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April 5, 2017

Brujula – Volume 11 Official Launching

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

Please join us for the launching of Brujula’s Volume 11. This volume deals with the politics of ecological degradation in Latin America and the strategies of resistance being employed in response to environmental injustices throughout the region.

Brujula: revista interdisciplinaria sobre estudios latinoamericanos (ISSN 1542-5045) is published annually by graduate students of the University of California, Davis, under the auspices of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

This journal seeks to foster a dialogue between established academics and a new generation of scholars, while including original essays from a variety of fields such as Anthropology, History, Art, Music, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Sociology, and Native American studies, among many others. With each issue, Brujula intends to highlight a theme of relevance in current debates and to create a forum that explores transnational perspectives to critical approaches.

Brujula is indexed in the MLA Index.

This event is sponsored by Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, Davis Humanities Institute, Cross Cultural Center

For more information please contact: David Tenorio, dtenoriog@ucdavis.edu

Start: April 5, 2017 4:00 pm
End: April 5, 2017 6:00 pm
Category: arts-event

April 6, 2017

Sharon M. Louden in Conversation with Robin Hill

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Manetti Shrem Museum, Community Education Room

Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books. Her most recent book, The Artist as Culture Producer, will be available in March 2017.

Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series

This event is sponsored by Department of Art and Art History

For more information please contact: http://arts.ucdavis.edu/event/sharon-m-louden-conversation-robin-hill-and-company

Start: April 6, 2017 4:30 pm
End: April 6, 2017 6:00 pm

April 8, 2017

Stories on Stage Davis, Featuring Kelly Luce and Shruti Swamy

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Pence Gallery, 212 D. St.

STORIES ON STAGE DAVIS returns with another reading on Saturday, April 8th the Pence Gallery, featuring authors Kelly Luce and Shruti Swamy and performers Matthew Abergel and Victoria Goldblatt who will breathe life into literature with their reading.
A master storyteller, Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won the 2013 Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction. Luce transports readers to a Japan laced with magical realism in one story that Stories on Stage Davis will present, a toaster transforms into an oracle and spits out toast that fortells one’s death. “Luce’s memorable characters can’t escape being transformed themselves,” says series co-director Elise Winn Pollard. “Often by the power of love and grief.”
Also presented is Shruti Swamy, who lives and writes in San Francisco. “I was spellbound by Shruti Swamy’s story,” says Elise about Night Garden. “In which the narrator must confront death in the form of a cobra that enters her garden and threatens her and the reader’s sense of safety.” Swamy’s work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016, Agni, the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, and elsewhere.
STORIES ON STAGE DAVIS performances are held at the Pence Gallery in downtown Davis, 212 D Street. $10 donation recommended; $5 minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the reading starts at 7:30 p.m. The authors will be on hand to sign books following the event.
Now in its fourth year, Stories on Stage Davis pairs short fiction selections with regional actors who read them aloud to a live audience. The series accepts submissions of short stories 1500 to 4000 words in length and written or video resumes from actors interested in reading. For more information, visit storiesonstagedavis.com.

This event is sponsored by Davis Humanities Institute, Esm© Weijun Wang, City of Davis

For more information please contact: Naomi Williams, naomiwms@gmail.com, www.storiesonstagedavis.com

Start: April 8, 2017 7:30 pm
End: April 8, 2017 9:00 pm
Category: arts-event

April 10, 2017

Violent Borders, Carceral Seas

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Voorhies 126


Reece Jones

“Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move”

Over 7500 people died attempting to cross a border in 2016. This presentation argues that the violent restrictions on the movement of the poor today are not new or unique, but rather are part of long history of protecting privilege through legal restrictions on the movement of the poor backed up by violence.
Reece Jones is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. His research on border security and violence has been featured in dozens of media outlets around the world including the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Guardian. He is the author of two books, Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel (2012, Zed Books), which won the 2013 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award from the Association of American Geographers, and the Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move (2016, Verso). He also edited Placing the Border in Everyday Life with Corey Johnson (2014, Routledge Border Regions Series), which won the 2016 Past Presidents’ Gold Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies. He is the Forum and Review Editor at the journal Geopolitics and also sits on the editorial board of Political Geography.


Laleh Khalili

“Carceral Seas”

In this presentation, I consider the militarisation of the seas and carceral practices at sea. Though brigs have long been a feature of state carceral practices, I will focus on two other modes of carcerality at sea whose relationship to states and entrepreneurs of violence are more indeterminate: these are ghost ships –unseaworthy ships–transporting migrants across the Mediterranean, and ships and seafarers captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. These modalities of carcerality reveal the grey zone of parastatal operations, and the fractures and fissures in international laws regulating, and heavy securitisation of, migration and trade.

