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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

Questions That Matter: "Data and Democracy"

Technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to information. As our society navigates shifting sources of news, targeted advertising, and...

1/29 7pm
An Evening with Madeleine Albright

Bookshop Santa Cruz presents an evening with Madeleine Albright, the United States' first female Secretary of State, who will speak about her book, Fascism:...

2/5 7pm
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical...

2/12 7pm
Jim Loeffler: “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy in Historical Perspective”

The Hellen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies Every year, we honor Helen Diller, whose generous endowment continues to provide crucial support...

2/20 6pm
Ifeoma C. Kiddoe Nwankwo: Translating America’s Symposium

“Translating America/America Translated” is a two-day faculty-graduate student symposium on new hemispheric geographies and languages in pre-20th-century...

2/22 3:30pm

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