Center for the Humanities
University of California, Merced

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Ignacio López-Calvo Professor of Latin American Literature

Managing Director

Christina Lux


The Center was established in the fall of 2008 at the newest campus in the UC system. In an institution 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.

We provide spaces for discussion, conversation, and the extended pursuit of ideas. 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 perduring questions addressed by the humanities and arts more visible for both the campus and the community.