News in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
UC Davis Artists Will Make a Mark With Three Exhibitions
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.