May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION explores food security, sustainability, and how to feed an ever-growing population. The film provides an in-depth look at the role of genetically engineered crops in agriculture, tackling this controversial topic to address the larger issue of how science and research is often misunderstood by the public. For more information about the film visit: http://www.foodevolutionmovie.com/#home. The event will begin at 6pm with an Info Fair in the lobby of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, on the UC Davis campus, with displays by the Plant Breeding Center, the Seed Biotechnology Center, the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, Science Says, and UC Davis Dining Services. The movie will begin at 7pm followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Producer Trace Sheehan, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Professor Pamela Ronald, and Raoul Adamchak moderated by Dr. Christine Bruhn. Early Bird tickets are $7.50 each, available online only at EventBrite. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Please print your ticket and bring it with you to the event. To purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-evolution-movie-screening-tickets-33645400298
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
STORIES ON STAGE DAVIS this May 13th, at the Pence Gallery, will feature winners of our UC Davis student short story fiction contest. First place is Emily Masuda with her story “A Good Place to Bury Things”, and second-place runner up is Madeline Gobbo with her story “The Conception” . Actor Lisa Halko will be performing “A Good Place to Bury Things”, and actor Kristi Webb will be performing “The Conception”. Emily Masuda is the first undergraduate student to ever win first place in Stories on Stage Davis’s annual fiction contest. Her first-place story, “A Good Place To Bury Things,” is about how a chance encounter with a stranger allows a woman to begin to come to terms with an old grief. Masuda graduated from UC Davis in March 2017, and is the recipient of the Diana Lynn Bogart and Pamela Maus Prizes for fiction. In June, Masuda will attend the Skidmore Summer Writers Institute in New York with a fiction scholarship. Also featured is Madeline Gobbo and her story “The Conception”, which offers the reader a world at once strange and familiar, with cell phones, joggers, lawns — and towering silos in which infertile women are kept safe, or perhaps held hostage. Gobbo is a first-year MA student in the creative writing program at UC Davis. Her stories have appeared in Queen Mob’s Teahouse and Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. STORIES ON STAGE DAVIS performances are held at the Pence Gallery in downtown Davis, 212 D Street. $10 donation recommended; $5 minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the reading starts at 7:30 p.m.