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In addition to a screening today at 4:15 pm at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin will ...
07/07/2019
SAN RAFAEL— Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin at Smith Rafael Film Center - California Humanities

In addition to a screening today at 4:15 pm at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin will air on PBS American Masters (US and Canada) on August 2, 2019 at 9 pm (check your local PBS station for times in your location). Save the date!

Other upcoming California screenings include Sunday, July 21, 7 pm in Chico
at The Pageant Theater and between August 23-30 at the Nevada City Film Festival.

#WorldsofUrsulaKLeGuin #UrsulaKLeGuin #ScienceFiction #fantasy #author #biography #feminist #film #documentary #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #humanities #California

SAN RAFAEL—Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin—an artistic feature documentary film about the groundbreaking

Congrats to Chinatown Rising, a film on the early days of the Asian American movement in San Francisco, for four sold ou...
07/06/2019
SAN FRANCISCO—CHINATOWN RISING at New People Cinema - California Humanities

Congrats to Chinatown Rising, a film on the early days of the Asian American movement in San Francisco, for four sold out screenings in San Francisco today! Didn't get a ticket this time? Stay tuned for more chances to see this groundbreaking documentary.

#Chinatown #SanFrancisco #humanities #California #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #activism #history #AsianAmerican #AsianAmericanHistory #CivilRights #ChineseAmerican #history

Still from CHINATOWN RISING. SAN FRANCISCO—Join the directors of CHINATOWN RISING at New People Cinema on July 6th for four back to back screenings. About the film: Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera...

Starting Monday, view California Humanities' new Art of Storytelling exhibit We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists...
07/05/2019
OAKLAND―We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists - California Humanities

Starting Monday, view California Humanities' new Art of Storytelling exhibit We Are More: Stories by Queer Comic Artists Open Hours ] which highlights the connections between queer identity and other lived experiences through the artwork and storytelling of four queer-identified comic artists. Browse books and view artwork by contemporary Oakland-based queer-identified artists Ajuan Mance, Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, and Trinidad Escobar. View clips of forthcoming documentary film NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE STORY OF QUEER COMICS, supported by a California Documentary Project grant, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from a marginalized underground scene to that of mainstream acknowledgement that we know today.

Don't miss the opening reception on Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Can't make it? We'll have monthly open hours on the second Friday of every month from 11 am to 2 pm. Visitors are also welcome to make an appointment to see the exhibit during our office hours.

#exhibit #comics #art #artists #ComicArts #queer #QueerComics #QueerArtists #film #documentary #LGBT #LGBTQ #Oakland #California #humanities

An excerpt from The Garden by Lawrence Lindell. Visit California Humanities for new Art of Storytell

“The last time an enemy army marched on Los Angeles, it carried the Stars and Stripes.” Under threat of a counter-in...
07/04/2019
Independence Day, 1847: How Los Angeles Celebrated Its First Fourth

“The last time an enemy army marched on Los Angeles, it carried the Stars and Stripes.”

Under threat of a counter-invasion from Mexico which never materialized, “the American commander issued orders for a July Fourth ceremony ‘which should animate the heart of every lover of freedom.’”

An oldie but goodie, today we’re reading an installation of lostlosangeles about the first-ever Fourth of July celebration in Los Angeles, in 1847, a year before the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended war between the US and Mexico. This fascinating foray into the history of this national celebration in California’s largest city can be read in full over on KCET’s website, supported by a #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject grant.

#GuadalupeHidalgo #LosAngeles #history #CaliforniaHistory #California #humanities #FourthofJuly #Frontier #MexicanAmericanWar #IndependenceDay #Parade #MilitaryParade #Occupation #StarsAndStripes

Los Angeles was a town under military rule when gunfire greeted the rising sun on the Fourth of July, 1847.

07/03/2019

Saturday, join Ceremonia de Gratitud with Circulo Ajoloteworkshop at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore, and learn how to acknowledge indigenous ways of celebrating the abundance of the natural world and the sacred energies of the universe. The workshop will include a history and meaning of the Danza Mexica tradition as practiced by Circulo Ajolote in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

#workshop #indigenous #Danza #DanzaMexica #dance #Ceremonia #Aztec #Azteca #LosAngeles #California #humanities #gratitude

Getting ready for a long weekend? Or just looking to take a break from all the screens? From The Library Book to Love & ...
07/02/2019
Our Staff’s Suggested Summer Reads - California Humanities

Getting ready for a long weekend? Or just looking to take a break from all the screens?

