Humanities Welcome

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!

2019 Humanities Welcome Speakers


Pamela Hieronymi

Pamela Hieronymi (AB, Princeton University 1992; PhD Harvard University in 2000) has been a Professor in the Philosophy Department since July of 2000.  Her research sits at the intersection of many different subfields in philosophy: ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, and the lively discussion of moral responsibility and free will.  Her publications concern moral responsibility, forgiveness, blame, and the kind of control we enjoy with respect to our own attitudes, such as our beliefs, intentions, and motivations.  She is currently working on a manuscript, Minds that Matter, that aims to resolve the traditional problem of free will and moral responsibility, thus reconciling human freedom and scientific explanation.

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.

Shawn Smith, English B.A.

Southern California native Shawn Smith earned a B. A. in English from UCLA and started out as a journalist before transitioning to public relations. Now recognized as a leader in the field, Shawn is currently the director of worldwide public relations for Warner Bros. Consumer Products and has served in senior communications roles with Warner Bros. Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company, managing multimillion-dollar PR campaigns for global franchises. In 2016, she became the first senior manager of communications, diversity and inclusion for The Walt Disney Company. In 2011, Shawn was named one of PR Week’s “40 under 40 Ones to Watch.” In 2019, she became the first-ever African American president of the Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles Chapter, and also serves as president of Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles.

Chloe Landis, Art History B.A. and Egyptology B.A, M.A Egyptology, Expected Spring 2020