The arts and humanities play a crucial role in preparing students for the challenges of citizenship at home and in our global society. More than ever, California, the nation, and the world need engaged and informed citizens who understand the languages, traditions, values, and histories of other cultures. Globalization and cultural diversity at home call for the knowledge and comparative methods of the humanities, which are essential to sustaining multicultural and multilingual societies and a strong democratic culture.

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Ann Jensen Adams

Professor of Art History

Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland

Cambridge Press

2014

Maurizia Boscagli

Professor of English

Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism

Bloomsbury/Continuum Press

2014

Ninotchka Devorah Bennahum

Associate Professor of Theater and Dance

Carmen, A Gypsy Geography

Wesleyan University Press

2013

Candace Waid

Professor of English

The Signifying Eye: Seeing Faulkner's Art

University of Georgia Press

2013

David Paul

Assistant Professor of Music

Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer

University of Illinois Press

2013

Alumni

Michael Douglas portrait

Michael Douglas

He received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968

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