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Message from the Dean

As I start my fifth year as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, I look back on what we have accomplished and forward to exciting opportunities that arise because of what we have done to “connect the arts and humanities to the everyday life of the community.”

The new Visual Arts Building is complete, and students will be taking courses in well-equipped studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, and digital arts. New kilns, cranes, saws, and welders will complement new computers and printers.

Three new faculty members join our faculty, two from Art and one from Communications. Our new assistant professor of painting is Matt Rich, an accomplished artist with BAs in Visual Arts and in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University, and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Jedediah Caesar, our new Director of the Todd Madigan Gallery, comes to us with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, and an MFA from UCLA. In Communications, Arijit Basu joins us with a BA in Chemistry and a Master of Management Studies, both from Mumbai University, as well as an MA in Media and Communication and an MBA, both from Texas Tech.

Over the past year we have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. This celebration will continue through 2014 with several major events, including the Annual Kegley Institute of Ethics Lecture with Andrew Sullivan on October 1, an exhibition of Modernist architecture called Bakersfield Built opening October 24, and on November 23 a concert by the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra featuring music to accompany Pare Lorentz’s film documentary on the Dust Bowl, The Plow That Broke the Plains.

November 6-8 we will host an interdisciplinary academic conference on The Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath, with scholars from as far away as Slovenia, Korea, and Japan. We will also feature a revival of Peter Grego’s play, From Dust Thou Art, based on oral histories from CSUB’s California Odyssey project. More details can be found of wrath/. I’d like to thank the sponsors of these events, especially Klein, DeNatale, Goldner; the Bakersfield Californian Foundation; and Gene Tackett.

Stay tuned to our newsletter AHA!: Arts and Humanities Alive for the latest in what is happening as we continue to connect and celebrate.  

Have a great year!

Richard Collins
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Richard Collins

Richard Collins

Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022
Phone: (661) 654-2221