2014 CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers: Speakers

A lithograph of the Presidio in San Francisco.
A lithograph of the Presidio in San Francisco.

California in Transition

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Holly Alonso is Executive Director of the Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. She has spearheaded the re-envisioning of the site’s history and the redrawing of its master plan, working with scholars and community members under NEH funding.

Rose Marie Beebe is a professor of Spanish at Santa Clara University. The focus of her research is California before the Gold Rush, which involves the translation of primary sources in Spanish. Together with her husband, Prof. Robert M. Senkewicz, she has published works on California during the Spanish and Mexican periods. Their works include Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535-1846; Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, and their forthcoming book Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary.  

Angela La Torre is a teacher leader for the UC Berkeley-History Social Science Project. She was the middle school lead for the Mt. Diablo Teaching American History Grant, where she created multiple lessons incorporating academic literacy into the history content area. She currently teachers eighth grade History in the Mt. Diablo School District.

Teresa Mora is Principal Manuscripts Archivist at The Bancroft Library. She has worked as a professional archivist for 15 years and at Bancroft for 11 years.

Emily Richards is an academic coordinator for the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project. She leads professional development workshops with K-12 teachers to develop Common Core and academic literacy aligned lessons in History. Prior to working as an academic coordinator Emily taught middle school and high school History for six years.

Theresa Salazar is Curator of The Bancroft Collection, Western Americana and oversees the Latin Americana Collection. The Bancroft Collection contains one of the premier collections on California, The American West and Mexico and Central America, including outstanding material documenting the experiences of the Mexican–American War.

Alex Saragoza is an associate professor of History in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He formerly served as the Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and was subsequently Director of the UC Study Center in Mexico. His most recent publication is a two-volume edited book, Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, published by ABC-CLIO Press (2012).