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Welcoming the 2020 Cohort of Mellon Public Scholars

February 24, 2020

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2020 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. These twelve graduate students in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences represent a variety of approaches to community-engaged research, each informed by their unique training, experiences, and vision of public scholarship.

Can Policy Combat Climate Change? Campus Experts and Organizers Discuss the Green New Deal

February 10, 2020

“If we don’t get control of the politics of our state, the country, and the world, we won’t make it,” Frank Pinto told attendees gathered at Davis Odd Fellows Hall for last week’s off-campus Conversation event, “Green New Deal: Policy and Climate Change.” Pinto is a founding member of University Professional and Technical Employees, the only national union to officially support a Green New Deal.

Building Musical Alliances with Mellon Public Scholar Hannah Adamy

February 10, 2020

Hannah Adamy, a 2019 Mellon Public Scholar, spent her summer creating spaces for women and gender-expansive musicians in Sacramento to come together and jam. As a Ph.D. candidate in Music with an emphasis on ethnomusicology, Adamy’s scholarship has, over the years, attended to women singers—such as the experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq—and her work as a Mellon Public Scholar in 2019 extended that research to a very local group.

As U.S. Senators Debate Articles of Impeachment, Campus Scholars Consider Authoritarianism’s Many Forms

February 03, 2020

Consider a government in which elections are held regularly and on schedule but are unfair. The party in power manipulates public opinion through media control and harasses the opposition, so opposing parties present no real threat. Leadership responds to public opinion, but the public has no actual impact on policy decisions. The constitution allows leadership to claim that the government is democratic and thus legitimizes their claim to power.

Making Feminist Futures at the Feminist Research Institute Symposium

January 27, 2020

On January 23, the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute (FRI) convened a group of scholars and activists for a half day symposium around the theme of Feminist Futures. Featuring UC Davis faculty, graduate students, and invited scholar keynotes, the event addressed FRI’s attention to “the need to engage in research practices that imagine a more just world and move us in that direction.

Mellon Public Scholar Tory Brykalski on Radical Potentials of Love via Children's Literature

January 21, 2020

Tory Brykalski is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology studying movement, exile, and cultivation in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Her research on identity politics, revolution, and futures comes out of ethnographic fieldwork on refugee life and labor. As a Mellon Public Scholar in 2019, Tory  undertook research and organizing with long term collaborators from Syria, one of the results of which was the children’s book ع is for Nest (N is for Nest).  

Bob Ostertag Film Tells the Story of "A Kind of Gay Saint"

January 21, 2020

A new documentary by UC Davis professor Bob Ostertag tells the little-known story of gay activist Hank Wilson, whose devotion to serving the most marginalized, and whose seemingly limitless energy for organizing led some in his community to declare him a saint. Thanks to Hank had its local premiere on Wednesday at the Pitzer auditorium, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Welcome Katharine Wallerstein as DHI Associate Director

January 16, 2020
A Welcome Letter from Jaimey Fisher
(DHI Director and Professor of German and Cinema and Digital Media)

We at the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) are delighted to announce our new Associate Director, Dr. Katharine Wallerstein, who started with the new year.  We had many excellent candidates apply, but we are absolutely delighted that our first choice has chosen to join us -- welcome, Katharine!