Celebrating 40 Years of California Humanities

California Humanities is celebrating 40 years of connecting the people of California through ongoing public humanities programming.

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War Comes Home

In 2014 California Humanities is promoting a multi-year initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. War Comes Home creates opportunities for communities across California to grapple with critical questions in the aftermath of over a dozen years of war.

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Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine

Healing has as much to do with the soul as the body. Through the Literature and Medicine program, we’re leveraging the power of the humanities in support of our healthcare providers and their patients at VA hospitals in California. Facilitated discussion about issues revealed by poetry, plays, personal narratives, and films uncover the realities of people’s lives as no x-ray can.

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California Documentary Project

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

At first, Wonder Woman was a powerful alternative to other WWII-era superheroes. By the 60s, she had morphed into an eyelash-batting shopaholic. How was Wonder Woman born and then reborn into a strong, independent, iconic heroine?

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Community Stories

From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights

Experience a taste of the documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights, which delves into the story of how thousands of African Americans came to work in Northern California's lumber mills nearly a hundred years ago and explores the multi-racial rural towns they called home.

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Give a Gift. Open a Mind.

See how our work with libraries, veterans' hospitals, media makers, and others reached over a million people in communities throughout California this year. We can't do it alone. Your gift allows us to continue on our journey to create a State of Open Mind. Give a gift today and open a mind.

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Events & Announcements

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Feb

Screening: Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race

LOS ANGELES -- Thirty-five years before Barack Obama’s election as President, Tom Bradley’s 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles tested the possibility of bridging racial barriers. An overlooked story in American politics, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, a documentary short will be screened as part of the Pan African Film Festival 2016.

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Feb

Premiere & Discussion: Agents of Change

LOS ANGELES -- Agents of Change tells the story of what the critical mass of college-bound African Americans of the 1960s encountered, how they responded, and the continuing impact of the dramatic confrontations that followed. The premiere screenings will be a part of the Pan African Film Festival 2016. Co-Producers/Directors Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg will be present for the post-screening discussion along with cast membersand special guests!

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Mar

Film Screening: The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

LOS ANGELES -- Join us for a free film screening of the CDP-funded documentary THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR with special guests Arthur Dong (Director), Jack Ong (Subject), and Sophia Ngor (Subject) in-person.
 

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Last Day of Freedom nominated for an Oscar!

Posted on January 28, 2016

Congratulations to California Documentary Project grant recipients Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, whose film, Last Day of Freedom, has earned a nomination for Best Documentary Short at the 88th Academy Awards!


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On The Road With California Humanities & The Pulitzer Prizes!

Posted on January 28, 2016

We are excited to announce our On the Road with California Humanities series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winners and other notable thinkers and anchored by California Humanities-funded projects.


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Project Director Candacy Taylor Discusses The Negro Motorist Green Book

Posted on January 26, 2016

California Humanities recently spoke with Community Stories project director Candacy Taylor about her project, The Negro Motorist Green Book: Documenting Stories and Sites of Sanctuary in Los Angeles, an oral history project identifying individuals connected to the historical sites of refuge in Los Angeles during the Jim Crow Era.


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