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
ACES On the Road
This fall, we had the opportunity to visit community partner organizations with a film crew to capture the essence of the collaborative efforts that make up the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program. In four corners of the Bay area, which included the Building Block for Kids Collaborative in Richmond, the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, we conducted interviews that explored the ways in which the community and campus connect and produce responsive research that benefit all.
ACES Artist-in-Residence Unveils MLK, Jr., Digital Art Project
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s, “I Have A Dream”, ACES Artist-in-Residence, Evan Bissell, has unveiled a digital art media project in memorial of the celebrated speech. The project itself consists of a poignant collage of images, photographs, and abstract design streaming in sync with the words of the speech in its entirety. The piece can be seen at Freedoms-ring.org.