Noon Lectures

The ISS Noon Lectures bring faculty, visiting scholars, students and members of the Davis community together to listen and participate in the exchange of ideas.
Halfmann Ponders Reproductive Rights Under Trump [Video]

Halfmann Ponders Reproductive Rights Under Trump [Video]

On May 9, 2017, Associate Professor of Sociology Drew Halfmann presented a Noon Lecture entitled "Reproductive Rights in the Trump Era (and Beyond)", addressing the recently-passed American Health Care Act in the process. Watch the video here.

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Con Diaz Answers Hard Questions About Software [Video]

Con Diaz Answers Hard Questions About Software [Video]

By Alan Wong – Is software text? Machine? Or somehow both? In his ISS Noon Lecture on April 18, 2017, assistant professor of science and technology studies Gerardo Con Díaz delved into the legal debates surrounding this ubiquitous element of modern life.

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Van Walt Illuminates Intrastate Peace Processes [Video]

Van Walt Illuminates Intrastate Peace Processes [Video]

On November 17, 2016, ISS Senior Research Fellow Michael van Walt van Praag delivered a Noon Lecture entitled "Addressing History in Intrastate Peace Processes."

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Polarization and Policy on Eve of Election [Video]

Polarization and Policy on Eve of Election [Video]

On November 2, 2016—one week before Donald J. Trump emerged victorious in the U.S. presidential election—ISS hosted a Noon Lecture entitled "Election 2016: Polarization, Public Opinion and Policy Making." It was presented by Cheryl Boudreau and Christopher Hare, both of the Department of Political Science at UC Davis.

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Lerma Envisions Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century [Video]

Lerma Envisions Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century [Video]

On October 20, 2016, ISS invited Dr. Michael Lerma to present a lecture on the challenges faced by the contemporary movement for Indigenous sovereignty in the United States.

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Rauchway Investigates Politics of Inflation [Video]

Rauchway Investigates Politics of Inflation [Video]

What can the Great Depression and its aftermath teach us about “current unpleasantness” in the U.S. economy? On May 11, 2016, Professor of History Eric Rauchway offered some clues through a discussion of his latest book “The Money Makers.” Moderated by Professor of Economics Christopher M. Meissner, the event represented a combining of two series: ISS Noon Lectures and DHI Brown Bag Book Chats.

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Lagattuta Explores Children's Grasp of Mental Time Travel

Lagattuta Explores Children's Grasp of Mental Time Travel

By Ben Hinshaw - On February 25, 2016, Kristin H. Lagattuta delivered an ISS Noon Lecture entitled "Do Prior Experiences Shape Future Expectations? Children’s Developing Intuitions About How the Mind Generalizes from the Past." In her fascinating talk, Dr. Lagattuta suggested that, as they age, people grow less inclined to make the "cognitive effort" required to approach each human encounter with an open mind.

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Smith Reveals Limits of "Conflict Minerals" Concept

Smith Reveals Limits of "Conflict Minerals" Concept

By Loren Michael Mortimer - The proliferation of smartphones and other personal electronics has led to a booming demand for rare earth minerals. Yet recent legal and corporate interventions designed to eliminate “conflict minerals” from high tech supply chains have proven equally violent and destructive to people on the ground. In his ISS Noon Lecture on January 20, 2016, Associate Professor and Interim Chair in the UC Davis Department of Anthropology James Smith explored the intersection of technology, globalization, social justice and indigenous practices.

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Olmsted's Noon Lecture Reveals Californian Roots of "New Right"

Olmsted's Noon Lecture Reveals Californian Roots of "New Right"

By Loren Michael Mortimer - Kathy Olmsted, Chair of the History Department, kicked off this year’s ISS Noon Lecture series with a discussion of her newest book, Right Out of California. Speaking to a capacity audience, Olmsted argued that modern conservatism—the "New Right"—originated in New Deal-era California as a business-backed response to the farmworker unionization movement in the Central Valley.

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ISS Noon Lecture - New Results on Head Start's Impact

Apr 15, 2015 from 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM Memorial Union II, UC Davis,

In this ISS Noon Lecture, Doug Miller discussed his ongoing research on Head Start and evaluated his recent findings. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Poverty Research.

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ISS Noon Lecture - The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780-83) and the Long History of Violence in the Andes

Mar 11, 2015 from 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM Memorial Union, MU II,

In this ISS Noon Lecture, Chuck Walker presented his argument on 18th century violence and discussed the Shining Path and contemporary Peru. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

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ISS Noon Lecture - Casualties of Social Combat: School Networks of Peer Victimization and their Consequences

Sociology Associate Professor Robert Faris, and Diane Felmlee, Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University and Research Professor at UC Davis, presented their work on the emergence of conflict, links between social networks, and interpersonal processes underlying aggression.

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ISS Noon Lecture - 2014 in the Rear View Mirror: What Have We Learned

To launch the Institute for Social Sciences Noon Lectures, Department of Political Science Professor Benjamin Highton and Distinguished Professor Robert Huckfeldt presented an analysis of the 2014 midterm elections.

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