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A red GIF with 2021 spelled out in gold drawings of food, an ox, red envelopes & firecrackers sliding upwards with fireworks

This February 12 marks the start of Lunar New Year, a festival celebrated in many countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is known as Tết; in Korea it’s known as Seollal. In the U.S., it is most commonly associated with what’s often called Chinese New Year, the American version of China’s 15-day-long festivities.

This year marks the Year of the Ox, one of twelve zodiacs in the cycle. …


Stories, podcasts and videos to enrich your Black History Month

Celebrated each February, Black History Month remembers and recognizes the key people and events in the history of the African diaspora. This Black History Month learn about UCI Humanities scholars and research we’re proud to celebrate year-round. What follows is a series of multimedia opportunities to engage with the people and research making a difference today.

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A blue rectangle with a yellow wave going through it & yellow text reading, “Read.” It has an open book icon.


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In this episode of “The Welcome Table,” literary journalism majors Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen interview Maria-Gratias Sinon, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow 2020–2021, UCI Department of European Languages & Studies.

Tatum Larsen (0:10–0:16): Hi everyone, welcome to this week’s episode of “The Welcome Table” with Tatum

Sydney Charles (0:16–0:17): And Sydney.

Larsen (0:17–0:53): Today, we are talking to Dr. Maria-Gratias Sinon. Dr. Maria-Gratias Sinon has her Ph.D. in French language and also in literature from the University at Buffalo. She’s also the recipient of this same award of one of our other interviewees, Dr. Felix. So it is the…


Brittnay Proctor stands outside of Humanities Gateway smiling and holding her hands in front of her.
Brittnay Proctor stands outside of Humanities Gateway smiling and holding her hands in front of her.
Photo: Audrey Fong / UCI

In this episode of “The Welcome Table,” literary journalism students Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen interview Brittnay Proctor, visiting assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies.

Sydney Charles (0:10–0:17): Hi, everyone, welcome back to another episode of “The Welcome Table.” Today, we are joined by Brittnay Proctor. How are you doing today?

Brittnay Proctor (0:18–0:19): Good. How about yourself?

Charles (0:20–0:39): Doing good. Doing good. Professor Proctor is a visiting assistant professor in the Gender and Sexuality Department. She focuses on Black studies, gender and sexuality studies, Black feminist theory, and Black popular music. So we’re so excited to…


A professional portrait of Bridget R. Cooks sitting in front of a navy background
A professional portrait of Bridget R. Cooks sitting in front of a navy background

In this episode of “The Welcome Table,” literary journalism students Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen interview Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of African American studies and art history.

Tatum Larsen (0:10–0:12): Hi guys, this is Tatum.

Sydney Charles (0:12–0:13): And Sydney.

Larsen (0:13–0:42): And welcome to another episode of “The Welcome Table.” Today we are joined by Professor Bridget R. Cooks. Professor Bridget R. Cooks is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Art History. Cooks’ interests include: Black visual culture, museum criticism, film, feminist theory and post-colonial theory. We’re so excited…


A black & white photo of Desha Dauchan looking slightly to her left
A black & white photo of Desha Dauchan looking slightly to her left

In this episode of “The Welcome Table,” literary journalism students Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen interview Desha Dauchan, assistant professor of teaching in the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Sydney Charles (0:10–0:14): Hi everyone. Welcome back to another episode of :The Welcome Table” with Sydney.

Tatum Larsen (0:14–0:15): And Tatum.

Charles (0:15–0:27): Today we’re speaking with Professor Desha Dauchan. Professor Dauchan is an assistant professor of teaching film and media studies, as well-seasoned film director with many credits and accolades to her name. How are you doing today?

Desha Dauchan (0:28–0:29): I’m good. How are you?

Charles (0:29–0:32)…


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In this episode of “The Welcome Table,” literary journalism majors Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen interview Felix Jean-Louis III, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow 2020–2021, UCI Department of European Languages & Studies.

Tatum Larsen (0:10–0:16): Hi, everyone, welcome to this episode of “The Welcome Table.” My name is Tatum.

Sydney Charles (0:16–0:18): And my name is Sydney.

Larsen (0:18–0:51): And today we’re talking to Dr. Felix Jean-Louis III. As you can see, we are recording separately. I’m usually with my better half. You know, I think she’s up there in the Zoom, but due to the fires, we have to…


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In this episode of “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities,” Tyrus Miller, dean of the School of Humanities at UCI, interviews Anoosheh Oskouian, president and CEO of Ship and Shore Environmental, Inc. about her career and why she believes it’s important to preserve Persian culture.

Tyrus Miller (0:07–0:14): Welcome to “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities.” I’ve got my coffee, I know you have your tea, Anoosheh.

Anoosheh Oskouian (0:14–0:15): I do.

Miller (0:16–0:40): I’m Tyrus Miller, Dean of the UCI School of Humanities and I’m so pleased to be joined by Anoosheh Oskouian for our inaugural conversation. Anoosheh is President…


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In this episode of “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities,” Tyrus Miller, dean of the School of Humanities at UCI, interviews Bruce Hallett ’78, managing director of Miramar Venture Partners.

Tyrus Miller (0:07–1:29): Welcome to “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities.” I’m Tyrus Miller, dean of the UCI School of Humanities, with coffee cup in hand, and I’m pleased to be joined by Bruce Hallett. Bruce is the managing director at Miramar Digital Partners. He was the co-founder. A company that offers innovation, product strategy, and team building to technology startups. Prior to joining Miramar, Bruce was a Managing Partner of…


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A headshot of Karen Lawrence smiling in front of a brown stone wall

In this episode of “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities,” Tyrus Miller, dean of the School of Humanities at UCI, interviews Karen Lawrence, president of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

Tyrus Miller (0:07–0:58): Welcome to “Over Coffee: Leaders Talking Humanities.” I’m Tyrus Miller, dean of the UCI School of Humanities and I’m especially pleased to be joined by Karen Lawrence, president of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens where she’s been since 2018. Karen has vast leadership experience. She served as the president of Sarah Lawrence College for 10 years and before that as dean…

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