Humanities and the Arts Virtual Events

 As we all continue to shelter in place, we're all looking for things to keep us active, mentally and physically. The College of Humanities and the Arts is excited to announce virtual events, which we hope will help lift your spirits in these challenging times! Please share these great experiences with your students, colleagues, family, and friends! 

And above all, the College hopes you and your loved ones are safe and well! 

Department of Design

Professor Kohar Scott, who will be joining the Department of Design's Industrial Design program this Fall, is excited to invite you to a series of presentations on the topics of Color, Material, and Finish (CMF). 

CMF is one of Professor Scott's areas of research and she hopes to expand current curriculum to include this topic. Color, trend, and forecasting intelligence subscriptions are utilized in the design industry just as books are used in scholarly activities. Professor Scott has reached out to companies like ColourHive, Stylus, and Sherwin-Williams to discuss CMF and help build a relationship between students, faculty, and the design industry. 

You can sign up for the first Zoom presentation with trend analysis company, Stylus, here. Make sure to sign up by Sunday, August 2nd! And don't forget to stay tuned for future presentations as well! 


The College of Humanities and the Arts presents Borderlands, a new initiative that reeconceptualizes the ideas of "Blurring Boundaries, Breaking Barriers, and Building Bridges" through innovative programming that includes music, dance, literature, theatre, and more. We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming virtual events! 

Upcoming Borderlands Events

Perspectivas: Estudios Transatlánticos, Ibéricos, Luso Brasileiros, Peninsulares, Latinoamericanos or Perspectives on Transatlantic, Iberian, Luso Brazilian, and Latin American Studies with Professor Robert Patrick Newcomb of UC Davis

  • Date: Tuesday, 4/21 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Bomba: Breaking Barriers with Music and Dance with Bay Area Bomba ensemble, Taller Bombalele

  • Date: Tuesday, 4/28 from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM 

Watch a recording of the session, here!

The Present and Futures of the Spanish Field with Dr. Ignácio Sanchez Prado of Washington University, St. Louis 

  • Date: Tuesday, 5/19 from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM

Click here on Tuesday (519) to join us!

Center for Literary Arts

In order to keep the community inspired and reading during these trying times, the CLA is excited to announce that we are continuing our book club online! Learn more and join the club here! For the month of May, the Book Club will be reading Girl, Woman, Other by award-winning author, Bernardine Everisto. Happy reading! 

Also, the CLA is pleased to announce its two new virtual programs, CLA Quarantine Storytime and CLA Writers Group! 

CLA Quarantine Storytime

Our Storytime events will feature live readings online with poets, writers, and translators, and the local presses who publish them. Storytime will present the publisher’s introduction of a short story or poetry collection, or novel written in a language other than English. Our first event on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 PM features That We May Live, a new anthology of contemporary Chinese speculative fiction, published by Two Lines Press. Readings will be streamed on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Follow us on social media to join! 

CLA Writers Group

Our Virtual Writers Group challenges writers to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. Participants will commit to writing every day for 10 days for at least 30 minutes. We’ll have prompts, accountability, timed exercises, and sharing. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new! When the 30 minutes are up, participants will post their word count and take a moment to support other writers in the group by commenting on their progress. Each session takes place on Zoom at 7:00 PM and will run from Monday, May 11th through Wednesday, May 20th. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! RSVP by sending an email to   

National Theatre At Home

The Hammer Theatre, our University-operated performance venue, is excited to announce National Theatre At Home, a new program with its partner, National Theatre Live! Every week, watch a National Theatre Live screening, streamed on YouTube—but, each screening is only available for a week! Don't miss out! 

But that's not all. On select Sundays, join College of H&A faculty in a post-screening talk-back, where you can discuss the screening, ask questions, or just hang out! 

Click here for a schedule of screenings and Sunday discussions. 

Digital Pedagogies

Dr. Katherine D. Harris, of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, introduces her Digital Pedagogies in the Humanities project, a tool that helps educators change the way they teach. 

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a curated collection of reusable resources for teaching and research. Organized by keyword, each annotated artifact can be saved, shared, and downloaded. Educators can download readings, assingments, and other tools for immediate use. Almost every pedagogical artifact has a Creative Commons license and is meant to be downloaded, revised, and shared.

Visit to get started! Dr. Harris will also be hosting Zoom workshops to help familiarize you with the DPiH project. If you missed the workshop, watch a recording here. And for more information, check out Dr. Harris' blog, here

Legacy of Poetry Day

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Join the Department of English and Comparative Literature and our very own Poets and Writers Coalition as we celebrate! On Thursday, 4/23, we'll be hosting keynote speaker, Ellen Bass, and many other poets from the San José and Bay Area communities! The event will be exploring the theme Staying Home: The Way to San José, will feature poems from the 20-Second Poetry Challenge, and more!  If you missed the event, don't worry! Visit our Legacy of Poetry website readings and more! 

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery 

The Natalie and James Thompson is also working to bring events online! The Natalie and James Thompson Gallery will host Bay Area artist Troy Chew in their inaugural Tuesday Night Lecture: The Webinar Series on April 28, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 

Troy Chew’s work explores the African Diaspora within urban culture through oil paintings, drawing, and sculpture. Interested in language and the distinctions between “high art” and “folk art”, Chew contrasts historical African culture and traditions to contemporary Black culture. In this lecture, Troy Chew will discuss his series Out the Mud, his relationship to hip hop, and how that informs both the current and historical aspects of his art practice.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register (Tues. 4/28, 5-6PM)!

The Gallery is also curating virtual class exhibits and a gallery of artwork by graduating BFA students! Stay tuned! 

College of Science

And we're excited to share the events being held by our friends and colleagues from the College of Science! 

On Fridays, the College of Science hosts Zoom meetings or webinars on fascinating topics, hosted by professors and experts in their fields.

If you missed the last lecture, you can watch a recording here! Dr. Ben Reed, Professor with the Department of Computer Science, discussed the usage of Delay-Tolerant Networking as a means to maintain internet connectivity in the event of sudden outages. And if you missed the other previous talks, you can watch recordings of them, here.

On July 31st, Dr. Minghui Diao, Professor with the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, will present a seminar entitled: Clouds and Aerosols: The Wild Cards in Climate Change and Air Quality. She'll present laboratory, aircraft-based, and satellite-based models to examine clouds on the particulate level. You can read an abstract here. Join us on Zoom on Friday, July 31st from 4:00 to 5:00 PM!