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Carol Padden to receive an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in May (2015) from The University of Haifa

“The degree will be awarded to Professor Padden for her meaningful contribution to the study of sign language, to the understanding of deaf culture and to the study of human language and its development. It serves as a tribute to her personal accomplishments as a deaf woman in a hearing world, underscoring the importance of celebrating our differences as humans. It also will be conferred for her scientific collaboration with the researchers at the University of Haifa Sign Language Research Lab which has been instrumental in advancing the Faculty of the Humanities and the university in Israel and world-wide.”

Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) awarded with two-year planning grant

The Studio for Ethnographic Design (SED) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a two-year planning grant from the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives to launch the UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design (CoLED). CoLED will build on the respective accomplishments of ethnography incubators at six campuses (San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz) to establish a UC-wide interdisciplinary hub for innovative ethnographic theory and methodology. In addition to bringing a wide network of UC scholars working reflexively on ethnographic practice, the collaboratory will serve as a means to improve pedagogical agendas for graduate student training in ethnographic practice. The two year planning grant will culminate in a public conference in Fall 2016.


Mike Cole was awarded the 2014 American Psychological Association, Division 7: Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. This award recognizes an individual who over a lifetime career has contributed to the science of developmental psychology and who has also worked to apply developmental psychology to society.

Congratulations to James Perez , Ph.D. in Communication and Ethnic Studies, who has accepted a professorship in the department of Mass Communication at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Fernando Dominguez Rubio was awarded the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence for his 2013 article “Materials in the Field: Object-Trajectories and Object-Positions in the Field of Contemporary Art,” published in Cultural Sociology. The prize is given annually by the British Sociological Association and SAGE Publishers.

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Upcoming Talks

Robert Horwitz
"Anti-establishment Conservatism"
Wed. May 20th, 2015
12:30PM-2:00PM, MCC201

Job Postings

The department is seeking to make an appointment in the field of Communication and Cultural Industries to begin Fall 2015. (See details.)

The department is seeking to make an appointment at the Lecturer Academic Year (Unit 18 - Non-Senate Faculty) level to begin Fall 2015. (See details.)