News in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
Big Year For Creative Writing
Sept. 12, 2016 - This is a special year for creative writing at UC Davis. The popular Opening Night reading of new work by creative writing program faculty (Oct. 5) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the visiting writers reading series will have a new home in the Peter J. Shields Library. The visiting writers series kicks off Oct. 12 with Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout and continues with a wide range of writers throughout the academic year.
New Series Celebrates Arts of India
Sept. 12, 2016 - The UC Davis Department of Religious Studies and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up for a year-long celebration of the arts of India. “India in the Artist’s Eye” will include music, theatre and dance along with exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The series, starting Sept. 30 with a concert by Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India, is a part of the department’s Religions of Indian Initiative.
Design Professor Helen Koo Wins First Innovation and Creative Vision Award
Sept. 6, 2016 - Helen Koo, an assistant professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Design, is the inaugural recipient of the UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision for her work in wearable technology. The award was established to honor and support the advances of outstanding non-tenured faculty members early in their careers.
New Pitzer Center Will Enhance Music Making, Learning
Sept. 1, 2016 - The full range of music-making and learning at the University of California, Davis, will get a big boost in September with the opening of the Ann E. Pitzer Center. The state-of-the-art building houses classrooms, practice rooms and the acoustically pristine, 399-seat Recital Hall that will host dozens of concerts each year. The center opens Sept. 22.
The “9/11 Generation” Lives Life Under Surveillance
Sept. 6, 2016 - Young people of South Asian, Afghan and Arab descent growing up in a post-9/11 world feel constantly under suspicion and surveillance. Their lives are the focus of the book The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, and Solidarity in the War on Terror (New York University Press) by Sunaina Marr Maira, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies. The book has just been released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
UC Davis Big Part of Small Books on Everyday Objects
Aug. 17, 2016 - When UC Davis alumnus Christopher Schaberg (Ph.D., English, ’09) thought about who would be great contributors to the book and essay series he was creating, he went back to colleagues at UC Davis. So far his UC English doctoral classmates, John Garrison (Ph.D., English, ’11) and Kara Thompson (Ph.D., English, ’09), along with English professor Scott Shershow, have written essays and books for the “Object Lessons” series.
Writing Class Connects UC Davis to Navajo Nation
July 14, 2016 - A recent virtual meeting of a University Writing Program class took place at UC Davis and Diné College at the Navajo Nation in rural Arizona. Students in both classes are learning about writing, but they come from very different worlds, each with something to contribute to the other.
‘Temporary Building’ Placed on National Register of Historic Places
June 20, 2016 - During the 1960s UC Davis began building an art department that turned out like no other. Much of that early work took place in Temporary Building 9, a metal structure at Old Davis Road and Hutchison Drive. TB 9 — as it was dubbed — has been nationally recognized for its importance in art history with its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources.
Two Programs Elevated to Departments
June 6, 2016 - The UC Davis Division of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) has two new departments: American Studies and African American and African Studies have been elevated from programs to full departments.
Tea Colloquium Receives Warm Response
May 23, 2016 - The colloquium launching the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science featured scholars from around the world talking about the chemicals and compounds in tea, types of tea, the Japanese tea ceremony and a kind of ceramic that for 500 years has been considered the best for making tea.
Professor Looks for Why, When, Where of Riots in New Book
May 20, 2016 - Two UC Davis faculty members have new books out on forms of protest. English professor Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings examines the whys, whens and wheres of riots and why they are on the rise. Larry Bogad, associate professor of theatre and dance, draws on his own experiences in the use of humor and theatrics in protests in Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play.
Three Art Professors Showing Sacramento
Art Professor Wins Pollock-Krasner Award
May 11, 2016 - Shiva Ahmadi, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History, has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. “An award like this provides the support that allows artists to take on new and ambitious projects.”
International Colloquium Launches Global Tea Initiative
May 2, 2016 - UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Initiative with a symposium bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world’s most popular prepared beverage. The May 12 colloquium, “The Basics of Tea: Tea and People,” is a first step in creating a center for the study of tea culture and science on campus.
UC Davis Artists Will Make a Mark With Three Exhibitions
April 29, 2016 - UC Davis master of fine art students will be a major presence in Sacramento during May and June. “Ruminant Ground,” at Beatnik Studios starting May 6 and “having happened” at Verge Center for the Arts opening June 3 will feature work by 16 MFA candidates in the nationally-acclaimed program. The students will also have a show in San Francisco.
May 1, 2016 - Conrad Atkinson, professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History, has work in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London as well as a solo exhibition in New York. His “Mayday: a shade of green an orange edge” is part of “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979” at Tate Britain.
English Grad Makes a Mark in Tech But Isn’t Giving Up Literature
Design Professor Provides Insights At Bonnard Exhibition
April 18, 2016 - Pierre Bonnard’s paintings of blooming gardens and rich interiors are certainly a pleasure to look at. But with their dense color and atmosphere, complex compositional approach and psychological overtones, that pleasure is much more than superficial. James Housefield, an associate professor in the Department of Design, will give a talk April 23 in conjunction with a major Bonnard exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Four UC Davis students will also have work on display at the museum that weekend.
Javanese shadow puppets bring another world to life
April 13, 2016 - The centuries-old Javanese theatre art of wayang kulit casts its spellbinding shadows at UC Davis on April 24. Wayang kulit (“shadow play”) marries music, storytelling and visual art through puppetry. The story, based on The Mahabharata, an ancient Hindu epic poem, will be narrated in English and Javanese. It is presented by the Department of Music at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Music Professor Wins Guggenheim Fellowship
April 8, 2016 - Music professor Laurie San Martin has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for San Martin, to do research and compose works for the San Francisco vocal ensemble Volti and New York’s Cygnus Ensemble. San Martin is one of only 175 Guggenheim Fellows this year selected from 3,000 applicants. The awards were announced April 6.
Borders Examined in All Day Symposium
April 7, 2016 - Scholars from around the world will be at UC Davis for the Comparative Border Studies Initiative symposium “Borders: What’s Up With That? Displacements, Belongings, Rights” April 15. Keynote talks will be “A Sight/Site We Cannot Bear: The Eviction from Public Space of Women Wearing the Niqab” by Sherene Razack, distinguished professor in critical race, gender and citizenship studies in education, University of Toronto, and “Theorizing the ‘Crisis’ of Borders and Migration” by Nicholas De Genova, chair of the spatial politics research group, King’s College, London.
Symposium Will Explore “Eyes in the Sky” Warfare
March 28, 2016 - The symposium “Eyes in The Skies: Drones and the Politics of Distance Warfare” will trace the history of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from World War I to today with a prognosis for their future use in surveillance, reconnaissance and war. It takes place April 5. “We will have artists, designers, gamers and scholars who work on diverse facets of remote aerial imaging to bring the politics of this form of warfare into clearer view,” said Caren Kaplan, a professor in the Department of American Studies and event organizer.
Creative Writing Professor Wins American Academy Prize
Medieval Scholars Coming Back To Place Group Started
New Yorker Art Critic Gives Students Insights
March 17, 2016 - Students recently got to spend time talking art and ideas with Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker magazine. Schjeldahl was at UC Davis to deliver the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture supported by the College of Letters and Science.
UC Davis Launches Public Scholars Program
March 2, 2016 - A new UC Davis Public Scholars Program being launched March 7 supports community-engaged scholarship by graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Projects include music education for incarcerated juveniles, the oral history of a gentrifying neighborhood, and immigrant contributions to sustainable agriculture.
Collaboration For Teaching Award Winner
March 1, 2016 - Frances Dolan is a Shakespeare scholar, but her intellectual curiosity and desire for connection with her students and community have also made her well-versed in Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Northern California farming. The Distinguished Professor of English is this year’s winner of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.
New Yorker art critic gives Thiebaud lecture
Feb. 29, 2016 - Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker, will give the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture at UC Davis March 10. The lecture, “The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde,” is at 4:30 p.m and is free and open to the public. The series is named for filmmaker and teacher Betty Jean Thiebaud, wife of Wayne Thiebaud, an internationally recognized artist who taught at UC Davis for 30 years.
Stellar writers reading
Border Studies initiative examines ‘Racialized Belonging’
Feb. 1, 2016 - Defining borders, looking at who is crossing them and who we allow and don’t allow to cross them, are some of the issues the UC Davis Comparative Border Studies Initiative investigates during “Human Rights, Citizenship and Racialized Belonging” Friday, Feb. 5.
Francisco X. Alarcon lived his poetry every day
Jan. 20, 2016 - Francisco X. Alarcón broke ground as a poet, writing in English, Spanish and the native language Nahuatl, creating poetry for children, and was an early, openly gay Chicano poet ... died Jan. 15.