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Cal Humanities Montage
Transcript of Cal Humanities Montage
To connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.
ABOUT OUR NEW LOOK AND NAME
The open quote. It’s the start of every great idea. It represents the beginning of dialogue, thought, conversations...the figurative start to a perspective that may change how we think about the world. Californians are diverse in their backgrounds and thinking, which is why we want our work to be open, accessible, and representative of all these rich aspects of our state’s diversity—and potential. Ultimately, it’s our tool to create a state of open mind.
WHO ARE WE?
Cal Humanities is a non-profit that promotes the humanities in California in order to help create “a state of open mind.”
Through our work, we inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter among our dramatically diverse people.
WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
We believe that the humanities are valuable and necessary. They help us explore that which binds us together and also makes each of us unique—the magic and mystery of being human. Through the power of literature, we gain insight and empathy. History’s lens lets us better understand the present and improve the world in which we live. Critical inquiry skills help us make sense of our experiences and become engaged lifelong learners. The humanities are not only a means for elevating the quality of our lives—they are truly vital for a healthy society.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Cal Humanities has been bringing people together around their history and culture for more than 30 years. Every day we ask ourselves: what does it take to create “a state of open mind?”
An independent non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we were founded in 1975 as a granting organization and have grown and evolved over the years. We promote the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to become a better California. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences, and meaningful conversations. Our audience is as diverse as the 38 million people from every corner of the globe that make up our state.
Our mission: to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.
Our long-term vision: Californians possess the knowledge, understanding, respect, and empathy to create a more thoughtful, open, and just state.
We are committed to asking and exploring questions that matter, to striving for greater understanding and insight, to finding meaning, and to building the bridges, partnerships, skills, and opportunities that can make California a state of open mind.
Formerly known as the California Council for the Humanities, we have recently changed our name to Cal Humanities to underscore our organization’s increased efforts to promote the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to better understand the human condition. Our new name reflects our aim to become more interactive and accessible as we provide our diverse audiences with a host of meaningful experiences to engage with the humanities and our fellow Californians.
The Waiting Room—"Fatherhood"
California Documentary Project (2010)
Searching for Democracy
The Untold Story of American Superheroines
California Documentary Project (2011)
Literature and Medicine:
Humanities in V.A. Hospitals
Literature & Medicine (2012)
Public Conversations with Zócalo
An Accordian Story
California Documentary Project (2013)
Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East L.A.
California Documentary Project (2006)
Hyampom Oral History Project
Community Stories (2009)
When Medicine Got It Wrong
California Documentary Project (2006)
Polk Street: Lives in Transition
The Polk Gulch Oral History Project
Community Stories (2008)
California Documentary Project
Literature & Medicine
From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights
Community Stories (2009)
A New Harvest:
The Future of Small Town California
Community Stories (2010)
CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
What’s the value of uncovering the countless stories of California? There are people here from every corner of the globe and that wealth of knowledge is one our state’s greatest assets. Community Stories (formerly the California Story Fund) aims to give expression to that diversity of experience and wisdom—so we can know where we come from in order to shape where we’re going.
LITERATURE & MEDICINE: HUMANITIES AT THE HEART OF HEALTHCARE
Can reading a poem by Thomas Hardy help a nurse understand better the journey that brought a soldier to her hospital? The Literature & Medicine program’s answer is “yes.” Cal Humanities is supporting wounded soldiers who are returning home and ones who are already here by helping VA healthcare workers empathize with their patients and thereby provide more compassionate care.
NOW WE’RE TALKING
Cal Humanities is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the
INITIATIVE: SEARCHING FOR DEMOCRACY
Our democracy is an ongoing experiment that requires us to think, converse, and engage together to be what it was meant to be: of, by, and for the people. Cal Humanities has launched the Searching for Democracy initiative to embolden our state to go on an exploration to find the kind of democracy we’re looking for.
WE ARE CALIFORNIA
California is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. So who exactly is here? And why did they come? We Are California is a web-based resource that helps to uncover the history of the kaleidoscopic populace of our state.
There can be no doubt that media has a deep reach into our everyday lives. The internet, television, radio, film, and video games are shaping what we believe and how we interact with each other and the world. That’s why Cal Humanities invests in the vision of astute media makers who are showing us who we are in ways that may surprise, trouble, or fascinate—but always enlighten us.
Libraries are not just places to be quiet. They are becoming neighborhood living rooms where friends and strangers alike can talk with each other about things that really matter to them and their communities. Cal Humanities is helping to animate conversations in places where all are welcome.
The Story of Fishbone
California Documentary Project (2010)
Searching for Democracy:
What Makes an Informed Society
Searching for Democracy (2011)
The Search for Equality:
LBGT Stories of Democracy in Action
Community Stories (2011)
CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT GRANT
CALIFORNIA READS GRANT
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media
productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects must use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcasts and /or
distribution. Since 2003, we have awarded over $3.5 million to projects that documents the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. CDP grants support projects at the research and development, production, and public
(Full) Interview with Sally Parry
California Reads (2012)
Zócalo in San Francisco:
Is Civility Overrated?
Public Conversations with Zócalo (2012)
Seth S. Flatley, M.A.
Educator & Administrator
A State of Open Mind
A Publication of Cal Humanities (2013)
What if people all over California were reading a book on the same topic? What would we want to say to each other? Find out how to join the conversation—this year about the meaning of democracy.
Music: "Take Five" from the jazz album
by The Dave Brubeck Quartet; released in 1959 on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1397
Composed by Paul Desmond
How do we come together to talk about things that matter to us all? California Reads provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.
Over the next year, we will be developing programs and resources in collaboration with the California Center of the Book and the California State Library, as well as others, to assist libraries, schools, colleges and universities, booksellers, and other community-based partners to conduct programming in 2014. The big idea? To stimulate a thoughtful reflection of, and lively discussion among friends and neighbors, families and strangers about a matter of pressing importance to our communities.
COMMUNITY STORIES GRANT
Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Since 2003, we have awarded over $3 million to over 400 projects through this grant program that seeks to foster among us greater knowledge, understanding, and empathy.
Community Stories funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible.
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