Spotlights from 2020
Sickness does not discriminate. Why should healthcare?
Watch the video conversations with
Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Director and Producer
Héctor Plascencia (they/them), a co-founder of the Health4All campaign
Emma, an organizer with the Pilipino Workers Center and the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Wednesday, June 10, 4-5 p.m., Register for Zoom Link
Join us for a conversation to reflect on anti-Black systemic racism and what we can do in the UCI School of Humanities to address these issues. This event is inspired by calls for white and non-Black people to step up and do the work to eradicate anti-Black racism.
This week for Good Reads for Sheltering in Place, Richard M. Cho recommends one of the best sports books as the German soccer league, Bundesliga, begins to live stream games without audiences.
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
In a time where anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander rhetoric is abundant, our panelists discuss their tactics and explore how we can work together to stand up against hate.Click here for more information
Aditi Mayer, who graduated from UCI in 2019 with degrees in Literary Journalism and International Studies, was recently featured in The Guardian on coronavirus and fashion. Here's an extended version of her comments with a focus on Los Angeles garment workers:
"Coronavirus is exposing the cracks in our system...."
Did you know? There is a disproportionate rate of Pacific Islanders affected by COVID-19 in Orange County & Los Angeles. Learn how to address the specific needs of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in social services.Click here for more information
All instructors in the School of Humanities (faculty, lecturers, and graduate students) are invited to share challenges and best practices regarding remote teaching. The convocation provides an opportunity to consider how to best serve students and share strategies for success.
RSVP by May 15
Feedback requested by May 13 to help structure our discussion
Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 3:00 PM
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South Korea has proven itself as a model in its response to COVID-19. As a site of early spread before the pandemic reached global proportions, Korea quickly put in place systematic measures for effectively containing the virus such as: test kits, testing sites, and contact tracing network.
Richard M. Cho recommends another "Good Read for Sheltering in Place"
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
by Cho Nam-Joo
Please join us to learn how COVID-19 is disrupting the daily lives of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Southern California, from access to social services for unemployment housing, and health, to fears about public charge.
Panel moderated by Prof. Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
May 13 (Wednesday), 6-7 p.m. on facebook livestream
In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Humanities Center is co-sponsoring a series of conversations to explore disparities and racism affecting the AAPI communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.
The series kicks off on May 8 11:30-12:30
"History in the Making during a Time of Pandemic"
This month, Richard M. Cho, research librarian for Humanities and Literature at UC Irvine and contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, recommends some of his favorite books. The readings are available digitally through the UCI Libraries, too!
His first recommendation: Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
Visual Studies graduate student Ella Turenne shares how artists heal the soul.Click here for more information
How can the humanities provide comfort, meaning, and a sense of connection in the midst of loss and upheaval?
Every week, starting April 22, 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
UCI's Professor Jane Newman will lead the session on April 29
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
Prof. John H. Smith (Department of European Languages and Studies, UCI), together with collaborators Prof. Clark Muenzer (Department of German, Pittsburgh University) and Prof. Bryan Klausmeyer (Department of German, Virginia Tech University), has been awarded $20,000 as a School of Humanities Digital Scholarly Projects Planning & Proof-of-Concept Grant for a Goethe project.Click here for more information
CLICK IMAGE to view video of April 15 event on how racial inequality, and racial, gender, and sexual violence—in forms both slow and spectacular—have not only persisted through the coronavirus pandemic, but also become even more apparent.Click here for more information
The Climate Futures Collective (CFC) invites you to join our virtual study group meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd at 3:00 PM, which will be conducted via Zoom in sensitivity to COVID-19 concerns and social distancing protocol.
Please email CFC at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate and we will provide you with the Zoom session link.
Professor Anke Biendarra offers her reflections on COVID-19.
As a cultural hybrid living in-between two cultures and languages and as a scholar focusing on the literature and culture of contemporary Germany and Europe, I have been reading daily about the ways in which European countries are approaching the Coronavirus pandemic....
Philosophy graduate student, Rena Goldstein, shares how she spent Seder this Passover, asking "Why is this night different from all other nights?"
My family gatherings occur at different times of the year from what is normative in the U.S. We meet on Rosh Hashana (in the Fall) and Passover (in the Spring), as opposed to Christmas and Easter....
Photo taken by Silvi Goldstein.
A common view in political philosophy takes society to be a system of cooperation between people, government, and the institutions that connect them. As someone living in California, news of COVID-19's spread has rapidly become more personal...Click here for more information
How has the coronavirus affected you? Chances are, you are not infected. But like most of us at UCI and at other universities worldwide, you may be living and working in a different space: a place outside of the university campus and graduate housing. For example, I have had to move back home with my parents.Click here for more information
As of Tuesday, April 7, the census response rate for UCI is 44.2%, which is lower than the national average (45.1%) and the County of Orange (51.1%).
Help us achieve a complete count at UCI!
Looking for teaching tools to educate your students, community members, and family about the census?
