Humanities West presents a wide-ranging series of lectures and performances encompassing the fine arts, social history, music, politics, and philosophy of the arts. Since 1983 these interdisciplinary programs have been designed to entertain and educate diverse audiences in an effort to illuminate and elevate the human spirit through exploration of the many sources of modern culture.
Each season Humanities West presents a number of programs in which leading scholars and artists present lectures, performances, readings and discussions to audiences in San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theatre. These one- or two-day events represent an opportunity unique not only to the Bay Area, but also to the entire United States. In cooperation with other institutions, such as the Mechanic's Institute Library and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, additional public lectures and panels are presented to further expand upon program topics.