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UC Davis Humanities Institute 227 Voorhies Hall One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616


Seeta Chaganti Interim Director, Winter/Spring 2013

Carolyn de la Peña Director, Fall 2012

Molly McCarthy Associate Director

jesikah maria ross ARC Director

Laine Keneller Program Manager

Regina Canegan Business Manager

Lisa Carvajal Assistant to the Mellon Initiatives

Elliott Pollard Webmaster

Kevin Bryant Computer Support

Graduate Student Researchers Jessica Loudermilk, Linguistics Kristen Aldebol, English Erin Hendel, English Bryan Yazell, English

2012-2013 Advisory Board Seeta Chaganti, English

Catherine Chin, Religious Studies Joe Dumit, Anthropology and Science & Technocultural Studies Ari Kelman, History Elisabeth Krimmer, German & Russian Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon, Women & Gender Studies Eric Smoodin, American Studies Henry Spiller, Music Gina Werfel, Art Studio


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THE UC DAVIS HUMANITIES INSTITUTE fosters and advocates for thoughtful and innovative research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Through seminars, workshops, conferences and lectures, the institute brings together faculty, students and the public into conversations that address the political, literary, ethical and aesthetic issues at the center of public discourse. Not only do these conversations generate answers, they provide new questions and approaches to concerns, including environmental justice, indigenous land rights and digital surveillance.

On campus, the institute provides opportunities for faculty and students to host leading thinkers in their fields, to listen and learn from one another, to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, and to pursue innovation in their writing and research. As the writer Verlyn Klinkenborg recently observed, “Studying the humanities should be like standing among colleagues and students on the open deck of a ship moving along the endless coastline of human experience.” The institute aspires to provide its faculty and students with that expansive quality, opening up ideas and critical pathways to new scholarship.

Beyond the university, the institute has worked with community partners to give voice to the community renewal efforts of Blue Mountain area residents in the Sierra foothills, to help the underserved youth of West Sacramento document how neighborhood conditions affect their lives and future and to map the complicated history of a regional nature preserve. This public engagement underscores the fact that work in the humanities has impact beyond the classroom.

The institute could not accomplish all that we do without the support of our partners and sponsors. The institute’s basic operations are supported through the UC Davis Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, with additional funding from the Division of Social Sciences, the Office of Research and the UC Humanities Network. We also rely on generous support from foundations and other organizations that makes possible the range of programs and initiatives that demonstrate the relevance of the humanities in today’s world.

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