UC Davis Today: UC Davis goes to Washington

Professor Ann Savageau talks with visitors

UC Davis goes to Washington

UC Davis is proud to be part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s celebration of the Morrill Act in Washington, D.C., this summer.

The festival is taking place through July 8 on the National Mall, where UC Davis has an exhibit focused on sustainability. UC Davis professors and other representatives are giving lectures and demonstrations there and elsewhere in the capital, on such topics as sustainability, the link between African American folk art and civil rights, art-science fusion, the history of rock ’n’ roll, and the science of beer.

“This is a good time to boost our visibility in the nation’s capital, at the Smithsonian festival and beyond,” said Professor Pat Turner, vice provost of Undergraduate Studies, who led the organizing for this outreach effort in D.C.

UC Davis is one of 28 universities — and the only UC — participating in the festival’s Campus and Community exhibition, reflecting the vision of the Morrill Act. Signed by President Lincoln 150 years ago, the act provided the land grants under which the states established institutions of higher learning.

Outside the festival, Turner, a folklorist in the departments of African and African American Studies, and American Studies, gave a talk at the Library of Congress, and music professor Chris Reynolds spoke at the UC Washington Center.

Charlie Bamforth, who holds the Anheuser-Busch Professorship in Malting and Brewing Science, will give a talk Tuesday (July 3) on “The Science of Beer Making.” If you’re in Washington, check it out, and then head over to the mall to say hello to the alumni who are volunteering at the exhibit.

On Facebook: UC Davis at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

In related news, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and others talk about the Morrill Act, in an audio slide show featuring historic UC photos. The slide show is part of UCOP's coverage of legislation considered revolutionary at the time of its enactment.

Also, read earlier coverage:  "UC and 'President Lincoln' celebrate dawning of public universities," UC Davis News Service (May 1, 2012).

In the shadow of the Washington Monument, UC Davis representatives Jimmy Flynn, left, a volunteer, and his father, Dan Flynn, outline the Olive Center’s work in research and education on such subjects as olive and olive oil production and processing. One topic has to do with oil extraction — the modern method uses centrifugation, which can be demonstrated with salad spinners, seen here on the Olive Center table. Dan Flynn is the Olive Center’s executive director. Photo by Michael C. Campbell

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