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Practicing Community-engaged Scholarship during COVID-19

June 01, 2020

Community-engaged scholarship is challenging at the best of times, but it is uniquely difficult in this current pandemic and with the social distancing efforts required to stop the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, many scholars are working with communities already made vulnerable by long-festering social inequities, and who now face compounding oppressions due to an inadequate public health response and continued racialized violence.

DHI Statement and Link to Chancellor May’s Letter to Davis Community on George Floyd

May 29, 2020

We at the DHI are extremely disturbed by the events surrounding the death of George Floyd and acknowledge the pain and suffering surrounding the continued, extralegal killing and persecution of people of color, be it in Minneapolis (Mr. Floyd), Georgia (Ahmaud Arbery), Kentucky (Breonna Taylor), New York (Christian Cooper) -- or wherever and whoever. We want to express our solidarity with the protesters who are demonstrating against systemic racism and the violence it breeds.

We were gratified to see this powerful statement by UC Davis Chancellor Gary May:

Humanities Faculty Awarded for Public Engagement and Network Collaborations

May 18, 2020

The Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the faculty awardees for the Public Engagement and Network-Collaboration fellowships. Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and socially committed, the applications submitted for these competitions all represent important new research that exceeds the boundaries of traditional academics, maintaining disciplinary rigor while pioneering new modes of collaborative and community-engaged scholarship. The DHI congratulates the winners and looks forward to seeing their projects unfold.

The Civil War as International and Revolutionary Conflict

May 18, 2020

At the final Book Chat of the 2019-2020 academic year, Gregory Downs, Professor of History at UC Davis, discussed his recent book, The Second American Revolution: The Civil War-Era Struggle over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). The Book Chat focused on two main themes herein: that the Civil War was not solely a war, but a revolution; and that the conflict was not merely domestic but part of an international crisis.

Human Rights Scholars on the Pandemic’s Global Impact and the Critical Role of the Humanities

May 11, 2020

In a global crisis, the humanities are more necessary than ever. As Keith David Watenpaugh, Founding Director of the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program, put it during a recent virtual UC Davis Humanities Institute event, human rights studies and the humanities more broadly are crucial for “reminding us all of our shared humanity and our shared responsibilities to one another as we work to uphold the rights and dignity of all.”

DHI’s Online Conversation Series Analyzes the Global Impact of COVID-19

April 27, 2020

How will the coronavirus pandemic reshape the world? What forms of inequality will persist, and what new ones will emerge? And what new openings are being created for resistance and social change?

A special online Conversation series from the DHI explores how the humanities can help us collectively pursue these questions as we work to understand and respond to the global crisis of COVID-19. The two-part series provides space for critical dialogue about the pandemic’s impact and how to move forward.