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Veterans Visit Los Angeles Public Library

Participants in a California Humanities-supported reading and discussion group for veterans at a transitional housing facility in Los Angeles got the red carpet treatment when they paid a visit to the historic downtown Central Library on June 24. Los Angeles Public Library Director John Szabo and former Board of Library …

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California Humanities Awards Nearly $180,000 to Storytelling Projects

Congratulations to the new awardees of the Community Stories program! Cal Humanities has just made 18 awards, totaling nearly $180,000, in the latest round of this competitive grant program that supports community-centered, story-based public humanities projects about the California experience.  Since the program’s inception in 2003, over 450 projects have been funded …

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Staff Summer Picks

At California Humanities, we love to read and now we’re sharing with you our picks for the summer. NEHA BALRAM: Yes Please by Amy Poehler There is no other word to describe how I feel about female comedians on mainstream TV than “thrilled”. Amy Poehler has been, and is, someone who has …

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The Value of a Humanities Education

The value of an education in a liberal arts college is the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. -Albert Einstein The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power ― to remind us of what we each …

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California Humanities Staff & Board Go to Washington!

By Cal Humanities Board Member, Alice Y. Hom Cal Humanities staff and board traveled to Washington, D.C. March 24-26 for Humanities on the Hill, a 3-day annual event where state humanities councils speak with their congressional representatives to talk about the importance of the humanities and to ask for support …

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NY Times Book Review: “The Evil Hours”

Soldiers are ultimately vessels and vassals of the state, and they do not go to war of their own accord, so why shouldn’t the state or the community help relieve them of their guilt when they return home? – David Morris Drawing on his own battles with post-traumatic stress, journalist …

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Who is Julie Fry?

Julie Fry, President & CEO

NAME: Julie Fry TITLE: President & CEO of Cal Humanities PREVIOUSLY:  Program Officer, Performing Arts Program of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation GUIDING QUOTE/TAGLINE: “Eventually, everything connects – people, ideas, objects.”  – Charles Eames CURRENTLY READING: Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin, and Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha C. …

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Love Stories Supported by California Humanities

Here are some of our favorite love stories: The Case Against 8  The Case Against 8, a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first made headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced …

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