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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women's Day graphic with calendar (March 8)

March is Women’s History Month, and today is International Women’s Day. This day is a global celebration of women’s history and of the continued movements for gender equity and inclusion. How It Started From the 1880s to the 1920s, millions of women around the world collaborated to build movements for women’s suffrage, improved working conditions […]

Women, History and Gardening for Victory

Historic photo of three women (from the Library of Congress)

March is Women’s History month, and every year at this time I find delight that two of my personal passions—women’s history and gardening—return to our media conversations. Over the past year, American interest in gardening surged as people looked to history to find ways to respond to the multiple looming crises caused by the spread […]

Black History Provides Inspiration

Former slaves made education a top priority. African American history has been of particular interest to me since my days as an undergraduate student back in the 1980s. I have facilitated the observance of Black History Month every February since being hired at FRCC in 1998. Eventually my enthusiasm for the topic convinced me to […]

Happy Independence Day, America!

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, it’s a good time to re-read the Declaration of Independence (or read it for the first time, if you haven’t before). What, exactly, was in this document that the Continental Congress adopted on July 4, 1776? Why did the founding fathers feel so strongly about being […]

Liberal Arts: Why We Still Need Them

Icon for Liberal Arts Career and Academic Community

In recent years, higher education has undergone a significant transformation. A large number of small liberal arts colleges have closed. Undergraduate majors have become more STEM-focused and aimed toward employment. The popular myth of the liberal arts, especially in the humanities and art, is one of an elitist and impractical pursuit that creates unemployable young […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Mimosa branch

March is Women’s History Month, a national celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It’s an important reminder to honor the great women in your life and an opportunity to learn a little about some of the notable female figures in American History. How It Started On March 8, 1857, women working in […]

Five Fascinating Facts About Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a great opportunity to celebrate African Americans’ many achievements throughout U.S. history. Since 1976, this annual celebration has recognized the contributions of black Americans to our country. Here are five important things to know about this meaningful commemoration: It Started as a Week. In 1915, Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson […]

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