College of Humanities

College of Humanities

A Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate

We condemn the expression of racism, fascism, white supremacy, and bigotry that resulted in violence and death in Charlottesville in recent days. As leaders in the College of Humanities, we stand in solidarity with communities that were targeted; communities of color, LGBTQ, immigrant, Jewish, and Muslim communities. At a time like this, it is particularly important to reaffirm the mission of our College, which values the diversity of cultures that make up the human experience. As part of an educational institution, we encourage dialogue and an exchange of ideas. Yet, we educate our students to think critically and discern between ideas that have value and those that are rooted in hatred, false premises (such as racial superiority), and false equivalencies. We explicitly reject white supremacist arguments that endeavor to increase inequalities and devalue large sections of humanity while promoting violence and genocide. It is our job as educators to help our students understand the difference between ideas that take us forward as a society and those that lead to divisiveness, denigration, and destruction.  Our mission as a College to educate responsible global citizens committed to principles of diversity, equality, and justice for all is more important than ever.

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth A. Say, Dean, and the Administrative Council of the College of Humanities

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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Captioning Videos Used in Instruction

Closed captioningThe University has launched a new website: www.csun.edu/captioning. The purpose of the site is to provide unified content for faculty and students regarding captioning. As a reminder, we are required to caption videos used in instruction. The website provides useful information on captioning options for both content creators and consumers.

Featured Events

United States and an Imploding Middle East: Where to from Here? A public lecture by Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. He is currently a Fellow of the American Council on Education in residence at California State University, Northridge as well as a visiting scholar at UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Boroujerdi’s research centers on intellectual and political history of modern Iran. Read more

The Black House Grand Opening!

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Save the Date!

Please join us for the the Grand Opening of the CSUN Black House. Cultural programs developed at the Black House expose the campus and the greater Los Angeles community to the rich, creative and artistic traditions of the African American, African and Caribbean peoples. Learn more about the CSUN Black House

EOP Free Speech Event 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Oviatt Library

EOP is proud to host it’s annual Free Speech Event, a celebration of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. Read more

Merchants of Doubt: A Richard Smith Lecture in Cultural Studies

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Erik Conway

Please join us for a very special evening as Dr. Erik M. Conway, co-author of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, discusses the misuse of science to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming. Learn more about Erik Conway and the "Merchants of Doubt" lecture

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