The arts and humanities play a crucial role in preparing students for the challenges of citizenship at home and in our global society. More than ever, California, the nation, and the world need engaged and informed citizens who understand the languages, traditions, values, and histories of other cultures. Globalization and cultural diversity at home call for the knowledge and comparative methods of the humanities, which are essential to sustaining multicultural and multilingual societies and a strong democratic culture.

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A Blog of the Humanities and Fine Arts
November 15, 2017

Clarisa Guerrero

When I hear the term “ice breaker” I picture the Titanic’s engines at max capacity, steam...

November 6, 2017

Christian Perez

When I started college I was a third generation Mexican-American whose attachments to his...

October 26, 2017

Jamie Hu

On the third floor of the UCSB Library, I stop by a new exhibition put on by the Special...


Salim Yaqub

Professor of History

Cornell University Press


James F. Brooks

Professor of History and Anthropology

Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

W.W. Norton


Sherene Seikaly

Assistant Professor of History

Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

Stanford University Press


Paul Sonnino

Professor of History

The Search for the Man in the Iron Mask:  A Historical Detective Story

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


Cynthia Felando

Lecturer, Film and Media Studies

Discovering Short Films: The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts

Palgrave Macmillan


Suzanne Jill Levine

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Mindmade Books



Michael Douglas portrait

Michael Douglas

He received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968

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A heartfelt congratulations to Norma E. Cantu, Latina Scholar and author, on being awarded the...

UC Santa Barbara faculty and graduate students are invited to the opening reception of the...

Mark your calendar's for the UCSB's Department of Music 4th annual showcase "Montage!" Sunday,...