Reclaiming Our Humanity

A Taste of History 2020-21

Poster: You are never alone. Your ancestors are always with youJoin us online for "Dreaming and Imagining," the next event in our year-long series. 

Thursday, Feb. 4 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Dreaming is the stage in which the full panorama of possibilities are expressed (and) considered …” – Pōkā Laenui

"Dreaming and Imagining" will examine history through ancestral foodways, stories, song and daily practices that strengthen the power of dreams.

This event will be streamed live on YouTube and will feature cultural curators and community caretakers who bring the wisdom of their ancestors into the work they do now.

Meet Our Featured Guests

Poka Laenui

Pōkā Laenui, a native son of Hawai’i, is a lawyer and scholar who is credited as the father of the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.

Jocelyn Jackson

Jocelyn Jackson is a chef, lawyer, and artist who founded Justus Kitchen in Oakland and is also a founding member of the Peoples Kitchen Collective.

Jen the Rainmaker

Jen the Rainmaker is an entrepreneur, speaker and native medicine and wisdom carrier of indigenous Chichimeca and Toltec descent.

Melissa Ann Nievera Lozano

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano is a scholar, community organizer and co-editor of the Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader

Gregg Castro

Gregg Castro is an Ohlone and Salinan writer and activist on cultural preservation, protection and education.

How To Watch


This event will be livestreamed on YouTube, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. 

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The annual Taste of History fundraiser will be held in spring 2021, following two virtual events hosted in the fall and winter by De Anza's unique arts and humanities organizations, the Euphrat Museum of Art and the California History Center

This event series, inspired by the work of indigenous Hawaiian activist Pōkā Laenui, will feature creative content makers, cultural curators and community leaders. 

Scroll down to read more about previous and upcoming events.

Fall 2020: Recovery and Reconnection

If you missed our Oct. 22 event, "Recovery and Reconnection," watch the video here.


scene of JapantownThis live, online event was an opportunity for the De Anza community and Taste of History supporters to reconnect, through offerings and reflections by local poet laureates, musicians and artists – as well as former and current students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Participants included

Spring 2021: A Celebration with Commitment and Action

The Power of Our Humanity

Date and Time TBA

We'll have more details about this event soon! 

Taste of History 2020

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