Cal Humanities

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

Betty Reid Soskin, U.S. National Park Service Ranger

“It’s through the humanities that one learns empathy … access that great attribute which is empathy.”

Born in Detroit, raised in New Orleans and making California her home for the majority of her life, at 95 years of age, Soskin, the great-granddaughter of a slave, is the oldest US National Park Ranger. For the last 10 years she  has served as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.