State Department Names 2 College Students as ‘Critical Language Scholars’

Two UC Davis College of Letters and Science students will travel to Morocco and Brazil this summer for intensive foreign language and cultural studies as part of a U.S. Department of State program. Charles Sills, a history doctoral student, and Carlie Whiteman, an undergraduate communication major, are among five UC Davis students selected by the State Department as 2022 Critical Language Scholars.

Writing Class Connects UC Davis to Navajo Nation

A recent virtual meeting of a University Writing Program class took place at UC Davis and Diné College at the Navajo Nation in rural Arizona. Students in both classes are learning about writing, but they come from very different worlds, each with something to contribute to the other.

Saving an Endangered Language

Justin Spence, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Native American Studies Department, received a $245,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages program for research and documentation of the Hupa language.

Persian Studies Program Receives $1.5 Million from Iranian-American Philanthropist

Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has made a $1.5 million gift to UC Davis to broaden its Persian studies program. The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching, research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture.