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Humanities Institute

Upcoming Events

October 2, 2017

Katja Herges, "Agency, Assemblage & Care in Contemporary Life Writing by Migrants in Germany"

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 912 Sproul Hall

Medical therapy largely focuses on eliminating “foreign” pathological agents such as cancer cells or microorganisms from the body with the goal of restoring health. As a result, the body is not only the victim of such agents but also becomes, once the treatment starts, the passive target of physician-prescribed, almost omnipotent (drug) therapy. Yet long-term care of patients with chronic illness often precludes cure and requires multiple therapeutic approaches. In this presentation, Herges focus on the neglected experiences of chronically ill migrants in contemporary Germany and on how life writings by migrants can allow us to rethink illness and long-term care. She argues that German-Turkish journalist Mely Kiyak’s memoir of her father’s treatment for lung cancer and Evelyne Leandro’s diary of her long-term antibiotic therapy against leprosy as a Brazilian migrant frames illness and care as an assemblage with distributed agency.

This event is sponsored by Department of German & Russian:
UCD German Studies Research Series

For more information please contact: serose@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 2, 2017 12:00 pm
End: October 2, 2017 1:30 pm

October 3, 2017

DHI Fall Reception/Open House

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 227 Voorhies Hall

Please join us for our annual Fall Reception at the DHI offices in Voorhies Hall (227) to celebrate the 2017-2018 academic year.

View our graduate summer fellows’ poster presentation, find out about our upcoming programs, and enjoy refreshments.


This event is sponsored by UC Davis Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: Gina Nunes, gmnunes@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 3, 2017 4:00 pm
End: October 3, 2017 6:00 pm

October 4, 2017

Creative Writing Faculty Hit the Deck for Annual Reading

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: UC Davis Arboretum – Wyatt Deck

For the 11th year, faculty in the Creative Writing Program at UC Davis will open the academic year with a reading in the UC Davis Arboretum. Taking part this year are the following faculty members:

Joshua Clover is author of three books of poetry, the most recent Red Epic (2015). His work has been published in the Best American Poetry and Best Music Writing anthologies. Clover received the Walt Whitman Award for First Book of Poetry from the Academy of American Poets and twice won the Pushcart Prize for Poetry. He has written three books of cultural theory, The Matrix, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About and Riot.Strike.Riot: the New Era of Uprisings. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/jclover

Greg Glazner’s books of poetry are From the Iron Chair and Singularity. He has won The Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, The Walt Whitman Award and an NEA Fellowship. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, Poetry International and Poetry. http://writing.ucdavis.edu/people/gaglazne

Pam Houston is the author of two books of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and the novels Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound. Her stories have been published in anthologies Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards and The Pushcart Prize. Her story “The Best Girlfriend You Never Had” was selected by John Updike for the Best American Short Stories of the Century. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/plhousto

Jacinda Townsend is author of the 2014 novel Saint Monkey. Her forthcoming novel Kif is told in the voices of an American woman who ‘adopts’ a Moroccan girl and the girl’s mother, an escaped slave from Mauritanian. She is winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/gides

Joe Wenderoth’s writing includes the poetry collections Disfortune, It Is If I Speak, No Real Light and If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep and the essay collection Letters To Wendy’s. His work has been published in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, The Best American Prose Poems: From Poe To Present, The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology and American Poetry: Next Generation. http://english.ucdavis.edu/people/jlwender

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Arboretum.

Start: October 4, 2017 7:00 pm
End: October 4, 2017 8:30 pm

October 5, 2017

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series: Talk by Mellon Public Scholars

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Hart Hall 3201

Hear from three Cultural Studies graduate students, Trisha Barua, Jeanelle Hope and Stephanie Maroney, about their experience in the UC Davis Humanities Institute’s Mellon Public Scholars Program.
This program trains and supports graduate students to carry out community-engaged summer research projects.


This event is sponsored by Cultural Studies

For more information please contact: lkwoods@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 5, 2017 4:00 pm
End: October 5, 2017 6:00 pm

October 7, 2017

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: International Center, Multipurpose Room

The Confucius Institute at UC Davis looks forward to celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with you!

Traditionally, a harvest celebration, the festival is observed at the time of year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. We welcome you to join in the festivities! We've planned a wide variety of entertainment including traditional dance and instrumental performances , martial arts demonstrations, and fun activities for the kids. Enjoy delicious Chinese refreshments and a customary moon cake! Make sure to get in some moon-gazing as well!

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

This event is sponsored by The Confucius Institute at UC Davis

For more information please contact: Register now: http://confucius.ucdavis.edu/specialevents/midautumnfestival2017.html

Start: October 7, 2017 6:30 pm
End: October 7, 2017 8:30 pm
Category: arts-event

October 12, 2017

Chinese Food & Wine Lecture: The 24 Solar Terms

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room, International Center, UC Davis, 463 California Avenue, Davis (Corner of Russel Blvd. & California Ave.)

Listed as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, the 24 solar terms were created by farmers in ancient China to guide the agricultural affairs and farming activities. The 24 solar terms reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, agricultural production, and other aspects of human life. This lecture will focus on typical Chinese food and drinks related to the terms and how they help to cure diseases and maintain health.

