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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 120–128.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jonathan Banfill; Todd Presner; Maite Zubiaurre Founded in 1919, UCLA is nearing its first centenary, but the university builds on humanistic and liberal arts traditions that are many centuries long and globally diffused. The core disciplines that we recognize today as comprising the Humanities...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 4–11.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Anthony Cascardi; Michael Dear Efforts in the university that fly under the ‘‘urban humanities’’ flag represent larger phenomena that have emerged across humanistic disciplines for the past two decades. Hybrid initiatives have appeared alongside broad interdisciplinary efforts highlighting...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 12–17.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Dana Cuff; Jennifer Wolch Creative practices are needed to address the range of issues that confront contemporary cities—issues of social justice, economic development, and environmental quality. Urban humanities emphasize innovative methods and practices, which evolve along with shifting...
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Boom (2015) 5 (2): 22–27.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Laura Aguilar Laura Aguilar’s Nature Self Portraits treat the human body as another feature in landscapes. In the series, Aguilar positions herself in the center of her photographs, nude, often with her back to the camera. The curve of her back echoes the rocks, her black hair in the wind recalls...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 110–119.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Walter Hood; Shannon Jackson From their origins, the University of California, Berkeley and The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) were established in different geographical, cultural, and political contexts. In a course sponsored by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, artist, designer and...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 80–83.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Cityscapes, offered Fall 2015, aiming to collect data about human activities too often ignored. As part of the interdisciplinary UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative, the class aimed to harness methods not just from city planning, engineering, and architecture, but from the humanistic disciplines...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 56–59.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Yan Linhart California is an excellent setting to observe evolution in action. Tough, flavorless tomatoes bred for supermarkets provide an example of rapid human-induced evolutionary change in a crop plant, while many California landscapes exert specific ecological pressures that have shaped their...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 94–99.
Published: 01 September 2016
... arbitrary divisions between entities so that both their interconnections as well as collisions become more apparent. There are three interrelated ways that urban humanities go beyond conventional comparative urban studies and contribute to our understanding of the urban. In this essay, the matter is fleshed...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 18–24.
Published: 01 September 2016
... most certainly experimental. Between her transnational history, her role as a maker, and the strong spatiality of her writing, Yamashita’s insights have shaped the way urban humanities are practiced. Her landmark 1997 novel, Tropic of Orange , has become a key text and model for creative practice for...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 84–88.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Noam Shoked In 2014, architecture Professor Margaret Crawford and Associate Professor of Art Practice Anne Walsh taught the first University of California, Berkeley, Global Urban Humanities Initiative research studio course, called “No Cruising: Mobility and Identity in Los Angeles.” What occurred...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 25–31.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Jonathan Crisman Urban Humanities is emerging as a set of academic programs, scholarly approaches, and research agendas. Employing the conceptual tool “immanent speculation” this essay sets forth a proposal for practicing an inherently unknowable future in order to create the conditions for that...
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Boom (2016) 6 (2): 4–7.
Published: 01 June 2016
... think these changes are for the better or not, they are happening, and they provide us with two staggering challenges that if met—with vigor, with empathy, and with practicality—will make California a safer and more humane place for all. © 2016 by The Regents of the University of California 2016...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 90–97.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Ryan Bradley This article describes the invention of PCR (polymerase chain reaction, a method of replicating DNA) by Kary Mullis, and the impact it has had on everything from biotech companies such as 23andMe to the movie Jurassic Park and the Human Genome Project. © 2015 by the Regents of the...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 98–108.
Published: 01 September 2015
....” The paradigm’s offspring include the Manhattan Project, the moon landings, the Human Genome Project, and research into climate change. But it raises questions about the influence of money on basic research and how society should weigh competing demands for resources among practical social needs and...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 71–78.
Published: 01 March 2015
... themselves as the pinnacle of human progress and conquest, distinct from a supposedly primitive nonwhite past and a romantic Spanish interlude. The impact of this view of California history can still be seen and still troubles the state today. © 2015 by the Regents of the University of California 2015...
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Boom (2014) 4 (4): 80–87.
Published: 01 December 2014
...— offer that knowledge in the form of data. This essay explores the notion of the algorithmic body—a body built from data—and its roots in a history of projects that attempt to escape some of the fundamental aspects of the human condition, including mortality. © 2014 by the Regents of the University of...
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Boom (2014) 4 (3): 103–112.
Published: 01 September 2014
... counterproductive because they rely on incomplete or outmoded understanding of the island’s human and ecological history. A better understanding of how history, culture, and nature shaped each other would lead to more complete conversation and better land management decisions. © 2014 by the Regents of the...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 79–84.
Published: 01 December 2013
... California 2014 Vatican II humanism humanities science art communication new media scholarly communication universities Silicon Valley abby smith rumsey Face the People and Speak On the future of expertise and public conversations Editor s Note: We asked Abby Smith Rumsey, an expert on...
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Boom (2013) 3 (1): 80–85.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Laurie Glover This poetic environmentalist account traces the history of the Glendale Narrows reach of the Los Angeles River, the one section where its movie-set-famous channelization is thwarted by the power of the river itself. This archival retrieval considers the relationship between humans and...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 70–73.
Published: 01 December 2016
...) education in contemporary K-12 learning and in universities, a natural tendency has been to dismiss the arts and humanities as less important. This is as true in California as anywhere. And yet, as big questions remain and loom ever larger for California and its people, so does the importance of the arts...