From The Library Book to Love & Rockets, Michael Chabon to the Princess Bride, check out our staff's recommendation list for summertime reads!

#summer #books #reading #SummerReading #SummerReadingChallenge #humanities #California

As we enter into the thick of summer and people head off on holiday vacations or just enjoy a warm d

Save the date for California on the Table, an evening celebrating our state's delicious food stories, Thursday, Septembe...
07/01/2019
Save the Date for California on the Table: An Evening Celebrating our State’s Delicious Food Stories - California Humanities

Save the date for California on the Table, an evening celebrating our state's delicious food stories, Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at One Kearny Club in San Francisco.

You're invited to join us to take a closer look at the connection between the humanities and California’s rich food traditions. The evening will feature delicious bites representing fresh California cuisine, as well as featured guest Nikiko Masumoto of Masumoto Family Farm. We'll also be highlighting some of our recent grantees whose work nourishes the people of California.

Stay tuned for more information about tickets for this special fundraising event supporting California Humanities.

#California #CaliforniaCuisine #CAontheTable #humanities #SanFrancisco #Masumoto #MasumotoPeaches #MasumotoFamilyFarm #fundraiser #event #ThingsToDo #peaches #farming #FarmtoTable #Foodways #FoodStories #farmer

Join us as we take a closer look at the connection between the humanities and California’s rich food

Gold!! The US remains the world’s largest holder of gold reserves, and many parts of California were settled in the ru...
06/30/2019
Cities of Gold: The Mojave Desert's Boom and Busts

Gold!! The US remains the world’s largest holder of gold reserves, and many parts of California were settled in the rush for it, including the Mojave Desert, which was mined by the Spanish as early as 1775.

In a recent installation of #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject-supported The Mojave Project on KCET, project director Kim Stringfellow explores how the boom and bust of this particular mineral economy shaped the region.

#Mojave #MojaveDesert #GoldRush #mining #California #history #economy #gold #GoldMining #desert #Landscape #LongRead #Longform #humanities

IMAGE: The Yellow Aster Mine in Randsburg, CA | Kim Stringfellow. January 2019

https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/desert-gold-part-i

Exploration of the Mojave Desert was directly driven by the desire to locate gold. These hell-bent gold seekers would bring about enduring cultural...

On Sunday, join Director Robin Lung in Oakland for a screening of her film Finding Kukan. Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai was t...
06/29/2019
OAKLAND—Untold Herstories: Finding Kukan - California Humanities

On Sunday, join Director Robin Lung in Oakland for a screening of her film Finding Kukan. Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai was the uncredited producer of KUKAN, a landmark color documentary about World War II China that received an Academy Award in 1942 before becoming “lost” for decades.

In Robin’s documentary FINDING KUKAN, she discovers a badly damaged print of KUKAN and pieces together the inspirational tale behind the remarkable accomplishments of Li and her cameraman Rey Scott.

Free and open to the public at Eastside Arts Alliance at 2 pm.

This screening is supported by a Humanities For All Project Grant.

#KUKAN #California #humanities #documentary #film #filmmaking #FilmHistory #AsianAmerican #AsianAmericanFilm #AsianPacificIslander #AcademyAward

Still from FINDING KUKAN. OAKLAND—Director Robin Lung investigates the compelling story of Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited producer of KUKAN. KUKAN is a landmark color documentary about World War II China that received an Academy Award in 1942 before becoming “lost” for decades. In Ro...

Jackson is a Gold Rush-era town with quaint brick buildings on its main street. It’s pretty quiet, except when you wal...
06/28/2019

Jackson is a Gold Rush-era town with quaint brick buildings on its main street. It’s pretty quiet, except when you walk into Rosebud’s Cafe. The restaurant shouts its values from its walls: bright green paint, huge family portraits, and tons of posters and flyers announcing programs for the arts, supporting homeless initiatives, promoting local agriculture, and advocating for LGBTQ rights. Rosebud's has become a refuge for people who don’t always feel accepted, including the family that owns it.

Tonight, tune into KQED for the California Report & California Foodways' latest installation about at trans man who finds and creates refuge in his family's small town cafe.

Airing today in the Bay Area on KQED 88.5 at 4:30, 6:30, and 11 pm, and over the weekend, across the state on local NPR stations (and online).

#food #foodways #California #humanities #trans #transgender #Pride #Jackson #SmallTown #FoodStories #radio #LGBTQ

A new California Foodways episode airs today! Meet a trans man who finds -- and creates -- refuge in his family's small town restaurant. Listen on The California Report (4:30, 6:30 and 11 pm in the Bay and Sac, and around the state this weekend). Links when they're up. California Humanities, Food & Environment Reporting Network KQED News

Did you know that, before #Stonewall, protests and riots in California helped to foment today's #LGBT movement? From Coo...
06/28/2019
Essential California: The West Coast LGBTQ activism that predated Stonewall

Did you know that, before #Stonewall, protests and riots in California helped to foment today's #LGBT movement? From Cooper's Do-Nuts in Los Angeles to Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco, many early organizations, people, and places helped to set the stage for people on the #LGBTQ+ spectrum to demand their dignity and rights.

Terry Beswick, director of The GLBT Historical Society, a grantee of ours, helps uncover this history for Los Angeles Times.

#California #history #humanities #Pride #queer #gay #lesbian #bisexual #trans #transgender #riot #police #ComptonsCafeteria #CoopersDoNuts #BlackCat #LosAngeles #SanFrancisco

In Los Angeles and San Francisco, there were years of organizing and previous eruptions against police harassment.

Submit your abstract to the The Society for Applied Anthropology's 80th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, ...
06/27/2019
Call for Papers: Society for Applied Anthropology - California Humanities

Submit your abstract to the The Society for Applied Anthropology's 80th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM, March 17-21, 2020.

SfAA invites abstracts (sessions, papers, and posters) on the Program theme of “Cultural Citizenship and Diversity in Complex Societies.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution, and welcomes papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2019.

#anthropology #AbstractCall #opportunity #academic #AppliedAnthropology #anthro #humanities #conference

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) is pleased to announce their 80th Annual Meeting in Albu

Check out this interview between Fresno's Radio Bilingue and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jon Peede durin...
06/26/2019
NEH, Cultural Diplomacy and Bilingualism. | Radio Bilingue

Check out this interview between Fresno's Radio Bilingue and National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jon Peede during his visit to California in May. They discussed the future of humanities, bilingualism, support for endangered languages, cultural diplomacy, and much more.

#humanities #California #bilingual #radio #interview #NEH #culture #futurity #EndangeredLanguage #CulturalDiplomacy #policy #Spanish #bilingualism

This is a conversation with Jon Parrish Peede, the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an agency created as part of the Great Society law and the civil rights movement in the 1960s. A scholar of literature, Peede talks about the future of humanities and his agency, after President Tr...

During 2018, California experienced 12 states of emergency due to wildfire and flooding. To respond to this growing need...
06/25/2019
New Grant Focus Area Supports Storytelling in the Wake of Natural Disasters - California Humanities

During 2018, California experienced 12 states of emergency due to wildfire and flooding. To respond to this growing need, California Humanities is designating a new focus area, Second Responders, for our public humanities grant program Humanities for All. Learn more about these grants, and how to apply for Project Grants—the application window opens July 1.

#humanities #NaturalDisaster #DisasterRelief #SecondResponders #FirstResponders #fire #CaliforniaFire #wildfire #flooding #emergency #storytelling #recovery #DisasterRecovery #California #grants #GrantOpportunities #Funding

During 2018, California experienced 12 states of emergency due to wildfire and flooding. From the Ca

"Food itself is a narrative reflection to an immigrant experience, as well as being conceived as a personal anecdote to ...
06/24/2019
Meet Administrative Assistant Steven Loscutoff - California Humanities

"Food itself is a narrative reflection to an immigrant experience, as well as being conceived as a personal anecdote to relationships of family & ancestry."

Meet Steven Loscutoff, an art history lover & our new Administrative Assistant!

