Shades of LA

Project Director: Carolyn Kozo Cole; Project Historian: Kathy Kobayashi Shades of LA was a visual history project conducted by the Los Angeles Public Library in response to the devastating fire..Read More


In 1992, California Humanities responded to the civil unrest sparked by the acquittals of the policemen involved in the Rodney King beating by bringing an award-winning intergenerational family literacy program..Read More

Columbus & After: Rethinking the Legacy

Columbus & After: Rethinking the Legacy was a National Endowment for the Humanities-led initiative to commemorate—rather than celebrate—the Columbus Quincentenary in 1992. In California, the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival..Read More

Common Threads

The inaugural unfolding of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in 1987 was the event that inspired filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to make their 1990 Academy-Award..Read More