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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Humanitas

A Blog of the Humanities and Fine Arts
June 13, 2016

Cindy Chan

 

When I first arrived at UCSB, I had absolutely no clue as to what my purpose would be. I just...

December 22, 2015

Trina Lazzara

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September 15, 2015

Trina Lazzara

Imagine for a moment that you are a male student walking into your first section this fall. You...

Bookshelf

James F. Brooks

Professor of History and Anthropology

Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

W.W. Norton

2016

Sherene Seikaly

Assistant Professor of History

Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

Stanford University Press

2016

Paul Sonnino

Professor of History

The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask:  A Historical Detective Story

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

2016

Cynthia Felando

Lecturer, Film and Media Studies

Discovering Short Films: The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts

Palgrave Macmillan

2015

Suzanne Jill Levine

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Tides

Mindmade Books

2015

Michael Berry

Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies

 Boiling the Sea: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Memories of Shadows and Light (Zhuhai shiguang: Hou Xiaoxian de guangyingjiyi)

Guangxi Normal University Press

2015

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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Why study the Arts & Humanities at UC Santa Barbara?

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Announcements

Thanks to a very generous donation by alumnus John Arhnhold (’75) and his wife Jody, UCSB’s...

The UCSB New Student Convocation is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 19, 2016, from...

Our fourth annual Breakfast with the Humanities will take place on Tuesday, September 20th, at 9...