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 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.

Visit the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies website

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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.

Visit the Center for Research Translation and Public Policy website

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.

Visit the DesignSpace website

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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

Featuring cultural collections from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, the university’s new museum presents rotating exhibitions, public programs, and K-12 field trips (all free admission). The museum also serves as a teaching lab for the Museum Studies Program.

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.

Visit the Morrison Chamber Music Center website

OLLI Conference

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI SF State is a community of inquiring adults, age 50+, who believe in lifelong learning, engagement, and exploration. OLLI SF State offers classes, interest groups and community to seasoned adults, and is one of 124 institutes hosted by universities and colleges across the country.

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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

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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.

Visit the Queer Cinema Project website

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.

Visit the Veteran Documentary Corps website


In the News

Professor Kudlick Comments on How People with Disabilities Have Created Benefits for Everyone

THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Do you love audiobooks? “You have blind people to thank for that,” said Catherine Kudlick, director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Six Faculty, Staff Win College of Liberal & Creative Arts Excellence Awards

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts presented its fourth annual Excellence Awards to faculty and staff on August 18. The six winners were announced at the College’s opening meeting for the 2021 – 2022 year, held in McKenna Theatre.

Six Faculty, Staff Win College of Liberal & Creative Arts Excellence Awards

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts presented its fourth annual Excellence Awards to faculty and staff on August 18. The six winners were announced at the College’s opening meeting for the 2021 – 2022 year, held in McKenna Theatre.

Professor Kudlick Discusses Accessibility for Disabled at Movie Theatres

KQED-FM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- But some historic Bay Area theaters are lagging behind — notably San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, which was built in 1922.

Celebrating National Poetry Month with SF State's Poetry Center

MERCER CLUSTER (MERCER UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA) -- SFSU’s Poetry Center shows about 30 poetry-centered performances, readings and conversations each year, going back to 1954.

What If We Could Never Touch Again? Professor Kudlick Discusses on Flash Forward Podcast

FLASH FORWARD -- Today’s episode is about a future without touch. Guests include: Dr. Catherine Kudlick, a historian and the Director or the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Comics Roundtable on Blindness Sparks Conversation Among Hundreds of Attendees

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On Wednesday, a roundtable discussion was hosted by SF State’s Program in Visual Impairment, Comic Studies Department and The Longmore Institute of Disability.

Cal Professor Digitizes Archives from SF State's Sutro’s Egyptian Collection

BERKELEY NEWS (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY) -- Many of these relics have been hidden for decades in storage facilities at the Hearst Museum, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum, San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and San Francisco State Univ

Outside Lands Podcast Explores SF State Sutro Egyptian Collection

OUTSIDE LANDS PODCAST (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Adolph Sutro’s vast wealth enabled his passion for collecting. Dr.

Longmore Institute's Krip-Hop Event Brings Disability Center Stage

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “The thing that I see in hip-hop [is] that mental health is talked about a lot,” Moore Jr.