Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series 2014-15

The UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker 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. 

All of the speakers in the 2014-15 series: 

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Hamid Dabashi (10.27.14)

Hamid Dabashi's Talk

Hamid Dabashi's Talk

Hamid Dabashi discusses Persian humanism in the context of comparitive literature.  

UC Davis
(1 hour 34 min)

"Why Persian Humanism Matters Today"

Hamid 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. Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

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Russell Berman (12.2.14)

Russell Berman's Talk

Russell Berman's Talk

Russell Berman talks about the significance of rethinking the Ph.D. in the humanities. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 42 min)

"Rethinking the Ph.D. in the Humanities"

Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, with appointments in Comparative Literature and German Studies. He is an expert on German literature and culture and on cultural relations between Europe and the United States. He is currently chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and previously served as associate dean and as director of Stanford's Overseas Studies Program. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

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Shirley Tilghman (1.27.15)

Shirley Tilghman's Talk

Shirley Tilghman's Talk

Shirley Tilghman discusses biomedical research in the field of genetics, focusing on the regulation of genes during development, particularly in the field of genomic imprinting. 

UC Davis
(1 hour 26 min)

"The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Life in Biomedical Science"

A celebrated teacher, world-renowned scholar, and pioneer in molecular biology, Shirley Tilghman became Princeton's 19th president in 2001. She was the first woman to serve as president of Princeton and was only the second woman president in the Ivy League. Tilghman's decades of research in genetics focus on the regulation of genes during development, particularly in the field of genomic imprinting. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

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Nigel Thrift (2.23.15)

Nigel Thrift's Talk

Nigel Thrift's Talk

Nigel Thrift shares his thoughts on how geography affects international finance, cities and political life, non-representational theory, affective politics, and the history of time.

UC Davis
(1 hour 30 min)

"Why Geography Matters"

Professor Nigel Thrift is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick. Previously he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and head of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences at Oxford. His current research spans a broad range of interests, including international finance; cities and political life; non-representational theory; affective politics; and the history of time. Professor Thrift is an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003. Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

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Donna E. Shalala (4.10.15)

Donna E. Shalala's Talk

Donna E. Shalala's Talk

President Shalala has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. She has served in the role of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Clinton Administration.

UC Davis
(1 hour 20 min)

"The New Global Health Challenges: Non-Communicable Diseases"

Donna E. Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001.  President Shalala has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. Prior to being named President of the University of Miami, Shalala spent eight years as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Clinton Administration. Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

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Teresa Sullivan (5.4.15)

Teresa Sullivan's Talk

Teresa Sullivan's Talk

A respected scholar in labor force demography, she is author or coauthor of six books and her most recent research has focused on measuring productivity in higher education.

UC Davis
(1 hour 20 min)

"Ready or Not: Preparing Students for 21st-Century Careers"

Teresa A. Sullivan is the University of Virginia’s eighth president. A respected scholar in labor force demography, she is author or coauthor of six books and her most recent research has focused on measuring productivity in higher education. President Sullivan came to the University of Virginia from the University of Michigan, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.