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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

Emmy-winning stand-up comedian, author, and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. Joined by his spouse Dr. Melissa Bell, SCU '01 and comics, academics, and thought-provoking guests Mr. Bell will visit classes, offer workshops for students, faculty, and staff and entertain and inform the campus and Silicon Valley community.

Bell's residency continues on April 30 with several activities including a screening of the documentary film Dolores followed by a live conversation with United Farm Workers’ Union co-founder Dolores Huerta. On the evening of May 2 a performance of The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour” is scheduled for Mayer Theater. Mr. Bell returns to campus on May 15 and 24 with more events to be announced.

Visiting Scholar Bret Pierce

Visiting scholar Bret Pierce returns to The Center on April 16-20 with many programs including:

Telling Stories, Opening Minds – a workshop with the English Department’s Tim Urdan’s and his students. Open to the Public, Monday, April 16, 6:30, Wiegand Room, Vari Hall

St. Clare’s Meridian Stories Screening and Reception – Students from St. Clare’s school present videos prepared with the help of Bret and SCU Communication students, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 , Recital Hall, public welcome

Senior Fellows

Professors Enrique Pumar and Shannon Vallor have been appointed Senior Fellows of The Center. For more information, visit here