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The UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities is committed to serving the campus community, as well as the greater San Diego community, with programs that push boundaries, challenge expectations, and drive innovation. Our programs help others understand the human condition and improve the common good by targeting excellence and articulating the distinctiveness of the arts and humanities at UC San Diego.

Select Upcoming Events

OCTOBER 2017 - MAY 2018: The Holocaust Living History Workshop Events

MARCH 8, 2018: Literature department New Writing Series featuring Linor Goralik (with Ainsley Morse)

APRIL 5, 2018: The James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature Presents: Barbara Mittler with Feeling Matters: Gender Interactions and the Making of Cultural Memory in China’s Vernacular Media, 1900s-2000s

APRIL 19, 2018: The Institute for Practical Ethics presents Addressing the Practical Ethics of Today's Innovation, featuring special lecture "Can We, Should We, and Will We Bring Back Mammoths?"

Past Events

FEBRUARY 21, 2018Literature department New Writing Series featuring Cristy C. Road

JANUARY 24, 2018: Literature department New Writing Series featuring Mathias Svalina

DECEMBER 1, 2017 - Philosophy Lecture: "The Roads To and From the Paris Climate Agreement"

DECEMBER 6, 2017Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS)Showcase:  St. Francis de los Barrios

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - Philosophy Lecture: "Real-Life Newcomb Problems"

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 - Study of Religion Symposium: “Shakespeare and Religion”

OCTOBER 2, 2017 - November 16, 2017 - Arts & Humanities Month Undergraduate Student Contest

NOVEMBER 9, 2017 - Burke Lectureship: "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship" by Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 - The Annual Robert C. Elliot Lecture

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 - History Lecture: "Recovering Histories of Violence in the Borderlands"

NOVEMBER 7, 2017 - Study of Religion Lecture: “The Ethnopoetics of Shamanism”

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 - IAH Lecture: "Against the Deportation Terror"

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 - Study of Religion Lectures: “Climate Change and Religion”

OCTOBER 27, 2017 - Philosophy Lecture: "How to Beat Science and Influence People"

OCTOBER 25, 2017 - Philosophy Lecture: "Reconstructing a Lost Work of Ancient Greek Philosophy: Aristotle’s Dialogue the Protrepticus"

OCTOBER 17, 2017 - Film Studies Lecture: "Nir Bergman at UCSD"

Nir Bergman's lecture is co-sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities; the Division of Social Sciences; the Departments of Literature, Communication, Visual Arts; the Interdisciplinary Program in Film Studies; and ArtPower.

The October 11, 2017 event, "Like Shadows Walking," is cancelled due to speaker illness.OCTOBER 5, 2017 - IAH Lecture "The Crisis of Commemoration"

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017: "Realism and the Absence of Value" lecture by the Philosophy department.

June 10th, 2017

UC San Diego Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History Paul Pickowicz will host the annual Golden Chopsticks Film Gala and Awards, featuring short silent films written, directed, acted, scored and edited by his students to resemble 1930s-era Chinese movies. Film titles include: “Flower From Ashes 重生花,” “The Drifters 萍影恨,”Blooming, Blaming 花開花落” and This Life I Call Death 毒城.The event will be held at UC San Diego Atkinson Hall Auditorium (directions), June 10, 12 to 3 p.m. No registration is required. The event is co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Chinese Studies Program and Institute of Arts and Humanities, and GPS's 21st Century China Center. Questions? Contact Sam Tsoi

May 11 - 20th, 2017
Left to right: MFA actors Max Singer, Janet Fiki, Danielle E.B. Wineman, Nicole Javier & Brandon O'Sullivan in a scene from “(w)holeness.” Photo by Jim Carmody


The 2017 Wagner New Play Festival begins performances this week. This year's festival features five plays written by the MFA playwriting students.

STRANGE MEN by Will Snider, directed by Will Detlefsen 
In the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre from May 11th - 20th

BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA by Anna Moench,  directed by Jennifer Chang
In the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre from May 10th - May 19th

(w)holeness by Lily Padilla, directed by Dylan Key 
In the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre from May 9th - 19th

BABY TEETH by Ava Geyer, directed by Jon Reimer 
in the Arthur Wagner Theatre from May 12th - 20th

ARE YOU THERE? by Steph Del Rosso, directed by Zora Howard 
In the Arthur Wagner Theatre from May 12th - 20th

To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here.

MFA Playwright Will Snider and MFA Director Will Detlefsen discussed their production of Strange Men and this year's Wagner New Play Festival as a whole in a video which can be viewed here.

