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  • Attendees mingle after February 2017 event "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban"

    Attendees mingle after February 2017 event "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban"

  • A panel at Palimpsests 2016: The Philippines and the Filipinos

    A panel of speakers at Palimpsests 2016: The Philippines and the Filipinos

  • Attendees file in for February 2017 event "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban"

    Attendees file in for February 2017 event "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban"

  • Students at a local community college outreach fair

    Students at a local community college outreach fair

  • Local activist, author, poet and professor Adrian Arancibia shares his perspective in a packed lecture room

    Local activist, author, poet and professor Adrian Arancibia shares his perspective in a packed lecture room

  • An attentive audience at the lecture 'Challenging Conversations: Race and State Violence'

    An attentive audience at the lecture 'Challenging Conversations: Race and State Violence'

  • Greenery surrounds the Humanities and Social Sciences Building

    Greenery surrounds the Humanities and Social Sciences Building

I think the perception of there being a deep gulf between science and the humanities is false —Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist

Welcome to the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) at UC San Diego! 

In its inaugural year of 2016-2017, the IAH encourages interdisciplinary research, teaching and public dialogue in the Arts and Humanities. Encompassing a broad range of methods, approaches and themes—underscoring the centrality of core arts and humanities disciplines—we generate and support projects that help equip students, faculty and the wider public with the creativity, empathy and analysis for imagining and practicing a collaborative and more equitable human experience. We bring diverse thinkers and communities together to share insights, produce new findings and address the challenges we all face on our campus and in our world. 

At the IAH, we engage in conversations about the arts and humanities across borders of time, place, culture and discipline. We are especially committed to issues concerning social equity, diversity and inclusion; the hemispheric and global arts and humanities; public arts and humanities and digital arts and humanities.  Through these wide-ranging and cross-cutting themes, we view the arts and humanities as a vibrant collection of different fields—including the humanistic social sciences and STEM fields—that interrogate the humanistic enterprise from complimentary and sometimes disorienting perspectives. The IAH thus values difference, cultivates exchange and prioritizes transformative ways of thinking and working together.

We offer exciting programs for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the broader university and San Diego communities. From our 16 undergraduate, graduate and research programs and centers in area, ethnic and language studies, to our many faculty-driven research clusters and workshops, to our on-going projects in the public and digital humanities, we offer multiple ways to participate in our dialogue. We warmly invite you to be a part of our IAH community. Please peruse our website to learn more about who and what we are; share with us your own ideas for collaboration; join our mailing list so you can add our events to your calendar and, of course, visit us soon! 

All of us at the IAH are thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary collection of people, programs and discussions about the power of the arts and humanities to enrich our lives. We look forward to growing and developing the IAH with you.

With best wishes,

Luis Alvarez

Director, Institute of Arts and Humanities