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.

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies with orchids on table in office

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.

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Center for Greek Studies with Collection of Greek books and objects

Center for Greek Studies

Promotes the multi-disciplinary study of the language, literature, history, and culture of classical, post-classical, and contemporary Greece.

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Center for Research Translation and Public Policy

The Michael D. Palm Center for Research Translation and Public Policy (CRTPP) is dedicated to ensuring that SFSU faculty and students can contribute to social justice and evidence based public policy formulation by informing national policy conversations with state of the art scholarship.

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Annual Design and Industry Student Design Exhibition


DesignSpace at San Francisco State University informs and educates the campus community, the design community, and the general public in the diversity of practices and issues of design in its past, its present, and looking to the future through exhibitions and events. DesignSpace functions as a collaborative teaching and learning workspace for students, faculty, and internal and external partners and as a public forum, inviting deeper engagement in design, its practices and discourses.

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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.

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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.

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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

1970's protest by and for people with disabilities

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

Media and Community Training Conference

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

Afiara String Quartet

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.

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OLLI Conference

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.

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Poetry Center workshop participants

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

Making a documentary

Queer Cinema Project

Queer Cinema Project (QCP) 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.

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Making a documentary

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.

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In the News

Hoodline Recommends Attending Superfest, Co-Presented by SF State Longmore Institute

HOODLINE/YAHOO NEWS -- Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest-running disability film festival in the world.

Professor Kudlick Urges Stronger Messaging, Visibility for Americans with Disabilities Act

MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT ARTS WORLDWIDE -- Catherine Kudlick, Ph.D., professor of History and director of the Paul K.

Ensemble Phase to Perform at SF State's Morrison Artists Series

THE REHEARSAL STUDIO (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The second concert in the Morrison Artists Series, presented by the College of Liberal & Creative Arts at San Francisco State University (SFSU), will host the San Francisco debut of ensemble PHASE (앙상블 페이즈).

Former Faculty Member Aaron Shurin Has Read at Litquake Festival

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- For Jane, the revelation came during a quieter moment at a barbershop in the Castro, where San Francisco State Professor Aaron Shurin was reading an essay about poetry and gay identity from King of Shadows.

Mercury News' Classical Picks Include Morrison Artists Series Season Opener with Alexander String Quartet

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Free Music at Morrison: The Morrison Artists Series launches its season of admission-free concerts with the Alexander String Quartet, playing music by Mozart, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Details: 3 p.m.

Superfest Film Festival Gives Disability Community a Voice

WHEEL LIFE -- In 2012, the Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University partnered with LightHouse for the Blind and took over Superfest, the longest-running disability film festival in the world.

Professor Kudlick Discusses Disability, Disease in 19th-Century Paris

THE FRENCH HISTORY PODCAST -- Catherine Kudlick of San Francisco State University talks about a blind community in 19th century Paris. Furthermore, she talks about disability, disease and what those meant in French history.

Season 64 of SF State's Morrison Artists Series: Free and Spectacular

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE -- There is no better value for Bay Area chamber-music audiences than the Morrison Artists Series at San Francisco State University, with free admission to a season of first-class concerts, workshops and lectures.

Poetry Center Archives Feature Collection of Recordings by African American Women

COLBY COLLEGE (WATERVILLE, MAINE) -- At the Poetry Center Digital Archive at The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, White compiled a digital collection of 14 “historic recordings features, in alphabetical order, original Poetry Center rea

Morrison Chamber Music Center Announces 2019 - 2020 Season of Admission-Free Concerts

Programs for the Morrison Artists Series’ 2019 – 2020 season ( will be presented in two adjacent venues: SFSU’s 700-seat McKenna Theatre and the more intimate Knuth Hall (both at 1756 Holl