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Center for the Arts and Humanities

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.

Salon 2018: Culture, Power, Difference

Salon 2018: Beyond Borders

This year’s Salon encourages us to think critically and creatively about the connections between culture, power, and difference - to think about the political nature of cultural practices and the cultural influences on politics.

Inaugural Event: Opening Reception for the Art and Art History Department’s Winter quarter exhibition, Beyond Borders: Stories of Im/Migration.

Meet artists from the exhibition and listen to the “Califas Mestizo Music” of Locura – a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punkrock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes.

February 2, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

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Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence

W. Kamau Bell


Emmy-winning comic 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.

Bell was on campus November 7, 2017 and will be back February 2018.  Read more

Celebrate Roots Music with Dave "Lucky" Wilson


The CAH joins with the Modern Perspective RLC in an evening celebrating American roots music with Dave "Lucky" Wilson, the Singing Cowboy. 

Dave, backed by a Bluegrass Band, will offer Country, Bluegrass, and Cowboy tunes while exploring the history of the music, instruments, and how local artists are keeping this traditional alive in the Bay Area.​