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9 November 2014



Film Screening


Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening 

Friday, November 21, 2014


Berkeley City College

More info on the film can be found at:

Free and Open to the Public


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AA-T degrees now in Art History, Studio Art, Communication, and Philosophy

15 August 2014

Among the degrees and certificates offered through the ACS Department are four new Associate of Arts Degrees for Transfer, AA-T degrees. These include AA-T degrees in Art History, Studio Art, Communication, and Philosophy.


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BCC’s first gender neutral bathroom – ACS Dept’s Prof. Leighton spearheads important change

27 January 2014

ACS Communication Instructor, Prof. Cora Leighton, leading BCC’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club, worked with President Debbie Budd, Dean Antonio Barreiro, Director of Campus Life Mostafa Ghous, and countless staff, faculty, and  other administrators to open the campus’s first gender neutral bathroom.
This bathroom will help assist the many gender nonconforming and transgender students we have at BCC to feel safe using a bathroom– something many of us take for granted. Studies show that transgender students who have clear support in the education system are far more likely to succeed, so this is great for all of us who value student success at BCC.
The bathroom located in the Atrium level, to the right of the stairs to the exit, right by the bike parking. It is well labeled!
Thanks again to everyone who worked to make BCC a safer campus for all students.

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World Premier of BCC Communication Faculty Member Evelyn Jean Pine’s play FIRST

10 October 2013

The Communication Program in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies proudly announces the world premiere of


a play by Evelyn Jean Pine.

“It’s 1976 and 20-year old Bill Gates is preparing to respond to his critics at the First World Altair Computer Convention. FIRST offers a fictional look at the extraordinary people and events that led to the personal computer revolution.”

by Evelyn Jean Pine
Directed by Michael French
Oct 10-Nov 3
Thu-Sat at 8PM
Su at 2PM
Stage Werx
446 Valencia Street (at Sixteenth Street)
San Francisco

Evelyn Jean Pine is a faculty member in Berkeley City College’s Communication Program.

For more information, visit:

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Tenure-track faculty searches

10 September 2013

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Berkeley City College is pleased to announce two new tenure-track faculty searches (in Music and in Philosophy).

For more information please visit Peralta’s Human Resources website.

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Welcome to Fall 2013

19 August 2013

Welcome to the FALL 2013 semester at Berkeley City College! Check back here for news about the ACS Faculty and ACS-sponsored events.

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ACS Faculty at Berkeley City College’s 2013 Graduation

27 May 2013

bcc.graduation.2013ACS Faculty at Berkeley City College’s 2013 Graduation

Dr. Cora Leighton, Dr. Dylan Eret, and Dr. Laura Ruberto

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An evening of poetry, with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Sandra Mortola Gilbert and others

15 August 2012

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Book Presentation: Pasolini and the Revolutionary Poets Brigade

15 September 2011

On the anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s death, you are invited to a reading of poetry and prose on war, resistance, and revolution.

Tuesday, November 1 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Featuring: translators reading from “In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology,” (City Lights, 2010) and writers reading from the “Revolutionary Poets Brigade Anthology” (Caza de Poesia, 2010).

Tuesday, November 1st, 7-9pm, Berkeley City College auditorium

Authors & Translators include: Jack Hirschman, devorah major, Sharon Doubiago, Dee Allen, Steven Grey, Agneta Falk, Judith Ayn Bernhard, Susanna Bonetti, and Jonathan Richman


This event is part of BCC’s SORROWS OF WAR/STRUGGLES FOR PEACE Project.

Funded by a Peralta Colleges Foundation Faculty Grant and Co-sponsored by BCC’s Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Italian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Event celebrating the public reinstallation of Ralph Fasanella’s painting WELCOME HOME, BOYS

31 August 2011


In 1953 Ralph Fasanella painted “Welcome Home, Boys,” a painting which depicts a post-World War II strike. Its title reflects the artist’s concern for the fair treatment of American workers and U. S. veterans returning to working life after the war. Fasanella spent his entire fifty-year painting career commemorating labor activism and progressive politics while passionately advocating for racial and gender equality.
The child of immigrants from Southern Italy, Fasanella was a self-taught painter who held jobs as a truck driver, a textile worker, a machinist, and a union organizer before beginning to paint in 1945. His paintings, with their striking use of color and bold images that often evoke his Italian and working-class background, are recognized today as significant examples of mid-century folk art and are increasingly viewed as integral to the story of American painting.
In 1990 the painting was purchased through a collaboration between a local union and the public art fund of the city of Oakland in order to be hung in a public space in the city of Oakland. Having the painting displayed in Oakland honored the diverse, working-class citizens throughout the Bay area who fought for a piece of post-World War II prosperity after fighting the war or working for years under a no-strike pledge to help the war effort.
In 2003 the African American Museum and Library of Oakland took over custodial care of the painting where it still hangs today.


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