Humanities Welcome


COME JOIN US: 2018 Humanities Welcome is September 26th 2-4pm in 1100 Schoenberg Music Building

RSVP closed, but please show up tomorrow for on-site registration!


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 this event we will 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, a student and alumni speaker. 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, reception and everyone receives free giveaways!

2018 Humanities Welcome Speakers


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Meredith Cohen, Art History

Meredith Cohen (BA, UCSB 1993; PhD Columbia University 2004) is  Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History. Her teaching spans the arts of the European Middle Ages (350-1500 AD) and her research and publications focus on medieval France, especially the urban and architectural history of Paris. Themes she covers in these areas include the social functions and meanings of architecture, artistic production and reception, conservation as well as cultural heritage.Her current research project, titled Paris Past and Present, aims to digitally reconstruct the lost monuments of medieval Paris in 3D, an enterprise that brings together in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers as well as international collaborators. The team has completed a series of monuments from thirteenth-century Paris, which you can view here:

Student Spotlight: Maxim Harrell, 2nd Year, Italian and Global Studies

Maxim Pike Harrell is a second-year Global Studies/Italian major and recipient of the Thelma Culverson Scholarship, whose passion for Italy lead him to his involvement as president of the Italian Club. Max moved to the U.S. in 2015 after having lived abroad his entire life, including 7 years in Italy. He makes use of this experience to teach Italian along with celebrating its culture by organizing and attending events in coordination with the UCLA Department of Italian. He has been also been able to broaden his interests through the Humanities Dialogue, where he could draw from experience and relevant coursework such as the first-year Mythology Cluster

Alumni Spotlight: Teo Martinez, CEO of Growing Generations

Teo Martinez received his BA in Classics at UCLA and later his MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Having worked for nearly 20 years in the field of assisted reproduction, Teo is the CEO and an owner of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles. Teo and his agency assist hundreds of clients each year in becoming parents. Fun fact: Teo started at Growing Generations as an office assistant in his senior year at UCLA after responding to a job posting he found on a UCLA job-listing website. Teo is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a nonprofit organization that houses and educates local homeless, runaway and foster children.

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.