Archana Venkatesan Wins ALTA Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

Archana Venkatesan, Professor of Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at UC Davis, has been awarded the American Literary Translators Association's Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize for Endless Song, her translation of the Tiruvāymoḻi by 9th-century Tamil poet Nammāḻvār. 

Congratulating our UC Davis NEH Award Winners

The NEH awarded $24 million this month in grants to support 225 humanities projects nationwide. Projects range from the preservation of historic collections, to humanities exhibitions and documentaries, to scholarly research and and curriculum projects. 

The UC Davis Humanities Institute would like to heartily congratulate UC Davis 2021 National Endowment for the Humanities winners:

Marine Thinking: a Blue Humanities Roundup

The academic research area of the blue humanities applies critical tools, such as those of literature, cultural studies, and history, to oceanic contexts. Where these fields conventionally take the terrestrial as their point of departure, the blue humanities takes the ocean as its, in highly interdisciplinary lines of inquiry. 

Zombies: What’s Freud Got to Do With It?

Just in time for Halloween, Kyle Bishop, associate professor of English at Southern Utah University and an authority on zombies in U.S. popular culture, will be at UC Davis at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th to discuss what zombies do for us and why they just won’t “die.”

Congratulations to Human Rights Studies for Engaging Humanities Award

The University of California Humanities Research Institute has awarded the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program one of its first Engaging Humanities seed grants, intended to support UC faculty in pursuing thoughtful engagement with diverse publics beyond the academy. Alongside collaborators from UCLA, The History Project, and a community partner, The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), Human Rights Studies will use these funds to pilot a summer institute in genocide and human rights studies for California high school teachers. A prototype workshop is being planned for summer 2021.

Mondavi and DHI Graduate Fellows Awarded for Summer Research

The Davis Humanities Institute is delighted to welcome the 2020 Margrit Mondavi and DHI Summer Graduate Fellowship winners. This year's application pool was extremely competitive and unusually large. The 39 proposals came from 16 departments across the arts and humanities. 

We offer congratulations to our winners and the diversity of graduate work their projects represent: 

Gretchen LeMaistre, Studio Art

DHI Welcomes Two Graduate Fellows on Leading and Learning Initiative

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to support two graduate scholars in their work as fellows on Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative (LLI), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The LLI is a national action research, networking, and advocacy initiative that aims to produce guidelines, interactive tools, and media for change agents who advocate for institutional change on behalf of public and activist scholarship.