On The Road

We are excited to announce our On the Road with California Humanities series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winners and other notable thinkers and anchored by California Humanities-funded projects. Come visit our landing page for On the Road panel videos and resource guides.

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Celebrating 40 Years of California Humanities

California Humanities is celebrating 40 years of connecting the people of California through ongoing public humanities programming.

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Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine

Healing has as much to do with the soul as the body. Through the Literature and Medicine program, we’re leveraging the power of the humanities in support of our healthcare providers and their patients at VA hospitals in California. Facilitated discussion about issues revealed by poetry, plays, personal narratives, and films uncover the realities of people’s lives as no x-ray can.

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California Documentary Project

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

At first, Wonder Woman was a powerful alternative to other WWII-era superheroes. By the 60s, she had morphed into an eyelash-batting shopaholic. How was Wonder Woman born and then reborn into a strong, independent, iconic heroine?

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Community Stories

From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights

Experience a taste of the documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights, which delves into the story of how thousands of African Americans came to work in Northern California's lumber mills nearly a hundred years ago and explores the multi-racial rural towns they called home.

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Give a Gift. Open a Mind.

See how our work with libraries, veterans' hospitals, media makers, and others reached over a million people in communities throughout California this year. We can't do it alone. Your gift allows us to continue on our journey to create a State of Open Mind. Give a gift today and open a mind.

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Events & Announcements

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May

Film Screening: John Brown’s Body

OAKLAND -- Join us at The New Parkway Theater on May 31st for a screening of JOHN BROWN'S BODY AT SAN QUENTIN PRISON.

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Jun

Performance: IT’S A KRIP HOP NATION (Where Are My Crippled Homies At!)

LOS ANGELES --IT’S A KRIP HOP NATION is informed and inspired by interviews with people with disabilities acquired through violence or accident, this play chronicles the lives of two recently disabled performers as they battle in their attempt to break into the mainstream hip‐hop music industry.

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Jun

Conference: National Conference for Media Arts and Culture

OAKLAND -- Join us at ALLIANCE 2016, NAMAC's National conference for media arts and culture practitioners, organizations, thinkers, and doers. A place where conversations about collaboration, innovation, creativity, and impact bust out in the open; a conference of new ideas — and a celebration of community.

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The Challenges Facing Journalism Today

Posted on May 18, 2016

On the Road with California Humanities, a series of talks with Pulitzer Prize winners, continues on June 16 with our third conversation: Journalism and Democracy in California. Award-winning author and journalist, and panel speaker Frances Dinkelspiel talks about the future of journalism in this blog.


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Can the humanities help us move the needle on social change?

Posted on May 18, 2016

California Humanities Board Member and Professor of History and Urban Studies at UC San Diego, Natalia Molina discusses the importance of humanities when it comes to civil discourse and contributing to civic participation. 


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California Humanities-supported documentaries now showing in SkyFest, exclusively on Virgin America!

Posted on April 27, 2016

NO MÁS BEBÉS, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE and DOROTHEA LANGE: GRAB A HUNK OF LIGHTNING are currently featured in the SkyFest independent film showcase, available exclusively on Virgin America’s domestic flights through June 2016.


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