history, Life as a Woman

Oakland, CA 1852–2022: Mills College

Dear Mills College, I’m sad to see you close after 170 years. Attending classes on your campus with a diverse group of women from all over the world my first year of college was important in how I see the world and how I see myself. I’ve written four drafts of a farewell to you, […]

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Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Happy 5 de Mayo!

Ready to celebrate? Say, what is behind this US holiday, beyond a windfall for bars and restaurants with a liquor license? (every year except this one, sorry) Since 1863, Californios (people of Spanish descent who resided in California since 1683) have made today a fiesta with traditional music and dancing. We can thank the Chicano […]

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