Tasting: 1 type of baijiu, 1 type of rice wine and Chinese dishes

This event is sponsored by The Confucius Institute at UC Davis

For more information please contact: Confucius Institute at UC Davis: http://confucius.ucdavis.edu

Start: October 12, 2017 5:30 pm
End: October 12, 2017 6:30 pm

October 18, 2017

Ask a Historian – A Campus Forum on Topical National Issues

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Should Confederate statues come down? Are today’s neo-Nazis like the Nazis of the Third Reich? What about immigration, refugees and building a border wall?

Seven UC Davis historians will address these and other topical questions during this forum with each giving a five-minute TED talk-style presentation, then talking with participants in small group and one-on-one discussions.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter asked the Department of History to organize the event in response to violence that erupted Aug. 13 between white nationalists and counterprotestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. After the “Unite the Right” rally left one person dead and 35 others injured, President Donald Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” an even-handedness many observers found troubling.

At the center of the torch-lit protest was a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which the city planned to remove and has since covered with tarps.

History Professor Sally McKee said the forum is intended to provide historical context and promote civil discussions about the monuments and other issues dividing the nation.

Seven presenters will lead discussions:

David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, speaking on “Nazism and Antisemitism.”

Gregory Downs, a history professor who writes about the Civil War and Reconstruction, on “The Civil War and Confederate Statues.”

Justin Leroy, an assistant professor who focuses on 19th-century African American history, on “Civil Disobedience.”

Susan Gilson Miller, a historian of modern North Africa and the Mediterranean, on “Antisemitism and Islamophobia.”

Lorena Oropeza, an associate professor and expert on Chicano/Latino history, on “Immigration and the Wall.”

John Smolenski, an associate professor who studies slavery and other early American history, on “Founding Fathers vs. Robert E. Lee.”

Cecilia Tsu, an associate professor whose research interests include Asian American history, immigration and the American West, on “Refugees.”

This event is sponsored by Department of History in the College of Letters and Science, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office for Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the Chancellor and Provost

For more information please contact: Greg Downs at gdowns@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 18, 2017 11:00 am
End: October 18, 2017 1:00 pm

October 19, 2017

A Theology of Malcolm X: Protest, Prayer, and the Stranger

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Wright Hall

How could a theological figuration of Malcolm X be developed for modern Muslim theology? How might a Muslim minority community turn to Malcolm X in order to respond faithfully to the pervasive failure of the rule of law and a perpetual state of exception? In the present project I examine what the work and memory of Malcolm X might offer contemporary Muslims invested in the work of social justice. By identifying Malcolm X’s own lived theology, I argue that both an ethically oriented theology of resistance and a contextually-sensitive theology of the stranger can be fruitfully developed for our times. Living in an age of exclusion, I address how the religious imagination can be used to invert the prevailing narratives of violence and otherness presently being imposed upon Muslim faith communities today and to raise the contemporary theological significance of an icon of American protest.

This event is sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, Program in Middle East/South Asia Studies, and the Graduate Group in the Study of Religion.

For more information please contact: Mairaj Syed, msyed@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 19, 2017 5:30 pm
End: October 19, 2017 7:00 pm

UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival – 500 Years

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: International Center MPR


Join us for the inaugural UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival and a screening of “500 Years,” the story of Mayan resistance in Guatemala — to threaten the powerful and empower the dispossessed, from the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous people in 2013 to a citizen’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government.

For more information about the film: http://500years.skylight.is/

This event is sponsored by UC Davis Humanities Institute, Human Rights Studies, in partnership with Human Rights Watch.

For more information please contact: Becky Wilson, rjwilson@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 19, 2017 7:00 pm
End: October 19, 2017 9:00 pm

October 20, 2017

UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival – Nowhere to Hide

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Manetti Shrem Museum of Art


Join us for the inaugural UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival and a screening of Nowhere to Hide (2016), an immersive and uncompromising first-hand reflection on the resilience and fortitude of a male nurse working and raising his children in Jalawla, Iraq, an increasingly dangerous and inaccessible part of the world. Immediately after US troops left Iraq in 2011, director Zaradasht Ahmed gave nurse Nori Sharif a camera and taught him how to use it, asking him to capture the reality of life in his community and the hospital where he worked. For the next five years Nori filmed life around him, but the population “including the majority of the hospital staff” flees when the Iraqi army pulls out in 2013 because of militant activity. Sharif is one of the few who remain. When the militias and the Islamic State advance on Jalawla in 2014 and finally take over the city, Sharif continues to film. However, he now faces a vital decision: stay and dedicate himself to treating those he vowed to help, or leave and protect his family, in the process becoming one of thousands of internally displaced people in Iraq.

For more information about the film: http://www.tenthousandimages.no/portfolio-item/nowhere_to_hide/

The inaugural UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival is presented by the UC Davis Humanities Institute and Human Rights Studies, in partnership with Human Rights Watch. This second night of the festival is co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

For more information please contact: Becky Wilson, rjwilson@ucdavis.edu

Start: October 20, 2017 7:00 pm
End: October 20, 2017 9:00 pm
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