Cal Humanities

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Importance of Historical Literacy: What Good is History?

Two of America’s most talented historians, Alan Taylor and Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn join in conversation about the relevance of history and humanities.

Two of America’s most talented historians, Alan Taylor and Elizabeth “Lil” Fenn join in conversation about the relevance of history and the humanities in today’s times, and we should listen to them.

Why? Because history matters, because history is the fragile tether that not only connects us to what and who came before us, it is by way of history that “then” has become “now.” Asking questions of history brings perspective, knowledge, maybe even lessons.

The On the Road with California Humanities series features Pulitzer Prize winners in dialogue with notable thinkers and the community, examining contemporary issues to guide California along the path to a vibrant future.