#California #humanities

Name: Steven Loscutoff Title: Administrative Assistant Previously: SFJAZZ, Donor Solicitations Assis

How do we meet our neighbors? Tomorrow in Oakland, join Saturu Ned—educator, community architect, and a former member ...
06/21/2019
OAKLAND―Neighbor Connections Workshop: Black Panther Party Films & Skills Workshop - California Humanities

How do we meet our neighbors?

Tomorrow in Oakland, join Saturu Ned—educator, community architect, and a former member of the original Black Panther Party for an afternoon of film screenings and discussion. By looking at archival news footage of Black Panther activities, Saturu will share BPP community-building tools to use in your neighborhood today. This workshop takes place the same week as Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration among African Americans across the country commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the United Sates, and is a part of Commons Archive, a neighborhood memory bank at the Golden Gate Branch Library. Light refreshments provided by North Oakland’s Phat Beets Produce.

#BlackPanthers #BlackPantherParty #Oakland #library #archive #CommunityArchive #Juneteenth #SaturuNed #film #documentary #history #humanities #California

OAKLAND―Neighbor Connections Workshop: Black Panther Party Films & Skills Workshop How do we me

Youth in the Los Angeles area are invited to join Beyond the Bridge: Design Your Own Neighborhood!, a series of engaging...
06/19/2019
PASADENA—Beyond the Bridge Workshop: Design Your Own Neighborhood! - California Humanities

Youth in the Los Angeles area are invited to join Beyond the Bridge: Design Your Own Neighborhood!, a series of engaging humanities workshops offered this summer on Thursdays from June 20 through July 25. Teens can attend these free interactive, multidisciplinary art workshops at La Pintoresca Teen Education Center where they will re-imagine their neighborhoods to create more just and inclusive communities.

3D printing will be used to generate concrete solutions that the youth will present at the final Beyond the Bridge festival at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Fall of 2020.

#3DPrinting #Pasadena #design #UrbanPlanning #LosAngeles #youth #teen #thingstodo #workshop #BeyondtheBridge #multidisciplinary #art #neighborhood #inclusion #humanities #California

Image courtesy of Beyond the Bridge. PASADENA—Youth ages 13 – 17 are invited to a Beyond the Bridge: Design Your Own Neighborhood!, a series of engaging humanities workshops offered this summer in the Los Angeles area. Teens are welcome to join Beyond the Bridge for free interactive, multidiscip...

“The city knows there’s a missing link when it comes to informing Latino immigrants and informing marginalized commu...
06/19/2019
New unread message: El Tímpano listens to Oakland’s Spanish-speaking community

“The city knows there’s a missing link when it comes to informing Latino immigrants and informing marginalized communities about local issues. Hearing from them and what their concerns are in a way that the city can respond to is very beneficial…So many of the [social media touchpoints] that are created to engage local residents completely leave out the local Latino immigrant community.”

A great read: #ElTímpano did a news-to-text campaign to learn the needs of Oakland's Latinx residents.

A great update to a fantastic 2017 #HumanitiesforAll Quick Grant.

#news #newsMedia #Latino #Latinx #Hispanic #Spanish #Oakland #California #humanities #journalism

A pilot aimed to engage Oakland's Spanish-speaking residents with news via text.

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, watch the California premiere of #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject-supported short film WALK ...
06/18/2019
LOS ANGELES―From Here to Home: American Stories about Immigration and Belonging - California Humanities

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, watch the California premiere of #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject-supported short film WALK RUN CHA-CHA, along with four other short documentaries that tell poignant stories of separation and identity. Join The New York Times and The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA for this evening of diverse, personal films that offer a perspective on immigrants’ experiences.

WALK RUN CHA-CHA Director Laura Nix will be on hand to speak with subjects from her film, dancers Paul and Millie Cao — as the evening culminates in a flash of sequins. National immigration correspondent Miriam Jordan will moderate, and dancers Maksym Kapitanchuk and Elena Krifuks will perform.

Other films to be screened include El Vacío, To Be Queen, La Boca del Lobo, and Darlin.

#TimesEvents #film #LosAngeles #film #documentary #immigration #migration #migrants #separation #identity #california #humanities #NewYorkTimes #screening #thingstodo

Photography by Shana Hagan,

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