Click to access powerpoints, a census game, and videos
Meet Clare Bettencourt, a Ph.D. candidate in History and the 2019-2020 facilitator for the School of Humanities Graduate Learning Communities.Click here for more information
As Women's History Month comes to an end, we still have the opportunity to learn about amazing women in history. From March 4 through August 26, 2020 (look it up), UNLADYLIKE2020 will be releasing 26 short films and a broadcast hour on PBS American Masters profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.Click here for more information
History Professor Andrew Highsmith explains why.
April 1 is Census Day! To complete the census, go to my2020census.gov
To learn more, see our Census 2020 site under the Pedagogy Resources drop-down menu. There's a powerpoint that you can easily use to inform your students.
Learn why the Census Matters
Help our Students and Communities Achieve a Complete Count!
March 31, 2020 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
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It is the start of spring, a time for renewal and rebirth. Even in the midst of pandemic and physical distancing, I hope you are finding and giving support to one another.
The UCI Humanities Center is continuing our mission of sparking knowledge, fostering community, and inspiring conversations that matter. Please join us virtually this spring. There is much for us to learn together!
The census only takes place every 10 years, and the results really matter. They shape political apportionment and distribution of government resources. The data also is used by scholars to understand our society and by community leaders to identify pressing issues that need to be addressed. There's only 9 questions, and you can complete it online:
Help UCI achieve a complete count!
Feeling anxious? Having difficulty concentrating? Seeking support for your research?
Please join us for graduate student and faculty/lecturer writing groups this spring.
Inspired by Barbara Sarnecka's The Writing Workshop, we are continuing our writings groups virtually.
UCI's Comparative Literature doctoral student, Shiqi Lin, is a co-organizer and key-speaker for a virtual pop-up session this Thursday, 4 p.m.Click here for more information
Oftentimes the Asia region is overrepresented and overshadowed by the region's two largest polities, India and China, given their size and influence. But Southeast Asia – a region made up of eleven nation states with a total population of approximately 650 million inhabitants – is vibrant and complex due to its racial makeup, and ecological and urban diversity.Click here for more information
The Center for Legal Philosophy aims to encourage and expand the collaborative work of UC Irvine scholars who scrutinize legal practice through the interpretive lenses of the humanities, particularly that of philosophy. A related aim is to expand the profile of UCI in the dynamic and growing field of jurisprudence, as legal philosophy or critical legal theory are often called.Click here for more information
The Center for Asian Studies was established to enhance the study of the many countries and cultures of Asia at the University of California, Irvine and to provide a forum for discussions across geographic and disciplinary boundaries both within UCI and in the larger community.Click here for more information
Meet Kristina Horn, first year Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies and a member of the Humanities Center Graduate Liaison Network!Click here for more information
Borders & Belonging co-sponsors a reading by Javier Zamora, scheduled for Feb. 26, 3-4, at SSPA 1100 (Social Science Plaza A 1100). His first full-length collection, Unaccompanied, explores how immigration and civil war impacted his family. He lives in Harlem, New York, where he's working on a memoir and second collection of poems, focused on the immigration crisis.Click here for more information
Helen Zia is an award-winning author, journalist, and activist. Her most recent book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, explores the exodus from China's richest, most modern and westernized city. Her book is on Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Cove Auditorium. Please rsvp for free tickets.Click here for more information
Writer Carlos Bulosan joined the over 100,000 Filipinx who travelled to Hawai'i and the U.S. continent due to U.S. colonization of the Philippines. His autobiographical novel America Is in the Heart (1946), is considered a classic and still widely taught and read today. This program on Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., will honor Bulosan's literary activism, and will feature readings and reflections.Click here for more information
Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m., HG 1010
This event marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Jasmina Tesanovic's war diaries from her time in Belgrade, Diary of a Political Idiot. In light of this anniversary, the panel reflects on what has and has not changed regarding violence linked to ethnic divides in the Balkans and around the world.
Join us for lunch and stimulating conversation!
Susan Masten, Yurok Tribe and Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations
Melissa Ramoso, UCI Alumna, Artesia City Council Member, and State Chair of API Caucus of California Democratic Party
Kaaryn Gustafson, UCI Professor of Law and Associate Dean
Feb. 18, 11:30 lunch in HG 1010, noon roundtable in HG 1030
Please join us on Friday, February 14, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm in UC Irvine, Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium for a talk titled "The Dying of Democracy Everywhere: The U.S., Iran, and the Middle East" by Dr. Cornel West.Click here for more information
The New Swan Shakespeare Center is a Specialized Research Program supported by the Office of Research and working closely with the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The New Swan Shakespeare Center is partnered with New Swan Shakespeare Festival, UCI's annual summer festival, and sponsors year-round academic and public programming focused on Shakespeare.Click here for more information
Join us on Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m., Claire Trevor Theater for a multimedia solo performance that tells an emotional and compelling story about a Cambodian-American woman and her exploration of her connection to her family, her legacy, and the country of her father. Check out the related exhibition: Music Letters Home, open special hours until 7 p.m., on 2/13 OC & Southeast Asian Archive.Click here for more information
Our winter quarter "Conversations that Matter: Borders & Belonging" continues with a film screening on Tuesday, noon-1:30 in the Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority
RSVP by Feb. 11 for #UCIConversationsThatMatter Lunch and Roundtable on Feb. 18: bit.ly/MsPresident
Talk: Feb. 7, 5-6 p.m., HIB 135 (to kick-off the 2020 Forum for the Academy and the Public: The Future of the Future: The Ethics and Implications of AI)
Reading group on AI Ethics: February 3, 4:30-6:00 PM, HG 1341. Please RSVP for the reading group to Dr. Kavita Philip (email@example.com).
