Welcome to American Cultures
In 1989, UC Berkeley adopted the ground breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement. Courses meeting the AC requirement can be found in more than forty departments and programs across the UC Berkeley campus. As well as being the one course that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate, the requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture in the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.
The AC Center also provides a unique environment for the development of student and faculty programs and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with campus academic partners, student based organizations and community partners. Such opportunities include the development of engaged scholarship programs, campus wide events, and video outreach projects.
AC News and Events
American Cultures 25th Anniversary Event
The creation of the UC Berkeley American Cultures (AC) requirement was complex and formed in the midst of anti-racist struggles and the rise of multiculturalism. Today, those struggles are not forgotten and sit alongside new activisms and political confrontations. A week-long series of events from the 21st - 25th April, 2014 will critically examine this political-intellectual lineage. All events are open to the Public.
Berkeley's First Wikipedian-in-residence
For the past two years, UC Berkeley student and Wikimedia Foundation member, Kevin Gorman, has supported the ACES program. Kevin has helped faculty and students in the program develop Wikipedia pages based on the interests of the community partners they are working with. This Spring that relationship reaches a new level, with Kevin now the 'Wikipedian-In-Residence' for the ACES program. This is a development for both the ACES program and also the Wikimedia Foundation who a few months ago announced the development of the Wiki Education Program.
Associated Students of the University of California Passes Senate Bill 25 in Support of ACES
Last Fall, the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley passed Senate Bill (SB) 25 in Support of Public Education and the ACES Program. SB 25 focuses on the value of undergraduate students learning both within the classroom and engagement with local and regional communities.
Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship
The American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program and the DataCenter invite proposals for Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship, taking place April 24, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Symposium will hold a critical conversation about university-community partnerships that take the form of community engaged scholarship, particularly focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice.