2022-2023 | Cultivation

Food, Farming, and Heritage in the Sacramento Valley and Beyond


Cultivation Poster


Inspired by UC Davis’ “Sustainable Food Systems” Grand Challenge, and the university’s recognized research strengths in agriculture and food studies, the UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a year-long public humanities initiative exploring the themes of farmers, farming, race, and ethnic heritage in the Sacramento Valley and beyond.

Cultivation will feature conversations on and off campus on a wide-range of topics such as food labor; food science; the racial roots of farming; community formation around food; sustainability and sustainable traditions; and water rights and agriculture in a range of engaging formats, including book chats, art events, conversations, library book displays, film screenings, podcasts, field trips, and workshops. Organized in collaboration with  academic and community partners, our programming will aim to bring the campus to the public, and the public to our campus, while fostering dialogue between the humanities and the sciences, the arts and agriculture, the university and its larger communities.

If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please reach out to us at Davis Humanities Institute. Please indicate “Cultivation / Interested in Contributing” in your email’s subject line.

Fall 2022 Events

Book Chat with Prof Frances Dolan: Digging the Past
Wednesday, Nov 9
5:30-7:00 PM
International House, Davis

Winter 2023 Events

Coming soon

Spring 2023 Events

From Farm to Chopsticks: Chinese Food Histories
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Jan Ying Museum, 13947 Main St, Walnut Grove, CA 95690. 

Food for Thought: Facts & (Science) Fictions
Two weekends of public events organized by visiting artist Amanda Trager
Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 
Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16
Co-sponsors: The Manetti Shrem MuseumThe Robert Mondavi Institute, California Humanities
Details coming soon

Enriching our Roots: Asian American Farmers' Heritage
Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day),
2:00-3:30: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
3:30-5:00: free guided exploration of "Gold Mountain" and "Uprooted!" exhibits at California Museum
Auditorium in the Secretary of State Building, 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

A South Indian Classical Music Concert on Cultivation: Sikkil C. Gurucharan
Tuesday, May 9
Pitzer Center, UC Davis


Consider the Pomegranate (Episode 1: Story of Iran)
Learn about the significance of the pomegranate to Iranians, peoples of the Persianate world, and to the Iranian diaspora through this conversation between Prof. Amy Motlagh and Prof. Persis Karim.

Home Style Cooking: A Podcast Connecting Past and Present in San Francisco Chinatown [Coming Soon]
Benjamin Fong and Tianyun Hua