The Humanities Welcome is an annual event held at the beginning of the academic year that invites faculty, staff and students to come together to showcase the Humanities at UCLA. At the event, we introduce the UCLA campus to the benefits of coursework and degrees in the Humanities. The program includes an introduction from the Dean of Humanities, a faculty member discussing their research, alumni speakers. There is a reception to follow with representatives from on-campus Humanities clubs and opportunities to mingle with faculty, staff and students.

Program includes speakers, video, and everyone receives free giveaways!

2017 Humanities Welcome Speakers

Faculty Spotlight: Associate Professor Jessica Rett, Linguistics Department

Jessica Rett (BA, University of Michigan, 2001; PhD, Rutgers University, 2008) is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor in Linguistics at UCLA. Her research — which has been published by Oxford University Press and in many top journals — focuses on how languages encode meaning, and spans the subfields of semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and the philosophy of language. The languages she has researched or advised on include: Bole (Chadic; Nigeria), Cheyenne (Algonquian; Montana), Chickasaw (Muskogean; Oklahoma), Efik (Niger-Congo; Nigeria), Egyptian Arabic (Semitic; Egypt), Georgian (Kartvelian; Georgia), Pomo (Pomoan; California), Q’anjob’al (Mayan; Guatemala), Romanian (Romance; Romania), and Serbo-Croatian (Balto-Slavic; Serbia and Croatia). The logics she has used to model meaning in these languages include or involve: predicate logic; lambda calculus; fuzzy logic; degree semantics; vector semantics; possible world semantics; dynamic predicate logic; and game-theoretic pragmatics\

Student Spotlight: Eva Yguico

Eva Yguico (BA in Philosophy, expected Spring 2018) is a fourth-year Philosophy major who transferred to UCLA in 2016. She is a recipient of the Frederick R. Waingrow and Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Scholarships. Her research is focused on racial bias in the jury and the practical demands of impartiality – interests she developed while clerking for the LA Superior Court. She is also president of the Undergraduate Philosophy Club, and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the UCLA Snowteam. After graduation, Eva hopes to pursue a J.D. and Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Alumni Spotlight: Ming Loong Teo, 12′

Ming Loong Teo, B.A. Korean Language and Culture, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health at their Downtown Mental Health Center in the Skid Row area. Ming also serves as the Vice President of AFSCME District Council 36, Local 2712; which is a labor union representing the approximately 1400 Psychiatric Social Workers and Mental Health Clinicians working for the County of Los Angeles. Prior to his time at UCLA, Ming worked with various social service agencies in the Korean-American community. Ming earned his Master of Social Work in 2014 from the USC School of Social Work.

Dean David Schaberg

David Schaberg (BA, Stanford, 1986; PhD, Harvard, 1996) is Dean of Humanities and Professor in Asian Languages & Cultures at UCLA.  Past chair of Asian Languages & Cultures and Co-Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, Schaberg has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography, and philosophy as well as Greek/Chinese comparative issues.  He is author of A Patterned Past:  Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography, which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (Pre-1900 Category).  His translation of the Zuo Tradition (with Stephen Durrant and Wai-yee Li) will appear in 2016. His most recent work addresses the history of oratory and ritual speech genres in early China.