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The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz is a hub for academic research, cross-discipline collaboration, and public engagement. We incubate ideas and foster innovation by funding projects, centers, and research clusters that enable faculty and students to work on some of the biggest problems of our day.

The Institute is a source, resource, and force for Humanities-based inquiry and engagement with world events. We’re passionate about expanding the field of Humanities scholarship with digital tools and an interdisciplinary focus. And we believe strongly that the core subjects of the Humanities—philosophy, history, language and literature—should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re committed to engaging with the broadest community possible—from first-generation undergraduate students, to local residents, to anyone interested in compelling ideas and making sense of this increasingly complex world.

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Upcoming Events

Era of Gold, Era of Empire: In the World of Ramses ‘the Great’

The Bay Area’s De Young Museum is one of the stops on the US tour of the spectacular Egyptian art show ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,’ on...

10/2 4pm
Intellectual Property Wars: The Battle for Access to Medicines – Tahir Amin

The globalization of intellectual property in the 1980s has coincided with some of the deadliest pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks, from HIV, hepatitis C,...

10/18 7pm
RCA 30th Anniversary Celebration: Sharing Futures, Speaking Truths

Join us as we celebrate the renaming of the Research Center for the Americas in honor of civil rights & feminist icon Dolores Huerta. Huerta, the...

10/20 5pm
From Levi to Dante: Redefining Humanity from the Margins

Join us for the final event of From Levi to Dante: Redefining Humanity from the Margins, featuring Professor Robert Gordon (University of Cambridge) and...

10/24 6pm
Bettina Aptheker, Communists in Closets

The Humanities Institute and Bookshop Santa Cruz welcome Bettina Aptheker, UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita, for a discussion about her new...

10/25 7pm

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