Welcome to the College of Humanities and the Arts' programming theme, "Borderlands: Immigration and Migration in the 21st Century." Our programming includes events across design, music, foreign languages, literature, and theatre. We are featuring events that reconceptualize the idea of the border, with a focus on "Blurring Boundaries, Breaking Barriers, and Building Bridges." Look below for a schedule of events!

This initiative was inspired by a project co-created by Department of Design professor, Virginia San Fratello, and her partner, Ronald Rael. Specially designed teeter-totters were built and installed along the Mexican-American border, connecting children and adults on both sides in meaningful ways. Learn about the project here.

And watch an interview with Professor San Fratello for the Virtual Design Festival below!

Due to the Santa Clara County Shelter-In-Place order, many of our events have been cancelled. However, we do hope you can join us for one of our virtual events below!

Upcoming Virtual 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