Questions That Matter

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    Questions That Matter is a public humanities series developed by the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) and the community of Santa Cruz. It puts scholars in conversation with community members and students to explore questions that matter to everyone. The series is a part of a strategic initiative of the IHR to champion the role and value of the humanities in contemporary life. The series is designed as a lecture and conversation, with a substantial focus on participation, questions and answers. The IHR works in partnership with Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center to produce this public event series.

    Over the past few years, the IHR has hosted a series of cross-disciplinary, humanities grounded conversations in downtown Santa Cruz about “Questions That Matter.” This format has proven extraordinarily successful as a means of public engagement. The university has now received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to develop and launch a series of “Questions That Matter” themed undergraduate courses, taught by Graduate Student Instructors working with faculty mentors and offered through UC Santa Cruz’s residential colleges. In 2017-2018, the inaugural year of the program, Oakes, Porter, and Cowell Colleges will offer the first “Questions That Matter” course on the theme of “Freedom and Race,” sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research. We are seeking applications from qualified PhD students to serve as the first cohort of Graduate Student Instructors. Click here for the UCSC Public Humanities Graduate Instructors Application 2017-18


    Public Events

    October 18, 2017: Anger in Politics: From the Bard to the Donald

    March 1, 2016: PLAY: Games, Life, and Death

    January 27, 2015: Making the Cosmos Local

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