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CSU, Chico Professor Receives Grant From Cal Humanities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Department of Anthropology
Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities, a nonprofit that promotes the humanities as a way of understanding the human condition.
Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s people and places to ensure the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences and learn something new about how to live well together.
“California Water Stories” is an ethnographic documentary film based on an environmental oral history of our relationships to water, focusing on recent changes wrought by settlement and the conflicts that now convulse the human terrain, much as earthquakes and volcanoes have transformed the region’s geology.
“This project’s target audiences are local, regional and statewide, because this basic story is common to many other communities throughout the state, not just Chico — and beyond, throughout the West and across this nation,” Dizard said.
Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported about 400 story projects and granted more than $2.8 million to enable communities to voice, record and share histories — many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, magazines, documentary theater, audio projects and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual.
“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”
Cal Humanities is an independent nonprofit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, visit www.calhum.org.