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Documenting War, a Mellon Sawyer Seminar at UCI, in Winter Quarter
Documenting War, a Mellon Sawyer Seminar at UCI, in Winter Quarter

The 2016-2017 series on "Documenting War," funded by a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant, explores the Vietnam War, ethics and moral choice, and digital war during winter quarter

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Communist Childhood in China
Communist Childhood in China

Kyle David, a PhD candidate in History, has been awarded a Luce/ACLS grant and a Fulbright-Hays fellowship for dissertation research

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PhD candidate Christopher Chamberlin talks about his research
PhD candidate Christopher Chamberlin talks about his research

Christopher Chamberlin (Culture and Theory) received a research grant from the Commons to work in the archives at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Here's what he did.

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The Future of the Truth, Feb. 3-4, at UCI
The Future of the Truth, Feb. 3-4, at UCI

Truth is the first casualty in war, and also in politics. This conference explores how America views honesty and truth, in light of the recent election and of ongoing trends in literature, law, and journalism. It will also consider truth, disinformation, and propaganda in the international sphere.

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UCI's Humanities Grad Slam
UCI's Humanities Grad Slam

The Humanities Grad Slam is an opportunity to share research with others. You will learn to convey complex ideas simply, improving the clarity of your dissertation project and developing methods to make relatable that which is intricate.

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Humanities to host VIet Thanh Nguyen as Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow
Humanities to host VIet Thanh Nguyen as Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow

Pulitizer Prize winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow for 2016-17. Author of the best-selling novel "The Sympathizer," Professor Nguyen (USC) is also the author of works of scholarship, including "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War."

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Caitlin Segundo, undergraduate intern, reflects on Documenting War
Caitlin Segundo, undergraduate intern, reflects on Documenting War

English major Caitlin Segundo interned with the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Documenting War in Fall quarter through the History Department undergraduate internship class

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Latin American Studies in Motion
Latin American Studies in Motion

The UCI Latin American Studies Center is co-presenting a film series "Sustainable Cinema" at the Bowers Museum, with funding from UCI Illuminations and UCHRI

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Graduate Public Fellows Program awarded Luce Foundation Grant
Graduate Public Fellows Program awarded Luce Foundation Grant

The Humanities Out There Public Fellows, a graduate student internship program coordinated by the Humanities Commons, provides opportunities for applied humanities with local cultural organizations.

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Public Fellows Call for Applications 2017
Public Fellows Call for Applications 2017

With a grant from the Luce Foundation, Humanities Commons will offer 8 Humanities Out There Public Fellows positions in Winter/Spring 2017. Applications are due October 21. Partners: Bowers Museum, Cal Humanities, Laguna Art Museum, LARB, Orange County Parks, PBS SoCal and Santa Ana Public Library

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Andrea Milne receives AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship
Andrea Milne receives AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship

History PhD candidate Andrea Milne was awarded a prestigious AAUW fellowship for her work on San Francisco General Hospital's AIDS ward (1983-1995)

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Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database
Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database

Alex Borucki, Associate Professor of History, is co-project director on a project to document marine slave trade within the Americas from 17th to 19th centuries.

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Laurie Dickmeyer,  2016 Public Fellow
Laurie Dickmeyer, 2016 Public Fellow

A PhD candidate in History, Laurie Dickmeyer is working with Orange County Parks to present Heritage Days

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Anna Kryczka, 2016 Public Fellow
Anna Kryczka, 2016 Public Fellow

Anna Kryczka, PhD candidate in Visual Studies, talks about her experience as a Public Fellow at Orange County Parks

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Michelle Brewster, 2016 Public Fellow
Michelle Brewster, 2016 Public Fellow

Michele Brewster, PhD student in History, brings expertise to the Pacific Standard Time Project

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Jessica Conte, 2016 Public Fellow
Jessica Conte, 2016 Public Fellow

Jessica Conte connected her academic skills with the film industry as an intern with the Viet Film Fest.

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Chris Dearner, 2016 Public Fellow
Chris Dearner, 2016 Public Fellow

Chris Dearner, a PhD candidate in English, shares how working with the South Coast Repertory Theater enriches his own scholarly work.

