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Sophia’s Story: Reclaiming an Orphan From an ‘Indian School’

Lauren Peters, a UC Davis Native American studies doctoral student, and her family recently returned the remains of their grandmother's aunt, Sophia Tetoff, to her native Aleut island in Alaska. In 1896 the 12-year-old orphan was sent to an Indian school in Pennsylvania where she died five years later and was buried. The Peterses are among the hundreds of Native families retrieving their ancestors from school cemeteries in the United States and Canada. They are believed to be the first to return a Native child to Alaska.

Award-Winning Shakespearean Scholar to Give Lunn Lecture

Stephen Greenblatt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard University humanities professor, will give an online lecture Tuesday, May 4, on “Shakespeare’s Second Chance.” This year’s Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the UC Davis Department of History, will begin at 4 p.m. PDT, with a Q&A session to follow.

Two Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Two UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty members have received Guggenheim Fellowships to study the life and times of a 16th century slave in India and current-day political theatre surrounding global climate change.