Society and Culture

Guns and America: From Mental Illness to Racial Motivation

May 23, 2018
“Why does it seem as though so many these days are so quick to shoot?” asked Chancellor Gary May, opening “The Campus Conversation: Guns and America after Parkland” on April 26. The discussions — led by a panel of distinguished faculty members from a wide diversity of disciplines — rose out of a desire to address recent incidents of gun violence and the overall issue of guns in America. 
Alberini Series Guests Speak on “Designing for Democracy” Jeffrey Day May 10, 2018

Two designers with a deep commitment to public engagement and social good will speak at the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design presented by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science Department of Design.

Lunn Lecture: Did Science Really Launch the Modern Era?

April 05, 2018
Lorraine Daston, executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and professor in the Committee of Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will give this year’s Lunn Lecture, “The Strange Modernity of Science,” on Thursday, April 12.

New Research Brief: Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States

April 03, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research released a brief by faculty affiliate Ryan Finnigan, which examines the relationship between poverty risks, prevalences and penalties in 29 industrialized, democratic countries. Finnigan, an assistant professor of sociology, finds that the relatively high poverty rate in the United States is due to high penalties for poverty risks. Download “Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States.”

Scholars Talk Tea at Expanded Symposium Jeffrey Day March 07, 2018
For its third year, the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative Symposium was expanded to two days with tea scholars and researchers, purveyors and growers gathering to talk tea.