Despite the cancellation of in-person events, several yearly traditions continued online on October 1–3, 2020.
There There Faculty Panel
The weekend’s festivities kicked off with a discussion about the first-year student common read, There There by Tommy Orange. The book, which takes its title from the famous Gertrude Stein quote, follows various indigenous Oaklanders as they prepare for a powwow. The talk was led by native members of the Mills community: Elder in Residence Patricia St. Onge; Assistant Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Natalee Kehaulani Bauer ’97, MA ’07; Kelli Rutherford ’21, leader in the College’s Indigenous Women’s Alliance; and Charlene Harrison ’96, MA ’08, who works with the Native American Health Center in Oakland.
There’s beauty in writing down the sorrow.Patricia St. Onge
Five alumnae authors—Thea Orozco ‘03 (bottom left), Kathleen Dalton ‘70 (bottom right), Nicole Taghert Bergstrom ’70 (top left), Kristen Baumgardner Caven ’88 (top right), and Kathleen MacKay ’70 (not pictured)—read from their works and answered questions on everything from the lives of Theodore Roosevelt and Bob Dylan to the life of an introvert. Caven also showed off her short stop-motion animated film, The Dirndl Diaspora.
Class of 1990 Wine Reception
Celebrating their 30th Reunion, members of the Class of 1990 logged on from all over the world—from Mumbai to Colorado, Georgia, Washington state, and of course, the Bay Area.
There were some great stories told, great memories shared. We are looking forward to having a reunion in person next year!Lisa Kremer ’90
Darius Milhaud Concert
The annual celebration of the longtime Mills music professor was pre-recorded at the Mable Shaw Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College, featuring performances by Sara Parkins and Sarah Thornblade on violin, Maggie Parkins on cello, Genevieve Feiwen Lee on piano, and
Melissa Givens with vocals.
Class of 1970 Reception
Several dozen members of the Class of 1970 commemorated their 50th Reunion on Zoom with an update from President Elizabeth L. Hillman, a slideshow put together by Kathleen Dalton ’70, and a trivia game. Did you know that residence-hall curfew times were once based on when ferries from San Francisco would arrive in Oakland?