Marine Thinking: a Blue Humanities Roundup

October 26, 2020

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. 

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.

Humanities and Pedagogy During COVID-19

April 06, 2020

At the DHI we recognize that we are living through a historically difficult moment for our university community and for the world. All UC Davis classes have moved online for spring quarter, but many in our community are instructors who may have never taught online before.

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.

Thinking and Learning Together: Timothy Choy and a Multi-campus Seminar

November 18, 2019

Collaborations and experimental pedagogies are two potential outcomes of an exciting multi-campus graduate seminar happening this quarter, titled Engineered Worlds: Terraformations. The collaboration between Timothy K. Choy, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis, Jake Kosek at UC Berkeley, Joseph P.

Corpora, Enthusiasm and Pair Work in L2 Education

May 28, 2019


Each year, graduate students organize the Annual Symposium on Language Research to showcase the latest language-related research. The 6th Annual Symposium held on May 24th featured a variety of panels on the latest language-related research, one of which was centered on corpora-based approaches and best practices for second-language (L2) reading.