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Stefanie Lira, 2016 Public Fellow
Stefanie Lira, 2016 Public Fellow

By digitizing past PBS programs, History PhD student Stefanie Lira provides a valuable resource for filmmakers and researchers.

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N. Katherine Hayles to deliver 2016 Wellek Lectures
N. Katherine Hayles to deliver 2016 Wellek Lectures

N. Katherine Hayles, James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University, will deliver this year's Wellek Lectures on the theme, "Precarious Prospects: Biological and Media Extinction."

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50th Anniversary Arts and Humanities Symposium: Creativity, Cognition, Critique
50th Anniversary Arts and Humanities Symposium: Creativity, Cognition, Critique

In celebration of UCI's first 50 years, this conference explores the interfaces among creativity, cognition and critique in the arts and humanities.

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A Desert Guidebook | Digital companion to exploring the American desert.
A Desert Guidebook | Digital companion to exploring the American desert.

Featuring photographs from the Huntington Library collection, this virtual exhibition was curated by Jessica Ziegenfuss in conjunction with "The Fabricated American Desert: Modern and Anti-Modern" conference.

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Judy Wu to lead UHRI Residential Research Cluster Grant on Transnational Feminisms
Judy Wu to lead UHRI Residential Research Cluster Grant on Transnational Feminisms

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (UCI) and Maylei Blackwell (UCLA) awarded a UCHRI Residential Research Cluster grant for "Rethinking Transnational Feminisms."

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Sharon Kunde wins ACLS Dissertation Fellowship
Sharon Kunde wins ACLS Dissertation Fellowship

Sharon Kunde, English PhD candidate, has won a highly competitive dissertation fellowship from the ACLS. She worked closely with her adviser Virginia Jackson and also participated in Ed Dimendberg's grant-writing workshop.

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Critical Game Studies Conference at UCI, May 2
Critical Game Studies Conference at UCI, May 2

Braxton Soderman, assistant professor in Film & Media Studies and co-organizer of the May 2 conference, talks about Critical Game Studies and how programmers, artists and humanists can connect.

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Julia Lupton, 2016 Lauds & Laurels Faculty Achievement Award
Julia Lupton, 2016 Lauds & Laurels Faculty Achievement Award

Julia Lupton, director of the Humanities Commons, has received the UCI Lauds and Laurels award recognizing a faculty member whose personal or professional achievements bring honor and distinction to a particular school or discipline or to UCI.

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Liz Diller to speak at 50th Anniversary conference
Liz Diller to speak at 50th Anniversary conference

A symposium and accompanying suite of exhibits will examine the history of UCI's master plan and the city of Irvine in relation to American modernism and higher education and early 1960s Utopianism, with a keynote lecture by architect Liz Diller.

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The Fabricated American Desert: Modern and Anti-Modern
The Fabricated American Desert: Modern and Anti-Modern

UCI Art History professors Lyle Massey and Jamie Nisbet are co-organizers of the Huntington Library's conference on desert modernism April 15-16. Photo: Everything And the Kitchen Sink, Noah Purifoy. Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture Joshua Tree, California. Image by permission.

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Vietnamese Focus exhibit at UCI Student Center
Vietnamese Focus exhibit at UCI Student Center

Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories is an art and history exhibition showcasing the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, the largest outside of Vietnam. Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement.

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Spanish & Portuguese Dept receives Dept of Education grant
Spanish & Portuguese Dept receives Dept of Education grant

The Department of Spanish & Portguese received a four-year Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support graduate student fellowships. From left to right: William Carr, Diego Fernandez, Lauren Gaskill, Benjamin Cluff

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Marlon Gruen, Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow
Marlon Gruen, Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow

Marlon Gruen graduated from UCI in 2015 with a Ph.D. in History and is now a Faculty Fellow in Humanities Core, thanks to the Mellon 5+2 grant, which encourages timely completion of humanities degrees while also providing meaningful, broad-based teaching experiences for post-docs.

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Did you miss the Freedom of Expression Conference?
Did you miss the Freedom of Expression Conference?

Watch videos of Edward Snowden's conversation with journalist Barton Gellman and of panels during the conference on the LARB website.

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Megan Zane, Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow
Megan Zane, Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow

Megan Zane graduated from UCI in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is now a Faculty Fellow in Humanities Core, thanks to the Mellon 5+2 grant, which encourages timely completion of humanities degrees while also providing meaningful, broad-based teaching experiences for post-docs.

