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

Literature & Medicine®: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare

Photo collage depicting selfies of healthcare professionals wearing masks and holding books they are reading

Above: 2023 Literature and Medicine participants. Credit: Carolyn Cusick.  Since 2010, California Humanities has presented Literature & Medicine, a humanities-focused professional development program for healthcare providers at Veteran’s Affairs Medical […]

Dr. Denise Henderson, Sacramento V.A.

“Science is not enough by itself; love is not enough by itself. As clinicians, loved ones, or caregivers, we are liable to miss something important, until we try something new.” […]

Literature & Medicine in Estonia

By Kris Clarke, Ph.D (Literature & Medicine facilitator in Fresno) I first learned about the intersection of literature and medicine when I heard Dr. Rita Charon speak at a narrative conference […]

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