Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
University of California, Berkeley

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Stephen Best Marian E. Koshland Distinguished Professor in the Humanities

Executive Director

Rebecca Egger

Program and Events Manager

Michaela Byrne


The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities distinguishes itself by its broad definition of the humanities, its vision of the university as an interlocking community that also reaches out to a larger public, and its role as an essential hub for Berkeley's vast store of humanities-related activities. The Center is committed above all to coordinating and disseminating the wealth of intellectual resources at Berkeley. Although of special benefit to the nineteen departments that officially comprise the humanities at Berkeley, the Center, since its inception, has actively welcomed participation from colleagues in other fields.