Spotlight: Meet Colorado's new state historian
Colorado State Historian Claire Oberon Garcia enjoys reading six to seven books at a time — in two different languages, no less.
Driving the news: This week, Garcia, an English professor at Colorado College, became the first non-history educator to take the role of state historian, a role that includes promoting programming at History Colorado Center.
- She's also working on a book about Black women writers from the African diaspora who came together in Paris between 1900 and 1960 to explore civil rights and anti-colonialism.
We chatted with Garcia recently to learn more about her:
🎭 Milton or Shakespeare? Milton, she says, because his work is "more complex and disturbing." His most famous work is "Paradise Lost."
📚 Reading list: "The Most Secret Memory of Men" by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (in French).
🏛️ Favorite museum: Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris.
- "We generally have a leisurely breakfast where we go through both the papers and just discuss what's going on."
🎵 Streaming: Classical music, including Bach's Double Violin Concerto, ballet music (she used to be a dancer) and requiems.
📺 Now streaming: "Dark Winds," a crime mystery show set in New Mexico.
🖊️ One thing on her desk: A note her third-grade daughter, Dolores Patria Garcia, wrote to her cast when she was directing a school play: "Life is not a piece of candy, if you want to realize something, you have to make it happen day by day."
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