“The humanities can catalyze productive dialogues between different disciplines so that together we can more effectively confront today’s grand challenges.”
— Tyrus Miller, dean of the UCI School of Humanities
The most difficult and urgent problems of our day will not be solved by one discipline alone. To solve these grand challenges—from climate change to artificial intelligence to immigration—requires historical and global context, cultural and linguistic understanding, and comfort with nuance and adaptability to change. UCI Humanities offers the power to bring people together, to write persuasively, and to think critically. Together, these generate the ideas that matter.
Gifts to the Dean’s Fund on Giving Day will help us lead interdisciplinary conversations that focus on deepening our understanding of humanity’s grand challenges. Our recent forum on climate change is a great example of how impactful these conversations can be. Scientists, journalists and policy experts in the field came together to discuss climate change. 600 people attended the conference; there were more than 20 Million impressions of the hashtag #UCIClimate; and 5 media outlets covered the event, including C-Span.
UCI Humanities frames new questions, expresses different cultural perspectives, brings ethics into the discussion, and harnesses the imagination – all traits needed to catalyze valuable innovations throughout society.
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