Laleh Khalili is a professor of Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge 2007) and Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013) and the co-editor (with Jillian Schwedler) of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (Oxford University Press/Hurst 2010). She is currently working on a large research project on ports and maritime transport infrastructures in the Arabian Peninsula.


Terry Park

“Please Believe Us With All Your Heart”: The Nonpatriated Asian Prisoner of the Korean War, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and US Liberal Empire, 1947-1953″

My talk focuses on the production and representation of the nonpatriated Asian POW through his “voluntary” emancipation in the “neutral” space of the Korean DMZ. I examine the US’s adoption of “inspired defection” as Cold War policy and the emergence of a new legal, cultural, and political figure—the “escapee”— a predecessor of the Korean War figure of the nonpatriated Asian POW. The sentimentalizing construction of this figure triggered a shift in the US imagination that branded the Cold War as a humanitarian, cosmopolitan project, which involved partnerships with non-aligned nations like India. I interrogate the camouflaging labor performed by the words “neutral” and “demilitarization” and the ways in which US Cold War empire neutralized and realigned perceived threats through pedagogical campaigns and non-aligned entities. This grammar of the Korean DMZ, which cohered around the incarcerated figure of the nonpatriated Asian POW, helped engineer the emergence of US liberal empire from the barbed-wire, dissected belly of Cold War Asia.

Terry K Park is currently a lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard University. His research interests focus on how the Korean War, popularly known as the US’s “forgotten war,” shaped, and continues to shape, US liberal empire and Transpacific cultural practices. He has authored journal articles, policy reports, and book reviews on the legacies of the Korean War in US and Asian American culture, including the lead essay in MELUS’s special issue on Asian American performance art. Park is also an award-winning teacher who has taught at UC Davis, Hunter College, San Quentin State Prison, Miami University, Wellesley College, and Harvard. Included on the list, “Inspiring Activists: Trailblazers and leaders in the community and in the struggle for social justice” by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Dr. Park’s scholarship and teaching shapes, and is shaped by, his participation in several community-based Asian American organizations, including a stint as Executive Director of Hyphen magazine. He received his PhD in Cultural Studies, with a designated emphasis in Studies of Performance and Practice, from UC Davis.

This event is sponsored by David Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: ucdborderstudies@gmail.com and see www.borderstudies.ucdavis.edu

Start: April 10, 2017 12:00 pm
End: April 10, 2017 2:00 pm

April 11, 2017

Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Art Annex

Lisa Barnard, award-winning documentary photographer and lecturer at the University of South Wales, will discuss the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology, and their coalescence around modern-day warfare. As Fredric Jameson famously observed in 1991 “the underside of culture is blood, torture, death and horror.” Focusing on her recent book, Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden (2014), Barnard will explore the complex relationship between these apparently divergent arenas and how the screen is pivotal to the emergence and ongoing development in the relationship between war, media and industry as they relate to the virtual and the real. Shifting from screen to landscape and incorporating imagery from disparate yet indelibly connected areas including Las Vegas, Waziristan, Washington and Hollywood, her work questions photojournalism’s ‘truth claims’ and the indecipherable, all-consuming nature of the industrial-military complex.

Along with her recent book, Barnard has published Chateau Despair (2012) and shown her work in a variety of solo and group exhibitions such as Virtual Iraq (2009), Maggie (2010), and Theatres of War (2007). She is a recipient of the Albert Renger-Patzsch Award for photography.

This event is sponsored by Religious Studies, The Davis Humanities Institute, American Studies,
Art History, Design, The Graduate Group in the Study of Religion

For more information please contact: fmiller@ucdavis.edu

Start: April 11, 2017 4:30 pm
End: April 11, 2017 6:00 pm

April 12, 2017

DHI Book Chat: James Housefield & Diana K. Davis

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: 228 Voorhies

James Housefield, Associate Professor of Design at UC Davis, presents his book Playing with Earth and Sky: Astronomy, Geography, and the Art of Marcel Duchamp.

Diana K. Davis, Professor of History at UC Davis, presents her book The Arid Lands: History, Power, Knowledge.9781611689570

Playing with Earth and Sky reveals the significance astronomy, geography, and aviation had for Marcel Duchamp—widely regarded as the most influential artist of the past fifty years. Duchamp transformed modern art by abandoning unique art objects in favor of experiences that could be both embodied and cerebral. This illuminating study offers new interpretations of Duchamp’s momentous works, from readymades to the early performance art of shaving a comet in his hair. It demonstrates how the immersive spaces and narrative environments of popular science, from museums to the modern planetarium, prepared paths for Duchamp’s nonretinal art. By situating Duchamp’s career within the transatlantic cultural contexts of Dadaism and Surrealism, this book enriches contemporary debates about the historical relationship between art and science.

