Society and Culture

Humanities Redefined

November 08, 2018
Graduate Students Bring Research and Action to Communities

Through the Mellon Public Scholars program, UC Davis graduate students combine their scholarship and passions to make a tangible difference in communities across the region, nation, and world. Working with community organizations and individuals, the scholars examine real-world problems and offer creative solutions.

How the Cyberworld Enhances and Undermines Elections

November 05, 2018

With the midterm elections just a few days away, several faculty members provided insights into how messy, self-reflective and fact-free political conversations can get online; ways art can help us understand the magnitude of social media on elections; and how easy it is to hack voter information.

New Research and Movie Shine Light on Punjabi Women in California

November 05, 2018
Starting in 1910, Punjabi women began trickling into California, joining a community of men who started arriving from the northern Indian province of Punjab in the 1890s. But even as their numbers grew these women remained largely invisible. Their women’s story is now being told, thanks to Nicole Ranganath, historian and assistant adjunct professor of Middle East/South Asia Studies (ME/SA) in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. Along with amassing an archive of interviews, photographs, letters and archival footage, she has created a documentary film “Walking into the Unknown: A History of Punjabi Women in California.”

UC Davis-State Team Honored for California's K-12 History Framework

October 19, 2018
The California History-Social Science Project, headquartered at UC Davis, will share a national K-12 teaching award with the California Department of Education for helping to write the state’s new framework for history-social science instruction in the public schools. The American Historical Association recently announced that it will award its Beveridge Family Teaching Prize to the co-winners.

Events Explore Role of Women in German Leadership

October 16, 2018

The centenary of women’s suffrage in Germany will be marked with several events about women’s suffrage and leadership in Germany presented by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of German and Russian on Oct. 22, 23 and 26. 

The events start Oct. 22 with an opening reception for an exhibition on the history of female suffrage in Sproul Hall lobby from noon to 1 p.m. On display through Nov. 8, it will feature posters on the history of women’s right to vote around the world. All posters have been researched and prepared by UC Davis students.

NSF Grant Will Fund Food and Tech Study

October 08, 2018
Technological innovation is transforming agriculture and a UC study funded by a $492,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will explore the booming connections between new technologies, agriculture and food. Charlotte Biltekoff, associate professor and chair of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s American studies program, is part of the multi-campus study team.

Despite Reasoning Abilities, Humans 'Flock'

September 19, 2018
Even when they're thinking things through, people sometimes behave similarly to others, according to communication research at the University of California, Davis.

Study Challenges Role of Speech Gene in Evolution of Human Language

August 03, 2018
The FOXP2 gene has been associated with uniquely human language abilities. But a UC Davis scientist and colleagues did a study with a wider variety of people and found no evidence of selection for FOXP2 in modern humans, challenging previous of how we think humans acquired language.

Recent Grad Documenting Mandela Fellows Visit

July 20, 2018

Tene Goodwin, who graduated from the UC Davis College of Letters and Science this spring with a degree in economics and minor in professional writing, started immediately using her educational and international background by documenting the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders visit to UC Davis.