pluriversal History: Towards a “Many Worlds” Vision of the Past

Institute of Arts and Humanities Programs and Staff in the News

Undergraduate Research Gives Rise to Doctoral Dreams 

Newly Admitted Black Students Welcomed to Triton Family 

UC San Diego Honors the Life and Legacy of César Chávez 

Staff Spotlight: Kumi Obayashi-Ward  

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The Institute of Arts and Humanities emphasizes the value of interdisciplinary thinking in addressing the needs of a complex world. We house 16 academic programs and one center in regional, ethnic, and thematic studies. Our programs equip students to analyze and speak about the past, present, and future with creativity and insight. Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies | Black Diaspora African American Studies

Chicanx and Latinx Studies | Chinese Studies | Classical Studies

European Studies Film Studies | German Studies | Global South Studies

Italian Studies | Japanese Studies | Jewish Studies | Middle East Studies

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Science Studies | Transnational Korean Studies

Center for Hellenic Studies