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

Exhibit: From Our Perspective: A photo exhibit by LGBTQ former foster youth in LA county

LOS ANGELES -- Opening reception featuring photography exhibit by LGBTQ former foster youth in Los Angeles County

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May

Bay Area Premiere: Agents of Change

SAN FRANCISCO -- AGENTS OF CHANGE tells the story of what the critical mass of college-bound African Americans of the 1960s encountered, how they responded, and the continuing impact of the dramatic confrontations that followed. Co-Producers/Directors Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg will be present for the post-screening discussion along with cast membersand special guests!

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May

National Broadcast: Dogtown Redemption

NATIONWIDE -- PBS broadcast of DOGTOWN REDEMPTION is the intimate story of recyclers in West Oakland—a journey through a landscape of love and loss, devotion and addiction, prejudice and poverty.

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Oscar-Nominated ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Filmmaker Interview

Posted on February 25, 2016

International Documentary Association (IDA), recently talked to filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman about the process of making their film LAST DAY OF FREEDOM and the many issues it addresses.


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The Women of El Toro, Project Director Interview

Posted on February 25, 2016

California Humanities recently spoke with Project Directors Christine (xtine) Burrough and Dan Sutko about their Community Stories-funded project, THE WOMEN OF EL TORO.


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What Good Is History?

Posted on February 23, 2016

On the Road with California Humanities is a series of talks that will connect Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, artists, journalists, and other notable thinkers who are helping to guide California along the road to a vibrant future. William Deverell, Professor of History, USC, and California Humanities Board Member, talks about the need for historical perspective in our times - the theme of our first talk. 


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