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Slavery at the Crossroads of Medical Knowledge and Science
Slavery at the Crossroads of Medical Knowledge and Science

A one-day conference on Thursday, February 4, 10 am to 6 pm Humanities Gateway 1010 Co-sponsors: Humanities Commons, Medical Humanities Initiative, Department of History, Program of African American Studies, Group for the Study of Early Cultures

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Are the
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These debates are the focus of a symposium co-sponsored by the Data Science Initiative and the Humanities Commons' DH Working Group on Friday, Feb 5, 10 am to 5 pm in CalIT2.

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Danilo Caputo selected for Climate Action Training Program
Danilo Caputo selected for Climate Action Training Program

Danilo Caputo, a second-year doctoral student in English, has been selected to participate in the Climate Action Training Program, part of UC Irvine's Sustainability Initiative.

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What Cannot Be Said | January 22-24, 2016
What Cannot Be Said | January 22-24, 2016

Nationally-known journalists, cartoonists, legal and religious scholars will speak on freedom of expression in a changing world.

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Poet and M.D. Raphael Campo on Poetry and the Experience of Illness
Poet and M.D. Raphael Campo on Poetry and the Experience of Illness

The Medical Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture features Dr. Raphael Campo, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and author of 5 collections of poetry.

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Bill Germano to speak about academic publishing at UCI
Bill Germano to speak about academic publishing at UCI

William Germano, the author of "Getting It Published: a Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books" (University of Chicago Press, 3/e forth. spring 2016) and "From Dissertation to Book" (University of Chicago Press, 2/e 2013) is visiting UCI on January 14-15.

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Linda Vo named OC's
Linda Vo named OC's

Asian American Studies professor Linda Vo, who co-curated the "Vietnamese Focus; Generations of Stories" exhibition at the historic Orange County Courthouse, as been named "Most Influential 2015" by the Orange County Register

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Humanities Out There Open House
Humanities Out There Open House

This year, undergraduates can intern at the Bowers Kidseum as part of Humanities Out There. Learn more at our Open House, Monday, November 30, 3:00 pm, in Humanities Gateway 1100, the Humanities Commons Lobby.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: James Goebel
Graduate Student Spotlight: James Goebel

James Goebel, a PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, has played an instrumental role in founding the EcoMaterialisms Collective.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Assal Rad
Graduate Student Spotlight: Assal Rad

Assal Rad, recipient of the Humanities Commons Graduate Research Grant and Persian Studies Summer Fellowship explores Iranian Diaspora, Iranian cinema, popular music and state narratives of national identity.

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Best Practices for Managing Scholarly Identities Online
Best Practices for Managing Scholarly Identities Online

Did you miss the "You...on Google Search" workshop? Whether you are presenting at a conference or on the job market, someone is going look you up online. Here are resources, examples and advice on managing your scholarly identity through online profiles, social media and personal website.

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UCI Philosophy's TH!NK Program sparks critical thinking
UCI Philosophy's TH!NK Program sparks critical thinking

UCI Philosophy's TH!NK program demystifies the ancient system of thought for local grade-schoolers

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Humanities Public Fellows Applications Due Oct 16
Humanities Public Fellows Applications Due Oct 16

Humanities Out There Public Fellows will apply and expand their humanities research and writing capacities in a non-profit setting in Winter/Spring 2016.

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GradLab Summertime Coffee hour comes to a close
GradLab Summertime Coffee hour comes to a close

Six graduate students from five departments met for the summer's final research check-in coffee hour, designed to give students a forum to stay connected, get moral support, and do some informal goal-setting during the sometimes-isolated summer months.

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Announcing Grad Public Fellows
Announcing Grad Public Fellows

H.O.T. Public Fellows will apply and expand their humanities research and writing capacities in a non-profit setting.

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Rachel O'Toole awarded NEH-funded residential fellowship
Rachel O'Toole awarded NEH-funded residential fellowship

O'Toole plans to conduct research for her project "Uncertain Freedom: Africans beyond the Laws of Slavery in 17th -Century Peru" at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

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Madness and Medicine
Madness and Medicine

Assistant Professor Emily Baum shares her passion, process, and findings in light of her postdoctoral fellowship from the ACLS for her proposal, "Spit, Chains, and Hospital Beds: A History of Madness in Republican China, 1911-1937".

