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Dear Colleagues,

During the first weeks of this semester, the AC Center staff visited the several dozen Fall AC courses being offered (comprising approximately 3,500 students). It was a joy to be in the classrooms with the attendant energy and conversations. Created before most of today's students were born, the AC requirement's history drew many questions and inquisitiveness about its current landscape, and the threads that weave through the curriculum (e.g. education and access; carceral studies; social movement theory; disability and sports; immigration policy reform, etc.). As a follow up to this interest, much of the curriculum's historical context has now been captured in a short video AC History which we hope you will share with others. Thank you to everyone who welcomed us into their classrooms. We hope your students enjoyed the stickers!

Warm Regards, Victoria Robinson, Director, The AC Center


Chancellor's Public Scholars & ACES Application

Applications for the 2016 'Chancellor's Public Scholars' and American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program are now open. ACES supports the development of courses and initiatives that emphasize public scholarship and engage students in community-based projects.  Application materials are available online, and should be emailed to by October 23, 2015 at 5pm.

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Tumbling the Ivory Tower 

"... At UC Berkeley, one radically engaged academic program could finally force the school to own up to its mission as a public university — if the administration agrees to fund  it.

On a sweaty afternoon in early August, approximately thirty UC Berkeley students trickled into a large lecture hall that was booming with Dr. Dre's new album, Compton. The students were unfazed by the incongruous soundtrack to their summer course.  
The spunky lecturer was Sarah Lappas, who was nearing the end of her first term teaching an American Cultures course called ..." Read More

ACES in the News: College Writing 50AC/150AC

"...ACES Faculty Patricia Steenland designed College Writing 50AC/150AC to teach undergraduates how to use primary-source materials — complemented by recent popular accounts — to understand pivotal water struggles over the fate of the Owens and Hetch Hetchy valleys. To deepen students’ experience (and fulfill their AC), she has them explore how different populations, the Paiute among them, figure into these histories..." Read More

AC in the News: Music 74AC/139AC

"...Rapping in Mandarin, Berkeley undergrad Vanessa Guo shared the stage with her teenage collaborator, Miyosha, and volunteer Juanita Greene at a lively, outdoor talent showcase last weekend in Richmond. The trio co-wrote the music and lyrics for “Dance with Me,” a hip-hop track about boy-watching, through a partnership between the Richmond youth organization RYSE and a summer music course at Berkeley on the history of hip-hop in urban America..." Read More

AC Course Approval Subcommittee Meeting

The next Subcommittee meeting date for American Cultures (AC) course approvals is this Friday, October 2. In the event that a new instructor will be assigned to an AC course or a new AC course will be offered in your department, we encourage you to contact the AC Center Director, Victoria Robinson at
FALL 2015 Meetings:
November 6
December 4
SPRING 2016 Meetings:
January 29
February 19
March 11
April 8
May 6 

The Public Service Center offers support and recognition opportunities for students invested in public service, including: 

*The Big Ideas Award
*The California Alumni Association's Leadership Award
*The Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship
*Donald A. Strauss Scholarship
*Matsui Local Government Fellowship
*Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship
*Peter E. Haas Public Service Leadership Program
*The Prytanean Prize Stevens Scholars (Cal in the Capital)
*The Truman Scholarship 

For more details about these scholarships, click here.

We're Hiring:
AC Undergraduate Reporter

Are you interested in getting paid to research what's new in AC? Do you have strong writing skills and experience with social media sites? The AC Center is currently hiring an Undergraduate Reporter for the 2015-16 year at a salary of $13/hour...Read More

Due to the overwhelming demand for and great success of the first workshop, the AC Center is pleased to announce a second Gender, Sexuality and Identity workshop.


The Gender Equity Resource Center will lead a discussion on how our classrooms engage an understanding of the breadth and depth of gender diversity.  Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to this event by November 27 here.  Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you!

Undergraduates learn all there is to know about undergraduate research opportunities at UC Berkeley!

4:00pm-5:45pm (Dwinelle 370): Research Opportunity Fair & Pizza - Over a dozen programs from across campus have representatives present to discuss their program with you.

6:00pm-7:00pm (Dwinelle 145): “Research and the Undergraduate Education Experience at Cal” - a faculty roundtable discussion on the role of research in undergraduate education, trends in various disciplines, and the value of academic enrichment programs.  

7:00pm-8:00pm - Issue specific “Breakout Sessions” lead by staff, students, and faculty. Cal Event Page

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