In The Arid Lands: History, Power, Knowledge, Diana Davis argues that estimates of desertification have been significantly exaggeratedand that deserts and drylands—which constitute about 41% of the earth’s landmass—are actually resilient and biodiverse environments in which a great many indigenous people have long lived sustainably. Meanwhile, contemporary arid lands development programs and anti-desertification efforts have met with little success. As Davis explains, these environments are not governed by the equilibrium ecological dynamics that apply in most other regions.

9780262034524_0Davis shows that our notion of the arid lands as wastelands derives largely from politically motivated Anglo-European colonial assumptions that these regions had been laid waste by “traditional” uses of the land. Unfortunately, such assumptions still frequently inform policy. Drawing on political ecology and environmental history, Davis traces changes in our understanding of deserts, from the benign views of the classical era to Christian associations of the desert with sinful activities to later (neo)colonial assumptions of destruction. She further explains how our thinking about deserts is problematically related to our conceptions of forests and desiccation. Davis concludes that a new understanding of the arid lands as healthy, natural, but variable ecosystems that do not necessarily need improvement or development will facilitate a more sustainable future for the world’s magnificent drylands.

About Book Chats: The UC Davis Humanities Institute presents a lunchtime series celebrating the intellectual and artistic endeavors of UC Davis faculty. Book Chats feature a faculty member presenting a recently completed publication, performance, or recording. Through the series we aim to highlight the breadth and depth of our extraordinary collective work.

This event is sponsored by UC Davis Humanities Institute

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

Start: April 12, 2017 12:00 pm
End: April 12, 2017 1:00 pm

God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 4217 SSH

Louis Warren will give a talk on his new book, God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America. In 1890, on Indian reservations across the West, followers of a new religion danced in circles until they collapsed into trances. In an attempt to suppress this new faith, the US Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek. But close re-examination of sources old and new reveals a startling new view of the religion known as the Ghost Dance, from its origins in the visions of a Northern Paiute named Wovoka to the tragedy in South Dakota. To this day, the Ghost Dance remains widely mischaracterized as a primitive and failed effort by Indian militants to resist American conquest and return to traditional ways. In fact, followers of the Ghost Dance sought to thrive in modern America by working for wages, farming the land, and educating their children, tenets that helped the religion endure for decades after Wounded Knee. Ghost Dance teachings helped Indians retain their identity and reshape the modern world.

This event is sponsored by Department of History

For more information please contact: Corrie Decker, crdecker@ucdavis.edu

Start: April 12, 2017 12:00 pm
End: April 12, 2017 1:30 pm

April 13, 2017

Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Diana Cooper

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Manetti Shrem Museum, Community Education Room

Diana Cooper’s art combines drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and installation. She has participated in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art; MOMA/PS 1; the Brooklyn Museum; the Sharjah Museum of Art (UAE); the He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen, and the Drawing Room in London. In 2007 she had a 10-year survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. Cooper is the recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Joan Mitchel Foundation Grant.

Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series

This event is sponsored by Department of Art and Art History

For more information please contact: http://arts.ucdavis.edu/event/diana-cooper

Start: April 13, 2017 4:30 pm
End: April 13, 2017 6:00 pm
Category: arts event

Starving The Beast

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 AM
Location: Art Annex

Starving The Beast
Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Steve Mims:
STARVING THE BEAST examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities.

This event is sponsored by Cinema and Digital Media, Center for Regional Change, Asian-American Studies, French and Italian, DHI, Davis Faculty Association.

For more information please contact: Jesse Drew jdrew@ucdavis.edu

Start: April 13, 2017 4:30 pm
End: April 13, 2017 4:30 pm
Category: arts event

April 14, 2017

Humanities and Social Sciences Career Trek

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: California Department of Education and KVIE Public Television

The Internship and Career Center (ICC) will be hosting a Career Trek for graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences looking to learn more about possible alternative academic careers on Friday April 14th. We will be visiting the California Department of Education offices and KVIE Public Television site. Registration is now open! Food and transportation will be provided. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

This event is sponsored by GradPathways, Davis Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: Jeanelle Hope, jkhope@ucdavis.edu

Start: April 14, 2017 9:00 am
End: April 14, 2017 4:00 pm
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