News in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Four Art Department Faculty Members Showing In New York

pressure cooker by Shiva Ahmadi

March 2, 2017 - UC Davis art faculty Annabeth Rosen, Shiva Ahmadi, Robin Hill and Gina Werfel all have exhibitions in New York this month.

Art and Critic at UC Davis for Thiebaud Lecture


Feb. 23, 2017 - The third annual Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture at UC Davis will bring together critic and curator Karen Wilkin and painter Catherine Murphy. The presentation will take place March 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The talk and the museum are free and open to the public.

National Book Award Finalist Reading


Feb. 21, 2017 - Two poets who were on 2016 National Book Award lists will read at UC Davis March 6.  Solmaz Sharif’s first poetry collection LOOK was a finalist for a National Book Award; Donika's Kelly's debut collection Bestiary was long-listed for the award. 

Exhibition Looks at Indigenous People’s Protests Past and Present


Feb. 14, 2017 - An exhibition at the C.N. Gorman Museum examines the history and current state of native peoples' protests with recent dispatches from Standing Rock.

Donation of $1.5 Million Funds Jain Study Chair


Feb. 14, 2017 - Mohini Jain, philanthropist, retired teacher and longtime resident of Davis, has made a $1.5 million gift to the University of California, Davis, to advance the study of Jainism, one of the world’s most revered and ancient philosophies. The gift will establish the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair for Jain Studies in the Department of Religious Studies as part of a larger effort to position UC Davis as a leader in the study of Indian religions and the interdisciplinary field of South Asia studies broadly.

Day-Long Symposium Focuses on Black Radical Thought


Feb. 1, 2017 - In this time of Black Lives Matter, the recent election, proposed reparations for slavery and a coming together of several strands of research, the University of California, Davis, is holding a day-long symposium “New Directions in Black Radical Thought" Feb. 17.

UC Davis Grads, Museum Directors Back to Speak On University Museums


Feb. 3, 2017 - They lead major museums, but the directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery have another thing in common – both attended UC Davis. Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds (M.F.A. ‘72) became director of the Yale Gallery in 1998. Neal Benezra (M.A, art history, ‘78) has headed the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMOMA) since 2002. The two will join Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, in a roundtable discussion Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the museum. It is free and open to the public.


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 Series Launched with Cultural Heritage Talk

Jan. 25, 2017 - Human Rights Studies at UC Davis launched a new lecture series Jan. 19 with a talk focusing on the destruction of cultural heritage, property and rights. The talk at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art was the first of four that will take place through the spring quarter. It was attended by about 200 people – many more than could fit in the lecture room with the audience spilling into the lobby

Colloquium Examines the Lasting Impact of Roman Urban Building


Jan. 23, 2017 - An art history colloquium at the University of California, Davis, will reach back 2,000 years to examine the lasting impact of Rome on how cities are created, look and function. “The Life and Afterlife of Ancient Roman Architecture,” Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m., is the fifth installment of the Templeton Colloquium in Art History.

New Location, Bigger Lineup For Visiting Artists Series


Jan. 19, 2017 - The long-running Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series at UC Davis has a bigger lineup than usual along with a new, more public location for the new year. The series, featuring a wide range of artists and art scholars, will be held in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art that opened in November. All the talks are free and open to the public.

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

FT Lab: Where Fashion and Function Meet and Match


Dec. 2, 2016 — In the two years since the Fashion Design and Technology Lab started, assistant professor of design and lab director Helen Koo, lab interns and other students have: 
 Won a top prize in the International A’ Design Award.
• Won a UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and a Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship Award.
• Presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s annual conference. 
“I can see how passionate, creative and innovative our students are,” Koo said. 

ModLab: Exploring the Humanities in the Digital World


Dec. 2, 2016 — How often do you find a university laboratory filled with humanities majors? Every day at the UC Davis ModLab where student interns work on gaming, virtual reality and other digital humanities projects. “They can be software developers, do historical research and data analysis, and work on conceptual and aesthetic design,” said Colin Milburn, ModLab director and the Gary Snyder Chair in Science and the Humanities.

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 ...