The Center hosts a variety of events such as workshops on using digital tools, graduate student professionalizing series, and research sharing as part of the Monday Lunch Series. Lunches are provided courtesy of a donation from Gay Lester. Below is a list of past events.

Winter 2014

January 13: Sawyer Seminar CFP Information Session

This session will provide information for faculty interested in submitting proposals to host a John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures, funded by the Mellon Foundation. The Sawyer Seminar provides humanities scholars with the opportunity to study a comparative topic in depth for a year. Faculty proposals are due January 27th for internal review. This session is co-hosted by the Center for the Humanities, the Office of Research Affairs, and Corporate and Foundation Relations.


January 27: And How Are We Feeling Today?

A conversation with Prof. Lisa Cartwright (Communication/Visual Arts/Science Studies) and University Art Gallery Curatorial Fellow Michelle Hyun, focusing on one work of art from the UAG’s current exhibition, And how are we feeling today?  A video series by artist Melanie Gilligan, Self-Capital, imagines the global economy as a human body onto which the economy’s functions, needs, and desires can be mapped.  Preview the videos: episode 1 / episode 2 / episode 3.


February 3: Doing Publicly Engaged Scholarship

How do we engage with the public as humanities scholars? What constitute public engagement, and what strategies produce meaningful conversation beyond academia? Along with exploring these issues, we will discuss two new funding opportunities from the UCHRI and ideas for a symposium on publicly engage scholarship in the spring.


February 10: How (you can help) People Learn

Join Peter Newbury of the Center for Teaching Development for a discussion of effective teaching practices. How can research into how people learn be more thoroughly integrated into teaching? What technologies be used to complement existing methods? Along with exploring these questions, we invite you to share your teaching strategies and challenges.


February 24: Finding Grants in the Humanities

Learn how to use the powerful grant-finding tool, PIVOT, at this workshop-based session. By the end of the session, attendees will create their own customized searches for grants specific to their research interests. Participants are encouraged to register for PIVOT prior to the workshop and bring their computers. Sharon Franks, Director of Research Proposal Development Service with the Office of Research Affairs, will also be on hand to answer questions about PIVOT or any other aspects of grant-finding and university resources.


March 3: Zombies on the Brain

Join Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Professor of Literature, for a discussion of the prevalence of zombies in contemporary cultural productions. Using Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (2012) and Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (2013) as a springboard, we will explore the current mass fascination with these monsters and their usefulness as a metaphor for contemporary cultural issues.


March 10: Productive Writing Practices

Join us for an open discussion of tools and practices for writing. Do you use writing tools such as Scrivener or Evernote? Perhaps sites such as write-or-die keep you motivate? Are you a steady composer or a binge writer? How do you sit and maintain a healthy writing practice (or not)? This lunchtime conversation will be a chance to share and learn from our fellow academic writers.



Spring 2014

April 14: Project Planetaria: Transsensory Experiences of Our Universe

Project Planetaria remaps astronomical information into different sensory pathways and aesthetic modes to extract new meaning and understanding of the cosmic environment. The project seeks to engage multiple senses, embody experience, explore social analogs, break down time and space barriers, and incorporate participatory behaviors. UCSD faculty Adam Burgasser (Physics), Tara Knight (Theatre & Dance) and Michael Trigilio (Visual Arts) will introduce the project and facilitate a broader discussion about creative collaborations between art, humanities, and science. Their work resulted in a co-taught course, an installation, and a performance at La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls series. 


April 21: How to Get Fellowships (Workshop for Humanities Graduate Students); Red Shoe Room, Price Center

This event has reached maximum capacity; RSVP is to be added to the wait list solely.

This is the first in a pair of workshops intended to help graduate students in the Humanities secure fellowships and grants to complete their graduate work. Funding opportunities for both beginning and advanced graduate students will be discussed. This first workshop will cover techniques for finding funding opportunities and methods for creating a good application. (Topics will include proposal writing, letters of recommendation, budget preparation, etc.) 


April 22 (Tuesday): Matsutake Worlds: Experiments in Collaboration and Time

Join us for lunch and an informal discussion in preparation for Anna Tsing and Elaine Gan’s visit later this month. Matsutake Worlds is a global collaboration documenting multispecies cultures and ecologies where life continues in the midst of great disturbances. We promise talk of fungal clocks, mycorrhizal life, and the chance to stuff the conversation with your best mushroom-y metaphors. Get the readings at the Studio for Ethnographic Design website


April 28: Beyond Tenure Track

How do humanities PhDs form vibrant academic careers outside of the traditional tenure track faculty position? Join Jessica Pressman, Center for the Humanities Visiting Scholar, for a discussion of the many professional paths for humanities scholars, and how to build the skills to prepare. 


May 5: My Strangest Stranger (An Art Conversation)

A conversation with artist Mary Walling Blackburn and University Art Gallery Curatorial Fellow Michelle Hyun, focusing again on one particular
 object from the UAG’s current exhibition. My Strangest Stranger engages the psychic and performative aspects of extraterrestrial encounters in
 areas adjacent to both natural and national borders. Over the past two years, the artist conducted research in eastern Turkey, southern France, and most recently at the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking out the narratives produced to stabilize our encounters with what appears to be an Other ­
the extraterrestrial, the expatriate, the alien, the Strangest Stranger. How do we organize our relationships to the unknown? As a compromised
 artist-ethnographer, Walling Blackburn attempts to plumb ways in which our conception of these “visitations” overlaps with the paths and 
behaviors of expatriates whether migrating from another territory or galaxy. 


May 12: Digital Research Tools: The Pros and Cons of Citation Programs

Unsure of the best way to keep references, notes and other bits of your research life organized? Join us for a discussion of Zotero and other citation programs, including RefWorks, EndNote Web, EndNote and Mendeley. Gayatri Singh in Library Research Services will introduce us to what each program can do, and Alexis Salas, Visiting Scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, will lead a discussion about how these tools can be used to prepare for exams, organize research projects, and improve writing processes. 


May 19: How to Get Fellowships (Workshop for Humanities Graduate Students) Part II from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Center for the Humanities (Lit 310)

We would like to invite you to attend the second part in the series, in which draft grant proposals will be workshopped, both as a group and in small groups. All attendees are invited to bring printed copies of their draft fellowship proposals. Everyone will have a chance to have it reviewed in peer one-on-one reviews. Six volunteers (already selected) will also have their pieces workshopped by the group to demonstrate the process.