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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.

Upcoming Events

Colson Whitehead Reading: The Nickel Boys

Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Humanities Institute present Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Colson Whitehead for a reading of The Nickel...

9/19 7pm
An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell - Talking to Strangers

The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz, are delighted to present an evening with Malcolm Gladwell for the...

9/21 7pm
Funny & Peculiar: Santa Cruz Writers on Keeping it Weird

It’s 2019 and it seems like things couldn’t get any stranger. What better time to mine the oddities of life with noted writers Elizabeth McKenzie (Merrill...

10/15 7pm
Against Orthodoxies: Working with Hayden White

On Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019, UC Santa Cruz will hold a conference to honor the late Hayden White. The event is conceived as an invitation...

11/1 1pm
Against Orthodoxies: Working with Hayden White

On Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019, UC Santa Cruz will hold a conference to honor the late Hayden White. The event is conceived as an invitation...

11/2 9am

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