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Introducing the 2021-22 DHI HumArts and Transcollege Research Clusters

From History to Law, English to Food Science and Technology, Native American Studies to Theater and Dance, this year’s DHI-sponsored HumArts and Transcollege Clusters represent collaborations and connections between scholars in a wide range of disciplines and fields. 

The DHI is proud to sponsor three new clusters and four continuing clusters for the 2021-22 year.

Transcollege Clusters:

Graduate Mentoring Initiative

Graduate Studies recently developed a faculty mentoring program for faculty across all disciplines called the Graduate Mentoring Initiative. The program includes six sessions and is a cohort model where faculty attend all sessions together. I included the topics covered below.

Congratulations to our Mondavi and Consortium Summer Fellows

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce its 2021 Margrit Mondavi and UC Humanities Consortium Summer Fellows. With 81 applicants from 11 disciplines, this year's application pool was by far our largest and most competitive to date.

Mondavi awardees will each receive $5,000 for project-related work relating to their MFA and PhD degrees. Consortium awardees will each receive $6,000 for PhD work, and the opportunity to be a part of a community of Consortium fellows in Fall 2021.

We congratulate our awardees! They are:


Dr. Lorena Oropeza Reveals New Facets of Chicano Leader, Reies López Tijerina

The Davis Humanities Institute celebrated the culmination of our 2020-2021 Faculty Book Chat series with a discussion of Dr. Lorena Oropeza’s The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement (2020, The University of North Carolina Press). In conversation with DHI Director Jaimey Fisher, Oropeza read an excerpt from The King of Adobe, spoke about her process of researching Tijerina and writing the book, and answered questions from the audience.

Growing New Bones as the Crossroads of Abolition and Communism

The “abolition x communism” event, sponsored by The Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Contemporary Political Struggle and The Davis Humanities Institute, brought together some of the most influential scholars in revolutionary theory and praxis to discuss abolition and communism not as official upper-case ideologies but as lower-case ideas about how to organize social existence.

Medieval Studies and Racial Capitalism

On Wednesday, April 21, The Mellon Research Initiative in Racial Capitalism hosted Professor Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee University) who presented a work in progress on Chaucer’s “The Squire’s Tale.” Professor Matthew Vernon (UC Davis) and English PhD candidate Hillary Cheramie (UC Davis) provided responses to Dr. Kao’s work, and Professor Seeta Chaganti (UC Davis) moderated the discussion that followed.

Honoring Black Sacramento History

On April 15th, scholars, students, community members, and cultural leaders joined together for the second event in the Reframing Sacramento series, “Black Sacramento.” Funded by a grant from California Humanities and co-sponsored by the UC Davis Department of African and African American Studies and the Center for Sacramento History, the Reframing Sacramento Series examines the history, diverse communities,  and current climate of the city, emphasizing those voices that have too often been left out.

This Spring, HATCH Unhatches with Reading Group and Speaker Series

Since 2017, HATCH, the Mellon Research Initiative in Feminist Arts & Sciences, has brought together a wide range of science makers and knowledge producers, including UC Davis faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and community activists, to develop new approaches to feminist pedagogy that challenge disciplinary boundaries.

Exploring the History of American Disenfranchisement

Disenfranchisement is an active American battleground. From states expanding vote-by-mail and Florida’s recent decision to enfranchise formerly imprisoned people, to Texas shutting down voting polls in districts with high populations of people of color and the rash of bills in state legislatures using the bogeyman of voter fraud to make voting more difficult, one thing is clear: fights about voter disenfranchisement are not going away any time soon.