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Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop
Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop

Associate Professor Sohail Daulatzai's exhibit highlighted the rich history of hip-hop in Islam to diverse LA audiences

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Africa, the Diasporas, and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Explorations in Digital History
Africa, the Diasporas, and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Explorations in Digital History

Alex Borucki, Department of History, UCI Daniel Domingues Department of History, University of Missouri Columbia.

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Vicki Ruiz speaks on scholarship, collaboration, and public engagement
Vicki Ruiz speaks on scholarship, collaboration, and public engagement

Vicki Ruiz, UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of history and chair of Chicano/Latino studies, was recently named an Honoree for National Women's History Month. The Commons asked Ruiz to speak about her experience with these three pillar ideas.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Laura Beltz Imaoka
Graduate Student Spotlight: Laura Beltz Imaoka

Visual Studies PhD candidate Laura Beltz Imaoka talks about her scholarship. Her research on the local and global mediation of Fukushima Nuclear Power Station disaster will be published in an anthology titled Extreme Weather and Global Media, due out on Routledge Press in June, 2015.

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Professor Margaret M. Miles awarded a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation
Professor Margaret M. Miles awarded a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation

Professor Miles (Art History and Classics) will be starting fieldwork in July 2015 at Contrada Mango in Sicily. Photo: Professor Miles (center) with students, looking at inscriptions in the Sanctuary of Aphrodite on the road to Eleusis, Greece.

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Annual Mexican Studies Conference, May 14-16
Annual Mexican Studies Conference, May 14-16

UC Irvine's Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Humanities Commons, and UC-Mexicanistas invite you to our annual Mexican Studies Conference, on May 14-16, at HIB 135 and HG 1010.

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Congratulations to Jonathan Alexander for the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award!
Congratulations to Jonathan Alexander for the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award!

Jonathan Alexander (Professor of English, UCI) and Jacqueline Rhodes (Professor of English, CSUSB) were recognized by the Conference on College Composition and Communication for their latest collaborative work, On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies.

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Citizenship, Borders, Community & Critique
Citizenship, Borders, Community & Critique

Native American and Indigenous Studies speaker series will engage students, scholars, and the community at large.

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W/Shakespeare Group selected for Clark Library Core Program
W/Shakespeare Group selected for Clark Library Core Program

W/Shakespeare, which began as a UCHRI Multi-Campus Working Group (MRG), has been selected to lead the Clark Library's Core Program in 2016-2017. Their topic is "Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Performance, Philosophy."

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After War: Re-imagining American Landscapes and Bodies in the Wake of the World Wars
After War: Re-imagining American Landscapes and Bodies in the Wake of the World Wars

Chancellor's Professor Cécile Whiting will host a one-day conference on how visual culture in the United States coped with the lingering trauma of the world wars. "After War" is free and open to the public, and will feature six visiting speakers.

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“Mae West: It's Hard to Be Funny When You Have to Be Clean”
“Mae West: It's Hard to Be Funny When You Have to Be Clean”

Kristen Hatch, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, traveled to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library to research starlet Mae West. Her work will be featured in a forthcoming collection. Her trip was funded in part by a grant from the Humanities Commons.

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THATCamp SoCal: Happy campers
THATCamp SoCal: Happy campers

Letters from The Humanities and Technology Camp So Cal 2014

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Scholars in Public Partnership
Scholars in Public Partnership

A Presentation by Felicia Kelley, Senior Program Officer, Cal Humanities | Learn about opportunities for UCI faculty to engage in public projects as a humanities advisor, as well as Cal Humanities grant programs - in particular, the Community Stories program.

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The Medical Humanities Initiative presents - Keith Wailoo:
The Medical Humanities Initiative presents - Keith Wailoo:

Keith Wailoo, Ph.D. will present a special lecture on the politics of pain on Thursday, December 4th at the Beckman Center. This presentation is the first of the Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the UCI Medical Humanities Initiative.

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Success of the Medical Humanities Initiative reception
Success of the Medical Humanities Initiative reception

The newly formed Medical Humanities initiative got off to a great start! Click the link on the next page to see the full photo set.

October 23, 2014 at the Beckman Center

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