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DHI 2017-18 Preview: A Look at the Upcoming Year

The UC Davis Humanities Institute will be hosting its annual Fall Reception tomorrow from 4-6pm, at the DHI offices in Voorhies Hall, Room 227. Food and beverages will be provided.

Click here to RSVP to the reception.

In light of the official opening of the new year, Jaimey Fisher, Director of the DHI, had this to say:

“We have a few new programs this year that we are rolling out over the next few months, including a couple of more public-facing programs. I think the last year has shown, more than ever, the role that humanities and arts can, and should, play in the broader public sphere.”  

The Reception celebrates the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year, gives attendees the opportunity to recognize the work of the DHI’s graduate and faculty fellows, and highlights several upcoming DHI sponsored programs.

One of these programs is PhD Unlimited, which provides mentorship to graduate students interested in learning more about how they can prepare themselves for their future careers. The first PhD Unlimited event, titled Grant Writing 101, will be held on Tuesday, October 31st.

This year the DHI will also be hosting a film festival designed to connect the public to research being done in the humanities. The festival will commence with an opening reception at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 19th, at the UC Davis International Center.

Regarding the film festival, Director Fisher stated that “starting October 19th at the new International Center, we are holding the inaugural screening of the new UC Davis Human Rights Film Festivals, which we organized in partnership with the NGO Human Rights Watch.”  

He went on to say that it will include “four films, both on campus and in Sacramento, at the Crocker Art Museum, where we’ll be hosting a filmmaker and a community organizer in a conversation about California prisons.”

In addition to the film festival, the DHI will be facilitating interaction between the local Davis community and UC Davis faculty members. This lunchtime talk series, known as the DHI Brown Bag Book Chats, will give the public direct access to the newest research being conducted in the humanities. This year’s first book chat will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 7th, in Voorhies 228.

We would also like to highlight this year’s new Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities, which are titled “Building a Feminist Arts & Science Shop: Bioethics, Social Justice, and Literacy,” and “Racial Capitalism: Histories, Methods, Archives.” You can learn more about them here.

Events related to these initiatives will be posted to the DHI newsletter and on our website’s event calendar. The Mellon Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism will be holding its first meeting at 4:00pm this Wednesday in Voorhies 126.

According to Director Fisher, this year the DHI will also be “partnering with other campus entities on a series of events about current events, like one coming up later in the fall on memorials, memory, and collective identity.”  

Finally, he noted that the DHI will be focused on “ramping up our development efforts, including the creation of an external advisory board that will help us raise our profile among potential donors and other stakeholders.”


Reception Poster Presentations

The HArCS Dean’s fellows will be presenting research posters at tomorrow’s reception. Their names, departments, and project titles are listed below.


Jamiella Brooks (French Literature) – “Rhythms, Sound, and Critical Reception: Moroccan Women Authors, Moroccan Women’s Voices”

Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana (Spanish and Portuguese) – “DACAmented: DREAMs without Borders Digital Storytelling Project”

Alicia Decker (Design)  – “Cut From the Same Cloth”

Noah Greene (Art Studio) – “Persist and Say We Owe No One”

Sarah Ashford Hart (Performance Studies) – “Performing Migration”

Rebecca Kling (English) – “How can comparing historical representations of literacy help us gain new perspectives in our present moment?”

Darcy Padilla (Art Studio) – “Pine Ridge Indian Reservation”

Diana Pardo Pedraza (Cultural Studies) – “When Landmines Do Not Explode: Peasant Life in the Colombian War”

Anuj Vaidya (Performance Studies) – “Forest Tales: Ganga Satellite”

Melissa Wills (English) – “Human-Bacterial Alliances in the Metagenomic Age”


– Nicholas Garcia, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral student in the Department of History

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