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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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ARIVU is a soulful composer, versatile song writer, fierce rapper and an energetic performer all fused into one package. He is best-known for his...

10/7 8pm
Strawberry Picker Film Screening

Strawberry Picker is a short documentary depicting the life story of a little boy growing up in labor camps to become a world-class artist! A look at...

10/10 6pm
Plática with the authors of The Latinx Guide to Graduate School

Join us for a delightful conversation and book talk with Dr. Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales and Dr. Magdalena Barrera, authors of The Latinx Guide to Graduate...

10/13 10am
headshot of Prof. Natalia Molina

Natalia Molina, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Dean's Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of...

10/23 4pm
Morton Marcus Poetry Reading with Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Please join us for the 14th annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading, featuring honored guest Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Poet Gary Young will host the...

11/2 6pm

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