UC Davis' Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a new initiative called SHAPE (Sciences, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement). The SHAPE project is being developed through a partnership between the Mondavi Center, First-Year Seminars, University Honors and the UC Davis Humanities Institute.
SHAPE will provide faculty with resources to design and teach First-Year Seminars and Honors courses. Teaching teams composed of UC Davis science/engineering and humanities/arts faculty will design and co-teach undergraduate seminar courses, addressing significant issues and subjects, through a multi-disciplinary lens. Proposals from faculty in the social sciences are also welcome. In all cases, however, instructors -- whether leaning more towards the arts and humanities or the sciences and engineering -- should come from different Colleges or, at a minimum, different academic departments. All faculty teams will work with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts to select artists whose work will be incorporated into each course's curriculum.
The initial proposal application period to co-teach a course in 2021-21 has an application deadline of November 15, 2019. The SHAPE website with full details can be found at https://shape.ucdavis.edu/.