May 19, 2017

Rejuvenation Space: Supporting Black Educators in antiBlack Institutions 

Dr. Micia Mosely, founder and executive director of the Black Teacher Project (BTP), will share methods and learnings from creating Rejuvenation Spaces.  Based on the values of the Black Radical Tradition of self-love and of honoring the diversity of Blackness, rejuvenation spaces support collective well-being that lie outside of "professional" life for Black educators.  Programs include comedy nights, meditation, massage, hikes with yoga, study groups with waffles, Elder Wisdom, and more. Friday, May 19th, 3:30-5pm at Home Plate Sports Cafe at RIMAC Annex. 


May 4, 2017

UC San Diego Philosophy presents: "Death Squads and Death Lists: Targeted Killing and the Character of the State" with Professor Jeremy Waldron.  UCSD Faculty Club / Lecture & Q&A 5:30 - 7:00pm / Reception to Follow/ Open to the Public

May 3, 2017

The Burden of History – a Roundtable Discussion with Tal Golan, Judi Gottschalk, and Gershon Shafir
 In recent years, the experience of the so-called second generation has come under increasing scholarly scrutiny. What does it mean to be the child of parents who were persecuted and often singled out for extermination? In this roundtable discussion moderated by Joel Dimsdale, distinguished professor of psychiatry emeritus and author of Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, children of Holocaust survivors talk about their experience with transgenerational trauma. Tal Golan (Israel/USA), Judi Gottschalk (USA), and Gershon Shafir (Israel/USA) explore their personal experience as second-generation survivors and offer insight into their views on how the Holocaust has affected them and their family.   View Flyer.

Wed. May 3, 6:00 pm, UC San Diego Geisel Library (Seuss room) – all welcome – refreshments provided

Sponsored by the Holocaust Living History Workshop

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an education and outreach program supported by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. For more information contact the program coordinator at or 858-534-7661.

April 26, 2017

Arts & Humanities presents: Connecting with Alumni in a Variety of Industries.


The UC San Diego Career Center presents this opportunity to hear from Arts & Humanities alumni as they share their experience and answer questions about how their degree has come into play in the various industries they work in. A networking reception will follow the alumni panel talk.  

Alumni Speakers include: Jason Carbone (CEO and Founder of Good Clean Fun), Allie Moreno (Poet and Writer) and Matthew Tay (Martial Arts Instructor).

Location: Career Services Center: Horizon Room (MAPCareer Services Center

Campus Partners: The Division of Arts and Humanities and UC San Diego Career Center.

 RSVP on Eventbrite.

April 13, 2017

Former Provost of Revelle College to Present Literature's Alumni Lecture.

Department of Literature Professor Emeritus Don Wayne, who served as provost of Revelle College, encourages humanists and other professionals to critically think about institutional protocols and privilege. He’ll present a thought-provoking talk called, “Historical and Formal Aspects of Professional Culture and the [Sometime] Failures of Liberal Elites: The Case of the Humanities,” Thursday, April 13, 4 p.m., in the Literature Building, Room 155.

March 15, 2017


Raise the Umbrellas: A Film on Hong Kong's Democracy Movement 

Acclaimed filmmaker Evans Chan 陳耀成 screens and comments on his documentary “Raise the Umbrellas,” its first full-length preview on the West Coast. Watch the trailer here.

The film explores the origin and impact of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations through the intergenerational lenses of three post-Tiananmen democratic activists alongside other cultural and social characters in the movements and pro-Beijing counter voices. Comprehensive and intimate, driven by stirring footage of a mega-metropolis riven by protest, the film lays bare the sheer political risk for post-colonial Hong Kong’s universal-suffragist ambitions that reverberates across Greater China and democratic movements around the world.


  • 4:30 p.m. Doors Open
  • 5 p.m. Film Screening (Cantonese with English/Chinese subtitles)
  • 7 p.m. Conversation and Q&A

This event is sponsored by UC San Diego Department of Literature. It is co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Department of History and Institute of Arts and Humanities, and GPS's 21st Century China Center.

The event will take place in the UC San Diego Price Center Theater (directions). 

Questions? Contact Samuel Tsoi.


February 22, 2017

Seth Lerer -

Seth Lerer - "Tradition"

Distinguished Professor of Literature and former dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Seth Lerer will speak Feb. 22 at Warwick’s in downtown La Jolla, where he will present his perspective on tradition in the literary imagination. Lerer will question how we can have an un-ironic, affective relationship to the literary past in an age of historical self-consciousness, critical distance and shifts in cultural literacy. Seating is limited and must be reserved by calling the bookstore: 858-454-0347.


February 21, 2017

Feb 21 Event: Parallels between Japanese Internment and Muslim ban?

