With 14 programs and one center operating within the IAH, plus the activities of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities—of which IAH is an integral part—there is always something happening! 

Shocker: Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy
A study released by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences challenges the myth of the underemployed, unhappy humanities graduate.

IAH Director Luis Alvarez on C-SPAN
IAH's Director Luis Alvarez gave a lecture on Zoots Suits and World War II during his Chicana/o History class. The lecture aired on C-SPAN in September 2017. 

IAH Associate Director Mark Hanna Featured on ‘This American Life’
The IAH Associate Director and Department of History’s pirate expert Mark Hanna was featured on a recent “This American Life” broadcast with Elna Baker and Ira Glass. Hanna lends historical context to the story of Stede Bonnet, a wealthy landowner from Barbados who abandoned customary family life to become a pirate, ultimately battling Blackbeard.


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News from Spring 2017

IAH Associate Director Mark Hanna in Time Magazine
Mark Hanna's submission to Time Magazine was featured in its "25 Moments That Changed America". Hanna discussed the importance of the U.S. Naval Fleet entering the First Barbary War. It was the first foreign conflict that brought together once disparate colonies into a united republic.

IAH Associate Director Mark Hanna Featured on ‘This American Life’
The IAH Associate Director and Department of History’s pirate expert Mark Hanna was featured on a recent “This American Life” broadcast with Elna Baker and Ira Glass. Hanna lends historical context to the story of Stede Bonnet, a wealthy landowner from Barbados who abandoned customary family life to become a pirate, ultimately battling Blackbeard.

Inside Higher Ed: Physician and Scientist Advocates for Arts and Humanities
March 20, 2017 | Physician-scientist turned college president, Raynard S. Kington, reminds us that while the sciences tell us what we are and how we are as individual humans and as a society; the arts and humanities tell us who we are. 

Luis Alvarez, director of IAH and Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts & Humanities speaks at UC San Diego & You alumni event in Silicon Valley
March 16, 2017 | Department of History associate professor, director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities, and director of Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts & Humanities Luis Alvarez spoke about his research at the recent UC San Diego & You alumni event in Silicon Valley, on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Alvarez presented on the history of race and social movements in California, as well as the successful launch of IAH in 2016-2017. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta also participated in the standing-room-only event. Alvarez was pictured with the Chancellor, as seen on the Chancellor’s Blog. Event Info | View event photos

News from Winter 2017

24 Senators Sign Letter Urging Trump to Keep the National Endowments for Arts and Humanities

A group of Democratic, Republican, and independent Senators has signed a letter urging the president not to cut federal funding to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. ( - Feb 22, 2017)

Mark Cuban: Don’t Go to College to Study Business. Study the Humanities

Humanities and liberal arts are the future according to Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and one of the “sharks” on television’s “Shark Tank” (ABC). Read why Cuban thinks so. Read Article.

From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten & Remembered

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. VIEW EVENT SLIDES: from Dr. Simeon Man and Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy

Read entire press release.

 Manuscript Forum Call for Applications

The Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH) invites applications for its first annual Manuscript Forum. The Forum offers support and feedback for UCSD faculty nearing completion of first or second book manuscripts that will feature in promotion to associate or full professor.  Applications are due February 20th, 2017Read more...

Professor Daisuke Miyao of the Literature Department contributes to BBC World Services "The Forum"

Listen to the BBC World Services’ “The Forum” interview featuring Department of Literature’s Daisuke Miyao. The professor’s expertise in Japanese film enhanced the scholarly discussion about “The Seven Samurai,” described as one of the most influential films of all times. Listen to the interview.

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."

News from Winter 2016

News from Fall and Winter 2015

Professor Tom Levy, Jewish Studies program affiliate from the Department of Anthropology, was one of four recipients out of 180 applicants to win a 2016 President’s Research Catalyst Award recently announced by University of California’s Janet Napolitano.

Making the case for the arts and humanities: New UCSD dean Cristina Della Coletta sees arts and humanities as the bedrock of an education

Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, Paul Pickowicz, is honored with the Humboldt Research Award

UC San Diego Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities

UC San Diego Composer Lei Liang Receives Koussevitzky Commission Grant

UC San Diego History Students Seize Rare Opportunity to View Chinese Records