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Calif. Council for the Humanities sponsors touring exhibition based on “Wherever There’s a Fight”

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The California Council for the Humanities  (CCH) is touring a lively, easy-to-use exhibit based on the book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, co-authored by (CSA Steering Committee member) Elaine Elinson (with Stan Yogi), published by Heyday Books. Spanning the period from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 era, the exhibition tells the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines throughout California who stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

The exhibit, which is part of the CCH year-long program Searching for Democracy,  educates audiences about the evolution of civil liberties and civil rights in California and how they are central to democracy. Stories of personal struggle demonstrate the ongoing fight and provide a framework through which current controversies can be debated.

The current schedule for the exhibition is as follows:

October 9, 2011 – December 4, 2011 California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
December 18, 2011 – February 12, 2012 CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield
February 26, 2012 – April 22, 2012 Cerro Corso Community College, Ridgecrest
May 6, 2012 – July 1, 2012 Booking Pending
July 15, 2012 – September 9, 2012 Museum on Main, Pleasanton
September 23, 2012 – November 18, 2012 Booking Pending
December 2, 2012 – January 27, 2013 Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Vallejo

For a look at the highlights of the exhibit and for booking information for your campus, library, or historical society, click here.

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