Fellow at UC Santa Cruz and member of the UC Board of Regents
Gregory Bateson’s legacy of ideas resonates across many fields, including anthropology, psychology, and biology.
His first contributions were in anthropology, for which his fieldwork led to new understandings of cultural processes. Next, he helped develop cybernetics, a formal approach to the study of complex natural and artificial systems.
Moving to California in 1948, Bateson studied schizophrenia and family dynamics. He and his colleagues developed the “double bind” explanation of schizophrenia and launched the field of family therapy.
Bateson next began studying animal communication, and also began to think about looming crises in our relationship to the environment. In 1972 he took a teaching position at UC Santa Cruz, and later served on the UC Board of Regents.
The Bateson Building in downtown Sacramento, California is named for him.
Lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Annette Bening, and their
A star since his first film in 1961, Warren Beatty’s longevity in
movies exceeds that of any actor of his generation. Few people
have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of film
production as producer, director, writer, and actor, and few have
shown so high a level of integrity in a body of work. Many
of his films are considered classics, including Bonnie and
Clyde, Shampoo, Reds, Heaven Can
Wait, Dick Tracy, Bugsy,
Bulworth, Splendor in the Grass, All Fall Down,
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and The Parallax View. Only Beatty
and Orson Welles have been nominated for an Academy Award as an
actor, a director, a writer, and a producer for the same film – a
feat Beatty achieved twice. Beatty has been nominated fifteen
times in these categories and eight pictures he has produced have
earned 53 nominations.
Politically active since the 1960s, Beatty campaigned with Robert
Kennedy in 1968. That same year he traveled the U.S. speaking in
favor of gun control and against the war in Vietnam. He was a
founding board member of the Center for National Policy and of
The Progressive Majority, a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, and has participated in the World Economic Forum. He
has addressed campaign finance reform, the increasing disparity
of wealth, and universal health care.
Academy Award, Best Director for “Reds”
Irving G. Thalberg Award
Kennedy Center Honors
American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award
Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press
Ray Eames was born and raised in Sacramento, CA; both Charles and
Ray lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA from 1941
Among the most important American designers of the 20th century,
Charles and Ray Eames made groundbreaking contributions to
architecture, furniture design, industrial design and
manufacturing, toys and the photographic arts.
Artist Bernice “Ray” Kaiser and architect Charles Eames merged
their lives and careers in 1941. Using new materials in
innovative ways, they produced influential and enduring
designs. During WWII they designed and successfully
proposed to the Navy the production of molded plywood splints and
stretchers to better serve the wounded. After the war, they
returned to their design of furniture; the resulting molded
plywood chair was called “the design of the century” by Time
Magazine in their Millennium Issue. In the 1950s, the Eameses
continued their work in architecture and modern furniture design,
and pioneered innovative technologies, such as the plastic resin
and wire mesh chairs designed for Herman Miller.
Their groundbreaking Eames House is a milestone of modern
architecture and National Historic Landmark. Their film
Powers of Ten is on the National Film Register — and continues
to be used in schools. Their exhibit Mathematica is still
considered a model for science exhibits and has been on
continuous display for over 50 years. Most of their furniture
designs remain in production today.
U.S. Postal Service stamps
Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal
Raised in Stockton, CA; has lived and worked in California ever
One of the most famous Latinas in the Unites States, Dolores
Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights
movement as a community organizer and social activist for over 50
years. She is perhaps most widely known as co-founder of the
United Farm Workers (UFW).
