The aim of Illuminations is to link programming in arts and culture to the undergraduate academic and cocurricular experience and to foster arts partnerships between UCI and local arts institutions.

About Illuminations

Message from the Director


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All Illuminations events are free to UCI undergraduates. Many require an advance ticket or rsvp. Please click here to review all upcoming events.

Partnerships & Proposals

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Illuminations supports arts and culture programming for undergraduates across campus. We are seeking proposals for faculty-initiated events in 2021-2022. Deadline:  Friday,  April 2, 2021.

Please feel free to contact Julia Lupton, jrlupton@uci.edu, for information.



Authors Series

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Meet the Authors:

2020-2021 Author & Artist Series; UCI Illuminaries Faculty Author Series, Global Concersations

In 2020-21, Illuminations is pleased to host a dazzling line-up of journalists, authors, and actors, in partnership with many programs across campus. These brilliant speakers address the pressing issues of our time, including the impact of slavery on United States history and culture, the state of the planet, and tales of migration and incarceration. Join us for these and other free events that will broaden your horizons and build empathy and compassion.

View 2019-20 Author & Artist Series

View 2018-2019 Authors Series

View 2017-2018 Authors Series