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The UC Merced Center for the Humanities fosters individual and collaborative research in the humanities and allied fields. Faculty, students, artists and visitors affiliated with the Center study human experiences and human consciousness around the world and throughout time, focusing on topics that range from the search for beauty to the quest for power.  Center exhibitions, publications and performances showcase the cultural products – from films to dances to maps – that record, reflect, and express human solidarity, conflict, and transcendence. Inspired by the UC Merced vision of “The World at Home/At Home in the World,” Center activities strive to link the local with the global, the campus with the community, and the empirical with the conceptual.