Attention all Undergraduates, Staff and Faculty interested in languages, world cultures, and/or the Humanities:

You are invited to participate in a series of meetings, where you will discover how words/concepts essential to the human experience across cultures have acquired different meanings in different languages due to specific historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. At each meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss one word/concept drawing upon your life experience, background, studies, and knowledge of cultural phenomena that interest you, including literature, current events, and pop culture. You can attend one, several, or all meetings. Student drop-ins are welcome and encouraged!

These dialogues will culminate in a final Symposium where participants – who have attended at least two discussions – are eligible to present a 10-minute research paper. Discussions and presentations will be in English and may include citations in the studied language.

Attend Humanities Dialogues to:
• Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere with thought-provoking conversations about key topics that have influenced our world for centuries and continue to be relevant today
• Fine tune your critical thinking, research, and presentation skills
• Meet fellow students who share your interest in languages, world cultures, and the Humanities
• Compete for prizes, including a $300 award for the 1st Place Final Presentation!

 Meetings will take place on the following dates in Royce Hall room 342 from 1:00pm-2:15pm.



Spring 2018

  • Week 2 | Friday, April 13 | IDENTITY AND RELIGION
  • Week 4 | Friday, April 27 | DEMOCRACY
  • Week 6 | Friday, May 18 | Preparation and Practice for the Symposium
  • Week 9 | Friday, June 1 | Humanities Dialogues Symposium in Royce Hall room 236

Sponsored by the UCLA Division of Humanities, Department of French & Francophone Studies, Department of Germanic Languages, and Department of Italian

Please send questions and inquiries to: