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

Campus Town Hall - Post-Election Discussion: Coming Together in Times of Uncertainty

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

diverse group of people

For the last two weeks, several faculty, staff and administrators have been meeting informally to identify ways the campus community can provide support for individuals experiencing fear and concern in anticipation of changes that could occur with a new federal administration. Equally important has been a focus on concerns expressed by individuals singled out for mistreatment based on their group status or beliefs. Read more

33rd Annual Powwow

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

33rd Annual CSUN Powwow

Grand Entry will be at 12:30 PM. Indigenous Awareness Month gathering: American Indian Student Association, American Indian Studies Program, First Nations Alumni Association. Featuring American Indian dance and music, frybread, arts & crafts, vendors, children's craft activities. Water is Life: alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the Powwow grounds. Read more

Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry & Student Poster Session

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

World Class Wreckin' Cru

Featured Speaker: Alonzo Williams, Founder of World Class Wreckin' Cru, one of the first West Coast rap groups to do a major tour. The topic is Hip Hop Origins in the West Coast: Proxy for Collective Mobility. Read more

When Literacy Seems Difficult: Learning Differences in and out of the Classroom

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

Julie Neff Lippman

Speaker: Julie Neff Lippman, University of Puget Sound, emerita. Achieving literacy is difficult for many individuals for a plethora of reasons. For people who have learning differences like dyslexia or a non-verbal disability achieving literacy is often tortuous and frustrating even with good instruction and much hard work. We often think of learning differences as a school or classroom problem, but in fact, learning differences will follow the individual throughout his or her life. Read more

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