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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.

When Dreams are Interrupted

When Dreams Are Interrupted

Imagine that you, your extended family, and many of your closest friends are suddently deemed a threat to the nation. You are forced to give up your home and all your belongings and move to an internment camp. You don’t know when you might be allowed to return and what, …

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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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