On The Road

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, we, and other state humanities councils partnered with the Pulitzer Prizes to launch a series of “Campfires” across the nation. These events brought more than 200 Pulitzer Prize-winning individuals in person to more than 700 public events, with hundreds of thousands more tuning in digitally. We, through our On the Road with California Humanities series featured Pulitzer Prize winners in dialogue with notable thinkers and the community, examining contemporary issues to guide California along the path to a vibrant future. Click on the tabs below to access video, media and other resources from the series’ events.

On the Importance of Historical Literacy: What Good is History?
Huntington Library, Los Angeles

Two of America’s most talented historians, Alan Taylor and Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn joined us in conversation about the relevance of history and the humanities in today’s times, and we should listen to them. Why? Because history matters, because history is the fragile tether that not only connects us to what and who came before us, it is by way of history that “then” has become “now.” Asking questions of history brings perspective, knowledge, maybe even lessons.

Food Futures @ Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
USC Campus Town & Gown

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, renowned chef and food champion Alice Waters, and Sarah Smith from the Institute for the Future discuss the future of food in this land that includes both plenty and need with author and Central Valley peach grower Mas Masumoto.

Journalism and Democracy in California
San Jose State University Student Union

Pulitzer Prize winner Héctor Tobar led a discussion with fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Rob Kuznia and authors and journalists Frances Dinkelspiel and Mark Arax to discuss the evolution and future of journalism in the state that’s been part of the information revolution.

California’s Water: Rivers, Oceans, and Our Future
CSUMB @Salinas City Center/ National Steinbeck Center, Salinas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bettina Boxall joined Felicia Marcus, Chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Abby Taylor-Silva, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, and Bruny Mora, alumni of University of California – Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Programs to discuss what we know and what we don’t know, and what we must learn about how to manage a future in which water is going to become all the more precious.

The Farmworker Movement in California: From Chavez Onwards
Fresno Art Museum

Noted director and playwright Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino led a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Miriam Pawel on how the farmworker movement of the past can help inform the future of agriculture, along with Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University and Samuel Orozco, author and National News and Information Director of Radio Bilingüe.

In Tune: The Arts and Humanities in the Golden State
Oakland Museum of California 

During National Arts and Humanities Month, in partnership with the California Arts Council, we offered a celebration of the arts and humanities at the center of California life, and a conversation about the importance of providing access to educational opportunities that include both. Artist and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, led a conversation with electronic music pioneer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Morton Subotnick, together with Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center and Jordan Simmons, Artistic Director at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. The evening included spoken word artist Donté Clark and youth music and dance performances.

All forums were free and open to the public.

California Humanities gratefully acknowledges support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the following:


  • LA : Mar 25, 2016 
  •  USC : Apr 10, 2016
  • San Jose : Jun 16, 2016 
  • Salinas : Aug 27, 2016 
  • Fresno : Sep 28, 2016 
  • Oakland : Oct 26, 2016 

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORICAL LITERACY: WHAT GOOD IS HISTORY?

MARCH 25, 2016 – 7:30PM – HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, LOS ANGELES

RECORDINGS: watch the panel discussion HERE, listen on iTunes U HERE
MEDIA: KPCC AirTalk Interview HERE, VERSO Huntington Blog HERE
Download a resource guide HERE.

Two of America’s most talented historians, Alan Taylor and Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn joined in conversation about the relevance of history and the humanities in today’s times, and we should listen to them. Why? Because history matters, because history is the fragile tether that not only connects us to what and who came before us, it is by way of history that “then” has become “now.” Asking questions of history brings perspective, knowledge, maybe even lessons.

Alan Taylor
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes. A renowned scholar of early America, his historical research ranges across questions of belonging, of racial politics and identity in the colonial era, and the politics and economics of the infant American republic.

Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn
Pulitzer Prize Winner
The Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor of Western American History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her innovative history of the Mandan people of the northern Great Plains, and she is also the author of a penetrating study of the role of smallpox in the history of North America.

