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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

Samuel Torjman-Thomas

Samuel Torjman Thomas & ASEFA ASEFA (meaning “gathering”) is led by ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Torjman Thomas, Ph.D. Blending vocals,...

1/9/2020 6pm
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an award-winning author on race and inequality as well as Black politics and social movements in the United States. Her books...

1/23/2020 6pm
Questions That Matter: Reporting the Middle East

The Humanities Institute and the Center for Middle East and North Africa present: Questions That Matter: Reporting the Middle East and the Future of...

2/4/2020 6pm
Free Men Poster

Free Men (French: Les hommes libres) is a 2011 French film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi, which recounts the largely untold story about the role...

2/12/2020
AMITAV GHOSH: Unmuting the Brutes: Human and Non-human After the Collapse of ‘Civilization’

The Humanities Institute and the Center for Creative Ecologies present Beyond the End of the World Lecture Series AMITAV GHOSH Thursday, February 27, 2020...

2/27/2020 7pm

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THI Open House

11/14/2019

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