“From Silicon Valley to the Pentagon, people are beginning to realize that to effectively tackle today’s biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context—something humanities graduates happen to be well trained to do.” - JM Olejarz in Harvard Business Review

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

The Institute of Arts and Humanities 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 Institute of Arts and Humanities, 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; 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 Institute of Arts and Humanities 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 14 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 Institute of Arts and Humanities community. 

All of us at the Institute of Arts and Humanities 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 Institute of Arts and Humanities with you.

With best wishes,

Luis Alvarez

Director, Institute of Arts and Humanities


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Sailing the San Salvador

Professor Mark Hanna, Associate Director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities takes his colloquium "A History of Seafaring in the Age of Sail" out to sea on the San Salvador. This is a replica of the first ship to sail into San Diego harbor in 1542 captained by Juan Cabrillo. Sponsored by the Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) at UC San Diego.