Borders & Belonging co-sponsors the Taking Space/Making Space Series
Border-Based Writing: A Bilingual Workshop (Feb 6, 12-2, HIB 137)
Lunch Provided (RSVP http://bit.ly/BorderWriting)
Lecture & Discussion by Itzel Aguilera (Documentary photographer) & Sylvia Aguilar Zeleny (Writer and Professor at UT, El Paso) (Feb. 6, 4-6:30, HG 1002)
February 6 (Thursday)
12-1 in HG 1341: Learn about opportunities at the National Humanities Center
4-5:30 in HG 1030: Talk, "The Humanities in a Time of Ecological and Constitutional Crisis"
Reception to follow in the Humanities Center; RSVP: bit.ly/HCNewman
How can music and the performing arts enable new ways to engage with the haunting of war, genocide, and displacement?
Music Letters Home - Exhibition Opening and Reception
Feb. 5, 2020, 6-8 p.m. Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive
Check out related performance on Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. Claire Trevor Theater
The 2020 Kirk Davis Jr. Public Shakespeare Lecture on Feb. 4 will feature director Tang Shu-Wing and members of his Hong Kong-based company performing scenes and sharing techniques from their internationally-acclaimed production of "Macbeth."
Also, join us for the Symposium on Sinophone Theater, February 3, 2:00-5:00pm, in HG 1010.
STAR seeks to facilitate new public engagements at the interface of science, race, and society, communicating esoteric historical and scientific critique in accessible terms to diverse global publics. STAR aspires to develop the graduate and undergraduate pedagogical dimension of the conversations. Click to learn more!Click here for more information
The Undercommons is a research cluster of graduate students committed to pushing at the boundaries of academic and research conventions. We work towards that goal by hosting workshops with faculty, sponsoring cultural excursions, providing peer-led professional and academic support for graduate students.Click here for more information
2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. But, what is the difference between having the legal right to suffrage (for some women) and the actual practice of political power? Our winter quarter "Conversations that Matter: Borders & Belonging" series kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 28!Click here for more information
The Climate Futures Collective (CFC) is a study group at UCI focusing on texts critically engaging with topics ranging from decolonization and Indigenous sovereignties to racial capitalism, border policies, grassroots movements, and all their various intersections with global climate change. To learn more, please click!Click here for more information
The Intellectual Virtue research cluster is devoted to research on the nature, value, and applications of the intellectual virtues. The articulation of these virtues goes right back to antiquity. They pick out a particular kind of cognitive character trait that is especially valuable because of its importance to human flourishing. Interested in learning more?Click here for more information
Four Scholars will present work on the Maghreb at an afternoon symposium on the October 17, 1961, massacre of Algerians in Paris.
Friday, January 24, 2020
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | HIB 135
"Confinement in the United States: Deep Histories, Intersecting Oppressions"
January 24, 2020, 11-11:50
Social Sciences Hall 100
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 | 2:00-6:30 PM
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Plaza
Come out and find our table for Lunar New Year snacks and new information about the Humanities Center!
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Film Screening and Discussion of "Salt of the Earth" (1954) at the Autry Museum of the American West's Wells Fargo Theater with Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Department of Chicano-Latino Studies and History, University of California, Irvine on Jan. 18.Click here for more information
For more information, please contact Ashwin Bajaj (firstname.lastname@example.org)Click here for more information
Inspired by Barbara Sarnecka's The Writing Workshop, there will be two weekly writing groups affiliated with the Humanities Center this winter!Click here for more information
We are starting a new quarter and a new decade! Please join us for exciting programs:
The Borders & Belonging series (Can A Woman Be Elected President?)
The visit of Robert Newman (President of the National Humanities Center),
International Week and so much more!
Special thank you to Danilo Caputo, doctoral student in English, for serving as a Graduate Student Researcher for the Humanities Commons (now Humanities Center). Here's what he learned from this experience.Click here for more information
Meet Toni Hays, Doctoral Student in English and the Representative for Asian American Studies for the Humanities Center Graduate Liaison Network. Her essay, "Speculative Hybriscapes: Thinking Race Through Continental Arrangements," was awarded the 2019 Circle of Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS) Essay Prize, an award that recognizes the best paper on Asian American literature/culture.Click here for more information
Meet Charlie Gunn, graduate student in English, and a Digital Humanities eXchange graduate fellow, and find out!Click here for more information