2016 News

News from Fall 2016


The Chronicle of Higher EducationStatistics suggest "Humanities majors are much more likely to end up in jobs that are essential to society," according to Norman M. Bradburn and Robert B. Townsend, principal investigators at the Humanities Indicators and authors of the article in the Dec. 2 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education Opinion "Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities." The article uses statistical findings to make a case for the humanities, and challenge preconceptions that humanities students risk economic struggle.



UC San Diego’s IAH, CaliBaja Center Hosts Art Sale to Support Latina/o Students  

The Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) and the CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems hosted their first scholarship fundraiser for UC San Diego Latina/o students, The “Exhibit and Sale of Mexican Fine Art and Folk Art” took place on Nov. 19 raising money in support of student scholarships.


Mark Hanna Receives John Ben Snow Book Prize 

IAH Associate Director, Mark Hanna, recently received the prestigious John Ben Snow Book Prize for best book on British Studies before 1800 from North American Conference on British Studies for his book Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (UNC Press, 2015). Pirate Nests previously won the prestigious Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians, given to the author of the best first scholarly book dealing with some aspect of American history as a well as the John Lyman Book Award, Honorable Mention, for U.S. Maritime History from The North American Society of Oceanic History. 


UC San Diego’s new Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) makes its public debut this fall with a series of events that explore issues of race, culture and social justice. The campus events, one which took place Oct. 18 and the other occurring Oct. 25 and 27, spur thought-provoking exchanges about urgent issues faced by American cities, including San Diego. The programs also tackle ideas at the core of the institute—bringing together diverse UC San Diego programs in a shared mission.


Luis Alvarez and Mark Hanna would like to welcome faculty, graduate students, and staff to a celebration of the inauguration of the UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities on Thursday, October 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 in the Faculty Club’s newly refurbished lounge. This event is cosponsored by Geisel Library. This event will also be a book launch for faculty and staff from the Division of Arts and Humanities and Geisel Library who have published over the past two years. Please bring a copy of your book for display on the table. A sign-up sheet will be available to request the Bookstore to carry your book/s. Light refreshments will be provided. The event will be followed by the first Happy Hour held in the Faculty Club’s new lounge.


Oct. 18: Challenging Conversations: Race and State Violence with UCLA's Gaye Theresa Johnson and Brown University's Jordan Camp Dolores Huerta and Philip Vera Cruz Room UC San Diego Student Center Light refreshments Admission FREE


Oct. 27: Community, Arts, and Resistance with Adrian Arancibia, a founder of the Taco Shop Poets UC San Diego Thurgood Marshall College Room Price Center West Issues of race, culture, and social justice lead the agenda as UC San Diego's Institute of Arts & Humanities (IAH) opens its inaugural year with the lecture series "Challenging Conversations: Race and State Violence" (Oct. 18) along with the community engagement series "Community, Arts, and Resistance" (Oct. 27).


The Institute of Arts and Humanities is expanding its reach with two new programs: The Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts and Humanities (CLAH) Minor and the Third World Studies Program (TWS). CLAH is an interdisciplinary minor which provides a broad introduction to the histories and cultural artifacts produced by Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Through a coordinated course of study that draws upon course offerings in Theatre, Ethnic Studies, Communication, History, Literature and other departments, students will gain an understanding of this important segment of the U.S. population. TWS has three main objectives: to provide an understanding of the Third World and its relationships to the West; to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Third World and to provide an understanding of the shifting economic and political nature of countries designated as belonging to the "Third World," especially in light of the dramatic political and economic changes worldwide in the late 1980s and 1990s.


UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities Wins Its Largest Foundation Grant 

News from Spring and Summer 2016

The Division of Arts and Humanities has appointed the first new director and associate director—Luis Alvarez and Mark Hanna, respectively of the newly established Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH). Both are faculty members in the UC San Diego Department of History. They assume their new leadership posts July 1.


Literature Professor Dennis Childs is the winner of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015-2016. Department of History Professor David Gutierrez, chair of the DEI Graduation Requirement Committee, explained in his announcement letter that the award was given to acknowledge and honor efforts professors make to teach and support the courses that fulfill the graduation requirement for students. Childs won for this reason, plus his exemplary teaching and his commitment to educating students about the importance of understanding the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in our diverse and complex society.


 Learn more about our African American Studies minor program. Hear what students and faculty say!


The University of California, San Diego has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship grant—an award intended to assist humanities scholars in acquiring systematic training outside their areas of special interest—for the first time.


The University of California, San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities will be well-represented during the 42nd Annual Chancellor’s Associates’ Faculty Excellence Awards April 14, 6:00 p.m., at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine on campus.


 UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates recognize outstanding faculty, including three professors from the Division of Arts and Humanities.


Core faculty member of the Jewish Studies Program, Professor Tom Levy (Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands/Department of Anthropology: Archaeology of Israel) will be honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), March 21–23, at UC Davis.


Distinguished Professor of Literature Seth Lerer gave the 2016 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts, March 31, 2016, at Penn State University. The topic of his address was "Children's Literature and the Art of the Book."

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