Society, Arts & Culture

Practicing Community-engaged Scholarship during COVID-19

June 01, 2020

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

May 18, 2020

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.

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.