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TABLE OF CONTENTS About 2 Director’s Letter 4 Fellows


Faculty Research Fellows 5 Dissertation Year Fellows 6 Margrit Mondavi Fellows 6 HArCS Dean’s Fellows 7


Events and Workshops Brown Bag Book Chats 8 Publishing and Grant Workshops 8 DHI/ISS Dissertation Retreat 9 Co-Sponsored Events 10 PhD Unlimited 10


Partnerships Stories on Stage Davis 11 Chancellor’s Colloquium Speaker Series 12 UC Public Partnerships in the Humanities 13


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Mellon Research Initiatives Social Justice, Culture and (In)Security 14 Digital Cultures 14


Collaborations DHI Research Clusters 16 UC Davis Human Rights Initiative 18 Environments & Societies Research Group 18


Support Support the Humanities Institute 19


Preview: What to Watch for in 2015–2016 Mellon Public Scholars Program back cover Mellon Sawyer Seminar back cover


ON THE COVER Matt Gilbert, an MFA student in Art Studio and 2014-2015 Margrit Mondavi Fellow, tinkers with his kinetic sculptures in his campus studio. Gilbert has developed a highly interdisciplinary art and design practice that includes interactive electronics, video, animation, sound installation, web development, crochet, papercraft and other media. His creations are composed with a 3-D printer, a makeshift mini-ma- chine shop, surplus store items, handmade circuit boards and dark dental floss. When he flips the “on” switch, small motors hum and interwoven floss moves, sometimes almost imperceptibly, in a kind of dance. “They’ve raised questions for me about how we perceive lifelike movement, even in a kind of black-and-white line drawing, even with the mechanisms exposed,” Gilbert observed.


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