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Center for the Arts and Humanities

Center for the Arts and Humanities

"STEM education is grounded in the study of the humanities...and demands an increased attention to ethics, social responsibility, and the thoughtful consideration of controversial issues."

-Michael Engh, S.J., President Santa Clara University


"Humanity has always looked to the Arts to explain the world."

-W. Kamau Bell


Drawing from both traditional forms of expression and the latest in digital technologies, the Center for Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University literally has no boundaries as it fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching, service and creative activity both on campus and in the community, locally and globally. The Center merges the Jesuit passion for scholarly excellence and service with the explosion of creativity which is Silicon Valley. Join us as we not only push the envelope but eliminate it all together, exploring the joy of meaningful expression at the interface of the arts, humanities, sciences, and entrepreneurial genius in the 21st Century.

Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence

W. Kamau Bell the 2017-18 Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence completed his visits to campus on May 24 and left a legacy of reflection, learning, understanding of how to build empathy and reconciliation through dialogue and yes, humor.  The Emmy-winning stand-up comedian, author, and CNN host offered incisive and scathingly funny commentary on modern society that helped change views on race, politics, identity and social issues in the United States. Joined by his spouse, Dr. Melissa Bell, SCU '01, Sinatra Faculty Fellow Danielle Morgan, Sinatra Student Fellow Julia Joyce and comics, academics, and thought-provoking guests, Mr. Bell visited classes, offer workshops for students, faculty, and staff, and entertained and informed the campus and Silicon Valley community.

The Center is exploring a “reunion” event with Mr. Bell in 2018-19.  Stay tuned.

Senior Fellows

Professors Enrique Pumar and Shannon Vallor have been appointed Senior Fellows of the Center. 

Affiliated Faculty

The Center congratulates affiliated faculty:

Shannon Vallor, Senior Fellow – named Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor

Takeshi Moro, Faculty Fellow – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Alberto Ribas-Casasayas, Faculty Advising Group Member – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Renee Billingslea, Promotion to Senior Lecturer