Who We Are
Since 1983 Humanities West has been presenting the highlights of human history to Bay Area audiences through illuminating lectures and dynamic performances by scholars and artists that focus on the people, places, and events of the past which continue to influence our modern cultures. We have presented over 100 two-day programs over the decades —whose topics and details can be found in the chronological Catalog on this website.
Since 2021 Humanities West has expanded its reach by livestreaming our programs from the facilities of The Commonwealth Club and posting them on YouTube for an international audience. In our new two-hour livestream format, we continue to provide our audiences with in-depth historical background to enhance our understanding of what we have accomplished in our pursuit of civilization — and how we have done it.