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 Madison Forrest, 18, student
It couldn't happen to me
This past year my aunt, my mother's sister, passed away very young at age 45. Her passing devastated my family and I. The thought that kept entering my head was there's no way this could happen to me. Tragedies, catastrophes, and other huge losses have never affected me so directly. Then, in one of my English classes we began to read a book Beyond Katrina, which detailed the destruction of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Reading about these people who lost so many family members so suddenly and so young just broke my heart in…

by Jordan, 21, Student
Site in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
In one of my English classes, we are currently reading through Beyond Katrina by Natasha Trethewey. I was very young when the storm hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I live far enough away, in Texas, to where no one I knew was affected. After the events of Hurricane Harvey though, I saw so many of my friends go through hard times. So many of their houses were destroyed and all they could do was watch and wait for news from their families. Reading books like Beyond Katrina have helped me to understand the destruction a natural…

by Victoria Ade, 29, Social Studies Teacher
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When I was two years old, my parents filed for divorce. At the age of two, I don't recall this time of my life but what I do remember is where it led me. As I grew up as an only child living in a home run by my single mother, she became my ultimate role model and was always my biggest supporter and my best friend.

Fast forward to high school, and the boyfriend my mom had since I can remember (about 4 years old) was moving out. In the wake of this massive change in both our lives, I had no idea that my mom was personally struggling with…

by The delegates at my camp
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During my time at a summer camp, we had a discussion about the impact of prejudice. We created a list of stereotypes for each race and hung them up on the walls. The campers from each race then stood in front of the list of stereotypes and told the group about how those labels affected them. The words of my fellow campers were moving and thought-provoking. As we went around the room, I learned so much about the plight of others. I gained deep insight into the experiences of other racial groups. When I stood before a list of stereotypes about…

by The POC lives that were lost and impacted to share
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Growing up as a light skin slightly racially ambiguous black girl I never really experienced true discrimination. It took the violence toward POC to open my eyes and realize that racism isn't dead its just been lurking in the underbelly of our society. There have been several shows to come out discussing this difficult topic of race and privilege and these made me think about how hard it would be to live in a black mans shoes. How everyday can prove to be a new struggle possibly facing violence or various forms of discrimination. Being around…

by Betty Reid Soskin
African American Park Ranger Sylvester Putman and Maggie Laura Walker Lewis at the July 14, 1985 opening ceremony for Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
At 95, Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest active U.S. Park Ranger. Having lived through wars, racial segregation, and other turbulent times in our history, she says empathy and world peace are possible through the humanities.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 calhum.org/about/we-are-the-humanities.

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…
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