Affiliated Programs

See below for new opportunities and programs for faculty and graduate students.

Excellence in Pedagogy & Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) Program

The Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) Program is poised to establish new paradigms for teaching pedagogy and study in the Humanities for both faculty and graduate students at UCLA. Made possible by the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, EPIC aims to achieve the following long-term goals:

  • Create an infrastructure that drives continual pedagogical improvement among faculty
  • Prepare graduate students to leverage humanities training for greater career success within and beyond academia
  • Engage undergraduates in innovative learning environments that demonstrate the value of a humanities education

To achieve these goals within the five-year span of the program, EPIC seeks to collaborate with the departments and programs within the Division of Humanities to develop pedagogical resources that address the dynamic needs of 21st century students and provide faculty and graduate students tools and resources for sustained excellence in teaching.

Seminars in Teaching Excellence (STE)

The largest component of the EPIC Program is the Seminars in Teaching and Excellence (STE). Each seminar will be facilitated by two faculty leads, and enroll eight faculty members and ten graduate students as MellonN-EPIC Fellows. There will also be two spaces reserved in each seminar for Santa Monica College (SMC) faculty as part of the effort to strengthen the community college transfer pipeline towards the studies in the Humanities at UCLA.

Comprised of twelve individual seminars, the STE will explore specific topics that are fundamental to teaching and learning in the Humanities, forge innovative approaches to humanities curricula, and open spaces for productive discussion and collaboration between faculty and graduate students.

To learn more about the EPIC Program, or to apply, please visit

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Program

The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is meant to galvanize, coordinate, and expand research and teaching in critical theory across departments and disciplines at UCLA. The Program offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory, which is open to graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or MFA program in any participating department at UCLA. The Program also sponsors the annual ECT Colloquium, which meets twice a quarter, and various lectures and conferences.


The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is now accepting applications for its two quarter core seminar and the graduate certificate program.  The topic of the 2017-18 seminar is Marx, Capitalism, Communism. 

The ECT seminar will meet on Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00PM winter and spring 2018, with additional sessions on occasional Tuesday evenings.  The seminar will be led by William Marotti (History; winter only) and Kenneth Reinhard (Comparative Literature; winter and spring).  In the winter quarter on “Marx and Capitalism,” we will focus on Marx’s writings, including Capital and other political and economic texts.  The topic of spring quarter will shift to “Marx and Communism,” focusing on the movement of Marx’s ideas into new theoretical and practical formations, especially those of Lenin, Mao, and Althusser.  Each quarter will include guest seminar leaders and lecturers, including Andrew Satori, John McCumber, Judith Butler, Jacques Lezra, Sigrid Weigel, Jason Smith, Fabio Lanza, Nick Nesbitt, Etienne Balibar, Jodi Dean, Bruno Bosteels, and Harry Harootunian. 

To apply please send a one page statement describing your previous experience with critical theory and your current theoretical interests, especially as they involve the topic of this year’s ECT seminar, along with your name, department, year in program, and email address to Jessika Herrera, Student Affairs Officer for the Department of Comparative Literature:  Students in Ph.D. and MFA programs in any department at UCLA are eligible for the seminar and the ECT graduate certificate.  Applications are due by Friday, December 8, 2017.

Metadata 2.0

UCHRI is offering a new grant opportunity, Metadata 2.0: a workshop series that aims to help UC humanities scholars launch or advance digital humanities projects.

Based on Metadata Central, a UC systemwide program offered through the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities in 2016 and funded by UCHRI, Metadata 2.0 is a two-quarter training program that enables UC graduate students and faculty to work on a digital project with metadata experts from around the UC system. Each participant will be assigned to one of five experts and will meet with this expert regularly throughout the program. There will also be three opportunities for participants to workshop their projects with the entire cohort of participants and experts.

Applications are open to all UC faculty members and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applications are due on January 4. grantees will receive travel costs to and from UCHRI for the initial workshop (January 29–30, 2018) as well as the opportunity to apply for $200 to use toward their research projects.

Program description.

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