This talk will describe various initiatives across the University of California system specifically designed to promote and sustain the labor of interdisciplinary humanistic thought, research, pedagogy and service over the past decade. Examples will include the academic programming of particular humanities centers within the UC system and relatively new critical race/ethnic/gender studies programs at several campuses, as well as the UC Humanities Research Institute’s Mellon and Luce funded programs, including those on the future of the liberal arts, the shifting terrain of the humanities at work, diversity/equity/inclusion struggles, and religions in global and diasporic affairs. Special attention will be paid to how historical social justice missions and institutional and infrastructural interventions in higher education undergird these attempts at innovative intellectual and political economic intervention.
Dr. Mariam Lam is Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of California, Riverside. As UC Riverside's chief diversity officer, Mariam Lam serves as primary discussant to the Chancellor on all matters related to inclusion, equity, and campus climate.