When Peter Ng heard about a new group for young alumni living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he immediately called his old campus friend Chris Backer, who he knew had great networking skills.
The two have taken leading roles in the College of Letters and Science Young Alumni Program, San Francisco Bay Area, serving on the group’s seven-member advisory board, chaired by Lauren Levin (B.A., communication, ’11).
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.
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.”
“Recent Gifts from the Southwest” at the Gorman Museum showcases nearly 100 artworks by 60 artists. The exhibition, on display through Dec. 7, includes basketry, weavings, ceramics, prints, paintings and drawings made between 1920 and 2018. Most of the art was made during the past 50 years and donated or promised by collectors and artists over the past two years. The is the first Gorman exhibition focused on the art of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
Seth Merewitz (B.A. political science, ’93, JD ’97), was recently recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in California. He’s also a donor and CAAA Life Member. A Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner, he was selected as a Top 100 Attorney in California by the Daily Journal, California's state's largest legal daily newspaper .
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.
David Salle, who became an art star in the 1980s and has also forged a career as an arts writer, will give the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 1, at UC Davis. “David Salle: How to See” is presented by the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Letters and Science.
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.
Donald Anderson (B.A. sociology, ’93, MA rhetoric and communication, ’95) has recently had a new book published. Organizational Design: Creating Strategic and Agile Organizations, a textbook, is his forth book. Anderson is organization and talent development director at Oracle and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver.