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Humanities Event Series

The Humanities Program Speaker Series invites students to engage with the ancient and modern core texts we teach in ways that encourage students to self-consciously reflect on what gives one’s life value and meaning. The Humanities Program has partnered with the New Writing Series to invite three timely writers studied in Humanities 5: Modern Culture to the UC San Diego campus.

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.


Jericho Brown poetry reading 2022

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder’s first book, American Linden, was published by Tupelo Press in 2002 after winning the Tupelo Press Editors’ Prize. He is also the author of Why Poetry, an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, as well as four other poetry collections, including Father’s Day. His honors include the May Sarton poetry award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Washington, DC, he lives in Oakland, where he is an associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing, as well as editor at large for Wave Books.

Purchase copies of Father's Day and Why Poetry.
Poster designed by Melanie Jaffe and Dereck Garcia.


Matthew Zapruder poetry reading, 2021.

Ada Limón

Ada Limón, a current Guggenheim fellow, is the author of five poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Purchase copies of The Carrying, Bright Dead Things, Sharks in the Water, and the 15th anniversary edition of Lucky Wreck.
Poster designed by Dereck Garcia.


 Ada Limon poetry reading, 2021.

Other Events

At UC San Diego, the colleges’ academic programs are uniquely situated to bridge the students’ living and learning experiences. As the foundation of Revelle College’s general education, the Humanities Program teaches every student in Revelle College, which creates a shared academic experience accessible to everyone in the college. Programming specifically aims to equip students with resources to achieve academic success in the classroom and the ability to apply transferable skills beyond the sequence.

Humanities Info Session

The Humanities Program collaborates with faculty, undergraduate students, and the Humanities Peer Advisors annually to give new students a preview into what to expect in the Humanities sequence.


 Humanities Info Session 2021.

Humanities and Medicine with Dr. Natalie Rodriguez

Dr. Natalie Rodrigeuz, UC San Diego undergraduate and School of Medicine alumni and Associate Director of the San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic spoke on her connection to the humanities and how it informs her work as a practitioner.


Medicine and Humanities with Dr. Natalie Rodriguez

TA Symposium

In recognition of the shift to remote learning, the Humanities Program TA Symposium featured three experienced TAs--Alexandra Parker, Ahmed Siddiqi, and Jonathan Martin--exploring this year's theme: "What Have We Done, and What Are We Going to Do?" We invited TAs, instructors, and undergraduate students to join us in learning how they conceptualize teaching, learning, and research in this changing educational landscape.


TA symposium 2021