David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay

True colors: Hollywood’s diversity dilemma

The country has never been so diverse — but not so in Hollywood. The numbers of nonwhite and female actors and others in the entertainment industry remain distressingly low.
wax cylinder (early audio recording)

Speaking in the vernacular

Library of Congress adds Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings collection to the National Recording Registry.
UCSD Gospel Choir

Singing their hearts out

UC San Diego Gospel Choir tops the charts among students.
Adanna Duru

Freshman crooner makes top 11 on 'American Idol'

Adanna Duru performed the Bruno Mars song 'Runaway Baby' last week, and ran away with some nice compliments from the judges.
Visualization of Florence Duomo

Florentine 'patient' gets high-tech physical

Two doctoral students travel to Italy to assess the structural condition of one of Florence's landmarks, the Baptistery of St. John.
Urkesh palace

Exhibition in war-torn Syria celebrates UCLA archaeological discovery

While war rages in Syria, that country's people can still experience the culture and history of the region’s Mesopotamian roots through an exhibit made possible by a Kurdish nonprofit organization and UCLA archaeologist Giorgio Buccellati.
incarcerated girl

A question of justice

In his new book, Richard Ross explores the conditions and contexts of girls remanded to detention centers.
Eric Ederer plays the oud

Echoes of the Ottoman Empire

UC Santa Barbara Library acquires a sizable collection of classical Turkish music recorded from the early to mid-20th century.
Sistine Chapel

Add nature, art and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories

Taking in such spine-tingling wonders as the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel ceiling or Schubert’s “Ave Maria” may give a boost to the body’s defense system.
Kathryn Morgan

Exploiting sports triumphs for political gain a classic tale, scholar demonstrates

Victories at chariot races brought ambitious ruler fame in fifth century B.C.