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World Water Day was celebrated this past March 22. It is a day created in 1993 by the UN to bring light the importance of water to life among people. This year’s celebration was dedicated to Water and Sustainable Development. Previous World Water Days brought awareness to women’s issues, food, disasters, etc. In California, we are in the midst of a drought and so, in my work with teenagers, talking about water and having it immediately relate back to his/her day-to-day life is an obvious conversation.

As the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I’m excited about National Poetry Month, which every year falls on April. This April, I will be visiting libraries and schools as well as take part in the largest gathering of writers and teachers of writing in the country—the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference to be held this year from April 8 to 11 in Minneapolis MN.

Are you tired of scrambling for a makeshift bookmark? Receipts, postcards and gum wrappers just not cutting it? You definitely aren't resorting to folding down the page corner right?

“The theories of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists will never do justice to the fullness of our existence if they only focus on the qualities of waking life.” – Kelly Bulkeley

A colleague in the History Department recently came across an old book whose drab cover hides a fascinating adventure story. Woman on a Horse, written in 1956, is Ana Beker’s account of the four years she spent riding horseback alone from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Ottawa, Canada. Why would anyone do such a thing? It turns out that in the early 1940’s, Ms. Beker heard a horseman named Aime Tschiffely speak of his journey riding horseback from Argentina to Washington D.C.

One hundred years ago, on April 24th, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government enacted a systematic policy to annihilate its Armenian population. From 1915-1930, over a million and a half souls perished. They were sent on marches across the interior provinces of Turkey and into the Syrian desert, without food or water. Many of those who survived the death marches became the sole survivors of their families. The lucky ones ended up in orphanages in Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere.

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