Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

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by Melanie, 20, Psychology major
Care package
It was a late night on September 14th, and school was at an overwhelming high. My new organization had just kicked off so all of my time was completely taken over by it, I was behind on my chemistry homework and I hadn't even began studying for my psychology test that was the following day. I felt like I was about to break into a million minuscule pieces, and I felt so emotionally drained that I was putting my loved ones on hold.
I was avoiding the text messages on my phone to avoid further distraction and more procrastination, but after a…

by Savannah Hanley
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The color green. It’s a simple color you can see in everyday life, on the leaves of summer trees or on grass, but to my friend it is the best color in the world. By mentioning the color green, an infectious smile that reaches her ears appears on her face. She communicates with the world through her Dynavox, an alternative communication system, and her facial expressions. She has this amazing ability to make the people around her smile and laugh. She will come into a room telling you about Bobby Flay, her favorite book Out of My Mind, or the…

by Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, went to college expecting to become a doctor, but taking a course on religious ethics and moral issues shifted his direction. To him, the humanities allow us to be introspective and to understand our lives from a larger point of view, which leads to a more revealing and enriching human experience.To celebrate its 40th year anniversary of grant making, programming, and partnerships that connect Californians to each other, California Humanities invited a group of 40 prominent…

by John Cho
Statue of Liberty
Actor John Cho shares how the humanities reveal answers to the most important questions in life. He notes his fondness of reading and how theLittle House on the Prairiebooks helped him as a youth process and understand his family’s place in America.To celebrate its 40th year anniversary of grant making, programming, and partnerships that connect Californians to each other, California Humanities invited a group of 40 prominent Californians to explore what the humanities mean to them. For more information visit…

by W. Robert Connor, trustee emeritus, President and Director, of the National Humanities Center (1989-2002)
Captain John Borling, 1973
In the Hanoi Hilton, the place where the North Vietnamese imprisoned and often tortured American captives during the Vietnam War, the US prisoners used a tapping code to communicate with one another. But they didn’t just send conversational messages, they tapped out poetry, reciting from memory some of the favorites they remembered from school and composing new poems to lift their spirits. Their captors would not allow them to speak to one another. But they didn’t notice the tapping — or didn’t understand what it was about. Here’s…
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