News in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Humanities Institute Head On UN Panel

Feb. 1, 2017 - Jaimey Fisher, recently named director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute and professor in the departments of German and in Cinema and Digital Media, was one of the featured speakers at the United Nations event “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating against Extremism, Building a Better Future.” He was on a panel examining the powerful propaganda that enabled the Nazis to successfully spread their racist ideology and gain influence.  He spoke about education and its role in de-Nazification in Germany after World War II. Fisher is author of Disciplining Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War.
A video of the event can be seen here

Human Rights at UC Davis Starts Lecture Series


Jan. 10, 2017 - Human Rights Studies at UC Davis is presenting a four-lecture series of high-profile speakers addressing ongoing issues connected to war, indigenous rights, migration and refugees. The series starts Jan. 19 with UC Davis Law Professor Karima Bennoune, who will give a talk titled "Defending the Right to Culture,” addressing attacks throughout the world on artists, writers and important cultural heritage sites, and what measures could be taken to better protect them. Bennoune is author of the 2014 book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism and serves as United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.

New Humanities Institute Director Brings Humanities, Arts and International Background to Role

Jaimie Fisher

December 20, 2016 — After several years abroad Jaimey Fisher, professor in the UC Davis German Department and Cinema and Digital Media program, is back in Davis as the new director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI). 

"Genius" Grant Winner Was Student Activist, Chicano Studies Major

Jose Quinonez

December 14, 2016 — Chicano Studies Alumnus, José Quiñonez, Receives MacArthur Genius Grant

Art Professor Annabeth Rosen Wins Major Award


Nov. 17, 2016 — Art professor‚ Annabeth Rosen‚ has received a USA Fellowship Award from United States Artists. The award carries an unrestricted $50,000 cash prize. A sculptor who works in ceramics, Rosen has held the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair‚ in the Department of Art and Art History since 1997.

Borders Examined in All Day Symposium


Sherene Razack

April 7, 2016 — Scholars from around the world will be at UC Davis for the Comparative Border Studies Initiative symposium  Borders: What Up With That? Displacements, Belongings, Rights. 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.

Collaboration For Teaching Award Winner

Frances Dolan Teaching Prize 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

P. Schjeldahl

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.

Professor’s work on Armenian site honored

Heghnar Watenpaugh

Dec. 2, 2015 — Heghnar Watenpaugh, an associate professor of art history, received the Omer Lutfi ...