California Dreaming

My summers for at least the past decade have found me and my husband fleeing the illegal firework spectacles and screeching sideshows in Oakland, Calif., and heading into the Santa Cruz mountains, down to the Monterey Peninsula and across the iconic Bixby Bridge into Big Sur.

Matterhorn Rock, Big Sur, California

Alms For Ants

I lie in the shade, in my backyard in the Sierra foothills, eating lunch. In this heat, the bees nap. Even the hummingbirds rest in the shelter of an incense cedar.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Meet Chinyere Oparah

USF’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs comes to the Hilltop from Mills College in Oakland, where she was a professor of ethnic studies before she served as provost and dean of the faculty from 2017 to 2021.

Chinyere Oparah

Confront the Past, Change the Future

“Be vigilant,” I say to my son as I struggle to find words to express my concern. It is February 2020 and he is a high school senior, preparing to leave for Rome with his Latin class.

Photo of Interim Dean Eileen Fung set against close up illustrations of faces and a hand

Fear in the Face of Hate

Nine months ago — Tuesday, March 16 — I was on the couch, checking my phone, when I stumbled on the news: six Asian women and two others were shot and killed in Atlanta. My body froze as I struggled to process what happened.

Evan Matthew Chan

Shake the Status Quo

The Bay Area lost one of its strongest voices for social equity in the arts when Lawrence Ferlinghetti — author, publisher, and cofounder of City Lights bookshop in San Francisco — died this year at the age of 101.

Alan Charazo