Humanities Center Launches Virtual Programming for Fall 2020

The University of San Diego’s Humanities Center, a space "dedicated to exploration of the human condition and the limitless ways in which human beings understand and interact with the world," is set to host programming for the 2020-21 academic year, all free virtual-only events, which provide a deeper dive into the liberal arts education for students, presented by USD faculty, and can be viewed by students, alumni, and the community.

Humanities Center Fall 2020

Here’s a closer look at what’s in store for the Fall 2020 semester:

Online Exhibition

Chicano Park at 50: Renewal and Self Determination Through Poster Art.

August 17-November 13

In partnership with the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, and USD's Department of Ethnic Studies, University Galleries is proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Chicano Park. Months ago, we invited Cesar Castañeda, a talented young artist and admired curator based in the Logan Heights/Barrio Logan community, to guest curate an exhibition for the Humanities Center Gallery. Working closely with Alberto Pulido and Josie Talamantez, we assembled most of the posters created to celebrate Chicano Park Day. A selection of those graphic works was scheduled to open March 30, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the physical exhibit was postponed. We look forward to welcoming everyone to USD as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, the Humanities Center website does have an online version to show: Click here to view four sections of the exhibit.

Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Seminar Courses (students only)

One unit of credit, pass/fail only, no prerequisites:

Anti-Racism as Spiritual Praxis: August 25-November 3 (12 class sessions), Tuesdays, 4-5:10 p.m. Professors: Rev. Christopher Carter, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, Seth Schoen, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies.

Black Lives Matter: September 8-October 13 (additional discussion session TBA), Tuesdays, 12:15-2:15 p.m. Professors: May Fu, PhD, Ethnic Studies, Jillian Tullis, Communication Studies.

Populism, Paupers and Pandemics: Everything Old is New Again — September 23-November 4 (seven class meetings), Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Professor: Mary M. McKenzie, JD, PhD, Political Science and International Relations.

Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion Series

All Change Here: Pandemics and Transformation

Wednesdays, 4 p.m., August 26-Sept. 23

Feared enough to figure among the four dreaded horsemen of the Apocalypse, pandemics bring with them both destruction and rebirth. This multi-faceted and interdisciplinary series of panel discussions explores how pandemics forever change the worlds of those who survive their metamorphic energy. Register here. 

August 26: Transforming a Country: Professors Del Dickson, PhD, JD, Political Science and International Relations and Alan Gin, PhD, Economics.

September 2: Transforming Teaching: Jeffrey Malecki, DMA, Music and Director Bands and Music Education and Joe Provost, PhD, Chemistry.

September 9: Transforming a City: London’s Great Plague of 1665: Cynthia Caywood, PhD, English and Terry Bird, PhD, Biology.

September 16: Transforming History: Colin Fisher, PhD, History and Derrick Cartwright, PhD, Art, Architecture + Art History, Director of University Galleries.

September 23: Transforming Faith: Mike Kelly, PhD, Philosophy and Jamall Calloway, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies.

Discussion Series

Care for Our Common Home: Environmental Justice, Sustainability Across Disciplines

Tuesdays, 4 p.m., September 29-October 20

Focusing each week on a set theme — Water, Energy, Food, Extinction — speakers from the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences will reflect on environmental issues of immediate and long-term concern, model diverse approaches to the climate crisis and the urgent challenges it poses to our civilizations, and share ideas on how we can adapt to the changes in an increasingly turbulent world. Register here.

Sept. 29: Water; Oct. 6: Energy; Oct. 13: Food; Oct. 20: Extinction.

Guest Speaker/Conversation

An Evening with Mark Z. Danielewski, Author

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7-8 p.m., Humanities Center YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

The Humanities Center will host Mark Z. Danielewski, award-winning author of House of Leaves and National Book Award Finalist for Only Revolutions, for a discussion of his work, his latest release, The Little Blue Kite, and the new adventure ahead. Danielewski will be in conversation with Joshua Hall, from USD’s Department of English. Register here.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone


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