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Zombies: What’s Freud Got to Do With It?

October 06, 2020

Just in time for Halloween, Kyle Bishop, associate professor of English at Southern Utah University and an authority on zombies in U.S. popular culture, will be at UC Davis at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th to discuss what zombies do for us and why they just won’t “die.”

Congratulations to Human Rights Studies for Engaging Humanities Award

June 01, 2020

The University of California Humanities Research Institute has awarded the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program one of its first Engaging Humanities seed grants, intended to support UC faculty in pursuing thoughtful engagement with diverse publics beyond the academy. Alongside collaborators from UCLA, The History Project, and a community partner, The Genocide Education Project (GenEd), Human Rights Studies will use these funds to pilot a summer institute in genocide and human rights studies for California high school teachers. A prototype workshop is being planned for summer 2021.

Mondavi and DHI Graduate Fellows Awarded for Summer Research

June 01, 2020

The Davis Humanities Institute is delighted to welcome the 2020 Margrit Mondavi and DHI Summer Graduate Fellowship winners. This year's application pool was extremely competitive and unusually large. The 39 proposals came from 16 departments across the arts and humanities. 

We offer congratulations to our winners and the diversity of graduate work their projects represent: 

Gretchen LeMaistre, Studio Art

DHI Welcomes Two Graduate Fellows on Leading and Learning Initiative

May 04, 2020

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to support two graduate scholars in their work as fellows on Imagining America’s Leading and Learning Initiative (LLI), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The LLI is a national action research, networking, and advocacy initiative that aims to produce guidelines, interactive tools, and media for change agents who advocate for institutional change on behalf of public and activist scholarship. 

Humanities and Pedagogy During COVID-19

April 06, 2020

At the DHI we recognize that we are living through a historically difficult moment for our university community and for the world. All UC Davis classes have moved online for spring quarter, but many in our community are instructors who may have never taught online before.

Congratulations to the 2020-21 DHI Faculty Research Fellows

February 14, 2020

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Faculty Research Fellows. This diverse group of seven faculty represents the breadth of the arts and humanities at UC Davis. From Syrian textile workers and Indian poets to the migration of Black Californians, their projects demonstrate the value of rigorous humanities scholarship to tell compelling global stories about the human experience.

Eroticizing Ethnomusicology

January 12, 2020

“Most ethnomusicologists write about a bleak world devoid of desire and empty of erotics.” So began Deborah Wong’s intervention in the field of ethnomusicology to address the dearth of critical investigations of gender and sexuality in music.

Exhibition Review: “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas”

January 12, 2020

From the Smithsonian Institution to UC Davis came the travelling exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, in residence at the Student Community Center last month on its way across the nation.  Indivisible examines the interwoven cultural history of African and Native American lives and the resulting African-Native American narrative. The engaging text and images of the show chronicle the synthesis, dispersal, and struggle of maintaining an identity that has long been ignored in American history.