Spines of Book Project selections from 2002 to 2023


In support of our featured theme and selection, the Campus Community Book Project organizes a year-long program of lectures, panels, workshops, book discussions, film screenings, exhibits, performances and more.

Our annual program of events is supported by the Book Project Program Planning Committee. Anyone interested in joining our team can complete the Book Project committee sign-up form, or contact ccbp@ucdavis.edu. All are welcome: students, staff, faculty and community members.

Missed a Book Project program? We record many of our events! Recordings can be found on the Book Project resources page

World Tour Kick-Off Celebration Backyard Concert at the International House

Fri, October 20, 2023 @ 5:00-9:00pm

In Person - International House

I-House is celebrating our newly updated backyard and launching the I-House World Tour series with a concert of Latin-inspired music and dance. Join us for a fun Friday evening of salsa dancing with Karla Avila and live music by Raíces.

Muslim Healthcare Symposium

Sat, October 28, 2023 @ 9:00am

Hybrid – UC Davis Medical Center Cancer Center Auditorium | Zoom Registration

Acorn Stories: A Welcoming & Community Conversation with Diana Almendariz & YoloSol Collective

Sat, November 4, 2023 @ 4:00-6:30pm

In Person - International House

In this interactive family workshop, Diana leads us through the process of grinding, sifting, and preparing acorn flour as the Wintun people have done for thousands of years. We will learn about the pasts, presents, and futures that are embedded in the lands and waters of the Yolo bioregion. This hands-on workshop will be followed by a community conversation on indigeneity and diaspora, where they converge, and where they diverge, and how to work toward right relations to the Wintun homeland. Alongside Diana, the other guest speakers on the panel will include Danny Manning and Stan Padilla.

Indigenous Cooking Traditions

Wed, November 18, 2023 @ 5:00-8:00pm

In Person - International House

A traditional cooking demonstration & conversation with Indigenous cultural practitioners.

Light Festival – Shining Light On Our Cultures

Sat, November 18, 2023 @ 5:00-8:00pm

In Person - East Quad at UC Davis

Join us to shine light on our cultures! The Cross Cultural Center (CCC) will be hosting the first UC Davis Lights Festival in Fall 2023 to center the Asian and Pacific Islander (AandPI) and Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENASA) community. We hope to see you there!

Gilead’s White Supremacy – Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Tues, November 28, 2023 @ 12:00-1:00pm

Virtual - Register here

Join the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project for a talk titled "Gilead's White Supremacy: Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale" with Karma Waltonen, Continuing Lecturer, UC Davis University Writing Program

Interprofessional Book Club: Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right by Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Virtual Sessions -

Session 1 – Fri., Dec. 15 @ 12-1:30pm | Register for Session 1
Session 2 – Fri., Jan. 26 @ 12-1:30pm | Register for Session 2
Session 3 – Fri., Feb. 23 @ 12-1:30pm |  Register for Session 3

Facilitated by Jann Murray-García, Associate Health Sciences Clinical Professor, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Director, Social Justice and Immersive Learning, UC Davis Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Reading the book is not required to participate. Join for a three-part book discussion and register using the links below:

Dr. Devorah Heitner
Presented by Davis Parent University

Wed, January 10, 2024 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

In Person - The Brunelle Theater.   Register here

Devorah Heitner, PhD, is the acclaimed author of Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World (2022) and Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World (2016).  Dr. Heitner has a PhD in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern.  She speaks globally about digital well-being, parenting, screentime, digital citizenship, mindful tech use and raising empathetic kids in an always connected world.

In her lecture, Dr. Heitner will discuss how parents can mentor and not just monitor their kids as they grow up on Roblox, Instagram, TikTok, Discord and other social media apps; how adults can help kids be thoughtful about their digital footprint and reputation; strategies for teaching tweens and teens how to recognize how social media affects their mood and mental health; and how to help our kids (and ourselves) find balance between plugged and unplugged activities.

This event will include a 50 minute lecture by Dr. Heitner followed by a 30 minute Q&A and a book signing. 

Library Archives and Special Collections
Presented by the UC Davis Library Archives and Special Collections

Tues, January 30, 2024 @ 4:00pm

In Person - Archives and Special Collections Classroom, UC Davis Library - Register here

In preparation for author Cynthia Miller-Idriss' visit to UC Davis to discuss her book Hate in the Homeland: the New Global Far Right, the UC Davis Library's Archives and Special Collections department invites all to a hands-on session featuring controversial materials from the Far Right Collection. Participants will learn about how and why the library developed the collection, experience how the materials are used in instruction, and have the opportunity to examine materials firsthand

Tentative Session 2 - Wed, January 31, 2024 @ 4:00pm

Countering Antisemitism
Presented by the Countering Antisemitism Committee of the Congregation Bet Haverim

Tues, January 9, 2024 @ 4:00-5:00pm

Virtual - Register Here

Join the Countering Antisemitism Committee of the Congregation Bet Haverim, located in Davis, CA, for their presentation on countering antisemitism. The Countering Antisemitism Committee was established in 2022 and provides education on the Jewish people and antisemitism to local Yolo County organizations. They will share the history and manifestations of antisemitism in our times and engage in a discussion on how to counter antisemitism.

UC Davis Health Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center

Wed Jan 17, 2024 @ 6:00 – 7:00pm

Zoom details TBD


Campus Community Book Project Author’s Talk

Mon, February 5, 2024 @ 7:30pm

In Person - Purchase Tickets Here

In Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, Cynthia Miller-Idriss shifts the conversation about radicalization from the how and why to the when and where, to the life stages and places where extremist beliefs are cultivated and spread. Miller-Idriss reveals the inherently social fabric of radicalization, where everyday spaces of community and belonging—from college campuses and mixed martial arts gyms to clothing stores, online gaming chat rooms and YouTube cooking channels—can inoculate extremism, hate and violence in the mainstream. Away from an exclusive focus on fringe or far-wing groups, the author draws us in to examine the fluid encounters and engagements that young people experience along spiraling pathways of radicalization. In suggesting interventions and antidotes, Miller-Idriss puts forward a “public-health approach to hate” that reduces vulnerabilities, educates on inequity and injustice in the United States and internationally and addresses feelings of alienation and isolation to ultimately locate and reorient towards shared values of belonging and home.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Education at American University, where she runs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL). In addition to authoring Hate in the Homeland, she is the author of The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany and Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany. 

Addressing Hate: A Conversation on Understanding, Reflection, and Responsibility
Presented by the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center

Tue, February 13, 2024 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm

In Person - Manetti Shrem Museum.  Register here

How do we examine the roots of hate? How does hate affect us as individuals and as a community? What are our roles and responsibilities for understanding and addressing hate? This conversation will draw us into self-reflection, shared dialogue, and collective learning around this year’s Campus Community Book Project themes of hate and radicalization.

Organized by the Campus Community Book Project and the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center. Co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum in conjunction with Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance and Shiva Ahmadi: Strands of Resilience.

A Celebration of Indonesian and South-Asian Diaspora

Sat, Feb 24, 2024 @ TBD

Davis International House

A day-long celebration of Indonesian culture with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, including a hands-on workshop for families and an evening concert of Balinese and Javanese music and dance.

D&I Dialogue Series


Zoom details TBD

World Tour: A Celebration of Brazilian Diaspora

April 2024 – More details to come

International House

World Tour: A Celebration of African Diaspora

Summer 2024 – More details to come

International House