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UC Irvine Picked to House Institute for Humanities

September 15, 1987|BILL BILLITER | Times Staff Writer

UC Irvine has been chosen over four other UC campuses as the site for the new University of California Humanities Institute, sources said Monday.

The institute would be a place where up to 25 scholars reside on campus for a year, studying issues affecting the humanities.

The regents, who will meet Thursday and Friday at UCLA, are expected to launch a so-called "Humanities Initiative" for the nine-campus UC system.

According to a UC system source in Berkeley, the award of the UC Humanities Institute to the 22-year-old Irvine campus will be the "centerpiece" of the regents' move to better promote study and research in the humanities.

Scholars attending the institute would live and study in existing buildings on the Irvine campus, the UC source said. Later, however, the UC system might propose a separate building to house and administer the yearly program.

UCI competed with UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara to be the site of the institute.

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