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Message from the Director

I am honored to be the director of the new Humanities Center and am grateful for Julia Lupton’s exemplary intellectual leadership and generosity. The HC will continue its work of supporting faculty and graduate research and professional development, fostering interdisciplinary intellectual synergies, and engaging in outreach to the broader public.  In addition, the HC seeks to showcase humanities scholarship in helping us address pressing concerns of our time. After all, for the Humanities, the entire world is our laboratory.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, a year that overlaps with the 2020 census, the presidential election, and the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage, the Humanities Center will investigate the theme of Borders & Belonging. The contemporary political headlines signal a crisis in U.S. society and beyond regarding a desire to strengthen political and cultural borders and to demarcate who deserves belonging and human rights within nation-states. Please join us to consider how understandings of history, culture, and ethics, as well as science and technology, can help us respond to these pressing concerns regarding insiders and outsiders in an increasingly globalized world.

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Director, UCI Humanities Center

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"Centering the human experience: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu to lead UCI Humanities Center"