On November 17, 2016, ISS Senior Research Fellow Michael van Walt van Praag delivered a Noon Lecture entitled "Addressing History in Intrastate Peace Processes."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ISS Noon Lecture - The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780-83) and the Long History of Violence in the AndesMar 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.
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.
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.