LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The California Council for the Humanities has announced its latest media projects, chosen from among a record 167 applications.

Awards totaling $400,000 will support work in production or research and development on projects with topics ranging from major literary figures Susan Sontag and Ursula K. Le Guin to political figure Howard Jarvis and the story of California’s tax revolt; from the California Hmong community’s struggles with the legacy of the Vietnam War to the first Muslim liberal arts college in the country.

“These documentaries are shedding light on important figures, institutions and communities that can help us better understand our shared past, present and future,” said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of the council. “Each has the potential to spark meaningful discussions around California,” he said. “We’re proud to be supporting work like this–especially at a time when funding for the public humanities is being threatened.”

Since opening its doors in 1975, the council has developed and conducted numerous programs of its own and awarded nearly $22 million in grant funding.

The Council is an independent nonprofit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Originally founded in 1975, the Council is a leader in statewide humanities programming and grant funding. For more information, visit www.calhum.org.