Hayden V. White had a lasting influence on theoretical work across the human sciences. He maintained that history did not belong to the historians, but that it structured the everyday practical imagination. White’s theories of historical narrative and what he called “emplotment” were productively taken up by historians, artists, and cultural critics, and have since changed the way that humanists and social scientists think about history, story, fiction, fact, events, and testimonials. His work earned White the title of “University Professor,” a rare professorial category that confers the highest recognition on a faculty member as well as affiliation with all ten University of California campuses.
White’s strong advocacy on behalf of the humanities, his bold institutional creativity, and his commitment to interdisciplinary work were critical to the development of the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz, the School of Criticism and Theory (originally housed at UC Irvine, now at Cornell University), the Western Humanities Alliance, the UC Humanities Initiative (now The Humanities Network), and the system-wide University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).
UC Santa Cruz has established two endowments that will complement one another to honor Hayden White and preserve his legacy in perpetuity. Both endowments will reside in The Humanities Institute and will provide an open and inclusive forum for nurturing intellectual exchange across the disciplines. UC Santa Cruz is proud to support this endeavor. The effort to build these endowments is on-going. We invite you to contribute to this fund as a fitting tribute to Hayden White.
|HAYDEN V. WHITE ENDOWMENT IN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL THEORY
Supported by gifts from an international group of donors–from family, friends, colleagues and students of Hayden, The Hayden V. White Endowment in Historical and Cultural Theory will help support conferences, seminars, mentoring, and student support related to historical and cultural theory.
|HAYDEN V. WHITE DISTINGUISHED ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES
A generous gift from UC Santa Cruz History of Consciousness alumnus Andrew Baird established The Hayden V. White Distinguished Annual Lecture Series, an endowment that will support yearly lectures relevant to historical and cultural theory, and to ensure that Hayden’s legacy and intellectual spirit is honored and sustained. The lecture series is expected to begin in the 2021-22 academic year.
April 19, 2021: Saidiya Hartman – The Afterlife of Slavery
November 1-2, 2019: Hayden White Conference – Against Orthodoxies
Image of Hayden White courtesy of Special Collections at UC Santa Cruz.