Society, Arts & Culture

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.

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.

Mellon Public Scholar Rebecca Hogue: Protecting Mauna Kea as Pacific Environmental Justice Action

November 12, 2019

This summer, Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Hogue confronted the political stakes and commitments of her research on Pacific Islander climate change activism by joining in the Mauna Kea protection movement. As a 2019 Mellon Public Scholar, Hogue was supported in thinking through what it can mean to show up and step back as a settler ally and was given the “chance to embody being an accomplice or co-conspirator.” 

Meeting Climate Change with Radical Hope

October 28, 2019

As part of the UC Davis Cultural Studies Fall Colloquium on October 24, 2019, UC Davis Professor of American Studies Julie Sze and UC Davis Cultural Studies PhD student Kristin Hogue spoke on environmental justice and climate activism, respectively.