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By Dave Jones on September 11, 2020

New from two American studies professors, each of whom will participate in a UC Davis Humanities Institute Book Chat in the coming months.

Movies in the Urban Space

Eric Smoodin headshot and book cover, "Paris in the Dark"

Says the publisher: “Drawing on a wealth of journalistic sources, Smoodin recounts the ways films moved through the city, the favored stars, and what it was like to go to the movies in a city with hundreds of cinemas. ... In mapping the cinematic geography of Paris, Smoodin expands understandings of local film exhibition and the relationships of movies to urban space.”

UC Davis Humanities Institute Book Chat: 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Register here.

‘Essential primer’

Julie Sze headshot and book cover, "Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger"

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, along with dispossession, deregulation, privatization and inequality. “This book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories for the future,” the publisher says.

UC Davis Humanities Institute Book Chat: 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. Register here.