News in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
Four Art Department Faculty Members Showing In New York
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
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
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
December 14, 2016 — Chicano Studies Alumnus, José Quiñonez, Receives MacArthur Genius Grant
Faculty Win International Awards
Mapping Out Standing Rock
December 6, 2016 — As a professor in the UC Davis Native American Studies Department, Liza Grandia was looking for a way to help her students and the public better understand unfolding events about the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy.
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.
Graduate Creates an “Awesöme” Music Career
Dec. 2, 2016 — David Möschler (M.A., music, ’10) has created a successful if slightly unorthodox music career largely based on figuring out how he could have the musical life he wanted. “I’ve always been drawn to eclectic music—orchestral music that sounds like musical theatre and musical theatre that sounds orchestral,” said Möschler, who during the first few months of 2016 led performances of music by Jean Sibelius, Andrew Lloyd Weber, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Green Day, among others. A few years ago, he also started an unusual musical ensemble called the Awesöme Orchestra.
Graduate Paints Very Big Art Career
Dec. 2, 2016 — Just before completing her undergraduate degree in studio art and Italian in 2008, Sofia Lacin was hired to paint a mural at the Davis Crepeville restaurant where she worked. It was a big wall so she recruited her high school friend Hennessy Christophel to help. “It was difficult, but we had fun,” said Lacin, who grew up in Sacramento. “I found out I liked painting out in the open and solving the problems involved.”
Work Of Art Tailored to Help Art Majors Succeed
Dec. 2, 2016 — Nearly every student has concerns about what they’ll do when school is over. For those in the arts, that can be especially tricky. To make career paths clearer, last year the Arts Group Advising Center started Work of Art: Career Series for Student in the Arts. The center and series serve students in studio art, art history, design, theatre and dance, music, and cinema and digital media.
Start at UC Davis Radio Leads Grad to KQED
Dec. 2, 2016 — Combining a love for radio and art, Benjamin Castle (B.A., art history and psychology, ’14) now leads sales for San Francisco public radio station KQED. Castle’s first foray into radio came early in his time at UC Davis, where he not only hosted a show on KDVS, but also was the station’s business and underwriting director for three years.
American Studies Major at NFL
Dec. 2, 2016 — For some, nothing is more American than football. So it seems appropriate that Jacob Frank, who earned a degree in American Studies in 2011, works for the National Football League. After an internship and a seasonal job with NFL communications, he landed a job with the league’s new health and safety policy department in 2013 and now manages it.
Alumni active on the arts scene
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.
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off Challenging Season Nov. 19
Nov. 9. 2016 — The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season Nov. 19 with music by Johannes Brahms and two less familiar composers, Henri Dutilleux and Witold Lutosawski. The five additional concerts of the season likewise blend the older with the newer, the better known with the lesser known. We like to invite people to come on a journey with us and find something new, said Christian Baldini, orchestra music director and conductor and associate professor in the Department of Music. My passion is opening new doors as much for the orchestra as the audience.
Quartet premieres new work by UC Davis professor and students
Nov. 4, 2016 — The Mana Quartet, a saxophone ensemble, will perform several new UC Davis works in two concerts Nov. 10 and 11. The Nov. 11 concert will include the premiere of Seagram Murals‚ Mika Pelo, associate professor in the Department of Music. This and other works being performed are part of the Sight and Sound project through which the Mana Quartet and Chamber Music America commissioned music inspired by visual art works.
Art Grad Creates Giant Jewelry For New Museum
Oct. 31, 2016 — Working in her Oakland studio, Lisa Rybovich Crall‚ was surrounded by teetering stacks of white rings looking like oversize life preservers. These rings, 500 of them, will be linked to form a 1,500-foot-long sculpture that will hang from the canopy of the UC Davis‚ Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art‚ for its grand opening. Adorned with 200 gold-painted charms, the soft chain sculpture will replace the traditional ribbon associated with new building dedications. I'm thinking of the project as a gigantic charm bracelet for the building to wear, Crall, who earned a master of fine arts degree from the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History‚ in 2011.
UC Davis and New Zealand University Team Up for Exhibition, Seminar
Oct. 25, 2016 — Patterns of Endurance: Kahutoi Te Kanawa, Donna Campbell, LisaNa Red Bear and Tawhanga Nopera, an art exhibition at the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis, showcases the work of doctoral candidates from the School of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. In conjunction with the exhibition of weavings, garments, digital prints and video, a series of lectures and other events will take place at the museum Nov. 2
UC Davis Faculty Read in Creative Writing Series
Oct. 25, 2016 — UC Davis faculty members Maceo Montoya and Jacinda Townsend are featured in the Nov. 1 UC Davis Creative Writing Program Reading Series. The free event will take place at 7 p.m. in Peter J. Shields Library. Montoya is a writer, artist and assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Townsend is a new creative writing assistant professor in the English department.
Initiative Examines Border Militarization
Oct. 24, 2016 — The UC Davis Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies starts its second year with a series of events during Border Studies Week, Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, on the topic of Mobility, Militarization, Containment.‚ Events will explore the tensions between mobility and confinement as borders become more militarized.
Concert Celebrates ‘Cycles’ for Composer
Oct. 14, 2016 — During any given year, the music of composer and professor Pablo Ortiz can be heard across the globe -- from his native Argentina to Switzerland to San Francisco. Just a few weeks ago, a piece he wrote to be played on a giant metal sculpture was performed in Athens, Greece. The UC Davis Department of Music professor 60th birthday will be celebrated with a concert of his music at the new Ann E. Pitzer Center recital hall Oct. 21.
Big Year For Creative Writing
Sept. 12, 2016 — This is a special year for creative writing at UC Davis. The popular Opening Night reading of new work by creative writing program faculty (Oct. 5) is celebrating its 10th‚ anniversary and the visiting writers reading series will have a new home in the Peter J. Shields Library. The visiting writers series kicks off Oct. 12 with Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout and continues with a wide range of writers throughout the academic year.
New Series Celebrates Arts of India
Sept. 12, 2016 — The UC Davis Department of Religious Studies and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up for a year-long celebration of the arts of India. India in the Artist Eye will include music, theatre and dance along with exhibitions, lectures and workshops. The series, starting Sept. 30 with a concert by Bickram Ghosh Drums of India, is a part of the department's Religions of Indian Initiative.
Design Professor Helen Koo Wins First Innovation and Creative Vision Award
Sept. 6, 2016 — Helen Koo, an assistant professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Design, is the inaugural recipient of the UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision for her work in wearable technology. The award was established to honor and support the advances of outstanding non-tenured faculty members early in their careers.
New Pitzer Center Will Enhance Music Making, Learning
Sept. 1, 2016 — The full range of music-making and learning at the University of California, Davis, will get a big boost in September with the opening of the Ann E. Pitzer Center. The state-of-the-art building houses‚ classrooms, practice rooms and the acoustically pristine, 399-seat Recital Hall that will host dozens of concerts each year. The center opens Sept. 22.
The “9/11 Generation” Lives Life Under Surveillance
Sept. 6, 2016 — Young people of South Asian, Afghan and Arab descent growing up in a post-9/11 world feel constantly under suspicion and surveillance. Their lives are the focus of the book The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, and Solidarity in the War on Terror (New York University Press) by Sunaina Marr Maira, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies. The book has just been released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
UC Davis Big Part of Small Books on Everyday Objects
Aug. 17, 2016 — When UC Davis alumnus Christopher Schaberg (Ph.D., English, thought about who would be great contributors to the book and essay series he was creating, he went back to colleagues at UC Davis. So far his UC English doctoral classmates, John Garrison (Ph.D., English, and Kara Thompson (Ph.D., English, along with English professor Scott Shershow, have written essays and books for the Object Lessons series.
Writing Class Connects UC Davis to Navajo Nation
July 14, 2016 — A recent virtual meeting of a University Writing Program class took place at UC Davis and Din College at the Navajo Nation in rural Arizona. Students in both classes are learning about writing, but they come from very different worlds, each with something to contribute to the other.
‘Temporary Building’ Placed on National Register of Historic Places
June 20, 2016 — During the 1960s UC Davis began building an art department that turned out like no other. Much of that early work took place in Temporary Building 9, a metal structure at Old Davis Road and Hutchison Drive. TB 9 ‚ as it was dubbed has been nationally recognized for its importance in art history with its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources.
Two Programs Elevated to Departments
June 6, 2016 — The UC Davis Division of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) has two new departments: American Studies and African American and African Studies have been elevated from programs to full departments.
Tea Colloquium Receives Warm Response
May 23, 2016 — The colloquium launching the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science featured scholars from around the world talking about the chemicals and compounds in tea, types of tea, the Japanese tea ceremony and a kind of ceramic that for 500 years has been considered the best for making tea.
Professor Looks for Why, When, Where of Riots in New Book
May 20, 2016 — Two UC Davis faculty members have new books out on forms of protest. English professor Joshua Clover's Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings examines the whys, whens and wheres of riots and why they are on the rise. Larry Bogad, associate professor of theatre and dance, draws on his own experiences in the use of humor and theatrics in protests in Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play.
Three Art Professors Showing Sacramento
Art Professor Wins Pollock-Krasner Award
May 11, 2016 — Shiva Ahmadi, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History, has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. An award like this provides the support that allows artists to take on new and ambitious projects.
International Colloquium Launches Global Tea Initiative
May 2, 2016 — UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Initiative with a symposium bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world most popular prepared beverage. The May 12 colloquium, The Basics of Tea: Tea and People, is a first step in creating a center for the study of tea culture and science on campus.
UC Davis Artists Will Make a Mark With Three Exhibitions
April 29, 2016 — UC Davis master of fine art students will be a major presence in Sacramento during May and June. Ruminant Ground, at Beatnik Studios starting May 6 and having happened at Verge Center for the Arts opening June 3 will feature work by 16 MFA candidates in the nationally-acclaimed program. The students will also have a show in San Francisco.
Art Professor Emeritus at Tate Gallery
May 1, 2016 — Conrad Atkinson, professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History, has work in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London as well as a solo exhibition in New York. His Mayday: a shade of green an orange edge is part of Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979at Tate Britain.
English Grad Makes a Mark in Tech But Isn’t Giving Up Literature
April 25, 2016 — Jennifer Pugh's job as a product manager isn't the kind of position people think an English major might end up with, but for Pugh (BA, English, 2010) it makes perfect sense. When you have a liberal arts degree there is a questioning nature to it, there's not just one answer, she said. Art prepares you to stand back and look at the entire picture.
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 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.
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, 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" on Friday, Feb. 5.
Francisco X. Alarcon lived his poetry every day
Jan. 20, 2016 — Francisco X. Alarcon 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.