UCSC Night at the Museum


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Annual public event hosted by The Humanities Institute at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Event Archive

May 16, 2018: Global 1968 – Race and Revolution Around the World

Our speakers challenged the centrality of 1968 in the world’s collective memory of revolutionary change. Instead, they offered “the long sixties” as a decade of violence and upheaval. From student movements in Mexico City, to the transmission of Maoist narratives across borders, and the never realized futures of post-colonial Africa, we learned about the forces that fought for a new world and shaped our present in so many ways. Featuring: Jean Allman (Washington University in St. Louis), Jaime Pensado (University of Notre Dame), Emily Honig (UC Santa Cruz). Moderated by: Marc Matera (UC Santa Cruz).



May 24, 2017Radical Jewish Politics: From Marx to Bernie

As we mark the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the stunning electoral success of Bernie Sanders, the revival of interest in socialism inspires this discussion of the history of radical Jewish Politics. Featuring: Tony Michels Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Alma Rachel Heckman Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz.



May 18, 2016The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection: “The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America”

Spanning 400 years of history, the Kinsey Collection reflects a rich cultural heritage. Includes work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, and Malcolm X. Featuring: Ethan Michaeli, author of The Defender, and David Anthony, Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.