News | 8 January 2015

“Questions that Matter”: New Public Humanities Series brings Campus to Community


The UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) will present Making the Cosmos Local—the first event in a new series of public dialogues titled Questions That Matter—on Tuesday, January 27, at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

The evening will feature a conversation with UC Santa Cruz professors Minghui Hu (History) and Anthony Aguirre (Physics), moderated by IHR director Nathaniel Deutsch.

“We want it to be a conversation with the community about questions that matter to all of us,” said Deutsch. “One of our main goals is to share cutting-edge thinking going on at the university about big topics.”

“But we don’t want to just tell it to the public. We want to share it with them in the form of a public interaction with the community,” he added.

Deutsch noted that the new series is part of a broader effort to integrate the university with the Santa Cruz community.

“Showing people what the humanities are revealing is—and always has been—about questions that matter: life, death, the universe, love, play, community. The title of the first event, ‘Making the Cosmos Local,’ captures the spirit of this series which is to bring big questions to the Santa Cruz commons.”

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