Announcing the 2019 Western Humanities Alliance conference on “Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities” at Oregon Humanities Center on November 8-9, 2019

Poster for the 2019 Western Humanities Alliance Conference at the Oregon Humanities Center on Nov 8-9, entitled "Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities"

In partnership with the University of Oregon’s Native American Studies program, the Oregon Humanities Center will host the 2019 Western Humanities Alliance conference on November 8 and 9, 2019 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America. The University of Oregon and the City of Eugene are situated on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya peoples, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

“Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities.”

Humanities scholars, universities, and centers across the West are increasingly thinking about ways to leverage institutional strengths and resources for the benefit of the public good, what many are now calling the “Public Humanities.” Centered around three thematic axes—Climate Change, Sovereignty, and Place—this conference explores the challenges and opportunities of such work as it relates to partnering and collaborating with the First Peoples and Nations of the lands our institutions occupy. Responding to the calls of scholars such as Linda Tuhiwai Smith to decolonize methodologies, archives, and institutions; to center Indigenous knowledge, culture, and voices in contemporary work; and to improve relationships with and responsibilities to tribal communities, this conference explores how institutions might productively engage tribal communities based upon core principles of respect, reciprocity, consultation, stewardship, and service.

The conference is free and open to the public. For program details visit the OHC conference page.

New Summer Program in Critical Theory, Film and New Media Studies at UC Irvine

Are you looking to gain mastery of the most important issues in critical theory, cultural studies, new media and social media studies for future job prospects and academic study?

Apply by May 8, 2019, for UCI’s inaugural Summer Program in Critical Theory, Film and New Media Studies. This five-week, intensive program is part of a unique collaboration with Tsinghua University’s top-ranked School of Journalism and Communication and supported by the Division of Continuing Education at UC Irvine.

Why apply?

  • UCI is ranked #1 in literary criticism and theory by U.S. News & World Report
  • Learn from distinguished faculty from both UC Irvine and Tsinghua University
  • Strengthen your knowledge of film, new media, social media and gaming industries
  • Gain preparation for careers in these fields and further study for advanced degrees
  • Broaden your academic horizons through weekly guest lectures, seminars, film screenings, and workshops led by experts in their field
  • Network with industry experts through field trips at film studios, new media companies, and gaming companies and explore legendary California neighborhoods where local subcultures thrive
  • Participate in personalized writing workshops geared to your abilities, interests, and goals


  • Application Deadline: May 8, 2019
  • Summer 2019 dates: July 22 – August 23
  • Tuition: $6,000 including course materials
  • Dorm housing upon request: $1,725
  • Course schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (seminars and guest lectures) and 1-4 p.m. (workshops and student presentations); Thursdays include field trips, site visits and walking tours (exact schedule TBA)

Do not miss this opportunity to engage intensively with peers and faculty in a creative and intellectually rich campus environment!

All course material costs are included in the tuition. Students will be awarded a certificate of completion through the UCI Division of Continuing Education.

For more information, please email