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Migrant Labor and A Life Under Fire: A Triptych

From the early 1990s–2014, my father, Juan Zárate, owned a weed abatement company that was contracted by the County of Orange to create “fire breaks,” also known as defensible spaces, to protect property from fire in rural and unincorporated regions of the county. This invisible Latino, often undocumented, migrant techne clears the county’s canyons and »

Saturation: Interview with Melody Jue and Rafico Ruiz

Melody Jue and Rafico Ruiz discuss their edited collection, Saturation: An Elemental Politics

Out of History: Against the Self-evidence of Anti-blackness

Diren Valayden and Megan McCabe ask: what does a reading of anti-blackness as racial discourse reveal?

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The Hewlett Foundation Makes $300,000 Gift to UCHRI Endowment Campaign

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has generously granted $300,000 to be dedicated to the University of California Humanities Research Institute endowment campaign. The funding will be applied to count towards the funding requirement to match the Mellon Foundation endowment of $10 million to support UCHRI and the UC Humanities Network. We are enormously grateful »

Living Through Upheaval Awards for 2021-22

UCHRI has committed $90,000 to a unique and fresh set of grant programs for 2021-22, under the Institute’s broader theme of Living Through Upheaval. For the first time ever, we are supporting the development of podcast series for six UC faculty, many of whom will work with graduate students in the production of their podcasts. »

Announcing 2021-22 Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grants

Working through the upheavals of the past year, UC graduate students are finding creative ways to forge ahead with their dissertation research despite serious limitations. UCHRI is pleased to support nine dissertation projects from five campuses this year. Grantees will use these funds to purchase rare books and copies of archival materials, attend language classes, »