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“California Architecture and Design” Multi-Campus Research group, funded by the UC Humanities Net- work.


While these projects have made the most of their lo-


cal focus, others have expanded our historical and geo- graphical horizons, including the impressive Human Rights and the Humanities week in March, directed by Keith Watenpaugh (Religious Studies). The Mellon Re- search Initiatives are off to a stunningly successful start, thanks to strong administrative support from Institute staff and the leadership of faculty directors Gina Bloom (English) and Louis Warren (History). As always, the Institute remains deeply concerned


with technology—both as a tool for research and its dis- semination and as a shaping factor in our modern lives. We were pleased to host Professor Cathy Davidson of Duke University for her fall appearance at the Chancel- lor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series and to hear her insights on the intertwining of technology and collaborative inquiry. The Institute’s Faculty Research Seminar in winter 2012 was devoted to the technologies of “Surveillance and the Social Network,” and in the spring we worked with Shields Library to put together an exciting line-up of “lightning talks” on tools and proj- ects in the digital humanities. The Institute’s own Digi- tal Innovation Lab has continued to garner recognition from far and wide for its research on collaborative data aggregation and immersive environments.


With more than $14,000 distributed to co-sponsored


events, $50,000 allocated to our diverse research clus- ters and related groups, and nearly $60,000 in support for faculty research, the Institute remains a catalyst in the intellectual life of UC Davis and a key resource for faculty who have sought and won external funding from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the UC Office of the President, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts and the UC Hu- manities Research Institute. Equally critical is the In- stitute’s role in supporting graduate student research— whether through the Mellon Research Initiatives, our own dissertation year fellowships and summer stipends, or our shepherding of generous gifts from the Bilinski Foundation and other campus resources. In closing, allow me to say what a privilege it has been


to work with such outstanding staff, faculty colleagues, and administrators during my time at the Humanities Institute. I welcome the return of Director Carolyn de la Peña, knowing that the Institute is in excellent hands and that the scholarly dialogues it supports will continue to enrich our campus, our community, and our world.


06 d h i . u c d a v i s . e d u Associate Professor, Music Department


Interim Director, Davis Humanities Institute 2011-2012


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