Media Matters

Jan 28, 2021

Archana Venkatesan, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, wrote a letter to the editor in Washington Post on Jan. 22, 2021.

Bettina Ng'weno, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, was on a panel about music in Nairobi: “Shades of Benga Online – Episode 02: The Congo Connection & Nairobi Social Halls” Ketebul Music and Alliance Francaise September 23rd 2020, Nairobi.

Eric Rauchway, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted in a Jan. 23 New York Times article.

Gregory Downs, Professor of History, co-wrote a piece for the Washington Post’s Outlook section on January 8, 2021.

Feb 3

Amy Motlagh, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies, Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature, has a new podcast, “The Story of Iran.” The first episode, “Consider the Pomegranate,” has a local connection to UC Davis’ Wolfskill Experimental Orchard and tells a fascinating story about the pomegranate’s presence in Persianate art, literature, and architecture.

Marcy Patra, an undergraduate Cinema and Digital Media student, released an album, “Anhedonic Mirages,” available on Bandcamp and built using sounds recorded before her transition, disfigured and changed to parallel the process of her own transformation.

Larry Bogard, Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance’s Delivering Democracy dancing mailbox project in the battleground state of Pennsylvania received international attention

Archana Venkatesan and Prof. Sanders are credited as Cultural Advisors/Faith Advisors for the new Pixar film, Soul.

Feb 10

Eric Rauchway

Haley Rains, PhD student in Native American Studies, was interviewed by and featured in the Sacramento Bee, and her photography was on the cover:

Nobuko Koyama, Associate Professor of Japanese, Japanese Language Program Coordinator, EALC, has been involved with a language and learning project on YouTube: Getting to Know Japanese Language and Culture (Japanese Language Video with Sketches) 

Greg Downs was quoted in the New York Times on January 7.

Feb 17

Henry Spiller, Professor of Music, was the subject of a Voice of America (Indonesia) video

Katia Vega, Assistant Professor, Department of Design’s BraceIO project was mentioned at the Association for Computing Machinery.

Michael Dylan Foster, Professor and Department Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures, was featured on The Daily Smile podcast (with Nikki Boyer), posted Oct. 30, 2020: “The Mysterious Hauntings of the Japanese Yokai”

Joshua Clover writes a blog for Verso Books. The most recent one was on the riots of early summer 2020.

Feb 14

Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana, PhD candidate in Spanish Latin American Literatures and Cultures, participated in a public presentation on her Playas de Tijuana Mural Project at the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration [LINK]

Beth Levy, Associate Professor of Music, participated in a documentary film on Aaron Copland late last year, produced by Joseph Horowitz and the PostClassical Ensemble.

Archana Venkatesan was quoted in the LA Times on Nov 14, 2020 for an article on Diwali and Kamala Harris (Celebrating Diwali, some see Kamala Harris’ rise reflected in stories of good over evil, Anita Chabria).

April 6

Professor Emeritus Peter Hays, English, will lead a discussion on the work and life of Ernest Hemingway, following the Ken Burns special airing on PBS April 5-7, at OLLI on April 8, 1pm. Register for the event.

English PhD student Breanne Weber has a piece in Contingent Magazine titled "Book History in the Bay Area." 

English Instructor Iris Jamahl Dunkles West : Fire : Archive is a poetry collection that challenges preconceived, androcentric ideas about biography, autobiography, and history. 

Cultural Studies PhD candidate Scott Tsuchitani was quoted in the New York Times in an article on white supremacy and coloniality at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on June 15, 2020.

April 13

Professor Marisol de la Cadena, Anthropology, took part in a conversation titled “The Memory of Water” as part of the the Aconcagua summit, hosted by MOMA on Sept 9, 2020.

Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor, Department of English, published a blog in Oecologies, “Inventing the Past at the Virginia Dare Winery.”

Harleen Bal, PhD student in Anthropology, published an article in CounterPunch on the farmers' protests taking place in India

May 10

Kevin Smith, PhD candidate in Anthropology, was interviewed for an article in Sapiens concerning archaeological analysis and experimentation on shell fishhooks in southern California.

Professor Hsuan Hsu, Department of English, has an essay in Zocalo Public Square on olfactory racism and anti-Asian stereotypes.

Professor Larry Bogard, Chair and Professor of Theater and Dance, was quoted in an article in Teen Vogue on Pranks as Political Activism.

Katia Cánepa Vega, Assistant Professor, Department of Design at UC Davis, won a Women in Tech Initiative Athena Award

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