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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A Blog of the Humanities and Fine Arts
September 15, 2015

Trina Lazzara

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

July 21, 2015

Trina Lazzara

The role of technology in our lives is always a relevant topic in this changing world, and for...

June 12, 2015

Cindy Chan

Can you imagine a form of media that denies a boundary between text, art, and song?



James F. Brooks

Professor of History and Anthropology

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

W.W. Norton & Company, Inc


Sherene Seikaly

Assistant Professor of History

Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

Stanford University Press


Paul Sonnino

Professor of History

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

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


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 (China)



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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The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy will host a two-day conference, "Beyond...

As part of Welcome Week, faculty members will present a panel on foreign language study options...

The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts will host its third annual Breakfast with the...