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We Are the Humanities

We Are the Humanities

To celebrate our 40th year anniversary of grant making, programming, and partnerships that connect Californians to each other, we invited a group of 40 prominent Californians to explore what the humanities mean to them.

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The Art of Storytelling

California Humanities is celebrating its first year in historic Swan's Market in Oakland by launching The Art of Storytelling Exhibit Series

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On The Road

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. Come visit our landing page for On the Road panel videos and resource guides.

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Celebrating Over 40 Years of California Humanities

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

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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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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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Swan’s Market 100th Anniversary Panel Discussion: What Makes A Neighborhood?

OAKLAND-- This conversation features Mayor Libby Schaaf of the City of Oakland, Kimberly Mayfield, Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Holy Names College, Gayle (Asali) Dickson©, artist and member of the Black Panther Party from 1970-1976. Moderated by Jeremy Liu, Senior Fellow for Arts Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink.

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SWAN’S MARKET 100th Anniversary Event: Writing Workshop—Where I Come From

OAKLAND-- Have you ever wanted to record a meaningful memory on paper? Here's your chance to learn how to craft your own flash memoir! Bay Area-based writer, editor, and experienced writing coach, Frances Lefkowitz, will lead a 2 hour workshop in our office.

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Classic Film Program Featuring Alfred Hitchcock 1964 Film Mystery

MONTEREY PARK-- Classic film program with film historian Foster Hirsch who will introduce a Alfred Hitchcock 1964 film classic and interview actress Diane Baker following the film screening.

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Meet our new director of development

Posted on June 28, 2017

We’re excited to welcome Sheri Kuehl to California Humanities.


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From the Desk of the CEO: Building Communities

Posted on May 25, 2017

Helping to build communities by bringing people, history, ideas, and culture together.


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Help Us Save the NEH

Posted on May 25, 2017

The proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would affect the landscape of American culture.


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