A staunch advocate for women’s rights and reproductive freedom,
Huerta is a founding board member of the Feminist Majority
Foundation and serves on the board of Ms. Magazine. She is a
former UC Regent and has earned nine honorary doctorates from
universities throughout the country. She frequently speaks at
universities and organizational forums on issues of social
justice and public policy. She continues working to develop
community leaders and advocating for the working poor,
immigrants, women and youth as President of the Dolores Huerta
Presidential Medal of Freedom
U. S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor
Smithsonian Institution – James Smithson Award
National Women’s Hall of Fame
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Roger Baldwin Medal of
The Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award
Nearly a century after his death, the man known as Ishi (meaning “man” in his native language) remains the most famous California Indian. In 1911, starving and in mourning, Ishi ventured into the town of Oroville in search of food. He became an overnight sensation, with newspaper headlines across the country trumpeting the discovery of the man they called the “last wild Indian.”
Up to that point, Ishi had spent his entire life in hiding with a few other surviving members of the Yahi People, most of whom had been wiped out in the preceding decades by disease, starvation and acts of genocide by white settlers. He would spend the rest of his years teaching the world about his culture. Given a home at the University of California’s anthropology museum, he adapted with grace to his new life, spending his days making arrowheads – which he often gave as gifts to museum visitors – or demonstrating fire-building and other Native traditions. The UC anthropologists learned much about the Yahi culture from him as he demonstrated tool-making and hunting and shared his ancestral stories and songs.
After coming into contact with tuberculosis, Ishi died in 1916. Ishi’s ashes were placed in a San Francisco-area cemetery, while his brain was separated and preserved, against his spiritual beliefs and traditions. In April 2000, Ishi’s brain, which had been sent to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC., and his remains were reunited and returned to his closest relations, members of the Redding Rancheria and Pit River tribes. His long-awaited traditional service in his homeland began the healing process for all his relations.
Played 14 seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, lives in the San
Francisco Bay Area
Widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time,
Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl
victories. Nicknamed “Joe Cool,” Montana exhibited grace under
pressure that translated to a remarkable 31 fourth quarter
come-from-behind wins in his career.
Montana passed for more than 300 yards in 39 games, including
seven in which he passed for over 400 yards. He won the NFL
passing title in 1987 and 1989, and his six 300-yard passing
performances in the post-season are an NFL record. He also holds
the career playoff record for attempts, completions, touchdowns,
and yards gained passing. In 1994 Montana became just the fifth
quarterback to pass for more than 40,000 yards in a career.
He led his team to the playoffs eleven times, captured nine
division championships and four Super Bowl victories. The only
player ever to win three Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors,
Montana also holds the record for most Super Bowl pass
Named All-NFL three times and All-NFC on five occasions, Montana
was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times, which was then a league
record for a quarterback.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
National Football League Most Valuable Player Award 1989 and
Sons of Jewish Polish immigrants, Warner brothers Harry (born
Hirsz, 1881 – 1958), Albert (born Abraham, 1884 – 1967), Sam
(born Schmuel, 1885-1927) and Jack (born Itzhak, 1892 –1978) got
their start in the new business of movies by opening a theater in
Pennsylvania in 1903. After a time, they moved into movie
production, with Sam and Jack moving to California to capitalize
on the burgeoning movie business there.
Profits from their first hit, My Four Years in Germany
(1918), helped the brothers purchase a studio in Hollywood. Sam
and Jack produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert handled
finance and distribution in New York City. In 1923, following the
studio’s successful film The Gold Diggers, Warner
Brothers, Inc. was officially established. Though it had the
popular German shepherd Rin Tin Tin as a star, the studio was in
dire straits by 1926 when the brothers decided to gamble on
In 1927, the first feature-length “talking picture,” The Jazz
Singer, broke box-office records, established Warner Bros.
as a major studio, and single-handedly launched the talkie
revolution. In 1929 the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences recognized Warner Bros. with a special Academy Award for
“revolutionizing the industry with sound.”
The studio’s successes included cartoons – the ever-popular Bugs
Bunny – and unforgettable movies such as Casablanca
(1942), the Dirty Harry films, and the Harry
Potter series. Today the company is a leader in the
entertainment industry. The company’s vast library consists of
more than 6,650 feature films, 50,000 television titles and
14,000 animated titles.