The Institute of Arts and Humanities’ Feb. 21 Challenging Conversations event, “From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban” drew more than 240 people including students, faculty from across divisions and community members. All were engaged and many contributed to the lively discussion. UC San Diego Department of History professors Simeon Man and Michael Provence shared their insights during the KPBS Midday Edition before the event. They also wrote an Op-Ed that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune.

January 19 - February 17, 2017

Harold Cohen


Harold Cohen, Creating Computational Creativity

January 19 - February 17, 2017

Harold Cohen, Creating Computational Creativity honors the memory of Professor Emeritus Harold Cohen, a pioneer in computing and the arts. Cohen, who passed away in 2016, taught at UC San Diego from 1968 until his retirement in 1994. The exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Cohen's contributions to computing and surveys over 40 years in the development of AARON, from its inception in the early 1970s to its most recent iteration in the 2000s. Read more...

Visual Arts Department presents an exhibition on a pioneer in computing at the arts in two locations:

University Art Gallery (UAG) at Mandeville Center & 
Visual Arts Gallery at the Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME)


January 19 - February 17, 2017

Reception, Thursday, January 19, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

UAG gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00 - 4:00 pm

Visual Arts Gallery, SME:
January 26 - February 17, 2017
Reception, Thursday, January 26, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Visual Arts Gallery, SME hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 2:30 - 6:00 pm



January 17, 2017

From Slow Violence to Slow Food

From Slow Violence to Slow Food: Piedmont's Stories of Landscape, Resistance, and Liberation

January 17th, 5:00 - 7:00pm | Atkinson Hall Auditorium

Guest speaker: Dr. Serenella Iovino, University of Turin

Join us for the untold stories of Italy's landscapes and “ecological bodies”; stories with revelatory power, telling of resistance, transformation and redemption. Event sponsored as part of the Environments in Motion Series.

View the flyer



January 11, 2017

From Books-Internet to TV-Internet

From Books-Internet to TV-Internet: What does the demise of text and hypertext mean for the future of the internet and its early promises?

January 11th, 6:30 - 8:00pm | Literature Building, Room 155

Guest speaker: Hossein Derakhshan, Canadian-Iranian author, media analyst and performance artist

Join us for a unique discussion of text, technology and the future of the internet. Sponsored by The Institute of Arts & Humanities and the Literature Department.

View the flyer

Through December 2, 2016

Angela Washko 

gallery@calit2 and Visual Arts present Performing in Public (Four Years of Ephemeral Actions in World of Warcraft)

Guest performer: Angela Washko, artist
Host: Ricardo Dominguez

Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m. - Talk; 6:00 p.m.- Reception
Calit2 Auditorium and gallery@calit2

Artist and UC San Diego alumna Angela Washko (MFA Visual Art '15) is featured in a solo exhibition thatpresents the broad array of actions she created in WoW for the first time as a large body of work. Although individual works from Washko's experiments in World of Warcraft have been presented at venues, this is the first time that Washko's performative interventions in WoW will be shown in their entirety. Read more

November 7th, 2016

Third Worlds of America: Poverty in San Diego

Third World Studies Program presents: The Third Worlds of America: Poverty in San Diego

November 7th, 2:00 - 3:30pm in The Great Hall at I-House

Guest speaker: Babak Rahimi

Join us for a short documentary and discussion around the critical issues of poverty directly affecting our local San Diego community.

Refreshments will be served.


November 3rd - December 3rd, 2016

Chroma Postcard - front

UCSD Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni are featured in "Chroma," an exhibition curated by Farshid Bazmandegan, UCSD Visual Arts department. 

Reception: November 3rd from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. A&H Dean's Office (Literature Building, Room 410).

Musical performance by Hesam Abedini and Niloufar Shiri

Featuring Work by UC San Diego’s Artists:
Farshid Bazmandegan
Brian Cross
Sheena Ghanbari
Atra Givarkes
Mathieu Gregoire
Audrey Hope
Adriene Hughes
Tad Linfesty
Rubén Ortiz-Torres
Joshua Saunders
Carla Wilson
Click here to view the exhibition catalog.

November 1st, 2016


"UC San Diego China Partnerships: Looking Back, Looking Forward" is the subject of a Nov. 1, 5:00 p.m. film showing and lecture by Distinguished Professor of History Paul Pickowicz, at the Geisel Library's Seuss Room. The short film follows UC San Diego's inaugural visit to China in 1979, just months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. After the screening, members of the 1979 delegation will share memories from the trip, followed by a look at the university's recent collaborations with Chinese universities. RSVP:

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