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Saving a Language from Extinction

By Madeline Taub

90-year-old Berkeley alumna Rebecca Contopoulou speaks Greek, Italian, French, English, Spanish, and another language that sounds a lot like Spanish but is actually Ladino, a Sephardic language that traces its origins to Medieval Spain.

Neshat (right) with subject Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient (Jorge Herrerera/NPG/Camera P​ress/Redux)

Berkeley’s Women Artist Trailblazers

By Laura Smith

Berkeley claims one of the first graphic novels, famous communist sculptors, and more

Harmony, 1982; private collection, courtesy 
Matthew Marks Gallery; © Estate of Joan Brown

The Beautiful Life, Tragic Death, and Fascinating Career of Joan Brown

By Laura Smith

Let's start at the end.

11 Things You’ll Never Believe Came Out of Berkeley!

By Pat Joseph

Yeah, okay, you’ll probably believe some of it. Still, we think it’s a fun list.

Clark Kerr [l], former President of the University of California, leaves a meeting of the Board of Regents after they fired him at Governor Ronald Reagan's insistence. (Ted Streshinsky/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Winter Issue’s Editor’s Note

By Pat Joseph

“The University is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas.”

Dania Matos (Brittany Hosea-Small)

How Berkeley is Improving Equity and Inclusion

By Lizeth De La Luz

Five Questions with Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

From the Archive: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Industry

From the June/July 1967 issue of California Monthly, "The Generation Gap." A panel discussion featuring Bob Bonis, Tom Donahue, Ralph J. Gleason (moderator), Bill Graham, and Phil Spector, industrialists in the economy of the young.

Illustrations by Patrick Welsh

Our List of Women Who Rock

By Pat Joseph

Marié Digby, who studied philosophy at Cal in the mid-2000s, scored a viral hit on YouTube with her cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” which she plays solo on acoustic guitar while sitting on the floor of her living room. It currently has more than 22 million views. It wasn’t pure chance; by the time she released […]

The Edge Episode 18: Into the Ishi Wilderness

Today, we’re featuring the audio version of California magazine’s recent cover story, “Into the Ishi Wilderness.”

Photo by Margie Cullen

She Thought She Would Change Her Community as a Lawyer. Instead, She Did it with Mac and Cheese.

By Margie Cullen

Erin Wade got a law degree from Berkeley in 2008, but quickly realized that she hated being a lawyer. Instead, she turned to her childhood love: mac and cheese.

Carleton E. Watkins, UC Berkeley Bancroft Library

This Land is Their Land

By Hayden Royster

To Phenocia Bauerle, the words “land-grant college” carry a particular weight. A member of the Apsáalooke tribe, she grew up in Montana, a state where, as she puts it, “it’s understood what a land-grant institution means: It means Native land was taken.”

Photo by Dexter Hake

Into the Ishi Wilderness

By Laura Smith

To get to the Ishi Wilderness you’ll want a full tank of gas and four-wheel-drive. Even then, you should be willing to ditch the car and walk. The approximately 41,000-acre wilderness area is located in the Lassen National Forest in a remote part of the southern Cascade foothills northeast of Chico, within sight of Mount Lassen.