Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series 2013-14
The UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speakers series brings together several distinguished scholars and government leaders who promise to spark engaging conversations with the academic community and broader public around pressing issues of our time.
The series is intended to heighten local and national awareness of research at UC Davis and the speakers will also share their vision for university-based research in the 21st century.
After each forum, a faculty member will be invited to comment and initiate a Q&A discussion with the audience.
These events are free and open to the public. Here are the planned speakers for the 2013-14 series, with more information to follow:
The University of California: Past, Present and Future (YouTube video, 1 hour 27 minutes , 10.1.13)
Charles Young is the chancellor emeritus and professor emeritus of political science and public policy at UCLA. He is an internationally recognized leader in higher education and former chairman of the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Hamid Dabashi (1.15.14)
Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York, where he is the most prestigious chair in his field. He is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Stephen Petronio (2.26.14)
Petronio was born in Newark, New Jersey, and received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he began dancing in 1974. Initially inspired by the dancing of Rudolf Nureyev and Steve Paxton, Petronio was the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979 to 1986). He has gone on to build a unique and powerful language of movement in a career that spans over 25 years. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 - 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Henry Jenkins (5.1.14)
Jenkins was one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content and continues to be at the forefront of understanding the effects of participatory culture on society, politics and learning. As part of the MacArthur Foundation's Youth and Participatory Politics Network, he and a team of USC-based researchers are seeking to identify networks and mechanisms which have been especially successful at getting young Americans involved in the political process, mechanisms which often build explicitly on their existing investments in popular culture. Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4 p.m., Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom.