#ArtMusicCulture

Your Artistic and Cultural Interests

Art is your aesthetic, and music is your muse. Now is the time to express yourself. Each of the Connections is this category are based on the arts, music, or cultural interests.

  • First-Year Aggie Afrofuturism

    Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer (music), T'Challa and Shuri of Black Panther (movies), and N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy (literature) are all recent examples of Afrofuturism. We can think of Afrofuturism as visions of the future driven by technology and centering the joys, trials, and triumphs of Black people. We can also think of Afrofuturism as a way of imagining, speculating, and visualizing the individual futures of Black people. This First Year Aggie Connection (FYAC) will do both. You will read, watch, listen to, and create examples of Afrofuturism related to pop culture. You will also dream, visualize, and strategize your own futures. This might look like setting goals, learning about Davis, and building community, all to set a foundation for moving toward the future you want during your time at UC Davis. Just like Afrofuturism as a genre, this FYAC will center the experiences and challenges of Black undergrads, but all are welcome.

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  • A Whole New World: A Disney inspired exploration through our UC Davis campus!

    Join us for an unforgettable magical carpet ride through a Disney-packed adventure on discovering all of your “theme parks” right here at UC Davis! We promise to sprinkle every week with pixie dust and map out fantastical themes that will relate to your Disneyland experience at UC Davis. We understand that UC Davis is not such a small world after all and we look forward to making it a place where all of your dreams do come true! P.S. Disney apparel and mickey ears are encouraged!

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  • Star Wars and Choice: The Rise of the Aggies

    Listen up you scruffy looking nerf-herders- This Connection is about the choices made by the Star Wars characters, choices you make, and the impact on your academic life. Did you choose to get a high grade by working for it …or was it your destiny? The path to success in college is not always the easy one and it always begins with training. (You must be a Padawan before you can be Master). Just as Yoda trained Luke, you too must find the pathway.

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  • Spoken World Storytelling

    Got a story to tell? Have you broken bread with people? Have you grown or cooked food? Have you eaten something delicious or gross? Who have you served? Do you have an ear for other people’s stories? We will seek connection within our diverse university community through the art of storytelling. This First Year Aggie Connection will teach you how to tell a personal story in front of a live audience. Our theme this fall will be “Food for Thought.” We will cover storytelling basics and not-so-basics, including how to hook an audience, building interest and suspense, techniques for adding color, humor, and pathos, and delivering a powerful ending. We’ll also talk about what it’s like to perform in front of a live audience, and provide tools and advice for storytelling like a champ while having fun. We expect that you will feel energized by your connection with the audience, and supported by fellow storytellers. We will work towards the goal of telling our UC Davis stories at a Spoken World Story Jam event during International Week.

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  • Judge My Book, Not The Cover

    Think about the last time you read a book that you were NOT required to read for a class. Did you enjoy reading? Did the book change your thinking? Can you remember the last time you read a book that you were excited to read? This Connection is designed to foster reading for pleasure, which is often forgotten when we are absorbed with reading academic texts. Besides being enjoyable, reading and discussing published work can help you become a better critical thinker and writer. We will read short stories by Native authors and a novel that is actually set in the city of Davis, CA. The protagonist of this fictional book is a UC Davis student who navigates her own identity apart from her parents, siblings and fellow college students. In our book group discussions, we will discuss the themes “Who am I?” and “What’s my story?” as they emerge from different readings.

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  • Retro Video Games: From Atari to Zelda

    Do you enjoy gaming at home or with friends? Have you ever wanted to play the classics from gaming's early days? This connection is for you! We will play some classic Atari games like Pong as well as classics from the 8-bit era from Nintendo and the 16-bit era like Sonic. Join us to learn more about life at UC Davis and make friends over some great retro games!

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