Centers & Institutes

SF State is home to a diverse collection of world-class artists, philosophers, historians, political thinkers, broadcasters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians and creative writers. They are the spirit behind the the College of Liberal & Creative Arts — the College of Ideas — challenging artistic norms, experimenting across media, genre and traditions, engaging in the business of production and inspiring diverse local, national and international communities and audiences.

Our faculty members research and challenge intellectual paradigms, historical practices, cultural norms and policy. They are the force behind the College of Ideas — influencing public opinion on the military’s transgender policy, spreading awareness of disability issues, investigating classic archaeology and influencing thought in environmental and medical ethics, world literature and contemporary artistic practice.

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Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies is the first and only academic institution of its kind -- dedicated to research and teaching about the historical and cultural experiences of the global Iranian diaspora community.

Visit the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies website

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Center for Modern Greek Studies

Promotes the study of modern Greek language, literature, history and culture of contemporary Greece in relation to its Byzantine and earlier Hellenic history and cultural achievements.

Visit the Center for Modern Greek Studies website

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Design Gallery

Building on the Design and Industry student exhibition’s 25th anniversary in 2014, the department and College plan to establish a permanent Design Gallery. It will feature exhibitions showcasing guest designers, students and faculty. Stand by for further updates.

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Documentary Film Institute

This production hub and incubator aims to make SF State and the Bay Area a center for excellence in the documentary genre. Since its inception in 2005, it has screened more than 120 films and hosted more than 40 visiting filmmakers.

Visit the Documentary Film Institute website

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Fine Arts Gallery

Acclaimed professional exhibitions alternate with student-focused shows — all prepared by students. Professional exhibitions explore international contemporary art and historical examinations of the diversity of art in California and the West.

Visit the Fine Arts Gallery website

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Global Museum

With collections from Latin America, Egypt, Oceania and Africa — some thousands of years old — this new space expands access to the University’s priceless global art. Graduate students in Museum Studies manage the collections.

Visit the SF State Global Museum

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Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Part think tank, part cultural center, this pioneering institute introduces new ideas about disability and disabled people while also incorporating the topic into the curriculum University wide.

Visit the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability website

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Media and Community

Launched in fall 2015, the Lab for Media and Community sponsors projects that enable faculty, students and leaders from media and the community to come together to explore and improve the role of journalism in strengthening communities. Activities range from research to training to field testing of community media initiatives.

The Media and Community Website is Coming Soon

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Morrison Chamber Music Center

Since the 1950s, this center has offered free concerts and topflight educational programs to develop new audiences and provide future generations of performers with mentorship by the world’s greatest practitioners (Afiara String Quartet pictured above). The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet is quartet-in-residence.

Visit the Morrison Chamber Music Center website

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The center is one of more than 115 learning communities around the U.S. that inspire seasoned adults to take a fresh look at themselves, the future, their generation and the world of possibilities. An active community of peers age 50 and above engage in learning through classes, interest groups and events at the downtown and main campuses.

Visit the OLLI website

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Poetry Center

The center’s reading series, founded in 1954, is one of the longest-running such programs in the U.S. The archives is approaching 5,000 hours of original audio and video recordings documenting the reading series.

Visit the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives website

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Queer Cinema Institute

Queer Cinema Institute (QCI) is a hub for innovative approaches to the research, production, promotion and distribution of cinema that speaks directly to the many aspects of the LGBTQ experience.

Visit the Queer Cinema Institute website

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Veteran Documentary Corps

Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) empowers veterans and filmmakers from around the world to tell true stories about the veteran experience to other veterans and global citizens alike.

Visit the Veteran Documentary Corps website