Society, Arts & Culture

Conversation Series | Reproductive Rights














On Abortion and the Law
January 23, 5:30-7:30 PM


On Abortion, Science and Medicine
April 17, 5:30-7:30 PM

This series is supported by the Davis Humanities Institute and the L&S Dean's Office.

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.

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.

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.

Indigenous Agriculture in the Spotlight at the UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival

UC Davis was founded as an agricultural school. Although the campus today has world-renowned programs across a variety of departments, it still particularly shines within the field of agriculture. It follows, then, that the UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival would feature two films on Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in United States and international contexts. 

An Ideal, an Experiment, a Site of Struggle

At recent DHI Conversation events, scholars discussed the global decline of democracy and the fights to keep its promises alive.

Donald Trump’s presidency has intensified the threats to democracy that already existed in the United States and around the world. But now that Joe Biden has prevented Trump’s reelection, what will a Biden presidency mean for the ongoing global crisis in democracy and for the social movements fighting in democracy’s name?

Practicing Community-engaged Scholarship during COVID-19

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.

Humanities Faculty Awarded for Public Engagement and Network Collaborations

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.