Humanities Welcome

Virtual Humanities Welcome

September 30th, 2020 at 2pm

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Virtual Program


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.

2020 Speakers


Faculty Spotlight: David Kim, Germanic Languages (European Languages and Transcultural Studies)

David D. Kim is Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Global Studies Program at the UCLA International Institute and is a Faculty in Residence. His scholarly interests range postcolonial, global, migration and translation studies and international human rights to cosmopolitanism, cultural and political theories, global literary histories, and digital humanities.

Student Spotlight: Wenqian Guo, Applied Linguistics and Asian Humanities Double Major; Minor in Digital Humanities

Wenqian Guo is a fourth-year student with a double major in Applied Linguistics and Asian Humanities and a minor in Digital Humanities. Aiming to complete the Asian Languages and Cultures departmental honors program, Wenqian has a keen interest in using Corpus Linguistics to explore gender ideologies displayed by Chinese literature in different time periods. Though Wenqian takes primarily humanities and literature courses at UCLA, her career path is not limited within these aspects. She integrates her skillset acquired from both her majors and the DH minor, and then successfully interns in different professional industries, such as management consulting and auditing. From her speech, we hope that you can draw new possibilities out from academic subjects that you enjoy.

Alumni Spotlight: Grace Moss, BA in English and Minor in Asian American Studies

Grace Moss is the Sr. Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC’s scripted programs. Grace also manages nationwide outreach efforts and develops relationships with community partners, such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and East West Players. Before coming to NBC, Grace a Development Executive at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. Prior to her stint at the Style Network, Grace worked as a Producer and Director on a plethora of unscripted shows on a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, TLC and NBC.

Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including Asian Pacific Americans@NBCUniversal, where she serves as a Hub Leader, and Filipino Hollywood Mafia, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant for Comcast’s Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program, the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar and, most recently, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute Corporate Athlete Training Program. She also received Comcast’s Ingenuity Award in 2008 for her contributions to the Style Network.