Download information one-pager HERE

FOOD FUTURES @ LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

APRIL 10, 2016 – 1:30PM – USC CAMPUS, LOS ANGELES

Watch a recording of the panel discussion HERE.
MEDIA: LA Times article HERE. VICE article HERE.
Download a resource guide HERE

California is America’s food basket and yet one out of seven people in our state struggle with hunger. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, renowned chef and food champion Alice Waters, and Sarah Smith from the Institute for the Future discuss the future of food in this land and includes both plenty and need with author and Central Valley peach grower Mas Masumoto.


Download information one-pager HERE. 

Please click HERE to read a blog contribution by Sarah Smith, Research and Design Manager at the Institute for the Future’s Food Futures Lab.

 

JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY IN CALIFORNIA

JUNE 16, 2016 – 7:00PM – SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION

JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION @6:00PM 

READ: KQED’s Rachael Myrow’s Opening Remarks HERE
Download a resource guide HERE

Whether through its pioneering alternative weeklies, to its powerful big city daily newspapers, to its rapidly expanding collection of online news sites, California journalism has a long and proud history. Now, in a time of dramatic economic and demographic shifts, journalism is more essential than ever to California’s civic life. Yet the business and the craft of news reporting itself is said to be in crisis.What is the future of journalism in the very state that’s given the world the information revolution of apps and social media? How is investigative, government and culture reporting evolving, and what new stories are California journalists tackling across the state?

Pulitzer Prize winner Héctor Tobar led a discussion with fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Rob Kuznia and authors and journalists Frances Dinkelspiel and Mark Arax to discuss the evolution and future of journalism in the state that’s been part of the information revolution.


Please click HERE to read a blog contributed by Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside.

Download information one-pager HERE.

California Humanities gratefully acknowledges support from the following:

  
 

 

CALIFORNIA’S WATER: RIVERS, OCEANS, AND OUR FUTURE

AUGUST 27, 2016 – 7:00PM – CSUMB @SALINAS CITY CENTER/ NATIONAL
STEINBECK CENTER

Watch a recording of the panel discussion HERE.
MEDIA: BenitoLink Articles 8/22/16 & 8/30/16. & Monterey County Weekly article HERE
Download a resource guide HERE

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bettina Boxall joined Felicia Marcus, Chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Abby Taylor-Silva, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, and Bruny Mora, alumni of University of California – Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Programs to discuss what we know and what we don’t know, and what we must learn about how to manage a future in which water is going to become all the more precious.

Please click HERE to read a blog contributed by Susan Shillinglaw, National Steinbeck Center.
Download informational one-pager HERE.

California Humanities gratefully acknowledges funding support from the following:

 
California Humanities gratefully acknowledges support from the following partners: 

 
 

 

THE FARMWORKER MOVEMENT IN CALIFORNIA: FROM CHAVEZ ONWARDS

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – 7:00PM – FRESNO ART MUSEUM

Watch a recording of the panel discussion HERE.
Download a resource guide HERE

Noted director and playwright Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino led a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Miriam Pawel on how the farmworker movement of the past can help inform the future of agriculture, along with Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University and Samuel Orozco, author and National News and Information Director of Radio Bilingüe.

Please click HERE to read a blog contributed by Miriam Pawel.
Download information one-pager HERE.
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California Humanities gratefully acknowledges funding support from the following:

California Humanities gratefully acknowledges support from the following media partners: 

 

 

 

 

 

IN TUNE: THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN THE GOLDEN STATE

OCTOBER 26, 2016 – 5:30PM – OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA

5:30PM – RECEPTION
6:30PM – PANEL
8:00PM – POST FORUM RECEPTION
PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING  

Watch a recording of the panel discussion HERE.
Download a resource guide HERE 

During National Arts and Humanities Month, in partnership with the California Arts Council, we offered a celebration of the arts and humanities at the center of California life, and a conversation about the importance of providing access to educational opportunities that include both. Artist and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, led a conversation with electronic music pioneer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Morton Subotnick, together with Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center and Jordan Simmons, Artistic Director at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. The evening included spoken word artist Donté Clark and youth music and dance performances.

Please click HERE to read a blog contributed by Tamara Alvarado, School of Arts and Culture.

California Humanities gratefully acknowledges funding support from the following:

 
 

California Humanities had youth performances from the following: