The Center for Humanities, established in 2008, is designed around interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. The Center seeks to recreate the Renaissance integration of multiple approaches to knowledge, encompassing the humanities, arts and qualitative social sciences. Theses areas of academic study share a concern with the ways in which human beings conceive, express, and enact their situations in and relations to societies, both local and, increasingly, global.
The Center for Humanities provides spaces for discussion, conversation, and the extended pursuit of ideas. The shared concerns of various disciplines can be explored in ways that enrich research. By providing a context to challenge the self-validating paradigms of individual disciplines, the Center supports the divergent thinking that is the source of creative scholarship. In addition, we seek to make the significance of the enduring questions addressed by the humanities and arts more visible for both the campus and the community.
The Center is part of the University of California Humanities Network, which incorporates the UC Society of Fellows in the Humanities, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the UC Consortium of Humanities Centers.