HArCS faculty guide students in their exploration of new avenues of study. Their works and research are published internationally, and each have something unique to offer to the division and all UC Davis students and community. Here is a glimpse of some of those faculty and recent news.

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Recent Honors and Awards


Ryan Cartright, visiting assistant professor of American studies, was selected a 2013 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow. The fellowship includes a two-year staff position at a partnering organization in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.

John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance, won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his set design for the production, Waiting for Godot, which featured at the Mark Taper Forum. The LADCC covers all the productions in the 222 cities of LA County, Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Professor Iacovelli's design was the winner of over 3,000 other productions.

Robin Hill, professor of art studio, was awarded a five week artist residency at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India during a sabbatical. Over the past three decades, Sanskriti has offered residencies to over 500 artists, poets, scholars, and writers and to some 300 crafts persons and cultural activists from the across the world as well as India. Sanskriti's Residency Programme also works in collaboration with international organizations such as UNESCO, Asia-Link, and the Fulbright Fellowships Program.

Robert Blake, professor of Spanish, was elected president of Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Stefano Varese, professor emeritus of Native American studies, was awarded the OXFAM LASA Martin Diskin Lectureship for Activist Scholarship by the Latin American Studies Association.  The lectureship is offered at each LASA International Congress to an outstanding individual who combines Professor Diskin’s commitment to both activism and scholarship.

John Iacovelli, professor of theatre and dance, was nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his set design for Waiting for Godot which was featured at the Mark Taper Forum.

Latest Grants and Research


Ann Savageau, professor of design, has been invited by Exhibit Envoy to create a project on California's Pacific Flyway, a 3-year project that will culminate in a multimedia traveling installation to be shown across California.  Professor Savageau has invited Design colleague Associate Professor Glenda Drew, and Sacramento artist Valerie Constantino to collaborate with her on this endeavor.

Wale Adebanwi, associate professor of African American and African studies, was invited to deliver the 2013 Annual Lecture of the African Studies Center at Oxford University. The African Studies Centre traditionally invites a distinguished academic to present the Oxford Africa Annual lecture in Trinity term at St Antony’s College. The tentative topic of Adebanwi's lecture is "What Are Friends For? Friendship, Power and Public Life in the Postcolony."

Professor John Iacovelli, Deptartment of Theatre and Dance, has been asked by Variety, an entertainment media magazine, for the third year in a row to contribute to coverage of awards season nominated shows for Production Design.

Books/Papers/Performances/Creative Works


Brett Snyder, assistant professor of design, recently exhibited "Smart Sidewalks", a winning entry to the NYC Reinvent Payphones competition. The exhibition was part of the New Museum New Ideas Festival. He also presented his paper, "Smart Sidewalks", at the 2013 Society for Environmental Graphic Design conference in San Francisco. Professor Snyder's paper proposes an initiative to transform public spaces into productive ecologies.

Brett Snyder, assistant professor of design, had his paper entitled "#Map: Big Data from Below" presented at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. And he featured his piece, Museum of the Phantom City: Visionary Chicago, in Spontaneous Interventions Chicago, an exhibition devoted to the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens acting on their own initiative to bring improvements to the urban realm, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. His work included a walking tour led by his Chicago collaborator Alexander Eisenschmidt.

Pablo Ortiz, professor of music, had his motet O vos omnes included in the CD The lost city, Lamentations through the ages, by Sospiri, conducted by Christopher Watson and released in the Naxos label.

Gina Werfel, professor of art, had a Recent Paintings exhibition at the Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY.

Kurt Rohde, professor of music, recently completed a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where he completed works for the Lydian String Quartet, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex and the Northern California Viola Society. While in residence at Radcliffe, he also began work on a new work for the  four-hand piano duo ZOFO, and his chamber opera "Defrosted." The opera is being created in collaboration with artist David Humphrey and writer Dana Spiotta, and is a story that combines the urban myths and true events from the life of Walt Disney.

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