College of Humanities

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Welcome to Humanities

As education becomes ever more focused on professional degrees and vocational training, employers increasingly report that what they seek is not necessarily more specialized degrees but rather people who can think, who can synthesize, who can analyze, and who can apply a broad base of thought to a wide variety of areas. The College of Humanities teaches students to read, write and think. Our graduates are prepared for a 21st-century workforce that advances those who have the power not just to achieve and innovate but to communicate their ideas to an audience beyond their applied field.

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Upcoming Events

The Eighth Annual Maurice Amado Foundation Lecture in Jewish Ethics “Reading Noah's Ark in the Age of Climate Change: Jewish Stories on Gender, Disability, and the Politics of Survival” JULIA WATTS BELSER, PH.D.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 9:30am

The Eighth Annual Maurice Amado Foundation Lecture in Jewish Ethics

In stories about Noah, his ark, the individuals who survive the flood, and those left behind, Jewish tradition reckons with questions of human hubris and survival. We will use these ancient Jewish texts along with testimony from contemporary disability communities to grapple with climate change and the question of whose lives we deem worth saving. Read more

Keith Morton Memorial Lecture with Rudy Ortega, Jr

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians

Please join the Anthropology Department for our Annual Keith Morton Memorial Lecture with Special Guest: Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians. His lecture will address the history language and culture of the Fernandeño Tatavíam Band of Mission Indians, the first people of the San Fernando Valley. Get more information and RSVP for this event.

Tsuru for Solidarity and Detention Watch Network: Organizing Across Generations and Across Communities

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Tsuru for Solidarity and Detention Watch Network: Organizing Across Generations and Across Communities

Civil Discourse and Social Change is hosting an upcoming webinar on activist strategies and efforts to organize against migrant detentions and deportations. Speakers include members of Tsuru for Solidarity, JAs for Justice, and the Detention Watch Network.  The webinar addresses the role of memory in generating intergenerational and cross-racial solidarities against forced removal, incarceration and civil liberties violations. Read more

An Alphabet of Eras That Define 2021: From the KKK, to Malcolm X, to LGBTQ, to CSUN – Barry Dank’s Story

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Dr. Barry Dank

Join us for an interactive conversation with Dr. Barry Dank, retired professor of sociology, as he shares a retrospective of his life growing up Jewish in the segregated South to meeting Malcom X, to being the first professor to offer classes on human sexuality, to his connections to CSUN and his views on the contemporary American landscape. Get more information and RSVP for this event.

Featured News

2020 College of Humanities Dean’s Scholar Danielle Snali

May 12, 2020

Danielle Snali

Danielle Snali is the 2020 College of Humanities Dean’s Scholar. She is a Religious Studies major, with a Gender and Women’s Studies and History minor, and has accumulated a 3.98 GPA in her studies at CSUN. Danielle is an HSI Pathways/Mellon Student Fellow in the competitive Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Pathways to the Professoriate Program. Her research project for Read more

Models for Thinking: An Example of Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities

September 17, 2019

Mauro Carassai

Dr. Mauro Carassai, from the English Department and the Liberal Studies Program, explores the importance of the humanities to the data sciences.

In fields involved with knowledge production, unsupervised machine-learning algorithms are becoming the standard. These algorithms allow us to statistically analyze data sets that exceed traditional analytic capabilities. Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities continues

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