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Experience the Humanities

A sample of California Humanities hosted and co-sponsored lecture series, panel discussions, and interviews with authors, thinkers and educators. Also included here are documentary film trailers from California Humanities-supported projects and California Humanities grantees’ events.

Interview with Richard Beeman

Full interview with Richard Beeman

Our partner Mary Menzel from the California Center for the Book spoke with Beeman, who is one of the nation's foremost Constitutional scholars, at the Newport Beach Library at an author in conversation event in April 2012.

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Interview with Rebecca Solnit

Interview with Rebecca Solnit - California Reads

*Note: this is the short version of this interview. You can also find the full-length version of the interview here on our site. In the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, or the Loma Prieta Earthquake, author Rebecca Solnit collected hundreds of interviews and spent time in various disaster zones. …

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Interview with Daniel Alarcón

Interview with Daniel Alarcón - California Reads

*Note: this is the short version of this interview. You can also find the full-length version of the interview here on our site. Daniel Alarcón is the author of California Reads selected book Lost City Radio, a fiction rooted in the human experience of the aftermath of war through the …

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Film: The Polk Gulch Oral History Project

The Polk Gulch Oral History Project

When a new wave of urban gentrifiers infiltrate a historically disenfranchised LGBT San Francisco community conflicts and tensions abound. Can they find a way to live together harmoniously or will war ensue? Since the late 1970s, San Francisco’s Polk Gulch neighborhood has been a national destination and home of some of …

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